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December 9, 2016

City of Williston Christmas Tree spreads Holiday Cheer

Williston Economic Development
The 2nd annual Williston Christmas Tree Lighting attracted about 25 people. The City of Williston officially turned on the white lights and green star on Friday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. Williston Mayor Howard Klug emceed the brief event; thanking homeowners Jerad and Alyssa Suess for donating the tree and encouraging residents to decorate the tree with ornaments. The 45-foot evergreen is located at the corner of 26th Street and 2nd Avenue West. Pictured above are participants in the tree lighting ceremony and Alyssa and Jerad Suess being interviewed by Brooke Williams from KXMD-TV.

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Dalrymple outlines 2017-2019 Budget

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Gov. Jack Dalrymple released his Executive Budget this week in Bismarck.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple today released his 2017-2019 Executive Budget, a structurally balanced plan that reduces state spending, yet funds priorities without raising taxes. "We have produced a budget that is balanced and sustainable," Gov. Dalrymple said. "We make the necessary budgetary reductions, while providing funding for education, statewide infrastructure improvements and other priorities.  Because we have taken steps in our prior budgets to protect against the eventual revenue downturn, we can fund our priorities and still carry forward healthy reserves with no tax increases."  Read More

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Watford City Mayor prepares for New Role as Lieutenant Governor

McKenzie County Farmer

Brent Sanford is preparing to make Bismarck home as he takes on his new role as North Dakota Lieutenant Governor. McKenzie County Farmer
On his way home from Bismarck last Thursday afternoon, Brent Sanford summarized his time as Watford City mayor in a breeze, as the challenges of the oil boom built a bright future for the small town.  From housing and daycare to infrastructure and population estimates, Watford City rocketed through some rough times to reach a feeling of normalcy today, the lieutenant governor-elect said. "We quickly had to learn how to handle the influx of people," Sanford said of the oil boom's early challenges in 2010, when he began as mayor. Read More

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Legislative Social draws Large Crowd

Williston Economic Development

District 1 Sen. Brad Bekkedahl (R) shares his insights on the upcoming legislative session.
Nearly 100 western North Dakota residents attended the 2016 Legislative Social Dec. 8 at the Williston Area Recreation Center. Lawmakers from District 1, 2  and 39 participated in the event. The event was sponsored by  The Williston Area Builders Association, KLE Construction, LLC and Williston Regional Economic Development. The 2017 Legislative Session will convene January 3, 2017.

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Williams County helps New Williston Airport secure $27 Million FAA Grant

Williston Herald

Williston Mayor Howard Klug was the emcee during the ground breaking ceremony for the XWA Terminal last October.
Under pressure from a federal agency to submit proof that land acquisition at the site of the city's new airport is complete, local officials are hoping to have deeds to the property in the hands of the Federal Aviation Administration by Thursday afternoon at the latest. The documents' submission will trigger the reimbursement of a $27 million grant awarded to the project by the FAA last September. County officials helped speed up the process on Tuesday during the Williams County Commission's regular meeting, when David Tuan, Williston's city administrator, asked for permission to record three of the deeds before sectioning off parcels of land that will not be used for the airport. Read More

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Chamber, TrainND to offer Business Academy

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The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce an innovative workforce development partnership with Train ND Northwest. Through this collaboration the Chamber intends to support their members' business, professional, and personal development by providing training courses at a discounted cost to Chamber members. Read More

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Farm Credit Services donates $46,200 to Williston Hospital

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Farm Credit Services donates more than $46,000 to Williston Hospital.
The CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Foundation has been awarded a $46,200 grant from the Farm Credit Services. Farm Credit Services of North Dakota, Farm Credit Services of Mandan and AgriBank, established the Rural Community Grant Fund to assist in the implementation and development of projects and programs in communities and rural areas in western North Dakota which have been impacted by mineral exploration. "Farm Credit is pleased to provide grant funds to CHI St. Alexius Health Williston," says Claude Sem, CEO of Farm Credit Services of North Dakota.
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Salvation Army on track for Record-Setting Distributions this Christmas

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Thanks to the Robert E Herman Family Foundation, the Williston Salvation Army was able to have an even greater impact this Thanksgiving. Funds from the family foundation were used purchase food and gift cards for turkeys to be distributed through The Salvation Army's food pantry. The generous gift allowed individuals and families to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal in the comfort of their own home with their loved ones.  Read More

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Ray Restaurant draws Praise

Tioga Tribune

The owners of Mattie B's restaurant are enjoying a busy holiday season. Tioga Tribune
The Ray Mall has a bit of a secret. Mattie B's restaurant set up shop in the space once occupied by the Ray Caf?. The establishment opened in March, but owners Allen Andersen and Trisha Senff said they still get new people coming in who just now found out about the place, even some of the locals. Read More 

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Stark Development Leader predicts Economic Upswing in 2017

Dickinson Press

Dickinson has seen the worst of the post-oil boom economic slowdown, said representatives of Stark Development Corporation. Gaylon Baker, the executive vice president of Stark Development Corporation, said that the area will now begin an economic upswing. He noted that Dickinson has not lost any major businesses. "We've had as many businesses start up as we've had fade away, so that's what happens in a normal economy, and it's just a normal economic cycle," Baker said. "I really think that as time goes by we're going to see more employment across the board." Read More

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Hard Spring Wheat Show Feb. 7-9 in Williston

Williston Economic Development

Danielle Steinhoff, Williams County Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent, visits with an attendee at the Hard Spring Wheat Show in 2016. Williston Economic Development
The Williams County Extension Agency is gearing up for its annual Hard Spring Wheat Show Feb. 7-9 at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center. Sponsorship letters have been sent and speakers have been contacted for the 64th annual show. The event will begin on Feb. 7 with the annual bread fair for area 5th graders while the seminars and trade show will be held Feb. 8-9. The show provides an opportunity for producers to learn about the latest trends in the ag industry.

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Some Williston Residents don't mind Cold Snap

by Brooke Williams
The recent cold snap didn't seem to dampen spirits in Williston - as Brooke Williams reports - residents were taking the blustery weather in stride. 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
12/09             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.

12/12             Oil States Job Fair
Oil States is hiring Field Service Techs. Visit the job fair Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. -3 p.m. at Job Service in Williston. Oil States Job Fair flier

12/15             Schlumberger Job Fair
Schlumberger is hiring. Visit the job fair Dec. 15 at Job Service in Williston. Schlumberger Job Fair flier

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.

01/20             Williston Chamber Annual Banquet
The dinner and program will honor winners of the Chamber awards including the coveted Western Star Award.
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