July 28, 2017 

Dear Readers -
Construction is in full swing across the region! Williams County employees are preparing to move into some of their new space in August while Parshall is getting infrastructure improvements and a new outdoor pool! It's nice to see some of the new building projects coming to fruition!
Shawn, Ann, Barb, Brenda & Micah
Williston Economic Development
MODE It Forward; Downtown Williston Businesses show appreciation of First Responders
Williston Economic Development
The owners of two Downtown Williston store gave Williston Fire and EMS personnel gifts cards  to show their appreciation for their service, particularly during the fire and flare-ups at Hedderich's.
While City of Williston administrators and the 0wner of Hedderichs's determine the final fate of the building; the store's neighbors are recognizing Williston Fire and EMS employees for their actions that saved parts of Hedderich's and its neighboring businesses. "Mode It Forward is a monthly program that allows us to recognize and show our appreciation of individuals who go above and beyond in our community," said Kim Wenko, co-owner of MODE. To show their graditude; the co-owners of MODE and owner of Quick Draw Art Studio gave nine Fire and EMS employees gift cards to their stores for women's apparel and accessories (MODE)and a painting class (Quick Draw) respectively.   Williston Herald: Downtown Williston stores thank first responders
Fresh Palate expands in Williston
Williston Area Chamber of Commerce

The Williston Chamber ambassadors held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Fresh Brewed kiosk in Williston.
Fresh Brewed Organic Coffee & Smooth Bar has opened in Williston. The owners of Fresh Palate recognized that their customers were looking for a quicker and more accessible option to get their organic drinks. Their kiosk, located in the parking lot of Elite Health & Fitness, has drive-thru and walk-up windows for fast service.
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Construction to wrap up on some Williston County Building Projects in August
Williston Herald

Some of the construction projects on the Williams County campus are expected to wrap up in August.
Things are beginning to look a lot more finished on both the new Williams County Administration Building and the addition to its law enforcement center, and, this time at least, you can judge a book by its cover. Work on the county's 27,000-square-foot addition, immediately adjacent to the old MDU building, as well as the law enforcement center addition, which is to remain at its present location, is nearing completion, after which a big moving day begins for some. The new Law Enforcement Center offices are to be ready for occupancy by Aug. 1, and the jail finished by Aug. 31. Read More

New Postmaster begins in Williston
Williston Herald

Tim Morgan is the new Williston Postmaster.
Williston has a new postmaster, and he has hit the ground running. Quite literally. Tim Morgan, originally from Virginia Beach, was brought over from Sidney  to help the post office in Williston as it has struggled with a shortage of personnel. As part of that effort, he has already helped deliver 10 of the city's 13 mail routes, and, last week, he was doing two routes a day, Morgan said.  Read More

Schneider to lead ND Economic Development
News Release

The North Dakota Department of Commerce has named John Schneider as Economic Development & Finance Division Director. Schneider will lead the state's economic development strategy and assist in coordinating the state's economic development resources to attract, retain and expand wealth. Schneider has served as interim director since January. He replaced past director Paul Lucy.  "John's extensive experience in value-added agriculture and unmanned systems will be a great asset for the state of North Dakota," Commerce Commissioner Jay Schuler said. Read More
John Schneider has been named director of the economic development and finance division of the North Dakota Department of Commerce.
Dakota Energy Festival Aug. 4-5 in Williston
Williston Economic Development
The Dakota Energy Festival will (rock and) roll into Williston Aug. 4-5 at the Upper Missouri Valley Fairgrounds. The third annual event will feature two concerts headlined by Scott Stapp of Creed and The Guess Who. Other activities include a job fair and walleye fishing tournament at Lewis & Clark State Park. For ticket information visit the Dakota Energy Festival website or Facebook page.  Williston Herald: Former Creed Frontman coming to Williston

Learn how to develop Apprenticeships Aug. 15 in Williston
News Release

Learn how to create an apprenticeship at a three-hour meeting Aug. 15 in Williston.
Finding qualified employees can be a challenge. Apprenticeships offer a great way to grow highly-skilled employees in many industries. Even positions in healthcare, information technology, energy and manufacturing are a fit for apprenticeship training programs. Apprentices learn while on the job, giving you the ability to train the skills you need all while creating a loyal workforce. An Apprenticeship Accelerator Information Meeting will be held August 15, 1-4 p.m. at TrainND Northwest. Read More
Parshall Schools prepare for Bond Vote Aug. 22
Mountrail County Record

