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December 23, 2016

Williams County Expansion Project celebrates Milestone

Williams County

Williams County officials hoisted the commemorative beam signifying the halfway point of its expansion project near Downtown Williston.
Construction on the new Williams County Administration Building reached a major milestone Dec. 19, 2016. The building held a "Topping Out" ceremony as the final major beam was put into place. The beam was signed by construction workers and representatives from Williams County. When it's completed, the building will make it easier for the public to get in touch with county offices. "It's going to be a lot less confusing for the public when everybody's in one building. They don't have to worry about going from this building to that building - everybody's going to be housed under one roof for convenience, mostly for them," says David Montgomery, Williams County Commission. Construction is expected to wrap up in summer 2017. Read More

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New Financial Incentives available for Williston Child Care Providers

by Brooke Williams
Even though the oil downturn may have slowed some things down, in certain parts of Western North Dakota, the baby boom is still going strong. At Castle Child Care, enrollment numbers have remained steady. Read More
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Williston Leaders meet with FAA Officials in Chicago

Williston Economic Development

City of Williston leaders traveled to Chicago recently to meet with Great Lakes Regional Federal Aviation Administration officials. During the meetings, Williston Administrator David Tuan (left), Mayor Howard Klug (right) and Commissioner Brad Bekkedahl (not pictured) presented Benito De Leon a commemorative shovel from the Williston Basin International Airport ground breaking ceremony this past October. De Leon is the FAA Deputy Associate Administrator for Airports. The Williston and FAA officials met to discuss the Williston airport project.
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Detective Dery named 2016 Williston Police Officer of the Year

Williston Police Department
Williston Police Detective Daniel Dery (left)receives the 2016 Officer of the Year award from Chief James Lokken (right).
The Williston Police Department has named Detective Daniel Dery the 2016 Officer of the Year. According to the WPD, Dery, who works in the investigative unit specializing in property crimes, spends countless hours working cases and tracking down leads. He is a team player and always comes to work with a smile on his face. Read More at KUMV-TV
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Williston's Red River Oilfield Services seeks diversification during Energy Slowdown

Bakken Weekly
Curtis Shuck, president of Red River Oilfield Services says they have actively diversified since oil prices declined.

Ever since the decline in oil prices a few years ago, companies have made significant changes in the way they do business. Some have laid people off, some grew into other sectors, some filed bankruptcy, while other reinvented themselves. Whatever path they took, odds are they are a different company today than they were two years ago. Reinvention seems be the path Red River Oilfield Service in Williston has gone. "It started as a mud supply company back in the late 70's and has grown into Red River Oilfield Services," Curtis Shuck, president, Red River Oilfield Services. "Today, we are a service company that operates three rail terminals in the Williston Basin, we employ over 70 people today. We've got a fleet of trucks, series of warehouses and about eight miles of track at our three facilities in the basin." Read More

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ND Commerce awards Grant for WSC Workforce Training Programs

News Release

The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced workforce enhancement grants for Williston State College (WSC) totaling $230,000. Workforce enhancement grants enable two-year colleges to apply for funds to help create or enhance training programs that address workforce needs of North Dakota's private-sector employers. Projects require a dollar-for-dollar match of all state money with private funds. Read More
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UAS Company brings Drone Industry to Minot

Minot Daily News

Drones were on display as Matt Dunlevy, president and founder of SkySkopes speaks at a news conference announcing the company will be opening an office in Minot. Jill Schramm/MDN
Drones will be flying more frequently in western North Dakota if SkySkopes has its way. The Grand Forks company joined Minot Area Development Corp. Monday in announcing it is expanding its North Dakota operations and opening an office in Minot in partnership with Ackerman-Estvold, a Minot engineering firm. The announcement marks Minot's entry into a technology field targeted by MADC in its new MAGIC Sky initiative. MAGIC Sky is aimed at promoting the city as a destination for unmanned aerial systems companies. Read More

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Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing VP joins Elite Aerospace Advocacy Group

Dickinson Press

Kristin Hedger will represent small businesses on an aerospace industry advocacy group.
Kristin Hedger, vice president for business development for Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing Inc. (KMM) has been named as a member of an aerospace industry advocacy group that is being organized by Boeing Co. KMM, a Tier 1 manufacturing company, is the only U.S. small business that has been invited to be part of the group of aerospace industry suppliers. The committee has 13 members, including representatives from GE Aviation, Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney. "It is quite an honor for a small business like KMM to be asked to join a group like this," Hedger said. "We are committed to North Dakota families, North Dakota communities and the United States of America. As part of the aerospace supply chain, we contribute to sales that are not only in our business interest, but our national security interest as well." Read More

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Fairview to seek $3.5 Million Bond for School Improvements Feb. 22

Sidney Herald

The Fairview School Board has voted to ask its taxpayers for approval of a $3.5 million bond that would connect the school's two buildings and add a practice gym. Ballots will be mailed to voters on Feb. 10, 2017 for the Feb. 22 election. Currently, students need to walk outside for physical education class, practices and lunch in the cafeteria. The bond would fund a new practice gym, offices, lobby, concessions area and locker rooms. Read More

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Students sought for Mayor for a Day Essay Contest

News Release

Each spring, the North Dakota League of Cities sponsors a statewide Mayor for a Day essay contest for third and seventh grade students. The contest encourages young people to think about public service and future community leadership. Essays must address why the student feels their community is great and what they would do to improve their city if they were mayor for a day.  Mayor for a Day Essay contest winners receive a $150 cash prize, have their essays featured in CITYScan, participate in an award presentation at the North Dakota Capitol on March 3, 2017.  For more information visit www.ndlc.org/essay   or contact Carissa at 701-223-3518 or carissa@ndlc.org .
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U Mary Author named Energy Writer of 2016


A writer for 360 Review Magazine has been acknowledged for his work. Mark Mills has been named the 2016 Energy Writer of the Year by the American Energy Society organization. The magazine has over 100 pages about energy, agriculture, finance, culture and faith on the Northern Great Plans. Mills wrote an article in the 2015 edition about oil being the future fuel and an article in the 2016 edition about drones. The 360 Review is published by the University of Mary. Read More

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Entrepreneurs start Fish House Rental Business on Lake Winnipeg

Grand Forks Herald

Five ice fishing shacks are set up on the ice on Lake Winnipeg. The shacks are a new venture for two entrepreneurs who have launched Lake Winnipeg Ice Fishing Shack Rentals. (Submitted photo)
Anyone who's ever fished Lake Winnipeg through the ice knows how challenging and intimidating it can be for the do-it-yourself angler, especially novices to the big lake. In recent years, about a half-dozen outfitters have started guiding on Lake Winnipeg using tracked vehicles and portable shelters. But for anglers looking to fish in the comfort of a heated fish house such as those for rent on Lake of the Woods, Upper Red or Devils Lake, options have been limited. That's all changing this winter. 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 

12/27             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
Journey to "Paris" and enjoy an evening of entertainment, awards and networking.  The dinner and program will be held from 6-10 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center. Call the Chamber to reserve dinner tickets at 701-577-6000.
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