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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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A quiet Arnegard ponders what's in its future
January 26, 2017
By Jack Dura
Farmer Staff Writer

Editor’s note: This is part two of two in a series looking at growth in Alexander and Arnegard.
Under a beaming afternoon sky, Jamie Lane and Randy Shoemaker walk the wooden expansion of their century-old home in Arnegard.
The project is well underway, set to double the size of the couple’s house when it finishes in spring.
“We’re going to be (here) quite some time,” Lane said.

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Curling sweeps Watford City
January 26, 2017
Jarrett Wold says anyone can curl.
And with the sport new to Watford City, everyone now has the opportunity.
“You don’t need to be young. You don’t need to be 6 feet tall and 200 pounds,” Wold, a curling board member, said. “You can curl as long as you can walk.”
With ice available for the sport adding another activity in winter, Wold said he hopes to help teach it to others in the area.
People like Cameron Quinn.

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Memorial to honor over 1,500 local soldiers
January 20, 2017
By Jack Dura
Farmer Staff Writer

In the summer of 1944, Carl Olson received a typed, 140-word letter informing him of his son Arthur’s death in military action in France.
The note was the second the Alexander man had received that year, as six months earlier, Olson learned from another letter of his son George’s death from injuries sustained in the Battle of Tarawa.
The brothers, Cpl. George Olson and Sgt. Arthur Olson, are two of almost 1,600 service members with McKenzie County ties who will be honored in a memorial project for the Veterans Park south of First International Bank & Trust in Watford City.

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Oil production holds steady
January 20, 2017
By Jack Dura
Farmer Staff Writer

North Dakota oil production maintained 1 million barrels a day throughout November from October, but dropped 10,000 barrels a day, part of what the state’s top energy regulator said is a long-term trend.
“That’s good news in that at the end of November, we’re still above 1 million barrels a day,” said Lynn Helms, director of North Dakota’s department of mineral resources.
North Dakota hauled in 31 million barrels in November, or 1.03 million daily barrels, from 13,517 producing wells, a new all-time high for producing wells, the DMR reported.

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Shuetze, Voll hope to build on city's gains
December 28, 2016
The two candidates for Watford City mayor have much in common in their outlook for the city, while their experiences and resumes vary on many points.

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Svihovec to retire from county post
December 28, 2016
McKenzie County Auditor/Treasurer Linda Svihovec will extend her date to retire to June 24, 2017, after submitting her resignation earlier this month to leave Jan. 21.

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