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Official statement on severe weather incident
July 10, 2018
DATE: 07/10/2018
TIME: 0251 CENTRAL TIME
SUBJECT: ***PRESS RELEASE ***
SEVERE WEATHER INCIDENT

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 http://results.sos.nd.gov

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

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Landfill Special Announcement: Battery Disposal
April 12, 2018
Please do not dispose of any Lithium Batteries in your regular household garbage. This includes but not limited to car batteries, phone batteries, equipment batteries, any rechargeable electronic battery, and handheld power tool batteries. When Lithium Batteries come into the landfill they start small fires. Our staff is trained to notice the starting signs of fires in order to safely put them out before they can become overwhelming. We take Lithium Batteries free of charge during normal business hours. Please help us maintain a safe environment and properly dispose of Lithium Batteries.

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Madly in love with the Maah Daah Hey
January 22, 2018
Have you ever loved something so much that you would walk 200 miles for it? Through heavy brush? With a push mower? Nick Ybarra has.

"It was here that the romance of my life began." —Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt was often given to waxing poetic about North Dakota's Badlands, and it’s easy to see why. The earth rises and plummets in sepia folds that form dramatic buttes and canyons, dotted with dark pine trees. Prairie grasses bend and twist in the ever-present wind and mingle with the brilliant reds and muted browns that make up much of the clay-heavy soil. Roosevelt is known to have cited his time in North Dakota as being the reason he fell in love with the outdoors and set him on the path to becoming President.

It is this same North Dakota landscape that was Nick Ybarra’s first love.

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Museum offers classes for preschool children
January 16, 2018
The Pioneer Museum in Watford City is a place where people can learn about the past , but the museum is now taking on the future.
The museum's Tater Tots program recently received a grant from the McKenzie County Community Foundation.
The program will use the money to create sensory activity classes , which help develop motor skills for preschool children.

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County Correctional Facility 100% compliant
January 2, 2018
It was determined that the McKenzie County Correctional Facility was 100% compliant with the 107 ND Correctional Facility Standards and applicable state and federal law.

The McKenzie County Correctional Facility was commended for the high level of cooperation shown during the inspection as well as for the facility’s leadership, dedication and enthusiasm combined with staff teamwork.

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Firearms Facility Overlay District Hearing
November 1, 2017
McKenzie County Planning and Zoning will conduct a public hearing requesting comments for a Firearms Facility Overlay District

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McKenzie County Skills Initiative Reception
October 30, 2017
Reception to Highlight Career- Workforce- and Business-Development Efforts in McKenzie County

An informational reception for the McKenzie County Skills Initiative will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 5-7pm at the Rough Rider Center. Seeking to respond to the changing workforce needs, the McKenzie County Job Development Authority brought together various institutions that provide training opportunities into the newly-formed McKenzie County Skills Initiative

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McKenzie County Housing Authority Has Two Openings
October 19, 2017
McKenzie County Housing Authority has openings for two board members!

Serve your community now, and provide a vision for the future!

The Housing Authority Administers federal rental assistance programs and affordable apartments for low income families, elderly residents and persons with disabilities.
Meets the First Thursday of Every Month at 12:00 pm.

Contact Auditor Erica Johnsrud to apply
ejohnsrud@co.mckenzie.nd.us

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October Updates from County Economic Development
October 13, 2017
Jeopardy! contestant; Comedy Cafe; Taxable sales up--all that and more in this month's update from economic development

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