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Williston Economic Development
May 26, 2017

Gonzaga Interns return to Williston; Spanner joins Economic Development

Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson  
Micah Spanner, a 24-year-old Gonzaga University student, is working with Williston Economic Development this summer. Williston Economic Development

Gonzaga University students are arriving in Williston again! The 2017 interns are working in the area through the end of the July. The fourteen students mark the fifth year of the Gonzaga-Williston internship program.  The program got its start with the help of two Williston brothers and Gonzaga alumni. During the height of activity in the Bakken Shale Oil Play, Jim and Tom Powers could see how the oil boom was impacting the workforce. In 2013, Jim (a GU trustee) and Tom discerned the opportunity for a Williston-GU partnership. Read More

 

 
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Williston Enplanements begin to rebound

Williston Herald
by Renee Jean

"We have now seen two consecutive months with 4% increases in enplaned passengers. I'm hopeful this will continue," said Anthony Dudas, Williston Airport Director to Williston Economic Development.
Williston's unemployment averages are showing a declining trend over the past three months, one of several indicators that activity in the Oil Patch is kicking up another notch, positioning the area for a strong year. Williston's unemployment in February was 3.8 percent, but has declined steadily since then to 3.4 percent, according to figures released by Williston Economic Development. That followed the state trend, which decreased from 3.7 to 3.4 percent for the same period, and the national trend, which rose a little from 4.7 to 4.9 percent from January to February, but declined to 4.5 percent in March. Read More   Economy at a Glance

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XWA Tribal Coordination efforts could serve as Model in Future

Williston Herald
by Renee Jean

The photo is from the XWA construction site on May 18, 2017. To stay up to date on the project visit http://www.xwaproject.com/. Williston Airport

A number of items critical to the completion of Williston's new international airport were approved at Tuesday night's City Commission meeting. Most of these were routine matters, but among them was one that could put the project in the national spotlight. The item was a $3.31 million tribal coordination contract. "When the FAA visited, they chose to highlight the work being done here as a model for future tribal coordination projects," David Tuan, Williston City Administrator said. That means it could well be used across the country on a variety of other projects, he added, crediting the work done by consultants on the airport project for being so innovative. Read More

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Williston celebrates Public Works Day

Williston Herald

Williston Public Works invited students to learn how they keep the City clean and safe on Thursday at the Raymond Family Community Center. Williston Herald
It may have been threatening to rain down on the parade of equipment displayed at Williston's Annual Public Works Day, but there was still plenty of sunshine to be had on the ground. It was all in the eyes and smiles of children eager to learn about all the strange contraptions that make the city go. "I know what this is," announced a first-grade girl as she stepped up to the city's largest snow plow in the fleet. "It's to scoop up the snow!" As she spoke, her hands spread wide then closed again, demonstrating both a scooping action and her youthful enthusiasm all at once. Read More

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Billion, Murphy form New Partnership, New Dealership in Williston

Williston Herald
by Renee Jean

Patrick Murphy and David Billion are pictured during a news conference at Murphy Motors in Williston recently. KEYZ Radio
David Billion and Patrick Murphy held a press conference on Tuesday, May 23 to announce plans for their joint business, officially named Williston Motors LLC, but doing business as Williston Auto.  "This is a big day in Williston history," Murphy said. "And we are going to do great things going forward. We are going to make things happen." Read More

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Lieutenant Bitz to retire June 1

News Release

 

Lieutenant Mark Bitz will celebrate his retirement June 1 at 3 p.m. at the Courthouse.

The public is invited to celebrate the retirement of a long-time Williston Police Officer on Thursday, June 1. Lieutenant Mark Bitz is retiring after 38 years of law enforcement service. His retirement celebration will be held at 3 p.m. in the Memorial Room at the Williams County Courthouse. 

