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February 17, 2017

David Tuan Op-Ed: Working in Williston all about being Resilient

Op-Ed Submission
by David Tuan, Williston City Administrator

While oil and gas markets may have been slow to wake up from hibernation during the early months of 2017, the northwest region, by contrast, has been bustling with activity. Despite all of this activity (and maintaining long hours in the office to keep up!), we sometimes forget to stop and breathe for a moment, in order to share updates and news with our partners outside of the region. And while I'm always inclined to lead with our successes, sometimes the sales pitch tactic gets old and people just want to know the bottom line: what's really happening and where are we headed. With that in mind, I'm here to tell you that for better or worse, we have one heck of a season ahead of us in the northwest. Read More
 
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Help "Reimagine Williston"; Sloulin Field Redevelopment Meeting Feb. 22

Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson

The Sloulin Field Redevelopment community input meeting will be held Feb. 22 from 6-8 p.m. at the Williston Area Recreation Center.
The City of Williston is seeking community input on the future planning, design and management of a massive redevelopment in Williston. The first of three town hall meetings will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 6-8 p.m. at the Williston Area Recreation Center. 
Construction on the Sloulin Field Redevelopment Project will begin after the new Williston Basin International Airport opens sometime in 2019. Williston City Administrator David Tuan emphasizes that the two projects complement each other. Read More
 
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Williston Airport Manager resigns; New Airport remains on track

Williston Herald

Construction on Williston's new airport will begin when weather permits in the Spring of 2017.
The Williston City Commission unanimously accepted the resignation of Williston Airport Director Steven Kjergaard at its Feb. 14 meeting, but his parting shouldn't impede the construction of the Williston Basin International Airport, city officials said. "I'd like to thank him for his work for the airport and the city and what he did for us during some crazy times," Chris Brostuen, city commissioner said in his motion to accept the resignation. "I wish him the best in his future endeavours." Kjergaard's letter was received on Monday, the day of his departure, according to David Tuan, Williston city administrator. "It has been an honor and a privilege to work for the citizens of Williston and I wish this community the best moving forward," Kjergaard's letter reads. Read More

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House delays Action on Hub Cities Bill

Bismarck Tribune
by Amy Dalrymple

Gary Sukut, R-Williston, urges house lawmakers to vote yes on HB 1366, a bill that would fund infrastructure primarily in western North Dakota. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune
A bill to provide funding for western North Dakota communities failed in the state House Feb. 14, but lawmakers said they plan to address funding for the oil-impacted areas in the second half of the legislative session. House Bill 1366, which relates to the way oil tax revenue is distributed to cities, counties and schools in the Bakken, failed with a 37-54 vote. House Majority Leader Al Carlson, R-Fargo, urged lawmakers to vote no to the bill, emphasizing that it would be better to address funding for oil-impacted areas after the March revenue forecast is released. Read More

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Williston Community Enhancement Program donates $50,000 to Regional Nonprofits

Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson

The Williston City Commission has approved a recommendation from the STAR Fund board to allocate $50,000 to 16 area nonprofit organizations. The funding was made available through the STAR Fund's Community Enhancement Program. The STAR Fund is financed by a voter-approved one cent City sales tax; one-fourth of the sales tax benefits economic and community development projects while the remainder of the sales tax supports property tax relief through debt reduction and infrastructure improvements. Read More

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1 Million Cups Williston invites Community to March 1 Meeting

Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson

The 1 Million Cups Williston will have its first monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 11 at the Williston State College Teton Lounge. The program was sought by Williston Economic Development to support startups in the Williston trade region. 1 Million Cups is a five-year old program that was started in Kansas City by the Kauffman Foundation. Each meeting will follow the same format; two presenters will speak for six minutes followed by 20 minutes of questions and answers. To seek more information email williston@1millioncups.com.

