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May 27, 2016

City of Williston to purchase Select Ford Property

Williston Herald

The City of Williston is purchasing the Select Ford property adjacent to City Hall. This marks its second major investment in Downtown Williston. The City purchased and refurbished the office building located at 113 4th Street East in 2014. The Center for Development opened in November of 2015. Williston Economic Development
The City of Williston is making the final purchase arrangements for the Select Ford property at 202 1st Avenue East. Meanwhile, the dealership was sold to a Minnesota company and is expected to rebrand in the next two weeks. The Select Ford dealership entered into purchase agreements with the city, signed on December 22, 2016. The agreements gave the City of Williston a protected position on the Ed Steckler-owned properties, one article for the showroom property and the other for the adjacent parking lot used to hold the vehicle stock - a combined downpayment cost of $500,000. "We talked for years about possibly buying this property," said Mayor Howard Klug. "We will only be buying the property and not the dealership." Read More 

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Nationwide Search on for City of Williston Administrator; Application Deadline June 24

Williston Herald

The search is on for the City of Williston Administrator. Applications will be accepted until June 24, 2016. The finalist is expected to be named by the end of August. Williston Mayor Howard Klug said the administrator will oversee City of Williston operations. "It's the commission's role to be the policy makers and the city administrator will oversee more of a day to day business operation," said Mayor Howard Klug. "It's a work in progress." Read More  

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Williston High School begins moving to New Building

KUMV-TV

The Williston High School Class of 2016 will graduate on Sunday, May 29 at 12 p.m. in the Phil Jackson Field House at Williston High School. Pictured above is the new high school that will be ready for students this fall.
Classes ended for the year May 25 at Williston High School, yet some students and teachers came back again May 26 for a good reason. About two dozen people came out to help move the first boxes into the new Williston High School. "It took a lot of hours because we had to pack all the science stuff up. All the beakers, all the test tubes and everything, it took a long time," said Madison Gutknecht, student. As the saying goes, many hands make light work. "Mr. Mock's football team and some of the high school staff, we came in this morning and just attacked it and just moved it. It was awesome," said Principal Jason Germundson. Read More

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Artistic Input sought for New Veterans Memorial; Memorial Day Program May 30

Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson

Williston's Memorial Day Program will be held on Monday, May 30 at 10:50 a.m. at Riverview Cemetery. Williston Economic Development
The Williston Military Affairs Committee is seeking public input on a new memorial to honor veterans from the Global War on Terrorism. The monument would be placed at Memorial Plaza located in Riverview Cemetery on 9th Avenue West in Williston. Memorial Plaza was created to honor the men and women from Williams County who have served their country. The site currently has monuments for veterans of WWI, WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam War. 
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Williston's Population grows by 2,416 in 2015

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The U.S. Census Bureau recently released 2015 city population estimates. The growth rates for North Dakota's ten largest cities ranged from +9.8 percent for Williston to -0.4 percent for Jamestown. The five largest-growing North Dakota cities were Watford City (+2,505), Fargo (+2,419), Williston (+2,416), Bismarck (+2,210), and West Fargo (+1,846). For more information, please visit the U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates webpage.

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Despite decline in Drilling, Birth Rates remains Steady

Dickinson Press
Judy Koppinger, RN, checks vitals of baby boy Griffin who was born on Thursday, May 19. Photo by Mary Shown
The oil slowdown in western North Dakota has led to a decrease in traffic, lines at grocery stores and jobs. However, one area that hasn't seen a decline is the number of women giving birth. Dr. Tom Arnold, an OB/GYN at CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson, said while the area saw a lot of men working in the oilfield come and go, a different demographic stayed. "A lot of the families that moved are at a reproductive age of their life and are having their babies here," Arnold said. "I think Dickinson is a great place to live and I think these people that have come from elsewhere have realized that and decided to make Dickinson their home and are staying here." Read More
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ND leads US in Housing Unit Growth Rate

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Nearly 2,200 housing units were built in Williams County in 2015. Williston Economic Development
The US Census Bureau has released its 2015 estimates of the number of housing units for the nation, states and counties. These estimates show that Texas gained more housing units than any other state between July 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015 (adding 162,000), with North Dakota experiencing the fastest rate of growth in the number of units (3.5 percent). Among counties with at least 2,000 housing units, McKenzie, N.D., added units at the fastest rate over the period, as the number rose 55.9 percent (from 3,760 to 5,862).

