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TR National Park North Unit-A popular & easy trip
March 27, 2017
I love taking visitors, even young children to the North Unit of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park (TRNP). It’s on the very south edge of McKenzie County, and is one of those features that makes McKenzie County a world class destination. In classic North Dakota style, the TRNP under promises and over delivers. You’ll be amazed when you put on your hiking shoes and explore the park.

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What the Watford?!
March 20, 2017
Last week for Rural Leadership North Dakota we traveled to a town in the state where I have never been: Watford City. I thought it was fascinating to see how a town that had a population of 1500 less than a decade ago, survived being inundated with people so much so that it’s estimated population was over 10,000 for a time.

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Sen. Heitkamp visits Wolf Pup to talk healthcare
March 20, 2017
WATFORD CITY — The group of young parents sitting in toddler-sized chairs around a table in a McKenzie County daycare met Friday morning with the same issue on their minds — the struggle of balancing a family while working jobs that offer little or no maternity leave.

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We are the Energy of North Dakota
March 17, 2017
Familiar faces and story showcased in this Energy of North Dakota video on how the energy industry fuels America

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Workforce and Community focus of Energy Day
March 17, 2017
Three headlines emerged from Energy Day at the state Legislature.
The event, sponsored by Bakken Backers, drew about 150 people to the state capitol on Tuesday, March 7.
Ryan Rauschenberger, the state tax commissioner, suggested that North Dakota faces a “new normal” in sales tax collections, which drive the state’s general fund.

That’s the first headline.

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Watford City Elects New Mayor
February 22, 2017
Justin Voll, President of Watford City's Branch of the First International Bank and Trust, has received 250 votes. That beat out Gregg Schuetze of Watford Electrical Inc, who received 72 votes.

These results are considered unofficial until February 27.

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Sanford steps into new role as ND's Lieutenant Gov
February 7, 2017
BISMARCK—Phil Riely remembers Watford City as a town where everyone knew each other.

"When you've got a town of 1,400 people, you know everybody," he said. "You know everybody by their vehicle."

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Ice fishing heats up Lake Sakakawea
February 7, 2017
Eddie Marcy cradles a red Solo cup in his hand as he watches the Syfy Channel on satellite TV.

A lonely bratwurst lies on the stovetop after his lunch, and camouflage curtains decorate the windows. If it weren’t for the 26 inches of ice under his feet, the cozy confines of his ice house might be mistaken for a cabin in the woods.

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Watford projected to grow to population of 9,700
February 1, 2017
Having grown exponentially to over 7,000 people, Watford City is bound for nearly 10,000 residents by 2023, a comprehensive new study says.

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TrainND Comes to Watford City
January 26, 2017
After years of local workers traveling to Williston for various workforce training, Watford City has cultivated its own site.
Under an agreement to be finalized with the Watford City Park Board, Watford City economic development and Williston State College, TrainND-Northwest will offer workforce and oilfield training, an opportunity that has previously been available in Williston and Dickinson.

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My fiancé and I bought 5.2 acres here and have built a house…our business is doing well. We can't imagine leaving our friends we've made here. It's one of the most welcoming communities I've ever moved to.

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