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Learning about Tools, Trades, Torque and Tech

Over 900 students participated in the T-4 Event last week held at the Rough Rider Center. The purpose of the event is to introduce students to a variety of hands-on jobs to help them in their career exploration phase. Learn more in this news story from KX News.

Ribfest entertainment announced

Parmalee–a chart topping county band will be the headliner for the 2021 Best of the West Ribfest. Other entertainment includes the Party After Dark featuring Snake Oil and the evening’s opening act will be Matt Aakre and The Dirty Little Secret. The Best of the West Ribfest will be held on Main Street Watford City on Friday, August 13.

April Economy at a Glance

The April Economy at a Glance is now available. Some data of note include: McKenzie County unemployment rates remain similar–8.1% in January 2021 and 8.0% in February 2021. Taxable sales and purchases decreased from $90.8 million in 2019Q4 to $55.8 million in 2020Q4 for McKenzie County. McKenzie County had 12 building permits issued in March 2021, totaling […]

Grand opening in Alexander

Alexander has a brand new building in its downtown. First International Bank & Trust built a new building featuring expanded office space, drive up window service and an Interactive Teller Machine. The bank will be holding a grand opening on May 12, which includes an open house from 10am-4pm and a ribbon cutting at 5pm.

New coffee shop

Meg-A-Latte has announced it will be soon be opening a coffee shop in Watford City. With three locations already in Williston, the specialty coffee shop serves gourmet coffee, teas, smoothies, shakes, bakery, and lunch items. The Watford City location will be at 109 6th Ave SE– the site of the former Taco Johns.

New Dentist

  Legendary Smiles has added a third dentist to their staff. Earlier this month Dr. Danielle DeMorrow joined the growing team. She joins Dr. Bulzomi and Dr. Burbach. Legendary Smiles is open 8am-5pm Monday-Thursday and is located at 361 N Main Street Watford City.

BurgerSear opens

The Smiling Moose Rocky Mountain Deli location in Watford City announced the expansion of their product line through the addition of BurgerSear. In addition to the hand-formed, smashed and seared burgers, they offer new sides including mac & cheese, waffle fries and more. Find them at 1005 S Main St, Watford City.

Workplace vaccination opportunity

The North Dakota Department of Health may be able to provide assistance to businesses interested in getting workplace COVID-19 vaccination set up. To indicate interest complete this survey.

Area petroleum employers talk Bakken plans and performance

According to this Reuters article, Continental Resources plans to increase its 2021 capital expenditures from between $1.2-1.3 billion to $1.4 billion. According to this Natural Gas Intelligence article Hess Corp has a goal to increase the number of rigs in the Bakken to four by the end of this year. That would allow Hess’s Bakken production to be held even at 200,000 barrels/day […]