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October Updates from County Economic Development
October 13, 2017
Jeopardy! contestant; Comedy Cafe; Taxable sales up--all that and more in this month's update from economic development

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October updates from Economic Development
October 13, 2017
Jeopardy! contestant; Comedy Cafe; Taxable sales up--all that and more in this month's update from economic development!

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Commissioners Approve Budget 22.2 Million Less
October 9, 2017
MCKENZIE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS APPROVE BUDGET 22.2 MILLION DOLLARS LOWER THAN LAST YEAR: NET ZERO PROPERTY TAX INCREASE HOLDS

McKenzie County, ND—The McKenzie County Board of Commissioners trimmed the County budget by another $439, 359 with the cooperation of Department Heads who were asked to cut 1% from the operations portion of their department’s budget proposed Sept. 19th. This, along with the elimination of 2.5 newly suggested positons, allowed the Commission to meet its goal of providing needed services efficiently and in a fiscally responsible manner.

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County Commissioners Voice Concerns about Facility
October 5, 2017
McKenzie County Commissioners send letter to ND Dept. of Health

Re: Radioactive Materials License to Waste Management for operation of the Tobacco Garden Processing Facility

Director O’Clair,
We the members of the McKenzie County Board of County Commissioners request a delay of issuing Waste Management of North Dakota, Inc. a license for the operation of the Tobacco Garden Processing Facility until we have time to thoroughly review the materials that were only sent to our staff September 28, 2017, less than a week ago.

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Director Kanwar selected for Leadership Class
October 4, 2017
Public Works Director Suhail Kanwar has been selected to participate in Rural Leadership North Dakota's 2017-2019 Program.

Kanwar is among 26 people selected for the North Dakota State University Extension Service's leadership development program that starts in November.

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Commissioner Veeder and JDA Director Tour Dam
September 28, 2017
Commissioner Veeder and JDA Director tour Dam with Lt.
Lt. Gov. tours intake dam

By Renée Jean rjean@willistonherald
Sep 22, 2017 Updated Sep 22, 2017


GLENDIVE, Mont. — There is a quiet corner on the Yellowstone River, across from the Glendive Intake Diversion Dam’s canal entrances, where pallid sturgeon gather in the spring as they try to find a way upriver to spawn.


That quiet spot is where a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation project has proposed constructing a fish bypass channel that the endangered species could use to find a way upriver.


The project, however, has run afoul of environmental groups. They want to see the underwater weir, which has served 58,000 acres of cropland in the MonDak for more than 100 years, removed instead.








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Emergency Manager Nominated to National Board
September 25, 2017

McKenzie County, ND—Karolin Jappe, McKenzie County Emergency Manager, has been nominated to the Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee for the National Association of Counties (NACo).

The Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee deals with all matters pertaining to criminal justice and public safety systems, including criminal justice planning, law enforcement, courts, corrections, homeland security, community crime prevention, juvenile justice and delinquency prevention, emergency management, fire prevention and control, and civil disturbances.

Ms. Jappe will stay informed on legislative and regulatory action relevant to her committee, and is invited to represent McKenzie County at NACo’s 2018 Legislative Conference in March, and the annual conference scheduled for July 2018.


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Commissioner Veeder and JDA Director Tour Dam
September 22, 2017
GLENDIVE, Mont. — There is a quiet corner on the Yellowstone River, across from the Glendive Intake Diversion Dam’s canal entrances, where pallid sturgeon gather in the spring as they try to find a way upriver to spawn.

That quiet spot is where a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation project has proposed constructing a fish bypass channel that the endangered species could use to find a way upriver

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After boom, cities paying off growth debt
September 19, 2017
Grand Forks Herald
WATFORD CITY, N.D.—The North Dakota oil boom turned black gold into green for public and private interests over its high-flying run.

But now, leaders in Oil Patch cities that invested hundreds of millions of dollars to cope with the crush of boom activity are focused on answering questions about how to pay off the red ink of high municipal debts while anticipating future spending needs.

"The thing to remember are the challenges that happened when smaller communities had to build out infrastructure at a pace that couldn't be supported," said Gene Veeder, a member of the McKenzie County Board of Commissioners and Watford City's head of economic development. "The big 100-year projects were all built within like five years here."

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September News Updates
September 19, 2017
Shark attack survivor, state finals rodeo, school enrollment and more. Read about it in the Sept update from McKenzie Co. Economic Development.
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