Dear Williston Wire Readers,


You are invited to join us for our Holiday Open House tonight from 5-8 p.m. at 113 4th Street East. Enjoy delicious appetizers, desserts and adult drinks. There will also be door prizes (must be present to win!) and a cash bar. We hope to see you tonight at our annual Holiday Open House!


Shawn, Ann, Barb and Brenda
Williston Public School District seeks to build Two Elementary Schools, High School Addition
Williston Herald
by Jamie Kelley
The District is seeking a K-5 grade configuration which would include a Middle School for 6th through 8th graders and High School for 9th through 12th graders. The proposal includes building an addition at the high school and constructing new schools at the current Rickard and Wilkinson Elementary sites. Williston Economic Development
A proposal to build two new elementary schools and an addition to Williston High School would add a little less than $550 in property tax annually to a $250,000 home. That would leave Williston with the second-lowest school property taxes out of 13 of the largest school districts in the state, according to a chart prepared by JLG Architects for a Williston Public School District No. 1 public forum Tuesday evening. Williston's rate would be $1,059.69 per $100,000, lower than Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grafton, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Mandan, Minot and Wahpeton. Read More 
1 Million Cups features Grace & Glam, Summit Counseling
Williston Economic Development
Pictured clockwise from upper left hand corner: Mechelle Mortenson, Grace & Glam owner; George Owen, Summit Counseling Services owner; 1 Million Cups attendees; and Dani Piper, Grace & Glam manager. Williston Economic Development
The 1 Million Cups Williston monthly meeting was held on Wednesday, Dec. 6. The two startups that presented were Grace & Glam and Summit Counseling Services. Mechelle Mortenson and Dani Piper shared how Grace & Glam got its start while George Owen and Jason Marmon explained how Summit Counseling came to Williston. The next 1 Million Cups meeting will be held February 6. More details to be announced.

Shoppers gather in Downtown Williston for Holiday Stroll
Williston Herald

Trevor Pearson of Metro Ice carved ice sculptures in Downtown Williston during the annual Holiday Stroll. Williston Herald
The Holiday Stroll came to Williston on Thursday evening. The event, put on by the Downtown Association, showcases local stores and organizations in a family-friendly, holiday-friendly environment. Read More
Renovations begin on South Grand Theatre in Downtown Williston
by Brooke Williams

The City of Williston STAR Fund is providing financial assistance for the South Grand Theatre remodel. Williston Economic Development
A sign outside Williston's South Grand Theatre declares our screen talks. "It was probably put in in the mid-1930s. Probably when they added speakers for the first time in the theater," says Grand Theatre owner and manager, Ryan Agnes. And if the walls of this nearly century-old theatre could talk, oh, the stories they would tell. "There's a story about when they had a fire in the 90s. And the mom just felt like she needed to come check on her kids and was parked out front when the flames out a window. And was able to run inside and get the kids and warn everybody," says Robert Boyer, project superintendent with FCI Constructors.  Read More

ProMed Plaza opens in Williston
Williston Herald

Williston's new ProMed Plaza opened in mid-2017. The 18,250 square foot building houses MedScan Laboratory, Inc., Advanced Drug Testing and others. Williston Herald 
The recently completed ProMed Plaza is a professional and medical building that stands two stories high to the east of Outlaws Bar and Grill and houses a number of businesses including MedScan Laboratory, Inc MedScan was started by Dr. Robert (Rob) Howard in 1996 and has grown to include Advanced Drug Testing, an office in the Atlanta, Georgia area, a new genetic testing laboratory in Houston and over thirty employees. Read More

North Dakota Land Board awards New Williston Airport $18.5 Million
News Release

The Board of University and School Lands (Land Board) awarded grants to a number of airports in western North Dakota impacted by oil development and activity. These grants will help modernize and improve the facilities for a number of years to come. The Williston and Dickinson Airports received a total of 17 energy impact grants. Read More
Burgum talks Main Street Initiative in Garrison

Governor Doug Burgum is calling on North Dakota cities and towns to get creative and enhance the vitality of their Main Streets and Downtowns. The Creative Treatment
We met up with the governor during his visit.  He said there are 13-thousand job opportunities across the state.  Over the years these positions haven't been easy to occupy.  Governor Burgum wants to change this by building what he calls "vibrant communities".  According to the 2010 census, Garrison's population is right around 14-hundred.  The city offers jobs in tourism and agriculture. "If we can't attract people to want to stay and live in our state and grow their families here, the challenge of workforce development is going to get worse and worse for us," said North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum.  Read More