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Williston, Williams County Comprehensive Transportation Plan moves forward

Williston Herald
by Jamie Kelly

A plan that would set development, zoning and road construction priorities for the next two decades could go before the Williston City and Williams County commissions as early as the middle of March. The Planning and Zoning boards for both Williston and Williams County unanimously recommended the plan after a public hearing Thursday evening that saw only a few comments and almost no opposition. Read More

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ND Reclamation Conference Feb. 20-21 in Dickinson

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Visit the ND Reclamation website for more information.
Darryl R. Nelson, cofounder of NELSON Environmental Remediation Ltd. in Edmonton, Alberta , Canada is the keynote speaker at the fifth annual North Dakota Reclamation Conference set for Feb. 20-21 at the Astoria Hotel and Convention Center in Dickinson, ND. Nelson and his brother founded the company in 1992, which specializes in thermal remediation of soil contaminated with organic compounds such as petroleum hydrocarbons and other chemicals. That process will be the focus of his presentation at 6:30 Monday evening. A welcome reception is planned at 5:30. Read More

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MonDak Pulse Day encourages Pulse Crops in Rotation

KUMV-TV &
Williston Herald

Dr. Michael Wunsch presents at the MonDak Pulse Day conference in Williston. Renee Jean / Williston Herald
Pulses like soybeans, chickpeas, and lentils, are important crops to farmers in the area."Pulse is good to have in your rotation. It gives you a break from diseases on some of the other crops that we have, but it adds a nutritional benefit also," says Brian Gion, Northern Pulse Growers Association Marketing Director. Mondak Pulse Day is an opportunity for farmers to stay up to date. "That diversification is important. Pulse crops are a major part of that," says Eric Butler, Tractor & Equipment Ag. Sales Rep. Read More  Williston Herald: MonDak Pulse Day Update

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City of Minot receives Funds for Fire Extinguisher Training for Residents

Minot Daily News

Call the Minot Fire Marshall for more information about the training sessions at 701-857-4740 or at brian.andersen@minotnd.org.
The City of Minot has received a $5,000 Hess Corporation grant and an $8,000 grant from the Minot Area Community Foundation to provide realistic fire extinguisher training to Minot residents. The new system is known as BullEx, a digital fire extinguisher training system, according to a press release from the city. "It works like a video game," says Fire Marshal Brian Andersen in the press release. "The animated flames are life-like and the artificial smoke can fill a room. It's great we managed to receive the funds to have this handy for the community." Read More

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Crosby takes next step to Remodel City Hall

Crosby Journal

Crosby City Council members agreed to move forward last week with a remodel of City Hall, reviewing an initial drawing and preliminary budget of $788,000. "Hopefully this is the highest number you ever see," said Councilman Steve Dhuyvetter. "When you don't know exactly what you're going to do yet, everything is set for worst case scenario." Council members stated their intention of signing a Construction Manager at Risk contract with Shingobee Builders. To read the full story, sign in to the online edition.

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Upcoming Williston Events

02/21               Williston Planning & Zoning Commission
The commission meets the third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. Agenda

02/22               Sloulin Field Redevelopment Public Input Meeting 
The public is invited to attend the town hall meeting to discuss development possibilities at the Sloulin Field International Airport site. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Williston Area Recreation Center.

02/28               Williston City Commission
The commission meets the second and fourth Tuesday's of each month at 6 p.m. at City Hall. 

03/01               1 Million Cups
Support early-stage startups and attend the high-energy meeting at 8:30 a.m. in the Teton Lounge on the campus of Williston State College. There will be two presenters and coffee from the Smiling Moose Deli.

03/09               Business After Hours
Mainstay Suites will host the Chamber's monthly networking social from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
 
03/10               Eggs & Issues
The Chamber program will be held from 7:30-9 a.m. a TrainND Northwest.
 
03/17               Shamrockin' the Bakken Taste of Williston
The Chamber annual social will be held from 6-10:30 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center.

03/22              Williston Job Fair
The event will be held at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center. Job Fair Flier for Job Seekers 
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