Jan. 11, 2019
Dear Williston Wire Readers,

The City of Williston is gearing up for the grand opening of the new Williston Basin International Airport in October of 2019. Watch for more details in the Williston Wire!

Shawn, Ann, Barb & Brenda

Williams named Wealthiest County in ND

The median household income in the county is nearly $90,000, almost $30,000 higher than the state average and $32,000 higher than the national average.  

KXNet - Want to hang out in the wealthiest county in North Dakota? Then you need to be in Williams. According to a data survey by financial website 24/7 Wall St., the oil and gas boom in North Dakota is what has helped propel Williams County into the top spot for the most wealth per county in the state. Read More   The Richest County in Every State

Parks and Rec, City of Williston seek to expand Trail System

KUMV-TV - With the rapid growth of Williston, the city and the Parks and Recreation District are getting the ball rolling on plans that will give locals more to do throughout town as well as create more incentive to move to Williston.  Assistant Director of the Parks and Recreation District Jeremy Ludlum says that when people talk about places they want to move, besides considering the school system, hospitals, housing and crime rate, they consider recreation.  "One of the first things that always comes up is a good trail system. We have an okay trail system, but we have a lot of potential for growth," said Ludlum. Read More
School Bond Referendum Passes in Watford City, Fails in Williston
In McKenzie County, unofficial totals showed 80.3 percent of voters approving a $35 million bond issue to build a new elementary school, while 71.3 percent OK'd increasing the building fund levy. 
Williston Herald - A two-pronged proposal to build and renovate schools in Williston Public School District No. 1 appeared to fall just short Tuesday, while in Watford City, voters overwhelmingly approved a similar plan. In District 1, unofficial totals showed 58.7 percent OK'ing a $60 million bond issue and 57.5 percent approving an increase in the district's building fund property tax levy. Both proposals required 60 percent approval to pass.  Read More
Future of Sunday Shopping in Limbo
Rep. Shannon Roers Jones, R-Fargo, is leading effort to repeal the ban on Sunday morning shopping in North Dakota. Bismarck Tribune
Bismarck Tribune - A North Dakota legislative hearing exposed familiar battle lines in the long-running debate Wednesday over the state's ban on Sunday morning shopping, as another repeal effort faced its first test in the Republican-controlled Legislature. Rep. Shannon Roers Jones, R-Fargo, argued lawmakers should ditch an "inconsistent and arbitrary law" and allow businesses to decide when to open their doors. She noted other businesses like restaurants, hotels and movie theaters are exempt from the law that makes it a Class B misdemeanor to operate a business before noon on Sunday.  Read More
NDPC seeks Next Generation of Oil Field Managers
As a service to its members, NDPC hired a company to offer training for emerging leaders and managers. Bismarck Tribune
Bismarck Tribune Oil workers with two to three years in the field are seeing management opportunities as oil production sets records, according to Kari Cutting, vice president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council. "Around a couple years you're considered experienced, and now you have all these new hires you're in charge of," Cutting said.  Read More
Hess to sell Bakken Water Services
Roundup - Hess Corporation, the energy company headquartered in New York City with major investments in the Bakken oilfield, has announced additional plans for the region. The Fortune 500 Corporation, which was founded in 1920 and today is worth tens of billions of dollars, has announced a sale of its Bakken water services business for 225 million dollars.  Read More 

Petition helps keep Stanley Shopko Open

KFYR-TV - The Shopko Hometown store in Stanley announced they will remain open for the foreseeable future. The petition that circulated on change.org during the time the Shopko was said to be closing had more signatures than half of this town's population. It's a store residents say is vital to the livelihood of people living there. Read More

Watford City seeks Home Builders

KFYR-TV - Watford City's local government has many long-term plans in place, focusing its goals this year on evolving their city and making it a long-term hub for families. Mayor Philip Riely says that other than maintaining the underground infrastructure of the city, they are working with the county to come up with a plan to make more affordable single-family homes, because apartments are within 30 percent of total capacity. Read More

MT Bare Cave opens in Sidney

Marci Cundiff is the owner of the new MT Bare Cave in Sidney, MT. Roundup
Roundup - MT Bare Cave opened its doors December 15 to shoppers eager for unique items at a reasonable cost. Owner Marci Cundiff is delighted with the response so far. "We've done really well," she said. "It's been beyond my expectations." This attractive store offers bed and bath linens, some home d├ęcor, small furniture items, greeting cards, giftware, and kitchen items. They also carry men's toiletry bags which were a huge hit for Christmas, plus different lines of men's, women's and kid's bath and body items. Passport holders and luggage tags are also available, along with baseball caps. Read More
McKenzie County Community Foundation, ConocoPhillips present Grants
McKenzie County Farmer - The McKenzie County Community Foundation, in Partnership with ConocoPhillips, provided granting gifts for seven local programs and projects in December of 2018. The recipients were: Arnegard Rural Fire - Purchase Trauma Gear; Marketplace for Kids - Materials for Watford City event; First Lutheran Church - Free Community Thanksgiving; McKenzie County Emergency Management - Project ALICE; Watford City Police - Blue Santas; McKenzie County Pioneer Museum - Children's Program; and Long X Arts Foundation - Art in the Park. For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer
Upcoming Williston Events
01/22 ------ Williston City Commission
The commission meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. at City Hall.
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.

02/10 ------ API Chili Cook-Off
Get the team together for the 38th annual  API Chili Cook-Off .

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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