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Emergency Manager Nominated to National Board
September 25, 2017

McKenzie County, ND—Karolin Jappe, McKenzie County Emergency Manager, has been nominated to the Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee for the National Association of Counties (NACo).

The Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee deals with all matters pertaining to criminal justice and public safety systems, including criminal justice planning, law enforcement, courts, corrections, homeland security, community crime prevention, juvenile justice and delinquency prevention, emergency management, fire prevention and control, and civil disturbances.

Ms. Jappe will stay informed on legislative and regulatory action relevant to her committee, and is invited to represent McKenzie County at NACo’s 2018 Legislative Conference in March, and the annual conference scheduled for July 2018.


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McKenzie County Businesses Providing Housing
September 8, 2017

Local Businesses and Residents Selling/Donating Excess and Vacant Temporary Housing Units to Disaster Areas in United States

McKenzie County, ND—Local McKenzie County business owners and residents are helping in disaster relief efforts in Texas by selling and donating excess vacant housing units to interested parties serving the citizens in the stricken area who have need of temporary housing.

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Commisioners Vote to hold Prop Taxes at Net Zero
September 7, 2017
The McKenzie County Commission voted unanimously to hold property tax increases to net zero in the upcoming fiscal year. County Departments are being asked to cut 1% from their proposed budgets to stay in line with the Commission’s goal.
A Public Hearing on the budget is set for Sept. 19th at 7:00 pm in the County Commission Board Room in the McKenzie County Courthouse. The public is encouraged to attend.

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Costs associated with Sheriff Removal
August 22, 2017
McKenzie County Auditor Erica Johnsrud tabulated the financial cost today for the suspension of Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger as coming in under $10,000.00 in salaries, transportation costs, and the Village Business Institute’s investigation into allegations of harassment and retaliation by an elected official brought forward in June of 2016.





August News from McKenzie County Economic Dev.
August 17, 2017
$150M Gas Plant expansion project, Ribfest draws thousands, Maah Daah Hey adventurers, and more

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Governor asks Presidential Disaster Declaration
August 8, 2017
Governor Burgum requested a presidential major disaster declaration based on severe drought conditions that continue to plague farmers, ranchers and other residents across much of North Dakota.




Household Hazardous Waste Collection
August 4, 2017
McKenzie County Household Hazardous Waste/E-Waste Collection Event

Saturday, August 26th 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
McKenzie County Landfill
2491 132nd Ave NW, Arnegard

Driver's License or Utility Bill Required

Free Collection of Paint, Batteries, TV's, Weed Killers, Electronics, Cleaners Etc.

$15.00 Fee for large appliances




Governor Burgum Reinstates Sheriff
August 4, 2017
Governor Burgum orders reinstatement of McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger.




West Nile Disease Prevention
July 26, 2017
West Nile Disease Prevention

West Nile Disease is a virus spread by mosquitos. The number one way to prevent West Nile Disease is to prevent mosquito bites.

Click for more tips.

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Water Resource District Announces Restrictions
July 19, 2017

McKenzie County Water Resource District Announces Voluntary Water Restrictions Due to Main Line Repair


McKenzie County, ND—Jeff Shaffer, Director of McKenzie County Water Resource District is asking for the public’s help in preparation for a new repair that will significantly impact water usage in McKenzie County.

Recently, WAWS had a break in the 20” water main serving all of McKenzie County and Watford City. During that repair, widespread outages occurred. Another leak has been discovered on this same line, and repairs will begin this Thursday morning, July 20th at 6:00 am.

We are asking all Rural Water customers, as well as Watford City customers to shut off all irrigation and unnecessary water usage for 24 hours, between 6:00 am Thursday, July 20th, and 6:00 am Friday, July 21st.

Please contact McKenzie County Water Resource District if you have any questions during office hours at 701-842-7437, or email Patrick Perkins, McKenzie County Water Resource Assistant Manager at pperkins@co.mckenzie.co.nd.us






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