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Sanford moves on from Mayor to Lt. Governor
December 7, 2016
By Jack Dura
Farmer Staff Writer

On his way home from Bismarck last Thursday afternoon, Brent Sanford summarized his time as Watford City mayor in a breeze, as the challenges of the oil boom built a bright future for the small town.
From housing and daycare to infrastructure and population estimates, Watford City rocketed through some rough times to reach a feeling of normalcy today, the lieutenant governor-elect said.

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Concert to raise funds for Veterans Memorial Park
November 2, 2016
On November 12, the American Legion has teamed up with the Watford City Park Board to bring a triple header concert to the Rough Rider Center. All proceeds will go to the Veteran’s Memorial Park. The concert which starts at 8 p.m., features Head East, Starship, and Kat Perkins.

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Rough Rider Center opens to endless possibilities
October 27, 2016
Perched on top of a hill on the east section of Watford City, overlooking new housing, hotels, business developments and the Watford City High School football field, sits a building made of glass and steel, packed to the brim with potential and community collaboration. A multi-million dollar vision come to life.

A game changer.

The Rough Rider Center.

The ribbon has been cut and its doors have finally opened.

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Keeping the Maah Daah Hey Trail Alive
October 26, 2016
While western North Dakota has always bred ice fishermen, rodeo talent, hunters and 4-H participators, the area is starting to churn out a new type of person - mountain bikers.

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Watford may rival Williston in size some believe
October 19, 2016
With massive growth in population predicted in Divide, McKenzie and Williams counties over the next decade, some are wondering if Watford City might soon rival Williston in size.

At the Williston Area Real Estate Summit last week, one panelist pointed to Watford City as the new hotspot for oil in the region.

Panelist Paul Ficara of RE/MAX Bakken Realty has a background in Watford City.

“The city currently serves 7,500 to 10,000, but has the infrastructure for 15,000,” he said. “That’s really positive for the long term. In Watford City, in the past 18 months, the city has invested $70 million in infrastructure and plans on $30 to 35 million in 2017.”

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City OKs $61 Million Budget
October 13, 2016
After two years of major infrastructure growth that saw the city of Watford City build a $101 million event center, as well as spend nearly $30 million on new roads and waste water treatment facilities, the city’s budget is returning to more normal levels.

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Parks and Rec releases Fall/Winter program list
August 24, 2016
Watford City Parks and Rec. is out with their new fall/winter program schedule. Sign up today!

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Oil patch schools see enrollment increases
August 24, 2016
Watford City Public School opening bell rang Thursday with more students at their desks than when school ended, a surprise given the continued slump in oil development across the oil producing region.

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Rodenbiker resigns as State's Attorney
August 24, 2016
McKenzie County’s State’s Attorney resigned last week as he accepted a federal position in Fargo.
Jake Rodenbiker resigned Wednesday, Aug. 17, in a letter to county auditor Linda Svihovec. His last day is Thursday, Sept. 15.

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Construction of new healthcare facility begins
August 3, 2016
Nearly three years after the McKenzie County Healthcare System, Inc. announced that it would be constructing a new replacement healthcare facility in Watford City, construction of the new $75.4 million complex is finally set to begin this week.

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