Dear Williston Wire Readers,
A record number of nonprofit groups applied for Community Enhancement grants in 2018. The Williston STAR Fund board and City of Williston leaders reviewed the 37 applications on Thursday, Jan. 18. Their recommendations will be submitted to the Williston City Commission for approval at an upcoming meeting. The Community Enhancement program has up to $50,000 to allocate to qualifying projects and programs each year.
Shawn, Ann, Barb and Brenda
Williston's December Enplanements up in 2017 compared to 2016
News Release

The new Williston Basin International Airport is slated to open in October of 2019.
The Williston Airport ended 2017 with a strong December but saw little change overall. The airport posted a 8.8% increase in passengers for December 2017 as compared to December 2016, said Williston Airport Director Anthony Dudas. Meanwhile,  year over year, Sloulin Field International Airport reported little change in total passengers. Statewide, North Dakota's commercial service airports finished calendar year 2017 with a total of 1,030,639 enplanements, a slight decrease of 1.8% from 2016's count of 1,049,418. Read More   December 2017 Boardings  December 2017 YTD Boardings
STAR Fund Board reviews Record Number of Community Enhancement Applications
Williston Economic Development

Leaders from the City of Williston and members of the Williston STAR Fund board of directors reviewed more than 30 Community Enhancement applications today.
The Williston STAR Fund board of directors reviewed 37 Community Enhancement applications today at City Hall. The group also conducted brief interviews with representatives from the nonprofit organizations and/or projects. The STAR Fund allocates up to $50,000 annually to qualifying nonprofit groups. The funds benefit projects that improve the Williston trade region's quality of life. The STAR Fund board will submit its recommendation to the City Commission for approval. The Williston Economic Development office will notify  applicants as to whether they will receive funds in 2018 by the end of February.
Klug Op-Ed: Main Street Initiative not just for Downtown Projects
by Williston Mayor Howard Klug
Read Williston Mayor Howard Klug's weekly opinions in the Sunday Williston Herald.
The entire Williston City Commission had the opportunity to visit with Governor Doug Burgum last week. The topic was his Main Street Initiative program and how it will affect our Sloulin Field Redevelopment. If you are not familiar with the governor's program; it centers on mixed use, minimal infrastructure, lower tax payer investment and living space for all ages in a community. While many communities have focused on existing main street improvements, Sloulin Field gives us the opportunity to implement the governor's best ideas in the center of Williston. This project consists of two thoughts; identifying the best uses for the site and connecting it to Downtown Williston through a centralized corridor with walking and biking paths. Read More

North Dakota Natural Gas Production reaches All-Time High
Minot Daily News
by Eloise Ogden

Lynn Helms presented his January Director's Cut which highlighted activity during the month of November 2017. Bismarck Tribune
Oil production in North Dakota is steadily climbing. On Tuesday, the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources reported 1.194 million barrels of oil were produced in the state in November. In October, the state produced 1.183 million barrels of oil. The November figures for oil and gas production in North Dakota are the most recent ones available. Gas production reached a new all-time high of 2.095 billion cubic feet a day in November. The state also had a new all-time high of 14,324 producing wells in November. Read More

Growth in Oil Patch drives Water Sales
McKenzie County Farmer
by Neal A. Shipman

The Western Area Water Supply Authority provides water for municipal, rural and industrial water needs for all or parts of five northwestern North Dakota counties. McKenzie County Farmer
While domestic and industrial water sales by the Western Area Water Supply Authority (WAWSA) are still far below their record highs of 1.7 billion gallons of treated water in 2014, the rural water system has its sights set on seeing more sales in 2018. "We saw an increase in water sales due to the drought in 2017, as well as increased oil activity and the fact that more people were moving into apartments and homes in the area," states Jaret Wirtz, WAWSA executive director. For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer
Divide County prepares for Pipeline Emergency
Crosby Journal
by Brad Nygaard

Pictured is Bob Wetzler during a Pipeline Safety and Emergency Response meeting in Crosby on Jan. 9. The North Dakota Pipeline Association (NDPA) sponsors meetings for members, emergency response officials and excavators. A meeting in Williston will be held Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. at Fire Station #3. 2018 Meeting Dates and Locations
With 8,500 miles of underground pipelines crisscrossing Divide County, said Bob Wetzler, it's not "if" an incident will occur; it's "when." How first responders deal with those incidents is critical, said Wetzler, who spent 29 years with the Minot Rural Fire Department. It's important not only for the public's safety, but for the safety of responders, too. "Emergency services is interesting because you never stop training," Wetzler said. To read the full story, sign in to our online edition.
Watford City seeks Help with Housing Debt
McKenzie County Farmer
by Neal A. Shipman

