September 1, 2017 

Dear Readers -
Williston Economic Development and the Small Business Development Center held their annual awards banquet recently. The Oscars-themed banquet and program was a festive event that celebrated the achievements of area entrepreneurs. The eight winners are highlighted below.  

Shawn, Ann, Barb & Brenda
Williston Economic Development
SBDC Award Winners: Craig's Small Engine Repair, Little Muddy Gifts, Strike Zone and Bank of Tioga
Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson

The Small Business Development Center recognized its 2017 award winners at its annual banquet on Thursday. The following organizations and businesses were honored: Craig and Rena Helberg, co-owners of Craig's Small Engine Repair were named Existing Business of the Year; Dana Johnson, owner of Little Muddy Gifts, was named Woman-Owned Business of the Year; David Grubb, President of Bank of Tioga, was named Lender of the Year; and Leisha and Brad Peterson, co-owners of Strike Zone, were named New Business of the Year. Congratulations to the 2017 SBDC award winners!

Hedderich's, Ashton earn Icon Award
Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson

"Doc" Loye Ashton humbly accepted the Williston Economic Development Icon Award for contributing to the vitality of Downtown Williston for 46 years. The Creative Treatment
Williston Economic Development awarded its first-ever Icon Award to Dr. (Doc) Loye Ashton. Doc is the long-time owner of Hedderich's in Downtown Williston. The building, which tragically burned down in July 2017, has been the cornerstone of Williston's original shopping district. Located at the corner of Main Street and 2nd Street West, the two-story space has housed a variety of retail businesses, restaurants, historical artifacts plus Ashton's dental practice for the past 46 years. Ashton, who is still reeling from the loss of his establishment, emotionally accepted the Icon award and vowed to move on in the community he adores.

Economic Development Award Winners: Brent Sanford, Stony Creek Rail Yard, Gonzaga  Internship Program
Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson

The winners of the 2017 Williston Economic Development awards were recognized at its annual awards and appreciation banquet Thursday evening. Receiving awards were the following individuals and organizations: Lieutenant Governor Brent Sanford was named  Ambassador of the Year; Stony Creek Rail Yard earned the Regional Project of the Year award; while Gonzaga University won the Community Partnership Award for its summer internship program in Williston.

Williston celebrates Grand Opening of Water Resource Recovery Facility
Williston Economic Development
Williston Herald

Williston Mayor Howard Klug and City Administrator David Tuan lead the ribbon cutting ceremony for the much-anticipated Water Resource Recovery Facility in Williston. The new state-of-the-art facility is able to treat wastewater for up to 60,000 people. Williston Economic Development
The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce ambassadors hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new $125 Water Resource Recovery Facility in Williston. More then 50 people attended the event for the expansive project. The program featured emcee Williston Mayor Howard Klug, former Williston Mayor Ward Koeser, City Administrator David Tuan, Sen. Brad Bekkedahl and AE2S Project Manager Jason Benson. Williston Herald: Water Resource Recovery Facility opens

Williston Economic Summit Panel discusses progress at XWA Site
Williston Herald
by Renee Jean

The Williston Economic Summit gathered about 120 attendees during the daylong conference. Williston Economic Development 
Questions from developers outside of Williston have continued coming into the city's Economic Development office, and those questions helped guide the topics at this year's Williston Economic Development Summit. And those topics were lightning rods that drew  questions throughout the event.The topic attracting perhaps the most questions was the status update on the new Williston Basin Airport International, given by a panel that included Anthony Dudas, director of Sloulin International Airport; Tim Marco with Cardon Development Group; City Administrator David Tuan and Rick Skumavc, also with Cardon. The panel answered dozens of questions about the new $250 million airport, from where it is being built - northwest of town - to whether it will be large enough to host a certain C-130 aircraft integral to Williston's mosquito control - it will. Read More 

Schneider discusses Governor's Main Street Initiative
Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson

The newly appointed director of the  economic development and finance division of the North Dakota Department of Commerce was in Williston recently. John Schneider was the keynote speaker at the Williston Economic Summit. Schneider took the opportunity to explain  Governor Doug Burgum's Main Street Initiative. "It's not intended to be taken so literally. It's not just main street. It's about figuring out what a community is and becoming it," Schneider said. Governor Burgum's Main Street Initiative