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Trump Rally attracts 7,000 People at Oil Show

Oil Patch Dispatch
by Amy Dalrymple

Donald Trump, surrounded by North Dakota Republican delegates, speaks during a press conference Thursday prior to addressing the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference. Dustin Monke/Forum News Service
Donald Trump pledged 'complete' American energy independence and a focus on putting workers before regulations on May 26, 2016 to a crowd that is eager to make the Bakken great again. The Republican presidential hopeful told more than 7,000 people at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference that his policies on energy will put drilling rigs and people back to work. "Under my presidency, we'll accomplish a complete American energy independence. Complete," said Trump, prompting cheers from the crowd that lined up for blocks to get into the Bismarck Event Center. Read More


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Holtz motivates at Oil Show

Bismarck Tribune

Lou Holtz delivers motivational speech at oil show.
Lou Holtz joked Thursday that the last time he was in North Dakota, oil was $100 a barrel and he wasn't homeless. The former college football coach and ESPN commentator, who lost a Florida home in a fire last summer, encouraged energy industry leaders and workers to take the recent oil downturn in stride during a speech preceding Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's appearance at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference. "Quitting is a permanent solution to a temporary problem," he said. "Until you fly on solar energy, oil is going to continue to be very, very important." Read More

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Helms: Drilling Slowdown allows Infrastructure to catch up

NGI's Shale Daily

North Dakota's top oil/natural gas regulator said Monday there are some positive outcomes from the two-year price slump that continues to confound the industry, while also recognizing that a good deal of hurt has been spread across the Bakken and other major shale plays. From the state's standpoint, the drilling slowdown has allowed gathering and processing infrastructure to catch up in the Bakken, while from the producers' standpoint, new efficiencies have been developed, said Lynn Helms, director of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources.  Read More

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Construction begins on New Stark County Fairgrounds in Dickinson

Dickinson Press

After decades of dreaming, the Stark County Fairgrounds is now about a summer away from reality. With the earthwork just about completed and much of the red tape squared away, Stark County Fair Board President Lee Ann Karsky said construction of the fairgrounds and rodeo arena south of Dickinson will begin in full sometime next week with a completion target of September. Read More

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Babe Ruth World Series Tickets go on Sale June 1

News Release

Baseball fans are invited to get their advance tickets for the 2016 Babe Ruth World Series at Cherry Creek Radio's 66 cent breakfast on Wednesday, June 1 from 7-9 a.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center. The World Series will be held August 13-20 at Ardean Aafedt Stadium in Williston. World Series family passes run $50 each while individual passes run $25 each. The eight-day tournament will feature 25 games of exciting baseball action.
 
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Dedication for Theodore Roosevelt National Park Stamp June 2 in Medora

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The public is invited the dedication of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park Forever Stamp on Thursday, June 2, at 11 a.m. at the Medora Community Center in Medora. The event is free. The   Theodore Roosevelt National Park Forever Stamp is one of 16 National Park Forever Stamps that will be dedicated at sites throughout the country June 2. The stamps celebrate the National Park Service on its 100th anniversary.
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'Find Your Park' during National Park ServiceCentennial

Bismarck Tribune

The US has 400 National Parks that are celebrating birthdays this year. Pictured is Yellowstone National Park.
Looking for that one big event where you can take part in the celebration of the National Park Service centennial? Sorry to disappoint, but the park service isn't compiling any top 10 lists of can't-miss birthday parties. Instead, the National Park Service wants you to "find your park." "Early on the decision was made to not identify key signature events," said NPS spokeswoman Elizabeth Stern. "That would run contrary to what we're trying to do, which is to get people into all of the parks." Read More

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Alamo-Appam-Corinth Centennial July 1-3

Crosby Journal
by Sydney Glasoe Caraballo

One hundred years ago, the Great Northern Railroad expanded westward from Wildrose, and the towns of Alamo, Appam and Corinth were founded along its new tracks. The three towns will share and celebrate their centennial July 1-3. The Centennial Committee estimates that nearly 500 former and present residents will attend the weekend celebration. Read More
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