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January 27, 2017

Construction on Williston Fire Station 3 progresses

Williston Fire Department

Williston Fire Station 3 is under construction in the Harvest Hills development in Williston. Aerial photo  provided by Williston Fire Department
Construction on Williston Fire Station 3 is moving along. The facility is located near the new Williston High School at 3300 37th St. W. Fire Station 3 is part of the Fire Department's expansion which also includes the newly opened Fire Station 2 and Falcon Training Center. Fire Station 1 is also undergoing a major renovation in Williston. Williston Fire Department website

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Williston City Commission approves STAR Fund Grant for Affordable Housing

Williston Herald

Forty-three two-bedroom apartments will see a drastic drop in monthly price to $600 per unit after Williston agreed to use its STAR Fund to help with funding. Developer George Gaukler sought to transition from a construction loan to permanent financing for two Dakota Apartment buildings, located behind the Badlands Town Center. To leverage $1 million from the Bank of North Dakota, he needed to secure $550,000 in city funding, which was accomplished Tuesday evening. The Flex PACE Interest Buydown program will allow Gaukler to commit a portion of the city's contribution toward rent subsidy, to hone in on the lower income needs.  Read More 
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STAR Fund helps New Dog Grooming Business open in Williston

Williston Herald

Anna Denton had always dreamed of opening a dog grooming business, but until a year ago, she never thought she would live to see the day. Complications with an outpatient surgery faced Denton with a 25 percent chance to live. Instead of accepting defeat, she took those odds and assessed her life. "I really thought about what was important," she said. "I decided I was going back to school because I've always wanted to open a dog grooming business. To acquire the necessary certification she traveled to California. Read More

This little pooch was pamerped at Anna's Groom Room, a new dog grooming business in Williston.
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Aafedt receives Western Star Award at Chamber Banquet

News Release

Over 300 attended The Chamber's Annual Banquet held at the Grand Williston Hotel & Conference Center on Friday, Jan. 20. Pictured are the winners with Janna Lutz, Chamber President. Photographed on the top row are Cyndy Aafedt (El Rancho), winner of the Distinguished Western Star Award; Theresa Scully (Veterans Assistance Clinic), winner of the Patriot Award and Marti Pankowski accepting the Community Engagement Award for Bras for a Cause. Pictured on the bottom row are Kristin Oxendahl (Salvation Army of Williston), winner of the Chamber Connector Award;  David Montgomery (Williams County Commission), winner of the E.Ward Koeser Advocacy Award; and Steve Slocum (First National Bank & Trust), winner of the Williston Leadership Award. Congratulations to all of the winners!  Read More

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Williston Legislative Day Feb. 8 in Bismarck

News Release

Roundtrip transportation will leave from the ARC at 5:30 a.m. and return at about 7:30 p.m. the same day.
Join the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce for Williston Legislative Day on Wednesday, Feb. 8! Learn first hand how the legislative process works, visit and tour the State Capitol, and hear from your state legislators and chamber leaders about how to best influence the law making process. Seating is limited! Call the Chamber at 701-577-6000 to reserve your seat! The cost is $25 per person.

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WSC helps Military Veterans adjust to College Life

by Brooke Williams

Georgia native Andrew Shiffer had never left the United States until he was deployed to Iraq in 2008. "It was kind of an eye opening experience. I think we hit seven different countries on the way to Iraq," says Shiffer. While he hasn't ruled out a return to the military, Andrew is studying to be a physical education teacher at Williston State College. This past summer, the school created a Re-InVET Yourself Program to help veteran students adjust to college life. Read More

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TrainND expands to Watford City

McKenzie County Farmer

After years of local workers traveling to Williston for various workforce training, Watford City has cultivated its own site. Under an agreement to be finalized with the Watford City Park Board, Watford City economic development and Williston State College, TrainND-Northwest will offer workforce and oilfield training, an opportunity that has previously been available in Williston and Dickinson. For Gene Veeder, Watford City's economic development coordinator, the opening here is a good move. "My goal as the economic development guy is I don't want people leaving here to do things. They should be able to do them here," he said. To read more, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer

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New Grocery Store to open in Bowman in February

Bowman County Pioneer

by Bryce Martin


Bronson's Marketplace to open in February. Bowman County Pioneer

A new chapter is about to be written for Bowman's business sector. With the same grocers serving the community for decades, and from the same locations, Bowman shoppers were looking for something different. The opening of Bronson's Marketplace is a step in that direction. "We're pretty much right on track," said Kim Kessler, co-owner of Bronson's. She said they are expected to be in the new store around the third week of February. Read More

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ND Renewable Energy Program accepting Grant Applications

News Release

The grant applications are due by Feb. 1, 2017.
The North Dakota Industrial Commission is currently accepting applications through February 1 for the North Dakota Renewable Energy Program. 
The program funds projects that involve research, development, marketing and education of renewable energy technologies and processes that have strong growth potential in North Dakota. The Legislature established the program in 2007. Read More

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Upcoming Williston Events

02/07-09         Hard Spring Wheat Show 
The annual event will feature guest speakers, a trade show, photo contest, bread fair and much more at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center. Hard Spring Wheat Show flier

02/08              Williston Legislative Day
Book your round trip to the Capital to see the legislative process in action. Call the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce to reserve at 701-577-6000. Williston Legislative Day flier

02/14              Williston City Commission
The commission meets the second and fourth Tuesday's of each month at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

02/20               Williston Planning & Zoning Commission
The commission meets the third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

02/22              Sloulin Field Redevelopment Public Input Meeting 
The public is invited to attend the town hall meeting to discuss development possibilities at the Sloulin Field International Airport site. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Williston Area Recreation Center.

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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