September 4, 2020

Dear Williston Wire Readers

The City of Williston will be closed on Monday, September 7, in observance of Labor Day. Labor Day is a federal holiday to honor and recognize the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers.
Shawn, Ann, Barb and Brenda

Mondak Sports adds New Towboat Line
Williston Economic Development News Release - Mondak Sports in Wlliston has announced it is adding a new towboat line to its inventory. Owner Joshua Kringen says their first Nautique model is expected to arrive in October 2020. “Nautique is a high-quality towboat that is designed for surfing, wakeboarding and skiing. They do everything,” said Kringen. The Nautique lineup will be housed at Mondak Sports’ new location at 1008 East Broadway. Read More
Williston STAR Fund assists New Cosmetology School
City of Williston News Release - Opening its doors in 2021, the Hair Society Institute of Cosmetology (HSI) will be the first cosmetology school in western North Dakota and eastern Montana. Located at 11 East Broadway, HSI will be co-owned and operated by Leticia Ortiz and Cynthia Gonzalez. Hair Safari salon, opened in 2010, will still operate in the building. What started as an answer to the question, “What would we do if we won $50,000?”, the idea for HSI blossomed into a 2-year team effort to make it a reality. Between the two single moms, Ortiz and Gonzalez have 37 years of industry experience. While both love their careers, they are also aware of, and have felt, the physical demands of their profession. Read More
1 Million Cups: Cooks on Main Owner discusses Dealing with COVID-19 in 2020
Williston Economic Development News Release - Angela Skogen, owner of Cooks on Main in Downtown Williston, was the featured presenter at 1 Million Cups on Wednesday, September 2. Skogen also provided coffee, fruit and muffins for attendees. Skogen discussed how Cooks on Main has handled the challenges caused by COVID-19 in 2020. To learn more about the culinary retail store visit their website and/or Facebook page. The next 1 Million Cups meeting will be held October 7 at 8:30 a.m. at the John Kautzman Chamber Room in City Hall. Williston Herald: Learn how Cooks on Main has dealt with COVID-19 Challenges in 2020
Williams County commits $500,000 to New Child Care Facility
Williston Herald - One of the persistent problems Williston has faced while growing out community services to serve the needs of a suddenly outsized labor force is adequate space in child care facilities. Williams County has agreed to contribute up to $500,000 toward helping to solve that issue, along with Williston, which would contribute the other half, and Williston State College, which would provide both a building and a program for a new day care on the college campus. Read More
Williston's Hi-Line Construction makes Customized Cornhole Boards
KXMD-TV - Hi-Line Construction employees in Williston have dedicated their leisure time to making cornhole boards and bags. Everything is custom made to the customer’s request and takes only a few days to receive. The manager of the business tells KX news he and his team are making nearly 100 boards a week. “We’re not using your standard every day plywood 2×4 sides. Everything is built to ACL standards." Read More
New PSG Flame Resistant and Workwear opens in Williston
KXMD-TV - The PSG Flame Resistant and Workwear store can now be found off of Highway 2, just north of Williston. KX News spoke with an employee who says the old location was just a little too small to carry out their everyday duties. Things such as laundry, embroidering and every day inventory sales. She says this new location only opens up more opportunities. Read More
TracFrac receives $500,000 Innovation Technology Loan from BND
Williston Herald - A Bakken-born company has spread its wings nationwide with a software portal that helps oil and gas companies manage required regulatory notifications for hydraulic fracturing between neighbors. It’s getting a little help from the North Dakota LIFT fund to fly a little higher still. The company is called TracFrac. It was recently awarded $500,000 from the North Dakota Innovation Technology Loan Fund through the Bank of North Dakota. Read More
New Owners purchase Tioga Restaurant
KXMD-TV - “We were living in Chicago when we saw this restaurant opportunity come up,” said co-owner of AJ Cafe Janna Roloff. That opportunity laid right in Janna’s hometown in Tioga at an abandoned building, a place that holds a special place in her heart. “I had my first job here in this building at the ‘Drive in’, and now it’s AJ Cafe.” she said. The two have since hit the ground running, making strides in their remodeling process to only be struck by COVID-19. Read More
New Elementary School eases Overcrowding in McKenzie County School District
McKenzie County Farmer - When the new Fox Hills Elementary School opens on Sept. 8, it will be the first time in the past 10 years that the McKenzie County Public School District No. 1 has not had to deal with overcrowded buildings and classrooms. As Watford City’s schools have seen enrollment swell from 582 to over 1,800 students in the past 10 years, the school district has been scrambling to remodel its existing buildings and build new schools to accommodate the growth. Read More
CVB, JMAC to hold Joint Event September 19 at Harmon Park
CVB News Release - The Williston Convention & Visitors Bureau and The James Memorial Art Center are pleased to announce plans for a community celebration to be held September 19, in Harmon Park in conjunction with Artfest. This year has been a year of adjustment. Band Day traditionally occurs over Mother’s Day weekend. This year, it was rescheduled for September due to COVID-19. Artfest is held annually in the late summer. Read More
Upcoming Williston Events
09/07 ------ Williston Boys Baseball Golf Benefit
Shotgun start at 11 a.m. at the Williston Municipal Golf Course. More information.

