April 9, 2020

Dear Williston Wire Readers

Despite the pandemic, spring-time means road construction-time in North Dakota. Construction continues to be in full swing on the Long X Bridge south of Watford City as well as ND 1804 east of Williston. Watch for these and other projects as well as potentially more pedestrians and bikers on the roads. Stay home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Shawn, Ann, Barb and Brenda

Road Construction begins on Highway 1804 near Williston
News Release - Construction work is currently taking place on ND 1804, 12 miles east of Williston, beginning at Williams County Road 42 and extends 1.25 miles east of Lund's Landing. The project will feature a complete reconstruction of the highway and includes adding passing and turning lanes. Read More
CARES Act helps Small Businesses
KXNet.com - Many small businesses can now apply for federal help from the CARES Act. Around the country, businesses are feeling affects by the coronavirus pandemic — in many different ways. “My main business or source of income is from my design and those services that I provide for other clients and entrepreneurs in the area. So when entrepreneurs can’t do their business, I can’t do my business to help them,” shared business owners Ashton Hauff. Read More
GNDC, Department of Commerce hold Weekly COVID-19 Business Briefing Calls
Greater North Dakota Chamber - Each week, the Greater North Dakota Chamber partners with the North Dakota Department of Commerce to hold a COVID-19 North Dakota Business Briefing Calls Thursdays at 11:00 AM CDT. These calls are for businesses, trade associations, and local chambers of commerce to discuss current solutions for stressors created by COVID-19 effects. “These calls are important to business leaders who are looking for resources during this tumultuous time. Read More
NDResponse.gov has Resources for Businesses, Individuals
North Dakota Department of Commerce - To best serve businesses and communities dealing with the impact of COVID-19, the  North Dakota Department of Commerce  team is taking a proactive approach by temporarily redirecting human and financial resources to support the North Dakota business community. Read More
New NWNDCF Relief Fund awards $16,000
News Release - The Northwest North Dakota Community Foundation (NWNDCF) has awarded $16,000 from the newly established Relief Fund to organizations responding to immediate needs in Williams, Divide, McKenzie, and Mountrail Counties as a result of COVID-19 and energy industry pressures. This grant allocation, combined with last week’s allocation of $14,000, brings the total committed from the Relief Fund to $30,000. Read More
ONEOK donates $10,000 to NWNDCF Relief Fund
News Release - ONEOK has contributed $10,000 to the Northwest North Dakota Community Foundation’s (NWNDCF) Relief Fund to support recovery in Williams, Divide, McKenzie, and Mountrail counties. Read More
McKenzie County Facebook Group makes Masks
McKenzie County Farme r - As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues surging its way into western North Dakota, local Watford City seamstresses recently joined forces to make face masks for hundreds of individuals from local organizations, businesses, and other establishments in an effort to help combat the prolific pandemic. Read More
Oil Patch faces Tough Times
STAR Tribune - In Montana, a father and son running a small oil business are cutting their salaries in half. In New Mexico, an oil truck driver who supports his family just went a week without pay. And in Alaska, lawmakers have had to dip into the state's savings as oil revenue dries up. The global economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic has devastated the oil industry in the U.S., which pumps more crude than any other country. In the first quarter, the price of U.S. crude fell harder than at any point in history, plunging 66% to around $20 a barrel. Read More
Pandemic stresses Williston Businesses
Williston Heral d - “When it comes to our maintenance services and parts department, we are seeing a lot of people holding off and waiting right now.” Those were the words of Williston Auto general manager Drew Balogh when asked to describe how the coronavirus pandemic has affected his business to this point. Read More
Williams County extends Emergency Declaration Until Further Notice
News Release - News Release - The Williams County Board of Commissioners voted this morning to extend the public health emergency declaration for Williams County in response to the ongoing local, national, and global COVID-19 situation. The declaration is in effect until further notice. Read More
Upcoming Williston Events
04/10 ------ The City of Williston will be closed in observance of Good Friday.

05/17-23 ------ National Public Works Week
Williston Public Works will host a community outreach day on May 20 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the new Public Works Facility. Equipment will be on display and staff will be on hand to discuss the services public works provides.

06/19 ------ Chamber of Commerce's Rockin' Ribfest
The competition will be held in Downtown Williston. Contact caitlyn@willistonchamber.com for more information

06/20 ------ Chamber of Commerce's Lemonade Day
Youth will set up lemonade stands across Williston.

06/26 ------ CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Golf Tournament
The tournament will be played at the Links of North Dakota.
Upcoming Energy Events
 05/05 ------ API Monthly Meeting
The meeting will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel.

09/01-03 ------ Williston Basin Petroleum Conference
The conference will feature speakers and a trade show in Bismarck. Click  here  for more information.

09/09-11 ------ DUG Eagle Ford
The conference and exhibition will be held in San Antonio, Texas. Registration
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