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Watford City man hired gunman, investigators say

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By Mike Nowatzki  BISMARCK — A Watford City man linked to a suspected murder-for-hire scheme in Washington state was ordered held without bail Tuesday after the judge heard that he threatened several people and told authorities his arrest put others in danger because of his connections to organized crime in California. Records from the homicide investigation also include an interview with ...

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Population Growth and Watford City

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North Dakota’s population continues to grow. According to new figures from the U-S Census Bureau, about 18-thousand people migrated into the state last year, the largest gain in the past three years. A state Commerce Department official says the influx of 18-thousand people is even more dramatic when compared with what was happening a decade ago when the state was ...

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Annual Watford City Chamber event breaks records

By: John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media Not everyone fit in to the ballroom for the annual Chamber of Commerce and Job Development Authority meeting in Watford City, Wednesday night.  Chamber President Darick Franzen said at least 40 people were turned away because numbers had grown so much over previous years.  Not everyone could fit in to the large meeting ...

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Watford City Considers Oil Development

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Watford City is the epicenter of the Bakken oil explosion right now. That’s what the president of the Watford City Chamber of Commerce says. Darick Franzen, who has worked in McKenzie County for about three years for the Spring Capital Group, says the extent of the growth in the region can be seen in the roles of the local chamber. ...

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Bakken Briefings

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Dumping bothers Divide County Divide County Emergency Manager and Land Use Administrator Jody Gunlock is worried about illegal dumping on rural roadways. “This can happen at any time,” Gunlock said. “These guys are trying to make a quick buck. They open their valves, dump, then go back and get paid for another load.” The reason Gunlock loses sleep over dumping ...

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A busy year of building, Watford City

By Kate Ruggles Farmer Staff Writer As oil activity presses forward, residential and commercial development in Watford City continues to go vertical. With 2013’s permitting activity staying roughly on par with what transpired in 2012, the city expects even more residential housing, as well as commercial properties, to come on line in 2014. According to Steve Williams, Watford City’s Code ...

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Watford City groups hosting meeting to discuss oil policies affecting western nd

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WATFORD CITY, North Dakota (A.P) — Watford City groups have slated a meeting to discuss oil policies affecting North Dakota. The Williston Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1kTqAro ) the Watford City Area Chamber of Commerce and the City Economic Development Corp. are hosting the meeting on Wednesday. Chamber president Darick Franzen says counties are dealing with oil-related issues such as housing, traffic and ...

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Suspected Murderer, Watford City man arrested in Mandan on firearms charges

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MANDAN, N.D. — A Watford City man was arrested Saturday in Mandan on federal firearms charges. James Terry Henrikson, 34, is charged in U.S. District Court for the district of North Dakota with being a felon in possession of several firearms. “The arrest of James Henrikson today on allegations of illegal possession of firearms by a convicted felon should reassure ...

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