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2010 census puts Watford’s population at 1,744 people

Driven by western North Dakota’s recent oil boom, the state’s population rose by 4.7 percent during the last 10 years, and McKenzie County’s population rose 10.9 percent during that decade to 6,360 people.

Posted 3/30/11 (Wed)read more »

Oil well fire north of Arnegard finally capped

After burning for nearly two weeks, an oil well fire located north of Arnegard was extinguished on Friday.

Posted 3/23/11 (Wed)read more »

Olson stepping down as County Auditor

After 20 years in office, the time had come for Frances Olson, McKenzie County Auditor to retire. “I came into the position with the hopes that I would be here for 20 years,” says Olson

Posted 3/23/11 (Wed)read more »

Svihovec appointed County Auditor

Following a meeting in regular session on Friday, March 18, the McKenzie County Board of Commissioners has appointed Linda Svihovec to fill the position of McKenzie County Auditor until the General Election of November, 2012. The effective date of the appointment is April 1, 2011.

Posted 3/23/11 (Wed)read more »

City to move forward with infrastructure improvements

While the North Dakota Legislature is still debating how much funding will be made available to oil-impacted communities, such as Watford City, for infrastructure improvement assistance, the Watford City City Council decided on Monday evening that the city needed to continue pressing forward with plans to expand city water and sewer service into newly annexed areas.

Posted 3/16/11 (Wed)read more »

Spring storm strands motorists

High winds and snow left many McKenzie County travelers stranded either in a town or on the highway on Friday.

Posted 3/16/11 (Wed)read more »

Well goes up in flames

Shortly after 9 a.m. Monday, a sky filled with billowing black smoke had Arnegard residents and area emergency personnel on alert.

Posted 3/09/11 (Wed)read more »

More improvements coming to U.S. Highway 85

More passing lanes and a widened roadway are all on tap for U.S. Highway 85 this summer as the North Dakota Dept. of Transportation (DOT) finalizes plans for improving the highway between Watford City and Williston.

Posted 3/09/11 (Wed)read more »

N.D. House approves bill for rural water to McKenzie County

Many McKenzie County residents are still waiting for rural water to run through their faucets, but if the Legislature passes HB 1206, the water could be flowing a lot sooner.

Posted 3/09/11 (Wed)read more »

Giving failing students a helping hand

With a continually growing drop-out rate, school administration at Watford City High School decided it was time to do something to help more of its students to succeed.

Posted 3/02/11 (Wed)read more »

City Council terminates city engineer

Posted 3/02/11 (Wed)read more »

Arnegard Spuds to be honored for winning 1961 State Class C Basketball Crown

They were referred to as the little basketball team with a big heart, and they were credited with pulling off the biggest sports upset of the year in 1961, when the Arnegard Spuds beat Crary, 64-59 to become the 1961 North Dakota State Class C Champions.

Posted 3/02/11 (Wed)read more »

Winter storms impacting school district’s test exemption policy

With all of the snowstorms that have kept school buses from running so far this winter, McKenzie County Public School District No. 1 school board members were informed on Monday, Feb. 15 that the district is struggling to keep its test exemption policy fair to all students.

Posted 2/23/11 (Wed)read more »

Kelly honored by AHA for leadership in promoting healthcare

Dan Kelly, McKenzie County Healthcare Systems (MCHS) CEO has been named the 2010 Grassroots Champion for North Dakota.

Posted 2/23/11 (Wed)read more »

Housing continues to be a concern

Recent studies and observations show that McKenzie County is in need of housing. A problem that has been ongoing.

Posted 2/16/11 (Wed)read more »

Hanson resigns as county auditor

After less than a month in her position, Jodi L. Hanson tendered her resignation as the McKenzie County Auditor, effective for the term that would begin April 1, 2011.

Posted 2/16/11 (Wed)read more »

Police Dept. adds two new officers

With a growing number of residents, the Watford City City Council and the Watford City Chief of Police decided it was time to add another police officer to the department.

Posted 2/16/11 (Wed)read more »

Grazing Assoc. has beef with new pasture requirement

A new U.S. Forest Service scoping document that would create a new requirement for high grass structure on three pastures of the Little Missouri National Grasslands has members of the McKenzie County Grazing Association up in arms over potential grazing cuts.

Posted 2/09/11 (Wed)read more »

Watford City to host annexation open house

During the Dec. 13 meeting of the Watford City City Council, it was approved to add just over 700 acres to Watford City through annexation. The annexation will include tracts of property to the north, south, east and west of the current Watford City city limits.

Posted 2/09/11 (Wed)read more »

City, school fight to receive more oil revenue

Watford City is located smack in the middle of an oil boom, and unless you’ve experienced the good and the bad of it, it’s difficult to understand why city and school district officials are fighting to keep more of the oil tax revenues here in Watford City.

Posted 2/02/11 (Wed)read more »