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County Fire Information and Burn Ban
June 26, 2017
The Board of McKenzie County Commissioners declare a Fire Emergency and Burn Ban to include a ban on ignition of fireworks, garbage burning, campfires, burning of farm or crop land and unnecessary off-road motorized travel when the North Dakota Rangeland Fire Index is in the High, Very High, or Extreme category and/or a Red Flag Warning has been issued for McKenzie County, North Dakota. The daily Rangeland Fire Index can be found at the following web site:

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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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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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In Watford I got to go to my first National Park. I made some friends and we went to the badlands and saw things we never heard of before like jackrabbits and mule deer. In my opinion Watford is the best city ever!

~ Justice C Staton-Grade 5

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