July 20, 2018

Dear Williston Wire Readers,
Williston Economic Development participated in the Bakken Conference and Expo in Watford City earlier this week. The exhibitors and presenters agreed the Bakken is recovering from its 2-year slump and new technologies could improve production in the near future. 

 Shawn, Ann, Barb, Brenda and Anika 

Bakken Conference: Oil Patch Activity on the Rise
Shawn Wenko explains how Williston's economy began rebounding six months ago at the Bakken Conference & Expo in Watford City Tuesday. Williston Economic Development
Williston Herald - Two thousand jobs are open in Williston, and that is underscoring a need, already talked about often, to focus more on quality of life issues. That is one of the takeaways from a panel on new realities for real estate, roads and community enhancement, held during the Bakken Conference and Expo at the Rough Rider Center in Watford City. Read More
Drones benefit Bakken Operations
Colleagues gather at the Bakken Conference & Expo in Watford City. Williston Economic Development
Williston Herald - Despite North Dakota's prominence on the national drone scene, just two companies in the state have the necessary certifications for oil field work. One of them, SkySkopes was among panelists attending the Bakken Conference and Oil Expo's pre-conference event to talk about pioneering efforts they have partnered with Hess and Neset Consulting to do. Matt Dunlevy is president of SkySkopes. Read More
DMV offers New Kiosks at Cash Wise in Williston, Dickinson
News Release - The North Dakota Department of Transportation has expanded the Motor Vehicle renewal Self Service Terminals at two new locations in Dickinson and Williston. The kiosks are located inside the Cash Wise in Dickinson and Cash Wise in Williston. Read More
Black Hills Trucking donates $25,000 to New Birthing Center
Pictured from left to right: Chris Bertelsen, Black Hills Trucking; Janna Lutz, CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Foundation; Ted Williams, Black Hills Trucking; and Dan Bjerknes, CHI St. Alexius Health Williston.
News Release - Black Hills Trucking has generously donated $25,000 to purchase a Panda Warmer for the birth place currently under construction at CHI St. Alexius Health Williston. A check presentation ceremony was held recently at the hospital.
Williston-Gonzaga Summer Internship Program celebrates 6th Anniversary
Current and past Gonzaga University interns gather with employers for a social on Wednesday evening. Williston Herald
Williston Herald - Students from out-of-state have spent the summer living and working in the Bakken, thanks to a program from Williston State College. A partnership with Gonzaga University in Washington brings students to Williston to intern in a variety of different fields. On Wednesday, the students and their employers gathered at Williston State College for an informal summer social. Read More
Williston's Kalil, Sogard intern for Sen. Hoeven in Washington, DC

Sen. Hoeven is pictured with Ian Kalil (left) and Isabella Sogard (right) at his Washington, D.C. office.


News Release - Senator John Hoeven announced that six students - Chelsea Brandt, Paige Hill, Ian Kalil, Theodore Milk, Judson Mork and Isabella Sogard - are interning in his Washington, D.C. office this summer. Two other students are interning in his state offices: McKenna Arledge in Bismarck and Lauren Wenaas in Fargo. Senator Hoeven's internship program provides college students and recent graduates with the opportunity to work with the senator and his staff on legislative, communications and administrative projects. Read More
Family Dollar Store planned in Parshall
Mountrail County Record - It won't be long and Parshall residents will have a new shopping option in town.  Recently the Parshall City Council approved a building permit for a Family Dollar Store that will be built on part of the parcel occupied by the Parshall RV Park. VIA Real Estate from Lubbock, Texas plans to open the store. Read More
New Ice Cream Shop opens in Sidney
Cody Shanks recently opened Mr. Frost Snow Crème in the Yellowstone Marketplace in Sidney. Roundup
Roundup - Cool off and tickle your taste buds with a frosty treat from Mr. Frost Snow Crème, now open at 102 N. Central Ave., Sidney, in the Yellowstone Marketplace. Owner Cody Shanks is excited to open his first of many businesses, on his way to fulfilling a lifelong dream of being an entrepreneurial businessman. He recently moved to the area for an oilfield job, but found his interest lies more in providing tasty concoctions to eager customers. Read More
Fund Drive raises nearly $100,000 for Watford City's Tornado Disaster Relief
KEYZ Radio - A local fundraising drive organized by McKenzie County Emergency Management and KEYZ News Radio to benefit tornado victims and their families has raised nearly $100,000. McKenzie County Emergency Manager Karolin Jappe says the three bank accounts accepting donations on behalf of Watford City Tornado Relief have nearly $94,000 as of Wednesday morning.  Read More
Watford City to be featured on PBS Program
Travels with Darley toured the Watford City area in June.
McKenzie County Job Development Authority - Watford City and its surrounding attractions will be featured on an upcoming Travels with Darley episode. Darley Newman, host of the show, and her crew of technical experts spent four days visiting the people and places of McKenzie County in late June. Her visits included the Little Missouri National Grasslands, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, interactions with Native American culture, and various amenities of the area.  
Upcoming Williston Events
07/24 ------ Network Before 9 at The Daily Bagel
Join the Chamber for coffee & a light breakfast and network with your fellow Chamber members! The Daily Bagel is located at 302 14th St. W.

07/24 ------ Williston City Commission
The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the Commission Room at City Hall.

07/26 ------ Summer Nights on Main
The live music will begin at 5 p.m. on Main Street in Downtown Williston. Enjoy entertainment, food vendors, shopping and other activities for the whole family!

07/31 ------ Community Picnic
CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Medical Center invites the community to a free picnic from 4:30-7 p.m. at Harmon Park. Meet the providers and enjoy games and inflatables. Community Picnic Flier

08/01 ------ 1 Million Cups Williston
The presenters will be Anna's Groom Room and Roughneck Coffee with complimentary java provided by Roughneck. Join us at 8:30 a.m. at the Teton Lounge on the Williston State College campus.

10/04 ------ Women in Leadership Expo
The expo will be held from 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. at TrainND. $59 per person. Limited Seating Available! Register at  www.willistonstate.edu/trainnd  or call 701-572-2835.
Upcoming Energy Events
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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