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Watford City sustains growth despite downturn

McKenzie County is still seeing growth, despite recent layoffs and budget cuts that have dominated recent news headlines. While drilling has indeed slowed, production holds steady. As a result: permanent jobs and a steady stream of economic growth in the region. People might not be flocking to the Bakken like they were two years ago, but population in McKenzie County ...

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Oil still drives development in Watford City

Even with the price of oil hovering around its 52-week lows, development in the Watford City, ND micropolitan area continues unabated. The vast majority of oil and gas produced in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale play is concentrated in four counties: Dunn, Mountrail, Williams and McKenzie counties. Seeking to maximize operational efficiency, the industry’s regional offices are tending to aggregate in, ...

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Watford City’s Stenehjem Commons Site Now Shovel-Ready for Development

Following the precipitous drop in the price of oil, much of the industry’s operations in North Dakota are aggregating in the Watford City area, site of most productive wells. There, investment continues unabated and huge developments like Stenehjem Commons are moving full speed ahead. Watford City, ND, November 2, 2015 — The Watford City, ND multi-use development, Stenehjem Commons, is ...

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Exxon Mobil donates $5 mln to North Dakota housing fund

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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Sanford Health set to open Watford City clinic in August

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

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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Low oil prices good news for North Dakota road budgets

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The same slumping oil prices that forced North Dakota’s Legislature to trim some state spending are stretching road construction dollars further, officials say. The reason: Prices for petroleum-based asphalt are down as much as 20 percent than what had been estimated for road building this summer, transportation department spokeswoman Jane Berger said. “It’s tied to oil ...

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Bakken boom-town aims to become more family friendly

Watford City is planning for another major construction season which city and county leaders hope will entice more families to make the city their permanent home, reports The Forum News Service (FNS). The projects the city has planned are aimed to accommodate the growing population of youth. As reported by FNS, McKenzie County Healthcare Systems CEO Dan Kelly said, “For ...

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