Small Town Stories: Hazelton, ND

Black Mountain Software recently hit an enormous milestone: signing our 500th customer.  But hold on!  Before we write about that, we want to share our happiness about customer number 499, Hazelton, North Dakota. After working with municipal officials since 2009, BMS is excited to equip Hazelton with the whole nine yards: Utility Billing software Finance software, Payroll software, and our Automated Meter Reading interface module.

You may have heard about the town of Hazelton, ND, which in 2005 offered families up to two lots, $20,000 towards a home, and lots of elbow room to anyone willing to give the cold winters a try and make Hazelton home. But this is what the face of Hazelton looks like today…

Hazelton, or “Pride of the Prairie”, is located in the southern central area of North Dakota, about 45 minutes from the capitol of Bismarck.  It is a popular choice among families because of its small town feel, but nearby big city amenities; though “popular” has a different meaning in North Dakota.  Hazelton’s population tops out at around 235.

But if you are looking for a peaceful and quiet place on the prairie to raise a family, this may just be the town for you!  Two things stand out about Hazelton: the highly-rated school district and North Dakota recreation.

Hazelton has earned bragging rights due to their new, state of the art learning facilities.  The high school and gymnasium was built in 1998, and the elementary school was remodeled in 1999.  These updated facilities, combined with a challenging curriculum filled with many options for electives and extracurricular activities, make Hazelton a wise choice for families with growing children, which account for over 20 percent of Hazelton’s population.  The school district promises students a “challenging educational experience in a positive, caring environment.” This is partly attributed to the ability of teachers to provide individual attention to students under the umbrella of their motto to educate “healthy minds and bodies.”  They even boast that within the district, student receive an education similar to that of a private school, but in a public school setting.

The Hazelton school district places an emphasis on leadership, sports, and extracurricular activities.  Perhaps that’s because there is an abundance of recreational opportunities surrounding the town.  Long Lake National Wildlife Refuge, just 15 miles north of Hazelton, manages the wetland and grassland habitats surrounding the area, targeting the reproduction and expansion of migratory bird populations.  With almost 300 species accounted for in this area, the birds rely on these wetland and grassland areas as their home.

Hazelton also has an amenity-filled city park.  Travelers passing through will enjoy RV camping facilities, full hookups, and bathroom/shower facilities.  Residents enjoy the playground area, tennis court, volleyball and basketball courts, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard area, and covered picnic areas. It’s the perfect place to meet up with old friends, or make new ones with traveling visitors.

Hazelton continues to try to attract newcomers to the area with its educational and recreational opportunities.  It considers itself the perfect place to retire, raise a family, or start a new business because of the affordable housing, low crime, low taxes, and convenient location to recreation and the city. Seems like Hazelton has a lot to offer…the only thing it doesn’t?  A traffic light.

Thank you, Hazelton, for being customer number 499!  We are excited to work with you!

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