June 23, 2017 

Dear Readers -
The Upper Missouri Valley Fair is in full swing! The fair is a popular tradition that supports community development. We encourage you to applaud the achievements of our youth and support our entertainers, businesses and vendors that bring people together for a fun few days! We hope to see you at the fair this weekend!  
Shawn, Ann, Barb, Brenda & Micah
Williston Economic Development
Buxton releases New Top 20 Target Retailers for Williston
Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson
Would Williston shoppers like a Hobby Lobby, Buffalo Wings & Rings or 9 Round Kickboxing Gym in their town? The experts say yes. Buxton, a Dallas-based customer analytics company, has released its 2017 list of businesses most likely to succeed in Williston. The top 20 retail matches include popular fast food restaurants, coffee shops and grocery stores. "We see lots of opportunity with theses retailers," said Williston Economic Development executive director Shawn Wenko. Read More
Ag Commissioner to lead Drought Roundtable June 27 in Mandan
News Release

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring will lead a drought roundtable meeting from 2-4 p.m., Tuesday, June 27, at the Farm Credit Services building, 1600 Old Red Trail NW, Mandan. "This roundtable is an opportunity for producers, ag groups and agencies to discuss the current drought situation in North Dakota and the options available to producers," said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. "Topics will include the status of the drought, forage quality and livestock management strategies, crop insurance forage options and the Farm Service Agency process to access Conservation Reserve Program acres for emergency haying and grazing."  Read More

Public invited to Veterans Town Hall June 29 in Williston
News Release

The Veterans Town Hall and Claims Clinic will be held June 29, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Old Armory. It is free and open to the public.
The Fargo VA Health Care System and Veterans Benefits Administration will host a Veterans Town Hall and Claims Clinic on June 29, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., in The Old Armory in Williston. 
The Town Hall will be hosted by the Fargo VA HCS Director, Lavonne Liversage, and the Director of the VBA's Dakotas Regional Office, Shawn Bohn.  The purpose of the Town Hall is to share information, hear feedback, and answer questions about VA health care and benefits.  All Veterans, their family members, and any organization or individual who works with or on behalf of Veterans is encouraged to attend the town hall. VA health care and benefits professionals will be on hand to help answer any and all questions. Read More  Veterans Town Hall Flier

McKenzie County becomes State's First Billion-Barrel-of-Oil County
McKenzie County Farmer
McKenzie County becomes state's first county to produce one billion barrels of oil.
Since oil production started here, McKenzie County has cumulatively hauled in over 1 billion barrels of oil.  That factoid came to light at last week's press briefing for April production numbers from the state department of mineral resources. McKenzie County surpassed 1 billion barrels in November 2016, spokeswoman Alison Ritter said. "That's our first billion-barrel county," said Lynn Helms, DMR director. "There's a lot of countries and places that haven't produced a billion barrels of oil but McKenzie County crossed that line." For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer

Summer Nights on Main returns June 29 in Downtown Williston
News Release

Fargo's Tripwire will play at the first Summer Nights on Main June 29 in Downtown Williston.
Thursdays will be buzzing in the Downtown District this summer with the Williston Downtowners Association 3
rd annual Summer Nights on Main free concert series. Williston has begun wondering what food vendors will be available, what bands will be performing, and if they will arrive to the concert in time to take home a free weekly sponsor koozie! Read More  Summer Nights on Main flier

Williston Research Extension Center prepares for Field Days July 13-14
Williston Economic Development
Volunteers get involved in berry picking at a past field days in Williston.
The Williston Research Extension Center is gearing up for its annual Field Days July 13-14. On Thursday, there will be coffee and donuts at 8:30 a.m. followed by the dryland tour, horticultural tour, ribbon cutting for the Williams County Soil Conservation District Building at 11:30 a.m., the popular BBQ chicken lunch at noon and seminars in the afternoon. The second day will showcase the irrigation your beginning at 9 a.m. 23 miles East of Williston on Hwy 1804. WREC Field Days Tour agenda

Williston Business helps keep Information Safe
by Booke Williams

Important documents often contain valuable information. That's why proper document disposal can be an important safeguard. "If the wrong people get their hands on those, we could have a problem," says Joe Pfalzgraf, safety coordinator for North Dakota Recycling Services. Many prefer on-site shredding; as opposed to off-site. That's because documents shredded on-site are often destroyed before your very eyes. "It's giving them the ability for us to shred that for them, save on labor, increase the security of those documents," says Pfalzgraf. Read More

Beautifying Communities; Minot launches Adopt-a-Lot Program

From left, community leaders and organizers Robert Davis, Andrianna Betts, Megan Laudenschlager, Jessica Henderson and Colin Hendrickson stand together during the inaugural Adopt-A-Lot program in Minot. Allan Blanks/MDN
A program aimed at reducing crime, increasing property values, and improving the appearance of the Magic City kicked off Tuesday morning. The Adopt-A-Lot program began with a simple concept. Organizations and businesses in the community commit to caring for vacant city-owned land in their neighborhoods. The pilot program aims to transform lots that have been left untouched since the 2011 flood. Some lots will be designed as passive parks, while others will promote community art or provide vegetable and pollinator gardens  Read More  Related Stories: Minot Daily News, Garden rises from Vacant Lot

