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Emergency Manager Nominated to National Board
September 25, 2017

McKenzie County, ND—Karolin Jappe, McKenzie County Emergency Manager, has been nominated to the Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee for the National Association of Counties (NACo).

The Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee deals with all matters pertaining to criminal justice and public safety systems, including criminal justice planning, law enforcement, courts, corrections, homeland security, community crime prevention, juvenile justice and delinquency prevention, emergency management, fire prevention and control, and civil disturbances.

Ms. Jappe will stay informed on legislative and regulatory action relevant to her committee, and is invited to represent McKenzie County at NACo’s 2018 Legislative Conference in March, and the annual conference scheduled for July 2018.


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Commissioner Veeder and JDA Director Tour Dam
September 22, 2017
GLENDIVE, Mont. — There is a quiet corner on the Yellowstone River, across from the Glendive Intake Diversion Dam’s canal entrances, where pallid sturgeon gather in the spring as they try to find a way upriver to spawn.

That quiet spot is where a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation project has proposed constructing a fish bypass channel that the endangered species could use to find a way upriver

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After boom, cities paying off growth debt
September 19, 2017
Grand Forks Herald
WATFORD CITY, N.D.—The North Dakota oil boom turned black gold into green for public and private interests over its high-flying run.

But now, leaders in Oil Patch cities that invested hundreds of millions of dollars to cope with the crush of boom activity are focused on answering questions about how to pay off the red ink of high municipal debts while anticipating future spending needs.

"The thing to remember are the challenges that happened when smaller communities had to build out infrastructure at a pace that couldn't be supported," said Gene Veeder, a member of the McKenzie County Board of Commissioners and Watford City's head of economic development. "The big 100-year projects were all built within like five years here."

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September News Updates
September 19, 2017
Shark attack survivor, state finals rodeo, school enrollment and more. Read about it in the Sept update from McKenzie Co. Economic Development.
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Watford resident featured on Nature Valley video
September 19, 2017
Garnering over a million views within the first few days of it being posted, Watford City resident Nick Ybarra shares about his passion for mountain biking, the badlands, and his Save the Maah Daah Hey Foundation in this Upworthy/Nature Valley video.

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Local entrepreneurs employ 250 in area businesses
September 19, 2017
Aaron and Angie Pelton--operators of area restaurants such as Outlaws, Stonehome Brew Pub and more--were featured in the DAWA blog talking about their work over the past decade that has led to six food establishments and 250 employees!


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McKenzie County Businesses Providing Housing
September 8, 2017

Local Businesses and Residents Selling/Donating Excess and Vacant Temporary Housing Units to Disaster Areas in United States

McKenzie County, ND—Local McKenzie County business owners and residents are helping in disaster relief efforts in Texas by selling and donating excess vacant housing units to interested parties serving the citizens in the stricken area who have need of temporary housing.

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Commisioners Vote to hold Prop Taxes at Net Zero
September 7, 2017
The McKenzie County Commission voted unanimously to hold property tax increases to net zero in the upcoming fiscal year. County Departments are being asked to cut 1% from their proposed budgets to stay in line with the Commission’s goal.
A Public Hearing on the budget is set for Sept. 19th at 7:00 pm in the County Commission Board Room in the McKenzie County Courthouse. The public is encouraged to attend.

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New Developments in McKenzie County's Healthcare
August 30, 2017
Construction is underway for the nursing station at the new McKenzie County Healthcare system.

"Ground was broken in August of 2016 so it's amazing to be standing here today. Having come from earth moving to a facility that's amazing like the one we're in," says Lynn Welker Fevold, PR Fundraising Consultant.

The 76.4 million dollar complex has 125,000 square feet. The new space will feature larger rooms with private bathrooms.

"It will be state of the art with all modern equipment. It will have monitoring systems, security systems which are very important to us these days and up to date equipment," says Cheryl Faulkner Nursing Director.

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Costs associated with Sheriff Removal
August 22, 2017
McKenzie County Auditor Erica Johnsrud tabulated the financial cost today for the suspension of Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger as coming in under $10,000.00 in salaries, transportation costs, and the Village Business Institute’s investigation into allegations of harassment and retaliation by an elected official brought forward in June of 2016.






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