Sept. 21, 2018
Dear Williston Wire Readers,

Wet weather didn't dampen spirits at the XWA Beam Signing Sept. 20 in Williston. Hundreds gathered at the New Armory for a free BBQ chicken meal prepared in honor of the region's farmers and ranchers and to sign the beam. The beam will ultimately be part of the new terminal building at  the Williston Basin International Airport.

Enjoy your weekend!
 Shawn, Ann, Barb and Brenda
Community gathers to sign XWA Beam
Williston Mayor Howard Klug signs the XWA Terminal beam at a ceremony at the New Armory Thursday, Sept. 20. KEYZ Radio photo


KEYZ Radio - With Mayor Howard Klug taking the lead, citizens of Williston and residents of other parts of the region took pen in hand and signed their name on the last beam that will be hoisted high above the floor of the terminal out at the New Williston Basin International Airport, (XWA). "This is a monumental moment for the city of Williston and this project is not just a Williston project, it's a project for the region," said Klug. Read More

Bekkedahl named Outstanding Elected Official
Pictured are City Commissioner Tate Cymbaluk, Williston Mayor Howard Klug, City Commissioner Brad Bekkedahl and City Administrator David Tuan. City of Williston photo

News Release - Brad Bekkedahl, Williston City Commissioner, was named 2018 Outstanding City Elected Official by the North Dakota League of Cities during the League's Annual Conference, Sept. 15, in Grand Forks. Brad's nomination form began with the following statements: "Brad is the epitome of a civil servant. He has guided his city through economic prosperities and hardships, infrastructure buildouts and declines, and dramatic population swings..." Read More

WSC sets Fall Enrollment Record
Scholarship programs help boost enrollment at Williston State College.
News Release - WILLISTON, N.D. - Record fall enrollment continues at Williston State College with 1,124 registered students according to census totals released Tuesday, September 18. Of this fall's enrollees, 893 students are from North Dakota while 124 are from Montana. The remaining 107 come from several other states, Canada, and other countries. Read More
Williston Parks and Rec Leader earns Award
Darin Krueger is pictured with his wife Amy Krueger after winning the NDRPA Distinguished Professional Award. Submitted photo
News Release - Darin L. Krueger, Executive Director of the Williston Parks and Recreation District was recently presented with the North Dakota Recreation and Parks Association's Distinguished Professional Award at the annual awards banquet in Dickinson on Sept. 12. Krueger said, "This award is for me and my teammates at WPRD, including past and present staff and park board commissioners, as well as the entire Williston Community. Working together we have achieved great things for everyone that lives and visits here! I can't wait to see what the future holds for WPRD and Williston!" Read More
Williston Works Podcast Episode 3 features John Lisle of S and B Drilling
S&B Drilling's John Lisle is the featured guest with  host Shawn Wenko on the Williston Works Podcast this week.

Williston Economic Development - Williston Economic Development is releasing its third Williston Works Podcast episode today. The podcast features John Lisle of S&B Drilling. Learn how the startup persevered through a slumping oil and gas industry on YouTube at

Natasha's Canvas celebrates Ribbon Cutting in Williston
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held recently at Natasha's Canvas located at 4315 9th Ave West, Ste. 427.
Williston Area Chamber of Commerce - Congratulations to Natasha's Canvas on its ribbon cutting on Sept. 21. The new boutique specializes in many artistic areas: makeup artistry, spray tanning, maskcara beauty, face painting, glitter tattoos, & wall murals! In studio or on location!  Call for more information 701-651-5041.
Longtime Williston Furniture Store to Close
After 47 years in the furniture business, Tim Conlin and his wife Liz are retiring and closing the doors to Budget Home Furnishings in Williston. Williston Herald photo
Williston Herald - After nearly half century, a Williston business owner is closing his doors. For over 80 years the name Conlin has been synonymous with furniture in the Williston area. Ed Conlin founded Conlin's Furniture in 1937 and was joined by his son Clem shortly thereafter. Now, all these years later, the last Conlin involved with the furniture business is stepping away.  Read More
Watford City, Stanley, Belfield win Main Street Awards
The community of Belfield won the Main Street Revitalizer Award for improvements in Downtown Belfield. Dickinson Press

