Nov. 2, 2018
Dear Williston Wire Readers,
Just a reminder that absentee ballots are still available for the General Election. Ballots are available at the Williams County Auditor's Office. Absentee ballots are due Nov. 5. The General Election is Nov. 6. We encourage all qualified voters to go to the polls!
 Shawn, Ann, Barb and Brenda
Stark Development wins EDND Project of the Year Award
Ryan Jilek, Stark Development Corporation, and representatives of Stone Mill LLC, accept the Project of the Year Award- Rural Community. EDND photo
News Release - The North Dakota Governor's Office, the North Dakota Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Association of North Dakota (EDND) presented the Governor's Choice Economic Development Awards Oct. 29 during the EDND Fall Conference in Minot. The Economic Developer of the Year award in the urban community division went to Keith Lund, president/CEO of the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corp. while the rural community division went to Julie Campbell, director of the Walsh County Job Development Authority. Read More
EDND recognizes Top Projects
John Machacek, Greater Fargo Moorhead EDC, and a representative of Dakota Specialty Milling, accept the Project of the Year Award- Urban Community. EDND photo
News Release - EDND, the North Dakota Governor's Office and the North Dakota Department of Commerce presented the 2018 Governor's Choice Economic Development Awards at the EDND Fall Conference in Minot. The recipient of Project of the Year- Urban Community Division award is the Greater Fargo Moorhead EDC for the Dakota Speciality Milling expansion. The recipient of the Rural Community Division is Stark Development Corporation for Stone Mill LLC. The recipient of the Community Development Award is Adams County Development Corporation and the Hettinger Chamber of Commerce for Helping Hettinger Day.  Keith Lund from the Grand Forks Region EDC was recognized as the Economic Developer of the Year- Urban Community and Julie Campbell from Walsh County JDA was recognized as the Economic Developer of the Year- Rural Community. EDND News
Williston School District to seek Voter Approval of $60 Million School Bond Jan. 8
Williston Herald - Voters will go to the polls Jan. 8 to decide whether to fund a $60 million plan to build two new elementary schools and an expansion to Williston High School as well as fund renovations to all the elementary schools in Williston Public School District No. 1. The district's school board voted unanimously Monday to put the bond referendum on the ballot for a January special election. Voters will also decide whether to approve increasing the district's building fund levy from 10 mills, which works out to about $45 per year for every $100,000 of taxable value, to 20 mills. Read More
Texas Firm to hire 300 Workers to build New Gas Plant near Watford City
KUMV-TV -  A Texas based company building a Natural gas processing plant near Watford City is looking for North Dakota workers starting in 2019.  Saulsbury Industries says they'll need laborers, welders, pipe fitters and electricians in March. General Manager John Shefchik says they're aiming for at least 100 local workers. "We'll probably be peaking at about 300 people on the job site. Probably at least half of those would be local. We like to go to the local, if not between 50 and 60 percent," said Shefchik.  Shefchik says the average job will last between six to eight months.
Equinor Exec, Comedian to highlight API Awards Banquet Nov. 16
News Release -  The 2018 Williston Petroleum Banquet and Achievement Awards will be held Friday, Nov. 16 at the Grand Williston Hotel. The evening will feature award presentations, a keynote address from Hang Nguyen, Manager of Development and Production International at Equinor, and entertainment from comedian John DeBoer. 
Williams County celebrates Grand Opening of Downtown Campus
Williston Herald - The county found its facility planner with the help of Aunt Google, and, of all the projects the county has done, Williams County Chairman David Montgomery thinks it's the best in his 14 years of service. "From county highway to the original jail, to the building of the Broadway Commons, and building out the youth assessment center ... this one has actually been the best we have had as far as accommodating everyone and the efficiency, with no cost over-runs," he said. Read More
Burrito Bros. opens in Watford City
McKenzie County Farmer - What happens when two Watford City entrepreneurs, one with a love of extreme sports and the other a love of extreme catering, come together? The answer for Ryan Siegfried and Nick Ybarra was to provide a quick protein-packed meal that people can grab on their way to adventure called Burrito Bros. in Watford City.  For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer
New Owners take over Longtime Crosby Travel Agency
Allen and Whitney Siegler (left) have purchased a longtime Crosby travel agency from Ardis and Steve Joraanstad (right). Crosby Journal
Crosby Journal -  The new owners of Travel World of Crosby are keeping the name but changing the location. Founders Steve and Ardis Joraanstad are closing their downtown office, ending a family business presence that dates back some seven decades.  The new owners are Allen and Whitney Siegler. To read the full story, sign in to the Crosby Journal's online edition.
Trail of Treats attracts Huge Crowd to Downtown Williston


Williston Economic Development - The 31st annual Trail of Treats attracted hundreds of families to Downtown Williston! Businesses from across Williston took part in the event; dressing up and handing out candy. The City of Williston helped serve sweets, drinks, light up safety buttons and bags at the Williston Downtowners Association's booth. Even the Mayor of Williston was involved! The WDA sponsors the Trail of Treats to provide a safe and fun Halloween activity for kids of all ages! Every child went home with a bag full of yummy treats! 

Upcoming Williston Events
11/06 ------ General Election
City of Williston residents to vote at the Williston Area Recreation Center. Bring your ID.

11/07 ------ 1 Million Cups
The owners of Exahle Yoga and Linn Travel Company will be featured at the meeting as well as Roughneck Coffee. The community is welcome to attend from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. at the Teton Lounge.

11/11 ------  Veterans Day

11/12 ------ City of Williston Offices Closed
 City of Williston offices will be closed in observance of Veteran's Day.
11/13 ------ Williston City Commission
 The Williston City Commission meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Commission Room at City Hall
11/22 ------ Thanksgiving
City of Williston offices will be closed Nov. 22-23 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

11/23 ------ Williston Area Chamber of Commerce Parade of Lights
The annual event will be held on Main Street beginning at 6 p.m. Contact the Chamber to register your parade entry featuring the theme 'Christmas Carols.' 

11/24 ------ Small Business Saturday
Shop small and support your local businesses.

12/05 ------ 1 Million Cups
The community is invited to support and learn about business startups in Williston. The free one hour meeting runs from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Teton Lounge on the Williston State College campus.

12/07 ------ Williston Economic Development Holiday Open House
The community is invited to join Williston Economic Development for some holiday cheer as we celebrate the past and look forward to 2019! The open house will run from 5-8 p.m. at 113 4th Street East (Williston Center for Development building).

12/07-08 ------ Holiday Stroll

The Holiday Stroll will begin Friday evening with hot toddies, shopping, s'mores and food while Saturday will feature pictures with Santa and kids activities! 
Upcoming Energy Events
11/06-07 ------ WDEA Annual Meeting
The Western Dakota Energy Association annual meeting at 4 Bears Casino and Lodge in New Town. Registration is available online.

11/13 ------ Kinder Morgan Job Fair
The hiring event will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Job Service in Williston. Kinder Morgan Flyer

11/15 ------ Halliburton Open for Walk-in Applications
Apply online. Applications will be accepted from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Halliburton Flyer
11/16  ------ API Awards Banquet
Williston Petroleum Banquet and Achievement Awards at Grand Williston Hotel with social hour at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and program. Comedian Joey DeBoer to highlight event. Ticket Information

12/04 ------ 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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