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December 16, 2016

Williston launches Comprehensive Child Care Initiative

Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson

The Williston City Commission has approved a new STAR Fund program to support licensed child care operators. Williston Economic Development Executive Director Shawn Wenko told commissioners the financial assistance will help maintain an adequate supply of daycare space in Williston.  "The annual number of new births in Williams County is staggering and it continues to grow. Even if half of these families choose to call Williston home, we are looking at some serious child care shortages in the future. It will definitely affect the workforce dynamics," Wenko said.  Read More

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Williston begins looking at Sloulin Field Redevelopment Concepts


Kurt Culbertson, FASLA, Chairman and CEO of Design Workshop, shares some of his concepts for the Sloulin Field Redevelopment project at a workshop Dec. 9 in Williston.
When the last plane departs Sloulin Field in the next few years, something will need to be done with the land the airport is on. City officials and the general public came out to the ARC Friday for a redevelopment meeting. The city has partnered with Cardon Global to plan for what's to come for the more than 800-acre site. Friday was Cardon's first presentation. Read More

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WSC to offer Housing Scholarship

News Release

WSC will offer housing scholarships to qualified students beginning Fall 2017.
Just when you think it's not possible for Regional and Williams County Graduate (WCG) Scholarship recipients to receive anything else, the Williston State College Foundation provides another scholarship to offset the expense of housing. 
For the next three years beginning Fall 2017, students attending WSC as part of the Regional or WCG Scholarship can apply for the Regional County Housing Scholarship to receive $1,000 per semester to live in Frontier Hall.  Read More  

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Walls go up at MonDak Animal Rescue Site in Williston

Williston Herald
by Elizabeth Hackenburg

Walls are going up at the Buck Scheele Family Animal Center in Williston.
In bright sunlight and a sub-zero wind chill, workers began outlining the exterior of the future headquarters of MonDak Animal Rescue with concrete walls this week. "It's now getting to where a person can see what this new shelter is going to look like," Tom Rolfstad, the group's president, said. Walls on the 18,000 square foot building are expected to be up by the middle of next week, followed by the roof, which is being hauled to Williston by truck. Once the exterior is complete, work on the facility's insides can begin, adoption director Tamara Rooks said.  Read More

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Stenberg takes over McKenzie County Economic Development Reigns

McKenzie County Farmer

Daniel Stenberg is the new Economic Development Director for McKenzie County.
Daniel Stenberg's office in the McKenzie County Courthouse may be a little empty, but that's because he's just getting started. Stenberg, who started in late November, brings local knowledge and experiences from his time away from Watford City. "I feel like I can kind of empathize with the old-timers ...," he said, "but then I can also blend that with the new people that have come into the community and what they're looking for, and try to provide a bridge between the two." While road, water and hospital infrastructure made progress under Veeder's watch, Stenberg said he'd also like to focus on quality-of-life aspects in the area. Read More

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Minot's New City Manager gets to work

Minot Daily News

Minot's new city manager, Tom Barry, right, visits with Public Information Officer Derek Hackett in his office in City Hall on his first day Monday. Jill Schramm/MDN
Minot's new city manager spent his first day on the job Dec. 12 getting acquainted with the issues facing the city. Tom Barry, who most recently served as public works director in Meridian, Idaho, replaces Lee Staab in becoming Minot's ninth city manager since the position was created in 1932. He was hired in October following a nationwide search. He spent Monday meeting with department heads. Barry said he introduced himself to staff by letting them know how he expects his first couple of weeks to unfold and explaining his management style. One of his first goals is to develop a solid working relationship with his staff, he said. Read More  

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Dickinson seeks Bids for New Curbside Recycling Program

Dickinson Press

Dickinson will accept recycling bids until 2 p.m. MT on January 25, 2017.
Dickinson is taking bids from companies interested in contracting with the city to start a curbside recycling program. On Dec. 14, the city's public works department sent out a request for proposals (RFP) for "residential recycling, collection, processing and marketing services for the city of Dickinson." The city has about 7,560 single family home units including two-plex units, condominiums and trailer parks that will be serviced by individual containers, according to the proposal. Read More

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Stanley Post Office needs More Room

Mountrail County Promoter

With the growth of the Stanley community, the US Postal Service is considering relocation of their facility in Stanley. They have outgrown their current space  which is 1,872 square feet. A public meeting was held at Stanley City Hall on Dec. 5 to discuss the options and reasons for the move. USPS Real Estate Specialist Greg Shelton  said they have identified five different potential locations, four of which would involve building of a new facility. The fifth would see them moving into the former Food Pride store just off of Main Street. Read More
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New Town's School Enrollment hits All-time High

New Town News
by Jerry W. Kram

The New Town School Board took another step to cope with an influx of students that continues to grow in spite of a drop in oilfield activity. Edwin Loe Elementary School Principal Rick Lindblad told the board that elementary enrollment in grades K through 5 exceeded 500 students for the first time this month. Superintendent Marc Bluestone asked the board to consider transferring $1 million from the district's oil revenue to the building fund. The board agreed to the request. "We are at an all time high with enrollment," Bluestone said. Read More

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ND Oil Production rebounds in October

Oil Patch Dispatch

North Dakota's oil production topped one million barrels a day in October .
Stronger oil prices in October prompted a 7.4 percent increase in North Dakota oil production, bringing daily production back above 1 million barrels per day, the Department of Mineral Resources said Tuesday, Dec. 13. The state produced an average of 1,043,207 barrels per day in October, a result of operators opening up wells that had previously been restricted due to low oil prices, said Director Lynn Helms.  Read More  

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MBI Founder receives U Mary Virtuous Leadership Award

Dickinson Press

Jim Arthaud, right, receives the University of Mary's first Virtuous Leadership Award from University President James P. Shea on Tuesday morning in Bismarck. Submitted Photo
Jim Arthaud started a three employee company in 1979 called MBI Energy Services. That company quickly became well known in the Bakken and quickly grew to become the largest independent oil field service provider in the Williston Basin. MBI is headquartered in Belfield but has locations across North Dakota, Colorado and Wyoming. The leadership exemplified by Arthaud to grow a company to that magnitude and his involvement on state and local boards is part of the reason that he received the University of Mary's first Virtuous Leadership Award recently. Read More

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Upcoming Williston Events

Thousands of lights are on display at Spring Lake Park nightly from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Spring Lake Park Holiday Lights Drive flier
12/16             Jon Cole Gymnasium Dedication
A ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. to name the gym after long-time KUMV-TV Sportscaster Jon Cole. Agenda

12/19             Williston Planning and Zoning
The board meets the third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. Agenda

12/27             Williston City Commission
The commission meets the second and fourth Tuesday's of each month at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

01/20             Williston Chamber Annual Banquet
The dinner and program will honor winners of the Chamber awards including the coveted Western Star Award.
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