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West Nile Disease Prevention
July 26, 2017
West Nile Disease Prevention

West Nile Disease is a virus spread by mosquitos. The number one way to prevent West Nile Disease is to prevent mosquito bites.

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Water Resource District Announces Restrictions
July 19, 2017

McKenzie County Water Resource District Announces Voluntary Water Restrictions Due to Main Line Repair

McKenzie County, ND—Jeff Shaffer, Director of McKenzie County Water Resource District is asking for the public’s help in preparation for a new repair that will significantly impact water usage in McKenzie County.

Recently, WAWS had a break in the 20” water main serving all of McKenzie County and Watford City. During that repair, widespread outages occurred. Another leak has been discovered on this same line, and repairs will begin this Thursday morning, July 20th at 6:00 am.

We are asking all Rural Water customers, as well as Watford City customers to shut off all irrigation and unnecessary water usage for 24 hours, between 6:00 am Thursday, July 20th, and 6:00 am Friday, July 21st.

Please contact McKenzie County Water Resource District if you have any questions during office hours at 701-842-7437, or email Patrick Perkins, McKenzie County Water Resource Assistant Manager at

Emergency Responder Awards
July 13, 2017
McKenzie County Emergency Responder Awards Dinner was held July 12,2017.

Captain Lloyd Clock, with McKenzie County Sheriff's Dept. was awarded for Law Enforcement. Karson Knudston received the award for Fire. Vonnie Johnsrud was awarded for EMS. And Brad Stover took the award for McKenzie County Dispatch.

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Fire Emergency/Disaster Declaration
July 10, 2017
McKenzie County Declares a Fire Emergency/ Disaster Declaration due to the fire near Grassy Butte, ND

County Fire Emergency Burn Ban Order-July 6, 2017
July 6, 2017
This burn ban (July 5, 2017) will replace any previous burn bans.
After much consideration and talk about how to proceed with using the North Dakota Rangeland Fire Index Map on the NDDES Website – which has kept our Fire Index on Moderate for the past week, the County Commissioners and Fire Districts have declared we are at a High Fire Index Rating as of today (July 6, 2017). For questions please call McKenzie County Emergency Management Karolin Jappe at 701.444.7483 or 701.580.6936.

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County Fire Information and Burn Ban-Updated
June 26, 2017
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June 28, 2017

McKenzie County Enacts Fire Emergency and Burn Ban Order on Use of Fireworks

McKenzie County has enacted a Fire Emergency and Burn Ban Order on the use of Fireworks, effective June 29, 2017 at 12:00 am Central Time, until July 5, 2017 at 7 pm Central Time. The McKenzie County Commissioners will discuss the retention or dismissal of the Order at their July 5th Commission Meeting.

The Fire Emergency and Burn Ban Order is in effect regardless of the Fire Danger Rating. The Fire Emergency and Burn Ban Order dated April 18, 2017 is also still in effect.

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A Shale-Oil Boomtown Climbs Back From the Bust
June 14, 2017
Wall Street Journal
North Dakota’s Bakken drilling region rebounds in a sign the U.S. oil recovery is spreading

By Erin Ailworth

WATFORD CITY, N.D.—Radio stations here are again running ads from oil-field companies seeking drivers and mechanics. A store is serving up an alligator-and-crawfish lunch to welcome workers from the Gulf Coast. New rigs are rising across the sprawling prairie.

Drillers are inching back to action in North Dakota’s Bakken shale region, a sign the recovery of the American oil and gas sector is spreading beyond the Texas and Oklahoma fields, where production is cheaper because there is more oil that is easier to tap.

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Initiative Goal More Stable Workforce in Oil Patch
June 14, 2017
Associated Press
A county job development authority in the North Dakota oil patch has launched a unique initiative aimed at building a regional workforce less susceptible to the boom-and-bust cycle of the oil industry.

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County appoints Erica Johnsrud Auditor/Treasurer
June 5, 2017
MCKENZIE COUNTY, North Dakota—The McKenzie County Board of Commissioners voted May 16th to appoint deputy auditor, Erica Johnsrud, to the McKenzie County Auditor/ Treasurer position. Auditor Linda Svihovec announced her retirement in December, after serving for five years as Deputy Treasurer, 15 years as the elected Treasurer, and six years as the elected Auditor.

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Watford City Economy
May 9, 2017
Business is still booming in McKenzie County.

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We are currently 4th generation ranchers here. It's a fun lifestyle for all of us. We know this is a growing place and my children will have more opportunities because of all that has happened here.

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