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Vaccination planned for county residents over 75
January 21, 2021
While the federal government has plans to roll out millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines, it may be a while before the majority of McKenzie County residents will be able to get vaccinated.
According to Michael Curtis, McKenzie County Healthcare Systems, Inc. executive director/CAO, the limiting factor is going to be how much of the vaccine the healthcare system receives.
“We are now going to be starting to vaccinate people who are 75 years of age and older as part of a mass event,” states Curtis. “The first vaccination event is set to take place on Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Watford City Civic Center.”

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JDA housing programs working
January 21, 2021
After seeing no new single-family homes built in Watford City in 2017, new homes are finally popping out of the ground thanks to two innovative housing programs, the Housing Development Subsidy Program and the Shovel-Ready Lot Program, administered by the McKenzie County Job Development Authority.

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W.C.H.S. student raises $6,000 for library books
January 21, 2021
While the idea to enhance the literature collection at Watford City High School’s (W.C.H.S.) library probably wouldn’t come naturally for most teenagers, it did for Levi Sanford. Sanford, a W.C.H.S. senior, recently raised $6,000 to help contribute to a bigger, better selection of books for his school.

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Touring Bismarck's Career Academy
January 12, 2021
Over a dozen leaders from throughout McKenzie County toured the Bismarck Career Academy earlier this month

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Free crisis support
January 11, 2021
Free and anonymous support services are available to North Dakotans who may be experiencing feelings of anxiousness, stress, depression, loneliness, or frustration during the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Small Business Relief Grants available
January 11, 2021
A new grant has been announced for small businesses and enterprises affected by Covid-19 in rural communities.

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River + Ranch Magazine features local home
January 11, 2021
The December/January edition of the River + Ranch Magazine features the home of Kira and Greg Noll of Watford City all decked out for the holidays

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ND Petroleum Council to meet in Watford City
January 11, 2021
Save the date! The 2021 North Dakota Petroleum Council's annual meeting has been set for September 22-24.

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Community effort to bring Christmas to elders
December 15, 2020
A senior care facility in Watford City received a little holiday makeover today.

Nearly a hundred volunteers helped place Christmas decorations around the courtyard at the McKenzie County Healthcare Systems Senior Living Complex.

More than a thousand dollars worth of items were donated like lights and inflatables.

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Behavioral Health Summit
November 20, 2020
Local community leaders and professionals working with those who suffer from mental/behavioral health issues surrounding the use of illegal drugs, opioids, and alcohol will be gathering virtually for the Summit on Behavioral Health in Energy Country. This event will run from November 30-December 2, 2020 via the virtual platform Zoom.

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In Watford I got to go to my first National Park. I made some friends and we went to the badlands and saw things we never heard of before like jackrabbits and mule deer. In my opinion Watford is the best city ever!

~ Justice C Staton-Grade 5

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