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December 2, 2016

Fire Station 2 celebrates Grand Opening; Cpl. Eugene H. Falcon Training Center dedicated


Pictured clockwise: a large crowd gathered for the Fire Station 2 grand  opening ceremony; Fire Station 2 exterior; Cpl. Eugene H. Falcon Training Center; and Williston Fire Chief Jason Catrambone delivered comments during the program.


Since the early 1980s, Williston has had only one fire house. Monday, that changed. The $6.3 million station was funded largely through a one cent sales tax designated for emergency and safety services in Williston and Williams County. "Today we need to showcase what we've done with that money and continue providing the necessary services to protect the people in this community," says Tate Cymbaluk, Williston City Commission. The sales tax is distributed equally to Williston and Williams County monthly. Read More

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Williston Tree Lighting Dec. 2 at 5 p.m.

Williston Economic Development

Williston Public Works and Basin Concrete Trucking crews cut and moved a 55-foot evergreen to its new home at the corner of 26th St. and 2nd Ave. W on Dec. 1. The lights were hung on Dec. 2. The tree was donated by Jerad and Alyssa Suess, who live on Rose Lane in Williston. The City of Williston will have its second annual tree lighting ceremony Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

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Coffee with a Cop Dec. 3 at Law Enforcement Center

Williston Economic Development

The public is invited to join area law enforcement officials for Coffee with a Cop on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Law Enforcement Center. The event will also include a bake sale and toy drive to raise funds and collect Christmas presents for area youth programs this holiday season. Coffee with a Cop flyer.

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Williams County to celebrate Expansion Project Milestone Dec. 6

Williams County

Williams County will be holding an informal "topping off" ceremony for the Williams County Administration Building addition on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. The ceremony will signify the halfway point for the expansion project as a whole. Members of the Building Committee (including County Commissioners), JEDunn Construction, and participating architects will be on hand. Those present will sign the final beam for the WCAB and it will be hoisted into its resting place along Broadway. Read More

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Sloulin Field Redevelopment Workshop Dec. 9

Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson
The City of Williston and Cardon Global officials are taking the next step toward "Reimagining Williston." The two parties will meet next week to explore the possibilities for a large development in the center of town. The workshop will allow Cardon to present preliminary concepts for the Sloulin Field Redevelopment Master Plan. Cardon Global has been working on ideas for the master plan for about six months. "We're happy to be partnered with Cardon for their ideas and creativity they bring to the table," said Williston Administrator David Tuan. "We're hopeful this workshop will help us imagine some exciting concepts to present to the public for input." Read More

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Economic Development Holiday Open House Dec. 9

Williston Economic Development

The  public is invited to Williston Economic Development's Holiday Open House on Friday, Dec. 9 at the Center for Development. The annual holiday celebration will include food and beverages, door prizes and networking opportunities. Join WED as it celebrates the successes of 2016 and looks forward to 2017.

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WHS Wind Ensemble named Governor's Band for 2016-2017

News Release

Gov. Jack Dalrymple has announced that the Williston High School Wind Ensemble and the Sheyenne High School Concert Choir have been selected to serve as the 2016-2017 Governor's Official State Band and Chorus. "Congratulations to the Williston High School Wind Ensemble and the Sheyenne High School Concert Choir for being named this year's Governor's Official Band and Chorus," Dalrymple said. "These are two very accomplished organizations and they will represent North Dakota with pride and enthusiasm." The WHS Wind Ensemble is directed by Eric Rooke. Read More

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Northwest Chorus to perform in Estevan, Crosby Dec. 3-4

By Cecile Wehrman

It's not easy to silence a chorus of voices. Despite several changes in scope and direction over four decades, the Northwest Chorus will present its 46th annual holiday music programs this weekend in Crosby and Estevan, Sask. Bringing together members from North Dakota with members of the Southeast Chorus Association of Saskatchewan, it's one of the few, if only, international choruses operating in the United States and Canada. Read More

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Tioga Residents discuss Concepts for Potential Community Center

Tioga Tribune

What would you like to see in Tioga's proposed community center? This was the question the community center committee asked residents at a public feedback session recently. While there was some disagreement over the plans, the overall tone of the meeting was friendly, with many people sharing their perspectives on what would best serve the needs of the town. Read More

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North Dakota Newcomers prepare for First Winter

McKenzie County Farmer

Kiley Bartlett moved to Watford City from Arizona last month. To prepare for winter, she has had the fluids checked in her vehicle and stocked up on clothing to layer. McKenzie County Farmer
Angie Bockover has only ever lived in Mount Vernon, Ohio, where winter temperatures can range from 10 below zero to 70 above and snow can come and go all season long. Her first winter outside of Ohio will be in North Dakota this year. Moving to the state whose largest city was dubbed America's "toughest weather city" in 2011 by The Weather Channel, Bockover said she's heard of North Dakota's infamous winters, where the National Guard has had to plow roads and temperatures are many, many degrees below zero, she said. "Your eyelashes freeze," Bockover said of North Dakota winters, with a small laugh. Read More

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Upcoming Williston Events

12/03            Festival of Trees Gala
The annual event sponsored by Williston Friendly Faces features a social hour, dinner, tree auction and dance in the Skad Gym on the WSC Campus. Formal attire is required for this ticketed event.

12/04            Williston Rotary Auction for Action
The annual auction will be held live on KUMV-TV on C
hannel 8, Cable Channel 5 from 1-4 p.m.
12/08            Legislative Social
Meet with District 1, 2 and 39 lawmakers about the 2017 Legislative Session at 6 p.m. at the Williston Area Recreation Center. Legislative Social flyer.
12/08            A Magical Medora Christmas
Five legendary Medora performers are bringing a family-friendly Holiday Show to Williston Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Williston High School. Ticket Information
12/09            Eggs & Issues with GNDC President
Andy Peterson will discuss the GNDC's strategies for the 2017 legislative session. The breakfast and program will be held at 7:30 a.m. at TrainND Northwest.
12/09            Williston Economic Development Holiday Open House
The annual Christmas celebration will be held from 5-8 p.m. at the Center for Development at 113 4th Street East. Enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres, adult beverages, door prizes and games.

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.
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