09/08 ------ Williston City Commission
The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at City Hall in the John Kautzman Chamber Room.

09/08-09 ------ 15th Annual Bedding Fair
The annual event sponsored by the Hospital Auxiliary will be held from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesday and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. on Wednesday in the McCauley Room at CHI St. Alexius Health Williston. Proceeds will benefit hospital equipment. More information.

09/10 ------ Ribbon Cutting at Nemont
The ribbon cutting will be held at 5 p.m. at 421 Main Street in Downtown Williston.

09/10 ------ Chamber Business After Hours
The networking event will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Nemont at 421 Main Street.

09/10 ------ Art & Wine Walk
The event will be held in Downtown Williston from 5-8 p.m. Tickets are available at Cooks on Main and Castle Framing. Must bb

09/12 ------ Main Street Market
The City of Williston will sponsor the Williston Downtowners' Main Street Market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Hedderich’s Lot. The market will feature a variety of homemade and/or homegrown goods and food.

09/22 ------ Chamber Coffee and Conversation
The meeting will be held from 8-9 a.m. at Mountrail Williams Electric Cooperative.

09/22 ------ Williston City Commission
The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at City Hall in the John Kautzman Chamber Room.

09/30 ------ ASB Innovation Academy Ribbon Cutting
The ribbon cutting will be held at 4:30 p.m. at 1204 4th Ave. W.

10/07 ------ 1 Million Cups
Get caffeinated at this free one hour meeting for entrepreneurs and small business owners. The meeting will be held from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at City Hall in the John Kautzman Chamber Room.

10/08 ------ Chamber Business After Hours at Outlaws
The networking event will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Outlaws.

11/19-20 ------ Women in Leadership Expo
The virtual experience will feature keynote speaker Kodee Furst, Co-Founder of Annie Capital, Program Manager at the Nice Center. Email for more information.
Upcoming Energy Events
09/09-10 ------ DUG Eagle Ford
The conference and exhibition will be held in San Antonio, Texas. Registration

09/15 ------ API Monthly Meeting
The meeting will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. at Four Points by Sheraton Williston. More information

10/06 ------ API Monthly Meeting
The meeting will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. at Four Points by Sheraton Williston. More information

10/28 ------ NDPC Annual Meeting
The time, location and format has yet to be determined.

11/20 ------ Williston Basin Petroleum Banquet
The annual awards ceremony will be held from 6-9:30 p.m. at The Well at Williston State College.

12/01 ------ API Monthly Meeting
The meeting will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. at Four Points by Sheraton Williston. More information
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