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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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November 30, 2011

Stocked up for the holidays

People love Christmas for many different reasons, and though it seems full of distractions that seek to take away the holiday spirit, for most people, Christmas wins out in the end.

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When it comes to seeing the need for the McKenzie County Commissioners to enact county-wide land use planning and zoning, county residents appear to be deeply divided.

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November 30, 2011

Answering the call

t is easy to see how quickly the face of McKenzie County is changing, especially when it affects many facets of daily living (traffic, housing, crime, etc.).

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“This is a great occasion,” stated North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple. “It’s an event worthy of celebrating.”

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With the holiday season just around the corner, McKenzie County residents are busy making plans and preparations.

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Believe it or not, America’s biggest oil-producing oil patch has been experiencing a fuel shortage for the last four months.

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What would you do if a train was barreling down the tracks and you were tied down in its path?

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“This is a community that did it,” proudly stated Dan Kelly, CEO of the McKenzie County Healthcare Systems as ground was officially broken for the $5.4 million Connie Wold Wellness Center on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

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If you have a pile of clothes that your kids have out-grown or do not like anymore, then this is the event for you! The Sharing Clothes Line is a non-profit event aimed at making the most of our kids’ closets.

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November 9, 2011

More power coming on line

Providing reliable electric power to their customers has always been Job No. 1 for McKenzie Electric Cooperative.

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November 9, 2011

Zoning talks to resume

After the July 5 meeting on zoning in McKenzie County ended in a stalemate, with a ‘wait and see’ policy, talks of zoning in McKenzie County have again resurfaced.

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