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Williston Economic Development
June 2, 2017

Williston Residents to vote on One Cent Sales Tax Extension Oct. 10

News Release

At the May 23 Williston City Commission meetings, Commission members unanimously approved October 10, 2017 as the poll date for the vote to continue the one cent infrastructure sales tax. Voters will be asked to approve a 10-year extension of the existing sales tax of which 75 percent is dedicated to property tax relief through debt reduction for necessary infrastructure. The remaining 25 percent is dedicated to economic and community development. Read More

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XWA/Soulin Field Redevelopment Meeting June 7 in Williston

News Release

The photo above shows the current Sloulin Field International Airport site that will be redeveloped after the airport is decommissioned.
The second in a series of public meetings on the Sloulin Field Redevelopment project will be held on Wednesday, June 7, from 6-8 p.m. at the Williston Area Recreation Center. The educational workshop will also offer an update on construction of the new Williston Basin International Airport. The meeting is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.  "We are excited to share the most recent updates concerning the status of the new XWA Airport, as well as how the redevelopment planning for Sloulin Field is progressing," said Don Cardon, CEO of Cardon Global Development, the firm serving as the City's Representative on the $250 million project. Read More

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Williston Housing Market picks up

by Brooke Williams
The 2017 Williston housing market is more active compared to one year ago.
More people in the Williston area are deciding now is the time to buy.  Josie Milne and her family purchased their first home eight years. But now, they're ready for an upgrade.  "I was ready for a more traditional two-style ranch home. Extra living space and we have a pool in the back so it can't get any better," says Milne. The home-buying experience was different for Milne this time around. With a greater selection of homes on the market, Milne and her family were able to find their dream home. "When my husband and I were looking when we came here 8 years ago there were like 25 houses on the market," says Milne. Read More 

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TrainND to offer Hazardous Materials Disaster Preparedness Symposium June 27

News Release
In its first annual Hazardous Materials Disaster Preparedness Symposium, TrainND welcomes eight presenters from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. June 27, 2017 at its Workforce Training Center. The purpose of this event is to bring industry, public emergency response officials, and interested parties together to share ideas and plans for dealing with a potentially disastrous event and how to prepare for them. Read More

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Jappe improves Emergency Planning in McKenzie County

Oil Patch Dispatch
by Amy Dalrymple

Karolin Jappe is an emergency manager in McKenzie County. Oil Patch Dispatch
In Karolin Jappe's first year as emergency manager in McKenzie County, she responded to five explosions at oil and gas facilities. Most concerning to Jappe was that four of the five companies did not have emergency plans. "It's hard to work with a company when they don't have a plan," she said. Now three years into her job, Jappe routinely participates in training exercises with oil companies to prepare for emergencies. She's also established a list of local contacts for most companies in the event of an incident. "That's critical, to have that relationship with the companies," she said. "It's totally turned around from my first year."  Read More

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Inventor seeks to make Oil Patch Cleaner, Safer

Bismarck Tribune
by Lauren Donovan
Elite Energy Services has offices in Williston and Sidney. This patented product helps prevent equipment failures in the oil patch. Bismarck Tribune
David Allen's family made it a mission to prevent dangerous and toxic spills in the oil patch. Working with consultants in Germany and Great Britain and at substantial expense, they've patented a device that could make the oil patch cleaner in the long run. More importantly, it could help prevent the severe injuries and fatalities that do occur during repair and maintenance of the volatile treater units. Read More  Elite Energy Services

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Job Fairs abound in June; Limited Space available at Watford City Job Fair

Williston Economic Development

North Dakota Job Service in Williston is getting off to a busy start in June. The office has scheduled several job fairs there are still a few openings in their 1 Day 1 Fair in Watford City June 14. "Right now we have 43 companies with more coming in every day," said Cindy Sanford, Williston Job Service Customer Service Office Manager. "We are expecting 60 companies and they are ALL hiring for several positions." Job Fair calendar

