June 16, 2017 

Dear Readers -
For longtime Williston residents, the Fort Union Rendezvous and Father's Day mark the half-way point of the month of June. The Rendezvous is a popular gathering of fur traders and trappers who wear period dress and sell handcrafted items. It's a fun place to visit and experience how business was conducted during the mid to late 1800's. We encourage a trip to the Fort.
For those of you familiar with fatherhood, Happy Father's Day!
Shawn, Ann, Barb, Brenda & Micah
Williston Economic Development
Cooks on Main adds Space, Staff; Williston STAR Fund assists Expansion
Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson
Cooks on Main in Downtown Williston is expanding into the adjacent building. The new site will house a commercial kitchen, catering space and more room for classes! Pictured are Allyson Helde and Angela Skogen. Williston Economic Development
A popular business in Downtown Williston is getting bigger and better! The owner of Cooks on Main is adding space, staff and cooking classes to better service her customers.  "It's something the community wants," said Angela Skogen, owner of Cooks on Main. "People want an authentic shopping or cooking experience that you can't get online."  Skogen, a native of Williston, has purchased the building located next to Cooks on Main on Main Street in Downtown Williston. The site is undergoing a major renovation which will provide a commercial kitchen, catering space, and room for special events and cooking classes. The expansion will more than triple Skogen's current classroom space. Read More

District 8 Breaks Ground on New Middle School
Williston Herald

With the simple turning of a shovel, a new school for Williams County Public School District 8 moved farther down the long road toward its opening. The school board for District 8, voted earlier this year to finalize the price of a new middle school to replace Stony Creek Middle School at no more than $17.1 million. On June 14, the district's board members, superintendent Rob Turner, Stony Creek principal Steven Guglich and community members gathered at the site of the new school to hold a formal groundbreaking ceremony. Read More     KUMV-TV: Construction begins on New School

More than 225 Job Seekers attend First Watford City Job Fair
Williston Herald
by Renee Jean

From Watford City and Williston and places all around the oilfield, companies came to Watford City's first big job fair in the Rough Rider Center. The companies were hungry to hire, and hire they did, many times right on the spot. But most of the companies went home with fewer prospects than they had available jobs. "I don't know what everyone else is doing, but I have my three hiring managers here and we are doing interviews and making conditional offers on the spot," said Doug Kirkwood, with Select Energy Services.   The job fair attracted about 225 people, which Kirkwood said was better than he expected given it's the first. Hiring in the Bakken, he said, is a continuous operation.   Read More

McKenzie County Job Development seeks to stabilize Oil Patch Work Force
An initiative of the McKenzie County Job Development Authority, the McKenzie County Skills Initiative brings together the University of Mary, Williston State College, TrainND Northwest and the North Dakota Small Business Development Center at the Rough Rider Center to provide more workforce development and training opportunities for community members. Read More  

Bakken Clothing & Accessories celebrates Grand Opening
Williston Economic Development

A new business celebrated its grand opening in Downtown Williston recently. The Williston Chamber Ambassadors held a ribbon cutting at the new Bakken Clothing & Accessories located at 313 Main Street Suite B. The store sells new and gently used clothing, purses, shoes, hats, dinnerware and much more. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

MODE donates to Miss ND Scholarship Organization
Williston Economic Development

A Williston clothing store has donated to the Miss North Dakota Scholarship Organization. MODE, located in Renaissance on Main, donated 20 percent of its sales during the week of the pageant to the Miss North Dakota organization. Presenting the $200 check is Kim Wenko, co-owner of MODE; receiving the donation is Debbie Richter, president of the Miss ND Scholarship Organization; and also pictured is Miss North Dakota Cara Mund. Williston Economic Development 

Gonzaga Interns seek to launch Shop Local Campaign in Williston
Williston Herald
by Renee Jean

A shop local campaign is among projects two of Williston's summer interns from Gonzaga University are looking at championing the first week in July, called "Independents Week." Similar to Small Business Saturday, the promotion would encourage people to patronize local businesses. Micah Spanner and Lauren Bouma are gauging interest in the campaign. Spanner is working with Williston Economic Development while Bouma is employed at the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce this summer. Read More   Independents Week website

1 Million Cups Williston featured in Business Bitz Blog
Business Bitz Blog
by Jeff Zarling

Looking for opportunities to improve in your business? Then you should attend 1 Million Cups, whether you drink coffee or not. 1 Million Cups, 1MC, was developed by the Kauffman foundation to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs with their communities. The program is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Read More

Chamber Director's Blog: Changing Perceptions
Williston Area Chamber of Commerce
by Janna Lutz

