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This past year’s accomplishments and the optimistic future of the McKenzie County Healthcare Systems (MCHS) were the highlights of this year’s 2014 Report to the Community luncheon and meeting that took place Friday, Nov. 21.

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Watford City kicks off holiday festivities

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Skarda, Best will officially join the county commission in December

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Immediate goal is to find a temporary building for Mobile Free Thrift Center

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Existing school too small to meet new student growth

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November 18, 2014

Drilling activity slows

Drilling begins shift to the “Heart of the Bakken”

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With the holidays fast approaching, the local Watford City Post Office is feeling the pressure of trying to adequately meet the needs of their customers with an insufficient amount of staffing and an enormous amount of mail volume.

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Schwartzenberger elected sheriff; Skarda, Best to serve on McKenzie County Board of County Commissioners; Republicans head to State Legislature

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Shooting incident results in four being arrested for involvement in drug ring

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Niece had uncle sign over oil well rights, loan her and her family more than $20,000 before kidnapping him

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Opening of U.S. Highway 85 and N.D. 23 bypasses reroutes 5,000 trucks per day from city’s streets and intersections

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November 4, 2014

Alco files for bankruptcy

Impacts on Watford store not known

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Nov. 4 election will decide fate of state, local candidates

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Over $110 million in housing projects currently underway in 10 subdivisions

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A healthcare partnership in Watford City is expanding to greatly enhance growing community’s needs

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McKenzie County will be least impacted as oil prices fall

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Developer breaks ground on 40,000 square foot new office, retail building

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With footings and foundation work underway for the new Watford City High School, members of the McKenzie County Public School District No. 1 School Board spent last Monday discussing options that they have to increase the maximum capacity of the school to 800 students.

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Levang credits the MCHS staff for being the ‘glue of the organization’

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With budget approval, county plans to add 45 full-time employees to staff

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Shooters look to make range safer

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The Watford City City Council gave its go-ahead to spending $77 million to construct a new wastewater treatment facility and a new community Events Center.

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Domestic violence becoming a bigger problem throughout the oil patch

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October 7, 2014

Costly road closures

Rain-closed roads cost the state’s oilfield over $50 million per day

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Watford City volunteer firefighters are on pace for responding to approximately 275 to 300 calls by the end of 2014.

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Lack of permanent housing and living conditions of many area residents are factors in “homeless” classification

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First International Bank & Trust makes its largest donation to any single community project

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Legislators say surge funding, change in Gross Production Tax formulas is critical to oil-impacted areas

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McKenzie County is projected to have 13,500 wells by 2027. To put that growth into perspective, McKenzie County had 2,656 in production in July of this year, while there are now 11,287 producing wells in all of North Dakota.

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