Stimulating residential construction

McKenzie County has a shortage of housing. In an attempt to stimulate more single family housing construction, the McKenzie County Job Development Authority has launched a Housing Development Subsidy program which provides an up-to-$50,000 subsidy for certain housing built within McKenzie County. See program webpage for more details and application.
Governor and Lt Governor reflect on their Watford City visit

In May, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and Lieutenant Governor Brent Sanford visited Watford City as a part of their Main Street Initiative. Watch their reaction as they concluded their visit.
McKenzie County top oil producing county in the United States

North Dakota ranks #2 for oil production behind Texas, but when one looks county-by-county throughout the United States, McKenzie County, North Dakota comes out as the largest oil producing county. See more in this Hobbs News-Sun article.
Voices of Watford : Shilo Chavez

The latest Voices of Watford City video is now available! In this video Shilo Chavez talks about her move to Watford City from her home state of Colorado and how she and her family have come to call Watford City home.
Continued population growth in McKenzie Co cities

US Census annual estimates for 2018 are now available. According to the Census, since 2010 Watford City's population has increased from 1,744 to 7,080 or 306%. Other cities in McKenzie County include Alexander (population 325) which has experienced 46% growth and Arnegard (population 161) with 40% growth.
Healthcare CEO honored

Dan Kelly, Chief Executive Officer of McKenzie County Healthc are Systems, received the Outstanding Rural Health Professional award at the 2019 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health.

Click here to read an interview with him in the Williston Herald about his vision for the future of healthcare in McKenzie County.
Standardized safety training offered at Rough Rider Center

The North Dakota Petroleum Council has been working with petroleum p roducers and contractors to develop a s tandardized safety orientation program for contractors that work in the Bakken. This training, called One Basin One Way, will provide a North Dakota-based viewpoint on issues of safety specific to our area. The class will be offered at the Rough Rider Center in Watford City every Tuesday. For more information, visit
Updated Economy at a Glance

The June Economy at a Glance is now available. Some data of note:

  • Year to date city sales tax distributions for Watford City increased over $260k or 16% compared to last year.

  • Year to date Restaurant/Lodging tax distribution for Watford City increased over $50,000 or 46% compared to last year.
Whiting contributes to healthcare

Whiting Petroleum Corporation, a petroleum exploration and production company, contributed $200,000 towards the labor and delivery wing of McKenzie County Healthcare Systems. This donation comes in addition to their 2017 contribution of $50,000 to the healthcare systems to provide furnishings for an obstetrics room. For more information see this press release.
Lewis & Clark Trail Museum celebrating 50 years

When Alexander Public School moved to a new facility in 1969, the Lewis & Clark Trail Museum was formed. Now, 50 years later, the museum is still going and is looking to celebrate its past as it looks towards the future. At 4pm on June 29, the museum will hold its 50 year celebration with guest speaker Clay Jenkinson.
ONEOK contributes towards flood relief efforts

Earlier this year flooding affected the lives of many McKenzie County residents living along the Yellowstone River in our western region. ONEOK, one of our nation's largest midstream service providers, stepped up to the plate and has donated $100,000 towards flood relief efforts.
Creation Carpets opens

Creation Carpets, a business specializing in flooring and window treatments, has now opened a showroom. They are located at 104 Prospect St. Suite 107 in Watford City and can be reached at 701-444-2055.
McKenzie County Fair this week

The McKenzie County Fair runs June 20-22 this year and will feature a free beef BBQ, demolition derby, rodeo, arts and crafts, carnival, 4H exhibits and more! No admission to enter the grounds. Tickets required for some special events.
Equinor contributes to emergency management

Equinor, an international energy company that has been operating in our area since 2011, recently provided $22,500 to emergency management services in McKenzie, Mountrail and Williams counties. The funds are to be applied where needed most.
Bendixson Art Show

Miles Bendixson, an artist with Watford City roots, will be debuting his newest work "A Bygone Era" along with other works of his at the Long X Arts Visitors Center/Pioneer Museum July 12-14. Click here for more information.
New shooting range

The McKenzie County Sportsmans Club has been busy with construction of their new shooting range and educational complex. Once finished it will be composed of nearly 150 acres and located southeast of Watford City on 123rd Ave NW.
Homefest 2019 activities for all ages

The annual tradition of Homefest in Watford City will take place July 12-14. Festivities include a golf scramble, food and music on main street, art in the park, children's theater and more! See full schedule of events for more information.
Circus comes to town

Carson & Barnes Circus will be bringing Circus Saurus to the McKenzie County Indoor Area on Saturday, June 29 at 4:30 and 7:30pm. For more information visit:
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