June 29, 2018

Dear Williston Wire Readers,
The Save the Fourth of July campaign has announced the show will go on Wednesday, July 4, at the Upper Missouri Valley Fairgrounds. The fireworks show received funding from the Williston Convention and Visitors Bureau and private donors. The patriotic celebration will begin at dusk. Space is limited. Arrive early! 

 Shawn, Ann, Barb, Brenda and Anika 

Williston leads State in 1Q Taxable Sales Growth; ranks 2nd Overall to Fargo
News Release - Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger announced Thursday that North Dakota's taxable sales and purchases for the first quarter of 2018 had increased by nearly 10 percent. "The retail trade sector continues to dominate this report," Rauschenberger said. "However, the increase in oil activity in the western part of the state played a major role in moving this report to a double-digit positive again. Williston has moved back to having the second largest taxable sales and purchases in the state, with Fargo holding at first." Read More 
Williston moves closer to Allowing Mobile Food Trucks
Williston Herald - The dream of bringing food trucks to Williston is one more Williston City Commission vote away from becoming a reality. At a public hearing held during Tuesday's commission meeting, Rachel Laqua, principal planner for Williston, presented changes to the current ordinance prior to opening up the floor for discussion. Laqua first presented changes for Ordinance 1083, updating section 20-2 to include food trucks. Section 20-2 regulates uses on public property and public spaces, such as streets and sidewalks. Read More
Summer Nights on Main returns to Downtown Williston
32 Below will play at Summer Nights on Main again this season.
Williston Economic Development - Summer Nights on Main is back! The live concert series is celebrating its 4th anniversary in 2018. The first event of the season was moved indoors, but the looming rain didn't dampen spirits. "Summer Nights on Main has been a learning process for all of us, each year we are refining the event to make it better," said the vice president of the Williston Downtowners Board of Directors,  Debbie Richter. Read More
Fireworks Shows July 3 and 4 at Williston Fairgrounds
The 4th of July Fireworks Show will begin at dusk at the Upper Missouri Valley Fairgrounds.
Williston Herald - A  mainstay event of summer is returning to Williston once again, thanks to volunteers, who have worked to put together a fireworks presentation for the Fourth of July. Greg Cottrell heads the operation, known as "Save the 4th of July in Williston ND" on Facebook, and contacted Mayor Howard Klug about obtaining funding to put on the event this year. Read More
TNT Fireworks helps raise Funds for Bras for a Cause
The first 150 customers who donate $100 to Bras for a Cause will receive a free $100 package of artillery shells from TNT Fireworks. Williston Herald photo
Williston Herald - Terry Gaudreau has been selling fireworks in Williston for nearly 40 years, but this year's sales take on special significance for him. "I don't normally do this," he said, wiping tears from his eyes. Gaudreau, owner of TNT fireworks in Williston, has partnered with local non-profit Bras for a Cause to help raise funds for the group that helped his brother who is battling cancer. Read More
Williston Job Service Leader accepts New Position with Bank of North Dakota
Cindy Sanford, fourth from left, shares a laugh at her farewell open house on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Williston Economic Development
Williston Economic Development - T he Williston community is losing one of its biggest fans. Cindy Sanford, Customer Service Office Manager at Job Service North Dakota in Williston, has announced she is moving to Bismarck to be closer to family and pursue a new career opportunity. A farewell open house was held for Sanford Wednesday to allow friends, colleagues and co-workers to wish her well. Read More
Piesik retires from TrainND Northwest
TrainND CEO Deanette Piesik has retired. Piesik will continue to serve as Williston City Commissioner. She is pictured at a ground breaking ceremony for the new public works facility in June. Williston Economic Development
Williston Economic Development - A retirement open house was held Thursday for TrainND Northwest CEO Deanette Piesik. Piesik is retiring after working for Williston State College and TrainND for nearly 20 years. Williston Economic Development and the City of Williston have worked closely with Piesik during her tenure. Shawn Wenko, WED executive director says Piesik will be missed. "Although excited for the new opportunities on the horizon for Deanette, her departure is bittersweet," said Wenko.  "Deanette oversaw the development of a state of the art training center that positioned Williston as the Hub of oil and gas industry training.  I wish her the best." Piesik will remain on as a Williston City Commissioner. She also co-owns Style Uncorked Boutique on Main Street.
Lemonade Day recognizes Award Winners
Bria Parkinson earned the 2018 Lemonade Day Entrepreneur of the Year Award recently in Williston. Williston Herald
Williston Herald - There wasn't even a passing thought in Bria Parkinson's mind that she should cancel her Lemonade Day stand because of the rain weekend before last on Lemonade Day. "No way!" she said, emphatically Tuesday night after scooping up a second place award for most successful business and - a big surprise for the young lady - Entrepreneur of the Year. The latter award means she will be eligible to go on to National Competition, with a chance to win scholarships and more prizes. Parkinson was also the winner of a bike, one of many door prizes given away to the children during the event. Read More
North Dakota Oil Production on Record Setting Pace
North Dakota oil production saw a surge in April.
McKenzie County Farmer - North Dakota is slowly moving toward setting a new oil production record according to Lynn Helms, North Dakota Mineral Resources director. During April the state saw its oil production jump 5.4 percent to more than 1.2 million barrels per day. "The big surprise is that we came within 2,500 barrels of oil produced per day of the record," stated Helms during his monthly Director's Cut on June 15.  For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer
Fort Berthold produces 22 Percent of State's Oil
Lynn Helms says the Fort Berthold Reservation has a potential of 3,719 future wells.
Minot Daily News - Fort Berthold Reservation in western North Dakota is producing about 22 percent of the state's oil. Most recent figures from the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources show the state produced 1.22 million barrels of oil a day in April. The reservation produced 264,171 barrels of oil per day, according to Lynn Helms, director of the Mineral Resources Department.  Read More
McKenzie County Healthcare System celebrates Ribbon Cutting
Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford heled celebrate the ribbon cutting of the new McKenzie County Healthcare Systems Hospital in Watford City recently. McKenzie County Farmer
McKenzie County Farmer - On July 1, all of McKenzie County Healthcare Systems' hospital, clinical, emergency room and laboratory services will officially move to the new hospital's medical campus in Watford City. A special ribbon-cutting ceremony was held June 22 to celebrate the opening of the $75 million facility. For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer  McKenzie County Healthcare System Website
Upcoming Williston Events
07/01 ------ Shop First Sunday
Shop at some of your favorite stores and boutiques on Sunday, July 1 from 12-5 p.m.
07/02 ------ Williston VA Open House
Area veterans are invited to tour the new Williston VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic at 1542 16th St. W., Suite 300 from 2-4:30 p.m.  Open House flier

