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April 14, 2017

Earth Work to begin on New Williston Airport Site April 17

News Release

An aerial view of the future site of the Williston Basin International Airport. Earth work will begin next week in preparation for the $250 million project.


Earth work on the new Williston Basin International Airport will begin April 17. Ultimately, 2.8 million yards of dirt will be graded on the 1,500-acre site in preparation for construction of the $250 million facility.  "We turned a little bit of dirt at the official groundbreaking back in October but now the real earth moving begins and we couldn't be more excited," said Howard Klug, mayor of Williston. "The reality of a new airport will positively impact Williston and the region for generations to come."   The site work will be done by Martin Construction of Dickinson, N.D. and will include construction of four storm water detention ponds, storm sewers and various perimeter roads. Read More

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Captain Peterson to replace retiring Chief Lokken April 21

Williston Herald
by Elizabeth Hackenburg

Captain David Peterson will take over for retiring Williston Chief of Police James Lokken next week. A retirement open house will be held for Lokken April 20 at 3 p.m. at the Old Armory. Williston Herald
Capt. David Peterson will replace James Lokken as chief of the Williston Police Department, effective April 20, when Lokken will leave his post of eight years.
In a unanimous vote April 11, city commissioners accepted outgoing Williston Police Chief Lokken's recommendation for his successor. In his letter of resignation, Lokken, 65, cited Peterson's training and experience as the basis for his recommendation.  Read More

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Tuan highlights City's Future Projects, Recent Accomplishments at Eggs and Issues

Williston Herald
by Jamie Kelley

Williston City Administrator David Tuan, right, was the guest speaker at the Chamber's Eggs and Issues on Wednesday, April 12. About forty Chamber members attended the event. 


A little more than five months into his tenure as city administrator, David Tuan thinks Williston has come a long way and has more progress coming in the near future. Tuan spoke Wednesday morning at the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce Eggs and Issues breakfast, and shared a look at some of the high-profile projects the city is working on as well as some of the restructuring happening in the city administration. One change, made official Tuesday night, is the retirement of Police Chief James Lokken, effective April 20. He'll be succeeded by Capt. David Peterson. Another upcoming hire is a human resources director, which the city is currently reviewing applicants for. Read More

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Buntrock Dental, Herc Rentals celebrate Ribbon Cuttings

Williston Area Chamber of Commerce
The Williston Chamber Ambassadors helped Buntrock Dental PC and Herc Rentals celebrate ribbon cuttings recently in Williston. Dentists Ben Buntrock, DMD, and Brad Bekkedahl, DDS, provide advanced general dentistry in a family friendly environment at Buntrock Dental while Herc Rentals offers the right tool for the job no matter how small or large the need is! Congratulations to these two new Williston businesses!
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District 1 to study need for New Elementary School

Williston Herald

JLG Architects is conducting a study to determine if the Williston Public School District 1 needs another elementary school for its growing enrollment.
Student enrollment continues to climb in Williston Public School District 1 which prompted the school board to approve JLG Architects to determine if a new elementary school is needed or if the current facilities can be modified to eliminate modular classrooms. In a 5-0 vote, the school board approved a $45,000 pre-referendum plan and 6.5 percent of the potential project cost, should plans move forward through a bond referendum, which is slated for November 2017, dependent on the architecture firm's findings. Read More

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Editorial: As Oil Drilling rebounds, ND must be ready

Bismarck Tribune
Opinion Editorial

There are signs of a rebound in the oil patch. Prices have inched up, companies are hiring more workers and plans have been announced for more drilling. While the state is looking forward to increased revenue, there's also the reminder that more exploration brings inconvenience due to more people, more traffic and where wells are sited. That's already being noticed at the Van Hook Recreational Site. As reporter Lauren Donovan noted in a Sunday story, hundreds have cabins in the area and about 90,000 visitors came in one year to enjoy the outdoor fun. Read More

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ND Paddlefish Snagging Season May 1-31; Organization sought for Confluence Fish Cleaning Services

News Release
The 2017 Paddlefish Snagging Season is set to run May 1-31 in North Dakota. The popular activity attracts thousands of fishermen to the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers.  This year, North Star Caviar has determined it will be unable to provide roe harvesting and paddlefish cleaning services on site. The North Dakota Game and Fish, North Star Caviar and Williston Convention and Visitors Bureau are seeking alternative providers for these and other services at the Confluence. Despite the loss of North Star Caviar; the paddlefish season will proceed!  For more details on the state's paddlefish snagging rules and regulations contact the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.
Pictured at left are paddlefish harvested during the 2016 season at the Confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers.
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Watford City Job Fair June 14; Registration open to Employers

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The Williston Spring 2017 Job Fair attracted more than 1,000 job seekers and 60 employers. Williston Economic Development