News Release - Gov. Doug Burgum has announced the recipients of the 2018 Main Street Awards honoring communities that show excellence in elevating the three pillars of the Main Street Initiative through local projects or other efforts. "We deeply appreciate the commitment and dedication of communities to differentiate and enhance the quality of life for their residents, present and future," Burgum said. Read More 

Dickinson Press: Belfield wins Main Street Revitalizer Award

New Watford City Elementary School to be built near High School
A new elementary school is planned in the Fox Hills subdivision in Watford City. McKenzie County Public School District No. 1 photo
McKenzie County Farmer - Watford City is one step closer to having a second elementary school as the McKenzie County Public School District No. 1 school board has chosen a site in the Fox Hills subdivision. The board gave serious consideration to two other sites in the Homestead subdivision but according to Steve Holen, district superintendent, the Fox Hills site was the best choice at the present time.  For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer
PSC to hold Public Hearing on Roosevelt Gas Plant Expansion Sept. 27 in Watford City
The PSC will hold a public hearing Sept. 27 in Watford City about the Roosevelt Gas Plant expansion.
McKenzie County Farmer - The North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold a public hearing in Watford City on Thursday, Sept. 27, regarding a proposal for a gas processing plant expansion in McKenzie County. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. at Teddy's Residential Suites. Hiland Partners Holdings LLC has submitted an application for a permit to expand the capacity of its Roosevelt Gas Plant from 60 million standard cubic feet per day to 260 million standard cubic feet per day. The cost of the expansion is estimated at $150 million.  For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer
Williston CVB to host New Walleye  Tournament Oct. 6
News Release - The Lewis & Clark Big 10 Showdown is a new walleye tournament scheduled to launch out of Lewis & Clark State Park the morning of October 6, with an inclement weather day on October 7. The tournament can accommodate up to 100 teams, and comes with a guaranteed first place prize of $10,000. Read More
Upcoming Williston Events
09/24-25 ------ Candidate Forum
The forums will be held at 6 p.m. at the Williston Area Recreation Center.

09/25 ------ Williston City Commission
The Williston City Commission meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at 6 p.m. in the Commission Room at City Hall.
09/29 ------ Clean Up Williston
Help clean up Williston from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Supplies and refreshments will be available at Davidson Park. There will also be roll-offs for used tires (four maximum), metals and other materials. Help keep Williston clean and pick up up trash in your neighborhood, business, boulevards and parks.

10/03 ------ 1 Million Cups Williston
The owners of startups will share their business strategies at 8:30 a.m. at the Teton Lounge on the Williston State College campus.

10/04 ------ Women in Leadership Expo
The expo will be held from 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. at TrainND. $59 per person. Limited Seating Available! Register at  Williston in Leadership Expo or call 701-572-2835.

10/4 ------ Mountrail Williams Electric Cooperative Open House
The community is invited to the cooperative's new facility at 218 58th St. W. Enjoy tours and refreshments from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. 

10/06 ------ Breast Cancer Fashion Show
CHI St. Alexius Health Williston will offer its 2nd annual fashion show at the Skadeland Gym on the Williston State College campus. Ticket Information

10/15 ------ Williams County Candidate Forum
KEYZ Radio is sponsoring the forum at 6 p.m. at the Williston ARC.
10/17 ------ Williams County Candidate Forum
KEYZ Radio is sponsoring the forum at 6 p.m. at the Williston ARC. 
Upcoming Energy Events
09/24-26 ------ North Dakota Petroleum Council Annual Meeting
The meeting will be held at the Ramada in Fargo, ND.

09/24 ------ Bakken 2.0 Free Seminar
The public is invited to a free event from 3-5 p.m. at The Sanctuary in Fargo. The workshop is part of the NDPC annual meeting. Learn about the latest technological innovations and economic developments in Bakken energy from world-renowned experts in shale oil. Registration
09/25 ------ Nuverra Open Interviews
Nuverra Environmental Solutions will provide open interviews on Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 6565 Hwy 40 S. in Tioga, 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

10/09  ------ Williston Basin Chapter API Monthly Meeting
The meeting will be held at the Grand Williston Hotel in the Lewis & Clark/Roosevelt Room. The social will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m.
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.
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