Helms estimates $125 Billion invested in ND's Oil Patch
Williston Herald
by Renee Jean

Lynn Helms was the guest speaker at the Sept. 12 Williston Basin Chapter of the API meeting. The above graphic was part of the Helm's powerpoint presentation. Ann Kvande/Williston Economic Development
A question Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms was asked recently produced a number that has been raising eyebrows around the state, including those of Gov. Doug Burgum. The question was what has been the impact on North Dakota from the oil and gas industry. "I looked up a few numbers," Helms said, flashing a good-natured smile to a crowd gathered at a recent meeting of the Williston Basin Chapter of the American Petroleum Institute. Those numbers show a total of $125 billion invested within North Dakota's portion of the Bakken, Helms said, which works out to $1.8 million for every man, woman and child in the state. Read More
Williston Enplanements remain Steady
Williston Economic Development

Enplanements at the Williston Airport continue to be about the same as last year. In August 2017 there were only 88 fewer passengers compared to the same time in 2016. Currently, commercial flights at Sloulin Field International Airport are at capacity; making growth difficult. Airport officials hope more commercial flights will be added in the spring.


More than 400 Job Seekers attend Williston Job Fair
Williston Herald
by Renee Jean

Matt Azure, far left, and Brandon Vance, with Henry Hill Oil Service talk to a prospective employee Wednesday about their company at the Job Services ND Job Fair. Williston Herald
Housing, two different insurance plans, discounts at seven store locations. These were among the perks that representatives of Six Shooters, which owns Outlaws in Williston and Watford City and Meadowlark in Sidney, mentioned to prospective employees at Williston's second of two annual job fairs on Wednesday. They weren't the only ones with housing and other perks. There were 60 employers with booths at the event - about 60 percent oilfield, 40 percent a cross section of other job sectors. Read More        KUMV-TV: Job Openings still stronger than Demand
Wenko to present at Oil Conference Sept. 26 in Grand Forks
News Release

Williston Economic Development's Shawn Wenko will be a guest panelist at Bakken 2.0 in Grand Forks Sept. 26.
Bakken 2.0 is  part of the 2017 Annual Meeting of the North Dakota Petroleum Council. The free education session will be held Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. Some of the topics to be covered include the latest technological trends and economic investments in one of the world's most-recognized oil formations. Shawn Wenko, executive director of Williston Economic Development, will be a panelist during the session discussing growth in the Bakken Oil Patch due to oil and and gas development. Lieutenant Governor Brent Sanford will moderate the session.  Bakken 2.0 flier
Bakken Oil Show returns to Williston Oct. 4-5

BOPSS will feature a trade show, panel discussions, product presentations and much more.
The 7th annual Bakken Oil Product & Service Show (BOPSS) features some of the latest innovative solutions for the oil and gas industry in the Williston Basin. Being held O ctober 4 & 5, 2017, BOPSS is the only oil and gas trade show and conference located in W illiston, North Dakota in the heart of the activity. The event includes a Product and Service Showcase as well as technical presentations and panel discussions highlighting new and innovative products, services, industry activity and techniques.  Read More

Economic Developers to meet in Williston Oct. 18-20; Google Expert to Keynote
News Release

An expert from Google will keynote the EDND Fall Conference Oct. 18-20 in Williston.
The Economic Development Association of North Dakota will hold its annual fall conference in Williston October 18-20. The event will feature on-site tours of Sloulin Field International Airport and TrainND Northwest, a keynote address from an expert from Google; interesting seminars on Governor Burgum's Main Street Initiative, Downtown Williston's revitalization, the future Sloulin Field Redevelopment project and much more! The conference will also feature entertainment by Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos. Registration/Agenda

Watford City's Cornerstone Bank to celebrate Grand Opening Sept. 19-21
McKenzie County Farmer

Cornerstone Bank is located at 106 8th Ave SE (on Hwy 85 across from Heggen Equipment) in Watford City.
Since opening in Watford City 35 years ago, McKenzie County Bank has changed its name to Cornerstone Bank and has moved to a new location. The grand opening is set for Sept. 19 - 21. For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer 

Construction lags on Crosby Kids Daycare
Crosby Journal
The Crosby Kids Daycare still hasn't opened. Organizers hope that will happen in October. Crosby Journal

As difficult as it was to get funding for a new daycare facility, getting construction finished has been just as hard. Despite delays, "There's some good things happening," said Traci Lund, one of three members of the Crosby Kids Daycare building committee. Fingers crossed, the new center, on the site of the former Crosby Lanes, will be ready for occupancy in October. "I feel that can easily be accomplished," said Lund. To read the full story, sign in to our online edition.