Dog Park opens in Watford City
McKenzie County Farmer
A new dog park has opened in Watford City. McKenzie County Farmer
Robin Greenhagen came to North Dakota from Kansas City in 2012, when he discovered that there were real estate development opportunities as a result of the influx of people during the oil boom. After deciding to call Watford City home, he noticed a need, and donated land for the development of the town's first dog park. "There are a lot of people living in situations where they don't have a yard for their dogs," Greenhagen said. "I felt that a dog park would be a great addition to the town." The Doc Nelson Dog Park is an eight-acre fenced in dog park named after the late Doc Nelson. Nelson was the town veterinarian for many years. For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer

Crosby Native publishes Book of Devotionals
Crosby Journal
by Cecile Wehrman
Crosby native Diane Anderson has released a book of devotionals called Teller Tales. Crosby Journal
Writing a book is a goal Crosby resident Diane Anderson had in mind for a long time. Anderson pinpoints the genesis of the idea to about 2005, when she was still working as a bank teller at Farmer's State Bank. Twelve years later, her book "Teller Tales," a series of 52 weekly devotionals, is a reality. If 12 years sounds like a longtime coming, it was -- but it also taught Anderson a valuable lesson about God's timing. To read the full story, sign in to our online edition.
Community invited Williston Economic Development Holiday Open House Dec. 8
Williston Economic Development

Williston Economic Development invites the public to its third annual Holiday Open House Dec. 8 from 5-8 p.m. at 113 4th St. E. The free networking event will feature delicious appetizers, tasty treats and a cash bar. Bring your business card to register for fun door prizes! Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of 2017 and prepare for another successful year! 
Williston Regional Economic Development to host Legislative Social Dec. 18
News Release

Williston Regional Economic Development is partnering with the Williston Area Builders Association again this year to host a legislative social. This year's event will be held at The Williston, 408 1st Ave E, Williston at 6:00 PM with a social, dinner and legislative discussion.  The sponsor for this year's event is XTO. Legislators from Districts 1, 2, 4 and 39 have been invite to attend. This event is open to the public, but we would like to have people register to assist with the headcount as dinner will be provided. Please share with your organizations and get registeredIf you have any questions, please let me know.
Upcoming Williston Events
12/08-12/31    Spring Lake Park Holiday Lights Drive
The 2017 Holiday Lights Drive will feature about 60 lighted displays and numerous activity nights such as Photos With Santa, Craft Nights, Science Guy Nights and more. For more information contact the Williston Convention and Visitors Bureau at 701-774-9041.
12/08               Williston Economic Development Holiday Open House
Celebrate the Christmas season at 113 4th Street East from 5-8 p.m. There will be refreshments, hors d'oeuvres and door prizes.

12/12               Williston Basin API monthly meeting
The social will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel.

12/14               Chamber Business after Hours
Join Western Cooperative Credit Union for drinks, hors d'oeuvres, networking and prizes at 1300 Bison Drive.

12/18               Legislative Social
Members of Williston Regional Economic Development and Williston Basin Builders are invited to the dinner at 6 p.m. at The Williston.

12/20               City of Williston Craft Night at Spring Lake Park
Get pictures with Santa and make a Christmas craft from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Keel Boat building at Spring Lake Park.

01/19               Chamber Awards Banquet
Tickets available soon! Call the Chamber at 701.577.6000 for more info!
Upcoming Williston Events
12/12                    Williston Basin Chapter API monthly meeting
The meeting will be held at the Grand Williston Hotel in the Lewis & Clark/Roosevelt Room beginning with the social at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.
05/22-23             Energy Exposition
The 2018 Energy Exposition will be celebrating 19 years as the Rocky Mountain's longest running energy trade exhibition. The event will take place at The Ranch Events Complex in Loveland, Colorado. Reserve booth space today.  Energy Exposition

07/16-18              Bakken Conference and Expo
The Summer 2018 event will be held at the Rough Rider Center in Watford City. 
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