July 3, 2018

Dear Williston Wire Readers,
Happy Fourth of July! In recognition of Independence Day all City of Williston offices will be closed Wednesday (7/4). We will re-open on Thursday (7/5) with normal hours. The Williston Wire will resume its Friday e-mailings next week. Enjoy all of the fun and patriotic activities planned in the area!  

 Shawn, Ann, Barb, Brenda and Anika 

New VA Clinic opens in Williston
Dr. David Keene is pictured at one of the workstations at the new VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Williston. Williston Herald
Williston Herald - There were smiles and cookies and a full house at Williston's brand new VA clinic, which opened its doors Monday afternoon for a soft opening and some tours of the new digs. Jill Wiedrich, an RN giving tours, summed it up nicely. "It is Ah-mazing," she said. "It's so cool. We have so much more space here. It's really awesome." Wiedrich took groups of 10 veterans at a time to see the new space, passing by a new blood drawing room, the tele-retinal and tele-health rooms, as well as four new patient exam rooms, and a fifth room dedicated to women's health. Read More

Gourmet Insider Magazine names Cooks on Main an All-Star Retailer

Gourmet Insider magazine features an article on 2018 All-Star Angela Skogen, owner of Cooks on Main in Williston. Gourmet Insider
GOURMET INSIDERĀ® magazine has named Angela Skogen, owner of Cooks On Main in Williston; Chris Wiedemer, owner of Rochester, NY-based Cooks' World; and Karen and Brad Hughes of Cincinnati, OH-based Artichokea 2018 Gourmet Insider All-Stars. "We are excited to name these three independent gourmet housewares store owners to our distinguished selection of All-Star retailers," said Emily Cappiello, executive managing editor of Gourmet Insider. "These retailers are not just stimulating change and growth in our industry in the present, but all of them are also helping to push the independent gourmet segment into the future." Read More  Passion Project: Angela Skogen shares Passion with Customers
Nominations due July 15 for Best of the Bakken; Voting begins July 16
Williston Herald - The Williston Herald's second annual Best of the Bakken contest is underway. Nominations are being accepted until July 15. Voting will begin July 16. The top vote getters will be recognized at an awards banquet August 23 at the Grand Williston Hotel. Visit the Best of the Bakken website to learn more about the contest.
Connecting Communities BBQ July 10 in Ray
The free BBQ is open to anyone in the Ray area. The event is organized by Williston Regional Economic Development. 
Williston Economic Development -  The second Connecting Communities BBQ of 2018 will be held July 10 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at North Park in Ray. The free luncheon is part of the Williston Regional Economic Development's efforts to thank neighboring communities for supporting Williston's economy. Enjoy a free meal, network with friends, colleagues and newcomers and much more!
Bakken Rocks Cookfest July 17 in Grenora
Bakken Rocks Cookfest is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year!
Williston Herald - The 10th annual Bakken Rocks Cookfest will be appearing in Grenora this year on July 17, followed by Twin Buttes on July 19. The event is held twice each summer in two communities affected by oil and gas development, so that residents have an opportunity to learn more about the oil and gas inudstry operating in their community. Read More
Energy Industry reignites North Dakota's Economy
In June, the Legacy Fund, derived from 30 percent of oil and gas tax revenue, received a $58.8 million deposit - its largest since February 2015. 
Bismarck Tribune - As North Dakota's various state revenues continue to meet or exceed forecast figures, those close to the numbers say there's reason to smile, but emphasized reality. State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt said June 28 that General Fund revenues from biennium-to-date are 2.1 percent higher than projected, but the forecast from last year was a conservative one. One big positive is surging oil and gas extraction tax revenue - 72 percent over what was forecast for June, according to a report from Legislative Council.  Read More
FSA Youth Loans benefit Young Entrepreneurs
Parker Strand, 11, of Portland, N.D., borrowed $5,000 under a Farm Service Agency youth loan program to buy five cows. Three have had calves so far and she hopes to pay off the loan with profit over its seven-year period. She'll be 18. Mikkel Pates / Forum News Service
Forum News Service - Meet Parker Strand - cattle woman. At age 11, young Strand borrowed the maximum of $5,000 last December in a Farm Service Agency Youth Loan program and bought five bred cows. She put her animals with her father's cow-calf operation north of Portland and now she's in business for herself. "We bred them and three of them had babies and two of them haven't had theirs yet," Parker says. She says she hopes to pay off the loan in the seven-year period, and perhaps make some profit. Like grown-up cattle raisers, it's not easy to figure out how much, but she'll know more later.  Read More
Tioga Drone Camp Aug. 11-12
News Release -  Tioga Economic Development and Enel Green Power North America are gearing up for the 3rd annual "Drone Camp for Kids!" Aug. 11 and 12 in Tioga. The camp will be held in conjunction with local STEM Tech Camps held across western ND this summer. Read More
Travel Journalist discovers Beauty, History at Western North Dakota's TRNP
AP - For travelers looking to visit all 50 states, North Dakota is often one of the last to be checked off. It's not exactly on the way to anywhere else, and flying there is expensive. It ended up being 49th on my 50-state quest (sorry, Idaho!)... Theodore Roosevelt National Park ranks among the most interesting and beautiful I've seen. I wish I hadn't waited so long to visit, and I hope someday to go back and absorb more of the place that Roosevelt called "a land of vast silent spaces - a place of grim beauty." Read More
Upcoming Williston Events
07/03  ------ Stock Car Racing and TNT Fireworks
Catch racing action and the annual TNT Fireworks show beginning at 7 p.m. at the Williston Basin Speedway.

