Dear Williston Wire Readers,


Williston is ramping up for Small Business Saturday on Nov. 25! The event marks the start of the holiday shopping season. In Williston, the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce and Williston Downtowners Association are putting the final touches on their marketing plans; let them know what is happening in your store as soon as you are able!  

Barbara Peterson
Williston's Bergstrom named Operator of the Year
Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson

Kenny Bergstrom, right, receives the Operator of the Year Award from the NDDoH. Submitted photo.
The operations manager at Williston Public Works has been named the 2017 North Dakota Department of Health Operator of the Year. Kenny Bergstrom received the award at the 89th annual North Dakota Pollution Control Conference in Fargo. The NDDoH presents the Operator of the Year awards to the facilities with outstanding water and wastewater facility management. Williston Public Works director Dave Bell congratulated Bergstrom at the Williston City Commission on Tuesday, Oct. 24. Read More

Wenko elected EDND Vice President
Williston Economic Development

The 2017-19 EDND Board of Directors and Officers are pictured above. Williston Economic Development
The members of the Economic Development Association of North Dakota have elected their new board of directors and officers for 2017-2019. The election was held during the group's Fall Conference in Williston Oct. 18-20. Pictured at left are the following: Melissa Beach, Member at Large; Mark Vaux, Secretary/Treasurer; Matt Marshall. Member at Large; Shawn Wenko, Vice President; Teran Doerr, Member at Large; Connie Ova, Past President; and Ellen Huber, President.
Style UNcorked donates to Family Crisis Shelter
Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson


Pictured at Style UNcorked are Julia Kourajian Bush, Family Crisis Shelter; Kim Wenko, Style Uncorked; Lynn Hannig, Family Crisis Shelter; and Deanette Piesik, Style Uncorked. Williston Economic Development

Williston women's apparel business has teamed up with its customers to give new and slightly used clothing to the Family Crisis Shelter. Style UNcorked Boutique, located at 125 Main Street Suite C in Downtown Williston; held a Denim Drive in late August to raise awareness and jeans for the shelter. The store rewarded customers who donated their lightly used jeans with in-store discounts off of the purchase of new jeans. Style UNcorked donated several boxes of denim and selected new clothing to the Family Crisis Shelter on Monday, Oct. 23.Read More 


Chamber, Downtowners gear up for Small Business Saturday Nov. 25
News Release

The Chamber and the Downtowners Association announce its participation in this year's Small Business Saturday, taking place on Nov. 25. Serving as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season across the US, Nov. 25 marks the eighth annual Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting local small businesses and strengthening and celebrating communities across the country. Read More
Quality Inn opens 1,500th US Hotel in Williston
News Release

Quality Inn recently opened its 1,500th U.S. hotel in Williston, North Dakota. As the largest brand in the midscale segment and part of Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), the Quality Inn brand is an undisputed champion of value. Read More
Western Dakota Energy Association to meet Nov. 1-2 in Dickinson
News Release

The WDEA annual meeting will include an interim legislative update from Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner.
The Western Dakota Energy Association will hold its annual meeting Nov. 1-2 at the Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge in Dickinson. Attendees at this year's annual meeting will get a heavy dose of energy technology, and the role it will play in the state's future economy. Speakers and panelists will describe ways technology is changing the energy industry, from new fracking techniques and the potential for secondary oil recovery, to advances in coal generation and new uses for coal byproducts.  Read More

ND's Future in Wind Energy appears Promising
Prairie Public News

North Dakota's future in wind energy is looking promising. According to a study by NDSU's Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, wind energy had an economic impact of more than 170-million dollars in 2016. Tammy Ibach, director of North Dakotans for Comprehensive Energy Solutions said, "We have about a $119 million manufacturing influence that's attached to wind - those are strong economic indicators in the state, and when you see a downturn in oil and gas, and we know that we have another energy source that can pick up that slack it makes for a strong, vibrant economy in wind." Read More

