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Karmen Lawrence, a 20-year-old native of Watford City, has spent the last six months of her life on an overseas journey, familiarizing herself with the global human trafficking industry and the victims it creates.

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Watford City struggles to develop affordable housing

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What began as a common battle between parent and child over hair has ended in an act of giving.

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Proposed constitutional amendment would eliminate state's property tax

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The bright lights of the burning natural gas flares that make western North Dakota visible from outer space are going to be a little dimmer now that the Garden Creek natural gas processing plant is online.

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Last Friday, state and federal officials, along with a number of local industry leaders and landowners flocked to McKenzie County to celebrate the commissioning of Bridger Pipeline’s new Four Bears Pipeline.

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The North Dakota Department of Transportation’s (NDDOT) State Traffic Improvement Program (STIP) is out for 2012-2015 and it contains some exciting things for McKenzie County.

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Jesse Osborn joins work crews flooding into landlocked North Dakota

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In an attempt to recruit new physicians as well as expanding its specialist physician services, McKenzie County Healthcare Systems has begun discussing a possible affiliation with St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck.

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January 18, 2012

New wheels for Sierra

The life of a child with special needs is full of challenges and blessings.

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ONEOK Partners new 100 million cubic feet per day natural gas processing facility located northeast of Watford City, the Garden Creek Plant, is open and operational.

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Diana Carrillo is the kind of person that brings a smile to your face every time you see her. She can best be described as a spunky, vivacious Lantina.

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McKenzie County Commissioners vote 4 - 0 in favor of implementing new zoning ordinances

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One cent city sales tax pours record $980,170 into city’s Roughrider Fund

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Watford City natives don’t have to be told their city is the best place in North Dakota to raise kids.

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Healthcare System is first in the state to implement electronic records

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January 4, 2012

One bad day

Eight accidents on Dec. 29 send six to the hospital and leave another dead

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January 4, 2012

Bakken booms in 2011

2011 has been a huge year for the oil and gas industry throughout western North Dakota.

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If there was any doubt that the boom in the oil patch is driving the state’s economy, the most recent data from the North Dakota State Tax Dept. should lay those doubts to rest. Leading the state in the percentage of increase in taxable sales in the third quarter of 2011 were five cities in northwestern North Dakota.

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December 28, 2011

Controlling traffic

Drivers need to be aware that some changes have occurred in Watford City to help control traffic and speeding within the city limits.

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Sitting in Dr. Shannon’s waiting room, Pastor John Lane shuffled through magazines like most people do while waiting for an appointment.

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Christmas may have come a little early for the McKenzie County Public School District No. 1 in the way of new school busses being funded by the McKenzie County Infrastructure Fund and more state money because of the rapid increase in the district’s student numbers.

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Shirley Norby shines as the 2011 recipient of the Heart of Gold Award

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Starting Jan. 1, 2012, residents and business owners will see rate increases for all of their city utility charges.

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Less than a year after Watford City received a $13 million grant from the State of North Dakota to improve its water and sewer service into its one-mile Extraterritorial Zone (ETA), the city is already looking at the possibility of growing even more to accommodate new growth.

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December 14, 2011

Quilting for a good reason

The Quilting Guild of McKenzie County is made up of women throughout the community that love to quilt! But even more than quilting, they share a joy of community.

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It’s a shame when something is made available to the public for a specific purpose and the negligent behavior of a few ruins everyone’s opportunity to take advantage of it.

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In spite of seeing a record number of patients in the clinic, the emergency room and in the hospital, the McKenzie County Healthcare Systems is struggling financially.

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McKenzie County is full of people who believe ‘it is better to give than to receive.’

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December 7, 2011

A hero among us

Welcome to the McKenzie County Farmer’s new series, Faces of the Patch.

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