October 18, 2019
Dear Williston Wire Readers,

Williston Economic Development helped sponsor the Ports-to-Plains Conference in Williston October 15-17. This was the second time in four years that the city hosted the event. Energy leaders stressed the importance of safe and efficient roadways for their employees' commute to work and as well as continued industry development. Thanks to everyone who made the event a huge success!

Shawn, Ann, Barb & Brenda
Larger Planes to serve XWA Soon
KUMV-TV - More and more people are expected to choose to fly out of Williston's airport rather than driving hours to fly from other cities. Both airlines that provide service to the XWA will soon replace their 50-seat planes with larger aircraft that perform better, as well as provide more seating and a first-class option. On October 28, United Airlines will start using a 76-passenger plane, and on November 4, Delta Air Lines will increase to a 70-passenger aircraft.  Read More
Enplanements up 22 Percent in Williston
Williston enplanements continue to increase. Boardings are up 22 percent for 2019 and they are expected to continue to climb with the opening of XWA.
WFD contributes to Williston's Baby Boom
KUMV-TV - Babies are booming in the Bakken. More than 1,500 have been born at Williston's hospital within the last two years. This baby boom is evident at Williston's Fire Department.  There are 24 children under the age of 2 between paid and volunteer firefighters at the Williston Fire Department.  "What we have going on today is pretty common place throughout the department, and everybody is just ready to start having kids. We're a younger fire department," said Brad Auttelet, WFD Battalion Chief and father of two.  Read More
Williston Public Works Building to celebrate Grand Opening November 6
The new Public Works Building is located at 1121 5th St. E. in Williston. 
Williston Economic Development - Williston Public Works and Engineering is celebrating the grand opening of their new complex located at 1121 5th St E. The staff invites the public to come out to their new complex on Wednesday, November 6th, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. The celebration will kick off with a ribbon cutting at 2:00 p.m. followed by tours. Read More
About 100 attend Ports-to-Plains Conference in Williston; Attendees arrive from Mexico to Canada
Business leaders, city officials, economic development leaders and legislators from across the midwest packed the Old Armory in Williston to take part in the Ports -to-Plains Conference. Williston Herald photo
Williston Herald - The 22nd Annual Ports To Plains Conference returned to Williston, bringing the spotlight once again to the work that is being done in the region. "We have a very diverse group of individuals in the room today," said John Osborne, Ports-to-Plains Alliance chairman. "This is an important set of issues, and an important time frame for us. What's taking place here in Williston right now is happening in many places not just up and down the corridor, but throughout the region." Read More
North Dakota's Infrastructure ranks 4th
KAKE.com - Residents in North Dakota have the shortest average commute time of residents in any state. According to Census data, in 2017, the average commute time for workers was less than 17 minutes. While it is possible that workers may live closer to their places of work in North Dakota, shorter commutes may also be a product of generally favorable road conditions. The Department of Transportation reports that 90.1% of roads in North Dakota are in good or fair condition, the 10th-highest of any state. North Dakota is also one of the top 10 states where it costs the least to be richRead More
Charity Ball raises $100,000 for CHI St. Alexius Health Williston
Roundup - The 2019 Charity Ball made "Magic in the Moonlight" for close to 350 attendees at the Well at Williston State College Friday, September 27. The Foundation's annual fundraiser is the largest of the year and 100% of the proceeds stay in Williston to touch the lives of those that seek care from CHI St. Alexius Health Williston.  Read More
Red Rock Auto celebrates Ribbon Cutting in Watford City
Pictured from left, Bobby Kaloustain, Celina Monsen, Patty Wolff, Oriana Nelson, Benjamin Nelson, Adam Nelson, Alex Nelson, Luke Taylor, Diana Pokrzywinski and Pat Bertagnolli.
Roundup - Members of the Watford City Chamber helped celebrate the Grand Opening of Red Rock Auto by cutting the ribbon on Friday, October 11.  Lunch and door prizes were given out throughout the day as patrons ventured out to see the new dealership in town. 
Bakken prepares for Refracturing of Old Wells
A field test shows as much as 370,000 barrels of recoverable oil could be had on average from older wells. 
Williston Herald - Refracturing old wells with new technology is likely to become the next hot trend in the Bakken, with one analysis of a field test showing as much as 370,000 barrels of recoverable oil to be had on average from these older wells. The figure is based on an analysis of 100 or so wells in the Killdeer area by Joel Brown, a principal with Mineral Tracker. Brown has a degree in petroleum engineering from the University of North Dakota, and well performance is one of his specialties.  Read More
Burgum helps attract Petrochemical Plant  to North Dakota
Gov. Doug Burgum and his administration continue to wrestle with flaring, which wastes gas and revenue and emits unnecessary carbon dioxide emissions blamed for global warming. 
AP/Bismarck Tribune - Gov. Doug Burgum and his administration are wooing the petrochemical industry to build a multibillion-dollar plant to convert natural gas liquids into plastic or other products, bringing value to the commodity that otherwise is being piped elsewhere or burned off as a byproduct of the state's soaring oil production. Such a factory is far from a new idea and other proposals that were initially met with much fanfare fizzled.  Read More
Upcoming Williston Events
10/21 ------ Planning and Zoning Commission
The board meets the third Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in the Commission Room at City Hall.

10/21-22 ----- Masquerade Jewelry & Accessories Sale
The $5 Jewelry and Accessories Sale  will be held at CHI St. Alexius Health Williston on Oct. 21 from 4-7 p.m. and O ct. 22 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

10/22 ------ City Commission
The commission meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at 6 p.m. in the Williams County Commission Room located in the County Administrative Building.

10/29 ------ Schwan's Hiring Event
The Job Fair will be held from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Williston Depot.  Schwan's Hiring Event

10/31 ------ Trail of Treats
Trick-or-Treaters are invited to Downtown Williston to get their fill of candy and goodies. The event will be held from 2:30-5:30 p.m. (or until the treats are gone!)

10/31 ------ All City Halloween Party
5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Williston Area Recreation Center

11/06 ------ 1 Million Cups
Support local entrepreneurs by attending the one-hour meeting at 8:30 a.m. at the Teton Lounge. Complimentary coffee will be provided. The presenters will be VRkade and Upper Cuts Gym.

11/12 ------  City Commission
The commission meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at 6 p.m. in the Williams County Commission Room located in the County Administrative Building.

11/30-12/31 ------  Spring Lake Park Holiday Lights Drive
Enjoy thousands of holiday lights in over 60 displays nightly from 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Upcoming Energy Events
10/30-31 ------ Western Dakota Energy Association Annual Meeting
The meeting will be held at the Grand Hotel in Minot.  WDEA Annual Meeting Agenda

11/13-14 ------ North Dakota Energy Conference and Expo 
The event  defines and details the trends and opportunities present in North Dakota's energy industries. To conference will be held at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, ND.   Registration Information

11/15 ------ Williston Basin Petroleum Banquet
The Williston Basin Chapter API will host its annual awards and appreciation banquet.  Williston Basin Petroleum Banquet

12/03 ------  Williston Basin Chapter API Monthly Meeting
The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a social followed by dinner at 7 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel. December Monthly Meeting
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