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Williston Economic Development
May 20, 2016

Senate approves Funds for Williston Airport Relocation Project

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Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Senate has passed the $56.5 billion Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act (THUD). "The THUD bill makes necessary investments in our nation's transportation infrastructure, including the need to accommodate for growth in places like western North Dakota," Hoeven said. "Expanding and relocating facilities like Williston's Sloulin Field International Airport is a long-term investment in regional infrastructure and economies that should pay dividends for decades to come." Read More

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South Ridge Apartments celebrate Ribbon Cutting

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The open house was held at the South Ridge Club House. The new facility has two tanning beds, a fitness center, outdoor patio and much more to offer its tenants.
South Ridge apartments celebrated their grand opening on Friday, May 20 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house. The apartment community is located behind Menards at 3709 7th Street West in Williston. South Ridge has studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments with many amenities including tanning beds, a dog park, playground and underground parking. The open house will continue tonight until 8 p.m.
 
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Meg-A-Latte opens Third Location in Williston

Williston Economic Development

Customers relax in the new Meg-A-Latte while owner Megan Wold pauses to have her picture taken during the busy open house at the coffee shop on Monday. Williston Economic Development
Meg-A-Latte celebrated the opening of its third location in Williston on Monday, May 16. The coffee shop is housed in the Harvest Plaza located at the intersection of 32nd Ave. West and 27th St. W.  This is the third site Megan and Eddie Wold own in Williston. The Williston couple wanted to continue investing in their hometown and decided the Harvest Hills subdivision seemed like the best place due to the residential growth, new high school and other projects in the area.
   
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Williston celebrates Public Works Week

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Young children enjoy "driving" some of the equipment on display at the Williston Public Works Week Celebration. Melissa Krause / Williston Herald
Williston Public Works celebrated Public Works Week on Thursday, May 19 at the Raymond Family Community Center. Public Works professionals were on hand to show the equipment they use at their jobs. "This is a great opportunity for us to show off our latest equipment, the new equipment that we have, what we use on a daily basis to do our jobs," said Bret Williams, city landfill. The theme of the 2016 celebration was "Always There." "We're always there during emergencies. We're always there to provide quality of life that we enjoy in this town," said David Tuan, Williston Public Works Director. Read More

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Community says Goodbye to Williston School Supt. Dr. LaFontaine

Williston Herald
Dr. Viola Lafontaine visits with well wishers during an open house in her honor on Wednesday, May 18. Melissa Krause / Williston Herald
There's always a twinge of sadness to see a pivotal figure leave the Williston community, but Dr. Viola LaFontaine dashed about the room to greet everyone who came to provide her with well wishes, with a smile and a hug to ensure her farewell party would be a joyous affair. Serving as Williston Public School District 1 superintendent for the past 7 years, she successfully mitigated the dynamic new environment with her stoic leadership, but late last December she announced she would not seek to renew her contract.Read More

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WSC President to resign effective June 30, 2017

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Dr. Raymond Nadolny announced his resignation as Williston State College President to faculty and staff on Monday, May 16. His resignation will take effect at the end of his current contract period on June 30, 2017. Nadolny chose to resign next June to be with his family. "I made a commitment [to remain in Williston] for three years," Nadolny stated. "I got swept up in the excitement of Williston and with aging parents and family separated on two coasts, it is time to be closer to those I have been away from over the past seven years." Read More

Dr. Raymond Nadolny has announced his resignation as WSC President effective June 30, 2017.

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Future of ND Housing Incentive Fund may be in Jeopardy

AP / Bismarck Tribune
by James MacPherson

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held in 2015 for the Park Ridge Townhomes in Williston. The complex received funding from the North Dakota Housing Incentive Fund to provide affordable housing for essential workers. File photo
A state income tax credit that helped subsidize construction of thousands of living spaces largely in western North Dakota's oil patch has outlived its usefulness with the downturn in drilling and a prolonged slump in crude prices, the chairmen of the Senate and House taxation committees say. "Without a doubt, we need to re-evaluate this," Sen. Dwight Cook, chairman of the Senate's Finance and Taxation Committee, told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "Times have drastically changed since we put that in place. It was sold as a crisis and we reacted. The crisis does not exist no more. It's a different market today."  Read More

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Minot's Population nears 50,000

Minot Daily News

Minot's population grew by 2.9 percent during the year ended July 1, 2015, according to new population estimates released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau. The gain of 1,398 residents puts Minot's estimated population of 49,450 within reach of the 50,000 that would categorize the city and region as a metropolitan area. Minot's population has risen nearly 21 percent since the official 2010 census. Kevin Iverson, state census director with the North Dakota Commerce Department, said Minot's census estimate is right where he expected.  Read More

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Williston Angler snags Record Paddlefish

ND Game and Fish
Grant Werkmeister snagged a record 131-pound paddlefish during the 2016 season.
Grant Werkmeister of Williston snagged a record 131-pound paddlefish on May 7, about 20 miles southwest of Williston near the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has confirmed that Werkmeister's 71-inch paddlefish is the heaviest fish caught in North Dakota, breaking the previous record of 130 pounds set in 2010. North Dakota's paddlefish snagging season was open May 1-13.

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Boys Baseball Golf Tournament May 30 in Williston

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The annual Williston Boys Baseball Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, May 30 at the Williston Municipal Golf Course.  The shotgun start will begin at 12 p.m. The entry fee for the tournament is $50 per player which includes green fees, two carts per team, and a steak fry.  Participants may form their own five-person team. To enter or to obtain more information contact Larry Grondahl at 701-572-7897 or John Liffrig at 701-572-4068.

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CHI St. Alexius Golf Classic June 24 in Williston

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The CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Foundation is gearing up for its annual Golf Classic on Friday, June 24 at the Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Williston. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. followed by the Shotgun Start at 9 a.m. A social and awards presentation will be held immediately following the tournament. The proceeds will help fund high definition upgrades of operating room scopes which will give physicians clearer images. Read More

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