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August 26, 2009

Harvest on hold

After a rough harvest last year, area farmers are just happy they have something to harvest. Now they just need the weather to cooperate and let them get into their fields.

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With a resurgence in drilling for oil in North Dakota on the heels of the discovery of the Bakken and Three Forks formations in western North Dakota, since 2004, North Dakota’s crude oil production has grown an average of 16.9 percent per year.

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Like most kids, Watford City Elementary students probably aren’t ready for summer to end and school to start. But ready or not, the first day of school is just around the corner and students can expect to see some new faces and a few changes around the school.

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Although unseasonably cool weather has most kids feeling like summer hasn’t even started, the time has come for summer vacation to end with McKenzie County students heading back to school over the next week.

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McKenzie County state land mineral leases netted an average of $712 per acre during the Aug. 4 sale held by the North Dakota State Land Department.

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It may not happen before the snow flies, but Watford City residents looking for housing should be able to get into the Lutheran Social Services Housing units before Christmas.

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Water is a basic necessity of life, something that every individual is entitled to. However, quality and availability of water varies from one area to the next, something that many residents of McKenzie County are all too familiar with.

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Starting a new business, especially a small business, is a process that not only takes a lot of time, it also takes a lot of resources. Fortunately for residents of McKenzie County, those resources exist and some of them are willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to help make small businesses a reality.

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The Watford City City Council put some teeth into its newly revamped ordinances governing pets in Watford City during its regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 3, as the council significantly increased the penalty for pets being off leash, as well as increasing impound fees for animals picked up by the city.

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August is here, and that means it’s almost time for students to head back to school. Recent improvements should have students at both schools excited for the first day of school.

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August 5, 2009

Love those ribs

From one extreme to another, the Best Of The West Ribfest has proved to be successful in all types of weather, from last year’s 100-degree heat to this year’s odd July weather which consisted of a cool 65-degree day with rain and 30 mph winds.

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A hobby is a great way to relax and take a little time to enjoy life, but for Watford City native Dan Wagner, his hobby led to much more.

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According to trap counts, mosquito control efforts by the United States Air Force killed about half of Watford City’s mosquito population. But if you head outside for an evening stroll, the result feels much different.

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July 29, 2009

Budget work begins

Thanks to a one-time receipt of $380,000 from flood control money the district received for Corps of Engineers land within the school district, the McKenzie County Public School District No. 1 ended its 2008-2009 fiscal year with a budget surplus of $218,754.

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With 12 teams signed up and the addition of a Street Fair, the 2009 Best Of The West Ribfest is expected to be the best yet.

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Because of its success, the Bakken continues to be a hot topic among the oil industry. But recently, conversations have changed from the success of the Bakken to the potential of the Three Forks Sanish (TFS) Formation.

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Watford City is often referred to as a growing and thriving community. However, a lack of housing has made it difficult for the community to continue growing. A problem the city hopes will be resolved soon through two housing projects.

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The outlook for July, according to the National Weather Service, called for below normal temperatures and slightly below normal precipitation. Below average temperatures have been noticed, and for most people that’s just fine. But when it comes to the National Weather Service’s prediction for below normal moisture, so far it’s the exact opposite.

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Gene Veeder is a man credited with using his position in the community to change Watford City from a rural community like many others in the state, to a thriving community that is looked up to by other communities in the state.

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t takes a lot of time and hard work to be an emergency responder and because having a good emergency response team is vital to the community, each year McKenzie County awards one of its responders with the Responder of the Year award.

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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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