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WSC to offer New Ag Degree

Williston Herald
by Jamie Kelly
After a hiatus of several years, Williston State College will again start offering a degree in agriculture, this time with a focus on agricultural business and industry. The new associate's degree, announced Thursday, will combine business coursework with classes in general agriculture and also allow students latitude in choosing electives, according to John Miller, WSC's acting president. "What we're trying to do is be a lot more focused and a lot more precise about how we're tying into the local ag industry," Miller said. Read More

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Connecting Communities BBQ June 6 in Tioga

Williston Economic Development
WRED held three Connecting Communities BBQ's during the summer of 2016. Pictured is the BBQ in Watford City.
The Williston Regional Economic Development Corporation (WRED) will host its first Connecting Communities BBQ June 6 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in Tioga. The purpose of the event is to say "thank you" to Tioga residents for supporting the Williston trade region. The luncheon is free and open to the public. WRED will serve burgers, hotdogs, chips and drinks. Williston residents who would like to participate can contact Ann at annk@ci.williston.nd.us for more information.

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Bitz retires after 38 Years in Law Enforcement

Williston Herald
by Elizabeth Hackenburg

Lt. Mark Bitz makes his final radio call during a retirement party June 1 for the long-time lawman. Williston Herald
Despite Lt. Mark Bitz's smile and occasional tears, a number of his co-workers reminded the crowd gathered for his retirement ceremony on Thursday that the longtime Williston lawman is more likely to be remembered for his tendency to intimidate young officers. Bitz, 65, a 38-year-veteran of the Williston Police Department, said an emotional farewell to the job and fellow officers, some of whom shared stories about their most harrowing accounts with a man known for demanding perfection and commanding respect. Read More

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New Town to build New Outdoor Pool

New Town News
The New Town city council is seeking to build a new outdoor pool and splash pad for residents.
New Town hasn't had a swimming pool for several years, ever since high groundwater damaged the old pool that used to be where the New Town Ambulance building now sits. The New Town city council voted to purchase three lots that will be the home of a new swimming pool and splash pad. The council voted to purchase the lots that sit near the Northern Lights Wellness Center. The three parcels will cost the city about $105,000. Read More

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Rockin' Ribfest July 8 in Williston

Williston Area Chamber of Commerce

2017 Rockin' Ribfest  is slated to be our biggest yet!  We've partnered with Chamber member businesses: Patriot Productions and Black Magic Harley Davidson to be able to host more rib teams then ever and bring in a Monster Truck Show.  This event will be Rockin' for TWO DAYS!  There will be a car and bike show, kids activities, and so much more - a true event for the whole community!  Mark your calendars for July 7th and 8th this year - rib tasting on the 8th! Chamber website  Rockin' Ribfest Sponsorship flier

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Upcoming Williston Events

06/07                 1 Million Cups
The June 1 Million Cups meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. at the Teton Lounge on the Williston State College campus.

06/07                 Sloulin Field Redevelopment Meeting
The second community input meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Williston Area Recreation Center. The public is invited to participate in planning the future of the Sloulin Field International Airport site.
06/16                  2017 Play for a Cause Golf Classic
The annual golf tournament sponsored by CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Foundation will begin at 7:30 a.m. with registration at the Eagle Ridge Golf Club. The shotgun start will be held at 9 a.m. followed by lunch, a social and awards at 11 a.m. Golf Classic Website   

06/17                  Lemonade Day
Get ready for this fun-filled activity that teaches youth how to run their own business. Click Here to Register 
06/24-28            Upper Missouri Valley Fair
Food, family and fun are here for you at the Upper Missouri Valley Fair! Get your tickets early at the Williston CVB office. UMV Fair website

07/08                  Rockin' Ribfest
Don't miss your chance to be involved in the 2017 Rockin' Ribfest!!  The Chamber and Patriot Productions are cooking up the event of the summer! Plan to enjoy delicious ribs, music from Slamabama, Monster Truck Show, kids activities, and much more! 

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