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Williston School District seeks input on New Elementary School; Enrollment estimated to top 4,000 in

Williston Herald
by Jamie Kelley

A series of public meetings this week are set to hear from residents about a proposed new elementary school for Williston Public School District 1. The meetings, which started Monday and are scheduled for today through Thursday at the district's elementary schools, will be a combination of a presentation on the district's enrollment projections, taking public input on the school proposal and answer any questions residents might have about the proposed project. Enrollment has continued to grow throughout the area, district Superintendent Michael Campbell said, and that looks to continue. In a board meeting earlier this month, Campbell said that enrollment estimates put the district at nearly 4,000 students for next school year and at or over that number for the 2018-2019 school year.  Read More

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Gov. Burgum seeks Oil Industry input to improve Pipeline Safety

News Release

Gov. Doug Burgum today (Tuesday, May 23, 2017) gathered oil and gas company representatives, agency officials and other stakeholders to discuss best practices and latest technologies for transporting crude oil and produced water in North Dakota and to improve monitoring, leak detection and communication of spills. Burgum convened the invitation-only meeting at Bismarck State College to foster an open dialogue about what is being done to prevent spills and monitor pipelines and what new technologies and methods are available to improve fluid transportation. "Our administration is committed to improving spill prevention, encouraging the use of cutting-edge monitoring and detection measures and streamlining how spills are reported and analyzed to determine the root causes of pipeline leaks," Burgum said. Read More 

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News Owners to open Crosby Lodge

Crosby Journal

The new owners of the Crosby Lodge are getting the hotel ready to reopen soon.
From the distressed wood headboards to repurposed wooden oars, the new Crosby Lodge will be unique. Partners Lucas and Becki Schumacher and Amber Haugland -- along with friends and family -- have been updating the rooms in the former Golden Hub Motel, with plans to greet their first guests next week. To read the full story, sign in to the Crosby Journal's online edition.

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Job Service prepares for Watford City Job Fair June 14

KEYZ Radio
by Dee James

Getting the word out that people who need jobs should come back to North Dakota . . . that's the goal of Williston's Job Service.  News Radio sat down with Cindy Sanford and Fran Zerr to talk about their first job fair in Watford City at the Rough Rider Center on June 14th from 3-7pm.  Read More

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Little Texas to headline Watford City Ribfest Aug. 11

Roundup

Little Texas will be featured at the Best in the West Ribfest Aug. 11 in Watford City.
One of the biggest events in Western North Dakota takes place on Main Street Watford City. The Best of the West Ribfest, Street Fair and Classic Car show is set for August 11, 2017 and it just keeps getting bigger and better than ever with three-time Grammy nominated country act, Little Texas headlining the free concert on Main Street. Read More

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Upcoming Williston Events

05/29                 Williston Boys Baseball Golf Tournament
Celebrate Memorial Day with a round of golf at the annual Williston Boys Baseball Golf Tournament. The cost is $50 per player.
 
06/07                 1 Million Cups
The June 1 Million Cups meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. at the Teton Lounge on the Williston State College campus.

06/07                 Sloulin Field Redevelopment Meeting
The second community input meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Williston Area Recreation Center. The public is invited to participate in planning the future of the Sloulin Field International Airport site.

06/16                  2017 Play for a Cause Golf Classic
The annual golf tournament sponsored by CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Foundation will begin at 7:30 a.m. with registration at the Eagle Ridge Golf Club. The shotgun start will be held at 9 a.m. followed by lunch, a social and awards at 11 a.m. Golf Classic Website   

06/17                  Lemonade Day
Get ready for this fun-filled activity that teaches youth how to run their own business. Click Here to Register 
 
06/24-28            Upper Missouri Valley Fair
Food, family and fun are here for you at the Upper Missouri Valley Fair! Get your tickets early at the Williston CVB office. UMV Fair website

07/08                  Rockin' Ribfest
Don't miss your chance to be involved in the 2017 Rockin' Ribfest!!  The Chamber and Patriot Productions are cooking up the event of the summer! Plan to enjoy delicious ribs, music from Slamabama, Monster Truck Show, kids activities, and much more! 

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