Dear Williston Wire Readers,


The City of Williston held its third annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 29. The festive celebration featured complimentary hot cider, carolers from First Lutheran Church and a bonfire! Williston Mayor Howard Klug dedicated the tree to Williston residents in memory of the loved ones they lost in 2017. The tree is located at the corner of 26th Street and 2nd Avenue West, next to Car Tunz in Williston. We encourage you to visit the site and take photo!


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City of Williston seeks Bids for former Herman Oil Gas Station; Frontier Museum receives Funds for Roofing
Williston Herald
by Renee Jean

The Williston City Commission has approved up to $75,000 for roofing projects at the Frontier Museum in Williston.
Williston is preparing to seek bids on three commercial lots for sale at 1201 16th Ave. W. (formerly known as Herman Oil Convenience Store). Sealed bids must be received by Jan. 17 at the office of the City Administrator, 22 E. Broadway. The bids must include a development proposal with a timeline for construction, as well as a certified letter of credit proving that the purchaser can put up the amount bid for the properties.  Read More

Bekkedahl, Sukut listen as Minot lobbies for continued Hub City Funding

Rep. Gary Sukut and Sen. Brad Bekkedahl joined other members of the Energy Development and Transmission Committee for hearings and tours in Minot Nov. 29 and 30. Williston Economic Development
Despite a recent downturn, North Dakota's oil and gas industry is still a backbone of the state's economy. And cities are still dealing with the oil boom impacts while the state's coffers aren't as flush with money.  Here's why one Hub City is making the case to still be funded. "You would've thought that those young people would've left if we were not oil impacted. They've chosen to stay here," said Randy Burckhard, District 5 Senate. "Minot Public Schools, last year they graduated 440 seniors they have 731 Kindergarteners," said Burckhard. Read More    West Fargo Pioneer/Minot Daily News: Technology continues to improve in Bakken

Coffee with Klug: Deadline to apply for Community Enhancement Grants Dec. 15
KEYZ Radio
by Chris Simon

Non profits that are seeking funds for upcoming projects or events have until Dec. 15 to apply for a piece of the Williston Economic Development's Community Enhancement Fund. Mayor Howard Klug says it's funded by the city's STAR fund, which helps worthwhile programs serve the community.  Read More
Williston's Maddison named to Prairie Business Magazine's 40 under 40 List
Prairie Business Magazine

Prairie Business magazine has announced its 2017 40 Under 40 list, featuring 40 of the top business professionals under the age of 40 in the northern Plains. Included on the prestigious list is Williston's Justin Maddison. Maddison is the Chief Financial Officer of Western Cooperative Credit Union and the Past President of the Williston Regional Economic Development board of directors. Joining Maddison is Kristin Jaeger, Marketing Director of the Cornerstone Bank in Parshall.  Read More

Christmas Tree Lighting includes Bonfire, Carolers, Hot Cider
Williston Herald
by Renee Jean

About 50 people gathered for the third annual City of Williston Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Nov. 29. Williston Economic Development
It was a beautiful evergreen that had grown up in the wrong place in a Williston homeowner's yard. Wednesday night, however, it had a new home where it came to light, on the corner of 26th Street and Second Avenue, right next to the Reimagine Williston billboard. The tree had been brought to that place thanks to Basin Trucking, and Borsheim Crane, who earlier assisted city workers in cutting and moving the tree. The tree was then trimmed with lights, ornaments and a star on top. for the city's annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

R&T brings Quality Water to Rural Tioga Residents
Tioga Tribune

Rural Tioga residents are pleased with the new R&T water service compared to their former wells.
Rural residents around Tioga are thankful this year for a new water supply to their properties. R&T recently completed a number of new water lines that give farmers and ranchers access to a more reliable source of water. "We were on our third well," said Mark Schmidt, who lives north of Tioga. "We struggled to maintain our water supply with the wells." "The grandkids were happy to run through the sprinkler and take longer showers," said Harla Anderson, from south of town. "There was nothing worse than running out of water." To read the full story, sign in to our online edition.

Home Helpers expands to Divide County
Crosby Journal
by Cecile Wehrman

Kayleen (Kinstler) Erdman, a Home Helpers franchisee who used to call Divide County home, is bringing the service to northwestern North Dakota.
Art and Dora Strand are as about as independent as any 90-something couple can be. "Personally, I don't feel we're in a situation where we need home help," said Art, 94, but with a little nudge from their children, the couple lately has been receiving visits from an agency called Home Helpers. Matched with a caregiver, Deb Selle, Fortuna, the Strands can have help driving to Dora's regular Friday hair appointment, doing shopping, light housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation and many other services, if they wish.  To read the full story sign in to our online edition.

Sidney Doctor becomes Board Certified in Aesthetic Medicine

Dr. Shari Twigg recently became Board Certified in Aesthetic Medicine.
Sidney's Dr. Shari Twigg recently became Board Certified through the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine. She joins over 300 physicians worldwide who have passed the Board Certification written exam and oral presentation. To be eligible for this ten-year certification, physicians must complete the Level 1 Certificate and Level 2 Diploma Courses in Aesthetic Medicine in addition to six months of practical experience in the field. Dr. Twigg originally started her career years ago in the aesthetic skincare field, working in a world renowned spa and making a name for herself as an award-winning makeup artist. After going on to become a physician and working in obstetrics and gynecology for several years, she combined her medical expertise with her passion for aesthetics.  Read More 

Longtime Richland County Building Inspector to retire
Sidney Herald

Alton Hillesland is retiring at the end of the year. He has served as Richland County's building inspector since 1994. Sidney Herald
Longtime Sidney resident Alton Hillesland, 89, will be retire as Richland County's building inspector at the end of this year. He has been a part of the community since 1976. Hillesland spent 36 years as a pastor before he became a building inspector. "I retired here in Sidney, in May, then in July of that same year, 1994, then Mayor Herald Mercer asked if I was interested in being a building inspector. My hobby is wood working, so I asked him what was involved and he said there's really nothing to it," laughed Hillesland.  Read More

Williston Economic Development to host Holiday Open House Dec. 8
Williston Economic Development

Upcoming Williston Events
12/01-12/31    Spring Lake Park Holiday Lights Drive
The 2017 Holiday Lights Drive will feature about 60 lighted displays and numerous activity nights such as Photos With Santa, Craft Nights, Science Guy Nights and more. For more information contact the Williston Convention and Visitors Bureau at 701-774-9041.
12/02               Free Pictures with Santa
Santa is coming to CHI St. Alexius Health Williston! Bring the kids to have their picture taken with Mr. Clause from 1-3 p.m.
12/06               1 Million Cups Williston
Learn how Grace & Glam and Summit Counseling started their businesses in Williston from 8-9 a.m. in the Teton Lounge on the Williston State College campus.
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'oeuvres and door prizes.

12/14               Chamber Business after Hours
Join Western Cooperative Credit Union for drinks, hors d'oeuvres, networking and prizes at 1300 Bison Drive.

12/20               City of Williston Craft Night at Spring Lake Park
Get pictures with Santa and make a Christmas craft from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Keel Boat building at Spring Lake Park.

01/19               Chamber Awards Banquet
Tickets available soon! Call the Chamber at 701.577.6000 for more info!
Upcoming Williston Events
12/5                     Williston Basin Chapter API monthly meeting
The meeting will be held at the Grand Williston Hotel in the Lewis & Clark/Roosevelt Room beginning with the social at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.
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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