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2019 McKenzie County Preliminary Budget
August 7, 2018
2019 McKenzie County Preliminary Budget. Public Hearing to be held at 6:00pm CT on September 18, 2018.

Maah Daah Hey 100 to attract 550 mountain bikers
August 2, 2018
WATFORD CITY - About 550 mountain bikers are expected to compete Saturday in the Maah Daah Hey 100, a race through western North Dakota’s Badlands that's growing in popularity and helping to preserve the unique trail.

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Watford: Most charming town in ND-Readers Digest
July 23, 2018
According to Reader's Digest, Watford City is North Dakota's "most charming" town! Among other qualities, the article talks about our badlands, main street, eclectic shops, and local restaurants.

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Local resident launches MineralTracker software
July 23, 2018
Jeff Kummer, a Watford City native, is launching MineralTracker software. MineralTracker is the only mineral management software that allows mineral owners to compare actual royalty payments to expected payments based on well performance and a proprietary and Bakken-specific reservoir model built by MineralTracker’s petroleum engineers.

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PBS's Travels with Darley visits McKenzie County
July 23, 2018
Watford City and its surrounding attractions will be featured on an upcoming Travels with Darley episode. Darley Newman, host of the show, and her crew of technical experts spent four days visiting the people and places of McKenzie County in late June.

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July updates from McKenzie County
July 23, 2018
July update from Economic Development—tv show visit, increased economic activity, events galore, and much more!

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As shelter closes, Red Cross praises Watford City
July 15, 2018
In the days following a deadly EF-2 tornado in Watford City, Red Cross officials have repeatedly praised the efforts of the community to help those affected by the storm.

On Friday, the Red Cross announced that everyone who used its emergency shelter had found either temporary or permanent housing — something that often takes far longer.

“A recovery that can take weeks, has been done in a matter of days,” said Western North Dakota Chapter Executive Director Rob Stotz. “It truly shows the generosity and compassion of this community that’s come together to support their own.”

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Photos: Watford City RV park hit by tornado
July 14, 2018
Photos from the Bismarck Tribune

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Official statement on severe weather incident
July 10, 2018
DATE: 07/10/2018

On 07/10/2018 around 0045 hours CST there was a severe weather event in central McKenzie County, specifically Watford City, resulting in substantial damage to the Prairie View RV Park located at 304 16th Avenue SW in Watford City. Multiple 911 calls were received indicating subjects were trapped and injured inside Prairie View RV Park.

Initially, units from the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office, Watford City Police Department, McKenzie County Ambulance Service and the Watford City Fire Department responded and found widespread destruction inside the RV Park.

Preliminary reports indicate 28 injured civilians were treated at McKenzie County Hospital with at least 3 being flown by air ambulance and 6 others are critical and arrangements are being made for follow on care. Some of the injured have been released from the hospital, but the numbers are not known at this time.

Any displaced residents of the Prairie View RV Park or other damaged areas may respond to the Watford City Civic Center located 112 2nd Avenue NE for shelter.

Please avoid the area of Main Street from 6th Avenue SE to 24th Avenue SW in Watford City.

Any volunteers can go to the Subway located at 105 9th Avenue SE to check in and assist with the incident.

All media inquiries can be directed to Lt. Watkins by calling 701-444-3654.

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June 12 Election Results
June 13, 2018
See official Election Results at

Rural Ambulance District Measure #1
Total Votes: 1545
Yes: 1289
No: 251
Abstain: 5

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