May 18, 2018

Dear Williston Wire Readers,
Williston Economic Development sponsored the Chamber's final Eggs & Issues meeting of the spring. Kelvin Hullett of the Bank of North Dakota was the guest speaker. Hullett said Williston is by far North Dakota's largest user of the Flex PACE Buydown program which helps entrepreneurs buy down the interest on their loans. Some of Williston's recent users include Grace & Glam, Safari Trampoline Park, The Coffee Post and The Shop. For more information about the program call Keith Olson or Shawn Wenko at 701-577-8110, 

 Shawn, Ann, Barb and Brenda 

STAR Fund benefits New Trampoline Park and Birthing Center Expansion
Safari Trampoline Park is scheduled to open in November.
Williston Economic Development - The Williston City Commission announced financial support for two major projects in Williston at its meeting on May 10. The commission approved a total of $132,000 from the Williston STAR Fund program for a new trampoline park and a new birthing center. Construction is already underway at the Safari Trampoline Park. The $2.8 million project will be located at the corner of 26th Street and 32nd Avenue West in Williston. Read More  MyNDNow: Trampoline Park to open in November
City of Williston hires Communications Strategist
Andrea Duntz, left, is interviewed by KEYZ Radio's Dee James during an open house at the Center for Development on May 7. Williston Economic Development
News Release - The City of Williston has hired Andrea Duntz as its first Communications Strategist. Duntz began her official duties on Monday, May 7. The Communications Strategist is a new position designed to streamline the flow of information to the public and within the organization.  Williston City Administrator David Tuan says Duntz will help create and implement a comprehensive communications plan. Read More
Williston seeks More Flights for New Airport
Rendering of overall airfield at the new Williston Basin International Airport. Williston Airport - "We're limited to a 50-passenger airplane and even with those aircraft, there are substantial operational challenges," says Anthony Dudas, director of Williston's Sloulin Field International Airport. Translation? If you're flying out of Sloulin Field on any given day, there's a good chance you'll get bumped from your flight.  And that's one of many reasons the city says the new XWA airport will better serve the Williston community. The project completion date is scheduled for October 2019. Read More
Williston Runners raise Funds for ARC Scholarships
Williston City Administrator David Tuan is photographed at the 2015 World's Toughest Mudder in Las Vegas. Tuan and Williston Airport Director Anthony Dudas are running the Fargo Marathon on Saturday and raising funds for WARC scholarships. Submitted photo
Williston Economic Development - A group of Williston runners will be raising funds and awareness for a local parks and rec scholarship program this weekend at the Fargo Marathon. About a dozen runners have raised more than $35,000 through pledges and grants to defray the cost of memberships to the Williston Area Recreation Center (WARC). The Williston Parks and Recreation District (WPRD) Foundation Scholarship program was started in August of 2017. Read More
CHI St. Alexius Health Williston announces Expansion
CHI St. Alexius Health Williston is expanding its birthing facility and the services it provides to mothers and their families.
KUMV-TV - The population in Williston is expected to increase 23 percent by 2022, and infrastructure and resources continue to adapt. The community has seen a surge in births since 2012, and to meet the demand, CHI St Alexius announced last week the expansion and transformation of its outpatient birthing center into an inpatient facility. Once open, the new birthing center will provide greater options to residents. The economic development of our region continues to evolve. Read More
Williston Community Sale May 19; Proceeds to benefit United Way
The Community sales raises funds for United Way and the organizations its supports.
Williston Herald - The Community Sale will be held May 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Raymond Family Community Center. The silent auction will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For those planning to arrive early, there will be concessions starting at 7:30 a.m.. According to Sabrina Ramey, interim director of Williston Basin United Way, people are often lined up at the door waiting to get in and see what treasures they'll be able to find. Read More
NDDOT Public Hearings on Four-laning US Highway 85 May 29-31
The NDDOT public meetings will be held in at 5 p.m. in all locations: May 29 in Belfield; May 30 in Fairfield and May 31 in Watford City. McKenzie County Farmer
