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County Profile

Located in extreme western North Dakota, McKenzie County is unique in its economy, landscape and attitude. Once known as the "Island Empire", the county is bordered by the Yellowstone River, Lake Sakakawea and the Missouri River and the Little Missouri River.  The natural resource based economy is dependent on farming and ranching and energy development with landscapes ranging from rich farmland to heavy badlands. The county is home to over 500,000 acres of Little Missouri National Grasslands, an area rich in oil reserves and grassland resources. 

Location

Distance in miles from:

Bismarck, ND................................ 190
Minot, ND...................................... 125
Williston, ND................................. 46
Dickinson, ND................................ 85
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN............... 575
Winnipeg, Manitoba........................ 420
Denver, CO.................................... 600
Seattle, WA................................... 1,200
Regina, Saskatchewan................... 245

E ducation

Nearest Vo-Tech:  

          Williston State College - 2 year (46 miles)

Nearest University:
          Minot State University (125 miles)
          Dickinson State University (86 miles)

Libraries: 2
          Total Volumes: 30,000 

RecreationalFacilities(Public)
 Children's Play ParkSwimming Pools: 1
Outdoor Basketball Courts: 1Tennis Courts: 2
Indoor Basketball Courts: 3Golf Course: 1
Campgrounds: 2       (9-hole, grass greens)
Skating Rinks: 3Indoor Skating Rinks: 1
Wellness Center (Health Club) Racquetball Courts: 1
Ball Fields: 5 Number of Parks: 6

Other Recreational Facilities:

County Fair Grounds- Rodeo ArenaHeritage Park
Theodore Roosevelt National Park (15 miles)National Grasslands
Lake Sakakawea (25 miles)Band Shelter
Childrens Play ParkWild West Water Park

Communications
Newspaper:  The Roundup & McKenzie County Farmer
                      (both are weekly)
Local Radio Stations: None- Williston (46 miles)
Local Television Stations: None- Williston (46 miles)
Cable Television: Channels: 35
Post Office: 1st Class- Category G
Local Telephone Company:
    Digital: Yes             Fiber Optic Cable: Yes            Cellular: Yes
          Reservation Telephone Cooperative
          Contact:  Jim Riley                     Contact:
          701-862-3115                           1-800-822-3311

Financial Institutions
First International Bank & Trust                 McKenzie County Bank
Dakota West Credit Union                        BNC Bank 
Loan Pool or Financial Assistance Available: Yes
                 
Government
Type of Government: Mayor/ City Council
Police Department Personnel: 3 Full Time
Fire Department: 23 Volunteers
            Equipment: 4 Vehicles
            Fire Insurance Rating: Class 7
            Rural Fire Department: Yes
Planning Commission: Yes
Zoning Regulation: Yes
City Engineer: Yes

Utilities and Services
Natural Gas
     Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. (MDU)
     Box 508
     Watford City, ND 58854
     (701) 842-3431

Electricity (Incentive Rates Available)
MDU (City)                                     McKenzie Electric Cooperative (Rural)
Montana Dakota Utilities Co.            McKenzie Electric Cooperative
Box 508                                         Box 649
Watford City, ND 58854                  Watford City, ND 58854
      (701) 842-3431                               (701) 842-2311 

Other Fuels
Fuel Oil Distributors                           Propane Gas Distributors:
     Cenex, Rolfson Oil, Lund Oil               Cenex, Ferrel Fuels
Coal Source:
      In State Sources (within 100 miles)

Water
Name of Suppliers: Watford City
Source: Aquifer/5 Wells
Maximum Daily Capacity: 1,200,000 GPD
Peak Load: 800,000 GPD
Storage Capacity: Overhead 2,000,000 Gallons

Sewers
Storm Sewers: Not needed (surface drainage)
Sanitary Sewer: Yes
     Coverage: 100%
Treatment Plant:
     Lagoon:  6 cells
     Capacity: 1,200,000 GPD
     Present Load: 25% Capacity
Solid Waste Disposal: Landfill
     Twice Weekly Pickup

Transportation
Nearest Interstate Highway: I-94 (68 miles)
Nearest U.S. Highway: Crossroads of US 85/200 and US 23

Motor Freight Carriers
Lewis Truck Lines, Inc.                         Midwest Motor Express, Inc.
Terminal Facilities: Williston                 Terminal Facilities: Williston

Air
Nearest Airport: Watford City 
Runway Length: 4,400 feet (Lighted)
Surface: Asphalt

Nearest Airport Served by a Major Airline:   Williston: 46 miles

Parcel Service
United Parcel Service (UPS)
Federal Express
Express Mail- Post Office

Business Groups, Service &Social Organizations
Lions                                  Masonic Lodge
Jaycees                              VFW
Rotary International              Sons of Norway
American Legion                  Knights of Columbus
Eagles                              
Watford City Community Benefit Association
Watford City Economic Development Corporation
Watford City Area Chamber of Commerce



For Additional Economic Development
Information Contact
Daniel Stenberg, Executive Director
McKenzie County Job Development Authority
201 5th St NW, Ste 600
Watford City, ND 58854
(701) 444-7419
dstenberg@co.mckenzie.nd.us 
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