New Lewis & Clark Bridge opens
Williston Herald
by Jamie Kelley

Local, state and federal leaders celebrated the ribbon cutting of the new Lewis and Clark Bridge Thursday near Williston. Williston Herald
Workers used 12,000 cubic yards of concrete, but it was oil that really built the new Lewis and Clark Bridge over the Missouri River south of Williston.Dozens of dignitaries gathered at the south end of the bridge Thursday afternoon for a ribbon cutting to mark the completion of the $80 million project - the largest single infrastructure project in the history of the North Dakota Department of Transportation. Its completion marks the end of six years of construction to make U.S. Highway 85 four lanes from Watford City to Williston.Well, almost.  Read More

Divide County School's Enrollment climbs to 376
Crosby Journal
by Cecile Wehrman

Crosby elementary students prepare for their first day of school. Crosby Journal
Divide County now has the highest school enrollment recorded in decades. "I am more than shocked," said Divide County School Superintendent Sherlock Hirning, given the expectation so many people had that enrollment might fall this year. But rather than a decrease, Divide County's previous oil boom high of 369 students in the fall of 2014 has been surpassed, with the new school year showing 376 students enrolled on the first day. To read the full story, sign in to our online edition.

Crosby City Hall gets Makeover
Crosby Journal
by Cecile Wehrman

Tony Godlewski shows off some of the brickwork uncovered at the Crosby City Hall. Crosby Journal
Construction Manager Tony Godlewski predicts people are going to be pleasantly surprised once they see the remodeled Crosby City Hall. "This place is gonna pop!" is how he puts it. Leading a quick tour Aug. 24 through the construction zone, it's easy to see why he feels that way. Who knew that beneath decades of mostly cosmetic redecorating - dark wood paneling and layers of paint - beautiful brickwork including archways would be revealed? To read the full story, sign in to our online edition.

Fall Hunting Season begins Sept. 1
Minot Daily News

Autumn officially starts Sept. 22, but for many in North Dakota the fall season really gets underway this Friday. That's when four hunting seasons begin - deer and pronghorn bow, dove and mountain lion. Next in line is the sharp-tailed grouse and Hungarian partridge opener Sept. 9 and the sandhill crane season Sept. 16. The duck and goose season opens statewide Sept. 30. The extremely popular pheasant and big game seasons will follow. Read More

CHI St. Alexius Health Williston to sponsor Fashion Show Sept. 23
News Release

CHI St. Alexius Health Williston invites the community to a fashion show on Sept. 23 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Williston Area Recreation Center. The fashion show will focus on breast cancer treatment and reconstruction options in Williston. The reception will begin at 5 p.m. followed by catwalk at 6 p.m. There will be local shops, interactive booths, wine and cheese  samples, massages, art and much more. Dress up for a girls night out or enjoy a one-of-a-kind date night! The cost is $10 per ticket. Read More 

Upcoming Williston Events
09/5-7                  CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Discount Bedding Fair
The annual event will be held in the Liston Room from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday. There will be s uper soft sheets, baby blankets, mink blankets, Sherpa throws and much more .

09/06                   1 Million Cups
The monthly event will be held from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Williston State College. The public is welcome to attend. There will be two presentations and free java from the Smiling Moose Deli.

09/09                   Bakken X Trek
The Bakken X Trek will be held Sept. 9 at Spring Lake Park. The race will include some standard obstacles and some unique to the venue. The event is open to all levels and ages.   Click here to register 

09/09                   Opportunity Foundation Golf Tournament
The Twelfth Annual Darrell Schmidt Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the  Eagle Ridge Golf Course. Registration begins at 8 a.m. in the clubhouse and the tournament will start at 9 a.m. News Release
09/13-15             College for Seniors
Bethel Lutheran Foundation's annual event will feature the theme "Celebrate Life." The programs and classes will focus on ways to enrich and celebrate life through  attitudes, hobbies and maintaining a healthy mind, body and soul. College for Seniors News Release

09/15                   Eggs & Issues
Chamber members are invited to learn about the Homes for Heros program from North Dakota State Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger. The meeting begins at 7:30 a.m. at TrainND Northwest.  

09/16                   Military Affairs Golf Tournament
The golf scramble will be held at the Eagle Ridge Golf Course. The cost is $100 per person.  Golf Tournament Flier 

09/23                  Stylin' Against Breast Cancer Fashion Show
CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Medical will sponsor a fashion show at the Williston ARC from 5-6 p.m.

09/28                   Women in Leadership Expo 
Williston Economic Development is a sponsor for the annual event to be held at TrainND Northwest. Call 701-572-2835 to register.

10/14                  Cleanup 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.   EDND 

Energy Events
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. 2017 annual meeting agenda

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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