Nov. 16, 2018
Dear Williston Wire Readers,
Congratulations to Shawn Wenko on graduating from the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute recently! Wenko took the course last week in New Orleans, Louisiana. The program is taught by some of the most experienced economic development practitioners in the country and elevates one's knowledge of the industry! 
 Shawn, Ann, Barb and Brenda
New Birthing Center to celebrate Grand Opening Dec. 10 in Williston
News Release - With renovations nearly complete, the re-opening of the birth place at CHI St. Alexius Health Williston is just weeks away. On December 10, 2018, the birth place will be hosting a grand opening where the community will have an opportunity to see the renovations that took place on the second floor. With Williston's population expected to increase 23% by 2022, and the birth rate climbing to 75 plus per month, the re-opening of the birth place could not come at a more pivotal time. Read More     Williston Herald: CHI St. Alexius to unveil Birthing Center Dec. 10
Medical Marijuana Dispensaries selected for Grand Forks and Williston 
News Release - The North Dakota Department of Health  Division of Medical Marijuana received final scores from the review panel tasked with evaluating and scoring complete dispensary applications. Two entities have been selected to move forward with the registration process. We-Mend LLC will be operating as Strive Life and will locate their facility in Grand Forks. HOFW, LLC (Harvest of Williston) will be located in Williston.   Read More
Wenko graduates from OU EDI
Pictured above are Mary Ann Moon, Deen OU EDI, Shawn Wenko WED Executive Director and Kirk Garton, Director at OU EDI. Submitted photo
News Release -  Shawn Wenko, Executive Director of Williston Economic Development recently graduated from a prestigious economic development certificate program. Wenko received a diploma from the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute (OU EDI) on Nov. 8. The intensive five-day session was held in New Orleans Nov. 3-8. "EDI is a great option for economic developers and others related to the field to learn new skills or sharpen what they already know," said Wenko. "It also provides a great opportunity to build one's network throughout the industry." Read More
Pro IT honored for Employing People with Disabilities
Minot Daily News - In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the North Dakota Department of Human Services' Division of Vocational Rehabilitation honored two employers from western North Dakota for their commitment to supporting an inclusive workforce. The division presented the 2018 North Dakota State DVR Employer of the Year award to Pro IT, a Williston-based technology firm. "We are humbled and honored to receive the employer of the year award and are proud to be able to place employees with unique challenges within our company," said Pro IT owner Steve Kemp. Read More
First International Bank and Trust named Extraordinary Bank of the Year
Pictured above from left to right: Justin Walseth, Michael Toy, Peter Stenehjem, Anita Quale, Blaine DesLauriers and Brian Hagen. Photo First International Bank & Trust
McKenzie County Farmer -  First International Bank & Trust was recently named the 2018 Extraordinary Bank of the Year by The Institute for Extraordinary Banking™ at the Best Banks in America™ Super Conference. "Being recognized as the 2018 Extraordinary Bank of the Year was an awesome accomplishment," said Peter Stenehjem, President of First International Bank & Trust.
Anytime Fitness opens in Sidney
Danie Benito, area manager, demonstrates how to use an elliptical machine at Anytime Fitness. Rounup
Roundup - Anytime Fitness is now open in Sidney, offering clients the equipment and training to reach their fitness goals. A team that includes a club manager running the day to day operations and a club experience manager who ensures the program is being delivered to every single member, work together to deliver results and success. Full time personal trainers deliver the highest quality workouts available, which are customized for each member based on goals, past experiences and targeted results.  Read More
Domino's Pizza to open in Sidney
Roundup - Domino's Pizza is scheduled to open in Sidney at the Shops at Fox Run by the end of the year. The store will have inside seating for 25 and delivery to locations within nine minutes of the store. The Domino's menu includes pizza, sandwiches, buffalo wings, salads, pasta and desserts. Read More
UND Medical Students train in Watford City
Pictured are Watford City physician Gary Ramage and UND medical student Kristen Stenehjem. McKenzie County Farmer
McKenzie County Farmer -  In 2016, McKenzie County Healthcare Systems began  partnering with the University of North Dakota Family Practice Residency Program to train residents in rural medicine.  Today, third year UND medical student, Kristen Stenehjem, is doing an eight-week family medicine rotation at the hospital in Watford City.
ONEOK continues Bakken Expansion

Roundup - Oneok is the largest independent operator of natural gas gathering and processing facilities in the Williston Basin. The company is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but with an operation center in Sidney, Mont.,Oneok has a large and growing operation in the Bakken oilfield. That operation is set to grow even larger with an additional project in the area that will increase pipeline capacity and natural gas processing capacity exponentially. Read More 

Upcoming Williston Events
11/22 ------ Thanksgiving
City of Williston offices will be closed Nov. 22-23 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

11/23 ------ Williston Area Chamber of Commerce Parade of Lights
The annual event will be held on Main Street beginning at 6 p.m. Contact the Chamber to register your parade entry featuring the theme 'Christmas Carols.' 

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

11/29  ------ A Magical Medora Muscial
The 2018 tour is coming to Willston High School at 7:30 p.m. Fi ve legendary Medora performers will be featured in the family-friendly Holiday Show .  Tickets are available at the CVB.

12/05 ------ 1 Million Cups
The community is invited to support and learn about business startups in Williston. The free one hour meeting runs from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Teton Lounge on the Williston State College campus.

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
T he 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
11/16  ------ API Awards Banquet
Williston Petroleum Banquet and Achievement Awards at Grand Williston Hotel with social hour at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and program. Comedian Joey DeBoer to highlight event. Ticket Information

12/04 ------ 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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