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Website enables Watford City residents to tell their stories

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — A Watford City woman is coordinating an online project to tell a different story about the North Dakota oil boomtown.

Rancher and recording artist Jessie Veeder Scofield says the “Voices of Watford City” website offers a more balanced view of the community’s boom experience. The project is funded by the city and McKenzie County, and put together by Veeder Scofield in her role as special projects coordinator for McKenzie County Development.

Mayor Brent Sanford tells The Bismarck Tribune he welcomes the opportunity for the community to speak for itself. He says many residents feel stories told in the national media aren’t accurate or complete.

Watford City’s population has gone from about 1,400 people to an estimated 15,000 in just a few years.

Online: Voices of Watford City: www.voicesofwatford.com

In related news, Online magazine documents cultural shift in the Bakken.

Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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