September 8, 2017 

Dear Readers -
Williston continues to offer all types of career opportunities for job seekers. The 1 Day 1 Fair event will be held Sept. 13 from 3-7 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center. The Fall Job Fair will feature about 60 employers, a variety of industries and more than 500 job openings! We hope to see you there!  
Shawn, Ann, Barb & Brenda
Williston Economic Development
New Williston Economic Development Video released; showcases Highlights from Awards Banquet
Williston Economic Development
Williston Economic Development has released a new video featuring highlights from its 2017 awards banquet! The project was completed by Matt Fern, owner of The Creative Treatment in Bismarck. Fern has collaborated with WED and produced several memorable videos during the past few years; and his latest project ranks right at the top! Please take a few minutes to watch the video and share it with your family, friends and co-workers. We think you will be as impressed as we are with what we offer in Williston!

Williston makes case for Future Hub City Funding

Sen. Brad Bekkedahl gives a presentation during the Energy Development and Transmission hearings in Williston Sept. 7. Williston Economic Development
Should the state continue to fund hub cities? That's the question members of the state energy and transportation committee are looking to answer in Williston this week. The typical visit from the Committee took on a new meaning this time with a directive from the State Legislature. "What happened in the last session is that they decided to do a study on whether Hub City funding should continue on," said Williston Mayor Howard Klug. The 12-member committee consisting of Senators and Representatives were in Williston this week to see first hand what the city has gone through since their last visit. Read More      MyNDNews: Committee studies Hub City Funding

Construction Back on Track at Buck Scheele Family Animal Center
Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson

Lisa Patton, MDAR board member and Joseph Edman, president of Edman Builders, are anxious to get construction completed on the new $5 million Buck Scheele Family Animal Center. Williston Economic Development
Construction on Williston's new $5 million animal shelter is back on track. Officials with MonDak Animal Rescue (MDAR) have hired a new company to manage the remainder of the project. Edman Builders, LLC, a Williston-based firm, anticipates the Buck Scheele Family Animal Center will be ready to open in the spring of 2018.
"We are trying to wrap up the shell before the weather turns south," said Joseph Edman, president of Edman Builders, LLC. Read More
Williston Dog Jog Sept. 16; Proceeds to benefit MonDak Animal Rescue Operations
News Release

The MonDak Animal Rescue's (MDAR)) annual Dog Job will be held Saturday, Sept. 16. The event will utilize proceeds from the fundraiser to support operational costs of the shelter. MDAR rescues/adopts more than 350 pets a year; making sure every pet sees a local veterinarian f or vaccines prior to adoption. The Dog Jog also allows MDAR to keep its adoption fees lower and bring the spay/neuter clinic to the community every February.

More than 500 Job Openings available at Williston Job Fair Sept. 13
Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson
Hundreds of people sought jobs at the Spring Job Fair in March 2017. Williston Economic Development
The bi-annual Williston Job Fair will be held Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 3-7 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel. Veterans who are seeking jobs will be admitted at 3 p.m. while other job seekers will gain entrance at 3:30 p.m. "We are full with 61 employers and over 500 job openings," said Cindy Sanford, Customer Service Office Manager of Job Service North Dakota. "Sixty percent of the jobs are oilfield and the remainder is a a nice variety of healthcare, state and federal jobs, and retail."

New Art Studio opens in Watford City
McKenzie County Farmer

Karen Leiseth has opened a permanent space for her art classes in Watford City. McKenzie County Farmer
When Karen Leiseth spotted an ad looking for someone in the region to guide painting classes, it grabbed her attention. "I am not a very artistic person so I was hesitant. I wasn't sure it was for me, but I wanted to try," said Karen. "So, I reached out and before I knew it, I was an art teacher!" At her first party, Karen invited 14 friends to cram into her kitchen and she guided them through the first painting with the help of a Gallery on the Go mentor. "My favorite part of the whole process is seeing people's satisfaction with what they create," said Leiseth. Read More

U Mary offers College Classes in Watford City
McKenzie County Farmer

Gene Veeder, who is well-know for his economic development efforts in Watford City, is now an instructor for the University of Mary in his hometown. McKenzie County Farmer
While most McKenzie County parents were busy getting their children off to the county's elementary and high schools last week, Rob Nelson, strategic partner coordinator at the University of Mary's Watford City campus was getting ready for the launch of something very historic. "For the first time in Watford City's history, a higher education class is going to be taught live right here," states Nelson. "After being in Watford City for the past three years, we are going to finally be able to offer three classes at our campus at the Rough Rider Center." Read More