McKenzie County Farmer - The North Dakota Department of Transportation's plans to four-lane U.S. Highway 85 from Watford City to Interstate 94 is moving another step forward as the agency will be holding a series of public hearings on a draft Environmental Impact Statement in Watford City, Belfield and Fairfield later this month. For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer   NDDOT Public Hearing Schedule for US 85 Project
ND Natural Gas Production sets Record, Oil Production dips
Director of Mineral Resources Lynn Helms said he expects crews will be busy building infrastructure needed to keep up with growing volumes of natural gas this summer.
Bismarck Tribune - North Dakota natural gas production hit another record high in March even as oil production dropped, illustrating the need for more gas infrastructure in the Bakken. The state produced more than 2.1 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas, with companies flaring about 12 percent of gas produced, the Department of Mineral Resources said Tuesday.  Read More
Ace Hardware to celebrate Grand Opening May 18-20 in Watford City
May 18, 19 and 20 Watford City Lumber Ace Hardware will celebrate its Grand Opening.
McKenzie County Farmer - Watford City Lumber opened roughly a year ago with the intention of also becoming an Ace Hardware center. Now, after almost 10 months of construction, the Ace Hardware portion is almost ready for its grand opening.  For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer
New Art Studio opens in Culbertson
Anklam's Studio and Gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
Roundup - Anklam's Studio and Gallery is now open on Culbertson's Main Street. The studio offers a glimpse into America's past. Anklam carves pictures of wildlife or Native American themes onto old buffalo bones that he has collected the past six decades. He also operates a gallery of historical Americana and has an eclectic mix of items on display. Read More
Demolition begins on Tioga Farm Festival Building
Tioga is tearing down the Farm Festival Building to make way for a new Community Center. Tioga Tribune
Tioga Tribune - Tuesday last week was a bittersweet day for some as Graham Construction began demolition of Tioga's Farm Festival Building. For others, it's been a long time coming. Tioga Mayor Drake McClelland says he "hopes this is only the start," of many improvements to the area and they can continue to grow from here. Tioga EDC President Chris Norgaard said it feels good to have all the hard work finally come to fruition. To read the full story, sign in to our online edition.
Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library to be built near Medora
The location of the proposed Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library has been changed from Dickinson to Medora. 
Dickinson Press - There will be no Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library in Dickinson after the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation Board voted this week to build the library closer to Medora. Senator Rich Wardner, who's on the board, expressed frustration with the location process. "Seven months ago, it was all going to be in Dickinson. All of a sudden we've stopped ... then it was going to be in Dickinson and Medora ... and now today's vote will be to put it all in Medora. That's a hijacking, in my book." Read More
Upcoming Williston Events
05/22------Network Before Nine
Join The Chamber for coffee and networking at 7:30 a.m. at Meg-a-Latte's New Hope location! 

06/06 ------ 1 Million Cups Williston
Learn how to help new businesses thrive in Williston by attending the free meeting at Williston State College from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

06/12------June Primary Election
The polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Williston Area Recreation Center. Bring ID.
07/10-12 ------ ND Water Resource Districts Association's Summer Meeting
The 2018 North Dakota Water Resource Districts Association's annual summer meeting will be held at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center.
Upcoming Energy Events
05/22-24 ------ Williston Basin Petroleum Conference
The 26th annual event will be held in Bismarck, ND. Early bird general attendee registration is open until April 12, 2018. Conference Website
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

The Summer 2018 event will be held at the Rough Rider Center in Watford City. 

09/24-26 ------ NDPC Annual Meeting
The meeting will be held at the Ramada in Fargo, ND.

10/03-04 ------ Bakken Oil Product & Service Show
The 8th annual trade show and seminars will be held at the Raymond Family Community Center. Bakken Oil Show website
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