New Indoor Golf Facility opens in Fairview

Call Par Tee Golf at 406-742-3630 to set up a tee time. Roundup
Dan and Monica Cayko have opened Par Tee Golf in Fairview, offering golfers of all skill levels the opportunity to play year round. Two top of the line Premium Commercial golf simulators allow players to golf on 63 courses from around the world. The simulator displays the courses on an 8' X 12' screen in HD with top of the line graphics and sound. The Caykos opened Par Tee Golf to provide another activity for area golf enthusiasts. Read More
New Day Spa holds Ribbon Cutting in Sidney

The Sidney Chamber helped Rouge llc Day Spa celebrate its grand opening recently.
Rouge llc Day Spa held its grand opening and ribbon cutting recently in Sidney. The full service spa offers manicures, pedicures, lash extensions, facials, massage, waxing, makeup and airbrush tanning in a beautiful, relaxing atmosphere. Rouge llc Day Spa is located at 118 S. Central Ave., Sidney. Call 406-433-4624 for an appointment.  Read More

Beauty and Beyond opens in Sidney
Sidney Herald
Beauty and Beyond has opened its doors in Sidney.  The salon is located at 141 7th St SW. Sidney Herald
A new salon has opened in Sidney. "It's always been my dream to own a salon," said Brittany Schneider, owner of Beauty & Beyond. Also excited about the opening are cosmetologist Tessa Gorder and nail artist Miranda O'Connor. The three will provide an array of services including haircuts, styling and coloring; eyelash extensions, facial waxing and eyebrow waxing; plus manicures and pedicures. Call 406-480-2243 for appointments.   Read More

Parshall School Board to seek New Bond Vote
Mountrail County Record

The Parshall School Board will ask voters to support a referendum to fund a new high school again soon.
Members of the Parshall School Board decided to push ahead with a new vote on a referendum to fund a new high school building.  After the previous vote failed to reach a 60 percent level mandated by state law, the school board appointed two of its members as a subcommittee to work with EngTech to look at "the way forward." In order to  have the school completed by the start of the 2019 school year, a new vote must be scheduled no later than February. Read More 
Northeastern North Dakota JDA buys Part of
Decommissioned Missile Site
Prairie Business
by Ken Chase

The Job Development Authority is hoping a big name company like Google will move servers into the pyramid. They say the concrete, underground space, and rural areas are ideal for data processing and security.
The Cavalier County Job Development Authority recently paid over $400,000 for part of the Stanley R. Mickelson Safeguard Complex in Nekoma, ND, but they don't plan to keep it all. "Well it's a little bit too big to keep the whole thing," said Shannon Duerr, Executive Director of the group. "Our vision is to have an interpretive center in one of the smaller buildings." The Job Development Authority is hoping a big name company like Google will move servers into the pyramid. Read More

Upcoming Williston Events
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

09/16                   MonDak Animal Rescue Dog Jog
The Dog Jog will be held at the RAYMOND FAMILY COMMUNITY CENTER. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. with the walk starting at 11 a.m. There will be silent and live auctions, fun activities and vendor sales.

09/23                   Stylin' Against Breast Cancer Fashion Show
CHI St. Alexius Health Williston will sponsor a fashion show at the Williston ARC from 5-7 p.m. The show will raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. Fashion Show Agenda/Tickets

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.

09/29                   Williston Women's Network
Join us for our Power Breakfast to learn about Toxin Free Living with Sara Black. The breakfast and program will be held from 8-10 a.m. at the Williston ARC. Please RSVP to Facebook.

10/14                   Cleanup Williston
Williston Public Works will lead the citywide cleanup. Email pattyf@ci.williston.nd.us 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                    Bakken 2.0
The seminar is part of the Annual Meeting of the North Dakota Petroleum Council. The free session showcases the latest technological trends and economic investments in Bakken. Shawn Wenko, executive director of Williston Economic Development will be one of the featured panelists. Bakken 2.0 Agenda

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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