Aug. 10, 2018

Dear Williston Wire Readers,
The Chokecherry Festival will be held Aug. 10-11 at Harmon Park in Williston. Visit the park for live entertainment, food and craft vendors, the Ultimate Air Dogs, a fun run and much more! Visit the Williston Convention and Visitors Bureau Facebook page or website for more details.

 Shawn, Ann, Barb and Brenda
Williston seeks to get Construction on Airport Taxi Way Back on Track
Aerial photo of construction at the Williston Basin International Airport in July. Overland Aerial Photography photo
KEYZ Radio - The Williston City Commission has fired the contractor for the taxi way at the new airport. An emergency meeting was held Aug. 9 with contractor, J.M. Marshuetz, for breach of contract.  Airport director Anthony Dudas tells News Radio, Marschuetz demanded more money to keep the original completion date of November 2018, or else it wouldn't be able to finish the job until less than a month before the airport is scheduled to open. Read More
Williston calls for Bids on Former Herman Oil Gas Station; Demolition to Begin Aug. 14
Bids for the former Herman Oil Gas Station are due on Aug. 23 at 3 p.m. City of Williston
Williston Economic Development - The City of Williston is taking steps to revitalize a prime spot for commercial redevelopment near Motel 6. Williston is removing the buildings, structures and underground storage tanks at the former Herman Oil gas station site to make way for new projects. The city has called for bids for the three separate parcels at 1201 16th Ave. W. This is the second time in less than a year that the city has sought development proposals for the site; but this time the city is taking care of the remediation. Read More
Community invited to Williston School Board Meetings Aug. 13, Aug. 20

Williston Herald - One of the reasons Williston Public School District No. 1 is looking to build or renovate elementary schools is the age of the district's elementary buildings. Of the six elementary schools - five of which have students in kindergarten through fourth grade and one of which has students in fifth and sixth grade - only one is less than 50 years old. Hagan Elementary was built in 1983 and is both the newest and largest of the district's elementary schools. It's capacity is 450 students, and last year it had 494 students. Read More
Pizza Hut celebrates Ground Breaking of New Restaurant
A ground breaking ceremony was held Aug. 8 for a new Pizza Hut restaurant in Williston. Williston Economic Development photo

Williston Economic Development - Pizza Hut in Williston is getting a new look and location. A ground breaking ceremony was held on Aug. 8 for a new Pizza Hut that will feature a pick-up window for carryout; speedier lunch service and much more!  Russ and DeLonnes Klug, owners of Pizza Hut in Williston and Dickinson, say the current Pizza Hut delivery store and dine-in stores will close about the same time the new restaurant opens. "We are hoping to start construction August 9 or 10 and hoping to open at the end of October or early November," said Russ Klug. Read More

Williston Movie Theater gets Makeover
Renovations at the Grand Theater in Downtown Williston are expected to wrap up by the end of Aug. Williston Herald photo
Williston Herald - A Main Street staple since 1920, the Grand Theater is getting a makeover. Construction is underway at South Grand, with exterior and interior improvements. Owner Ryan Agnes said he'd always felt like he was missing out on a movie when scheduling features at the Grand, which led to the decision to add another theater to the south location.   Read More
New Business opens in Downtown Plaza
A new home décor store has opened in Downtown Williston. Mogrens Rustic Creations is located in the Downtown Plaza. Williston Herald photo
Williston Herald - Conrad and April Mogren have been operating their business out of their home for the last five years, but all that is about to change. Mogren's Rustic Creations is opening in the former Shepherd's Garden location in the Downtown Plaza. The shop specializes in hand-made signs and home décor made from barn wood. Read More
Pallai named New WSC Communication Specialist
Caitlin Pallai, left, receives a check from Amy Krueger, CVB executive director, for her Leadership Williston project this summer. Pallai is the  new Communication Specialist at WSC. Williston Economic Development photo
Williston Economic Development - A Williston State College employee has been promoted to Communication Specialist. Caitlin Pallai has been moved from Executive Assistant to the VP for Academic Affairs to the new position. The Gonzaga University graduate has been working for the college since the fall of 2015. She was initially introduced to Williston through the Gonzaga-Williston Summer Internship Program. Pallai says she looks forward to the new opportunity. "I'm excited about my new position and the challenges and growth it will offer," she said. Pallai will also lead the 2018-19 Leadership Williston class sponsored by the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce.
Watford City Ribfest, Craig Morgan Concert Aug. 10
Ribfest is the Watford City Chamber's largest fundraiser of the year. Customers may begin purchasing ribs at 6 p.m.; arrive early as they sell out quickly! 
McKenzie County Farmer - When the over 6,000 pounds of ribs that have been smoked and slow cooked all day long are finally ready for rib lovers to devour this Friday, organizers of the Best of the West Ribfest say that everyone needs to come hungry.  "This is our biggest Ribfest to date," says Mary Gumke, Watford City Area Chamber of Commerce executive director. Rib sales will begin at 6 p.m.  For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer      Roundup: Craig Morgan to perform at Ribfest
4 Bears Waterpark to open Aug. 11
The new waterpark at 4 Bears Casino & Lodge will open Saturday at 2 p.m. 4 Bears Casino & Lodge photo
Minot Daily News - If you drive west of New Town over Lake Sakakawea on N.D. Highway 23, you may have noticed a large construction project under way at 4 Bears Casino & Lodge. A ribbon cutting and grand opening is set for the new waterpark on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m. Read More
Watford City to offer Head Start in 2018
Watford City will offer Head Start preschool during the 2018-19 school year.
McKenzie County Farmers - For the first time, Watford City will offer a Head Start program for preschool-age children this fall. The new program will provide preschool options, especially for low-income families who did not have access to affordable preschool opportunities previously.  For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer
Upcoming Williston Events
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!

08/14 ------ Send-Off Party for Miss North Dakota
The public is invited to a Send-Off Party for Katie Olson from 7-9 p.m. at the Old Armory Theatre. Katie will showcase her preparation for the Miss America Competition in September in Atlantic City.
08/14 ------ Williston City Commission
The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the Commission Room at City Hall.

08/16 ------ 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!

08/21 ------ Connecting Communities BBQ - Fairview
A free BBQ will be provided for Fairview residents from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Sharbono Park. The BBQ is sponsored by Williston Regional Ecoomic Development.

08/28 ------ Network Before 9
Join the Chamber for coffee, refreshments and networking with fellow Chamber members at a location to be announced.

08/28 ------ Williston City Commission
The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the Commission Room at City Hall.

09/05 ------ 1 Million Cups Williston
Learn about how to start a business in Williston during the free meeting at 8:30 a.m. at the Teton Lounge on the Williston State College campus.

09/08 ------ Opportunity Foundation Golf Tournament
Registration is open for the 13th annual Darrell Schmidt Memorial Golf Tournament. The tournament will begin at 9 a.m. at the Eagle Ridge Golf Course. Golf Tournament Flyer

09/29 ------ Clean Up Williston
Help clean up Williston from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Supplies and refreshments will be available at Davidson Park. There will also be roll-offs for used tires (four maximum), metals and other materials. Help keep Williston clean and pick up up trash in your neighborhood, business, boulevards and parks.

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  or call 701-572-2835.
Upcoming Energy Events
08/16 ------ Halliburton Job Fair
Open for walk-in applications from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Halliburton Job Fair Flyer

09/18-20 ------ Cost-effective Well Site Facilities On Shore
North America's Only Initiative Dedicated Entirely To Facilities Engineers & Project Management Professionals. The conference will be held in Houston, TX. Register for the Show

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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