APRIL 27, 2018
WILLISTON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
NEWS & UPDATES

Dear Williston Wire Readers,
 
The public is invited to help Clean Up Williston tomorrow, April 28, from 8:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. at Davidson Park. Volunteers can pick up supplies, a free t-shirt and complimentary lunch at the park. Residents can bring their old tires and other recyclables to bins at the park. Please help keep the community clean and join the fun!

 Shawn, Ann, Barb and Brenda 

Williston Job Fair attracts 767 Job Seekers; Watford City Job Fair brings in 241
There were 95 employers seeking 2,000 employees at the job fair in Williston April 25. The Watford City Job Fair attracted 241 job seekers on April 26. Williston Economic Development photo
Williston Herald - Mirada Senior had an "oh wow" moment at the Williston Job Fair Wednesday night. "I always knew we have a lot of oilfield jobs," she said. "but there were so many of those jobs available. So many openings. Wow." They would be awesome for some of the friends the Williston High School student had come to the job fair with, she thought, but she had a much different interest. And at first she wasn't seeing it anywhere. Read More
Demolition of Hedderich's Building to begin Soon
A fire destroyed the Hedderich's building on Main Street in Downtown Williston last July. The city is hiring a firm to demolish the site for a potential new development. Williston Economic Development photo
Williston Herald - Demolition on the burned-out Hedderich's should begin next week after the Williston City Commission accepted a bid from a Grand Forks-based company at Tuesday's meeting. The bid, from Berger Enterprises, was for $107,230, almost exactly half of what the next-lowest bidder proposed.In total there were five companies that bid on the project. The second-lowest bid was from Viet & Company Inc. at $213,961 and the highest bid was from East & West Excavation LLC for $464,517. Read More
New Travel Agency opens in Williston
The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors celebrated the ribbon cutting of Journey Away Vacations on April 23. Chamber photo
Williston Economic Development - A new travel agency celebrated its ribbon cutting on April 23. Journey Away Vacations is owned and operated by travel agent Normalyn Ruppert. The office is located in the Landmark Executive Office Suites. Call her today at 701-580-4834 to schedule your next trip!
2018 "Mayor for a Day" Essay Winners Recognized
Mason Buth, Mayor Howard Klug and Avy Ator pause for a picture on Tuesday, April 24. Mason and Avy were winners of the 2018 "Mayor for a Day" essay contest. Williston Economic Development
Williston Economic Development - The winners of the 2018 "Mayor for a Day" essay contest were announced at the April 24 commission meeting. Williston Mayor Howard Klug recognized the first place winner, Avy Ator of Hagan Elementary School and the first runner-up, Mason Buth of Lewis and Clark Elementary School. After the students read their essays, they received a plaque, gift basket and invitation to ride with Klug in the Band Day Parade.
Marketplace for Kids serves 1,300 Students; City of Williston teaches Youth about Planning
About 150 students learned about planning communities at one of the City of Williston's classrooms at Marketplace for Kids. Williston Economic Development photo
Williston Herald - Jacob Tostenson and Aaron Sikes are pretty sure they have a winning idea on their hands. The pair, both sixth-graders at Bakken Elementary, developed a prototype and everything. Their massage shoes sat in a wooden frame on the floor of The Well at Williston State College during Marketplace for Kids. "I made these shoes because there was too much pain in my feet after school," Tostenson said. Marketplace for Kids gives students in grades three through eight a chance to be creative in a non-competitive way, said Debbie Richter, one of the event's organizers. Read More
Paddlefish Season to begin May 1; North Star Caviar to Clean Fish Again
North Star Caviar will once again clean fish in exchange for the female paddlefish eggs. Stock photo
News Release - The 2018 North Dakota's paddlefish season will open Tuesday, May 1. The season is scheduled to continue through May 21 but may close early dependent on the overall season harvest, at ND Game and Fish discretion. North Star Caviar will be operating a courtesy cleaning station again this year. Read More   Williston Herald: Paddlefish Season begins May 1  
Band Day Organizers bring back Bench Fundraiser
The bench auction is back to raise funds for the Band Day Festival and Parade. The silent auction will be held May 12 at Harmon Park. Williston Economic Development photo
News Release - The Band Day Committee and CVB are excited to offer the public a creative way to show their support for Williston's favorite festival through a silent auction. Six benches, crafted by the Williston High School woodworking class, will be available for "adoption" at $50 each. Bench sponsors are asked to decorate and finish their bench, then return it to the CVB by May 7. Read More 
McKenzie County denies Application for Marijuana Growing Facility
McKenzie County has denied its first application for a medical marijuana grow facility. Stock photo
McKenzie County Farmer - While McKenzie County was one of the first counties in the state to have enacted zoning ordinances regulating the growing of medical marijuana, it will not be one of the first counties to approve such a facility. During the county commissioners meeting on Tuesday, April 17, the board unanimously rejected a conditional use application from Gary Nottestad of Arnegard to convert a former RV park into a medical marijuana growing facility. For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer 
Watford City's Veeder recovering from Second Major Health Scare
Long-time Watford City economic developer Gene Veeder is recovering from a health scare that began last October. McKenzie County Farmer

