Dear Williston Wire Readers,
It's difficult to believe that the first public input meeting on the Sloulin Field Redevelopment project was held almost one year ago! A lot more planning has been invested in the massive project but soon it will be ready to be released. Williston Mayor Howard Klug has announced a public input meeting will be scheduled in March or April to unveil the Master Plan, and he is looking forward to sharing what the future Williston will potentially look like. 

Shawn, Ann, Barb and Brenda
Williston delegation meets with Governor on Main Street Initiative, Sloulin Field Redevelopment
Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson

At the first Sloulin Field Redevelopment public input meeting in February 2017, participants selected the amenities and locations for the new project. Williston Economic Development
City of Williston leaders met with Governor Doug Burgum recently in Bismarck. The meeting was held to discuss the governor's Main Street Initiative and how it could enhance Williston's Sloulin Field Redevelopment project. "If you are not familiar with the governor's program; it centers on mixed use, minimal infrastructure, lower tax payer investment and living space for all ages in a community," said Williston Mayor Howard Klug. Read More
Letter to the Editor: Williston is a Great Community
Bismarck Tribune
Letter to the Editor
by Ken Callahan, Williston

Ken Callahan was instrumental is getting the Community Builders' playground built at Davidson Park in Williston. The Creative Treatment photo
In Williston, we have one message that we hope everyone knows: Williston has turned into a great community! We still have incredible jobs. We have new schools. We're adding quality of life assets. We hold the results of years of work. And young families are choosing Williston. It's not only a place for young men. The city ranks in the top places for homebuying by young adults while birth numbers are staggering for our town, numbering less than 13,000 in 2000: 804 in 2014, 882 in 2015 and 843 in 2016. We love to tell people about the great things we have done to improve and those numbers show that we truly are as good as we proclaim. Read More
Williston School Bond Election scheduled March 20; Open House Jan. 23
Williston Herald

Williston residents will go to the polls March 20 to vote on a $76.2 million bond for new construction projects. One of the projects involves adding on to the new Williston High School to accommodate growing enrollment.
The Williston Public School District No. 1 school board held two meetings Monday, Jan. 8 to schedule a bond referendum that would allow the board to issue up to $76.2 million in bond for school construction.
Nick Lippert, with JLG Architects, said two new elementary schools will be built to replace Wilkinson and Rickard. Also, a new wing would be added to the high school. If everything goes well, the projects will be complete by the fall of 2019 - "in time to beat the majority of the growth," Lippert said. The vote on the bond will be Tuesday, March 20. Read More
2017 Truck Traffic up in Western North Dakota
Williston Economic Development
Truck traffic in western North Dakota was up in 2017 compared to 2016. The most recent data released from the North Dakota Highway Patrol states the permitted oversized and overweight vehicles on US Highway 85 was 45,540 in 2017 compared to 44,484 in 2016. "These numbers indicate industry is on the move in western North Dakota as America's economy begins a rebound," said Cal Klewin," Executive Director of the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway Association. Meanwhile, permitted oversized and overweight vehicles travelling on US Highway 83 was down from 13,378 in 2016 to 11,452 in 2017 and about the same on I-29 in eastern North Dakota. TRE represents the northern third of the Ports to Plains Alliance, running from Rapid City, South Dakota to Canada. The TREA continues to seek federal and state support for four-laning US Highway 85 from Watford City to the I-94 exit as well as building a new Long X Bridge. 

New Post Offices in Tioga, Watford City

celebrate Ribbon Cuttings

Tioga Tribune
By Jody Michael

Ribbon Cutting ceremonies were held recently in Tioga (left) and Watford City (right) at their new post office locations. The Tioga Post Office, which opened in the summer of 2017, is located in the former Hegstad Furniture building. Tioga Tribune and McKenzie County Farmer 


A ribbon-cutting held Thursday for the new Tioga Post Office, located in the former Hegstad Furniture building, marked an important achievement for the city, Mayor Drake McClelland said. "It was nice that this came available at the time it did and we got to keep the post office downtown," McClelland said. Appreciation for the ability to maintain downtown mailing services in Tioga was the prevailing sentiment both for McClelland and for Doug Stephens, manager of the U.S. Postal Services' Dakotas District. "To me, it's huge, especially in rural America," Stephens said. To read the full story, sign in to our online edition.
New Dog Grooming Business opens in Noonan
Crosby Journal