The perception of Western North Dakota from outsiders is vastly different from reality. Even from our ND neighbors in the East. I wrote about this before how people don't really understand this until you are here. The inaccurate national news media frenzy of the boom fueled this misunderstanding. Once you are here, however, you meet the people who have made this their home. They are hardworking, caring, and survivors.   Read More

Tioga seeks Funds for Annabelle Infrastructure Costs
Tioga Tribune
by Marcus White

Tioga is looking at financing options to fund the completion of the Annabelle subdivision as construction got under way last week. The Annabelle infrastructure project is expected to cost about $1.4 million, a cost the city is looking at covering through loans. The loans would be paid back through special assessments to property owners in the Annabelle development. City Auditor Abby Salinas asked commissioners last week for permission to bid out the loans to seek the best rate possible for the city. The city will be applying to the Bank of North Dakota, but that process won't yield any results until September. To read the full story sign in to our online edition.

Owner of St. Joseph's Hospital seeks to Donate Building to Future Mental Health Care Provider
Dickinson Press

St. Joseph's hospital has sat empty in the middle of Dickinson for nearly two and half years, but it may finally have a purpose. Although nothing is finalized yet the hospital may serve as a landing spot for those with mental illness and addiction issues, said Reed Reyman, president of CHI St. Alexius in Dickinson. Reyman said while the old hospital is still for sale, Jeffrey Drop, senior vice president for CHI, agreed if the facility could be used for something that would benefit the community, CHI would happily donate it. Read More

Concerts in Harmon Park Series begins June 20; Musicians welcome
Williston Economic Development

Bring your chair or blanket and get ready for the 2017 Concerts in Harmon Park! The Williston State College/Williston City Band will return to Harmon Park on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. beginning June 20. The Korner Lions will sell  burgers and chips plus 1st National Bank will sponsor free treats and pop. Musicians are welcome to join. Rehearsals are Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m. at Williston State College Room 206. For more information contact Jean Lindvig at 701-570-2688. 

Upcoming Williston Events
06/17-18             Fort Union Rendezvous
The Rendezvous Run sponsored by American State Bank and Trust will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Other activities will be held throughout the weekend.      Williston Herald: Kids Day at Rendezvous

06/17                  Lemonade Day
Get ready for this fun-filled activity that teaches youth how to run their own business. Click Here to Register 
06/20                  Concerts in the Park
The Williston City Band will perform Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Harmon Park. Bring a  chair or a blanket and enjoy the outdoor concerts!
06/21-25            Upper Missouri Valley Fair
Food, family and fun are here for you at the Upper Missouri Valley Fair! Get your tickets early at the Williston CVB office. UMV Fair website

07/08                  Rockin' Ribfest
Don't miss your chance to be involved in the 2017 Rockin' Ribfest!!  The Chamber and Patriot Productions are cooking up the event of the summer! Plan to enjoy delicious ribs, music from Slamabama, Monster Truck Show, kids activities, and much more!

07/11                  Williston City Commission
The Williston City Commission will meet at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

07/12                  1 Million Cups Williston
The next meeting will feature David Allen, Elite Energy Services in Williston. Come for the free Smiling Moose coffee and stay for the meeting beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Williston State College!

07/13-14               2017 Williston REC Field Days
The Williston Research Extension Center Field Days will be held July 13 and 14. The dryland tour will be held Thursday while the irrigated tour be take place on Friday. The agenda for the two-day event will be released soon.

Energy Events
06/16                    5th Annual Bakken BBQ "Under the Big Top"
The fundraising event will be held from 4-11 p.m. MDT at the West River Ice Center in Dickinson, ND.
06/19                    MBI Energy Services Job Fair
The job fair will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Williston Job Service. MBI Job Fair flier
06/27                     Hazardous Materials Disaster Preparedness Symposium
The symposium will be held in the TrainND Workforce Training Centre. Registration is required.
07/13-14              Williston API Golf Tournament 
The 37th Annual API Golf Tournament Fundraiser will be held at the Eagle Ridge and the Links Golf Courses.
07/17-19              The Bakken Conference & Expo
The Bakken Magazine will put on the conference that focuses on Bakken Play technologies and efficiencies. Registration

08/04                     Dakota Energy Fest
The third annual Williston event will feature the Lewis & Clark Walleye Classic, Job Fair Workforce Expo and Concert featuring Scott Stapp (Creed).

08/16-17              Summer NAPE
The annual Summer NAPE expo in Houston is a networking event that brings together all the players necessary to forge, facilitate and close deals. The event will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.

09/26-28              NDPC Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon
The conference will be held in Grand Forks. The event brings together the Bakken's leading experts and decision-makers. NDPC members receive discounted rates for our Annual Meeting. Nomination Form for NDPC Industry Achievement Awards
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