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As shelter closes, Red Cross praises Watford City
July 15, 2018
In the days following a deadly EF-2 tornado in Watford City, Red Cross officials have repeatedly praised the efforts of the community to help those affected by the storm.

On Friday, the Red Cross announced that everyone who used its emergency shelter had found either temporary or permanent housing — something that often takes far longer.

“A recovery that can take weeks, has been done in a matter of days,” said Western North Dakota Chapter Executive Director Rob Stotz. “It truly shows the generosity and compassion of this community that’s come together to support their own.”

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Photos: Watford City RV park hit by tornado
July 14, 2018
Photos from the Bismarck Tribune

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October updates from 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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Watford resident featured on Nature Valley video
September 19, 2017
Garnering over a million views within the first few days of it being posted, Watford City resident Nick Ybarra shares about his passion for mountain biking, the badlands, and his Save the Maah Daah Hey Foundation in this Upworthy/Nature Valley video.

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Local entrepreneurs employ 250 in area businesses
September 19, 2017
Aaron and Angie Pelton--operators of area restaurants such as Outlaws, Stonehome Brew Pub and more--were featured in the DAWA blog talking about their work over the past decade that has led to six food establishments and 250 employees!


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New Developments in McKenzie County's Healthcare
August 30, 2017
Construction is underway for the nursing station at the new McKenzie County Healthcare system.

"Ground was broken in August of 2016 so it's amazing to be standing here today. Having come from earth moving to a facility that's amazing like the one we're in," says Lynn Welker Fevold, PR Fundraising Consultant.

The 76.4 million dollar complex has 125,000 square feet. The new space will feature larger rooms with private bathrooms.

"It will be state of the art with all modern equipment. It will have monitoring systems, security systems which are very important to us these days and up to date equipment," says Cheryl Faulkner Nursing Director.

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Still Booming
April 12, 2017
Watford City is still booming even though oil growth has slowed down in western North Dakota. Check out how our community reinvested in their city by building a state-of-the-art events center and high school. You'll also see how McKenzie Electric Cooperative planned well for this community's future by having the vision to build the necessary infrastructure to supply electric service to this rapidly growing area.

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Watford City schools to see steady growth
April 5, 2017
For a school district that has seen its enrollment numbers explode from 698 to 1,379 students in the last five years, Steve Holen, district superintendent and the McKenzie County Public School District No. 1 school board know all too well how important it is to get a handle on what their future enrollment trend is going to be.

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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.

Read complete commentary at:https://nodakkelli.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/what-the-watford/

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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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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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