Highway Officials consider Super 2 Option for US Highway 52
Minot Daily News

Jill Schramm/MDN David Marit, minister of Highways & Infrastructure in Saskatchewan, left, visits with Dennis Moore, Estevan, of Southeast Sask Transportation Group in Kenmare Thursday.
Highway officials in North Dakota and Saskatchewan say a super two-lane highway may be the way to go to facilitate traffic from Regina to Jamestown. David Marit, minister of Highways & Infrastructure in Saskatchewan, said Thursday the province is designing a project to build 16 to 18 sets of passing lanes on about 100 miles of two-laned Provincial 39, with potential to complete the new lanes by 2020. Thomas Sorel, director of the North Dakota Department of Transportation, said a similar plan is worth considering for U.S. Highway 52, which picks up where Provincial 39 leaves off at Portal.  Read More
Watford City's Golf Course to add 12 Holes by Fall 2018
By Neal A. Shipman
Farmer Editor

Wayne Olson, Fox Hills Golf Course board president, said the 12 new holes are slated to open in the fall of 2018. McKenzie County Farmer
While most people haven't been able to see much of the work, this has been a very busy construction year at Watford City's Fox Hills Golf Course as the course began its expansion to 18 holes.  The work, hidden from view, has miraculously transformed the rolling hills and long valleys into 12 golf holes that wind up and down hills with fairways that are dotted with sand bunkers. Golf holes that wind around long lowlands filled with water and reeds. And huge, undulating greens, as well as miles of new concrete cart paths.   For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer
Surprise; ND has highest Percentage of Millennials

A new report from the North Dakota Census Office finds that state has highest percentage of millennials in the country. Census Office Manager Kevin Iverson says many of those who moved to the state in the early years of the oil boom have stayed. He says it's not just because of the oil boom. The numbers of millenials has increased in Fargo, Bismarck and Grand Forks where the economy is strong and the unemployment rate is low.  Read More
ND among Seven States that pass on Amazon Bid
Fargo Forum

The tally is in: Amazon received 238 proposals from cities, states, districts and territories interested in hosting the company's second headquarters. The online retail giant received bids from all but seven states - Arkansas, Hawaii, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming. Read More
Upcoming Williston Events
10/31               Trail of Treats
The Williston Downtowners Association will sponsor the annual Trail of Treats from 2:30-5:30 p.m.

10/31               All-City Halloween Party
Bring the kids to the party from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Williston Area Recreation Center (new location).

11/01               1 Million Cups
Learn about starting a business in Williston from the owners of Starboard and Fresh Palate. The meeting is free and open to the public. It will be held from 8-9 a.m. in the WSC Teton Lounge.
11/03               Homecoming Celebration for Miss America
The celebration will include coronation of the new Miss North Dakota and public reception for Miss America Cara Mund. Tickets may be purchased online or at the Williston Visitor's Center.

11/10               CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Charity Ball
Tickets are on sale now for the 2017 Annual Charity Ball featuring a dinner, silent and live auction, dancing and the Dueling Pianos performed by Deuces Wild! Charity Ball Ticket Information

11/25               Small Business Saturday
Nov. 25 is the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season. Shoppers are encouraged to buy goods and services from their locally owned independent retailers.

12/08               Williston Economic Development Holiday Open House
Celebrate the Christmas season at 113 4th Street East from 5-8 p.m. There will be refreshments, hors d'oevres and door prizes.
Energy Events
11/01-02              Western Dakota Energy Association annual meeting 
The meeting will be held at the Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge in Dickinson.  Registration

11/06-07              Executive Oil Conference
Businesses active in the Permian Basin will gather in Midland, Texas for the conference. Conference Agenda

11/17                    Williston Petroleum Banquet
Tickets for the banquet may be purchased and reserved online. The featured guest speaker will be Congressman Kevin Cramer.

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.  
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