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Still Booming
April 12, 2017
Watford City is still booming even though oil growth has slowed down in western North Dakota. Check out how our community reinvested in their city by building a state-of-the-art events center and high school. You'll also see how McKenzie Electric Cooperative planned well for this community's future by having the vision to build the necessary infrastructure to supply electric service to this rapidly growing area.

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Newsweek names ND best state for young adults
April 6, 2017
For young adults looking for opportunity, there’s apparently no better place than North Dakota. A wave of young people relocating to the state has put North Dakota at the top of a list of best states for young adults to live in 2017.

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Watford City schools to see steady growth
April 5, 2017
For a school district that has seen its enrollment numbers explode from 698 to 1,379 students in the last five years, Steve Holen, district superintendent and the McKenzie County Public School District No. 1 school board know all too well how important it is to get a handle on what their future enrollment trend is going to be.

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Gov., Lt Gov attend Law Enforcement Center Opening
April 5, 2017
WATFORD CITY, N.D. – Governor Doug Burgum and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford today attended the grand opening of the new McKenzie County Combined Law Enforcement Center.

McKenzie County and Watford City collaborated on the $57 million project, providing much-needed space for sheriff’s deputies and police officers and expanding the county’s jail capacity from 21 beds to 136 beds.

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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.

Read complete commentary at:https://nodakkelli.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/what-the-watford/

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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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