July 7, 2017 

Dear Readers -
The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce is having its Rockin' Ribfest at Black Magic Harley Davidson this weekend. The two-day event will be held in conjunction with a Monster Truck party and tour. Doors open Friday at four and Saturday at noon with rib tasting at 5 p.m. There's always something fun to do in Williston! Have a good time at the Rockin' Ribfest this weekend! 
Shawn, Ann, Barb, Brenda & Micah
Williston Economic Development
North Dakota ranked Best State to start a Business

In a recent WalletHub article , North Dakota was ranked as the number 1 state to start a business.  North Dakota ranked #1 in the categories of highest average growth in the number of small businesses and most accessible financing.  Read More

Cuginis celebrates First Anniversary; opens for Lunch
News Release
Williston Area Chamber of Commerce

Pictured from left to right is Chamber Ambassador Kyle Tennessen, Owner Sam Battle, Chef Bernard Okland, employee James Pineda and Chamber President Janna Lutz. Photo provided by the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to introduce its featured member - Cugini Italian Bistro!
Cugini Italian Bistro celebrated its one year anniversary on Friday, June 30. The restaurant is located in the Downtown Plaza on Main Street. Cugini is Williston's go to spot for Italian Cuisine. Their menu features a variety of pastas, flatbreads, salads, and includes classics like Lasagna, Osso Buco, Arancini, and more. Read More

Smiling Moose Owners to open Grand Forks Store
News Release

Moose sightings in Grand Forks are soon to spike with plans to open a Smiling Moose Rocky Mountain Deli in Fall of 2017. Located at 623 S. Washington St, at the corner of Demers Ave & Washington St., this will be the fifth Smiling Moose in North Dakota. A group of mountain loving friends opened the first Smiling Moose in Edwards, Colorado in 2003, and over the years the fast casual restaurant concept has steadily grown in seven states including Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Texas, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota. Read More

Williston's Hotel Occupancy, Enplanements on the rise
Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson

Williston's economy continues to improve.  The most recent Economic Outlook report shows May 2017 enplanements and hotel occupancies are up compared to one year ago.  Williston Airport manager Anthony Dudas said commercial airline boardings have increased modestly; a welcome sign after a two-year decline.  "We have seen sustainable growth during the last two months," said Dudas. "The boarded passenger traffic and oil industry are rebounding and we are seeing an upswing." Read More

Rockin' RibFest, Monster Trucks take over Black Magic Harley Davidson July 7-8
Williston Herald

It's July, and that means the sweet smell of barbecue is filling the air at food festivals and grilling competitions across the nation. Mouths water as the novice to professional griller rolls up their sleeves to earn the title of Best in Show. Patriot Productions and the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce are putting on Rockin' RibFest, making Williston no exception. The Rockin' RibFest will take place Friday and Saturday at Black Magic Harley-Davidson. Read More

Field Days July 13-14 at Williston Research Extension Center
Williston Herald
by Renee Jean

Field Days will include a dryland tour Thursday and irrigation tour on Friday.
Some producers are hesitant about growing a canola crop because it does not have a relationship with soil fungi, or in scientific lingo, the plant is not mycorrhizal.  The term refers to fungal filaments in soil, which become extensions of the root system. Though it has not been well-studied, it is a symbiosis that benefits both plant and long-term soil health. There may be ways, however, to have your canola and mycorrhiza, too, and that is among things a Williston Research Extension Center interseeding project is just beginning to explore. Cropping specialist Dr. Clair Keene will be talking about inter-seeded demonstration plots at the research farm at the upcoming MonDak Ag Showcase Field Days, set for 8:30 a.m. July 13 and 14.  Read More  Field Days flier

Drought continues; Glasgow reports driest Three-Month Period since 1918
Minot Daily News

The U.S. Drought Monitor weekly update issued Thursday increased the percentage of North Dakota acres rated as being in extreme drought. The Drought Monitor now says 29.3 percent of the state is in extreme drought. That compares with 25 percent a week earlier. "Areas of severe drought and extreme drought expanded across eastern Montana, south-central North Dakota and northwestern South Dakota where hot and dry conditions persisted," says the Monitor.  Read More

Frontier Museum seeks Funds for Restoration Projects
by Brooke Williams
The Frontier Museum in Williston is in need of repairs and restoration.
The Frontier Museum in Williston has collected buildings and artifacts dating as far back as the late 1800s. Some of the furniture on display has been loaned to the local community theatre. Now, the museum which has donated to other organizations, is looking for its own community support. "I really do feel like the community will respond once they know there's a need. And once they see what it is they're protecting out here," says Darin Henderson, Williams County Historical Society board president. Read More

Crosby Parks and Rec seeks extension for 1 Cent Sales Tax July 18
Divide County Journal

The Crosby Parks and Recreation one cent sales tax has benefited projects such as the splash pad that was built in 2016.
Standing tall at the center of the splash pad that opened in Crosby last summer is the "water whoosh," the 20-foot high bucket that drenches visitors with up to 10 gallons per minute. But for younger kids, like those who were present at the 3 p.m. hour on Thursday, the smaller, in-ground sprays along the edge of the pad allow for a less intimidating place to get soaked. "This is the third time this year we've been here," said Allison Raggio, as her son, Brody, who celebrated his first birthday earlier in the week, crawls in front of the sprays. Raggio said she was not aware of the 1 percent city sales tax, split between Crosby's Park Board and Community Center. The tax is up for a renewal vote on Tuesday, July 18. She said she sees value in having that sort of public funding for parks and recreation. Read More