As home-based businesses become more and more popular, Noonan's Lisa Fredrickson has joined the trend. "It started out of necessity, actually," she said. Last week, her business, A to Z Grooming, officially opened in her basement. "I thought about renting a space in Noonan, or Crosby," she said. "But this is more convenient, and it's where I want to be." To read the full story, sign in to our online edition.
New Fire Hall opens in Fairview; Open House Jan. 14

The public is invited to an open house at the new Fairview Fire Hall on Sunday, Jan. 14 from 12-3 p.m. Roundup
The Fairview Volunteer Fire Department moved into its spacious new fire hall in time to answer its first call on Dec. 30. With ample space to house the seven fire trucks as well as all the gear needed to fight fires and handle accidents, the new fire hall is a vast improvement over the old, crowded one. The previous hall, which was on the same site, needed either an expensive renovation or to be torn down. The one newer section of the hall was moved and is now being used by the city. Read More   Sidney Herald: Open House at New Fairview Fire Hall Jan. 14
Oneok to build New Pipeline to transport NGL
News Release

ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE: OKE) today announced plans to invest approximately $1.4 billion to construct a new pipeline, and related infrastructure, to transport natural gas liquids (NGLs) from the Rocky Mountain region to the company's existing Mid-Continent NGL facilities.  Read More
AE2S becomes 100 Percent Employee Owned
Daily Telescope

Advanced Elements, Inc., the holding company for Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc. (AE2S) and its affiliated companies, is starting the New Year by transferring ownership to its 280+ employees across six states with the creation of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. Charlie Vein, AE2S President, says it's amazing that the two-man company he and Steve Burian, AE2S CEO, started in a basement office with borrowed furniture has become one of the largest infrastructure firms in the Midwest. "I know our success has everything to do with the people that make up our company," says Vein. Read More
Williston Herald seeks 20 Under 40 Nominees
News Release
The Williston Herald is seeking nominations for its first 20 Under 40 publication and banquet. Online nominations may be submitted at 20 Under 40 Nominations. A special publication inserted in the Williston Herald will be released on Friday, March 2. The insert will honor the 20 area professionals who have been selected as the best and brightest under the age of 40. A banquet will also be held at the Old Armory in March to recognize the top 20 professionals. More information on the banquet will be released soon. For other details contact the Williston Herald.
Upcoming Williston Events
01/12               Williston Downtowners Members Meeting
The Downtowners meet the second Friday of every month at 8 a.m. at the Downtowners Assocation office.

1/16                 Ribbon Cutting at S & B Drilling
S & B Drilling will celebrate the grand opening of its new location at 11 a.m. at 6035 138 th Ave NW.
01/16               Williston Planning and Zoning Commission
The  meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Commission Room at City Hall at 22 East Broadway.

01/19               Williston Chamber Awards Banquet
The annual awards banquet will be held at McCody Concrete. Call the Chamber at 701-577-6000 for reservations.
01/23               Williston Public School District No. 1 Open House
Learn about the proposed new construction projects during the open house from 4-8 p.m. at the Williston High School.

01/23               Williston City Commission
The Williston City Commission meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at 6 p.m. in the Commission Room at City Hall at 22 East Broadway.

01/23               Lunch & Learn
CHI St. Alexius Health Williston will provide a free lunch and seminar at 12 p.m. at the Williston Area Recreation Center. The presentation will feature Deb Lukenbill, Behavioral Health on "Genetics and How it Impacts Our Mental Health."
02/06               1 Million Cups
1 Million Cups meets the first Wednesday of every month at 8:30 a.m. at Williston State College. Engage with entrepreneurs for one hour in the Teton Lounge.

02/08               Business After Hours
Williston Regional Economic Development will host the Chamber's Business After Hours from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Location TBD.

02/09                Williston Downtowners Association Annual Meeting
The Williston Downtowners Association will host its annual meeting at 8 a.m.

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 Williston Events
02/03                  API Chili Cook-Off
The 37th annual fundraising event will be held at the Grand Williston Hotel. Chili Cook-Off webpage
03/21                  NDPC Denver Social
The meeting will be held at the Denver Petroleum Club in Denver, CO.

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

07/16-18             Bakken Conference and Expo
The Summer 2018 event will be held at the Rough Rider Center in Watford City.  Registration Information

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