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February 24, 2017

Williston Residents vote on Airport Redevelopment Concepts

Williston Herald
by Melissa Krause

More than 150 people attended the Sloulin Field Redevelopment public input meeting on Feb. 22, 2017. Williston Economic Development
At the first of three town hall meetings meant to assess the future of the site of the city's current airport, there was a general consensus that the land should be used for a mix of public facilities like schools and parks and private enterprises. A crowd that quickly became standing-room-only at the Williston ARC weighed in on the direction the city should take when redeveloping Sloulin Field. "Tonight is really to talk about Sloulin Field and what the potential is for it," Cardon Global CEO Don Cardon said in his address to the public. This is really a city that's owned by the people that live there, that have invested here and are raising children here." Read More

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Survey Results show support for School, Event Center, Parks

Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson

One hundred twenty-five people weighed in on a 20-question survey Feb. 22 during the Sloulin Field Public Input meeting. The participates voted electronically via keypads during the event. Kurt Culbertson, chairman and CEO or Design Workshop, facilitated the survey discussion and polling. The results showed the group felt strongly that the development should include a school, convention or event center, and connective walking and biking paths. The results of the ongoing survey will help the master planners determine the direction of the project as it moves forward. Sloulin Field Master Plan Survey Results
 
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Sloulin Field Master Plan Survey available Online

Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson

Williston residents still have time to fill out the 20-question survey for the Sloulin Field Master Plan. The survey may be accessed online at  Sloulin Field Master Plan Survey. Cardon Global, the master planner of the project along with Design Workshop, will utilize the results as it prepares for the June 7 public input meeting. The survey results will help determine the initial direction of the redevelopment.
 
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Community plays Planning Game

Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson
The Sloulin Field Redevelopment public input meeting gave attendees a chance to play the "Chip Game." The game allows players to identify where a potential school, medical facility, retail and restaurants, parks and housing should be located. Kurt Culbertson, chairman, CEO of Design Workshop said about twenty percent of the 850-acre project will be utilized for future infrastructure leaving about 500-600 net acres for redevelopment.
 
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Legislative Forums planned in Crosby, Stanley, Tioga, Watford City, Williston March 4

News Release
 
Williston Regional Economic Development (WRED) will be hosting public legislative forums on March 4, 2017 in the communities of Districts 1, 2, 4 and 39 to give legislators an opportunity to update their constituents. The forums will be held in Crosby, Stanley, Tioga, Watford City and Williston on Saturday, March 4. Read More
 
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Sanford settles into State Capitol

McKenzie County Farmer
by Jack Dura

In his two months as lieutenant governor, Brent Sanford has taken his experience as a boomtown mayor and businessman to the capitol at Bismarck.
Family pictures adorn the wooden walls of Brent Sanford's office. The room is a little dim, but only because he's drawn the blinds on the dazzling sun outside.  The atrium of the North Dakota State Capitol is a short walk away in a bustle of legislators, lobbyists and schoolchildren. Still, in Sanford's office, the ties that bind are very visible for the new lieutenant governor, from a model pumpjack to an early black-and-white photo of his family's business, S & S Motors. "I tell people I feel like it was a good background being in Watford City for this position," Sanford said. For the Full Story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer

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Williston Housing Market stabilizes

Williston Herald

Despite the slowdown in the oil and gas industry, Williston's housing market has remained quite healthy due to other contributing factors.
A balance between home sales and houses on the market was met in January - finally breaking the buyer's market in Williston. The rate of housing coming online in recent years may have confirmed for some the narrative that the region had bust following the abrupt fall in oil prices in 2014. But home sales remained healthy despite it all, real estate agents say. In fact, the array of options, normalized prices and low interest rates formed perfect conditions for new homebuyers. Many young families decided to weather the downturn, which was reflected through increased home sales, student enrollment and record birthrates. Read More

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Minot Home Sales level off

Minot Daily News

An open house is held Feb. 12 for a home for sale in northwest Minot. Jill Schramm/MDN
The Minot-area real estate market has settled into calmer times as it moves away from the frenzied activity spurred by a flood and energy development. Home sales are down about a third from the peak but prices have only decreased a little bit. "It's much more balanced now. You can't really say it's a seller's market. You can't really say it's a buyer's market," said Cindy Harvey, Realtor with Elite Real Estate and past president of the North Dakota Association of Realtors. "Prices are holding steady. There's more inventory." Read More

