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New liquor store

Red Barn Liquor is the newest liquor store in town. They have a mission to provide the best spirit buying experience in North Dakota. They are located on the east side of Watford City at 420 Hunters Run Street, and are open 7 days a week.

State livestock competition to come to town

Hundreds of youth livestock enthusiasts are expected to descend on McKenzie County on the weekend of March 6-7 for the North Dakota State 4-H Livestock Judging competition & Livestock Quiz Bowl. The events will be located at the McKenzie County Fairgrounds and the Rough Rider Center. Many in our community are excited to support this […]

First International Bank & Trust expands into Sioux Falls

First International Bank & Trust, headquartered in Watford City, has announced its plans for acquisition of Sodak Home Loans. This will be the first location in South Dakota for First International Bank & Trust which has locations in North Dakota, Minnesota and Arizona. See more in this Sioux Falls Argus Leader news article.  

Main Street Expansion grant program

The North Dakota Department of Commerce has announced the Tourism Main Street Expansion Grant Program. The grant’s purpose is to support new or expanding businesses that provide an improved visitor experience, with an emphasis on attracting visitors to the core of a city or town. The grants are a 2:1 matching grant with a maximum […]

Small business relief grants

A new grant has been announced for small businesses and enterprises affected by Covid-19 in rural communities. The LISC Rural Relief Small Business grants seeks to serve those especially those in underserved communities, including entrepreneurs of color, women- and veteran-owned businesses that often lack access to flexible, affordable capital.

Touring the Bismarck Career Academy

Over a dozen leaders from throughout McKenzie County toured the Bismarck Career Academy earlier this month. Leaders in McKenzie County have been looking for ways to increase the amount of career-specific training that can be provided in our community and wanted to better understand the multi-decades of success of the Bismarck Career Academy.

December Economy at a Glance

The December Economy at a Glance is now available. Some data of note: The total true and full value of property in McKenzie County has increased from about $2.69 billion in 2019 to $3.21 billion in 2020. The McKenzie County labor force has decreased from 10,432 in October 2019 to 8,007 in October 2020.

ND Petroleum Council to meet in Watford City

  Save the date! The 2021 North Dakota Petroleum Council‘s annual meeting has been set for September 22-24. We are excited that they have decided to host this meeting at our Rough Rider Center again. Over 400 attendees participated at the 2019 ND Petroleum Council’s annual meeting in Watford City.