July 27, 2018

Dear Williston Wire Readers,
Williston Economic Development transformed its conference room into ta elevision studio this week. The Creative Treatment, a Bismarck-based videography firm, taped six 20-minute podcasts featuring Shawn Wenko as the host. Wenko, executive director of Williston Economic Development, interviewed people about their startups, projects and passions. The podcasts will be released on a date yet to be determined. We hope you tune in!

 Shawn, Ann, Barb, Brenda and Anika 

New Public Artwork displayed on Main Street in Williston 
Williston Economic Development -  What started as idea for a Leadership Williston project has evolved into an expansive display of public art in Williston. Caitlin Pallai, who participated in the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Williston program in 2017-18, brought a beautification project from her hometown to Williston. The idea centered around beautifying Main Street by displaying artwork on utility cabinets. She brought the concept to the Williston STAR Fund for consideration and received overwhelming support. Pallai proceeded to call on artists for submissions, asked a committee to select the finalists, and upon city approval, ordered the wraps from the Clean Slate Group in Bozeman, MT. The colorful coverings were installed this week. Some of the finished cabinets are pictured above.
Economic Development to launch Williston Works Podcast in August
The host of the Williston Works podcast is Shawn Wenko (right). He is pictured interviewing Jawaid Surani, owner of Safari Trampoline Park.
Williston Economic Development -  Williston Economic Development and The Creative Treatment are preparing to launch a new podcast in August. Each 20-minute Williston Works podcast will feature a particular project, person or program that has succeeded in Williston; from a company that's bringing green alternatives to the oil patch to an entrepreneur who's building a new trampoline park. More details will be released soon.
High Tech Toxicology Lab thrives in Williston
MyNDNow.com - It's a family owned and operated company based in Williston, but doing business all over the nation. "There's a lot more talent around Williston than people realize. We've kind of built a little island of technology here," says Robert Howard, president of Med Scan Lab and its sister company, Advanced Drug Testing. Howard, a Minot native, began Med Scan Lab, a clinical drug testing facility, in 1996. And as his business expanded, Howard had a vision. Read More 
Bone'z Island Kitchen celebrates Ribbon Cutting
Rayan Williams shares how he started his business in Downtown Williston with some Chamber Ambassadors. Williston Economic Development
Williston Economic Development - The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors held a ribbon cutting ceremony at Bone'z Island Kitchen July 25. The new restaurant is located in the former Hula Grill site on Main Street. Owner and chef Rayan Williams said he is happy to bring his Jamaican culture to the Williston region through  his food and drinks. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily and Saturdays from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. featuring authentic Jamaican breakfast items.
Williston Farmers Market to move to Former Hedderich's Site
The Downtown Williston Farmers Market is moving to the former Hedderich's site this weekend.
News Release - In May of 2018 the Williston Downtowners Association was awarded $7,500 from the Rural Community Grant Fund for the Downtown Williston Farmers Market. The funds will be used to enhance the event by hiring musicians, purchasing seating and creating new signage. The Farmers Market will also be relocating to the former Hedderich's lot beginning July 28. Join the fun each Saturday from 9 a.m.-Noon! Read More
Meg-a-Latte earns Food Exhibitor Award at North Dakota State Fair
Megan Wold, left, owner of Meg-a-Latte, displays the award her business earned at the North Dakota State Fair. 
KUMV-TV - The North Dakota State Fair has recognized a Williston coffee shop among hundreds of food vendors this year. Meg-a-Latte has won 2nd Place Food Exhibitor, which is awarded by fair board members that look at the vendor's set-up, customer service, and product. The board chooses only two vendors for the honor. Read More
Chokecherry Festival Aug. 10-11 in Williston

Live entertainment at the Chokecherry Festival will begin Aug. 10 at 5:30 p.m. The sister-act Tigirlily will perform at 6:30 p.m. at Harmon Park.


News Release - The Williston Convention & Visitors Bureau along with the North Dakota Chokecherry Festival Committee is excited to bring this family friendly event back to Harmon Park Aug. 10-11. The festival will feature musical acts, Ultimate Air Dogs demonstrations, food vendors, free BBQ and ice cream Friday night and a free pancake breakfast Saturday morning. Read More
Bakken's Future continues to Appear Bright
Pablo Prudencio of Mackenzie Wood spoke about the future of the Bakken at the Bakken Conference and Expo recently in Watford City. 
McKenzie County Farmer - While the Permian Basin is recognized as the "crown jewel" of the United States' oil supply, Pablo Prudencio, an upstream analyst for Wood Mackenzie, says that the Bakken is still a very viable oil shale play.  During a presentation at the  fourth annual Bakken Conference & Expo in Watford City, Prudencio said that "Permania" is over and there are a lot of reasons that the Bakken will remain an attractive play for investors and operators. For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer
Upcoming Williston Events
07/31 ------ Community Picnic
CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Medical Center invites the community to a free picnic from 4:30-7 p.m. at Harmon Park. Meet the providers and enjoy games and inflatables. Community Picnic Flier

08/01 ------ 1 Million Cups Williston
The presenters will be Anna's Groom Room and Roughneck Coffee with complimentary java provided by Roughneck. Join us at 8:30 a.m. at the Teton Lounge on the Williston State College campus.

08/02 ------ Summer Nights on Main
The live music will begin at 5 p.m. on Main Street in Downtown Williston. Enjoy entertainment, food vendors, shopping and other activities for the whole family!

08/04 ------ Kasmer Aafedt Charity Golf Tournament
Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. followed by shotgun start at 10 a.m. and dinner at 4:30 p.m. Entry fees and cash prizes will be designated to the charity of the golfer's choice.  Golf Tournament Registration

08/10-11 ------ Chokecherry Festival
The two-day event will be held at Harmon Park in Williston. Bring the whole family for entertainment, food and craft vendors, free shows and much more! Chokecherry Festival News Release

08/14 ------ Williston City Commission
The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the Commission Room at City Hall.

08/28 ------ Network Before 9 at The Daily Bagel
Join the Chamber for coffee & a light breakfast and network with your fellow Chamber members! The Daily Bagel is located at 302 14th St. W.

10/04 ------ Women in Leadership Expo
The expo will be held from 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. at TrainND. $59 per person. Limited Seating Available! Register at  www.willistonstate.edu/trainnd  or call 701-572-2835.
Upcoming Energy Events
09/24-26 ------ NDPC Annual Meeting
The meeting will be held at the Ramada in Fargo, ND.

10/03-04 ------ Bakken Oil Product & Service Show
The 8th annual trade show and seminars will be held at the Raymond Family Community Center. Bakken Oil Show website
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