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January 13, 2017

Oil Patch Communities prepare for More Growth

Bismarck Tribune
by Amy Dalrymple

Shawn Kessel, Dickinson City Administrator, at left, visits with Reps. Vicky Steiner and Mike Lefor from Dickinson on Monday.
Key cities in North Dakota's Oil Patch are poised for additional growth as oil prices recover and will require more funding to meet the needs of a growing population, according to a new study. The growth, though, is expected to be at a more modest pace compared with recent years, said the study presented to state legislators Jan. 9, 2017. Cities of Dickinson, Williston, Watford City, Tioga, Stanley and Killdeer participated in the study, which was sponsored the Western Dakota Energy Association. Read More

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Taxable Sales and Purchases down Third Quarter of 2016

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Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger says he expects taxable sales and purchases to begin leveling off after another decrease in the third quarter of 2016.
Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger today released the 2016 third quarter taxable sales and purchases report. Taxable sales and purchases were $4.625 billion for July, August and September of 2016, a drop of nearly 20 percent over those months in 2015. "With continuing lower commodity prices in the agriculture and oil industries, we anticipated that third quarter taxable sales and purchases would show a decline," stated Rauschenberger. "We should begin seeing our year-to-year comparisons level off and a new normal emerge soon."

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WRED hosts Legislative 101 Workshop in Williston; App allows Online Bill Tracking


The legislative session is in its second week, but many people don't understand some of the complex processes that go into how laws are made. Williston's Regional Economic Development held a web-based seminar Jan. 11, 2017 to help people understand how the system works. Topics ranged from how a bill becomes a law, to how to contact your local representatives. Read More   App allows Online Legislative Bill Tracking

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Crew Camp seeks to convert to Hotel

Williston Herald
Bismarck Tribune
The Bear Paw Lodge has received permission to convert from a temporary crew camp to a hotel.
Target Logistics and Lodging Solutions will be trying on a new hat following the city commission's unanimous decision to rezone the property on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, allowing them to pursue plans to convert the crew camp into a hotel. The two companies had proposed plans to turn their temporary workforce housing facility to a 636-bed hotel, last November. The concept was generated after a yearlong struggle against a city enforced crew camp ban. Read More
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Divide County Courthouse Construction ahead of Schedule

Crosby Journal
Mike Ragsdale says construction on the Divide County Courthouse addition on track.
From the outside it looks like construction on the Divide County Courthouse addition has slowed down. Inside, however, there's a flurry -- of activity, rather than snow -- especially now that the addition is almost closed in. "We don't have any more precipitation from the roof," Project manager Mike Ragsdale said last week. Given recent snowfall, "It's a lot better for everybody."  Read More

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ProBuild changes name to Builders FirstSource in Williston, Sidney


Effective January 1, 2017, ProBuild began the transition to Builders FirstSource. The change will have no impact on service or product but customers will begin to see the change with invoices and signage. ProBuild appreciates everyone's business and will continue to provide the best in product and customer service as Builders FirstSource. Builders FirstSource has ten locations in Montana including Sidney and six locations in North Dakota including Williston.  News Release: Builders FirstSource to acquire ProBuild

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New Sports Facility opens at U-Mary in Bismarck

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The University of Mary held its grand opening and blessing ceremony at the new multimillion-dollar fieldhouse and wellness center today, Wednesday, January 11, 2017. Faculty, staff, students and honored guests celebrated the opening of the $10-million facility with a campus-wide Mass held inside the 80,000 square foot structure. Read More

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TrainND has solutions for Cabin Fever

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There is something magical when a single strand of yarn and a single hook unite to form a complete piece of fabric. So grab your crochet hook and yarn and let's get started.  This course is designed with the beginner in mind, including all supplies.  Whether you are just learning how to crochet or need a refresher course, you can learn the basics here! For this class and others visit the TrainND website. TrainND Class Schedule

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API Chili Cook-off seeks Team for Feb. 4 Contest

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The API Chili Cook-Off has room for one more team.  If anyone knows of a company who would like to have a team in this year's Chili Cook-off on Saturday, February 4th at the Grand Williston Hotel, please contact  Ken Callahan immediately at 701-770-5030 or ken.callahan@mdu.com .
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Adkins to headline Richland County Fair Aug. 5

Sidney Herald

A country music star who has sold more than 10 million albums will highlight this year's Richland County Fair and Rodeo. Fair manager Jamie Larson has announced that the Aug. 5 concert will be headlined by Trace Adkins and will be opened by American Idol performer Lauren Alaina. Pre-sale concert tickets will go on sale in May. Read More

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Upcoming Williston Events

01/14              Williston Bridal Expo
Local area experts from the wedding industry will be available from noon to 3 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center.

01/17              Williston Planning and Zoning Commission
The commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. Agenda
01/18               All In Trucking Job Fair
The job fair will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Job Service office in Williston.

01/20              Williston Chamber Annual Banquet
Journey to "Paris" and enjoy an evening of entertainment, awards and networking.  The dinner and program will be held from 6-10 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center. Call the Chamber to reserve dinner tickets at 701-577-6000.

01/24              Williston City Commission
The commission meets the second and fourth Tuesday's of each month at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

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.

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.
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