PSC Hearing on Oasis Gas Plant Expansion July 14 in Watford City
News Release

The North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold a public hearing in Watford City on Friday, July 14, regarding a proposal to expand the existing Wild Basin Gas Plant in McKenzie County. Oasis Midstream Services LLC has submitted an application for a permit to expand the capacity of its existing Wild Basin Gas Plant and Crude Handling Facility from 80 million standard cubic feet per day of gas processing to add an additional 265 million standard cubic feet per day (gross capacity of 345 million standard cubic feet per day).  Estimated cost of the project is $140 million. Read More

US still relies heavily on Fossil Fuels for Energy Consumption
Houston Chronicle

The rapid expansion of wind and solar power in the U.S. can often obscure another reality: the country still leans heavily on fossil fuels. Fossil fuels have been the dominant source for energy consumption for more than a century, and in 2016 they accounted for 81 percent of all energy use -- the lowest percent of fossil fuel use in the past 100 years, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Petroleum remains the fuel used most in homes and businesses, and petroleum consumption has increased every year since 2012.  Read More

Upcoming Williston Events
07/07-08             Rockin' Ribfest
The Chamber and Patriot Productions are teaming up to bring the popular ribfest, live music from Slamabama, Monster Truck Show, kids activities, and much more! The activities will be held at Black Magic Harley Davidson in Williston. Ribfest flier

07/11                  Connecting Communities BBQ
The second summer BBQ will be held in Glasgow from 11:30-1 p.m. MT. Connecting Communities flier

07/11                  Williston City Commission
The Williston City Commission will meet at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

07/11                  Concerts in the Park
The Williston State College/Williston City Band will perform Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Harmon Park. Bring a  chair or a blanket and grab a burger while you are there.

07/12                  1 Million Cups Williston
The meeting will feature Wendy Gendreau, owner of Real Deals on Home Decor in Williston. Arrive early for free java from the Smiling Moose Deli! The meeting runs from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Williston State College!

07/12                  UPS Job Fair
Learn about job opportunities at UPS from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Job Service in Williston.

07/13                  Williams County Soil Conservation District Building Dedication
Please join us for the Ribbon Cutting of the new Williams County SCD Tree & Equipment Outlet at 11:30 a.m. Lunch to follow. Ribbon Cutting Invitation

07/13                   Summer Nights on Main
There will be a free concert, food vendors, games and activities from 5-9 p.m. in Downtown Williston. Summer Nights on Main flier
07/14                 Williston Downtowners Association monthly member meeting
Members are invited to the meetings at 8 a.m. or 3 p.m. at 119 East Broadway.

07/13-14            2017 Williston REC Field Days
The Williston Research Extension Center Field Days will be held July 13 and 14. The dryland tour will be held Thursday while the irrigated tour be take place on Friday. The agenda for the two-day event will be released soon. Field Days flier

07/15                  CHI St. Alexius Williston Auxiliary 24th Annual Garden Tour
Get your tickets for the tour at First Lutheran Church beginning at 9 a.m. The tours will run from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Proceeds will help purchase hospital equipment. Garden Tour News Release

07/15                  Williston Fly-In
The community is invited to the Williston Fly-In from 7 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Sloulin Field International Airport. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, aircraft rides, laser tag and much more! Williston Fly-In flier
07/18                  CHI St. Alexius Health Community Picnic
Join the hospital for its annual community picnic. Meet the physicians, paint a rock and enjoy a free burger.  Community Picnic Flier
08/02                  1 Million Cups Williston
The next meeting will feature David Allen, Elite Energy Services in Williston. Come for the free Smiling Moose coffee and stay for the meeting beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Williston State College!

08/05                    Kasmer & Aafedt Oil Charity Golf Tournament
The annual tournament will be held at the Links of North Dakota. Contact John@kaoil.net to register your team for an area nonprofit. All registration fees and cash prizes will benefit designated nonprofit organizations in Williston!

08/30-31             Williston Economic Summit & Trade Show
The WEST event will be held at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center. The show will feature the WED/SBDC awards and appreciation dinner Aug. 31.

Energy Events
07/13-14               Williston API Golf Tournament 
The 37th Annual API Golf Tournament Fundraiser will be held at the Eagle Ridge and the Links Golf Courses. Golf Tournament website
07/17-19               The Bakken Conference & Expo
The Bakken Magazine will put on the conference that focuses on Bakken Play technologies and efficiencies in Bismarck. Registration

08/04                     Dakota Energy Fest
The third annual Williston event will feature the Lewis & Clark Walleye Classic, Job Fair Workforce Expo and Concert featuring Scott Stapp (Creed).

08/16-17               Summer NAPE
The annual Summer NAPE expo in Houston is a networking event that brings together all the players necessary to forge, facilitate and close deals. The event will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.

09/26-28              NDPC Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon
The conference will be held in Grand Forks. The event brings together the Bakken's leading experts and decision-makers. NDPC members receive discounted rates for our Annual Meeting. Nomination Form for NDPC Industry Achievement Awards
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