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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.

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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.

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‘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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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As the cost of everything seems to be rising, McKenzie Electric Cooperative’s Annual Meeting focused on what they are doing to help keep customer costs down in a time of rising costs and company growth.

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It doesn’t matter if you graduated 10 years ago or 60, it’s always fun to reconnect with classmates and that’s exactly what Homefest is all about.

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During World War II, millions of young Americans from rural areas were swept away from their small farms and towns to participate in a world-changing event that had a lasting affect on their lives.

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The Watford City City Council reissued liquor licenses to five Watford City establishments during its regular meeting on Monday, June 8. But it did so with a stern warning that it expected the establishments to strictly follow city ordinances, especially those governing the sale of alcohol to minors.

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Summer is a great time for reunions, street dances and of course ,the county fair. In most areas, these events are spread throughout the summer, but in McKenzie County, they mark the beginning of a fun-filled summer.

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For most college students, college courses are a way of learning the things they need in order to get their dream job. But for some students like Alex Veeder, some courses offer a lot more. Veeder, a 2007 Watford City High School graduate heard about the God’s Child Project and the volunteer network at North Dakota State University during freshman orientation and right away, she knew it was something she wanted to get involved with.

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The Fraternal Order of the Masons is the oldest fraternal order of men in the world, and McKenzie County is privileged to have the Masons Grand Master of North Dakota from the Fort Union Lodge #128 in Watford City.

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Nobody wants to see cold weather in June, not even in North Dakota. But area farmers are thankful for the unseasonably cool temperatures we’ve seen so far this June. Until recently a lack of moisture had many farmers thinking they wouldn’t have much if anything to harvest.

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This spring the thought of rising water was not a good thing. But today many McKenzie County residents are thrilled to hear that Lake Sakakawea has risen considerably and is still on the rise.

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A cancer diagnosis is nothing to take lightly, but fortunately for McKenzie County Sheriff Ron Rankin, a recent diagnosis hasn’t slowed him down or interrupted his work.

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June 3, 2009

Giving kids a chance

If you have room in your heart and in your home, you may be ready to make a difference in the life of a child by becoming a foster parent.

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Summer is the time for traveling and road construction. Although no one likes having their travel plans delayed due to road construction, we all know that it’s something that needs to be done.

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Even though North Dakota has faired pretty well during this time of economic struggle, the state is still receiving some economic stimulus money that will have a big impact on McKenzie County .

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For most people cancer is never far from their minds, and even though there always seems to be somebody you know battling the disease, it still seems impossible to think that the next person you know with cancer could be you.

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A four-lane highway from Watford City to Belfield, wow – that would be great! Unfortunately, that’s something that just isn’t economically feasible, at least at this time. But supporters of the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway (TRE) hope to bring residents of McKenzie County the next best thing.

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McKenzie County residents are fortunate to live in an area where everybody looks out for each other and neighbors are there when you need them.

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The owners of a dog that was savagely mauled and critically injured by another dog over the Easter weekend in Watford City made an impassioned plea to the Watford City City Council during their meeting on Monday, May 4 for the city to enact stricter dog ordinances.

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Tobacco Gardens Resort has been a long standing part of McKenzie County, but for the past several years the cafe and concessions have been without an owner leaving patrons without any services.

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Living in a rural community has a lot of great advantages, but there are some things that most rural communities just can’t offer, like affordable and quality wellness opportunities.

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Oil production in North Dakota has dropped from a rig count high of 98 to a rig count of 38 as of Friday, May 1, 2009. The main cause for the drop in rigs is the drop in the price of oil.

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Things aren’t always what they seem, but in this day and age it seems that anything is possible. But could there really have been a pipe bomb in the Badlands? Yes, there could have, which is what brought the Minot Police Department Bomb Squad to Watford City on April 29, 2009.

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