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Minot seeks Grant Program Manager

Minot Daily News

The City of Minot has begun advertising for a grant program manager for its National Disaster Resilience Program. This is a five-year, full-time position that involves a variety of complex, high-level management and oversight tasks. Read More

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Minot's Oak Park Theater to reopen Feb. 24

Minot Daily News

Caleb Schon, right, and John Morman, 10th graders at Minot High School Central Campus, test Xbox gaming on the big screen, Monday afternoon, a new feature that soon will be available at Oak Park Theater in Minot. Eloise Ogden/MDN
The newly renovated Oak Park Theater in northwest Minot is ready for its debut at the end of this week. On Friday, the theater opens playing "Passengers" for its first movie at 7 p.m. followed by the Academy Award nominated "Manchester By The Sea" at 9:30 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, a Disney movie, "Moana," will play at 2 and 4 p.m. The evening shows those two days will be "Passengers" at 7 p.m. and "Manchester By The Sea" at 9:30 p.m. Read More
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New Owners to take over Ekness Supervalu in Crosby Feb. 27

Crosby Journal

Ekness Supervalu has been owned and operated by members of the Ekness family for more than 50 years.
Next Monday is the projected date Jason Tracy will take over as the new owner of Crosby's grocery store after decades in the hands of the Ekness family. "I just think the world of the Eknesses," he said. They've been great to work with." Monday is also the day Tracy's application for a Renaissance Zone application will be reviewed at a hearing at Crosby City Hall. Tracy, owner of "Jason's Super Foods," said he met Randy and Brenda Ekness on a cruise about five years ago. Since then, they've stayed in touch, and discussions about buying the store have been going on roughly three years. To ready the full story, subscribe to the Crosby Journal

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1 Million Cups Williston Launch Meeting March 1; Future Presenters sought

Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson

The 1 Million Cups Williston will have its first monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 1 at 8:30 a.m. at the Williston State College Teton Lounge. The meeting will follow the 1 Million Cups format: two presenters will speak for six minutes followed by 20 minutes of questions and answers. If you have a startup business that is 1-5 years old, you may apply to speak at one of the monthly meetings. To seek more information email williston@1millioncups.com. 1 Million Cups Williston is sponsored by Williston Economic Development, Smiling Moose Deli and Williston State College. We hope to see you there!

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Stanley to vote on $19.5M School Bond March 7

News Release

Stanley voters will cast their ballots for the $19.5 million school bond proposal March 7.
The Stanley Public School District is proposing a $19,500,000 bond issue to provide funds to expand, renovate, remodel and equip the high school; to construct and equip additions to school buildings; to make site improvements to school property and to construct, remodel, improve and equip athletic facilities based on a levy of 22.36 mills. Specific departments and programs that need addressing include Music, Vo Ag, Physical Education, Science, Family and Consumer Science, Special Education, General Education Classrooms, and Extracurricular Activities. Building Project website

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Ports-to-Plains Washington DC Fly-in April 24-28

News Release

The Ports-to-Plains Washington DC Fly-in is scheduled April 24-28, 2017. The Board of Directors urges each of its members to send participants to this event. With the potential of the Trump infrastructure proposal of $1 trillion in infrastructure investment moving quickly, this year will be a one-time opportunity to make our case for rural transportation projects. If you wish to participate, please contact Jeri Strong (jeri.strong@portstoplains.com 806-775-3369) for assistance with hotel information. Ports-to-Plains website

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Upcoming Williston Events

02/28              Williston City Commission
The commission meets the second and fourth Tuesday's of each month at 6 p.m. at City Hall. 

03/01              1 Million Cups
Support early-stage startups and attend the high-energy meeting at 8:30 a.m. in the Teton Lounge on the campus of Williston State College. Coffee will be provided by the Smiling Moose Deli.

03/09              Business After Hours
Mainstay Suites will host the Chamber's monthly networking social from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
 
03/10              Eggs & Issues
The Chamber program will be held from 7:30-9 a.m. a TrainND Northwest.
 
03/17              Shamrockin' the Bakken Taste of Williston
The Chamber annual St. Patrick's Day event will be held from 6-10:30 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center.

03/20              Williston Planning & Zoning Commission
The commission meets the third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. Agenda

03/22              Williston Job Fair
The event will be held at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center. Job Fair Flier for Job Seekers 
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