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Growing pains: Oil boom turns prairie school to melting pot

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Every morning as principal Brad Foss arrives at his school — after just a 60-second commute — he’s reminded of oil’s giant footprint in this town. There’s the revolving-door student roster that reads like random pages of a school atlas: Jiang from China, Emma from Utah, Jose from Guatemala, Omar from Arizona. There are the teachers, ...

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Public to comment on proposed Bakken natural gas plant

The North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) will be hosting a public hearing in Watford City on Monday, February 9, to discuss a proposed gas processing plant in McKenzie County. ONEOk Rockies Midstream LLC has submitted an application for the Demicks Lake Gas Processing Plant. The facility will consist of two cryogenic turbo-expander processing units, each with a capacity of ...

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Commission to take input on Oneok natural gas plant proposal

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — The North Dakota Public Service Commission will take input next week on a gas processing plant in the works northeast of Watford City. Oneok (ONE’-oak) Rockies Midstream LLC has submitted an application for the Demicks Lake Gas Processing Plant that would process 400 million cubic feet of natural gas daily. The Oklahoma-based firm is the largest ...

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M SPACE’s latest housing development now available for rent in Watford City

Watford City, North Dakota –  Situated in the Northwest corner of McKenzie County, North Dakota, M SPACE’s newest housing development, Bison Run, is open for rent. This quiet community is located within minutes from downtown stores, restaurants, schools and the community center. It offers convenient access to major highways. Bison Run is the fifth community in McKenzie County built by M ...

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Oil patch towns looking to catch up with demands

BISMARCK, N.D. — City officials in the North Dakota oil patch say they are forging ahead with housing and infrastructure projects despite the forecast for a downturn in drilling in the next year. Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford tells the Bismarck Tribune that development and land sales are not slowing down because housing needs for permanent oil field workers have not ...

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Lights to be put up on Highway 85, ND 23 corridor

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WATFORD CITY, N.D. — State transportation officials say additional roadway lights will be installed on the U.S. Highway 85 and North Dakota Highway 23 corridor near Watford City. Officials say work will primarily be done off of the roadway, but temporary shoulder and lane closures may be needed at times. The project is scheduled to be completed in mid-February. Officials ...

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Woman arrested in weekend Watford City shooting

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WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a weekend shooting in Watford City that sent a man to the hospital for emergency surgery. Police tell KXMC-TV that 27-year-old Pacer Coleman, of Alvarado, Texas, was shot in the face at a motel early Saturday. He was taken to a hospital in Minot. His condition wasn’t known. Police arrested a 21-year-old woman ...

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