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Exxon Mobil donates $5 mln to North Dakota housing fund

Watford City, North Dakota. Looking west on Route 85. Temporary housing and road constructed for oil and gas workers. (Image: National Parks Conservation Association via Flickr)

WILLISTON, N.D. – A subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corp donated $5 million on Monday to a North Dakota government housing fund that subsidizes construction of low-cost apartments for teachers and emergency personnel in the state’s oil patch. XTO Energy will receive a 100 percent tax write-off for its donation to the North Dakota Housing Incentive Fund, which will be used ...

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Bash on the Grass returns to Watford City Aug. 7

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Sawyer Brown and Chris Cagle will headline the second annual Bash on the Grass at the McKenzie County Fairgrounds in Watford City, North Dakota on Aug. 7. Father/son duo Roland and Jason Marmon are organizing the event that attracted 1,700 people last year. Held in conjunction with “The Best of the West” Ribfest, the event will also feature a charity ...

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Sanford Health set to open Watford City clinic in August

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WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Sanford Health is set to open a new 1,900-square-foot clinic in the western North Dakota oil patch community of Watford City offering specialty care. The Sanford Health Watford City Clinic with cardiology, podiatry and orthopedic specialists will begin seeing patients Aug. 11. Physicians will travel from clinics in Bismarck and Dickinson to Watford City each month ...

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Heitkamp, McCain focusing on ND’s trafficking challenges

U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (Image: Housing Assistance Council via Flickr)

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Longtime anti-human trafficking advocate Cindy McCain and U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp are touring western North Dakota to look at the state’s human trafficking challenges. Cindy McCain is the co-founder of the McCain Institute and wife of 2008 Republican presidential nominee U.S. Sen. John McCain. She will join Heitkamp in Watford City on Sunday to hear firsthand ...

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Mayor: ND boomtown’s rents beginning to tumble

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BISMARCK, N.D. — The mayor of Watford City says rents in the city have gone down by $1,000 a month or more. Mayor Brent Sanford says about 300 apartment units have been added in the western North Dakota community recently. Sanford says just a month ago, rents ranged from between $3,200 to $3,400 a month. Now they range from $1,600 ...

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Work beginning on $83 million Watford City Event Center

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WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Work is starting on an $83 million event center in Watford City. Mayor Brent Sanford said Wednesday’s ground-breaking ceremony for the project was “pretty monumental” for the oil patch city. Residents last June voted to increase the city sales tax to fund the center and other projects, including a new hospital. The Bismarck Tribune reports that ...

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