Oct. 26, 2018
Dear Williston Wire Readers,
Williston Economic Development helped two businesses celebrate their grand openings this week. Head Rush Salon and Unify Home Lending are just two of several new businesses that are opening their doors this fall. Stay tuned to the Williston Wire for more details! 
 Shawn, Ann, Barb and Brenda
Head Rush Salon celebrates Grand Opening in Williston
A new salon celebrated its grand opening in Williston Oct. 24. Chamber of Commerce photo
The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of Head Rush Salon on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Head Rush Salon is co-owned by Jennifer Everson and Jessica Fieseler (pictured center). The salon is located at 107 8th Ave W Suite #3 (near Istanbul Kebab House) in Williston.
Unify Home Lending opens in Williston
Brandy LaDue, far left, celebrates the grand opening of Unify Home Lending. The office is located at 125 Main St. in the Renaissance on Main in Suite 217.
Unify Home Lending Inc is celebrating the grand opening of its new office in Williston. Unify is located on the second floor of the Renaissance on Main building in Downtown Williston. Experienced loan specialist Brandy LaDue will manage Williston's mortgage business. Unify Home Lending is based in Rapid City. The new firm recently branched out from Major Mortgage to better serve its customers in North and South Dakota. 
City of Williston Officials discuss Community Development on Radio Show
Joel Heitkamp and Williston Mayor Howard Klug pause for a photo during an interview on KFGO's News & Views. The show was broadcast live from the Williston Fire Department Station 2 on Wednesday, Oct. 24.
Williston Economic Development - Joel Heitkamp visited Williston en route to his emceeing duties at the Goose Fest in Kenmare, ND. Heitkamp interviewed City of Williston officials about the new airport, redevelopment of Sloulin Field and much more! Listen to the podcast here News & Views with Joel Heitkamp
Williston School District finalizing Details for Bond Referendum

Proposed recommendations for new elementary schools in Williston.


Williston Herald - The school board for Williston Public School District No. 1 is less than a week away from finalizing a proposal to build new schools to cope with increasing enrollment. The board is scheduled to meet Monday to vote on calling a special election in January for a bond referendum. That vote will also include the language for the bond referendum, including how much money the district is asking voters to approve. At the last of a series of three public forums, board members spoke about the options before the district for dealing with overcrowding. Enrollment so far this year is at nearly 4,400 students, about 13 percent over capacity. That's expected to increase by about 5 percent each year. Read More
Longtime Friendship helps attract Bennigan's to Mandan
Bennigan's celebrated its grand opening in Mandan in late August.
Franchising.com - Bennigan's recently celebrated its grand opening in Mandan. Bennigan's Co-Owner Gwen Mangiamele and local entrepreneurs Monte Stein and Rob Knoll have been friends since childhood. Monte and Rob recently approached Gwen with their goal of bringing Bennigan's, a national casual-dining brand they've loved for years, to Mandan, a town of roughly 22,000 people. "Rob and I are passionate about Mandan and we're advocates for bringing economic development to our community," Stein said. Read More
Tax Reform helps Baker Boy create More Jobs, Products in Dickinson
A  long-time Dickinson business is reinvesting the money it's saving from tax reform into developing more product lines.
National Association of Manufacturers - Baker Boy - a family-owned baked goods manufacturer in Dickinson, North Dakota - is using tax reform to grow their company, develop new product lines, and continue to create highly-skilled jobs in manufacturing for the people of North Dakota. First on the docket? The complete reinvention of the filled donut. "When tax reform came around, we had our accountants investigate how much money we'd save per year," explained Guy Moos, president of Baker Boy. "When we found out our savings would be so significant, I thought, 'What can we do to reinvest that and grow our business?'" Read More 
Tioga City Commission approves Plans for Outdoor Ice Rink at Community Center
Tioga Tribune - The Tioga city commission approved spending more than $120,000 to add an outdoor ice rink at the new community center. Bank of Tioga President David Grubb, a member of the building committee told the commission, "We're in it to win it. We don't intend to take anything  away from the project to do this." To read the full story, sign in to our online edition.
Fairview Native returns to Hometown as Family Nurse Practitioner
Fairview native Jacquelyn Free has returned to her hometown to serve as a Family Nurse Practitioner at MonDak Family Clinic. Sidney Herald photo
Sidney Herald - The journey back home wasn't a direct one for Fairview native Jacquelyn Free. But many patients and community members are very pleased that the 1997 Fairview High School graduate now practices as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the MonDak Family Clinic. "I like small towns and the community support," Free told the Herald.  Read More
ONEOK donates $50,000 to McKenzie County Healthcare in Watford City
Oneok, local and state leaders toured the new MCHS facility in Watford City on Oct. 17. Roundup photo
Roundup - ONEOK donated $50,000 for medical equipment to the new McKenzie County Healthcare Systems facility in Watford City recently. In 2016, Oneok contributed $1 million to help kick-start construction of the new hospital and on Oct. 17, Oneok presented the most recent donation and toured the new facility. Local and state representatives also attended. Read More
WDEA Annual Meeting Nov. 7-8 in New Town
Western Dakota Energy Association - The annual meeting of the Western Dakota Energy Association is Nov. 7-8 at 4 Bears Casino and Lodge in New Town. The meetings will include an overview of the LoadPass permit system, panel discussion on oversize truck permitting issues, energy research projects and legislative funding discussions with regard to education and infrastructure. Lieutenant Governor Brent Sanford will deliver a luncheon keynote address.  Online registration is now open.
Upcoming Williston Events
10/31 ------ Trail of Treats
The annual event sponsored by the Williston Downtowners Association will be
held from 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Bring your goblins and ghouls for a fun adventure.
11/02 ------ Retirement Open House for Steve Slocum
Visit First National Bank and Trust between 1:30-3:30 p.m. to honor Steve Slocum as he retires. Steve Slocum Retirement Open House

