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January 20, 2017

Williston Public Works moves forward with Plans for New Building

Williston Herald

A project to expand and renovate Williston's public works building, estimated to cost $20 million, will be included on the list of priorities for the city in 2017. The expansion project was incorporated into the city's 2010 master plan but the surge of regional activity required focus on infrastructure upgrades to facilitate water, road and sewer improvements. With many of the large-form projects complete, attention could be redirected to earlier plans.
"They've been planning this move for a few years and 2017 is first year we've had a chance to schedule everything," City Administrator David Tuan said. Read More

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Williston Economic Development unveils New Trade Region Map

Williston Economic Development

Williston Economic Development has created a new map to help developers and investors better understand the dynamics of the Williston Trade Region. The 11" by 17" map features the Williston Trade Region on one side; including the populations of  communities from Wolf Point, MT to Plaza, ND and Ambrose, ND to Richey, MT. "As we continue to push commercial, it has been really hard for developers to understand our trade region," said Shawn Wenko, Williston Economic Development executive director. "The maps provide useful information for people who are not familiar with the Williston area." The second side of the map features Williston's commercial subdivisions; including the size, zoning and location of the developments. The free maps may be picked  up at the Center for Development building located at 113 4th St. E.

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Study presents Population Projections for Williston; 2.8 Percent Growth predicted

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The Williston Grown Impact Analysis projects Williston's population growth during the next six years.
Cities in North Dakota's oil-producing counties have added infrastructure to accommodate expected growth as the industry recovers from the downturn in oil prices.  But as drilling and production activity pick up, more growth will strain the ability of cities to keep pace with needs of a growing population.   AE2S Nexus gathered in the information for six western North Dakota communities and the Western Dakota Energy Association. The Williston study predicts the population will grow at an average yearly rate of 2.8 percent. Read More
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Grimshaw named 2017 Williston Chamber Chair; Annual Awards Banquet Jan. 20

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Pictured from left to right: Travis Kelly, 2016 Past Chair; Rick Braatan, 2017 Past Chair; and Matt Grimshaw, 2017 Chair. Williston Chamber
The Chamber hosted its Annual Meeting of the Membership on Tuesday Jan. 17, 2017. The Chamber acknowledged Past Chairs and notably, the 2016 past Chair Travis Kelly of Target Logistics was recognized with gratitude for 6 years served on the board. The membership voted in new director terms and officers were selected. Read More   Williston Herald: Chamber prepares for 2017
 

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ND Community Foundation, Statoil give Grants to Educators

Williston Herald

Amanda Skinner, a robotics instructor at Williston High School, receives a grant from Ward Koeser, Board President of the Northwest North Dakota Community Foundation.
A new K-12 grant program rolled out Tuesday, Jan. 17 by Statoil is designed to help ensure educators continue their investment in science, technology, engineering and math education, popularly known as STEM. In a partnership with the Northwest North Dakota Community Foundation, Statoil allocated $50,000 to create the Statoil STEM Education Fellowship program. Of that, $35,000 will be invested into educators this year through a competitive application process.  Read More

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New Bakken Elementary Principal meets Parents

Williston Herald

Bakken Elementary principal Jeremy Mehlhoff met with parents recently to lay the groundwork for the remainder of the school year. Williston Herald
Newly appointed Bakken Elementary principal Jeremy Mehlhoff met with parents of fifth and sixth graders recently. Mehlhoff mentioned the acronym CHAMPS, which stands for Conversation, Help, Activities, Movement, Participation and Success. These are further broken into subcategories that he hopes to implement in the remainder of the school year. He conveyed that his primary focus was to ensure students be respectful of teachers, each other and the school. "I want our kids to feel safe," he said. Read More

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WSC to honor Military Veterans at Hockey Game Jan. 21

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As a thank you to all military members and veterans, Men's Hockey will be hosting a "Shirts off our Back" promotional game Saturday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m., when they face Colorado University. Military families may receive free admission by showing a military ID at the game. WSC's hockey players will be wearing a military appreciation jersey designed for this event. The jerseys will be auctioned off during the game. Read More

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Tourism is Big Business in North Dakota

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Actor Josh Duhamel has played a big role in the ND Department of Tourism's advertising campaign.
Tourism might conjure images of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, but that's not the only thing bringing people to North Dakota - and all together, it's adding up to big business. A new research study commissioned by North Dakota Tourism found 21.9 million people visited the state in 2015 and spent $3.1 billion. The figure might seem high, but Sara Otte Coleman, director of the North Dakota Department of Commerce's Tourism Division, said it's an accurate count. Read More

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WalletHub ranks North Dakota as Best State to raise Family

Williston Herald

WalletHub names North Dakota best place to raise a family in 2017.

Silvia Zubke moved from the bustling South American city of Bogota, Colombia to the quiet of North Dakota - or so she thought. Now, 9 years later, she's watched Williston undergo a dramatic transformation, and she and her three young sons are some of the faces that have changed it. North Dakota continues to be a national leader in business according to Forbes, but a recent study conducted by WalletHub, a personal finance website, has also determined it outranks all other states as best to raise a family. Read More

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Ribbon Cutting held for Mountrail County Justice Center in Stanley

Mountrail County Promoter

The Mountrail County Justice Center celebrated its ribbon cutting and dedication on Friday, Jan. 13 in Stanley, ND. Mountrail County Promoter
Mountrail County officials and residents gathered with representatives from around the state to celebrate the ribbon cutting and dedication of the new Mountrail County Justice Center on Friday, Jan. 13. The new addition to the Mountrail County Courthouse will provide additional space for the jail as well as create new courtroom space and office space for court-related services. Read More

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Ray Hotel Developer abandons Project

Williston Herald

A developer who set out to build a hotel in Ray announced this week that the project is off. Sky Watch Group's decision came after the expiration of an extension granted in the fall, which allowed until Jan. 1 for the establishment of an escrow account and the development of a building plan. Neither were completed, continuing a pattern of missed deadlines that has frustrated county officials. Read More

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Upcoming Williston Events

01/20              Williston Chamber Annual Banquet
Journey to "Paris" and enjoy an evening of entertainment, awards and networking.  The dinner and program will be held from 6-10 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center. Call the Chamber to reserve dinner tickets at 701-577-6000.
 
01/21               Military Appreciation Night
Men's hockey will be hosting a "Shirts off our Back" promotional game when they face Colorado University. Military families may receive free admission by showing a military ID at the game.
 
01/24              Williston City Commission
The commission meets the second and fourth Tuesday's of each month at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

02/07-09         Hard Spring Wheat Show 
The annual event will feature guest speakers, a trade show, photo contest, bread fair and much more at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center.

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.
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