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April 28, 2017

Dudas named New Director of Williston Airport

KEYZ
by Chris Simon

Anthony Dudas has been named director of the Williston Airport.
Williston City Commissioners promoted Williston's assistant airport director Anthony Dudas to director last night, voting unanimously to make him Steven Kjergaard's permanent replacement.  Kjergaard resigned suddenly in February, and now serves as the Airport Director in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. Dudas will oversee the existing airport's operations along with seeing increased involvement in operational discussions regarding the new Williston Basin International Airport.   Commissioner Chris Brostuen put forward the promotion of the the 30 year old Dudas who has worked for the airport at Sloulin Field for the past five years, first as operations officer then in 2013 till now, assistant director. Read More

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Nickoloff promoted to Captain of Williston Police Department

Williston Herald

Amy Nickoloff has been promoted to captain of the Williston Police Department. Williston Herald
In many ways, Capt. Amy Nickoloff's experience as an elementary school teacher and as an advanced emergency medical technician served as preparation for the calls she'd get as a patrol officer working for the Williston Police Department in the beginnings of the oil boom six years ago. Nickoloff, 43, was promoted to captain last week after Capt. David Peterson was appointed as retiring Chief James Lokken's successor. She is the first woman in the department to hold the title. Read More


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Williston Fire Department continues to Grow

Williston Herald

Williston Fire Chief Jason Catrambone has guided the department through unprecedented growth during the past few years.
Williston Fire Chief Jason Catrambone says the addition of two new stations and renovations at the original fire house will allow them to better serve the needs of the community. The $3 million project at the main station house was finished just months after Fire Station 2 officially opened northwest of Williston. The department's second recruit class began training this week and work on a third station is expected to be done by late summer. "We're catching up to what the (population) influx brought us," Catrambone said. "This year with station three opening and this recruit class, it puts us in a really good spot."  Read More     KUMV-TV: New Recruits enter Fire Training Adacemy

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Community invited to State of Williston Address May 15

Williston Economic Development
Williston Mayor Howard Klug has announced the State of the City address will be held Monday, May 15 beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Williston Area Recreation Center. The event is free and open to the public. A free BBQ will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. Come early to get a plate and a seat. The BBQ will be provided by Williston Economic Development and the Williston Rotary Club. The address will begin at 12 p.m. Klug will speak about recent accomplishments, current projects and future plans in the City of Williston. He plans to share the podium with elected leaders, department heads and private partners. KEYZ Radio will broadcast the address live on the radio for those that will be unable to attend.
 
 
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Lawmakers approve Funds for Hub Cities; Legislative Assembly adjourns

Oil Patch Dispatch
by Amy Dalrymple

Lawmakers finalized a slimmed-down budget Thursday evening on Day 77 of the 2017 legislative session to adjourn sine die. Bismarck Tribune: 65th Legislative Assembly adjourns
North Dakota lawmakers reached a compromise Wednesday, April 26, on distributing dollars to Oil Patch communities while agreeing to study the funding formula for the top oil cities. The provisions in Senate Bill 2013 provide about $500 million for communities in western North Dakota from oil tax revenue and $16 million for townships in the rest of the state, said Rep. Jeff Delzer, R-Underwood. The cities of Williston, Dickinson and Minot will receive less oil revenue in 2017-19 than they did in the previous two-year budget cycle, but legislators said the amount will be sufficient to meet their debt obligations. Read More

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Williston's Economy shows Signs of Improvement

Williston Economic Development
Construction is in full swing on Fire Station 3 in the Harvest Hills subdivision near the new Williston High School. The station is expected to open in late summer of 2017. Williston Fire Department
Williston Economic Development has released its Economic Outlook for March of 2017. The monthly report helps gauge economic activity in the Williston region. The report tracks state revenue distributions, building permit activity, unemployment and more. In March, airport enplanements, residential home sales and hotel occupancy were all up compared to one year ago. Economic Outlook for March 2017   Williston Herald: Update on Williston, Williams County Economic Activity

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Williston Public Works improves Workplace Safety; installs AEDS at Facilities

Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson
Ryan Slapnicka, Williston Public Works safety coordinator, began implementing First Aid and CPR training for staff about one year ago. The program included AED training and installing AED devices in the workplace. Williston Economic Development
Williston Public Works has taken steps to make workplace safety a lot more effective. During the past year, the department's employees received First Aid and CPR training, which included using automated external defibrillators. They also purchased and installed eight AEDs facility-wide. "So far, 97 public works employees have gone through the training," said Ryan Slapnicka, Williston Public Works safety coordinator. "While we haven't had any incidents, luckily, it could happen." Slapnicka set up the training through the Williston Fire Department. One day each month, ten public works employees enrolled in the class. Battalion Chief RJ Benth conducted the sessions.  "CPR and First Aid can be invaluable when someone is in serious medical distress, and knowing what to do in an emergency situation can mean the difference between life or death," said Benth.  Read More

