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Former Williston Family featured on HGTV Show

HGTV

 

Just in case you missed it... A former Williston family was featured on HGTV's "Living Big Sky" while house hunting for their dream home in Helena Mont. Watch it here.

Ever since he was a kid, Jake Liudahl has dreamed of living in Montana. Now that he's opening a second uniform (clothing) shop there, he's finally moving his family from his hometown of Williston, North Dakota to the state capitol of Helena. The family can't wait to ski, kayak, fish and bike in the Rocky Mountains. Their budget of up to $1 million has them looking at converted barns, custom rustic lodges and a few surprising properties in and around Helena. While Jake wants more land and less house, Shawna wants more house and less land. Find out if they can find the perfect compromise. Read More


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July 26, 2015

Employment triples in Core Oil Counties

Construction Business News

 

Job seekers gather at a Williston Job Fair. Several organizations collaborate two times per year to help employers and potential employees connect with each other. Williston Economic Development
As pundits and public sentiment have declared the end of the Bakken Boom, the 2014 Annual Employment and Wages data released on June 2, 2015 reveal that employment has tripled or nearly so in the four core oil and gas producing counties since the beginning of the boom in 2006. Employment growth throughout western North Dakota was largely driven in four industry segments including Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction; Transportation and Warehousing; Construction; and Real Estate and Rental and Leasing. Professional and Technical Services as well as Accommodation and Food Services were two other industries that contributed significant growth during the period. Read More
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Bakken Shale Oil Play continues to Amaze

McKenzie County Farmer

 

The petroleum industry is one of the largest basic-sector industries in North Dakota. The economic effects are felt statewide, making the industry one of the key forces of North Dakota's economy. That was the universal message being given by the four featured speakers at the recent Bakken Rocks CookFest event in Alexander.  The four featured speakers included Ron Ness with the North Dakota Petroleum Council, Kathy Neset with Neset Consulting, Justin Kringstad with the North Dakota Pipeline Authority, and Alison Ritter with the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources. "What is happening here in North Dakota never fails to amaze me," said Ness. "What we need to continue educating people on, and not just in McKenzie County, but the whole state and the entire country, is energy. We also need to show the significance and the ramifications of what a million barrels of oil a day means to us, our state, our country, and the world." Read More


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Construction on track at New Williston High School

Williston Economic Development

Williston Herald 

 

An aerial view of construction at the new Williston High School site. Photo Courtesy of Williston Building Safety
  
Construction at the new Williston High School site is on track to open in time for the 2016-17 school year. The building will help ease overcrowding at the district's elementary schools, middle school and high school. Student enrollment has jumped 40 percent 40 percent in the past five years in the district. Read More

 


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Construction Crews begin pouring Planters on Main Street

Williston Economic Development

 

Construction as seen from South Main Street in Downtown Williston and a photo of Railroad Park on Thursday, July 23, 2015. Williston Economic Development


The Main Street Reconstruction Project in Downtown Williston continues to move northward. Workers will be pouring the cement planters that will house trees and shrubbery during the next few weeks. Pictured also is the Renaissance on Main multi-purpose building. Construction on the new Downtown Williston landmark is slated to wrap up this fall.

 

 

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Klugs named Volunteers of the Month at Williston Senior Center

Williston Economic Development

by Barbara Peterson

Pictured from left to right: The Williston Senior Center is housed on Main Street in the Heritage Center; Carol Fixen, Director of the Williston Senior Center recognized Melanie and Howard Klug as the July Volunteers of the Month; and seniors settle in for a game of pinochle following lunch. Williston Economic Development

 

Williston Mayor Howard Klug and his wife Melanie are passionate about giving back to the seniors in their community. The couple was recently honored by the Williston Senior Center as the July Volunteers of the Month. The recognition was given during Thursday's lunch. Melanie can often be found in the kitchen preparing home-cooked meals or crafting beautiful items that adorn the center. "She likes to make things that make people happy," praised Carol Fixen, Director of the Williston Senior Center. Melanie has made themed wreaths, floral d?cor and unique wall art to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Meanwhile, Howard serves as president of the Williston Senior Center board, cooks and cleans in the kitchen and basically fills in wherever and whenever he is called upon. "We have kind of turned things around here and I think it due to you coming down here and using the Senior Center," Howard credited the seniors. "The more you come down here and share your talents and skills the better it is for everyone."


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Williston City Band seeks New Members

Williston Herald

by Hans Peter 

 

The Williston City Band is looking for new members. The band plays weekly at Harmon Park. Williston Herald

The Williston City Band  is led by Kyle Norris, assistant professor of music at Williston State College, who directs the band with both his arms and his trumpet. He hopes to grow the ensemble by recruiting some of the new Willistonians. "We're always looking for more talent," Norris said, claiming the band could use more of any instrument, especially woodwinds. "We'll take anything." The band plays weekly on Thursdays at Harmon Park. Read More


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Construction begins on New Middle School in Dickinson

Dickinson Press

 

Connor Brandvik stood with head rested on the handle of his shovel Tuesday afternoon as he looked out onto a grassy field where, two years from now, he'll spend his eighth-grade school year. The Dickinson 10-year-old was one of three children of Hagen Junior High staff selected to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Dickinson Middle School. Brandvik will be a sixth-grader at Berg Elementary School this year, but in the fall of 2017 will be among the first group of students to enter the middle school. Read More


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Maah Daah Hey Trail receives Improvements

Bismarck Tribune

Fargo Forum

by Lauren Donovan

 

The missing link on North Dakota's longest and most premiere recreational trail is in place. After two decades of development, the north and south segments of the Maah Daah Hey Trail are joined together with a 2.5-mile segment leaving from Sully Creek State Park south of Medora. The connecting link is in some of the prettiest Badlands country and makes possible seamless passage from the original 100 miles of Maah Daah Hey Trail to the newer 50-mile stretch, called by some The Deuce.  Read More


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News and Views broadcasts from Williston July 22-23

Williston Economic Development

 

Steven Kjergaard and David Tuan talk to broadcaster Joel Heitkamp during his recent tour of western North Dakota. Williston Economic Development
Williston Economic Development hosted Joel Heitkamp's News and Views recently. The program featured an array of guests including Steven Kjergarrd, Williston Airport Manager and David Tuan, Williston Public Works Executive Director, Shawn Wenko, WED Executive Director and Williston business owners and developers Patrick Murphy and Raymond Melendez. Heitkamp also visited the Williston Convention and Visitors Bureau to talk about tourism in Williston and the surrounding area.