11/07 ------ 1 Million Cups
The community is invited to meet the owners of startups from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Teton Lounge. Bring your thermos for complimentary coffee.

11/11 ------  Veterans Day

11/22 ------ Thanksgiving
City of Williston offices will be closed Nov. 22-23 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

11/23 ------ Williston Area Chamber of Commerce Parade of Lights
The annual event will be held on Main Street beginning at 6 p.m. Contact the Chamber to register your parade entry featuring the theme 'Christmas Carols.' 

11/24 ------ Small Business Saturday
Shop small and support your local businesses.

12-05 ------ 1 Million Cups
The community is invited to support and learn about business startups in Williston. The free one hour meeting runs from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Teton Lounge on the Williston State College campus.

12/07 ------ Williston Economic Development Holiday Open House
The community is invited to join Williston Economic Development for some holiday cheer as we celebrate the past and look forward to 2019! The open house will run from 5-8 p.m. at 113 4th Street East (Williston Center for Development building).

12/07-08 ------ Holiday Stroll
The Holiday Stroll will begin Friday evening with hot toddies, shopping, s'mores and food while Saturday will feature pictures with Santa and kids activities! 
Upcoming Energy Events
11/06-07 ------ WDEA Annual Meeting
The Western Dakota Energy Association annual meeting will be held at 4 Bears Casino and Lodge in New Town. Registration is available online.

11/13 ------ Kinder Morgan Job Fair
The hiring event will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Job Service in Williston.

11/15 ------ Halliburton Open for Walk-in Applications
Apply online. Applications will be accepted from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Halliburton Flyer
11/16  ------ API Awards Banquet
The seventh annual Williston Petroleum Banquet and Achievement Awards will be held Nov. 16 at the Grand Williston Hotel with social hour beginning at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and program.

07/16-17 ------ Bakken Conference & Expo
The expo is billed as a premier North Dakota Oil Shale event. The two-day show will be held in Bismarck, ND.
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