Dear Williston Wire Readers,
This week the Williston Wire features two young professionals who have started their own medical practices. Katie Kringen is the owner and speech pathologist at Chatter Pediatric Therapy while Heather Howard is the owner and physical therapist at Live in Motion. Both businesses got started within the past three years; Katie currently employs 10 therapists while Heather has five. The future is bright in Williston! Come and check us out!
Shawn, Ann, Barb and Brenda
XTO Energy adds 20 Employees to Williston Field Office
Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson

XTO Energy has field offices in Williston, Killdeer, Alexander and Sidney, Mont. dedicated to its Bakken operations.
XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, has added 20 jobs to its Williston Field Office. These moves came with the closure of their metro Denver office on Sept. 1, 2017. The closure was part of a larger effort to move employees closer to the field. Williston's newest residents are high level employees involved with XTO's Bakken operations. Matthew Deveau, Operations Manager, was the first Denver-based senior company representative to make the move to Williston. He paved the way for the others by overseeing the office build-out and getting acclimated to living in western North Dakota. He said the transition has gone better than he expected; both at work and home. Read More
ProMed Plaza, Live in Motion celebrate Ribbon Cuttings, Grand Openings in Williston
Williston Economic Development

The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors helped ProMed Plaza and Live in Motion Physical Therapy Specialists celebrate their grand openings on Thursday, Jan. 25. The 18,000 square foot medical office building was built by Robert Howard Ph.D. to house his MedScan Laboratory and Advanced Drug Testing businesses. His daughter-in-law, Heather Howard, PT, DPT owns and operates Live in Motion. Heather employs three additional physical therapists and an athletic trainer. ProMed Plaza has room for another medical practice on the  main floor. The building is located at 1502 13th Ave W in Williston (near Outlaws Bar & Grill). 
Kringen, Chatter Pediatric Therapy to present at 1 Million Cups Feb. 7
Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson

The public is invited to hear Katie Kringen share how she started and expanded her private practice in Williston at 1 Million Cups on Feb. 7, at 8:30 a.m., in the Teton Lounge on the WSC campus.
Williston entrepreneur and speech and language pathologist will share how she started her private practice at 1 Million Cups on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Katie Kringen, owner of Chatter Pediatric Therapy, saw her first patients in a make-shift office at her husband's motorsports store. "Only in Williston could you buy a four-wheeler and receive speech therapy in one building," laughed Kringen.  Katie, a native of Bottineau, ND, received her Bachelor and Masters degrees in Speech & Language Pathology from Minot State University. She and her husband Josh moved their young family to Williston in 2015 and began Chatter. Initially, Katie housed her practice at their Mondak Sports dealership. Read More
Walmart Remodel underway in Williston

A larger craft section with fabric sales will return to the Williston store after the remodel.
The Williston Walmart is getting some upgrades. "Across the nation, we're the only store in North Dakota that will be remodeling other than Wahpeton, and so Wahpeton will get a remodel, as well," said Williston Walmart store Manager Josh Comer. Comer says one of the changes is expanded product offerings in the health and beauty section, including a larger selection of ethnic products. In the grocery section you will also find more ethnic foods, new produce and new deli counters. Comer also says many customers will be pleased to find the craft section restored. Electronics will be stocked with new items, and Walmart will also be carrying industrial tools. Read More
Future of Fire-damaged Hedderich's remains Unclear
KEYZ Radio

Dr. Loye Ashton won the Williston Economic Development Icon Award in late August 2017. The longtime owner of Hedderich's is still undecided on the future direction of the site. Photo / The Creative Treament
From icon to eyesore, the burnt out shell of the 100 year old Hedderich's building is garnering more gloomy stares these days and some folks are wondering, "how things are moving forward?"  More than six and a half months later, Public Works Director David Tuan is one of those people. "Unfortunately, we're not in the drivers' seat, since we do not own the property, but at some point very soon a deadline will be given and we'll have to either look to the property owner to make something happen or encourage him to find someone to help him," says Tuan. Read More
Williston City Commission approves Community Enhancement Grants for 20 Nonprofits
Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson

Pictured above are instructors and students in the Adult Learning Center's English Language Learners program. The program received $5,000 to expand its offerings in Williston and Watford City. Photo / Adult Learning Center
The Williston City Commission has approved 20 Community Enhancement grant applications totaling $50,000. The Community Enhancement program is part of the Williston STAR Fund. Each year, up to $50,000 is allocated to nonprofit groups and projects. Williston Economic Development Executive Director Shawn Wenko said the program helps improve the quality of life in the Williston region. "This year was a record year for applications," said Wenko. "We had 37 organizations apply with close to $477,000 in requested funds. Definitely an indication activity is on the upswing." Read More
Williston Airport ramps up Airline Recruitment
Williston Herald

Pictured is construction at the new Williston Basin International Airport on Jan. 23, 2018. Photo / XWA
The City of Williston is working with a consulting firm to attract more airline carriers to Williston. According to Anthony Dudas, Williston Airport Director, Trillion Aviation will help the city set up meetings with carriers to help educate them about the demand for flights out of Williston, as well as share information about the local economy to show the need for more flights. Dudas said in an interview recently, Sloulin Field is in a difficult position because the largest jets it can accomodate carry 50 passengers, and more carriers are planning to use larger planes. Traditional and low-cost carriers all want to use planes that can carry between 75 and 110 passengers.   Read More
Williston Police Department improves Radio Coverage
KEYZ Radio