North Dakota Job Service is partnering with the Watford City Area Chamber of Commerce, McKenzie County Job Development Authority and Williston Regional Economic Development  to bring an all industry Job Fair to Watford City June 14. The job fair is open to all employers and all positions. The deadline for businesses to register for the job fair is June 7 (unless the job fair sells out earlier). The Job fair will be held from 3-7 p.m. at the Rough Rider Center in Watford City. Job Fair flier

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Watford City names Shawn Doble New Chief of Police

McKenzie County Farmer
by Jack Dura

Shawn Doble has been named the new Chief of Police in Watford City. McKenzie County Farmer
After time in the mountains of Afghanistan, Shawn Doble's first North Dakota winter didn't faze him.
"No, I'm used to severe winters, or strong winters, I should say," he said with a small smile, recounting the -20 and -30 temperatures overseas. "That was an everyday occurrence." Appointed and approved as Watford City's new chief of police at the city council's April 3 meeting, Doble brings over 30 years in law enforcement from California, Oregon and around the world to the bustling Bakken town. "This is one of the best places I've worked in my whole career," he said, commending his officers' enthusiasm and community connections. "It's amazing." To read more, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer

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Badlands Arts Showcase April 27 in Watford City


Watford City's Long X Arts Foundation is pleased to present the 2nd Annual Badlands Arts Showcase and Fundraising Event on Thursday, April 27h . Guests will enjoy an evening of dance and music performances, art, coffee, dessert and hors d'oeuvres for purchase at the beautiful new theater space in the new Watford City High School. "Part of the mission of the Long X Council on the Arts is to celebrate Western North Dakota artists and provide the community access to the arts," said foundation board member Jan Dodge. "This goal of this event is to fulfill that mission and to raise funds so we can continue to do so for years to come." Read More

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Teton Athletics annual Casino Night April 21 in Williston

News Release

The annual Casino Night helps raise funds for Teton Athletics at Williston State College.
Teton Athletics will bring the Wild West to Williston State College for Casino Night on Friday, April 21. The Well will become a western saloon featuring dining, entertainment, auctions, and a truck raffle. The festivities will begin at
6 p.m. with light appetizers and casino-style games like blackjack, roulette, and craps. A gourmet buffet dinner will be served at 7 p.m., followed by live and silent auctions and truck raffle. Top prizes for the raffle include a 2017 Dodge Ram 1500, a 2016 Honda Pioneer, and a 2017 Honda CRF50F Motorcycle.  Read More  Casino Night flier

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TRE promotes US Highway 85 Cleanup April 30-May 7

Bismarck Tribune
by Lauren Donovan

Pictured is a photo from the 2012 Clean Up Williston campaign. Company employees gathered hundreds of bags of trash along US Highways 2 and 85 to freshen up the area.
Communities along US Highway 85 are encouraged to participate in a corridor-long cleanup week April 30 through May 7. This is the second annual cleanup sponsored by the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway Association to promote a litter-free highway. Last year's effort involved communities and organizations all along the route and organizer Cal Klewin, association director, said he's hoping for the same response this year. Read More

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Lemonade Day June 17 in Williston

News Release
Lemonade Day is coming June 17. Get your printed workbook and backpack April 22 from 10 a.m. - 2p.m. at Kids Day Out the Raymond Center. The beautifully illustrated workbook and mentor guide has easy to follow lessons that teach children about planning, starting and running a business. Read More 
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Upcoming Williston Events

04/18                Lunch and Learn with Dr. Keene
CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Medical Center presents Dr. Roxanne Keene, orthopedic surgeon, from 12-1 p.m. at the ARC. The session is free and includes lunch! Lunch and Learn website
04/20                Chief of Police James Lokken Retirement
Join us to thank Chief Lokken for his 26 years of law enforcement service at 3 p.m. at the Old Armory.

04/21-22           Relationship Seminars
Free food and information is available during this two-day event sponsored by CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Medical Center. Relationship Seminars Registration
04/21-22           E-rase your E-waste
North Dakota Recycling Services (NDRS) is sponsoring an Earth Day campaign to support a greener, more sustainable future in Williston. Bring your old electronics to the recycling center and enjoy a free BBQ on Friday. E-rase your E-waste Flier

04/25                Williston City Commission
The commission meets the second and fourth Tuesday's of each month at 6 p.m. at City Hall.
04/29                Clean Up Williston
Volunteers will meet at Davidson Park at 8:30 a.m. to retrieve trash bags & gloves to pick up trash throughout Williston. Clean Up Williston Flier
05/06                Free Williston Landfill Day
The annual spring cleanup event will be held from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Free Williston Landfill Day Flier
05/15                2017 State of Williston Address
The public is invited to Williston Mayor Howard Klug's first State of Williston address. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Williston Area Recreation Center. A free lunch will be provided.
06/17                Lemonade Day
Get ready for this fun-filled activity that teaches youth how to run their own business. Click Here to Register 
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