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Williston Economic Development
July 22, 2016

Airport Open House July 27 in Williston

News Release
The open house will utilize exhibits and displays to show what the airport will look like once it is completed.
The public is invited to an Open House for the new Williston Basin International Airport on Wednesday, July 27, from 3-8 p.m. at the Williston Area Recreation Center. The event will give area residents a sneak peak at preliminary designs for the terminal. "This special event will allow anyone interested in the airport to see and hear about all that is planned and celebrate the progress that has been made," said Steven Kjergaard, Airport Manager. Read More.

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Clean Up Williston July 29; Volunteers invited to Free Picnic at Davidson Park

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Clean Up Williston Day will be headquartered at Davidson Park on Friday, July 29 from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The public is encouraged to help Clean Up Williston on Friday, July 29, from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Clean Up event will be stationed 
 at Davidson Park where volunteers will receive the popular "I Will Keep Williston Clean, Will You?" t-shirts, garbage bags, gloves and safety vests (while supplies last). A complimentary luncheon will be provided for participants by Phillips & Jordan at the park. Williston residents are encouraged to help clean up the community in preparation for the 2016 Babe Ruth World Series August 13-20 at Aafedt Stadium. For more information visit willistondevelopment.com.
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New Italian Restaurant opens in Downtown Williston

Williston Herald

A new Italian restaurant has opened its doors in the Downtown Plaza in Downtown Williston.
As the sun lowers in the sky, the sounds of laughter and conversation are heard inside the Downtown Plaza - the kind of energy that can only be generated from those sharing a hearty meal together. Nestled within the Plaza is a small 12 table restaurant, Cugini Italian Bistro. Candle lit tables and bistro-style decor creates an intimate ambiance while handmade pasta is carefully prepared in the back of the house. Read More
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National Home Builders Leader to speak at WEST Conference

Williston Economic Development


Ed Brady, a developer and builder based in Illinois, will be a guest speaker at WEST.

One of the keynote speakers at the Williston Economic Summit and Trade Show (WEST) on August 30-31, 2016 will be Ed Brady, Chairman of the National Association of Home Builders Board. The Bloomington, Ill-based builder and developer will speak on August 30 at 10:15 a.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center. For registration information visit willistondevelopment.com.


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New School Superintendent settles into Williston


Williston Superintendent of Public Schools Michael Campbell has previously worked in eastern North Dakota and South Dakota.

Over the last few weeks, new Williston Public School District One Superintendent Michael Campbell has been adjusting to life in his new job. The Missouri native spent the last 13 years as the superintendent of the class B Sergeant-Central school district in the eastern part of the state. As Superintendent, Campbell is hoping to help oversee a stabilization in enrollment, and make sure that the district's finances are in order. Read More


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New Watford City Post Office to be housed in former S and S Motors Building


Construction on a new post office site in Watford City is expected to begin later this year.
In August 2015, the postal service announced its decision to relocate into the old S&S Motors Building. Bids for a new facility were solicited and a lease has been signed for the space at 1204 4th St. NE. Design is currently underway. Pete Nowacki from the US Postal Service states, "We anticipate awarding a construction bid by the end of summer with occupancy of the new facility in spring 2017." The post office will still be operating out of its current location after the opening of the new facility. Read More

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Crestwood Equity Partners pledges $1 Million for New Mandaree Head Start Building

Oil Patch Dispatch
by Amy Dalrymple

The current Head Start building in Mandaree, N.D., is outdated and inadequate to serve the local student population. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service
A fundraising campaign launched by an oilfield company will enable a Head Start program on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation to build a new facility and serve more students. Crestwood Equity Partners, which operates a pipeline system on the reservation, has pledged to donate $1 million toward a new Mandaree Head Start facility. The company, which has 250 employees in North Dakota, also plans to lead a capital campaign to raise the remaining funds needed for the facility. "We are committed to investing in the communities where we work and where our employees live," said Robbie McDonough, vice president for land and government relations. The facility is expected to open in the fall of 2017.
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Stockman Bank celebrates Grand Opening of New Site in Sidney


Stockman Bank in Sidney held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on July 6 to commemorate the opening of its new building.
Stockman Bank celebrated the grand opening of its new building at 301 West Holly Street in Sidney July 5-8. Stockman Bank specializes in providing commercial, real estate, personal banking and agricultural services. Stockman Bank is Montana's largest privately held family owned bank. Stockman is committed to the MonDak area and looks forward to continuing the community banking principles they were founded upon 63 years ago Read More

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Ward County adds 28 More Jail Cells to Expansion Project

AP/Bismarck Tribune

An expansion of the Ward County Jail is expanding. Ground was broken in April for the $37 million project to add 72 cells to the 104-bed facility in Minot. After architects informed the County Commission that they were working under budget on some county building projects, commissioners on Monday, July 18, approved adding back in another 28 cells that had been cut from the project last year for budget reasons.   Read More

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Tioga ramps up efforts for Potential New Community Center

Tioga Tribune

Tioga is ramping up efforts to build a potential community center.
The Tioga Economic Development Corporation took another small step Tuesday to build a community center.  The EDC voted to put together a committee of volunteers who will begin work on plans and spearhead funding initiatives to get the project completed. Members of this committee will identify funding sources, solicit community input on what people want to see in the center, and research ways in which other communities brought such projects to fruition, such as Crosby's skating rink. Read More
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Final Bid Package approved for Mandan's Starion Sports Complex

Bismarck Tribune

Construction work is underway at the new Starion Sports Complex in Mandan. The facility is expected to open in the fall of 2017.
With a $10.95 million bid package awarded Friday for the third and final phase of the future Starion Sports Complex, Mandan Park District officials announced the entire project will fit budget - even with a few extras they didn't expect to afford back in early December. Friday's bids included plastering, flooring, walls, ceilings, outdoor lighting and scoreboards, mechanical, electrical, ice compressors and Faris Field's conversion to a ballfield. Read More

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North Dakotans seem to love their Jobs


North Dakotans really love their jobs, according to a new study. The second annual Monster and Brandwatch Job Report, released earlier this week, analyzed more than 2 million posts to Twitter to find which states' residents had a higher ratio of tweets indicating they loved, rather than hated, their jobs. North Dakota boasted the country's third-highest ratio of loving to hating tweets, while Minnesota was No. 9 in the nation. Idaho came out on top in the study, while Delaware was found to have the lowest ratio. Read More

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