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FNS Photo by Amy Dalrymple McKenzie County emergency managers Karolin Rockvoy, left, and Jerry Samuelson, right, tour the tornado damage Friday near Watford City with Homeland Security Division Director Greg Wilz. The county is comparable to most in North Dakota, but an oil boom has brought in an influx of people from across the country. McKenzie County is home to one of the oil boom’s most heavily concentrated areas in the state, with more than 7,000 people living in or near Watford City.

FOTB: In McKenzie Co., emergencies require double duty

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WATFORD CITY — In her first three weeks on the job, the new McKenzie County emergency manager visited the National Weather Service, held a Skywarn training course and met with the Red Cross.


Karolin Rockvoy didn’t expect to apply what she learned so quickly, until an EF2 tornado struck an RV park south of Watford City last week.

“Then we put it all to work,” Rockvoy said.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at or (701) 580-6890.