Dear Williston Wire Readers,


Downtown Williston will see some new and exciting changes soon. A new women's apparel and accessories store will open Oct. 5, Cooks on Main is scheduled to wrap up its remodel in October and the T & J Agnes Theatre is moving forward with remodeling plans. The Williston STAR Fund has played a key role in all of these projects; helping to provide a more enhanced shopping experience in the retail district. We encourage you to vote YES on Oct. 10 to continue the one percent city sales tax that benefits so many new and existing businesses in our community!

Best Regards,
Barbara Peterson
Communications Coordinator


STAR Fund helps T & J Agnes Theatres with Remodel
Williston Herald

The theatre above, owned by T & J Agnes Theatres, will undergo a remodel including the addition of a theatre, new windows and bathrooms. Williston Economic Development
The Williston City Commission has approved a $72,000 Flex Pace project for the T & J Agnes Theatres. The remodel will take place at the firm's north theatre which is located on Main Street. The remodel will include adding a theatre, installing new windows and providing new bathrooms. The Flex Pace program is part of the City's Star Fund, which is funded by a one-cent infrastructure sales tax that is up for a vote Oct. 10. Flex Pace buys down the interest rates on approved projects to help make expansions and new business starts more affordable. Read More

Downtown Williston Boutique to Celebrate Grand Opening Oct. 5-6 
Williston Economic Development

A new store offering women's apparel and accessories will open its doors next week. Style UNCorked Boutique will celebrate its grand opening on Oct. 5 and 6. The store is located at 125 Main Street Suite C in the Renaissance on Main building. Style Uncorked is locally owned. Give them a call at (701) 774-6576.
Special Election Oct. 10; Absentee Ballots due Oct. 9
Williston Economic Development

Williston voters will go to the polls on Oct. 10 to consider continuing the one percent retail sales and use tax until  June 30, 2030. The election will be held at the Williston Area Recreation Center from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Absentee ballots can be obtained at the Williams County Auditor's Office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Seventy-five percent of the proceeds from the sales tax is dedicated to property tax relief through debt reduction and infrastructure improvements and 25% assists economic development projects. City Special Election Information
Williston Resident seeks to Save Frontier Museum
Williston Herald

A Williston resident has launched a fund drive to save the Frontier Museum. Williston Herald
A Williston resident is trying to create awareness and funds for what he considers a Williston treasure. In honor of his wife's(Melva) 60th birthday, John Voll is asking birthday party guests to make donations to save  the Frontier Museum. The museum itself is actually a trail of buildings, each housing historical artifacts that open the doors on multiple facets of Williston history. Read More

Clean Up Williston Oct. 14; Elementary Students to vie for Free Pizza Party with Williston Mayor
Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson

The Williston elementary classroom (grades K-4) with the most clean up volunteers on Oct. 14 will win a pizza party with Williston Mayor Howard Klug! Entry forms will be sent home with students soon.
The City of Williston is gearing up for its annual fall clean up. The "I Will Keep Williston Clean. Will You?" campaign will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8:30-1 p.m. at Davidson Park.
Williston sponsors two cleanups per year to help keep the community looking neat and tidy. The first cleanup is held in the spring prior to Band Day while the other one is held in the fall. Williston Public Works and its partners make the cleanup pretty easy for anyone who would like to help spruce up their community. Read More

North Dakota competes for Capital in Oil Patch
Bismarck Tribune

Lynn Helms, director of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, talks about advancements in technology that are in the Bakken oil patch during the North Dakota Petroleum Council's annual meeting in Grand Forks. Joshua Komer / Grand Forks Herald
North Dakota's governor wants the state to produce 2 million barrels a day, but lower taxes on oil and better access to markets in the South mean the competition for drillers is tight, industry experts and state regulators said Tuesday, Sept. 26 in Grand Forks. "We need, as problem-solvers, to figure out how we are going to convince capital back to the Bakken," Lynn Helms, director of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources. "There are still somewhere in the neighborhood of 50,000 wells to drill (in North Dakota), and we need to attract capital back into the Bakken to improve the recovery. A lot of that is going to be selling how we do technology in North Dakota." Read More

