June 22, 2018

Dear Williston Wire Readers,
It's fair time in Williston. The Upper Missouri Valley Fair is in full swing at the fairgrounds! Check out their Facebook page or website for the full schedule of events and activities. Have fun at the fair!

 Shawn, Ann, Barb, Brenda and Anika 

Supreme Court Ruling to allow States to Collect Sales Taxes from Online Retailers
 Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger praises the court's ruling to allow state's to collect sales taxes from online retailers.
Bismarck Tribune -  North Dakota will be collecting sales taxes from online retailers in the wake of today's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court overturning a 1992 case that prohibited such collections. Remote sellers will be required to collect and remit sales tax to North Dakota  if they make a minimum of either 200 sales or $100,000 in sales per year in North Dakota, even if they don't have a physical presence here," said Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger in a statement issued today after the U.S. Supreme Court announced its ruling on South Dakota vs. Wayfair, which overturns a 1992 case, Quill vs. North Dakota.  
Williston Residents applaud Supreme Court Ruling
"It's not about collecting more taxes, it's about creating a level playing field for local businesses," said WED's Shawn Wenko said about the court's decision.
Williston Herald - There was a common refrain Thursday in downtown Williston, from business owners to city and state officials - the U.S. Supreme Court's decision that states could force online retailers to collect sales tax will level the playing field for local businesses. Shawn Wenko, Williston's Economic Development director, was at a conference in Jamestown with other economic development directors from around the state when the news broke. Needless to say, the topic of discussion shifted pretty quickly to the decision. "It's definitely going to be great for Williston," Wenko said. Read More 
Alliance Consulting celebrates Ribbon Cutting
Williston Economic Development - Alliance Consulting celebrated the grand opening of its new location June 21 in Williston. The St. George, Utah-based firm converted the former Kum & Go Convenience Store on 26th Street West into their new office space. The civil engineering firm has been doing business in Williston since 2012. This is Alliance's first branch office. The Williston office employs 8-9 people.
Williston to experiment with New Bike Lanes on Main Street

The Williston Police Department and Williston Parks and Recreation District encourage cyclists to take a spin down the newly developed lanes beginning June 26.


News Release - The City of Williston is set to launch a rapid action active transportation demonstration project along Main Street from Harmon Park (11th Street) to 6th Street this summer. The project installation will start on June 26th and will include four separate active public input events to help inform citizens about the changes and gather community feedback. The public input events will take place on June 28th, July 5th, and July 12th from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. during Summer Nights on Main and also on July 7th from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. during the Farmers Market. Read More
Lemonade Day Awards Ceremony June 26
News Release - The 4th Annual Lemonade Day Williston concluded last Saturday, June 16, with an estimated 70 new businesses created on a single day. Stands were located all over town with the average entrepreneur making $280 in profit. The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce will host an awards ceremony on Tuesday, June 26 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Harmon Park in Williston. Read More
Area Veterans invited to tour New VA Clinic July 2
Williston Economic Development - Williston area veterans are invited to an open house/soft opening for the new Williston VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic on Monday, July 2. The clinic is located at 1542 16th St. W., Suite 300. The open house will be held from 2-4:30 p.m. A grand opening will be held at the end of August.
Workforce Housing increases in Williston Basin
Crew camps are filling up in the Williston Basin.
Minot Daily News - The use of Target Lodging's workforce lodging in the Bakken is on the rise, a company official said.  "We've seen a significant increase in occupancy over the last two quarters. In fact, at several of our lodges we are at or very near full capacity," Troy Schrenk, chief commercial officer for Target Lodging in The Woodlands, Texas, told the Minot Daily News on Friday. The last two quarters refers to the fourth quarter of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018, according to Schrenk. Read More
Western Area Water Supply names Interim Executive Director
Todd Pokrzywinski has been named Interim Executive Director of WAWSA.
News Release - The Western Area Water Supply Authority (WAWSA) has named Todd Pokrzywinski as its Interim Executive Director. Pokrzywinski joined WAWSA at the beginning of 2014 as the first Operations Manager, overseeing the operation and maintenance of the system. "It is very gratifying to work for WAWSA, providing drinking water to cities and rural areas," says Pokrzywinski. Read More
North Dakota's Economy ranked #2
MoneyRates.com - Determining the best states by economy isn't simply a question of which states have the largest economies. Opportunity is created by change, so this study focuses on which state economies are growing fastest, based on GDP figures from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Washington was ranked 1st followed by North Dakota. North Dakota has been the champion for growth since 2009 with a blistering 6.9 percent annual growth rate. Last year its growth was a respectable 4.1 percent, good for 14th place nationally. Read More
Richland County's Per Capita Income ranks Highest in Montana
Sidney Herald - Based on information compiled by Montana State University's Local Government Center MSU Extension, Richland County's per capita income is the highest in the state. According to the "Montana Local Government Profiles," which was recently released, Richland County ranked first for per capital income in 2016 at $59,929. The study reports that Richland County has a population of 11,482 residents. Read More
Upcoming Williston Events
06/26 ------ Chamber Network Before Nine
Join Chamber members from 7:30 a.m.- 9 a.m. at Meg-A-Latte located in the New Hope Wesleyan Church.

06/27 ------ Farewell Open House for Cindy Sanford
Wish the longtime Job Service customer service manager farewell from 2-4 p.m. at Job Service in Williston. Open House Invitation

06/28 ------ Retirement Party for TrainND CEO Deanette Piesek
Celebrate Deanette's accomplisments during her 19 years at Williston State College and TrainND Northwest at 3 p.m. at TrainND. Retirement Party Invitation

06/28 ------ Summer Nights on Main
The first concert of the summer will begin at 5 p.m. on Main Street in Downtown Williston. Enjoy live music, food vendors, shopping and other activities for the whole family!

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

07/06-07------ 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
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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