August 30, 2019
Dear Williston Wire Readers,

We were heavily involved in facilitating the North Dakota Downtown Conference in Williston Aug. 28-29. The two-day event attracted about 100 attendees from across the state. The opportunity allowed us to showcase our Main Street and some of the businesses and venues located in Downtown Williston. A great time was had by all! 

Shawn, Ann, Barb & Brenda
Downtown Award Winners; Richter, Best of the West Ribfest honored
Williston Economic Development
Pictured are Mary Gumke and Jessie Veeder Scofield of Best of the West Ribfest, winner of the Downtown Event Award; Debbie Richter, winner of the Downtown Champion Award and Kate Herzog, winner of the Downtown Leadership Award. Williston Economic Development photo

The North Dakota Downtown Conference recognized its inaugural Downtown Impact Award winners during its Awards Luncheon on Thursday August 29, 2019 in Williston. The awards recognized organizations and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the downtown districts in their communities. 
The following were named the 2019 North Dakota Downtown Impact Award winners: Downtown Event: Best of the West Ribfest (Watford City), Downtown Atmosphere: Helping Hettinger Day (Hettinger), Downtown Champion: Debbie Richter (Williston) and Downtown Leadership: Kate Herzog (Bismarck).  Read More   Descriptions of Awards  
Downtown Conference features Acclaimed Speakers
Keynote speaker Ed McMahon discusses downtown development at the Downtown Conference in Williston. Williston Economic Development photo
Williston Herald - The 2019 North Dakota Downtown Conference brought in some acclaimed guests to share their knowledge and experience with communities across the state. The Conference kicked off on Wednesday, Aug. 28 in Williston, with representatives from Downtown organizations across the state coming in to network, share knowledge and brainstorm ideas on how to keep North Dakota's Downtown sectors vibrant and engaging. Read More
McKenzie County JDA awards First Subsidy for New Home Construction
Roundup - In June 2019, board members of the McKenzie County Job Development Authority (JDA) announced the start of a new program that is designed to help defray infrastructure costs for qualifying housing projects in McKenzie County. The program will prove to be beneficial to the citizens of McKenzie County who are affected by the high cost of living, by providing a development subsidy of up to $50,000 per single-family house in McKenzie CountyRead More
Moe's Smokin' Grill opens in Sidney
Pictured are Keri Brown (left) and Cheryl Olson. Roundup Photo
Roundup - There's a new place for smoked meats and BBQ in  Sidney. Eric and Keri Brown have teamed up with Cheryl Olson to offer smoked brisket and pulled pork sandwiches, ribs, buffalo burgers, tacos, loaded baked potatoes and much more. The restaurant is located in the Elks Lodge in Sidney.  Read More
Watford City conducting Community Survey
McKenzie County Farmer - What are the challenges that Watford City is facing when it comes to meeting the needs of its residents, as well as the other county residents who use its services? Is it the lack of housing, retail and services? Or does the city need to expand on the number of events or programs being offered in the way of recreation or entertainment? Those questions and more are part of an online survey that the city of Watford City is offering on the city's website at www.cityofwatfordcity.comFor the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer
Hospital Auxiliary's Bedding Fair Sept. 3-5 in Williston
News Release - 14th Annual Bedding Fair sponsored by the Hospital Auxiliary will be held on Sept. 3, 4, and 5 in the Liston Room at CHI St. Alexius/Williston Med. Center. Hours will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday Sept. 3 and Wednesday, September 4 and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5. Read More
Equinor to Sponsor Pop-Up Lunch for Innovation Academy Sept. 6
News Release - Equinor is sponsoring a pop-up lunch on Friday September 6, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm in Downtown Williston at Hedderich's Lot. We invite the community, families, and business to join us for a free-will donation, delicious lunch! To-go boxes will be available as well. All donations will go toward the Innovation Academy fundraising goal. Equinor will match donations received on September 6, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000. Read More 
Bethel Lutheran Home's College for Seniors Sept. 11-13
News Release - Bethel Lutheran Foundation's 25th annual College for Seniors will be held September 11-13. This year's theme is "Life's a Journey. Enjoy the Ride". The College will include three days of education, entertainment and exercise. Read More
Charity Ball Sept. 27; Headliner Mentalist Sean Bott
Mind-reader Sean Bott will be featured at the Charity Ball fundraising event Sept. 27.
News Release - The CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Foundation's annual formal fundraising event will be held September 27 at The Well on the Williston State College campus. The "magical" evening includes cocktails, dinner and live entertainment with Mentalist Sean Bott. Sponsorships and tickets are still available. They can be purchased online or by calling 701.774.7404. Read More
Upcoming Williston Events
09/04 ------ 1 Million Cups
The community is invited to attend the meeting from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. at the Teton Lounge. Learn about starting a business from fellow entrepreneurs.

09/10 ------  Williston City Commission
The commission meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

09/11 ------ Northwest North Dakota Job Fair
The job fair will be held fro 2-6 p.m. at the Raymond Family Community Center. Click Here for More Information

09/16 ------ Planning and Zoning Commission
The board meets the third Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in the Commission Room at City Hall.

09/27 ------ Charity Ball
The CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Foundation Charity Ball will be held at The Well on the Williston State College campus. Enjoy dinner, silent auction, live auction and live entertainment by Mentalist Sean Bott and the Judd Hoos Band.   Click Here for More Information

10/03-05 ------ XWA Grand Opening Events
Media Day, VIP Day and Community Day are being planned. More details TBA.
Upcoming Energy Events
09/07 ------ $1 Million Giving Celebration
Williston Basin Chapter API will celebrate raising $1 Million for charitable organizations and scholarships. The event will be held at Black Harley Magic from Noon to-11 p.m.  1 Million Giving Celebration

09/10 ------ Williston Basin Chapter API Monthly Meeting
The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a social followed by dinner at 7 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel. September Monthly Meeting

09/17-19 ------ New Technologies for Lower Cost, More Efficient On Shore Well Site Facilities 2019
The conference will be held in Houston, TX.  Registration Information

10/1 ------  Williston Basin Chapter API Monthly Meeting 
The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a social followed by dinner at 7 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel.  October Monthly Meeting

10/02-03 ------ Bakken Oil Product and Service Show
The two-day event connects industry decision makers, leaders and players at the Raymond Family Community Center.  Registration Information

10/15-16 ------ The Permian Conference & Expo
The two-day show will be held in Midland, TX. The show is sponsored by the North American Shale magazine.  Registration Information

11/15 ------ Williston Basin Petroleum Banquet
The Williston Basin Chapter API will host its annual awards and appreciation banquet.  Williston Basin Petroleum Banquet

12/03 ------  Williston Basin Chapter API Monthly Meeting
The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a social followed by dinner at 7 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel. December Monthly Meeting
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