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April 7, 2017

Williston Chief of Police Lokken to retire; Public invited to Retirement Celebration April 20

Williston Economic Development

Williston Chief of Police James Lokken has served law enforcement for 46 years.

The public is invited to a retirement celebration for Williston Chief of Police James Lokken on Thursday, April 20 at 3 p.m. at the Old Armory in Williston. Lokken has actively served law enforcement in northwestern North Dakota for 46 years. He who was born and raised in Crosby, ND and graduated from Minot State College with a degree in Criminal Justice in 1972. He began his illustrious law enforcement  at the Divide County Sheriff's Department in 1972. He worked in the Crosby area for two years before transferring to the Williston Police Department in 1974. He moved up through the ranks from  patrolman in 1974 to Chief of Police beginning in 2008. Lokken married Peggy VanBerkom in September of 1973. They have one son, Les Lokken, a Sgt. with the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

  
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Williams County Sheriff Busching to retire July 1

Williston Herald
by Elizabeth Hackenburg

Sheriff Scott Busching submits his retirement letter to county commissioners. Elizabeth Hackenburg / Williston Herald
With a mix of brevity and humor, Williams County Sheriff Scott Busching turned in his letter of resignation to county commissioners on Tuesday, April 4. Busching, who plans to retire on July 1, told board members that he is eyeing the prospect of retirement with a bit of trepidation. "It was a difficult decision, but they all say when it's time you know it; and it's time... I've had a good run, it's been a great time, I'd do it all again, no regrets." Read More
 
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Williston partners with ND Cares Coalition to strengthen support for Veterans

Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson
 
Pictured are Darcie Handt, ND Cares executive director; Howard Klug, Williston mayor and David Tuan, city administrator. Williston Economic Development
Community leaders from Williston have officially partnered with the ND Cares Coalition to help broaden support to Service Members, Veterans, Families and Survivors. A representative from ND Cares was in Williston on April 5 to welcome Williston to the coalition. Williston Mayor Howard Klug and City Administrator David Tuan joined ND Cares Executive Director Darcy Handt during a brief recognition ceremony. Partner cities agree to host at least one annual activity to support military members and post a ND Cares road sign on a main thoroughfare. 
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Tuan to speak at Eggs & Issues April 12

News Release

Williston City Administrator David Tuan is the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce's featured speaker for its April Eggs and Issues meeting. The City of Williston has experienced some dramatic changes in the last several years. David will share specifics on infrastructure projects, organizational changes, the new airport, population growth and much more! Eggs & Issues Flier
 
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Citywide Cleanup April 29; Free Landfill Day May 6

Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson

The City of Williston is gearing up for its annual spring cleanup. The "I Will Keep Williston Clean Will You?" campaign will be held on Saturday, April 29, at 8:30 a.m. at Davidson Park. The spring cleanup is a sign that warmer weather and the summer tourist season is coming. The cleanup is scheduled just in time for the annual Band Day Parade ; Williston's longest running festival. The 2-day event will begin May 12 with the Prelude Supper and Concert and continue May 13 with the 1-mile fun run, parade and park activities.  Read More 

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E-rase your E-waste, Earth Day 5K April 21 & 22 in Williston

News Release

North Dakota Recycling Services (NDRS) is sponsoring an Earth Day campaign to support a greener, more sustainable future in Williston. The two-day event will feature an E-rase your E-waste Drive Friday and Saturday plus a free BBQ on Friday and a 5K Fun Run on Saturday. NDRS encourages families to bring their old electronics to the recycling center and enjoy a free BBQ on Friday.   E-rase Your E-waste Flier
 
 
 
 
 
 
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1 Million Cups caffeinates Entrepreneurs

Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson
 
Joel Whitthoeft and his wife Hannah are starting Believe & Achieve Nutrition in Williston soon. Joel is pictured on the left. Brandy LaDue, pictured on the right, announced Williston Friendly Faces is partnering with Williston Community Builders in 2017 to bring a community garden to Williston.

About 40 people attended the second 1 Million Cups (1MC) Williston meeting on Wednesday, April 5. The featured startups were Williston Friendly Faces and Believe & Achieve Nutrition. Brandy LaDue announced Friendly Faces will be partnering with Williston Community Builders in 2017; one of their major projects will be establishing a community garden in Williston. Meanwhile, Joel and Hannah Whitthoeft provided samples of the products they will be selling at Believe & Achieve Nutrition. The new smoothie business will celebrate its grand opening April 29 at the corner of University and Broadway. The next 1MC Williston meeting will be held Wednesday, May 3 at 8:30 a.m. at the Teton Lounge on the Williston State College campus.

