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Sanford steps into new role as ND's Lieutenant Gov

BISMARCK—Phil Riely remembers Watford City as a town where everyone knew each other.

"When you've got a town of 1,400 people, you know everybody," he said. "You know everybody by their vehicle."

But that small-town atmosphere changed after the recent oil boom. The sudden rush of activity that transformed the western North Dakota city into a bustling hub brought thousands of new residents into town and strained basic services.
It was around the time the boom started to hit the McKenzie County seat that Brent Sanford became its mayor.

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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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