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Winners of Mayor for a Day Essay Contest recognized

Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson

Maci Heller and McKenzie Egeberg were named the winners of the 2017 Williston Mayor for a Day essay contest. In top photo McKenzie reads her essay while Williston Mayor Howard Klug listens. McKenzie and Maci pose outside City Hall. Maci reads her essay in the lower left hand corner. Williston Economic Development
Two Williston third graders have been recognized for the essays they wrote for the Williston "Mayor for a Day" contest. The annual competition is held in cooperation with the statewide contest sponsored by the North Dakota League of Cities. McKenzie Egeberg and Maci Heller, third grade students at Lewis and Clark Elementary School, were named the 2017 winners at the Williston City Commission meeting April 25, 2017. Williston Mayor Howard Klug presented each student with a plaque for their accomplishments. He also gave each of them a gift basket filled with North Dakota-made products and invited them to ride with him in the Band Day parade!The contest is one of Klug's favorite duties as Mayor of Williston. He enjoys reading the students essays and typically has a difficult time choosing a winner.Read More
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Road Construction Season picks up; Plan ahead for Detours

News Release

The North Dakota Department of Transportation has announced the start of the 2017 road construction season and encouraged motorists to watch for the orange cones. Major Projects in the Williston District include the following:  ND Highway 1804 from the east side of Williston to Epping, ND Highway 1804 from north of New Town to County Road 5,  US Highway 2 from 32nd Ave to 11th St in Williston,  Roundabout at the intersection of ND Highway 23A and 12th St SE in Watford City,  US Highway 52 from Portal to east of Flaxton and  US Highway 85B in Watford City from north of the junction of ND Highway 23A to 9th St SW. Read More     KEYZ Radio: Williston Businesses prepare for Road Construction Season

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Amtrak Empire Builder faces uncertainty; Minot, Williston lead Ridership

Minot Daily News

Minot and Williston had the most boardings along the Amtrak Empire Builder's route in 2016. Minot Daily News
Minot and Williston serve the most people in North Dakota along the Amtrak Empire Builder's route. Amtrak reports Minot had the highest number of ridership in fiscal year 2016 with 29,829 people boarding the passenger train. This was followed by Williston with 28,062 boardings. But Minot and other North Dakota cities as well as other states along the Empire Builder route could be without passenger train service as a result of a budget proposal from President Trump to cut federal funding for Amtrak. Read More

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Watford City's Rough Rider Center earns Tourism Award

McKenzie County Farmer

The Rough Rider Center in Watford City opened in the fall of 2016. McKenzie County Farmer.
Watford City's Rough Rider Center was honored at the North Dakota Travel Industry Conference recently in Bismarck. The facility won the Governor's Trailblazer Award for Tourism Innovation. Doug Bolken, McKenzie County's tourism director, nominated the facility, highlighting its spaces and abilities. "The Rough Rider Center has quickly become an asset to the community's quality of life, featuring a fitness center, indoor waterpark, coffee shop, running track and event space for concerts and conventions," he wrote. To read more, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer
 
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Williston Boys Baseball Golf Tournament May 29

News Release
 
The Williston Boys Baseball golf tournament is Monday, May 29 at the Williston Municipal Golf Course. The entry fee is $50 per player; it includes green fees, 2 carts per team and a steak fry. Call Larry Grondahl at 701-572-7897 or John Liffrig at 701-572-4068.

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Save the Date: CHI Golf Tournament June 16

News Release
The annual CHI St. Alexius Health - Williston Foundation Golf Classic will be held June 16 at the Eagle Ridge Golf Club. The game consists of a 4-member team, 144 total players, non-handicap, 18-holescramble with a shotgun start. Creative games at selected holes give all golfers a chance to win! Mulligan's are also available for purchase at registration as well ason the course. Golf Classic Flier

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Upcoming Williston Events

04/28                 Lucky Duck Races
Get your rubber ducky for the first annual Lucky Duck Races sponsored by the Williston State College Alumni Association. The races begin at 2 p.m. at the ARC's Lazy River. Lucky Duck Races Registration
 
04/29                 Clean Up Williston
Volunteers will meet at Davidson Park at 8:30 a.m. to retrieve trash bags & gloves to pick up trash throughout Williston. Clean Up Williston Flier
 
05/01                 Paddlefish Season Opens
The 2017 season will run from May 1 until May 31. Williston Herald: Paddlefish Season set to begin Monday
 
05/04                 UPS Job Fair
The Job Fair for part-time package handlers will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  at Williston Job Service. UPS Job Fair Flier

05/06                 Free Williston Landfill Day
The annual spring cleanup event will be held from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Free Williston Landfill Day Flier
 
05/15                 2017 State of Williston Address
The public is invited to Williston Mayor Howard Klug's first State of Williston address. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Williston Area Recreation Center. A free lunch will be provided.
 
06/17                 Lemonade Day
Get ready for this fun-filled activity that teaches youth how to run their own business. Click Here to Register 
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