 
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Governor's Band from Williston plays in Bismarck

KFYR-TV

Williston Senator Brad Bekkedahl and Representative Gary Sukut enjoy listening to the Governor's Band at the state capitol on April 5. Bekkedahl was a member of the WHS band and remains active with the City Band in Williston.
The music program at Williston High School is known for being top-notch. Wednesday, April 5, that reputation took the band all the way to the state capitol to play for Gov. Doug Burgum. The Williston High School Wind Ensemble has been named the Governor's Band for 2016-2017. They played classics like John Phillip Sousa's Stars and Stripes and the Flickertail March. The governor took it upon himself to take a selfie with the students. For those who played, it was an experience they will never forget. "I think it's a great honor to be the Governor's band. I think it's the first time Williston High School has been selected, so it's really cool that my senior year we get to do this. And of course, playing for the governor is a great honor," said Jamie Kohler, senior.   Read More
 
 
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Tioga seeks Micro Retail Options for Main Street

Tioga Tribune
by Jody Michael
Tioga seeks micro retail options for its empty Main Street lots. An example is pictured above.
Small retail spaces are the focus of the Tioga Economic Development Corporation's new proposal for the six and a half empty Main Street lots it owns. It's a project that Tioga Economic Development Director Dennis Lindahl is spearheading. He said the inspiration came from a conversation with Don Cardon of Phoenix-based Cardon Development Group, which Williston has hired to redevelop the site of its current airport once it has relocated to a new facility currently under construction. To read more, go to the Tioga Tribune online edition

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Watford City Golf Course hires Management Firm; prepares for Major Transformation

Minot Daily News

The board of directors at Fox Hills Golf Course near Watford City has retained Lincoln, Neb.-based Landscapes Management Co. on a 5-year contract to operate the city-owned nine-hole track, now in the midst of a major transformation. Fox Hills is located along N.D. Highway 23, one and a half miles east from the center of Watford City.  Read More

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Minot considers converting Downtown Parking Lot to Gathering Space

Minot Daily News

Submitted Photo A preliminary design draft for a downtown gathering space shows open space, a playground, covered shelter and bench seating.
Minot's disaster resilience program has identified a Trinity Health parking lot as a potential location for a new downtown gathering space. "What's really nice about that parking lot is it meets most of the qualifications set out," said City Manager Tom Barry. The two-acre site is suitable in size and in location as a gateway to downtown and its proximity to city hall and the parking structures. A preliminary draft design from the planning department shows trees, a playground, restrooms with water fountain, open areas for activities, benches and a covered shelter. Read More


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Egg Hunting Season begins

Roundup

Easter egg hunting seasons officially opens in the area in the next two weeks, and you can be sure there will be enough eggs to go around. Easter egg hunts in the Williston area will be held on Saturday, April 8th, at 1 p.m. CT at the Confluence Center/Fort Buford and Wednesday, April 12, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., the Little Sprouts Egg Hunt will be held at the Williston Visitors Center. Read More     Williston Herald: Easter Egg Hunts abound

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Upcoming Williston Events

04/07-09         Bonnie and Clyde: The Musical
Entertainment, Inc! will present the musical April 7 through April 9 at the Old Armory Theatre. Showtimes

04/07-08         2017 Home and Garden Show
Whether you are in the market for a new home, looking to renovate or interested in home improvement projects; the home and garden show has much to offer! The show runs April  7 from 2-7 p.m. and April 8 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Raymond Family Community Center. Home and Garden Show Flier

04/08               Walk a Mile [In Her Shoes ]
To kick-off April as sexual assault awareness month Williston State College will host the event from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.  News Release

04/08              Back the Blue 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at Spring Lake Park.

04/11              Williston City Commission
The commission meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

04/12               Eggs and Issues
Williston City Administrator David Tuan will be the featured guest speaker at the Chamber program. The breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. at TrainND Northwest. Please RSVP to the Chamber at 577-6000 to ensure adequate food is available.

04/12               Little Sprout Egg Hunt
The event will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Williston Visitor's Center. Egg Hunt Flier
 
04/20               Chief James Lokken Retirement
Join us to thank Chief Lokken for his 26 years of law enforcement service at 3 p.m. at the Old Armory.
 
04/29               Clean Up Williston
Volunteers will meet at Davidson Park at 8:30 a.m. to retrieve trash bags & gloves to pick up trash throughout Williston. Clean Up Williston Flier
 
05/06               Free Williston Landfill Day
The annual spring cleanup event will be held from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Free Williston Landfill Day Flier
 
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