March 29, 2019
Dear Williston Wire Readers,

The next 1 Million Cups meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 3 at 8:30 a.m. at the Teton Lounge on the WSC Campus. The meetings are free and open to anyone who would like to learn, support and engage with startups in the Williston trade region. Wednesday's presenters will include a massage therapist who offers cryotherapy and a new business that assists in-home caregivers. We hope to see you there!
Shawn, Ann, Barb & Brenda

Veterans invited to Entrepreneurial Training Course April 16 in Williston

The Boots to Business Reboot will be held at TrainND Northwest in Williston. 
News Release - Veterans and their spouses are invited to the Boots to Business Reboot, an entrepreneurial training program on Tuesday, April 16 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at TrainND in Williston. The "Introduction to Entrepreneurship" course introduces the skills, knowledge, and resources veterans need to launch a business, including steps for developing business concepts, how to develop a business plan, and information on SBA resources available to help. Read More

Fort Buford 6th Infantry Military Show April 13-14

A documentary on World War I will be shown throughout the two-day Military Show.
The Ft. Buford 6th Infantry Association will hold its annual Northern Plains Military Show April 13-14 at the Upper Missouri Valley Fairgrounds multipurpose building. The show and sale is open to the public Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 am.-3 p.m. Peter Jackson's epic World War I documentary "They Shall Not Grow Old" will be shown throughout the show. For more information contact Ben Gjorven at 701-770-8143.

Western Region Economic Development seeks Applicants for Board

WRED sponsors the Connecting Communities BBQ's during the summer months. Pictured is the BBQ in Ray, ND in 2018.

Western Region Economic Development (WRED) is seeking candidates for its board of directors. WRED is a non-profit organization funded through memberships, grants and STAR Fund dollars. The board is comprised of economic development and business leaders from Divide, McKenzie, Mountrail and Williams Counties. Interested parties are asked to submit a single page outlining their interest by April 12. Send application to Ann Kvande at  or call 701-577-8110 for more details.

Ice Jams cause Major Flooding

Aerial view of sheets of ice in the Missouri River. Williams County photo
Williston Herald - As the waters along the Yellowstone River continued to recede Thursday, March 28, allowing roads to re-open, ice along other waterways pushed water onto the road further east.  On Thursday afternoon, the Williams County Highway Department issued a No Travel Advisory for County Road 7B between U.S. Highway 85B and the Upper Missouri Valley Fairgrounds. The advisory went out because of water on the road.  Lindsay Harriman, communications officer for Williams County, said if conditions worsen the road may close. Read More
SkySkopes makes's Unmanned Aviation List
SkySkopes specializes in aerial services for the energy industry.
Minot Herald - North Dakota's SkySkopes is among companies worth getting to know in the U.S. commercial drone industry, according to a recent article on Contributing writer Colin Snow, a drone industry analyst, highlighted SkySkopes and two other companies that are leading the way in unmanned aviation.
SkySkopes CEO Matt Dunlevy said to be singled out from about 30,000 UAS service companies nationally reflects positively on the unmanned aircraft system ecosystem in North Dakota and the work put in by his staff.  Read More

McKenzie County commits $1M to Home Building Program

McKenzie County Farmer -  While the McKenzie County Job Development Authority still has a few tweaks to make to its Housing Infrastructure Grant Pilot Program, the McKenzie County Commission has committed $1 Million toward the program. T he funds would be used to jump-start construction of new single-family homes that meet the $315,000 FHA maximum loan restriction in the county.  For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer

PSC Public Hearing for $125M Pipeline April 3 in Watford City

McKenzie County Farmer - The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing in Watford City on Wednesday, April 3, regarding a proposal for a $125 million natural gas liquids pipeline project in McKenzie County. The hearing will be held at 9 a.m. at Teddy's Residential Suites.  For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer
Wild Prairie Floral Designs opens in Cartwright
Wild Prairie Floral Designs offers unique, personalized floral arrangements, bringing high-end floral design to the MonDak region. Photo by Camille Clausen Photography
Roundup - What began as a hobby turned unexpectedly into a successful business for Cartwright's Erin Roedeske, owner and floral designer for Wild Prairie Floral Designs. Roedeske worked for a high-end florist during her time at Oklahoma State University. "She's the one who taught me the ropes, what it takes to be a florist, and how to do big events," Roedeske said. Her mentor was the official florist for the University. "I got to see a lot of different things that I wouldn't have gotten to otherwise." Read More
Linton Rancher adopts Portion of Long X Bridge
P aul Silbernagel is adopting the southern span of the Long X Bridge for a site on his Linton-area ranch. will be reassembled on his ranch. "It's actually the perfect setting," he explained. Bismarck Tribune photo
Bismarck Tribune - Paul Silbernagel, a Linton-area rancher, deserves North Dakota's thanks. His proposal to "adopt" a portion of the Long X Bridge near Watford City has been accepted by the North Dakota Department of Transportation. This means part of the historic bridge built in 1959 will be preserved for its architecture. The Long X Bridge is one of four remaining examples of a Warren through truss bridge in North Dakota.  Read More
Upcoming Williston Events
04/03 ------ 1 Million Cups
The community is invited to 1MC at 8:30 a.m. at Williston State College Teton Lounge. The event and coffee are free!

04/09 ------ City Commission
The commission meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

04/12 ----- Marketplace for Kids
Elementary students will showcase their startups and learn about running businesses from area business leaders.

04/23 ------ City Commission
The commission meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

04/27 ------ Clean Up Williston
Volunteers are encouraged to sign up to clean a specific zone or attend the clean up on Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Davidson Park.

05/06-07 ------ Shrine Circus
The 88th Shrine Circus will be held at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Raymond Family Community Center.

Upcoming Energy Events
06/05-06 ------ 3rd International Safety Culture Summit
The American Petroleum Institute, Saint Mary's University and CN will bring together industry operators, contractors, service/supply companies, academia and regulators together to facilitate collaboration and drive continual improvement. The summit will be held in Chicago.  Registration

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.  Registration Information

10/15-16 ------ The Permian Conference & Expo
The two-day show will be held in Midland, TX. The show is sponsored by the North American Shale magazine.  Registration Information

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