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August 26, 2016

Finalists for City of Williston Administrator meet Members of Community

Williston Economic Development  
The hunt for an administrator for the City of Williston is moving forward. The three finalists for the job were in Williston this week to interview, tour the town and meet with members of the community. A "Meet and Greet" event was held on Thursday, Aug. 25 at TrainND Northwest. Pictured from left to right are Zeke Jackson, Village Administrator for Sister Bay, Wisconsin; Troy Anderson, Director of Planning for the City of Fremont, Nebraska; and David Tuan, Director of Public Works for the City of Williston. Strategic Government Resources has managed the nationwide search. Williston Herald: Community meets City Administrator Finalists
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New Williston High School opens; Enrollment continues to climb

Fargo Forum

The new Williston High School opened on Wednesday, Aug. 24. The first home football game will be played on the new football field tonight at 7 p.m. against Devils Lake.
A new $70 million, technology-savvy, three-story Williston High School has opened its doors. Teachers moved into the 225,000 square-foot building sitting on almost 40 acres earlier this month, but the school's 1,200 students moved in this week to the 50 classrooms, designed with technology in mind. The school was built as enrollment has climbed by about 40 percent in the past years with no let up is in sight, according to superintendent Michael Campbell. He said early enrollment figures show there are 465 new students enrolled in grade K-12. With 3,678 students last September, he said he expects the district to go over the 4,000 mark this fall. "We might need another elementary school," Campbell said about the growing enrollment, which he said "is and isn't a surprise." Read More
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Students react to New Williston High School

KUMV-TV

After months of construction, Williston's new high school opened this morning. For freshmen coming to high school for the first time, it can be a little daunting. "I thought 'am I in the right place? There's a lot of older people," said Justin Palmer, freshman. Wednesday, it was almost like everyone was a freshman again as students entered the new high school for the first time. "Just everything is, like I said, everybody's eyes are wide open because it's so new, and we just haven't seen something like this in quite a while," said James Klein, math teacher. Read More
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Enrollment stays steady at Oil Patch Schools

Bismarck Tribune
by Lauren Donavon and Blair Emerson
 
Watford City Public School opening bell rang on Thursday, Aug. 18 with more students at their desks than when school ended, a surprise given the continued slump in oil development across the oil producing region. Superintendent Steve Holen said he has 1,445 students in school as of Monday, an increase of almost 130 since May and 70 more than were counted a year ago. Several other schools in the oil patch are also reporting increasing student enrollment while others' enrollments are remaining steady - a reversal in early summer expectations of a slight drop in student numbers. Holen said Watford City's number tracks with enrollment estimates and is due to more kids coming into kindergarten than graduated and to relatively stable employment from oil production, not exploration and drilling. Read More
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Watford City sets New Enrollment Record

McKenzie County Farmer

Ask any school administrator what they like to see when it comes to enrollment trends and the most common response is, "slow and steady." And for Steve Holen, McKenzie County Public School District No. 1 superintendent, who has seen his district's enrollment nearly quadruple in the last six years, this year's record enrollment numbers are finally starting to reflect that slow and steady growth trend. "On our second day of classes on Aug. 19, we had a record 1,448 students enrolled in the district's three schools," states Holen. "Last year at this time, we had 1,354 students, which was also a record at that time." Read More
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Grenora School celebrates Opening of $9 Million Addition

Crosby Journal
by Cecile Wehrman

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Thursday, August 18 at the Grenora School.
It's taken more than a year and $9 million, but students and teachers came back to school last week to celebrate an addition that will help ensure students are well served in Grenora for decades to come.  At a ribbon cutting ceremony, School Board President Lavern Johnson, a catch in his throat, told the assembled  crowd just what the project means to one patron he visited with recently. Instead of complaining about his taxes or the fact his own kids are already grown and gone, "He said, 'Thanks for saving our community.'" Truly, said Johnson, "It's the community that built this."  Read More
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New Elementary School opens in Minot

Minot Daily News

US Senator John Hoeven helps celebrate the grand opening of the new elementary school in Minot that has his name.
Incoming fifth-graders at Minot's John Hoeven Elementary are wowed by the splendor of their brand new school. "I was not expecting it to look like this," said Kayden Wilson after a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the building on Aug. 21. Kayden, his sister Cali Wilson and classmate Emma Rensvold will serve as student tour guides when a public open house for the school is held Aug. 23. Read More

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Bismarck Enrollment up

Bismarck Tribune

Bismarck Public Schools had 348 more students show up Thursday for the first day of school than on the first day last year. Renae Hoffmann Walker, a spokeswoman for the school district, said people still were registering students at 4 p.m. Thursday, which was the first day of school for the district. "We watch (the numbers) during the month of August, but they just kept climbing," she said. The enrollment jump comes after a 361-student increase on the first day last year, meaning the district has added more than 700 new students in the past two years. The district has had 13 straight years of enrollment increases.  Read More
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New Crosby Kids Day Care to open in Late 2016

Williston Economic Development

Crosby and Williston residents toured the construction site of the new Crosby Kids Daycare on Tuesday, Aug. 23.
The third Community Communities BBQ of 2016 was held in Crosby on Tuesday, Aug. 23. The event featured an opportunity for Williston and Crosby residents to tour the site of the new Crosby Kids Daycare. The $1.3 million facility will be able to accommodate up to 97 children. A Williston-based company is in charge of the project - Ventana Design. Raymond Melendez is the lead construction manager. Crosby Kids Daycare is expected to open on or before January 1, 2017.
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Chainsaw Wood Carvers convert Harmon Park's Tree Stumps into Sculptures

Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson
 
The artists from Bear Hollows Wood Carvers created all types of woodland creatures at Harmon Park in Williston.
The 2016 Chokecherry Festival may be over; but one of the performers left behind a few woodland friends at Harmon Park.
Bear Hollows Wood Carvers was hired to demonstrate the group's high-energy chainsaw carving. But when the artists weren't turning logs into one-of-a-kind sculptures; they were converting tree stumps into amazing artworks. Read More
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WEST Conference to kick off Aug. 30

News Release

Williston Economic Development and Cardon Global are preparing to kick off WEST 2016. The annual Williston Economic Summit and Trade Show will be held Aug. 30-31 at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center. The event will feature local, regional and national speakers. Some of the topics to be addressed are the Williston Reimagined concept, Williston Basin International Airport project, redevelopment of Sloulin Field International Airport, opportunities in the technology and transportation industries and much more. We hope to see you at the WEST Conference on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Grand Williston Hotel.

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Andy Peterson to speak at Eggs and Issues Aug. 30

News Release

Andy Peterson, President and CEO of Greater North Dakota Chamber, will be the featured speaker at the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce's Eggs and Issues event on Aug. 30. The forum will be held at 8 a.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center. Admittance will be free to Chamber members and Williston Economic Summit and Trade Show attendees. Event flyer

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