New Post Office opens in Watford City
McKenzie County Farmer

A new post office opened its doors at 1204 4th Ave. NE in Watford City Sept. 25. The new facility replaces the former building in downtown. McKenzie County Farmer
The problems associated with lack of mail handling space, inadequate parking and not enough customer service counters at Watford City Post Office's downtown location are now a thing of the past.  On Monday morning, Sept. 25, the Watford City Post Office opened in its new location, north of the Watford City Airport, at 1204 4th Ave. NE.  The new facility is more than double the size of the previous building, providing ample parking as well as handicap access to complement the two retail counters and nearly 3,000 postal boxes. For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer

McKenzie County seeks to add County Coordinator
McKenzie County Farmer

The McKenzie County commission has decided to move forward with plans to hire a new county coordinator. The position  has a salary of $79,429. "We still need to come up with a strategy and job description, where we think this person can help out," said Commissioner Doug Norby. "But, we will put it in the budget for now so we have the ability to iron out details and come to an agreement later." For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer

Minot Area Community Foundation gives $500,000 Grant to Roosevelt Zoo
Minot Daily News

The Minot Area Community Foundation announces its largest grant to date of $500,000 to Roosevelt Park Zoo. The grant will be applied to the zoo's current project of building a new Amur tiger habitat. Read More

Norsk Hostfest opens in Minot
Minot Daily News

The Høstfest festival funs daily from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.
This year celebrates 40 years of the Scandinavian festival and it will be another festival with a wide variety of entertainment that is expected to be fun for all. The Høstfest will run through Sept. 30 and offers over 40 different free entertainment acts over those days as well as nine Great Hall performers such as the Oak Ridge Boys, Amy Grant, Little River Band, and more. There will be multiple different attractions for guests to enjoy. The Viking Village offers an educational look at the lives of Vikings and live-action battles. Read More

Upcoming Williston Events
10/02-06             WHS Homecoming
Williston High School will celebrate homecoming week with coronation, a parade and athletic events. Homecoming Week Schedule
10/05-06             Style UNCorked Boutique Grand Opening
Style UNCorked Boutique is located in the Renaissance on Main building in Downtown Williston. The store sells trendy apparel and accessories for today's women (sizes 0-3xl).

10/05                   Fall Preview of Clark's Table at WSC
Williston native and artist David Njos has created a stunning new historical sculpture for WSC's campus. Please join us for a special fall preview on Thursday at 4 p.m. Coffee, cocoa and sweet treats will be provided.

10/05-08             Entertainment Inc! presents Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
The musical is based on the 80's movie of the same name, starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin! The show runs October 5th-8th and 12th-15th. For reservations visit the website or call the box office at 701-577-3179.

10/14                  Clean Up Williston
Williston Public Works will lead the citywide cleanup. Email to volunteer your business, organization or family for a specific cleanup zone in Williston.
10/18-20             EDND Fall Conference
Williston will host the Economic Development Association of North Dakota's fall conference at the Grand Williston Hotel. The public is invited to a special free workshop with Google on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 9:30 a.m.   EDND 

11/10                  CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Charity Ball
Tickets are on sale now for the 2017 Annual Charity Ball featuring a dinner, silent and live auction, dancing and the Dueling Pianos performed by Deuces Wild! Charity Ball Ticket Information

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'oevres and door prizes.
Energy Events
10/03                    Williston Basin API
The monthly meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center. The program will feature details about the one cent city sales tax special election to be held Oct. 10.
10/04-05              Bakken Oil Product & Service Show
The 7th annual BOPSS, produced by DAWA Solutions Group, will be held at the Raymond Family Community Center in WillistonRegistration

11/01-02              Western Dakota Energy Association annual meeting 
The meeting will be held at the Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge in Dickinson.  Registration

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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