Feb. 15, 2019
Dear Williston Wire Readers,

It appears the recent cold snap will be ending this weekend. Despite the sub-zero temperatures, economic activity is heating up with grand openings and expansions across the Williston Trade Region. We look forward to more announcements in the coming weeks.

The City of Williston offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 18 in observance of President's Day.  Enjoy  your weekend!
Shawn, Ann, Barb & Brenda
Anna's Groom Room celebrates Grand Opening of Mobile Service
The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors helped Anna Denton celebrate the grand opening of her Mobile Grooming service at Anna's Groom Room Feb. 15. Williston Economic Development photo
Williston Economic Development - Anna's Groom Room celebrated the grand opening of the their Mobile Grooming business on Friday, Feb. 15. The dog grooming salon is located at 206 26th St W. Owner Anna Denton will now be offering the Mobile Grooming service to better serve her customers in the Williston trade region. To schedule an appointment call 701-339-5567.
Williston City Commission allocates 22 Community Enhancement Grants
The public art displayed on traffic signal boxes in Williston was a project that received Community Enhancement funding in 2018. Williston Economic Development photo
Williston Economic Development - The Williston City Commission has approved the 2019 round of Community Enhancement grants. The commission approved $50,000 for 22 projects at its Feb. 12 meeting. The Community Enhancement (CE) program supports activities and projects that improve the quality of life in the Williston trade region. "The recipients of this year's Community Enhancement funds truly demonstrate the plethora of projects in our region that help build the quality of life, attract workforce and make our region a better place," said Williston Economic Development Executive Director Shawn Wenko. Read More

Commission approves Revised Liquor Ordinance

Williston Herald - After months of discussion, the Williston City Commission gave the final OK to major changes to the city's liquor ordinances Tuesday, Feb. 11.  The commission unanimously approved the changed liquor ordinance, which moves from limiting the number of licenses based on population to a fee-based system.  After Tuesday's meeting, City Administrator David Tuan said he hoped the new ordinance would improve access for new businesses.  Read More

Eggs & Issues: City Leaders track Oil Boom's Impacts

CHI St. Alexius Health Williston celebrated the grand opening of its new birth place in December. The facility will better accommodate the growing needs of mothers and babies in the Williston area. 
Williston Herald - The boom in oil and gas activity continues to be felt in a wide variety of sectors. Here's a look at a few of the trends, presented at a recent Williston Area Chamber of Commerce Eggs and Issues by Williston Director of Development Services Mark Schneider, Airport Director Anthony Dudas and City Administrator David Tuan.
445 - birth rate in 2007
835 - birth rate in 2018, nearly double  Read More
1 Million Cups features Startup from Bainville
Sarah Harmon prepares Wild Calf Coffee for 1 Million Cups participants Feb. 6 at the Teton Lounge. The next meeting is March 6 at 8:30 a.m. Williston Herald photo
Williston Herald -  They weren't coffee drinkers until life landed them in Seattle. There the gloomy weather made a warm cup of coffee feel like a bit of sunshine in hand. Now Sarah and Dustin Harmon are spreading their coffee love through a new business, Wild Calf Coffee, headquartered in Bainville, Montana.  The couple don't brew coffee, however. They roast it.  Read More
Red Rock Ford opens in Watford City
Red Rock Ford is now open in Watford City. The dealership's new facility will be ready in early summer. McKenzie County Farmer photo
McKenzie County Farmer -  Just over one year after the Nelson family announced their plans to open a new car dealership in Watford City, new vehicles are slowing rolling into the car lot of Red Rock of Watford City, which is located at 1212 4th Ave. NE, just east of the post office.  "We're excited to be coming to Watford City and being part of the growing Watford City community," stated Allex Nelson.  For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer
Parshall Promoters announces Winner of #ParshallStrong Logo Contest
Marilyn Hudson receives a jacket featuring the logo she designed from Parshall Promoters president Kristin Jaeger. Mountrail County Record photo
Mountrail County Record - Parshall Promoters president Kristin Jaeger presents a jacket to Marilyn Hudson sporting the new Promoters logo and slogan. Hudson submitted the winning entry in a contest this summer to choose a social media hashtag that can be used on Facebook, Twitter and other sites to promote the good things about the community. Hudson's winning entry was #ParshallStrong. Read More

Parshall School Board approves Elementary School Renovations

The Parshall School bond will help fund new renovations at the town's elementary school. Parshall Public Schools photo
Mountrail County Record -  The Parshall School Board was given preliminary plans for the elementary school renovations that were included in the bond issue for the construction of the new high school. J im Parris of EngTech provided their views on what renovations are needed at the elementary school.  Read More

API Chili Cook-off raises Funds for Scholarships, Community Projects

The winner of the chili cook-off was G-Style. Williston API photo
News Release -  The 38th Annual Williston API Chili Cook-off was held Feb. 9 at the Grand Hotel Williston. The popular event helps raise funds for scholarships and grants. The 2019 fundraising campaign will benefit API Scholarships and Giving's Hearts Day donations (where gifts are matched). The following projects will receive grants in 2019: Dakota Boy's Ranch, Boy Scouts, Path, American Cancer Society (Relay for Life), Salvation Army, Trinity School, Make-A-Wish, Upper Missouri Ministries, and March of Dimes.  The 2019 cook-off featured live entertainment by Slamabama, 1,100 participants and 25 chili cook-off teams. The winners of the contest were the following: 1st Place - G-Style, 2nd Place - Oasis Petroleum, 3rd Place - Howard Supply, 4th Place - Weatherford, 5th Place - CP Energy and 6th Place - Target Lodging.
Upcoming Williston Events
02/16 ------ Hearts for Hospice
The fundraiser will be held from 5:30-10 p.m. at the National Guard Armory. Sponsored by CHI Health at Home.

02/22-23 ------ Women's Wellness Retreat
The two-day event will feature yoga, nutrition art activity and much more from 7-9:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday. Visit willistonparks.com for more details.

02/26 ------ Williston City Commission
The commission meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

03/06 ------ 1 Million Cups
The community is invited to 1MC at 8:30 a.m. at Williston State College Teton Lounge. The event and coffee are free!

03/14 ------ Taste of Williston
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce's annual tasting event. Local restaurants, bars and caters will provide samples from 6-10 p.m. at the National Guard Armory.

03/15-17 ------ Williston Sports and Recreation Show
The 34th annual show will feature campers, boats, ATVs, hunting and fishing guides, outdoor equipment, cooking equipment and a Kid Zone at the Raymond Family Community Center.

04/12 ----- Marketplace for Kids
Elementary students will showcase their startups and learn about running businesses from area business leaders.

04/27 ------ Clean Up Williston
Volunteers are encouraged to sign up to clean a specific zone or attend the clean up on Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Davidson Park.
Upcoming Energy Events
02/26-27 ------ 2019 North Dakota Reclamation Conference
Join industry experts, educators and wildlife agencies to share ideas and best practices while working toward continued growth and improved reclamation practices in North Dakota. The conference will be held at the Astoria Hotel in Dickinson. Registration

03/05 ------ Williston Basin Chapter API Monthly Meeting
The meeting will be held at the Grand Williston Hotel with the social beginning at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m.  Williston API

07/16-17 ------ Bakken Conference & Expo
The expo is billed as a premier North Dakota Oil Shale event. The two-day show will be held in Bismarck, ND.  Registration Information

10/15-16 ------ The Permian Conference & Expo
The two-day show will be held in Midland, TX. The show is sponsored by the North American Shale magazine.  Registration Information

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