Wolf Run Village is a 42-unit complex with 24 one-bedroom apartments and 18 two-bedroom townhomes located in Watford City.
Wolf Run Village, an essential worker apartment complex built in 2014 for Watford City, McKenzie County and McKenzie County Public School District No. 1 employees, isn't generating enough cash to meet the city's nearly $5 million debt obligation on the project. The city is asking county commissioners to help pick up one third of the monthly losses. "We're losing approximately $30,000 to $50,000 a month," stated Curt Moen, city administrator, at the commission meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 9. "We're looking for month-to-month assistance from the county to cover this loss."  For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer 
Fortuna converts FEMA Trailer to City Hall
Crosby Journal
by Brad Nygaard

A FEMA trailer has been repurposed as the Fortuna City Hall.
The old saying "one man's trash is another man's treasure" has taken on new meaning in Fortuna. Just ask Mayor Gary Rust. "To me, it's a no-lose situation," he said, sitting behind a desk in the city's new City Hall building. "The price was right." Actually, "building" might be too generous. Fortuna's new City Hall is actually a FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) trailer purchased from Divide County. To read the full story, sign in to our online edition.
Women's Boutique, McKenzie Minerals Management open in Watford City
McKenzie Co. Job Development Authority
Pictured at left is Jeff Kummer, owner of McKenzie Minerals Management. At right is a photo of apparel found at Miss Willow's Nest Boutique located in Dickinson and Watford City.

Two new businesses have opened their doors in Watford City. Jeff Kummer, a Watford City native, petroleum engineer and professional minerals manager recently opened McKenzie Minerals Management. The firm assists land and mineral owners in organizing, understanding, and evaluating their mineral assets through the lens of a petroleum engineer. Kummer's business is located in the GenPark building at 500 2nd Ave SW. For more information visit the website at  McKenzie Minerals Management LLP. Meanwhile, Dickinson-based Miss Willow's Nest Boutique opened a second store at 360 Main Street. The "boutique and funky junk" store is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. They also ship anywhere. Check out their Facebook page for more details.
Upcoming Williston Events
01/19               Williston Chamber Awards Banquet
The annual awards banquet will be held at McCody Concrete. Call the Chamber at 701-577-6000 for reservations.

01/20                Bridal Expo
Recently engaged? Congratulations! Join us Saturday at the Raymond Family Community Center (upper level gym) from noon to 3 pm to gather inspiration, sample great food, take in the newest wedding trends and visit with local vendors.

01/22                Stallion Oilfield Services Job Fair
The job fair will be held at Williston Job Service from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Job Fair flyer
01/23               Williston Public School District No. 1 Open House
Learn about the proposed new construction projects during the open house from 4-8 p.m. at the Williston High School.

01/23               Williston City Commission
The Williston City Commission meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at 6 p.m. in the Commission Room at City Hall at 22 East Broadway.

01/23               Lunch & Learn
CHI St. Alexius Health Williston will provide a free lunch and seminar at 12 p.m. at the Williston Area Recreation Center. The presentation will feature Deb Lukenbill, Behavioral Health on "Genetics and How it Impacts Our Mental Health."

01/26              January Power Breakfast
The Williston Women's Network will host  is morning power breakfast from 8-10 a.m. at the Williston Area Recreation Center. The guest speaker will be Wendy Gendreau, certified personal development trainer and local business owner, who will show the group how to Mind Map your top priorities for 2018.  Williston Women's Network Facebook page
02/06-08           Hard Spring Wheat Show
The show will be held at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center. Hard Spring Wheat Show agenda
02/06               1 Million Cups
1 Million Cups meets the first Wednesday of every month at 8:30 a.m. at Williston State College. Engage with entrepreneurs for one hour in the Teton Lounge.

02/08               Business After Hours
Williston Regional Economic Development will host the Chamber's Business After Hours from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Location TBD.

02/09                Williston Downtowners Association Annual Meeting
The Williston Downtowners Association will host its annual meeting at 8 a.m.

07/10-12          ND Water Resource Districts Association's Summer Meeting
The 2018 North Dakota Water Resource Districts Association's annual summer meeting will be held at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center.
Upcoming Williston Events
02/03                  API Chili Cook-Off
The 37th annual fundraising event will be held at the Grand Williston Hotel. Chili Cook-Off webpage

03/13                  Williston Basin Chapter API monthly meeting
The meeting will be held  at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center. The social will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The keynote speaker will be North Dakota Tax Commission Ryan Rauschenberger. 
03/21                  NDPC Denver Social
The meeting will be held at the Denver Petroleum Club in Denver, CO.

05/22-24             Williston Basin Petroleum Conference
The 26th annual event will be held in Bismarck, ND. Early bird general attendee registration is open until April 12, 2018. Conference Website

05/22-23             Energy Exposition
The 2018 Energy Exposition will be celebrating 19 years as the Rocky Mountain's longest running energy trade exhibition. The event will take place at The Ranch Events Complex in Loveland, Colorado. Reserve booth space today.  Energy Exposition

07/16-18             Bakken Conference and Expo
The Summer 2018 event will be held at the Rough Rider Center in Watford City.  Registration Information

09/24-26             NDPC Annual Meeting
The meeting will be held at the Ramada in Fargo, ND.
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