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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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Two submit petitions for Watford City Mayor
December 21, 2016
Following former Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford’s election to North Dakota lieutenant governor, at least two candidates have emerged for his former position.
Gregg Schuetze and Justin Voll filed their petitions for the city’s special election for mayor to be held Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, Watford City City Auditor Peni Peterson and Voll said.

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City Vet's Memorial Building goes alcohol free
December 21, 2016
Long before Watford City built the new Rough Rider Center, the McKenzie County Veterans Memorial Building was the only venue with enough room to accommodate large banquets or wedding receptions. But as the city has grown and more private and public facilities have been built that can accommodate those large gatherings, the Watford City City Council has decided that now is the time to make some changes to how the Veterans Memorial Building will be used in the future.

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Oil production rises in October
December 21, 2016
North Dakota oil production rose above 1 million barrels a day in October, but the return to seven-digit daily production won’t last, Lynn Helms said.
The director of the Department of Mineral Resources said the 7 percent increase in production stems from Divide, McKenzie and McLean counties. McKenzie County production shot up over 50,000 barrels a day in October, Helms said.

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Stenberg, Veeder reshuffle in Economic Development
December 14, 2016
By Jack Dura
Farmer Staff Writer

Daniel Stenberg’s office in the McKenzie County Courthouse may be a little empty, but that’s because he’s just getting started.
Taking over Monday, Nov. 28, following Gene Veeder’s departure from the position, Stenberg brings his local knowledge and experiences from time away to his new post of economic development coordinator.
“I feel like I can kind of empathize with the old-timers ...,” he said, “but then I can also blend that with the new people that have come into the community and what they’re looking for, and try to provide a bridge between the two.”
While road, water and hospital infrastructure made progress under Veeder’s watch, Stenberg said he’d also like to focus on quality-of-life aspects in the area.

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Spirit of Giving Alive in Watford
December 14, 2016
By Betsy Ryan
Farmer Staff Writer

As the Christmas season amps up, people all over McKenzie County feel a push to share their resources and give to those not quite as fortunate. One couple has taken that charge to a whole new level for the third year in a row.
Kathie and Jim Konsor of the Bakken Oil Rush Ministry have gone above and beyond once again.
On Dec. 4, the Konsors joined with 36 volunteers to provide a Christmas party for 189 people and Christmas gifts for 89 children.
Jim Konsor traveled up to North Dakota from his home in South Dakota in 2012 to drive a payloader and make some money. While in McKenzie County, the needs of so many in the oil patch touched him. When he returned home to his wife, he could not shake the feeling and he and Kathie got to talking.
Jim had met people who had lost their houses or businesses, who had relationship issues or other hardship which had brought them to seek out a better life in the oil field. But, he noticed, just showing up in McKenzie County did not mean that a person was set. Many struggled to find housing here, were lonely, or were suffering in their new climate and culture. As he spoke with his wife, they felt like those were areas wherein they could lend a hand.
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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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