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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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We are the Energy of North Dakota
March 17, 2017
Familiar faces and story showcased in this Energy of North Dakota video on how the energy industry fuels America

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A quiet Arnegard ponders what's in its future
January 26, 2017
By Jack Dura
Farmer Staff Writer

Editor’s note: This is part two of two in a series looking at growth in Alexander and Arnegard.
Under a beaming afternoon sky, Jamie Lane and Randy Shoemaker walk the wooden expansion of their century-old home in Arnegard.
The project is well underway, set to double the size of the couple’s house when it finishes in spring.
“We’re going to be (here) quite some time,” Lane said.

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Memorial to honor over 1,500 local soldiers
January 20, 2017
By Jack Dura
Farmer Staff Writer

In the summer of 1944, Carl Olson received a typed, 140-word letter informing him of his son Arthur’s death in military action in France.
The note was the second the Alexander man had received that year, as six months earlier, Olson learned from another letter of his son George’s death from injuries sustained in the Battle of Tarawa.
The brothers, Cpl. George Olson and Sgt. Arthur Olson, are two of almost 1,600 service members with McKenzie County ties who will be honored in a memorial project for the Veterans Park south of First International Bank & Trust in Watford City.

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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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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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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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Safety is main concern for 4-laning US 85
August 3, 2016
A public meeting for a project to expand U.S. Highway 85 between Belfield and the Watford City Bypass drew many concerns, the largest of which was safety.
Seeking to expand the roadway to four lanes for 62 miles with multiple alternatives for locations along the route in a project priced near $1 billion, the North Dakota Department of Transportation sought public input at the meeting held Tuesday, July 26, at Watford City City Hall. Attendees voiced concerns for Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the badlands, the agriculture industry and most of all, safety, especially relating to speed and lanes.

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