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Williston Economic Development
November 18, 2016

API honors OpWorks, XTO, TrainND and Eslinger

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The Williston Basin API recognized four groups and individuals for their achievements in relation to the oil and gas industry. The following were honored with 2016 Williston API Achievement Awards: OpWorks, Industry Innovation award; XTO Energy, Community Service award; TrainND Northwest, Outstanding Achievement Group award; and Brent Eslinger, Outstanding Achievement Individual award. The API's next meeting is Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel.

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Williston Fire Station 2, Training Tower Grand Opening Nov. 28

Williston Economic Development

The Training Tower helps prepare firefighters for all types of potential hazardous situations. Williston Fire Department
The public is invited to attend the grand opening and dedication of theWilliston Fire Department's Fire Station 2 and Training Tower on Monday, Nov. 28 at 10:30 a.m. The two facilities are located at 610 58th Street West. Fire station 2 is Williston's first substation which was built to better serve and protect the growing  community. The 4,000 square foot training facility is able to provide all types of training exercises for the 50-plus full-time and 30-plus volunteer firefighters in Williston. A second substation is under construction at the corner of 37th Street West and 32nd Avenue West near the new Williston High School.

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Specialty Bedding Store to open in Williston Nov. 19

Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson

Mattress Firm is located in the Sand Creek Town Centre retail development in Williston. Williston Economic Development
A new specialty bedding store is coming to Williston. Mattress Firm will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the Sand Creek Town Centre. Mattress firm is a national chain with more than 3,000 stores. The Williston location is the seventh to open in North Dakota within two years. Jason Sellers is the co-owner of the North Dakota franchise. He and his business partners also have three stores in Bismarck, two in Minot and one in Dickinson. Read More
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WSC Foundation celebrates Ribbon Cutting at New Location

Williston Economic Development

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the new WSC Foundation's new location near Jimmy John's and the DMV in Williston. Williston Economic Development 

The Willliston Area Chamber of Commerce helped the Williston State   College Foundation
celebrate its ribbon cutting and open house at its new location Nov. 15. The WSCF is a nonprofit agency that manages donations given to the college. The foundation's new location is 721 East Highland Drive Suite E. The new space houses the following WSCF employees: Terry Olson, executive director;  Hunter Berg, director for alumni relations & athletics; Carmin Klein, associate director; and Kim Gratz, office manager.
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Salvation Army to try New Methods for delivering 2016 Holiday Programs

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Williston State College is teaming up with the Salvation Army this holiday season. Students and staff will be ringing bells in December. Read More
n order to make a greater impact in Williston and Williams County this holiday season, The Salvation Army is changing and improving the way it serves people for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Rather than 
hosting a sit-down meal on Thanksgiving Day, the organization will focus its efforts on distributing Thanksgiving food items from its pantry. This will enable people to make a Thanksgiving dinner for their families from the comfort of their own home. Read More
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Veeder retires from Economic Development; takes on New Elected Role

McKenzie County Farmer

Gene Veeder, long-time McKenzie County economic development director, is retiring as he takes on a new elected role as McKenzie County Commissioner. Williston Economic Development
After a quarter-century in local economic development, Gene Veeder says he's seen the best and worst of times in Watford City. From the empty storefronts and loss of retail in the early 1990s to the surge of the late 2000s' oil boom, the retiring executive director of McKenzie County's job development authority said what he learned early on helped him in his later years. "You build up your community in the good times because there will be times when you just have to keep struggling to keep things going but a lot of our initiative started when things were pretty tough around here," Veeder said. Read More     McKenzie County elects Newcomers to Commission
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Anchor Ingredients buys Culbertson Pulse Facility


Anchor Ingredients has purchased the pulse facility in Culbertson to expand its business.
Anchor Ingredients Co., LLC ("Anchor"), a Midwest-based leading supplier of quality ingredients for the food and pet food industries, is announcing the acquisition of a rail-loading and storage facility in Culbertson, Mont. The company will use the new pulse facility to originate specialty crops, specifically peas and lentils, from both Montana and western North Dakota.  Read More

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Minot Development Foundation to gauge interest in Potential Technical School

Minot Daily News

Minot Area Development is going to survey the level of interest in a potential technical school.
Minot-area businesses will soon have a chance to weigh in on the future of a potential post-secondary technical education center. The Minot Area Chamber of Commerce and Minot Area Development Corp. plan to circulate a survey to members to seek input of the city's National Disaster Resilience Program. The survey should by the end of the year. Read More
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Ulta Beauty opens at Dakota Square Mall


Ulta Beauty has stores in Fargo, Bismarck and Minot.
Ulta Beauty has opened its third store in North Dakota. The national chain now has a location in Minot at the Dakota Square Mall. Ulta offers pretty much everything 'beauty' you could think of, from makeup, to nails, to a hair salon, to a skin bar and more. "We take them on a tour of the store, walk them through the brands. We can actually put makeup on the skin. We try three different products on them," said Amy Vigars, general manager. Read More

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Village Inn coming to Minot

Minot Daily News

Minot residents are anticipating the mid-December grand opening of Village Inn, located at 3816 S. Broadway Street. Known for serving handcrafted burgers, decadent desserts and festive salads, the family friendly establishment plans to create 100 full and part-time employment opportunities before opening its doors. Along with adding new jobs to the Magic City, Village Inn is delighted to serve a fresh and exciting menu to Minot residents. Read More
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Pre-order Christmas Wreaths from Williston Lions Club by Nov. 23

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The Williston Lions Club is seeking Christmas wreath pre-orders until Nov. 23. To order yours call 701-774-3015 or email thewillistonlions@gmail.com. Wreaths are $16 each. Payment is due when the wreaths are delivered. Proceeds from wreath sales benefit community programs and projects. Read More

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Upcoming Williston Events

11/19            Gloria Dei Bazaar
There will be donuts, lefse, rommegrot, slushburgers, homemade pie, baked goods, silent auction, caramel rolls and cinnamon rolls.
11/19            Home for the Holidays Tour
Tickets are available for $15 at Country Floral. Proceeds from the tour will benefit the Family Crisis Shelter in Williston.
11/21            Williston Planning and Zoning
The board meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall the third Monday of the month.
11/22            Williston City Commission
The commission meets at 6 p.m. at City Hall the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.
11/25            Holiday Lights Parade
The parade will begin at 6 p.m. at the National Guard Armory. The 2016 theme is Animation. Click here to register
11/26            Small Business Saturday
The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce encourages consumers to participate in Small Business Saturday and shop at small businesses in the Williston trade region.

12/01            Holiday Stroll
The annual stroll in Downtown Williston will feature shopping, visits with Santa, holiday treats, in-store sales, carolers, an ice sculptor and much more! Holiday Stroll Flyer

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.
12/09            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. Heavy hors d'oeuvres, adult beverages, door prizes and games.

12/09            A Magical Medora Christmas
Five legendary Medora performers are bringing a family-friendly Holiday Show to Williston Dec. 8. Ticket Information
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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