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What the Watford?!
March 20, 2017
Last week for Rural Leadership North Dakota we traveled to a town in the state where I have never been: Watford City. I thought it was fascinating to see how a town that had a population of 1500 less than a decade ago, survived being inundated with people so much so that it’s estimated population was over 10,000 for a time.

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Sen. Heitkamp visits Wolf Pup to talk healthcare
March 20, 2017
WATFORD CITY — The group of young parents sitting in toddler-sized chairs around a table in a McKenzie County daycare met Friday morning with the same issue on their minds — the struggle of balancing a family while working jobs that offer little or no maternity leave.

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Watford City Elects New Mayor
February 22, 2017
Justin Voll, President of Watford City's Branch of the First International Bank and Trust, has received 250 votes. That beat out Gregg Schuetze of Watford Electrical Inc, who received 72 votes.

These results are considered unofficial until February 27.

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Sanford steps into new role as ND's Lieutenant Gov
February 7, 2017
BISMARCK—Phil Riely remembers Watford City as a town where everyone knew each other.

"When you've got a town of 1,400 people, you know everybody," he said. "You know everybody by their vehicle."

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Ice fishing heats up Lake Sakakawea
February 7, 2017
Eddie Marcy cradles a red Solo cup in his hand as he watches the Syfy Channel on satellite TV.

A lonely bratwurst lies on the stovetop after his lunch, and camouflage curtains decorate the windows. If it weren’t for the 26 inches of ice under his feet, the cozy confines of his ice house might be mistaken for a cabin in the woods.

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Curling sweeps Watford City
January 26, 2017
Jarrett Wold says anyone can curl.
And with the sport new to Watford City, everyone now has the opportunity.
“You don’t need to be young. You don’t need to be 6 feet tall and 200 pounds,” Wold, a curling board member, said. “You can curl as long as you can walk.”
With ice available for the sport adding another activity in winter, Wold said he hopes to help teach it to others in the area.
People like Cameron Quinn.

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Shuetze, Voll hope to build on city's gains
December 28, 2016
The two candidates for Watford City mayor have much in common in their outlook for the city, while their experiences and resumes vary on many points.

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Two submit petitions for Watford City Mayor
December 21, 2016
Following former Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford’s election to North Dakota lieutenant governor, at least two candidates have emerged for his former position.
Gregg Schuetze and Justin Voll filed their petitions for the city’s special election for mayor to be held Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, Watford City City Auditor Peni Peterson and Voll said.

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City Vet's Memorial Building goes alcohol free
December 21, 2016
Long before Watford City built the new Rough Rider Center, the McKenzie County Veterans Memorial Building was the only venue with enough room to accommodate large banquets or wedding receptions. But as the city has grown and more private and public facilities have been built that can accommodate those large gatherings, the Watford City City Council has decided that now is the time to make some changes to how the Veterans Memorial Building will be used in the future.

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Spirit of Giving Alive in Watford
December 14, 2016
By Betsy Ryan
Farmer Staff Writer

As the Christmas season amps up, people all over McKenzie County feel a push to share their resources and give to those not quite as fortunate. One couple has taken that charge to a whole new level for the third year in a row.
Kathie and Jim Konsor of the Bakken Oil Rush Ministry have gone above and beyond once again.
On Dec. 4, the Konsors joined with 36 volunteers to provide a Christmas party for 189 people and Christmas gifts for 89 children.
Jim Konsor traveled up to North Dakota from his home in South Dakota in 2012 to drive a payloader and make some money. While in McKenzie County, the needs of so many in the oil patch touched him. When he returned home to his wife, he could not shake the feeling and he and Kathie got to talking.
Jim had met people who had lost their houses or businesses, who had relationship issues or other hardship which had brought them to seek out a better life in the oil field. But, he noticed, just showing up in McKenzie County did not mean that a person was set. Many struggled to find housing here, were lonely, or were suffering in their new climate and culture. As he spoke with his wife, they felt like those were areas wherein they could lend a hand.
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In Watford I got to go to my first National Park. I made some friends and we went to the badlands and saw things we never heard of before like jackrabbits and mule deer. In my opinion Watford is the best city ever!

~ Justice C Staton-Grade 5

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