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June 17, 2016

Berg to return to WSC as Alumni Association Director

News Release
H unter Berg is returning to Williston State College in July to restart the Alumni Association.
Williston State College Foundation (WSCF) is restarting its Alumni Association, bringing back WSC alum, Hunter Berg, to become as WSCF's Alumni Association Director in July. With its goal to provide a database for WSC alum and keep past students up-to-date with current events at the college, the WSC Alumni Association is something that has needed updating and attention. A longtime goal of the Foundation the Alumni Association has been patterned after several other colleges in the state and region. "We do our best to keep our alums up to date with our semi-annual alumi magazine, the Teton Thunder, but we have always wanted to focus back on alumni association," Terry Olson, WSCF Executive Director explained. "We knew as enrollment increased of students increased a full-time position was necessary to keep everything organized." Berg will also fundraise for endowments and larger gifts. Read More 

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Williston Salvation Army Officers to relocate

News Release
A farewell reception will be held for Joshua (pictured) and Rhegan Stansbury on June 23 from 1-3 p.m. at the Salvation Army.
The Williston Salvation Army is officially announcing the relocation of Captains Joshua and Rhegan Stansbury, effective June 26. The Stansburys are being stationed in Springfield, IL. Captains Marion and Rhonda Moore will be replacing Captains Joshua an Rhegan at the end of June. "WE LOVE WILLISTON! We have loved, do love and will continue to love this city," the Stansburys said. A farewell open house and reception will be held for the Stansburys on Thursday, June 23 from 1-3 p.m. at The Salvation Army Worship and Service Center (15 South Main Street). All are welcome to attend.
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Mayor for a Day Winners recognized

Williston Economic Development
Hunter Haugen and Brynna Ames were the 2016 winners of the Mayor for a Day contest.
City of Williston Mayor Howard Klug recognized the 2016 Mayor for a Day first and second place winners at the Williston City Commission meeting on Tuesday, June 14. Hunter Haugen, grand prize winner and Brynna Ames, the first runner  ?? Both students were members of the same third grade class at Lewis and Clark Elementary School. The Mayor for a Day contest is held in conjunction with the North Dakota League of City's statewide contest.
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Fort Union Rendezvous begins with Kids Day

KUMV-TV
Fort Union was bustling as one of the main trading posts on the Missouri River 150 years ago. June 16, it was a busy place again with a new generation learning the history of the site. Fort Union was packed for the seventh annual Kids Day. "The idea was to bring in a special day just for kids would have hands-on activities. Today kids got to do things like take in a historic black powder demonstration, they're making cornhusk dolls," said Lisa Sanden, Fort Union Park Ranger. Read More

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Minot Native named Miss ND 2016

Williston Herald
Miss North Dakota Macy Christianson (right) will promote a Don't Drink and Drive campaign in the year ahead.
Last year's Miss North Dakota, Delanie Wiedrich, from Hazen, adopted an extremely personal message of anti-bullying as her platform, and her successor is keeping with that theme. Macy Christianson, a 19-year-old junior-to-be at the University of North Dakota, who hails from Minot, is calling her platform, "You Decide the Road Ahead: Don't Drink and Drive.""Several years ago my older brother made the decision to drink and drive and he suffered a traumatic brain injury," Christianson said. "That's why I'm so passionate about it and that's why I want to spread the message to as many people as possible."Read More

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Watford City ramps up Outdoor Warning System

KUMV-TV
A city in northwestern North Dakota has had its share of severe weather. Now they are taking a proactive approach when it comes to warning residents about severe weather. Some people might call this a mess, while other call it progress. Either way all this activity isn't keeping people in their homes. "We have a very active outdoor community," says Arthur Walgren, Watford City Police Chief. To keep their resident safe, Watford City added seven tornado and civil defense sirens. "It's designed as an outdoor warning system," says Walgren. The total cost for the new sirens came in at around $180,000. Eighty percent of the cost was covered by the state Land Board Grant. Read More

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Watford City Golf Course Expansion back on Track

McKenzie County Farmer
The Fox Hills Golf Course expansion is back on track in Watford City. The $4.5 million project is being funded primarily by the new Watford City Community Builders.
The Watford City City Council has agreed to provide $1 million from the City Infrastructure Fund over the next two years to help fund a $4.5 million expansion at the Fox Hills Golf Course. The newly formed Watford City Community Builders (WCCB) will cover the remainder of the costs. The WCCB plans to take out a $1.5 million loan and an additional $2 million loan to purchase the 38 acres of land that the city owns next to the golf course. "The golf course board is pledging revenues from the course's operations toward paying back the $1 million loan," said David Johnson, golf board vice president and member of WCCB. Read More

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Dickinson breaks ground on Affordable Housing Complex

Dickinson Press

Rendering provided by Housing Solutions LLC Northern Place, a 36-unit affordable housing complex, will be completed at the beginning of 2017.
Low income housing was a major need in the Bakken during the oil boom. But in the current oil drilling slowdown, which has left many apartments at low occupancy, one company believes it is still a necessary option. Housing Solutions LLC, a Missoula, Mont.-based company, has broken ground on Northern Place, a $5.8 million, 36-unit affordable housing complex comprised of two- and three-bedroom units. Alex Burkhalter, founder of Housing Solutions, said the company has been eyeing the location because of its proximity to the Dickinson Middle School.  
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Dakota Access Pipeline Workers pour into Linton

Bismarck Tribune
Grocer Todd Mulske in Linton says he's having trouble keeping steaks in the cooler and potato chips on the shelf. He owns the Linton Food Center and like everyone in the area, he has been noticing the new people in town: welders, excavators and pipeline workers of all stripes. Many show up in the store at about 5 to 6 p.m., looking for something to throw on the grill for supper and pack in the lunchbox for the next day's work. "Right now, we're trying to keep up," Mulske said. "The store's been crazy." That's a good kind of crazy in his opinion, to have hundreds of workers with the Dakota Access Pipeline living in the area, shopping at local stores like his and filling rental units. Read More 

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Construction begins on New Jail in Wolf Point

Wolf Point Herald News

A substantial amount of the concrete has been poured for the new Roosevelt County Detention Center on the corner of Dawson Street and First Avenue South. The county commissioners accepted a construction bid of a little more than $11 million from Sletten Construction of Great Falls March 25. The new facility will be considerably larger than the current aging jail and is slated to begin housing inmates in the fall of 2017. At that time, remodeling will begin on the current jail and sheriff's station adjacent to the construction project. That phase of the project is scheduled for completion in 2018 and will include new offices for the RCSO.
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Watford City prepares for Homefest June 24-25

McKenzie County Farmer

Homefest will return to Watford City June 24-25, 2016.
If country music, golf or mud volleyball, aren't your cup of tea, then maybe rock music, a street fair or a mile run might be. Regardless, there's bound to be something for everyone June 24-25, as Homefest  returns for Watford City's annual summer homecoming, a weekend of events that can draw up to about 1,500 people per day to Main Street. Read More
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