Dear Williston Wire Readers,


The City of Williston is gearing up for Miss America's visit today. The celebration honoring Cara Mund, a  Bismarck native, will begin at 6 p.m. at Bakken Elementary. Tickets are available at the door. We hope you enjoy this fun and historic event! Another reason for us to be proud of the people who live in our great state!


Barbara Peterson
Williston to roll out Red Carpet for Miss America Nov. 3
Williston Herald
by Jamie Kelly

Miss America Cara Mund is visiting Williston and Bismarck this weekend. The City of Williston is sponsoring the Williston event.
On Friday, Cara Mund will be back in Williston, and though she's been visiting here for years, it will be different this time. The biggest difference, of course, is that the last time Mund was in Williston, she wasn't yet Miss America. As the first Miss North Dakota to win the Miss America crown, this visit to Williston won't just be different for her, though. "We've never done this before," B. Michael Quale, who's the producer of the Miss North Dakota Pageant. Read More  Cara Mund bio

25 Free Marketing Subscriptions available to Williston Small Businesses
Williston Economic Development
by Barb Peterson

The City of Williston has received up to 25 complimentary subscriptions to LSMx to be shared with area small businesses.
If you own or operate a small business and want an easier way to handle your advertising, LSMx may be the answer! LSMx (Local Store Marketing powered by Buxton) allows franchisees and store managers to organize all of their marketing from an app on their smart phone. Williston Economic Development has up to 25 free LSMx subscriptions to give away due to its partnership with Buxton. The subscriptions will be active until the WED-Buxton contract expires in mid-2018. Read More

Williston Airport Construction on track; Terminal Work to begin in Spring
by Chris Simon

Pictured above is the airport construction site in late October. Photo courtesy of the City of Williston.
Rapid last minute work continues at the site of Williston's New airport northwest of town. The Mayor of Williston Howard Klug tells News Radio that much of the work continuing today is to lay the groundwork for Spring, so crews can hit the ground running. "This week I believe there are working on some footings for the terminal building so right away next year we'll be ready to move forward and construct that. The bids have been chosen for the main runway and the taxiways, so they are staging those areas out there," says Klug. Read More

Dickinson lobbies for continued Hub City Funding
Dickinson Press

The Energy Development and Transmission Committee toured oil-impacted areas in Dickinson including the airport on Tuesday, Oct. 31. The City of Williston hosted the committee in September. Dickinson Press
Like much of western North Dakota, the Dickinson airport was not built to handle the stresses of the recent Bakken oil boom. Airport officials, however, hope airport renovations in the next few years will allow Dickinson to better handle current air traffic and be prepared for the next boom. On Oct. 31, state legislators from the Energy Development and Transmission Committee were presented with the airport's plans for a new runway, and given a bus-tour of the tarmac. The legislators were on a two-day tour of the Dickinson area to discuss "Hub City" funding, oil-impacted development and infrastructure needs. Read More

Thrivent Financial Open House, Food Pantry Drive Nov. 6 in Williston
News Release

Kristin Oxendahl is the newest financial associate at Thrivent Financial in Williston.
Thrivent Financial invites the public to an open house from 3-6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 6 at the Williston office to meet new the team's newest financial representative, Kristin Oxendahl. Additionally, Thrivent will be collecting items to help restock the Salvation Army food pantry. The Thrivent team invites all to come enjoy some appetizers and register for door prizes. For more information, contact the office at 572-7288. Read More
MonDak Ag Research Summit Nov. 15 in Sidney
News Release

The City of Williston is sponsoring the MonDak Ag Research Summit. The event is free and open to the public.
The MonDak Ag Research Summit will be held Wednesday, Nov. 15 in Sidney. The goal of the summit is to bring ag scientists and producers together to share research results and information. The program will feature a variety of topics including; 
crop disease research on fusarium head blight and rhizoctonia in sugar beets, wheat stem sawfly management, grasshopper outbreak predictions, and much  more. MonDak Ag Reseach Summit brochure

Starboard, Fresh Palate present at 1 Million Cups
Williston Economic Development
The owners of two Williston businesses presented at 1 Million Cups on Wednesday, Nov. 1. Lennie Johnson, left, is the co-owner of Starboard while Lacey Dixon and Taryn Bauer, right, co-own Fresh Palate. Johnson said he has been pleased with the Williston store's success, despite having a location with lower visibility and a market with higher rent and labor costs. Dixon and Bauer have also been satisfied with their organic food store sales. They recently moved from the upper level to street level in the Downtown Plaza and opened a new coffee kiosk that features organic, gluten free and dairy free products. A YouTube video of their presentations will be released soon. The next 1 Million Cups meeting will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 8 a.m. in the Teton Lounge at Williston State College.