Parshall voters will consider a $5.4 million referendum to help pay for a new school Aug. 22.
The Parshall High School has its share of problems and it is going to take money to fix them. That was the message of School Superintendent Beth Schwarz and the architect and construction manager who presented at a public input and information in the Parshall gym recently. Schwarz gave tours of the building to show what she considered to be deficiencies in the current high school. The Parshall School Board is calling for a $5.4 million referendum vote to help fund a new school.  Parshall Bond Election Aug. 22   Read More  Mountrail County Record: School Bond Meetings scheduled
Ryan Motors expands to Watford City
McKenzie County Farmer

Ryan Motors has opened its third location in western North Dakota.
Ryan Motors has opened a new location in Watford city. "We opened Ryan Auto Sales of Watford City on July 5," said Kirby Brown, sales manager. Ryan Family Dealerships also has locations in Minot and Williston. "When we looked at where our sales in Williston were coming from, it was clear that we  had buyers coming to us from the Watford City area," stated Brown. "Watford City was our No. 2 area in sales behind the Williston area." For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer
Construction ramps up on Parshall Projects
New Town News
Construction season is finally ramping up in Parshall as work gets started on the new city swimming pool, a new Boys and Girls Club and some eight-plexes that will be located near the Taco Johns. City Engineer Jason Strand reported to the City Council that work had started at the site of the pool that will be north of the Broste Rock Museum. The road from 7th Avenue to the museum has been closed but it can still be accessed from Main Street. Strand said one of the A-frames has been taken down and will be moved to make way for the pool. He asked the council to decide where to place it after the pool is finished. Read More

Indian Arts Showcase Aug. 4-5 at Fort Union
Sidney News

This years' Indian Arts brings presentations on traditional Crow history and culture, as well as the former 2016 Miss Indian world.  Native American music and dancing will also be part of this year's 26 th annual Indian Arts Showcase at Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site. This special event will take place the weekend of Aug. 5-6, on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. This event is free. Read More

Upcoming Williston Events
07-28-30             ND Sporting Clays Tournament
The National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA) North Dakota State Sporting Clays and the North Dakota 5 Stand Tournament will be held July 28-30 at Painted Woods Sporting Range in Williston. News Release
08/04-05            Dakota Energy Festival
Scott Stapp of Creed and The Guess Who will headline the 2017 Dakota Energy Festival at the Upper Missouri Valley fairgrounds.  Dakota Energy Festival website

08/05                  Kasmer & Aafedt Oil Charity Golf Tournament
The annual tournament will be held at the Links of North Dakota. Contact John@kaoil.net to register your team for an area nonprofit. All registration fees and cash prizes will benefit designated nonprofit organizations in Williston!
08/30                  Williston Area Builders Association Golf Tournament
The tournament will be held at the Eagle Ridge Golf Course.  WABA website
08/30                  Ribbon Cutting for Water Reuse and Recovery Facility
The celebration will begin at 9 a.m. at 7 12th Ave. E. in Williston.

08/30-31             Williston Economic Summit & Trade Show
The WEST event will be held at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center. The show will feature the WED/SBDC awards and appreciation dinner Aug. 31.

Energy Events
07/24                     ND Oil PAC Dugout Night
Join the North Dakota Oil PAC for a night of baseball and networking with Bismarck's newest baseball team, the Larks! Dugout Night

08/04                     Dakota Energy Festival
The third annual Williston event will feature the Lewis & Clark Walleye Classic, Job Fair Workforce Expo and Concert featuring Scott Stapp (Creed). Dakota Energy Festival website

08/16-17               Summer NAPE
The annual Summer NAPE expo in Houston is a networking event that brings together all the players necessary to forge, facilitate and close deals. The event will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.

08/23                    ND Oil PAC Golf Tournament
Registration opens July 25th. NDPC

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. Nomination Form for NDPC Industry Achievement Awards

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

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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