Feb. 22, 2019
WILLISTON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
NEWS & UPDATES
Dear Williston Wire Readers,

Western Region Economic Development invites the public to legislative forums on Feb. 23 in communities throughout northwestern North Dakota. Learn about the 2019 Legislative Session and ask your local lawmakers questions. District 1 Legislators will be available at 5 p.m. at the Williams County Admin Building in Williston.
 
Shawn, Ann, Barb & Brenda

Glasgow's Busted Knuckle Brewery to expand to Williston

The Williams County Commission recently accepted a bid from Busted Knuckle Brewery to purchase the former Williams County Highway Property. Williams County photo
Williston Herald -  More than three years after Williams County opened a new building for its highway department, the owners of a Glasgow, Montana, brewery have made an offer to buy the old building.  The Williams County Commission unanimously accepted a $700,000 bid from Ben and Connie Boreson, who own Busted Knuckle Brewery in Glasgow. Read More   Busted Knuckle Brewery
Williston Mayor: Economic Activity remains Strong despite Winter Weather
Boot Barn is preparing to open in the former Sears building in Williston. Boot Barn photo
Williston Herald - If you look closely, you can see how, even in the dead of winter, things are slowly but surely moving along in Williston. The progress is especially visible when you look at how many businesses are relocating and re-purposing buildings; Sears is has re-opened in the former Aaron's; a branch of Napa Auto Parts is moving into the former Budget Home Furnishings building; Boot Barn is coming to the former Sears site and Williams County just sold a building for a new brew pub. Read More

Williston Downtowners Director resigns

Louise Skaare has announced plans to step down at the WDA director. Williston Herald photo
Williston Herald - The Williston Downtowners Association will have a change in leadership in the coming months as Executive Director Louise Skaare has announced her plans to step down from the organization.  The announcement came on Wednesday, Feb. 20 in the Downtowners Association newsletter, where Skaare described the news as "bittersweet."  "Change is always bittersweet," she said. "At times we can choose if it's going to be bitter or sweet. At this time, I am saying a sweet, sweet goodbye..." Read More

City Hall Staff to relocate to Red Rock Ford Building during Renovations

KEYZ Radio -   Expanding City Hall this spring, which depends greatly on when Red Rock Ford relocates, since that's where City Hall staff will move temporarily during renovations. Mayor Howard Klug says work will begin almost immediately on the first floor of the historic car dealership making it suitable for city hall work.  "It seems to me that in the next couple of months, they'll be out there in their new building.   Read More
Public invited to Legislative Forums Feb. 23
Crosby Journal: Capitol Views by Rep. Don Longmuir - This past week has been a very active week. Committees worked hard to process out all bills, so the full House can take action on them. There have been 545 House bills and 44 House concurrent resolutions introduced this session. Fourteen House bills and one House concurrent resolution were withdrawn. The remaining 531 House bills and 43 House concurrent resolutions are required to have a hearing and a floor vote. Read More
Williston Schools to host Town Hall Meeting Feb. 25
The Williston Schools Town Hall Meeting is Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the ARC. Stock photo
The community is invited to the Williston Public School District No. 1 Town Hall meeting on Monday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Williston ARC. The School Board will discuss the Bond Referendum and answer questions. The referendum would help build two elementary schools and an addition at Williston High School.
MDU to replace Sidney Coal Plant with Natural Gas Facility
MDU Resrouces Group will replace its coal-fired electric generation unit in Sidney with a new natural gas unit. Billings Gazette Photo
Sidney Herald -  MDU Resources Group, Inc., subsidiary Montana-Dakota Utilities, announced today that it intends to retire three aging coal-fired electric generation units at two locations within the next two to three years and construct a new simple-cycle natural gas combustion turbine to cost-effectively meet the needs of its customers.  Low-cost power available on the market, due to low-cost natural gas and increasing wind resources, as well as rising costs to operate these facilities, led to the decision to retire the coal plants.  Read More

Watford City to acquire Roads from McKenzie County

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McKenzie County will hand over jurisdiction of 15 miles of roads to Watford City during the next few years. Stock pho to
McKenzie County Farmer - Watford City's road network is going to grow by over 15 miles in the next several years after the city and the McKenzie County commissioners finalized a program that would transfer county roads within the city's limits to the city. "We've been working on this agreement for six years," states Curt Moen, Watford City administrator. "When the city began developing its transportation network plan, we found that many of the roads that are now in the city limits are owned by the county."  For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer
Upcoming Williston Events
02/23 ------ Legislative Forum
A public forum featuring the District 1 Legislators will be held at 5 p.m. at the Williams County Admin Building located at 206 E. Broadway.

02/25 ------ Williston Public School District No. 1 Town Hall
The community is invited to the meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Williston ARC.

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!

03/07 ------ Chamber Business After Hours
Join the Chamber at the Landmark Building at 1411 W Dakota Parkway to network and enjoy drinks and hors d'ouerves with fellow Chamber members.

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

06/05-06 ------ 3rd International Safety Culture Summit
The American Petroleum Institute, Saint Mary's University and CN will bring together industry operators, contractors, service/supply companies, academia and regulators together to facilitate collaboration and drive continual improvement. The summit will be held in Chicago.  Registration

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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