The Williston police quietly wrap up work on a long running issue that could have effected response time to crime scenes and other emergencies, thank goodness says Cheif David Peterson, that didn't come to pass. Dark spots in their radio network. "Literally places in our community where our radios little to no coverage, and it was really a day to day whether that coverage was there," says Chief Peterson. Replacing radios in both patrol units and hand-held units as well booster towers have been part of the pricey solution, but response times are now optimal.  Read More
Williston Public School District promotes School Bond Vote
KEYZ Radio

Under the School District's proposal; fifth grade students would return to the elementary schools leaving grades 6-8 in the Williston Middle School. Photo / Williston Herald
In a radio interview, Superintendent of Williston Public School District Number 1 Michael Campbell discussed the issues facing the district as it promotes the school bond vote on March 20.  Listen to the interview     Williston Herald: Williston Public School District promotes Bond Vote    Williston Public School District #1 Proposed Building Project
Bestall to lead Chamber Board in 2018
News Release

Pictured is the 2018 Chamber board and officers. Photo / Williston Area Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber hosted its Annual Meeting of the Membership on Tuesday, Jan. 23. "We r
efocused on our mission - reviewing all that we do and why. Always making sure that we are serving our members and their needs," said Janna Lutz, Chamber President. The new officers for 2018 are Chair Mitzi Bestall (Re/Max Bakken Realty), Chair ElectBill Glen (Glen Development), Treasurer, Brad Curtis (American State Bank & Trust), and Secretary Lenny Johnson (Starboard). Read More
Chamber Banquet highlights Award Winners, Lt. Gov. Sanford
News Release

Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford spoke at the Williston Chamber Banquet Jan. 19 in Williston. Photo / Williston Economic Development
Over 325 attended the Chamber's Annual Awards Banquet held at McCody Concrete on Friday, Jan. 19. The Chamber presented six awards to the following recipients: Chamber Connector Award - Crystal Purdy (Candlewood Suites), Community Engagement Award - Brandy LaDue (Major Mortgage), E. Ward Koeser Advocacy Award - Brent Eslinger (Halliburton), Williston Leadership Award - Daniel Kalil (Williams County Commission), Patriot Award - Jordis Larvick and Distinguished Western Star Award - Diane Hagen. Read More   Williston Herald: Optimism prevails at Chamber Banquet
Callahan finalist for National Home Builders Award
Williston Herald

Ken Callahan has been named a finalist for the National Association of Home Builders award. Photo / The Creative Treatment
Back in the 80s boom, many builders came to Williston, but not all were up to par. And, more often than not, those builders of the moment didn't stick around to fix the problems they built. In 2009, with another boom beating on the Williston doorstep, business leaders in the community realized they needed to do something different about the impending onslaught. What they did was start a Williston Area Business Association. Ken Callahan was the organization's first president, and he has just been honored two years running now for nearly a decade of work on behalf of Williston's business industry. Read More    National Association of Home Builders
Home and Garden Show April 13-14 in Williston
News Release

The 2018 Home & Garden Show will be held April 13-14 at the Raymond Family Community Center in Williston.
The Williston Home & Garden Show will be held April 13-14 at the Raymond Family Community Center in Williston. The event is hosted and produced by the Williston Area Builders Association. The show attracts a large, qualified audience, ready to buy and eager to learn about the latest products and services for their homes. Register now to secure your booth space at the Home & Garden Show!  Vendor Registration
Upcoming Williston Events
01/26              January Power Breakfast
The Williston Women's Network will host  is morning power breakfast from 8-10 a.m. at the Williston ARC. Wendy Gendreau, certified personal development trainer and local business owner, will show participants how to Mind Map your top priorities for 2018.  Williston Women's Network Facebook page
02/06-08          Hard Spring Wheat Show
The show will be held at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center. Hard Spring Wheat Show agenda
02/07               1 Million Cups
1 Million Cups meets the first Wednesday of every month at 8:30 a.m. at Williston State College. Engage with entrepreneurs for one hour in the Teton Lounge.

02/08               Business After Hours
Williston Regional Economic Development will host the Chamber's Business After Hours from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the James Memorial Center for the Arts.

02/09                Williston Downtowners Association Annual Meeting
The Williston Downtowners Association will host its annual meeting at 8 a.m.

07/10-12          ND Water Resource Districts Association's Summer Meeting
The 2018 North Dakota Water Resource Districts Association's annual summer meeting will be held at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center.
Upcoming Energy Events
02/03                  API Chili Cook-Off
The 37th annual fundraising event will be held at the Grand Williston Hotel. Chili Cook-Off webpage
02/12                  Curt's Tool Inspection Job Fair
The job fair will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Williston Job Service office at 422 1st Ave. W. Job Fair flier

03/13                  Williston Basin Chapter API monthly meeting
The meeting will be held  at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center. The social will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The keynote speaker will be North Dakota Tax Commission Ryan Rauschenberger. 
03/21                  NDPC Denver Social
The meeting will be held at the Denver Petroleum Club in Denver, CO.

05/22-24             Williston Basin Petroleum Conference
The 26th annual event will be held in Bismarck, ND. Early bird general attendee registration is open until April 12, 2018. Conference Website

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.  Registration Information

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