Minot Groups seeks to add Color to Community
Minot Daily News

On Sept. 15, Minot volunteers are going to paint pianos for the downtown area. Minot Daily News
The Minot Street Art Movement is on a mission to make Minot colorful. " We are trying to beautify downtown Minot and make it a space that creates interest, so that people want to come downtown," said Tonya Stuart-Melland, who is in charge of the movement. On the Magic Day of Giving, Sept. 15, the movement plans to paint pianos for the downtown area. Stuart-Melland said, "they are fully functioning pianos that will be placed on the street for people to play. We currently have two designs that we will be working on during the Magic Day of Giving." Read More

Donations sought for New McKenzie County Hospital

The McKenzie County Healthcare Systems (MCSH) replacement medical facility has bee n under construction for one year. The $76.4 million healthcare facility is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2018. Boasting over 125,100 square feet, the new facility will offer a wide variety of services including urgent care, clinic, emergency, labor & delivery and surgical-outpatient surgery. Lynn Welker, public relations and fundraising consultant for the expansive project said donations are still needed. Anyone interested can contact Lynn at 307-399-4145 or"  Read More

Sidney's Housing Market faces Downturn
Sidney Herald

With more than 100 houses on the market in Sidney, the community is experiencing a record total of availability. "This is historically a high amount for us," Leif Anderson, owner of Beagle Properties, said of the houses for sale in the community. Anderson explained that the economy is part of a fairly basic marketing formula after a very strong market from 2005 until the end of 2014. "When demand is high, prices go up and inventory is down," Anderson said. But the opposite has occurred starting in 2015. "When the demand declines, inventory goes up and prices go down," he noted.  Read More

New Town seeks support for City Sales Tax Sept. 12
New Town News

The time is drawing near for residents of New Town to decide if they want a Home Rule Charter for the city and a city sales tax to fund a new fire station and the proposed swimming pool and splash pad near the Northern Lights Building.  The vote on the Home Rule Charter will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at the New Town Civic Center. Voting hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Read More

Upcoming Williston Events
09/09                   Bakken X Trek
The Bakken X Trek will be held Sept. 9 at Spring Lake Park. The race will include some standard obstacles and some unique to the venue. The event is open to all levels and ages.   Click here to register 

09/09                   Opportunity Foundation Golf Tournament
The Twelfth Annual Darrell Schmidt Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the  Eagle Ridge Golf Course. Registration begins at 8 a.m. in the clubhouse and the tournament will start at 9 a.m. News Release
09/13                   1 Day 1 Fair
The bi-annual Williston Job Fair will be held from 3-7 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel. Bring copies of your resume and come prepared for interviews.
09/13-15             College for Seniors
Bethel Lutheran Foundation's annual event will feature the theme "Celebrate Life." The programs and classes will focus on ways to enrich and celebrate life through  attitudes, hobbies and maintaining a healthy mind, body and soul. College for Seniors News Release

09/15                   Eggs & Issues
Chamber members are invited to learn about the Homes for Heros program from North Dakota State Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger. The meeting begins at 7:30 a.m. at TrainND Northwest.  

09/16                   Military Affairs Golf Tournament
The golf scramble will be held at the Eagle Ridge Golf Course. The cost is $100 per person.  Golf Tournament Flier 

09/23                  Stylin' Against Breast Cancer Fashion Show
CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Medical will sponsor a fashion show at the Williston ARC from 5-6 p.m.

09/28                   Women in Leadership Expo 
Williston Economic Development is a sponsor for the annual event to be held at TrainND Northwest. Call 701-572-2835 to register.

10/14                  Cleanup Williston
Williston Public Works will lead the citywide cleanup. Email to volunteer your business, organization or family for a specific cleanup zone in Williston.
10/18-20             EDND Fall Conference
Williston will host the Economic Development Association of North Dakota's fall conference at the Grand Williston Hotel.   EDND 

Energy Events
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. 2017 annual meeting agenda

10/04-05              Bakken Oil Product & Service Show
The 7th annual BOPSS, produced by DAWA Solutions Group, will be held at the Raymond Family Community Center in WillistonRegistration

11/01-02              Western Dakota Energy Association annual meeting 
The meeting will be held at the Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge in Dickinson.  Registration

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

07/16-18              Bakken Conference and Expo
The Summer 2018 event will be held at the Rough Rider Center in Watford City.
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