McKenzie County Farmer  -

McKenzie County commissioner, musician, long-time rancher, city employee, community member and mentor Gene Veeder sat down to talk to the McKenzie County Farmer about the harrowing health scare that struck him last fall. After recovering from an aortic dissection that nearly took his life about four years ago, Veeder thought that he had reached his health scare quota for a lifetime. But, on Oct. 30 of 2017, Veeder was back in the hospital and would eventually face another life threatening medical situation. For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer  

Upcoming Williston Events
04/28 ------ Clean Up Williston
Help keep Williston clean and pick up trash on Saturday. Supplies and a free lunch for volunteers will be available at Davidson Park.

05/02 ------ 1 Million Cups Williston
Learn how to help new businesses thrive in Williston by attending the free meeting at Williston State College from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

05/05 ------ Free Landfill Day
Spring cleaning? Bring your household garbage to the Williston Landfill between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. for Free Landfill Day!

05/08 ------ Sloulin Redevelopment Project - Williston Meeting
The public is invited to learn about the Master Plan for the project. The meeting will feature keynote Gov. Doug Burgum, City of Williston leaders and representatives from the project's key partnerships. The free program will run from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center.

05/09 ------ Retail Summit
Potential and current retailers are invited to the free summit from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center. Click here to register.

05/09 ------ State of the City Address
Williston Mayor Howard Klug will deliver his State of the City Address at 12 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center. A light lunch will be served from 11-11:45 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. Click  here to register.

05/09 ------ WED/SBDC Awards Banquet
Williston Economic Development and the Small Business Development Center will celebrate the accomplishments of its 2018 award winners. The social hour will be begin at 5 p.m. followed by dinner and the awards ceremony. Click  here for reservations.

05/10 ------ Williston City Commission
The commission meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday due to another commitment on Tuesday. Williston High School students participating in Elks Youth Day will attend the meeting at 6 p.m. in the Commission Room at City Hall at 22 East Broadway.
 
07/10-12 ------ ND Water Resource Districts Association's Summer Meeting
The 2018 North Dakota Water Resource Districts Association's annual summer meeting will be held at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center.
Upcoming Energy Events
05/22-24 ------ Williston Basin Petroleum Conference
The 26th annual event will be held in Bismarck, ND. Early bird general attendee registration is open until April 12, 2018. Conference Website
 
05/22-23 ------ Energy Exposition
The 2018 Energy Exposition will be celebrating 19 years as the Rocky Mountain's longest running energy trade exhibition. The event will take place at The Ranch Events Complex in Loveland, Colorado. Reserve booth space today.  Energy Exposition

The Summer 2018 event will be held at the Rough Rider Center in Watford City. 

09/24-26 ------ NDPC Annual Meeting
The meeting will be held at the Ramada in Fargo, ND.

10/03-04 ------ Bakken Oil Product & Service Show
The 8th annual trade show and seminars will be held at the Raymond Family Community Center. Bakken Oil Show website
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