Dear Williston Wire Readers,


Another ribbon cutting will be held in Williston this week! This time, Cooks on Main is celebrating the grand opening of its spacious new kitchen Oct. 13 and 14. Cooks on Main is located on the corner of Broadway and Main Street in Downtown Williston. The owner of the business, Angela Skogen, utilized the Williston STAR Fund program to expand her business. We encourage you to take some time to visit the store and wish Skogen well!


Williston is Open for Business!

Barbara Peterson
Miss America to Visit Williston Nov. 3
News Release

Tickets may be purchased at the event, online or at the Williston Visitor's Center.
A Homecoming Celebration for Miss America 2018, Cara Mund, will be held on November 3
in Williston and November 4 in Bismarck. The Introduction of Mund and Coronation of Miss North Dakota 2017, Lizzie Jensen, will take place at 6 p.m. at the Bakken Auditorium. A public reception will be held mmediately following the ceremony, at 7:30 p.m., in the Phil Jackson Fieldhouse. Tickets may be purchased online, in person or at the Williston Visitor's Center. For more information visit the Miss North Dakota website Read More
Cooks on Main Ribbon Cutting Oct. 13
Williston Economic Development

The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony today at 9:30 a.m. at Cooks on Main in Downtown Williston. The store is celebrating the grand opening of its spacious new kitchen this weekend. Join the fun Oct. 13 and 14!

Coffee Shop seeks to sell Beer, Wine in Williston
Williston Herald
by Renee Jean

The owner of Meg-A-Latte is seeking approval to serve beer and wine at its original location and its Harvest Plaza location. Meg-A-Latte photo
Conversation about coffee took a new turn Tuesday, with the owners of Meg-A-Latte asking Williston for permission to sell beer and wine at two of its three locations. The matter was discussed the Oct. 10 regular meeting of the City Commission. The two Meg-A-Latte locations are at 204 13th St. W. and at 3210 27th St. W. The idea was prompted a few years ago, when Megan and Eddie Wold took a trip to Seattle for the annual coffee fest and learned about coffee shops that offered both coffee and wine. "Coffee shops are very relaxing and enjoyable places in general," Megan said. "They go hand in hand with enjoying a cup of coffee, or a glass of wine." Read More

Williston Voters approve Extension of 1 Cent City Sales Tax
Williston Herald
by Renee Jean

An aerial photo of Williston via The Creative Treatment.
A substantial majority of the more than 800 voters who cast their ballots in Williston Tuesday said yes to continuing the city's 1 percent infrastructure sales tax.
Yes votes totaled 598, and no votes totaled 226, a 72 percent win for the issue. The city has 14,124 eligible voters according to Williams County Auditor Beth Innis, the election official for the special election. "I'm really happy the citizens came out and had the trust and vision for the city of Williston." said Williston Mayor Howard Klug. Read More

ND Economic Developers to get hands on look at Training for Oil and Gas Industry
Williston Economic Development
The Economic Development Association of North Dakota will hold its fall conference in Williston Oct. 18-20. The three-day conference will highlight growth projects in Williston including the Williston Basin International Airport and Sloulin Redevelopment; Downtown Williston/Governor's Main Street Initiative; and the training and classes offered at TrainND Northwest. Participants will have an opportunity to experience some of the skills needed in the oil and gas industry.   The tour will feature four stations: Workover Rig, CDL Truck Driving, Lease Operator, and Well Control Drilling. The conference begins Wednesday afternoon at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center. EDND Fall Conference Agenda

Williston School District considers Proposals for New Elementary School
Williston Herald
by Jamie Kelly

Williston Public School District No. 1 is considering its building options for a new elementary school.
If voters in Williston Public School District No. 1 approve a new school, it will likely house kindergarten through fifth grade, reversing course from the plan that created Bakken Elementary. That school, which opened last year in the district's old high school building, is adjacent to Williston Middle School and houses fifth and sixth graders.  Ted Rozeboom, a consultant with JLG Architects, told the school board that the decision about whether to keep fifth graders with other middle schoolers or move them back with other elementary students would help determine what the district should build. Read More
Dickinson High School considers Future Building Needs
Dickinson Press

DPS Superintendent Doug Sullivan spoke to a crowd about the growing number of children being born which could have future impacts at Dickinson High.
More than 100 people gathered at Dickinson High School on Tuesday night to discuss the future of the high school and what education could look like by the year 2030. "It is now time to make a transition and address Dickinson High School because one of the things that is happening in our community is that every year St. Alexius continues to set live birth records," Sullivan said during the meeting. "The projection, which is more a trend indicator, is that in three short years this school district could have a kindergarten class over 500 students. So when you roll those numbers forward, the implications for Dickinson High School become obvious." Read More

JLG earns Design Award for Watford City High School
News Release

Two projects by JLG Architects have earned design awards, including the top Honor Award, from the North Dakota Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The awards were presented at the annual AIA North Dakota Awards Conference in Fargo "for distinguished accomplishments in design and the profession of architecture." JLG earned the Honor Award for Watford City High School  in Watford City, ND and Merit Award for UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks, ND. Read More

Dickinson expands Renaissance Zone
Dickinson Press

Bernie's Esquire Club utilized the Renaissance Zone program in recent renovations to their business.Grady McGregor / The Dickinson Press
A Dickinson State University neighborhood surrounded by coffee shops, bookstores and retail outlets connected to a walkable and bustling downtown is a vision city officials have for Dickinson's westside and they hope updates to Dickinson's Renaissance Zone will help make it happen. Dickinson's downtown Renaissance Zone has been expanded to include areas in western downtown near DSU. Read More

Upcoming Williston Events
10/13-15        Entertainment Inc! presents Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
The musical based on the 1980's movie of the same name, runs Oct. 6-8 and 12-15 at the Old Armory Theatre in Downtown Williston. For reservations visit the Entertainment Inc! website or call the box office at 701-577-3179.
10/14              Clean Up Williston
Williston Public Works will lead the citywide cleanup. Email to volunteer your business, organization or family for a specific cleanup zone in Williston.

10/14              Tire Amnesty Day
Williston Vector Control will sponsor the Amnesty Day during Clean Up Williston at Davidson Park. Used tires may be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. NO disposal fee!
10/18-20         EDND Fall Conference
Williston will host the Economic Development Association of North Dakota's fall conference at the Grand Williston Hotel. The public is invited to a special free workshop with Google on Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 9-11 a.m.   EDND 

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.

11/10               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

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.
Energy Events
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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