Oct. 19, 2018
Dear Williston Wire Readers,
 The Williston Public School District #1 will offer another public forum on new ways to fund school building projects on Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Williston Middle School. We encourage you to attend this valuable meeting as overcrowding in our schools is impacting community development.
 Shawn, Ann, Barb and Brenda
Williston's Chatter Pediatric, Main Street Reconstruction finalists for Governor's Choice Awards
Katie Kringen is the owner of Chatter Pediatric Therapy. The speech and language pathologist opened her private practice in 2015 in Williston. Submitted photo
News Release - Chatter Pediatric is a finalist for the 2018 Governor's Choice Project of the Year - Urban Community and Williston's Main Street Infrastructure Revitalization is a finalist for the 2018 Governor's Choice Community Development Award. The winners will be announced at the Economic Development Association of North Dakota Fall Conference on Oct. 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Hotel in Minot.  EDND Fall Conference Agenda
Glasgow Business presents at 1 Million Cups; Busted Knuckle Brewery to consider Williston Site
Connie Boreson shares how she and her husband started Busted Knuckle Brewery in Glasgow, MT during  a 1 Million Cups meeting Oct. 3 in Williston. Williston Economic Development
Williston Economic Development - 1 Million Cups Williston recently featured a Glasgow business that is considering a second location in Williston. Ben and Connie Boreson own Busted Knuckle Brewery, a popular gathering place located in Ben's former radiator shop on Main Street in Downtown Glasgow. Connie explained how they decided to give the longtime garage a new purpose. "It all started about 7 to 8 years ago with a Mr. Beer kit," said Connie. "He (Ben) had been a mechanic for 30 years, but he had some success with that Mr. Beer kit." Read More
ND's Oil and Gas Production continues to Climb
State officials announced North Dakota pumped out more than 1.291 million barrels of oil a day in August compared to the previous month's production of more than 1.269 million barrels a day.
Minot Daily News - Lynn Helms, director of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, reported Oct. 12 the state pumped out more than 1.291 million barrels of oil a day in August compared to the previous month's production of more than 1.269 million barrels a day. Helms reported 96 percent of the state's oil production is coming from the Bakken and Three Forks formations. Read More     Bismarck Tribune: ND Oil and Gas Industry sets More Records in August
Nabors Drilling Exec from Williston named NDPC Distinguished Leader
From the left, Ron Ness, president, North Dakota Petroleum Council; Terry Boyd, vice president of Southern Region, Nabors Drilling; Scott Reid, area manager, Nabors Drilling, and his wife, Wendy; Victor Villegas, vice president of Northern Region, Nabors Drilling; and Blu Hulsey, chairman, NDPC. Scott Reid received the NDPC Distinguished Leader Award on Sept. 25.
Minot Daily News - Scott Reid, of Nabors Drilling, has led Nabors in North Dakota throughout the growth of the Bakken. A native of Kenmare, Reid is the area manager for Nabors Drilling in Williston and manages operations in North Dakota and Montana. He has worked in the drilling industry for 35 years. The North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) presented Reid with the Distinguished Leader Award at their annual meeting in Fargo on Sept. 25. Read More 
Williston Public Schools consider New Funding Options for Buildings


Williston Herald -  With one more public meeting left before members will finalize a proposal for a January bond referendum, the Williston Public School District No. 1 board is looking at new, more creative options to pay for new schools. On Tuesday, board members unveiled four new options for schools and also decided that one option - a plan estimated at $37.5 million that would build one new elementary school - wasn't going to work. "People did not like that, resoundingly, because it does not get us ahead," school board President Joanna Baltes said. Read More

McKenzie County Schools to seek Bond Referendum for Elementary School in 2019
McKenzie County Public Schools could be gearing up for another bond election in 2019 to build a new elementary school for growing enrollment.
McKenzie County Farmer -  After two years of studying enrollment numbers, the McKenzie County Public School District No. 1 has pulled the trigger on constructing a new elementary school in Watford City.  "Here we go again," stated Steve Holen, district superintendent, following the board's decision on Monday, Oct. 8. That approval sets in place the process that will ultimately lead to a possible special election in January of 2019. Read More
The PromiseLand Project debuts in Watford City
Watford City area business owners on the "Front Porch" stage speak about what it takes to run an successful business. Pictured are (L-R) Debbie Larsen, Peggy Hellandsaas, Joe Erickson, Karen George, Angie Pelton and Mason Suenaga.
Roundup - The Promiseland Project kicked off its nationwide America's Front Porch event in Watford City on October 14. The event held three discussion panels focusing on education, workforce development and small businesses. The event also included performaces by Tigerlily and MamaDear. 
Trenton, Williston Projects seek APUC Grants
News Release - A Williston and Trenton project are seeking funds from the North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC). The group will review funding requests for six projects totaling $232,771 at its quarterly meeting Nov. 15 in Grand Forks. NDSU Williston Research Center (Williston) is requesting $18,374 to research a new perennial crop that can be harvested as a high-value grain and cut for high-quality forage in the same year while Rivers Edge Energy (Trenton) is requesting $88,702 to market a new 25 million-gallon ethanol facility in Trenton. Read More
MonDak Ag Research Summit Nov. 14 in Sidney
The 2nd annual MonDak Ag Research Summit will be held on Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mountain Time at the Richland County Event Center in Sidney.
Roundup - The North Dakota State University Williston Research Extension Center, Montana State University Eastern Agricultural Research Center and U.S. Department of Agriculture's Northern Plains Agricultural Research Lab in Sidney are partnering once again to showcase agricultural research underway in eastern Montana and western North Dakota.   Read More  
Stark Development to relocate to Elks Building in Downtown Dickinson
Stark Development Corporation will relocate to the Elks Building in Downtown Dickinson. "It's somewhat of an elegant business area, if you walk past it, just look in the windows. And it will be a really wonderful situation for us," said SDC Board President TJ Herauf. Dickinson Press 
Dickinson Press - Stark Development Corporation is planning to move into downtown Dickinson's historic Elks Building, on the corner of First Street and First Avenue. SDC Board President T.J. Herauf said the move would benefit the SDC and its efforts. "We had different places we could go and some were cheaper. We just thought that this was the best thing for us to do," he said. Read More
Upcoming Williston Events
10/23 ------ Network Before Nine
Chamber members are invited to network from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. at Meg-a-Latte located at New Hope Church at 721 26th St W

 10/31 ------ Trail of Treats
The annual event sponsored by the Williston Downtowners Association will be
held from 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Bring your goblins and ghouls for a fun adventure.
11/02 ------ Retirement Open House for Steve Slocum
Visit First National Bank and Trust between 1:30-3:30 p.m. to honor Steve Slocum as he retires. Steve Slocum Retirement Open House

11/07 ------ 1 Million Cups
The community is invited to meet the owners of startups from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Teton Lounge. Bring your thermos for complimentary coffee.

11/11 ------  Veterans Day
Details TBA

11/22 ------ Thanksgiving
City of Williston offices will be closed Nov. 22-23 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

11/23 ------ Williston Chamber 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 will be held at 4 Bears Casino and Lodge in New Town. Registration is available online.
11/16  ------ API Awards Banquet
The seventh annual Williston Petroleum Banquet and Achievement Awards will be held Nov. 16 at the Grand Williston Hotel with social hour beginning at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and program.

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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