Dec. 7, 2018
Dear Williston Wire Readers,
The holiday season is in full swing in Williston. There are plenty of fun activities this from the Downtown Holiday Stroll, A Christmas Story produced by Entertainment Inc,, Spring Lake Park Holiday Lights Drive and many athletic activities. Enjoy all that Williston has to offer this weekend!

 Shawn, Ann, Barb & Brenda
Economic Development to celebrate Accomplishments Dec. 7
Williston Airport Director Anthony Dudas and his wife attend the 2017 Open House. Williston Economic Development photo
Williston Herald - It's been another successful year for Williston Economic Development, and they're inviting the public to come celebrate with them during their Holiday Open House. This is the fifth annual Holiday Open House for the Economic Development office, and Program Development Coordinator Ann Kvande said the event is a way to thank sponsors for their generosity and assistance in putting on events throughout the year, as well as give community members insight into what the economic development office does for Williston. Read More
Lawmakers prep for Legislative Session
Sen. Brad Bekkedahl speaks with a constituent after a legislative panel Thursday night. Williston Herald photo
Williston Herald - Gov. Doug Burgum's $14.3 billion dollar budget, with $4.6 billion in ongoing general fund items, was top of mind at a legislative panel in Williston Dec. 6. The panel included Senators David Rust (R-Tioga) and Brad Bekkedahl (R-Williston), as well as Rep. Bert Anderson (R-Crosby), Patrick Hatlestad (R-Williston), Don Longumuir (R-Stanley) and David Richter (R-Williston). The event was sponsored by Western Region Economic Development.  Read More
Western Region Economic Development seeks Advocacy via Video

News Release -  Williston Regional Economic Development has announced it has changed its name to Western Regional Economic Development to better reflect the group's vision, mission and membership. In addition to the name change the group has released a promotional video about the growth and development in northwestern North Dakota.



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MedScan Laboratory excels in Williston
Robert Howard, president of MedScan, right, and his son, Bill Howard, chief operations officer, make adjustments to a Liquid Chromatograph Machine in one of their labs in Williston. Roger Riveland Submitted Photo
Minot Daily News - Minot native Robert Howard has found just the right chemistry in Williston for operating one of the nation's top clinical drugs testing laboratories. The president and chief executive officer of the family-run MedScan Laboratory and Advanced Drug Testing, finds himself in a unique position. "You make plans, but basically, what you do is you react to your circumstances," he said of the direction life has taken for him. "Besides, 25 years ago who would have thought that the nation would be caught in an opioid epidemic?" Read More
Safari Trampoline Park, Levelheaded Bookkeeping present at 1 Million Cups
Rebecca Schug and Jawaid Sarani presented at 1 Million Cups Dec. 5. Schug has a new virtual bookkeeping business called Levelheaded Bookkeeping. Williston Economic Development
KEYZ Radio - Before an eager and interested audience of budding entrepreneurs and community members at Wednesday's 1 Million Cups gathering at WSC, Safari Trampoline Park Owner Jay Surani gave a progress report on the project, a true labor of love which has him working long hours to get Williston's newest amusement up and running.  Some great news for bounce enthusiasts: per Surani, the trampoline side of the venue is "95% done" with just some finishing touches remaining. Read More

Shopko announces Store Closings;

Residents seek to keep Stanley Store Open

KUMV-TV - In the wake of news that Shopko would be closing four locations in North Dakota, residents of one town are taking it upon themselves to push the company to keep their local store open. Jennifer Gaaskjolen started a petition on the website to keep the Shopko Hometown location in Stanley, N.D., open. Read More   Shopko to close 39 Stores; 4 in North Dakota
Burger King opens in Sidney, Expansion planned in Williston
Pictured are Jen Dirk, director of operations; Jen Stauffer, general manager; and Stacy Leidy, district manager of Burger King in Sidney. Roundup photo
Roundup - Burger King, Sidney's newest business, is now open for business at 416 N. Central at the Shops at Fox Run from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Sidney was chosen for their newest restaurant because of its high traffic location on Highway 200. There are also plans for expansion into Williston. The Sidney store currently has 55 employees but they are hiring. Read More
Teen Revives Bowling Alley in Newburg - Just like a massive mechanical pin-setting machine, there are a lot of moving parts when you operate a small business. "It's been really good - I mean, sometimes it can be stressful," says Trent Hunskor, "but it actually is really a lot of fun to do." Hunskor is the owner and operator of Lam's Lanes on Main Street in Newburg. Last year, with the help of his parents, the 17-year-old fixed up the city's beloved 4-lane bowling alley, got up to speed on the nuts and bolts, and flipped on the neon "open" sign. Read More
Upcoming Williston Events
12/10 ----- Grand Opening of Williston Birthplace
There will be a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. followed by tours and refreshments.
12/11 ----- Williston City Commission
The commission meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. at City Hall.
12/13 ------ Winter Weather Preparedness Training
Williams County and the City of Williston are co-hosting a Winter Weather Preparedness Course on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. The event will be held in the Williams County Commission Room at 206 East Broadway.
12/13 ------ Business After Hours at First International Bank & Trust
Come join us for an evening of networking with fellow Chamber Members at First International and enjoy great food and drinks!
12/24-25 ------ City of Williston Offices Closed
The City of Williston offices will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The offices will resume regular business hours on Dec. 26.
Upcoming Energy Events
12/04 ------ 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.

02/10 ------ API Chili Cook-Off
Get the team together for the 38th annual  API Chili Cook-Off .

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.
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