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Council toughens city’s pet ordinances

The Watford City City Council put some teeth into its newly revamped ordinances governing pets in Watford City during its regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 3, as the council significantly increased the penalty for pets being off leash, as well as increasing impound fees for animals picked up by the city.

Posted 8/12/09 (Wed)read more »

School uses stimulus funds to complete projects

August is here, and that means it’s almost time for students to head back to school. Recent improvements should have students at both schools excited for the first day of school.

Posted 8/05/09 (Wed)read more »

Love those ribs

From one extreme to another, the Best Of The West Ribfest has proved to be successful in all types of weather, from last year’s 100-degree heat to this year’s odd July weather which consisted of a cool 65-degree day with rain and 30 mph winds.

Posted 8/05/09 (Wed)read more »

Watford native uses hobby to create commemorative guitar

A hobby is a great way to relax and take a little time to enjoy life, but for Watford City native Dan Wagner, his hobby led to much more.

Posted 8/05/09 (Wed)read more »

United States Air Force gets tough on mosquitoes

According to trap counts, mosquito control efforts by the United States Air Force killed about half of Watford City’s mosquito population. But if you head outside for an evening stroll, the result feels much different.

Posted 7/29/09 (Wed)read more »

Budget work begins

Thanks to a one-time receipt of $380,000 from flood control money the district received for Corps of Engineers land within the school district, the McKenzie County Public School District No. 1 ended its 2008-2009 fiscal year with a budget surplus of $218,754.

Posted 7/29/09 (Wed)read more »

Ribfest is expected to be the best yet

With 12 teams signed up and the addition of a Street Fair, the 2009 Best Of The West Ribfest is expected to be the best yet.

Posted 7/29/09 (Wed)read more »

Three Forks Sanish Formation fuels new potential to state’s oil industry

Because of its success, the Bakken continues to be a hot topic among the oil industry. But recently, conversations have changed from the success of the Bakken to the potential of the Three Forks Sanish (TFS) Formation.

Posted 7/22/09 (Wed)read more »

Filling city’s housing shortage

Watford City is often referred to as a growing and thriving community. However, a lack of housing has made it difficult for the community to continue growing. A problem the city hopes will be resolved soon through two housing projects.

Posted 7/22/09 (Wed)read more »

Above average moisture in July helps crops

The outlook for July, according to the National Weather Service, called for below normal temperatures and slightly below normal precipitation. Below average temperatures have been noticed, and for most people that’s just fine. But when it comes to the National Weather Service’s prediction for below normal moisture, so far it’s the exact opposite.

Posted 7/22/09 (Wed)read more »

Veeder earns rural development award

Gene Veeder is a man credited with using his position in the community to change Watford City from a rural community like many others in the state, to a thriving community that is looked up to by other communities in the state.

Posted 7/15/09 (Wed)read more »

Knudtson named County’s 2009 Responder of the Year

t takes a lot of time and hard work to be an emergency responder and because having a good emergency response team is vital to the community, each year McKenzie County awards one of its responders with the Responder of the Year award.

Posted 7/15/09 (Wed)read more »

City Council toughens dog ordinance

Owners of dogs that are found running at large within the city limits of Watford City will be facing stiff fines under new city ordinances being enacted by the Watford City City Council.

Posted 7/15/09 (Wed)read more »

Vehicle accidents are way up in McKenzie County

Nobody wants to think about being in an accident. But maybe if more people thought about accidents before they got behind the wheel, a few of them could be avoided. McKenzie County has seen more than its share of accidents for 2009 and the year is only half over. The number of accidents so far for 2009 is almost the same as the total number of accidents for 2008, a pretty scary fact for anyone on the road.

Posted 7/08/09 (Wed)read more »

Samuelson elected State American Legion Commander

‘Still Serving America’ is the motto of the American Legion, and Jerry Samuelson of Watford City continues to fulfill that motto as the North Dakota State Legion Commander.

Posted 7/08/09 (Wed)read more »

Taxable sales still growing

While development in the oil fields in McKenzie County slowed somewhat in the first quarter of 2009, the energy sector continued to push the county’s taxable sales and purchases at a double digit rate.

Posted 7/08/09 (Wed)read more »

Arnegard to celebrate the Fourth of July

he Fourth of July - food, friends, family, fun and of course, fireworks. Where can you get it all in one place? The Arnegard Fourth of July Celebration.

Posted 7/01/09 (Wed)read more »

‘Small Town Soldiers’ gets rave reviews

If the turnout and feedback from the Watford City movie premiere of ‘Small Town Soldiers’ directed by Cody Shimek, is any indication of the movie’s overall success, then Shimek should be in the running for Director of the Year.

Posted 7/01/09 (Wed)read more »

Old School Bed & Breakfast kicks off concert series

The Old School Bed & Breakfast offers a unique experience for anyone who stays there. But for residents of McKenzie County, there isn’t much reason to stay there when home is so close by. But even though spending the night may be out, area residents can still enjoy an evening at the Bed & Breakfast during its summer concert series.

Posted 7/01/09 (Wed)read more »

McKenzie County Fair begins Thursday

Food, fun, entertainment and 4-H make the McKenzie County Fair a memorable experience that you won’t want to miss.

Posted 6/24/09 (Wed)read more »