Trail of Treats draws Big Crowd
Williston Economic Development
More than 1,000 trick or treaters donned  their costumes for the Trail of Treats in Downtown Williston.  The annual event is sponsored by the Williston Downtowners Association, although participants included businesses from throughout the Williston trade region. Williston Economic Development encourages shoppers to support the local retailers, restaurants and service providers that so generously handed out candy on Oct. 31!
Crosby Kids Daycare celebrates Grand Opening
Crosby Journal
by Brad Nygaard

The City of Williston STAR Fund contributed $25,000 to the Crosby Kids Daycare building project. Crosby Journal 
Monday, Oct. 23 was a very big day for Carissa Smith, director at Crosby Kids Daycare. "We're in," she said. "Finally." After a year's worth of delays, the new facility at Second Street Southwest and Fifth Avenue South is officially open. The weekend before, "I lived here," Smith said. "Sunday was a 12-hour day." To read the full story,  sign in to our online edition. Click here to subscribe for a day, a week, a month or a year. 

Minot to review Future Economic Development Strategies
Minot Daily News

Jill Schramm/MDN Mayor Chuck Barney and MADC President Stephanie Hoffart sign Minot's Sister City documents with Skien, Norway, during an event at Norsk Hostfest Sept. 26. Watching at right is Jim Rostad, MADC's first vice chairman.
The ups and downs of Minot's commodity-driven economy can create challenges in economic development. With the latest fluctuations in the oil and agriculture industries, city leaders see merit in re-examining Minot's economic development strategies and use of a long-time incentive fund. "I think it's about time to take a look at the way we have been conducting economic development to see if there's new methods that can be debated, if our old methods are as effective as we want them to be," said Josh Wolsky, Minot City Council member.  Read More

Upcoming Williston Events
11/03               Homecoming Celebration for Miss America
The celebration will include coronation of the new Miss North Dakota and public reception for Miss America Cara Mund. Tickets may be purchased online or at the Williston Visitor's Center.

11/09               Chamber Business After Hours at Red Rock Ford
The networking reception will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Red Rock Ford located in Downtown Williston.

11/10               CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Charity Ball
Tickets are on sale now for the 2017 Annual Charity Ball featuring a dinner, silent and live auction, dancing and the Dueling Pianos performed by Deuces Wild! Charity Ball Ticket Information

11/14               Williston City Commission
The commission meets at 6 p.m. in the Commission Room at City Hall.

11/16               Real Deals on Home D├ęcor Ribbon Cutting
The Chamber ambassadors will hold a ribbon cutting for Real Deals at its new location at 9 a.m.

11/24                Holiday Lights Parade
Celebrate the start of the holiday season at the Holiday Lights Parade. The parade runs from the New Armory to Harmon Park beginning at 6 p.m. All float entries must be lighted. For more information contact the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce at 701-577-6000.

11/25                Small Business Saturday
Nov. 25 is the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season. Shoppers are encouraged to buy goods and services from their locally owned independent retailers.

11/25-12/31     The Spring Lake Park Holiday Lights Drive
The 2017 Holiday Lights Drive will feature about 60 lighted displays and numerous activity nights such as Photos With Santa, Craft Nights, Science Guy Nights and more. For more information contact the Williston Convention and Visitors Bureau at 701-774-9041.

12/08                Williston Economic Development Holiday Open House
Celebrate the Christmas season at 113 4th Street East from 5-8 p.m. There will be refreshments, hors d'oevres and door prizes.
Upcoming Williston Events
11/06-07             Executive Oil Conference
Businesses active in the Permian Basin will gather in Midland, Texas for the conference. Conference Agenda

11/08-09             Cudd Energy Services Job Fair
The job fair will be held from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. both days at the Landmark Suites in Williston. Job Fair Information

11/17                   Williston Petroleum Banquet
Tickets for the banquet may be purchased and reserved online. The featured guest speaker will be Congressman Kevin Cramer.

12/5                     Williston Basin Chapter API monthly meeting
The meeting will be held at the Grand Williston Hotel in the Lewis & Clark/Roosevelt Room beginning with the social at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.
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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