Dear Williston Wire Readers,

All of us at Williston Economic Development wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! The City of Williston offices will be closed on Monday, Dec. 25 and Monday, Jan. 1.
Shawn, Ann, Barb and Brenda
Williston Mayor to run for Re-election in June
Williston Economic Development
Howard and Melanie Klug at the Legislative Social on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017.
Williston Mayor Howard Klug officially announced he will seek re-election in June 2018. Klug declared his intention during the Legislative Social on Monday, Dec. 18 at The Williston. The event was co-sponsored by the Williston Area Builders Association and Williston Regional Economic Development. The networking event allowed area legislators and publicly funded organizations to begin strategizing for the 2019 Legislative Session. The mayoral election will be held June 12, 2018.
New Organic Salon opens in Downtown Williston
Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson

Kayla Hughes has returned to her hometown and opened Lila Salon and Boutique in the Downtown Plaza.
A new business has opened its doors in the Downtown Plaza. Veteran hair stylist Kayla Hughes recently opened Lila Salon and Boutique. The salon specializes in hair cuts, colors and wedding updos. Hughes offers organic salon products for everything including color, makeup and nail polish. Scheduling an appointment is easy; just visit her online scheduling page  Lila Salon and Boutique. The Salon is located at 313 Main St Suite 103. The phone number is (701) 641-3084.

STAR Fund awards up to $65,000 for G-Style Transport Expansion
Williston Economic Development
The Williston City Commission has awarded up to $65,000 to help a local truck company expand. The Williston STAR Fund grant combined with a two-to-one match from the Bank of North Dakota will help G-Style purchase the $1.43 million building it is currently leasing. The family-owned company, which started in 2004, expects to more than double its workforce over the next two years. Currently, G-Style Transport has more than 50 employees. G-Style transports drill cuttings, drilling waste fluid, aggregate, fresh water, production water, equipment and much more. 

Starboard rises above Challenges in Williston
Williston Herald
by Renee Jean

Lennie Johnson is the co-owner of Starboard in Williston. The store is located in the Sand Creek Town Centre near Sakura. Williston Herald
People ask why Starboard's Lenny Johnson moved here from California. They're thinking it was probably for the oil, but he was in North Dakota before the last boom was a Bakken twinkle in Wall Street's eye. Johnson was a recent presenter at 1 Million Cups, a monthly Williston event that brings new entrepreneurs together with seasoned business owners and community leaders. While the store's name might evoke skate apparel, Starboard actually sells a variety of trendy clothing. It is owned by Johnson and his step-brother Jeff. How such a store came to be in Williston, even as retail has begun a downward slide nationwide, is a bit of a winding road. Read More

Crosby Chamber's Buy Close By Program encourages Restaurant Visits
Crosby Journal

The Crosby Area Chamber's Buy Close By program is kicking up a notch with a new passport program encouraging visits to local restaurants. Passports available at local restaurants encourage people to collect stamps from six of 10 businesses listed who sell or serve food. Once the stamps are collected, the passports can be turned in at area financial institutions to win up to $125 in Crosby Bucks. To read the full story, sign in to our online edition.

Williston Residents learn about Signs, Symptoms of Opioid Addiction
KEYZ Radio

Williston Mayor Howard Klug kicked off the Town Hall meeting on Opioid Education recently in Williston. Williston Economic Development
A diverse panel of professionals, law enforcement and city officials were on hand Wednesday night to get answers and start the conversation of dealing with the issue of opioid addiction.  Opioids can be extremely dangerous and are not like other controlled narcotics such as marijuana, methamphetamine and cocaine explained Dr. Curtis Small from CHI St. Alexius Williston:  "If you get too much of it, it can go into your brain and make the breathing part of your brain shut off. When that happens, people OD and die." Read More 

Williston Salvation Army seeks Donations for Christmas Fundraising Campaign
News Release

You can donate to the Salvation Army online at Salvation Army.
The Christmas fundraising campaign of the Williston Salvation Army is running dangerously behind. As of Dec. 18, total donations to the Williston Salvation Army had reached only $84,500. On the same date last year, total donations were just over $116,500. "That's a shortage of $32,000," said Captain Cappy Moore, co-leader of the Williston Salvation Army. "Without help, we won't reach our $183,000 Christmas fundraising goal." Read More

State of the State Address Jan. 23 at Minot State University
News Release

Gov. Doug Burgum will deliver his 2018 State of the State Address on Jan. 23 in Minot.
Gov. Doug Burgum today announced he will deliver the 2018 State of the State Address on Jan. 23 at Minot State University. The governor will highlight the state's challenges and successes from the past year and outline his vision and agenda for the future. Today marks the one-year anniversary of Burgum and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford taking the oath of office. The State of the State Address will begin at 10 a.m. Jan. 23 in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall on the MSU campus. The Greater North Dakota Chamber is sponsoring the event, which will be livestreamed. The event is free and open to the public, and seating is limited. More Information

Hard Spring Wheat Show to feature Peterson Farm Brothers Feb. 6-8
News Release

The Hard Spring Wheat Show will once again feature a trade show at the Grand Williston Hotel. Williston Economic Development
Greetings from the National Hard Spring Wheat Show!  2018 will mark the 65th Annual Hard Spring Wheat Show! The event be held Feb. 6-8 at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center. The Wheat Show is a great opportunity to learn more about wheat (spring, winter, durum, and other small grains).  Farmers, ranchers or anyone else interested in learning more about wheat can attend. One of the premiere speakers will be the Peterson Farm Brothers.  Read More

Busch Ag to sell Elevator in Sidney
Sidney Herald

A company official has confirmed that Busch Agricultural Resources, LLC will halt its malt barley contracting program in Sidney and will seek to sell the elevator. The company will contract one final crop of malting barley to be planted in the spring of 2018 and harvested in the fall of 2018 to be delivered to the Sidney elevator. Each farmer will receive the same bushel allocation as last year, 2017, if they decide to be part of the 2018 program. The official noted that Anheuser-Busch is making the announcement now so that growers have time to adjust their farm plans and rotation appropriately.  Read More

Upcoming Williston Events
12/22-12/31    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.
12/29                Benefit for Pippenger Family
The benefit will begin at 5 p.m. with taco in a bag followed by a live auction at 7 p.m. at the Old Armory. Proceeds will benefit the family of 15-year-old Kailin Pippenger. Kailin is recovering from a spinal chord injury she suffered in a car accident in October.

01/19               Chamber Awards Banquet
Tickets available soon! Call the Chamber at 701.577.6000 for more info!
Upcoming Williston Events
02/05-09             NAPE
NAPE is the oil and gas industry's marketplace for the buying, selling and trading of prospects and producing properties. The show will be held in Houston, TX.  NAPE Summit Week

03/21                   NDPC Denver Social
The meeting will be held at the Denver Petroleum Club in Denver, CO.

05/22-24             Williston Basin Petroleum Conference
The 26th annual event will be held in Bismarck, ND. Early bird general attendee registration is open until April 12, 2018. Conference Website

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.  Registration Information

09/24-26              NDPC Annual Meeting
The meeting will be held at the Ramada in Fargo, ND.
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