November 15, 2019
Dear Williston Wire Readers,

The Williston STAR Fund committed $172,000 to six projects this week. The projects included an ice cream franchise, new wine and beer lounge and bicycle shop. Read more in the stories below.

Shawn, Ann, Barb & Brenda
New Owners convert No Place Bar to Slater's
Jon Slater and Cindy Slater have opened a new bar in Downtown Williston. Slater's will feature live entertainment. Williston Economic Development photo 
The No Place Bar has new owners. Effective October 31, 2019, siblings Jon Slater and Cindy Slater, purchased the bar in Downtown Williston. The establishment has been renamed Slater's and will feature live entertainment.  "We'll bring in a variety of live music and karaoke," said Cindy Slater.  The Slater's have been busy getting the bar ready for performers.  "We will have a portable stage for different types of entertainment. We will be able to set it up in various sizes and store it when it is not in use," said Jon Slater.  Read More
Williston City Commisson approves $172,000 in STAR Fund Grants; Cold Stone Creamery to open
The Williston City Commission approved STAR Fund grants for six projects at its meeting on Tuesday, November 12. The projects included All Seasons Sport About, Cold Stone Creamery, Dakota Diesel, Lounge Thirty 3, Slater's and The Hub Cycle & Sport.  "It's exciting to see a number of projects we have been assisting with come to fruition during the month of November," said Shawn Wenko, Williston Economic Development executive director.   Read More
Skogen featured in Williston Works Podcast
Williston Works Podcast Season 2 - Episode 8 - Cooks on Main
Williston Works Podcast Season 2 - Episode 8 - Cooks on Main with Angela Skogen.
Williston Economic Development - Williston Economic Development has released the next episode in Season 2 of its Williston Works Podcast. The video features Angela Skogen, owner of Cooks on Main in Williston. Skogen explains why she started and expanded the business in her hometown.
Williams County School District to hold Special Election February 25
Wiliston Herald - Voters in Williams County Public School District No. 8 will have a chance early next year to weigh in on a plan to build a 600-student elementary.  The district's school board voted 4-1 at its meeting Monday, Nov. 11, to both a special election on Feb. 25 for a proposed $28 million bond.   Read More
Williston API announces Finalists for Achievement Awards
News Release - Williston Basin Chapter of the American Petroleum Institute (Williston API) announces finalists for the eighth annual Williston API Achievement Awards. The five awards to be presented include Industry Innovation, Community Service, Outstanding Achievement - Individual, Outstanding Achievement - Group, and Lifetime Achievement. Winners will be honored during the eighth Annual Williston Petroleum Banquet on Friday, November 15.  Read More
Wolf Pup Daycare struggles to keep Rates Affordable
On Monday, Nov. 4, the Watford City City Council approved contributing up to $39,600 monthly from the Roughrider Fund to meet the insurance and salary increases of Wolf Pup Daycare. MCF photo
McKenzie County Farmer - Even with the opening of the Wolf Pup Daycare in 2014, providing for affordable daycare to meet the needs of Watford City's growing population has always been a challenge. While over 278 children attend daycare and the newly opened Wolf Pup Learning Center on a daily basis, Curt Moen, Watford City city administrator says that keeping the Wolf Pup Daycare financially solvent, while still maintaining affordable rates to parents has been a difficult.  For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer
ND Legacy Fund tops $6 Billion
Charley Johnson, president of the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau, makes the case for Legacy Fund support of a destination development grant fund before the North Dakota Legislature's Legacy Fund Earnings Committee, which met Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Harry D. McGovern Alumni Center at North Dakota State University. Patrick Springer / The Forum
The Forum - The North Dakota Legacy Fund's $6.36 billion balance has inspired a fountain of ideas from advocates pleading for investments in school buildings, universal school lunch, health care and destination tourism sites to name but a few.  The ideas were presented Tuesday, Nov. 12, before a packed meeting of the North Dakota Legislature's Legacy Fund Earnings Committee , which gathered here to take testimony on how the fund should be used.   Read More
Upcoming Williston Events
11/26 ------  City Commission
The commission meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at 6 p.m. in the Williams County Commission Room located in the County Administrative Building.

11/27 ------ Ribbon Cutting and Open House at Glo Tanning Spa & Salon
The ribbon cutting will be held at 1:30 p.m. at 120 26 th  Street East, Suite 300 . There will be refreshments and prizes.

11/28 ------ Thanksgiving
City of Williston offices will be closed.

11/29 ------ 25th Anniversary Holiday Lights Parade
The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce event will be held at 6 p.m. in Downtown Williston.  Parade Entry Form

11/30-12/31 ------  Spring Lake Park Holiday Lights Drive
Enjoy thousands of holiday lights in over 60 displays nightly from 5:30-9:30 p.m.

12/04 ------ 1 Million Cups
Support local entrepreneurs by attending the one-hour meeting at 8:30 a.m. at the Teton Lounge. Complimentary coffee will be provided. 

12/05 ----- Williston Downtowners Holiday Stroll

12/06 ------ Holiday Open House
Williston Economic Development invites the community to its annual event from 5-8 p.m. at 113 4th St. E. (Williston Center for Development). Enjoy refreshments, networking and giveaways.
Upcoming Energy Events
11/15 ------ Williston Basin Petroleum Banquet
The Williston Basin Chapter API will host its annual awards and appreciation banquet.  Williston Basin Petroleum Banquet

11/18-19 ------ Oil States Job Fair
The hiring event will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. both days at the Job Service North Dakota Wiliston office.  Oil States Job Fair

12/03 ------  Williston Basin Chapter API Monthly Meeting
The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a social followed by dinner at 7 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel. December Monthly Meeting
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