Dec. 14, 2018
Dear Williston Wire Readers,
Williston celebrated the grand opening of the new birthing center at CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Medical Center this week. A packed house was on hand for the program, tours and refreshments. Williston Mayor Howard Klug welcomed the new facility to town as it will help keep up with the baby boom!
See the growth on the graph!

Shawn, Ann, Barb & Brenda
New Birth Place opens in Williston
A ribbon cutting and open house were held at the new birthing center located on the CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Medical Center campus on Monday, Dec. 10. The facility will officially open in January. Williston Herald photo
Williston Herald - In 2015, when Jessica Yielding was an expectant mother, she wasn't able to find a doctor in Williston, so she ended up getting her wellness checks and giving birth to her first child in Minot. She's excited she won't have to do that this time around. That's because CHI St. Alexius Health has expanded services with a new birthing center which it unveiled to the community Monday night. The new facility cost $4 million to renovate, and was constructed by JE Dunn. It will be operational in January. Read More
STAR Fund helps Williston Entrepreneur purchase CryoSauna
RenZen Massage & Recovery is located in the Full Circle Gym in Williston. Williston Economic Development photo
Williston Economic Development -  When a Williston resident was injured in a car accident she tried a new type of cold therapy to treat her whiplash. Cryotherapy was so effective she decided to open her own CryoSauna in Williston! Lorren Belakjon, a licensed massage therapist in North Dakota, opened RenZen Massage & Recovery in mid-October in the Full Circle Gym. Belakjon leases one room for massages and a second room for her CryoSauna. "Cryotherapy is also known as cold therapy," said Belakjon. "The CryoSauna converts liquid nitrogen to gas to lower the temperature in the chamber." Read More
New Pizza Hut Restaurant to open in 
Williston in 2019
The owner of Pizza Hut in Williston has announced they will close the doors to the dine-in restaurant on Dec. 25. A grand opening date for the new restaurant has not been set. Williston Herald photo
Williston Herald - Williston's Pizza Hut will be closing the doors at one location soon as staff prepare for the new restaurant's opening.  Ground was broken in August on what will be the new site for Pizza Hut, and owner Russ Klug and developer Ventana Design are excited about the franchise's upcoming changes. With an opening planned for 2019, construction is well under way at the new site, located adjacent to Applebee's on 26th Street.  Read More
City Commission tables First Reading of Liquor Ordinance
Williston Herald - At a standing-room only meeting at Williston City Hall Tuesday, Williston Principal Planner Rachel Laqua presented changes to the current ordinance to city commissioners. Members of the Liquor Committee have been involved in discussions for a year to change the city's current ordinance, with the intention of streamlining the number of license types, modernizing the language of the ordinance, as well as moving from a population-based system to a more open, fee-based system, which would allow for a larger number of liquor licenses within the city. Read More
Williams County to administer DMV in 2019
The DMV is moving from Williston State College to Williams County Administration Building in 2019.
Williston Herald - William County Commissioners have voted to assume operational management of the Williston Motor Vehicle Office.  At a special meeting held on Monday, commissioners formalized the agreement, which allows the county to assume control of the branch, with motor vehicle staff transitioning to County employees beginning on Jan. 1.  Read More

Hub Cities prepare for 2019 Legislative Session

City, county and state leaders gathered in Williston this week to learn about Operation Prairie Dog. Williston Herald photo
Williston Herald - City, county and state leaders gathered in Williston this week to learn about a proposed source of revenue for infrastructure in North Dakota.  The proposal is called Operation Prairie Dog, so-named by Sen. Rich Wardner because prairie dogs are extraordinary when it comes to building infrastructure. That is how Wardner views the bill statewide - an extraordinary impact for every city, county and township across the state. Read More
Indoor Playground opens at Rough Rider Center in Watford City
A new indoor playground has opened in the Rough Rider Center in Watford City. McKenzie County Farmer photo
McKenzie County Farmer - For the first time in Watford City, an indoor play place for young children opened last week. After over two years of petitioning, planning and fundraising, a core group of Watford City parents are celebrating. The play structure is nestled against a wall of windows on the bottom floor of the Rough Rider Center. During regular business hours, when there are no big events being held at the Rough Rider Center, use of the playground is free.  For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer
Silver Junction Espresso celebrates Ribbon Cutting in Sidney
Cody Shanks is the new owner of Silver Junction Espresso in Sidney. Sidney Herald photo
Sidney Herald - Silver Junction Espresso, located at 303 N. Central Ave., officially started a new era when the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the business on Dec. 10.  Cody Shanks is the new owner and operator. Silver Junction offers beverages,  breakfast bagels, muffins and breakfast burritos.  Read More
Upcoming Williston Events
12/14 ------ Community Enhancement Deadline
Applications for 2019 Community Enhancement grants are due by 5 p.m. Applications may be mailed, emailed or hand delivered to 113 4th Street East. Call Brenda at 701-577-8110 for more information.
12/17 ------ Williston School Board Public Meeting
Williston Public School District #1 will discuss the Jan. 8 referendum and building plans. This is the final public meeting before the special election. The meeting will be held from 5-6 p.m. at Williston State College. 
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.

12/26 ------ Williston City Commission
The commission meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. at City Hall.
Upcoming Energy Events
01/06 ------ 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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