07/05 ------ Summer Nights on Main
The live music will begin at 5 p.m. on Main Street in Downtown Williston. Enjoy entertainment, food vendors, shopping and other activities for the whole family!

07/06-07------ Crazy Days in Downtown Williston
Support small businesses in Williston on Crazy Days sponsored by the Chamber and Downtowners Association.

07/11 ------ WREC Dryland Field Day
The Dryland Tour will begin at 4 p.m. followed by a free steak dinner at 7 p.m. at the NDSU Williston Research Extension Center. WREC Dryland Field Day

07/12 ------ Nesson Valley Irrigation Field Day
Learn about crops grown in the Nesson Valley beginning with coffee at 8:30 a.m., tours at 9 a.m. and free lunch at 12 p.m. Irrigation Field Day

07/14 ------ Rockin' Ribfest
The annual contest and celebration will be held on the Williston State College campus.

08/01 ------ 1 Million Cups Williston
The presenters will be Anna's Groom Room and Roughneck Coffee with complimentary java provided by Roughneck. Join us at 8:30 a.m. at the Teton Lounge on the Williston State College campus.
Upcoming Energy Events
07/12-13 ------ Williston Basin Chapter API Golf Tournament Fundraiser
The deadline to register for the tournament is June 30. The golf tournament will be held at the Eagle Ridge Golf Course and The Links of ND. Registration

The Summer 2018 event will be held at the Rough Rider Center in Watford City. 

07/17 ------  Bakken Rocks Cookfest in Grenora and Twin Buttes
The annual event offers great BBQ, seminars on the oil and gas industry and fun entertainment for the whole family! Event Schedule
07/17-18 ----- MHA Energy Conference
This year's expo will bring together North American Tribal Nations, oil & gas companies, ideas, innovations and people who will shape the future of the oil and natural gas industry. The conference will be held at the 4 Bears Event Center  located near New Town.    Registration Information

07/18 ----- Bakken Classic Fishing Derby
The charity tournament benefits wildlife and conservation projects in North Dakota. Registration is open. Tournament to be held at Four Bears Casino and Marina four miles west of New Town. Registration Information

09/24-26 ------ NDPC Annual Meeting
The meeting will be held at the Ramada in Fargo, ND.

10/03-04 ------ Bakken Oil Product & Service Show
The 8th annual trade show and seminars will be held at the Raymond Family Community Center. Bakken Oil Show website
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