07/04  ------ 4th of July Fireworks Show
The Save the 4th of July Fireworks Show will be held at dusk at the Upper Missouri Valley Fairgrounds. The Williston Convention and Visitors Bureau and private donors funded the Independence Day celebration.

07/05 ------ 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!

07/06-07------ Crazy Days in Downtown Williston
Support small businesses in Williston on Crazy Days sponsored by the Chamber and Downtowners Association.

07/10 ------ Connecting Communities BBQ in Ray
The second free BBQ of the summer will be held in Ray at North Park from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Enjoy a hamburger, brat or hotdog with friends, colleagues and Williston stakeholders.

07/11 ------ WREC Dryland Field Day
The Dryland Tour will begin at 4 p.m. followed by a free steak dinner at 7 p.m. at the NDSU Williston Research Extension Center. WREC Dryland Field Day

07/12 ------ Nesson Valley Irrigation Field Day
Learn about crops grown in the Nesson Valley beginning with coffee at 8:30 a.m., tours at 9 a.m. and free lunch at 12 p.m. Irrigation Field Day

07/12 ------ 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!

07/14 ------ 25th Annual Garden Tour
CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Auxiliary's annual garden tour will begin at 
9 a.m. at First Lutheran with a demonstration followed by the tour from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

07/14 ------ Rockin' Ribfest
The annual contest and celebration will be held on the Williston State College campus.

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.
Upcoming Energy Events
07/12-13 ------ Williston Basin Chapter API Golf Tournament Fundraiser
The deadline to register for the tournament is June 30. The golf tournament will be held at the Eagle Ridge Golf Course and The Links of ND. Registration

The Summer 2018 event will be held at the Rough Rider Center in Watford City. 

07/17 ------  Bakken Rocks Cookfest in Grenora and Twin Buttes
The annual event offers great BBQ, seminars on the oil and gas industry and fun entertainment for the whole family! Event Schedule
07/17-18 ----- MHA Energy Conference
This year's expo will bring together North American Tribal Nations, oil & gas companies, ideas, innovations and people who will shape the future of the oil and natural gas industry. The conference will be held at the 4 Bears Event Center  located near New Town.    Registration Information

07/18 ----- Bakken Classic Fishing Derby
The charity tournament benefits wildlife and conservation projects in North Dakota. Registration is open. Tournament to be held at Four Bears Casino and Marina four miles west of New Town. Registration Information

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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