Dear Williston Wire Readers,

The Williston Area Builders Association and Williston Regional Economic Development are hosting a legislative networking event on Monday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. at The Williston. The public is invited to attend. North Dakota senators and representatives from throughout western North Dakota will be attending. Learn all about what's been happening during the interim. We hope to see you there!
Shawn, Ann, Barb and Brenda
Town Hall Meeting on Opioid Education Dec. 20 at Williston ARC
Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson

The City of Williston is calling on residents to help find solutions to problems caused by opioid addiction. The North Dakota Department of Human Services and City of Williston are presenting an Town Hall Meeting on opioid education on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m., at the Williston Area Recreation Center. The meeting is free and open to the public. Read More     Williston Herald: Opioid Town Hall Dec. 20

Williston Public Schools prepares for March 20 Bond Election
Williston Herald
by Jamie Kelly

Jodi Germundson, Williston Public School District No. 1 business manager, said the board is expected to vote on a resolution for the March 20 election at its January 8 meeting. Williston Economic Development photo
Williston Public School District No. 1 is moving forward with preliminary designs for two new elementary schools and an addition to the high school in advance of a bond referendum. The district's school board voted 5-0 Monday evening to pay about $590,000 to JLG Architects to create schematic designs for the three buildings. The total projected cost for the project is about $76 million, and construction will be about $61 million, according to Lee Dobrinz from JLG. A tentative date for the vote of March 20 was discussed at the Monday meeting. Read More

Coffee with Klug: XWA Airport Progress Report
KEYZ Radio
Stay up to date on the XWA construction project at the XWA Facebook page.
Williston City Commissioner's were briefed this week on progress being made on construction of the new Williston Airport, on farm land some five miles northwest of the city. Developer JE Dunn was pleased to report that the weather has been very cooperative and a lot of work has been completed on the runway foundations and the basement and terminal foundation. Mayor Howard Klug says everything is falling into place for substantial vertical progress come springtime. Tune in at 6:53 and 7:53 during the Mondak Morning News for your daily Coffee with Klug on 660 KEYZ News Radio. Read More

Chatter Pediatric Therapy makes Christmas Merry for Children with Disabilities
Williston Herald
by Lee Zion

Chatter Pediatric Therapy and Family Voices, an advocacy group for special-needs children, held their second annual Sensitive Santa recently in Williston. Katie Kringen, speech pathologist and owner of Chatter, said the event is a place for families who have had difficulty with a typical Santa in the past. Like just about everyone else, she cited long lines and loud noises at a department store. "Children with disabilities can't always be as flexible with those conditions," she said. Read More
Sensitive Santa delights children with disabilities at Chatter Pediatric Therapy in Williston. Williston Herald / Lee Zion

Trinity Health launches New Air Ambulance Service in Williston
News Release

A new air ambulance gets off the ground today in Williston. Trinity Health has launched a regional fixed wing emergency transport service out of Williston that will be an extension of its Minot-based NorthStar Criticair helicopter and airplane services. The Williston service is up and running as of today, December 13.   Lorrie Antos, Director of Critical Care Services, says the new transport is called NorthStar Criticair Fixed Wing Williston and is available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, to provide medical transport for patients from Williston and surrounding communities.  Read More
New Flower Shop opens in Watford City
McKenzie County Farmer
by Carissa Suter, Farmer Contributor
Teale Wold opened Mabe's Flower Market in Watford City in November.
Teale Wold grew up in Crosby, N.D., having her grandmother as an enormous influence in her life. Teale learned many important lessons from her grandmother. She learned to value the simple things in life, like the splendor of digging in dirt alongside a family member to plant a garden. Or that having fresh flowers in a house offers a reminder that there is beauty even on the darkest day. Teal opened Mabe's Flower Market in Watford City in November, named after her grandmother, Mabel.  For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer 
Bank of Tioga gives $10,000 to Three Businesses
Crosby Journal
by Brad Nygaard

The Bank of Tioga selected two Divide County ventures, Frandsen Fall Fest and Stems and Salvage, as recipients of their REV program.
From a tiny acorn mighty oak trees grow. Or, in Lucy and Hank Frandsen's case, a pumpkin patch. "When we first started my family and neighbors were skeptical," Lucy said. "They said, 'no one's going to drive down a gravel road to a pumpkin patch.'" That was two years ago. From humble beginnings using an RV as a restroom to now making plans to insulate and possibly pave the floor in the shop they built with bathroom facilities, Frandsen said, she feels vindicated. "We proved them wrong," she said. To read the full story,sign in to our online edition.  News Release: Bank of Tioga gives $10,000 to Three Businesses
JL Beers named 2017 Small Business of the Year in Minot
Minot Daily News

The Minot Small Business Development Center has recognized JL beers Minot as the regional 2017 Small Business of the Year. The award is given in recognition of outstanding small business leaders who help their communities create jobs, drive innovation and spur the economy. Read More

Parshall School Board plans Referendum Vote in April
Mountrail County Record
by Jerry W. Kram
Parshall voters narrowly defeated a bond referendum earlier this year. School officials hope with more information the second attempt will receive voter approval. Stock photo
The original agenda for the regular meeting of the Parshall School Board this week had a "call for a referendum" as one of its agenda items. The board amended its agenda to remove that item in light of the school's communication committee opinion that the vote should be delayed until decisions are made about possible additional sources of funding for the construction. Board president Michelle Hoff informed the board that uncertainty and confusion about two proposed sources of funding for the new school building were reasons that a bond referendum was narrowly rejected by voters earlier this year. Read More

New Town Elementary School seeks Expansion
New Town News
by Jerry Kram
Edwin Loe Elementary School in New Town is close to bursting at the seams, figuratively anyway. With an enrollment that has ballooned to more than 500 students in kindergarten through fifth grade, the current structure has finally reached its absolute capacity. "We have no more rooms we can convert into classrooms," Bluestone told the New Town School Board earlier this year. The school board approved the idea of expanding the elementary school and authorized Bluestone to hire an architect to design the project. Read More

Upcoming Williston Events
12/15-12/31    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.
12/18               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                Opioid Town Hall meeting
The North Dakota Department of Human Services and City of Williston invite the public to a free town hall meeting on opioid education at 6 p.m. at the Williston Area Recreation Center.

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.

12/29                Benefit for Pippenger Family
The benefit will begin at 5 p.m. with taco in a bag followed by a live auction at 7 p.m. at the Old Armory. Proceeds will benefit the family of 15-year-old Kailin Pippenger. Kailin is recovering from a spinal chord injury she suffered in a car accident in October.

01/19               Chamber Awards Banquet
Tickets available soon! Call the Chamber at 701.577.6000 for more info!
Upcoming Williston Events
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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