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Associated Press, Published September 17 2012

Watford City could see boom in liquor licenses

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — The bustling North Dakota oil patch community of Watford City has had only one liquor license for nearly 60 years, but that might soon change.

Developers of a retail plaza on the outskirts of town want to add a liquor store to complement a grocery store, fast food restaurant and other retailers.

City ordinance allows one liquor license per 3,000 residents. But the city is growing quickly due to the oil boom, and The Bismarck Tribune reports that the City Council is considering a new ordinance allowing unlimited off-sale liquor licenses. A final decision could come Oct. 1.

The Watford City Community Benefit Association holds the only current liquor license and uses proceeds for community projects. Board member Steve Stenehjem says the association doesn't want the ordinance changed.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.