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Corporate travelers find new hotels, event centers
March 7, 2019
“People don’t really appreciate that throughout western North Dakota, we now have five-star and four-star facilities that have just been built, so they’re all very new,” said Doug Bolken, McKenzie County (N.D.) Tourism director.

“For example, within Watford City, we have 900 hotel rooms available. We have meeting space ranging from boardrooms all the way up to convention halls.”

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Jump starting construction on single family homes
February 27, 2019
Will financial incentives help spur the construction of much needed affordable single-family homes in Watford City, as well as Arnegard and Alexander?
The McKenzie County Board of County Commissioners hopes so.

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North Dakota hits all-time high in oil production
February 18, 2019
Oil production reached an all-time high in December according to the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources.

Oil production was 43,442,924 barrels, averaging 1,401,385 barrels per day.

The previous record high was 1,392,369 barrels a day in October of 2018.

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Poco Rio Frio Badlands Winter Event Feb. 9
February 8, 2019
This year’s Poco Rio Frio is February 9 at the Long X Trail and CCC Campground just off of Highway 85, south of Watford City near the Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

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School bond passes
January 16, 2019
Area voters overwhelmingly said "yes" to plans for an additional elementary school as well as funding flexibility in the near term if school board officials deem more building needed in the future.

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Community to provide 100k+ meals for those in need
January 16, 2019
For the second year, Watford City will be a mobile site for the Feed my Starving Children organization. Over the course of March 15-16, over 500 volunteers are needed to help pack over 100,000 meals that will be distributed to those in need throughout the world.


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PBS Travel Show features McKenzie County episode
January 10, 2019
Daytime Emmy Award nominated TV host, Darley Newman, filmed an episode for the sixth season of her PBS and Amazon Prime series “Travels with Darley” in Watford City and McKenzie County last summer. Episode scheduled to premier on local PBS Stations on January 30 at 12:30 PM. Viewing parties scheduled on January 29 at 5 pm and January 30 at noon.

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Arnegard police officer delivers baby on road
November 29, 2018
Arnegard Police Officer Travis Bateman delivered the baby of Samantha Hoover in the front seat of a car on the evening of Nov. 19 on McKenzie County Road 30 south of Arnegard

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Useful voting information
October 23, 2018
Useful voting information as you head to the polls

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County launches financial transparency site
October 18, 2018
McKenzie County announces the launch of their new financial transparency information site. Financial information form 2013 to present is currently available on this site and new data is uploaded monthly

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