Oct. 5, 2018
WILLISTON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
NEWS & UPDATES
Dear Williston Wire Readers,
 
This week's Williston Works Podcast features a Gonzaga University graduate who now calls Williston home. Caitlin Paillai interned at Williston State College and returned after graduating from Gonzaga to pursue a career at the institution. She recently completed the Chamber's Leadership Williston program and implemented a beautification project that transformed unsightly traffic signal cabinets into popular pieces of public art.  You can listen to the interview by clicking on the following link Williston Works Podcast Episode 5. Enjoy!
 
 Shawn, Ann, Barb and Brenda
Mountrail Williams Electric celebrates Grand Opening of New Facility
Hundreds gathered for the ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Mountrail Williams Electric Cooperative facility in Williston Oct. 4. Williston Economic Development photo
 
MyNDNow.com -  A North Dakota rural electric cooperative has christened a new headquarters building that looms large over the landscape around Williston, and represents the historic growth in that region. When the board chairman of Mountrail-Williams Electric cut the ribbon to officially open the coop's gleaming new headquarters in Williston, it signaled the company's commitment to the future. "This really is built not for me but for the next generation," said General Manager Dale Haugen. Haugen has guided the once-tiny coop through some amazing growth. "About eight years ago we went from this 30 megawatts to almost 500 megawatts, that's like 15 times." Read More
Topping Out Ceremony held at XWA
Representatives from the City of Williston and Cardon Global celebrated the Topping Out ceremony at the XWA terminal Oct. 2. Williston Herald photo
Williston Herald - The Williston Basin International Airport is one step closer to completion. On Oct. 2, the final beam for the terminal building was set into place. "It's a huge milestone for the community and for this construction project," Anthony Dudas, Williston airport director said. "When you come to an airport, you think of the commercial terminal. So really this is the highest, most visible piece of construction that's occurring for our facility." Read More 
City of Williston hires New City Engineer
David Wicke has joined the City of Williston staff as City Engineer.
Willliston Herald -  The City of Williston has added a new face to its roster. David Wicke has joined the city staff as City Engineer, taking over for longtime engineer Bob Hanson, who has transitioned to Senior Engineering Adviser for the city. As City Engineer, Wicke will oversee all engineering improvement projects, as well as work with Public Works on design, operations and master planning of infrastructure while supervising the engineering department staff. Read More
North Dakota ranked Fourth Happiest State; Median Income drives Enjoyment
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Williston Herald - In a recent WalletHub survey, North Dakota was the nation's fourth happiest state. Maybe it's because of what's in North Dakotans' wallets. North Dakota incomes have risen substantially since 2008, according to a report from the North Dakota Census Office. Median household incomes now exceed national levels, putting the state at 18th in the nation on that metric. "Reports like this add validity to the message we have been preaching now for several years," said Williston Economic Development Executive Director Shawn Wenko. "This is a great place to relocate, raise a family and do business. The opportunity is here." Read More
UND, NDSU Presidents seek support for $100 Million Research Proposal 
UND President Mark Kennedy, Williston Mayor Howard Klug, WSC President John Miller and NDSU President Dean Bresciani are pictured in Williston. City of Williston photo
Grand Forks Herald - The presidents of the state's two largest universities are hitting the road this week to talk about the importance of research and to ask for support for their proposal for $100 million in the next biennium that would go toward research. UND President Mark Kennedy and North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani outlined their proposal for the state to invest $100 million in research at the two campuses over a two-year period at meetings in Minot, Bismarck, Williston, Watford City and Dickinson this week.  Read More
New Technology emerges at Bakken Oil Show
Goran Misic tries on some of the high-tech winter weather apparel from Fortress Clothing at the Bakken Oil Show. Williston Herald photo
Williston Herald - A video caught Goran Misic's eye as he wandered the booths at the Bakken Oil Products and Service Show, a video of something that the Basin Safety controller had never seen before. In the six-minute clip, volunteers outfitted in Fortress Clothing jumped into an icy hole carved into four-foot thick ice at the Hunting Reservoir in Utah. The initial dive was shockingly cold, of course, but as the participants stood there, they did not get colder, as you would expect. Instead, a thin, quarter-inch layer in the middle of the garments designed to wick moisture away helped keep them warm despite being wet. Read More
Tioga Medical Center becomes Satellite for WSC Nursing Program
WSC nursing students are now able to train at a satellite site in Tioga. Tioga Tribune photo
Tioga Tribune - A push to lessen the shortage of nurses in rural North Dakota has led to Tioga Medical Center becoming a new satellite site for the Williston State College nursing program. The Tioga program, which opened  Aug. 21 and lasts 11 months, has five enrolled students in this inaugural year. The program is especially useful for two students -- Kylie Torrey, 29, Ray; and Jessica Martin, 20, Stanley -- who benefit from not having to drive all the way to Williston for the nursing courses. To read the full story sign in to our online edition

Fox Hills Golf Course opens New Holes in Watford City
Among the features designed into the new course are wide fairways and large greens set alongside Cherry Creek. McKenzie County Farmer photo
McKenzie County Farmer - Dozens of Watford City golfing enthusiasts didn't let chilly 50-degree temperatures keep them from trying out the 12 new holes at the Fox Hills Golf Course on Saturday, Sept. 29, following an official ribbon-cutting. 
And it didn't take long for rave reviews to start flowing in as the golfers got their first experience of the $15.5 million first phase of the 18-hole expansion project. For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer
Proposal for New Gun Range moves forward in McKenzie County
McKenzie County Farmer - In spite of safety concerns that were raised by county resident Jason Gressman and Jim Talbert, McKenzie County Planning and Zoning Department director and one nearby homeowner, the McKenzie County Planning and Zoning Commission gave its approval for a Firearms Facility Overlay District that would pave the way for a new gun range near Watford City. That recommendation will now be considered at the Oct. 2 county commissioners meeting. For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer  
Upcoming Williston Events
10/15 ------ Williams County Candidate Forum
KEYZ Radio is sponsoring the forum at 6 p.m. at the Williston ARC.

10/17 ------ Williams County Candidate Forum
KEYZ Radio is sponsoring the forum at 6 p.m. at the Williston ARC.

10/31 ------ Trail of Treats
The annual event sponsored by the Williston Downtowners Association will be held from 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Bring your goblins and ghouls for a fun adventure.

11/07 ------ 1 Million Cups
The community is invited to meet the owners of startups from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Teton Lounge. Bring your thermos for complimentary coffee.

11/24 ------ Small Business Saturday
Shop small and support your local businesses.

12/07 ------ Williston Economic Development Holiday Open House
The community is invited to join Williston Economic Development for some holiday cheer as we celebrate the past and look forward to 2019! The open house will run from 5-8 p.m. at 113 4th Street East (Williston Center for Development building).

12/07-08 ------ Holiday Stroll
The Holiday Stroll will begin Friday evening with hot toddies, shopping, s'mores and food while Saturday will feature pictures with Santa and kids activities! 
Upcoming Energy Events
11/06-07 ------ WDEA Annual Meeting
The Western Dakota Energy Association annual meeting will be held at 4 Bears Casino and Lodge in New Town. Registration is available online.
 
11/16  ------ API Awards Banquet
The seventh annual Williston Petroleum Banquet and Achievement Awards will be held Nov. 16 at the Grand Williston Hotel with social hour beginning at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and program.
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