May 4, 2018

Dear Williston Wire Readers,
The community is invited to the 2nd annual State of Williston Address on Wednesday, May 9 from 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel. Williston Mayor Howard Klug will reflect on the past year and share his vision for the year ahead. The event is free and open to the public. A complimentary lunch will be provided (while supplies last). 

 Shawn, Ann, Barb and Brenda 

Sloulin Field Redevelopment Community Input Meeting to feature Gov. Burgum
Gov. Doug Burgum, Williston Mayor Howard Klug and City Administrator David Tuan will be the featured speakers at the May 8 meeting at the Grand Williston Hotel.

News Release -  The public is invited to the third Sloulin Field Redevelopment meeting on Tuesday, May 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel. The guest speaker will be Governor Doug Burgum, who will address how the Main Street Initiative and Sloulin Field Redevelopment complement each other. For more on this event visit

Williston to celebrate Economic Development Week May 7-12
Miss North Dakota Lizzie Jensen will sing the national anthem at the awards banquet May 9 in Williston.
Williston Economic Development - The community is invited to  celebrate Economic Development Week May 7-12. WED will offer several free events to showcase its programs, resources, staff and projects including the following: Center for Development Open House, May 7 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.; Sloulin Field Redevelopment  meeting May 8 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel; Retail Summit, May 9 from 8-11:15 a.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel; State of the City Address May 9 from 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel; City Bus Tour May 9 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and WED/SBDC Awards Banquet May 9 from 5-9 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel. To reserve space and/or tickets visit the website.
Arkansas Couple finds Success with Food Bus
T & T Barbecue features southern fired food near Ray, ND. KFYR-TV
KFYR-TV - Business at T & T Barbecue is picking up. Teresa Oldham has her hands full dishing up baked beans and brisket. "We stay pretty steady most days," she said. Her Arkansas accent butters up the customers. Customer Mark Weyrauch said, "I like the pulled pork but their pizzas are fantastic, they are super thick and a lot of meat on them." Read More
Williston Candidate Forums draw Big Crowds; Forums available on Williston Herald Website
Williston Herald - Williston is in the midst of another housing shortage, this time in the single-family home market, and it is continuing to work through the challenges that back-to-back oil surges present. Those are some of the concerns the candidates for Williston City Commission seemed to have at the candidate forum May 1. Read More
Band Day 2018 to feature Party Crashers Brass Band
The 91st Band Day Parade will be held May 12 in Williston.
Williston Herald - For it's 91st year, Williston's Band Day Parade is hosting their biggest guest band yet - The Party Crashers Brass Band. Consisting of about 30 members and coming out of Denver, Colorado, the Party Crashers are made up of many members of the Denver Broncos Stampede drumline, as well as a large brass section.  Read More
Paddlefish Season off to Solid Start;
Free Fish Cleaning offered at Confluence
Austin Nielsen, of Tioga, carries a 65-pound paddlefish he caught Wednesday onto shore near the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers. Williston Herald photo
Williston Herald - As Austin Nielsen walked the few hundred feet from the boat ramp at the Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence recreational area to the North Star Caviar cleaning station, he had to pause to catch his breath. Nielsen was carrying a 65-pound, 62-inch-long paddlefish he'd just caught about a mile up the Yellowstone River. He's snagged bigger fish in years past -  but on Wednesday he was still tired from fighting the fish for more than 20 minutes.  Read More
Andrist Charitable Trust established to benefit Crosby, Divide County
Elaine and John Andrist's son Steve has announced a charitable trust has been created to benefit the area his parent's called home. Crosby Journal
Crosby Journal - The establishment of a trust created from the estate of John Andrist will amount to well over $3 million and provide seed money for projects benefiting his home community for decades to come. Andrist's son, Steve, announced the trust last week in Bismarck, estimating the annual interest generated at up to $150,000 per year -- money that will fuel projects in Crosby and Divide County.  To read the full story, sign in to our online edition.
Construction to begin on New Bowling Alley, Lois Lanes, in Watford City
Construction will begin soon on a new family fun center in Watford City with the unique name Lois Lanes. McKenzie County Farmer
McKenzie County Farmer - Gary Schwartzenberger has long had the dream of building a bowling alley and family fun center in Watford City. At a kickoff party at the Rough Rider Center Aril 27, those dreams became closer to reality as he announced construction would begin in less than a month. "We are calling it Lois Lanes," said Schwartzenberger. "After my mother, whose name is Lois. But also after Lois Lane, Superman's girlfriend." For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer
Watford City to Pick up Patch May 7-12
Pick up the Patch cleanup efforts are being held throughout western North Dakota. Watford City will clean up its community next week. McKenzie County Farmer
McKenzie County Farmer - Spring is in full bloom and area residents are gearing up to "pick up" McKenzie County's roadside ditches and shoulders for the annual Pick Up The Patch event this coming week, May 7-12. Pick Up The Patch continues to unite area residents around one cause - keeping the community clean and looking nice. For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer
New Outdoor Pool to open in Parshall June 1
Parshall to open new pool and splash pad this summer.
Mountrail County Record - As soon as winter makes her exit, the Parshall Park Board will open its doors at the newly constructed swimming pool and splash pad. June 1 is the tentative date. Officials are in the hiring process for pool operators, a clerk, maintenance workers and four lifeguards. Read More
Upcoming Williston Events
05/05 ------ Free Landfill Day
Spring cleaning? Bring your household garbage to the Williston Landfill between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. for Free Landfill Day!

05/08 ------ Sloulin Redevelopment Project - Williston Meeting
The public is invited to learn about the Master Plan for the project. The meeting will feature keynote Gov. Doug Burgum, City of Williston leaders and representatives from the project's key partnerships. The free program will run from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center.

05/09 ------ Retail Summit
Potential and current retailers are invited to the free summit from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center. Click here to register.

05/09 ------ State of the City Address
Williston Mayor Howard Klug will deliver his State of the City Address at 12 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center. A light lunch will be served from 11-11:45 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. Click  here to register.

05/09 ------ WED/SBDC Awards Banquet
Williston Economic Development and the Small Business Development Center will celebrate the accomplishments of its 2018 award winners. The social hour will be begin at 5 p.m. followed by dinner and the awards ceremony. Click  here for reservations.

05/10 ------ Williston City Commission
The commission meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday due to another commitment on Tuesday. Williston High School students participating in Elks Youth Day will attend the meeting at 6 p.m. in the Commission Room at City Hall at 22 East Broadway.

06/06 ------ 1 Million Cups Williston
Learn how to help new businesses thrive in Williston by attending the free meeting at Williston State College from 8:30-9:30 a.m.
07/10-12 ------ ND Water Resource Districts Association's Summer Meeting
The 2018 North Dakota Water Resource Districts Association's annual summer meeting will be held at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center.
Upcoming Energy Events
05/22-24 ------ Williston Basin Petroleum Conference
The 26th annual event will be held in Bismarck, ND. Early bird general attendee registration is open until April 12, 2018. Conference Website
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

The Summer 2018 event will be held at the Rough Rider Center in Watford City. 

09/24-26 ------ NDPC Annual Meeting
The meeting will be held at the Ramada in Fargo, ND.

10/03-04 ------ Bakken Oil Product & Service Show
The 8th annual trade show and seminars will be held at the Raymond Family Community Center. Bakken Oil Show website
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