Jan. 25, 2019
WILLISTON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
NEWS & UPDATES
Dear Williston Wire Readers,

Two City of Williston leaders were recognized at the Williston Chamber's annual awards banquet recently. Williston Fire Chief Jason Catrambone and Williston Economic Development Executive Director Shawn Wenko each earned prestigious awards. For more information read the Williston Herald's story below. Congratulations to all of the winners! 

Shawn, Ann, Barb & Brenda

Study tracks North Dakota's Oil and Gas Tax Distributions from 2008-2018

Williston Herald - The North Dakota Petroleum Council and the Western Dakota Energy Association have been tracking where all the state's oil money has gone from 2008 to 2018. Wednesday, they released the finished results - just in time to serve as talking points during the new legislative biennium. Lawmakers at the state Capitol are already discussing a proposal that would create a new funding strategy to both steady Hub City funding and spread more oil money out to non-oil producing counties. Read More  Oil Revenue Study
Study shows Where Oil Revenue has been Spent
KFYR-TV - Eighteen billion dollars have gone to state coffers in the last decade from oil extraction and production taxes. This comes from a report  released Wednesday by the North Dakota Petroleum Council and ND Association of Oil and Gas Producing Counties. Read More
Chamber honors Award Winners Jan. 18
Wenko wins Western Star Award
Shawn Wenko wins Chamber's Western Star Award
Williston Herald - The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual awards banquet on Friday, Jan. 18, recognizing individuals and businesses for their outstanding commitment to make the community a better place. Hundreds of guests filled the McCody Concrete building for the night's event, which featured a catered meal, music entertainment and dozens of auction items. Miss North Dakota Katie Olson was the emcee for the night's festivities, introducing Chamber President Heather Voll and Board of Directors Chair Dr. Audrey Kalil. "I just want to say a big thank you to all who were involved in making tonight so special," Voll said. "Whether it was through volunteering, sponsoring, promoting or attending, we're all here to celebrate the business community here in Williston, and the hardworking people that help keep it successful." Read More
Wild Calf Coffee, Mineral Tracker to present at 1 Million Cups Feb. 6
Dustin and Sara Harmon own and operate Wild Calf Coffee from their home near Bainville, MT. To sample or purchase their coffee attend 1 Million Cups Feb. 6 at Williston State College.
Williston Economic Development - A local couple from Bainville, Montana, who turned their love of incredible coffee into a fresh coffee roasting business, will present at 1 Million Cups in February. Sara and Dustin Harmon will share how they started Wild Calf Coffee on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 8:30 a.m. at Williston State College.  The Harmons' obsession with coffee began while living and working in the hub of the coffee industry, Seattle, Washington. Initially, they disliked the dark drink, but changed their minds after tasting coffee in some of the best coffee shops in the world. "I hated coffee until I got a job at Boeing and had to be to work at 5:30 a.m.," said Dustin. "I had to drink it to stay awake but searched out a great tasting drink that I could tolerate. I discovered some methodologies and I have been a coffee nerd since 2002." Read More

Community Builders donate $100,000 to Freedom Monument

The Williston Community Builders presented a check for $100,000 to the Military Affairs Committee for construction of the Freedom Monument at Riverview Cemetery. Williston Herald photo
Williston Herald - The Williston Community Builders' annual Festival of Trees was a huge success, providing thousands of dollars to local organizations and non-profits. The Community Builders' fifth annual Festival of Trees was "one for the record books," according to organization president Nick Lippert. The Nov. 30 event drew 476 guests to The Well at Williston State College, where they enjoyed dinner, dancing, entertainment and the ever popular Christmas Tree auction. Read More

Equinor supports STEM Educators

Pictured are Ward Koeser, Northwest North Dakota Community Foundation; Fellowship recipients Audrey Angelo and Brandi Mehlhoff, and Darren Schmidt, Equinor representative. Roundup photo

Roundup - Equinor, through the Equinor North DakotaCharitable Fund held by the Northwest North Dakota Community Foundation, is pleased to announce the teachers selected for the STEM Education Fellowship program. The Equinor STEM Education Fellowship program provides STEM educators with resources to support their professional development and enhances STEM education in the region for students, educators, and their school communities.  Read More

Watford City's Roughrider Fund rebounds

McKenzie County Farmer - 
After two years of declining revenues, Watford City's Roughrider Fund is bouncing back. Matt Beard, Roughrider Fund chairman, said the increased funding could open the doors for new projects in Watford City. The Roughrider Fund, which obtains it funds from the city's 1.5 percent sales tax, has helped finance the Connie Wold Wellness Center, the Children's Playground, Wolf Run Village and the Wolf Pup Daycare, as well as the McKenzie County Multi-Purpose Building, and the McKenzie County Veterans Memorial Building. 

Uber now Available in Sidney

Mike Nelson is one of two known Uber drivers in Sidney, MT. Roundup photo
Roundup - Sidney has at least two Uber drivers. Mike Nelson started driving for Uber January 12 of this year. He drives a blue Ford F-150 and currently runs from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Meanwhile, Kristi (Lee) Strouf also drives for Uber and drives a black Hyundai Sonata. She's been driving ever since she returned to her hometown in July of 2018. "I love meeting new people and wanted to earn some extra money to make more memories with my kiddos," she said. Read More

New Town seeks to build Recreation Center

New Town News - The New Town City Council and North Segment are looking for funds to demolish the former Vocational-Ag building on Main Street and build a new recreation center. North Segment and the city have been working together on the project to provide recreational opportunities in New Town. The New Town School District donated the building and land to the city for redevelopment. The city has committed to demolishing the building and North Segment has committed to paying half of an estimated $4 million to $6 million to build a bowling alley and movie theater.  Read More
Upcoming Williston Events
01/26-27 ------ St. Joseph's Parish annual Mardi Gras Weekend
The will be held Saturday and Sunday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church and School. Mardi Gras Agenda

01/29 ------ Lunch and Learn
CHI St. Alexius Health Williston will sponsor Lunch and Learn from 12-1 p.m. at the Williston ARC. The topic will be Diabetes Mellitus Type 2. Call 701-774-7444 for additional details.

02/06 ------ 1 Million Cups
The community is invited to learn Wild Calf Coffee and Mineral Tracker at 8:30 a.m. at Williston State College Teton Lounge. The event and coffee are free!

02/09 ------ All Fur Love
The MonDak Animal Rescue will host a fundraiser featuring a live and silent auction, dinner and dance at the Grand Williston Hotel. Tickets are $50. Call 701-577-7387 for reservations.
02/12 ------ Williston City Commission
The commission meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. at City Hall.
03/15-17 ------ Williston Sports and Recreation Show
The 34th annual show will feature campers, boats, ATVs, hunting and fishing guides, outdoor equipment, cooking equipment and a Kid Zone at the Raymond Family Community Center. 
Upcoming Energy Events
01/08 ------ Williston Basin Chapter API Monthly Meeting
The meeting will be held at the Grand Williston Hotel with the social beginning at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m.

02/09------ API Chili Cook-Off
Get the team together for the 38th annual  API Chili Cook-Off  at the Grand Williston Hotel! Doors open at 3 p.m. Slamabama plays at 4 p.m. Must be 21 years old to attend. Admission is $10.

02/11-15 ------ NAPE Summit Week
NAPE is the oil and gas industry's marketplace for the buying, selling and trading of prospects and producing properties. The event will be held in Houston, TX.  Registration Information

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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