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As shelter closes, Red Cross praises Watford City
July 15, 2018
In the days following a deadly EF-2 tornado in Watford City, Red Cross officials have repeatedly praised the efforts of the community to help those affected by the storm.

On Friday, the Red Cross announced that everyone who used its emergency shelter had found either temporary or permanent housing — something that often takes far longer.

“A recovery that can take weeks, has been done in a matter of days,” said Western North Dakota Chapter Executive Director Rob Stotz. “It truly shows the generosity and compassion of this community that’s come together to support their own.”

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Photos: Watford City RV park hit by tornado
July 14, 2018
Photos from the Bismarck Tribune

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Official statement on severe weather incident
July 10, 2018
DATE: 07/10/2018

On 07/10/2018 around 0045 hours CST there was a severe weather event in central McKenzie County, specifically Watford City, resulting in substantial damage to the Prairie View RV Park located at 304 16th Avenue SW in Watford City. Multiple 911 calls were received indicating subjects were trapped and injured inside Prairie View RV Park.

Initially, units from the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office, Watford City Police Department, McKenzie County Ambulance Service and the Watford City Fire Department responded and found widespread destruction inside the RV Park.

Preliminary reports indicate 28 injured civilians were treated at McKenzie County Hospital with at least 3 being flown by air ambulance and 6 others are critical and arrangements are being made for follow on care. Some of the injured have been released from the hospital, but the numbers are not known at this time.

Any displaced residents of the Prairie View RV Park or other damaged areas may respond to the Watford City Civic Center located 112 2nd Avenue NE for shelter.

Please avoid the area of Main Street from 6th Avenue SE to 24th Avenue SW in Watford City.

Any volunteers can go to the Subway located at 105 9th Avenue SE to check in and assist with the incident.

All media inquiries can be directed to Lt. Watkins by calling 701-444-3654.

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June 12 Election Results
June 13, 2018
See official Election Results at

Rural Ambulance District Measure #1
Total Votes: 1545
Yes: 1289
No: 251
Abstain: 5

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Watford featured in North Dakota Living Magazine
May 17, 2018
by Luann Dart

Watford City’s hotels include amenities found in any larger community. PHOTOS COURTESY WATFORD CITY TOURISM
Trek the rugged Maah Daah Hey Trail. Reconnect with nature – and your family – with the scenic North Dakota Badlands as a backdrop. Or float in the lazy river in Watford City’s impressive Rough Rider Center.

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March Update:$400M gas plant; events; new business
March 15, 2018
$400M gas plant; events for all ages; new businesses and more...all in the March update

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Bakken seems to be in steady growth cycle
March 14, 2018
There continues to be encouraging news emerging from the Bakken. More key infrastructure projects are being announced, ones that should move more product to market and reduce flaring.

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Madly in love with the Maah Daah Hey
January 22, 2018
Have you ever loved something so much that you would walk 200 miles for it? Through heavy brush? With a push mower? Nick Ybarra has.

"It was here that the romance of my life began." —Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt was often given to waxing poetic about North Dakota's Badlands, and it’s easy to see why. The earth rises and plummets in sepia folds that form dramatic buttes and canyons, dotted with dark pine trees. Prairie grasses bend and twist in the ever-present wind and mingle with the brilliant reds and muted browns that make up much of the clay-heavy soil. Roosevelt is known to have cited his time in North Dakota as being the reason he fell in love with the outdoors and set him on the path to becoming President.

It is this same North Dakota landscape that was Nick Ybarra’s first love.

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Museum offers classes for preschool children
January 16, 2018
The Pioneer Museum in Watford City is a place where people can learn about the past , but the museum is now taking on the future.
The museum's Tater Tots program recently received a grant from the McKenzie County Community Foundation.
The program will use the money to create sensory activity classes , which help develop motor skills for preschool children.

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County Correctional Facility 100% compliant
January 2, 2018
It was determined that the McKenzie County Correctional Facility was 100% compliant with the 107 ND Correctional Facility Standards and applicable state and federal law.

The McKenzie County Correctional Facility was commended for the high level of cooperation shown during the inspection as well as for the facility’s leadership, dedication and enthusiasm combined with staff teamwork.

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