McKenzie County Power Outage Prompts Officials To Make Cold Weather Plans

WATFORD CITY, N.D. – A power outage in McKenzie County late Friday and early Saturday caused residents of 1,750 households to seek warmth as temperatures approached 20 below zero. The outage, which for some lasted several hours, is prompting officials in the rapidly growing county to consider purchasing generators and taking other measures to protect…
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McKenzie County Closes Unpaved Roads To Heavy Vehicles

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — McKenzie County has closed all unpaved roads to vehicles heavier than 20,000 pounds until 6 a.m. Monday. Wet weather caused significant damage to gravel roads in McKenzie County this spring and county commissioners said they would close roads to heavy trucks if the area received significant rainfall. The road closure will…
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UPDATED: Rain Could Stop Truck Traffic In McKenzie County; Roads Open As Of 8 A.m.

WATFORD CITY, N.D. – Rain could seriously hinder oil production and transportation in the state’s busiest oil county this weekend. The McKenzie County Commission is prepared to prohibit trucks and other vehicles heavier than 20,000 pounds from traveling on gravel roads if significant rain falls today, said Chairman Ron Anderson. “I’m sure there will be…
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‘I Didn’t Expect To Be Homeless In The Snow’

WILLISTON, N.D. – Toby Butler was in for a surprise Saturday night when he arrived in Williston on the Amtrak from Red Bluff, Calif. He got off the train at the beginning of a snow storm with $30 in his pocket and no place to stay. The 24-year-old said he checked the weather about a week…
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Winter Weather Causes 4.2 Percent Drop In January Oil Production

BISMARCK – A winter storm and subzero temperatures contributed to a 4.2 percent drop in North Dakota’s oil production in January, the Department of Mineral Resources said Friday. The state produced an average of 738,022 barrels per day in January, according to preliminary figures from the department, down from the record high of 770,111 barrels…
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