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Watford City police force growing Dealing with increased population and higher levels of crime, the Watford City Police Department added three new officers in 2013 and hopes to add three more in the coming year. With nine fully-trained officers and three in training, Chief Jesse Wellen says he will have better coverage in the city. Traffic citations were down overall ...

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Western ND Postal Service gets Heitkamp’s stamp of disapproval

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By: Bryan Horwath, Forum News Service, INFORUM DICKINSON, N.D. – People in the energy-impacted areas of western North Dakota have been dealing with U.S. Postal Service problems since the onset of the oil boom. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said Friday she wants to see solutions. Speaking at a forum including both local and regional Postal Service leaders at the Strom Center, the ...

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A city of 65000 and no additional doctors


January 12, 2014 2:00 am  •  By LLOYD OMDAHL The shortage of primary care physicians in North Dakota just got worse. It was approaching a crisis situation before the Medicaid expansion kicked in on Jan. 1. That expansion will eventually add 20,000 to 30,000 people to the patient load in North Dakota. Add this to the 40,000 newcomers working in the Bakken ...

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[Watford City] School struggles to meet needs of “homeless” students

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By Kate Ruggles Farmer Staff Writer As the face of McKenzie County Public School District No. 1’s student population changes, the district continues to face a unique set of circumstances that, in many ways, challenges its ‘old’ tried and true approach to education. At the beginning of the school year, the McKenzie County Farmer ran a story telling of the ...

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New State’s Attorney for McKenzie County


McKenzie County has hired a new state’s attorney. The county in the heart of the oil boom has seen a huge increase in criminal and civil cases over the past few years. The Watford City office has had only a part-time state’s attorney, and he resigned last September. Now, the county commission has hired Jacob Rodenbiker, a Fargo native, as ...

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Bakken Boom Feels Fewer Birth Pangs (Part 1)

Bakken.com’s Mike Kopp recently went traveling in the Bakken region with business manager Andrew Lutz, what follows is his personal journey through the shale. By: Mike Kopp, Bakken.com The Bakken Boom is not what it used to be – it appears the region is moving past the pressure of Bakken birth pangs, caused by the delivery of the region’s latest ...

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