New Town Seamstress to Show Fashions at Prestigious Indian Art Market in August
Native Max

Norma Baker-Flying Horse has been invited to showcase her fashion line at the prestigious Santa Fe Indian Art Market Aug. 15-20 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Native Max
A step-mother to four children and expecting her first, assistant to the Three Affiliated Tribes (Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara) Tribal Chairman, seamstress/beader/creator-in-demand, wife, and aspiring business owner, Hidatsa, Dakota Sioux, and Assiniboine Norma Baker-Flying Horse usually needs no introduction. With an already impressive year in the books, Norma has been invited to showcase her fashion line Red Berry Woman at the world-renowned Santa Fe Indian Art Market later this summer. A highly competitive selection process, Norma joins the ranks among some of Indian Country's most renowned artists.  Read More

Marathon donates to New Fire Hall in New Town
New Town News
Marathon Oil has donated $10,000 to the New Town Fire Department to be used for the construction of a new fire hall.  Keith Mingus, Marathon's Production Supervisor for the New Town area, said the company works closely with area fire departments to help insure the safety of workers and residents in the oil patch. Mingus said the company recently held a hazardous material training session with the New Town Fire Department. "We are making a donation to the rural fire department to help out and show our appreciation for all they do," Mingus said. "We realize that this is an all-volunteer effort. We really appreciate what they do. They are very very good to us." New Town News

Upcoming Williston Events
06/23-25            Upper Missouri Valley Fair
Food, family and fun are here for you at the Upper Missouri Valley Fair! Get your tickets early at the Williston CVB office. UMV Fair website

06/27                  Concerts in the Park
The Williston State College/Williston City Band will perform Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Harmon Park. Bring a  chair or a blanket and grab a burger at the park.

07/08                  Rockin' Ribfest
Don't miss your chance to be involved in the 2017 Rockin' Ribfest!!  The Chamber and Patriot Productions are cooking up the event of the summer! Plan to enjoy delicious ribs, music from Slamabama, Monster Truck Show, kids activities, and much more!

07/11                  Connecting Communities BBQ
The second summer BBQ will be held in Glasgow from 11:30-1 p.m. MT.

07/11                  Williston City Commission
The Williston City Commission will meet at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

07/12                  1 Million Cups Williston
The next meeting will feature David Allen, Elite Energy Services in Williston. Come for the free Smiling Moose coffee and stay for the meeting beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Williston State College!

07/13                  Williams County Soil Conservation District Building Dedication
Please join us for the Ribbon Cutting of the new Williams County SCD Tree & Equipment Outlet at 11:30 a.m. Lunch to follow. Ribbon Cutting Invitation

07/13-14             2017 Williston REC Field Days
The Williston Research Extension Center Field Days will be held July 13 and 14. The dryland tour will be held Thursday while the irrigated tour be take place on Friday. The agenda for the two-day event will be released soon. Field Days flier

07/15                   CHI St. Alexius Williston Auxiliary 24th annual Garden Tour
Get your tickets for the tour at First Lutheran Church beginning at 9 a.m. The tours will run from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Proceeds will help purchase hospital equipment. Garden Tour News Release

07/15                  Williston Fly-In
The community is invited to the Williston Fly-In from 7 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Sloulin Field International Airport. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, aircraft rides, laser tag and much more! Williston Fly-In flier
08/02                   1 Million Cups Williston
The next meeting will feature David Allen, Elite Energy Services in Williston. Come for the free Smiling Moose coffee and stay for the meeting beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Williston State College!

08/30-31             Williston Economic Summit & Trade Show
The WEST event will be held at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center. The show will feature the WED/SBDC awards and appreciation dinner Aug. 31.

Energy Events
06/27                     Hazardous Materials Disaster Preparedness Symposium
The symposium will be held in the TrainND Workforce Training Centre. Registration is required. Symposium flier
07/13-14               Williston API Golf Tournament 
The 37th Annual API Golf Tournament Fundraiser will be held at the Eagle Ridge and the Links Golf Courses.
07/17-19               The Bakken Conference & Expo
The Bakken Magazine will put on the conference that focuses on Bakken Play technologies and efficiencies. Registration

08/04                     Dakota Energy Fest
The third annual Williston event will feature the Lewis & Clark Walleye Classic, Job Fair Workforce Expo and Concert featuring Scott Stapp (Creed).

08/16-17               Summer NAPE
The annual Summer NAPE expo in Houston is a networking event that brings together all the players necessary to forge, facilitate and close deals. The event will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.

09/26-28              NDPC Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon
The conference will be held in Grand Forks. The event brings together the Bakken's leading experts and decision-makers. NDPC members receive discounted rates for our Annual Meeting. Nomination Form for NDPC Industry Achievement Awards
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