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Wenko named New Williston Economic Development Director

Williston Economic Development

by Barbara Peterson


Williston Economic Development executive director discusses future projects with reporters from the Wall Street Journal recently. Wall Street Journal photo

Williston's Economic Development (WED) Department is under new leadership. The City of Williston named 38-year-old Shawn Wenko as the department's executive director effective on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Wenko, a Williston native, returned to his hometown in 2008 to join WED. As deputy director he initially focused on the Williston City Commission's "Build Williston Initiative." Going forward, Wenko will be in charge of arguably the most enviable ED job in the country. Williston has been named the fastest growing micropolitan in the country for the past three years and the City has an unemployment rate of less than one percent. Read More

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New Clothing Store seeks to Open by Black Friday

Dickinson Press

by Kathleen J. Bryan


Pacific Sound employees install cable for the sound system at the new Starboard site in Williston (left.) City of Williston leaders join Dickinson step-brothers Jeff Hafner and Lenny Johnson, the owners of Starboard, at a ceremonial ground breaking recently (right.) Williston Economic Development

With the opening of their second retail store set for the end of November, brothers Jeff Hafner and Lenny Johnson hope to be on the leading edge of what Williston's mayor predicts will be the year of retail for the Oil Patch hub. In a part of North Dakota known more for Carhartt than hip fashion, Hafner and Johnson are opening Starboard stores, with clothes and accessories aimed at women, men and children. afner and Johnson founded Starboard in 2009 and opened their first store in Dickinson in March 2010 in the Prairie Hills Mall. Read More 

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