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Williston Area Producers seek Public Runway near Lake Sakakawea

Williston Herald

Plans by a small group of Williams County farmers to create a fly-in community are moving forward as officials granted their request to close a little-used public right-of-way leading to Lake Sakakawea. The closure of the section line road will allow the group to build a 3,500 foot public runway. On Sept. 20, the Williams County Commission voted to restrict public access at the site, provided that the runway is public. "It's a public runway, and it will be a public benefit for anyone who wants to enjoy the marina and the golf course," Bill Sheldon, who is contributing land to the project, said. Read More
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Minot Area Development Corp adopts New Strategy, unveils New Website

Minot Daily News
The Minot Area Development Corp. has adopted a new, enhanced strategic plan to help Minot and the region continue to thrive in the state's evolving economy. As part of the enhanced strategic plan, MADC's new website at minotusa.com delivers up-to-date data and community information for business decision-makers and serves as a tool for new business attraction. Read More
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Alexander School completes $17.2 Million Renovation

September 23, 2016

Construction begins on $5 Million Animal Shelter in Williston

Williston Herald

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the  new Buck Scheele Family Animal Center in Williston recently. The $5 million facility will be located near Spring Lake Park. MonDak Animal Rescue is spearheading the 18,000 square foot project with financial support coming largely from the family of the late Buck Scheele. Read More
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Retail Summit to be held Sept. 29 at TrainND Northwest

Williston Economic Development

Williston Economic Development is gearing up for the Williston Retail Summit on Thursday, Sept. 29. The four-hour free session will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at TrainND Northwest.  The Retail Summit is for anyone interested in starting a small business in the Williston trade region including stakeholders, commercial developers and entrepreneurs. There is  no cost or registration required to attend the seminar . Read More
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Affordable Housing Needs expected to climb in NW North Dakota


The first of eight housing needs assessment forms was held in Williston recently. Presenting the housing need and population projections was Nancy Hodur, a researcher from NDSU.
Housing remains a critical need in Western North Dakota and the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency hosted a forum in Williston to discuss what issues communities will face in the years to come. The 2016 Statewide Housing Needs Assessment report is hitting the road, to see if the numbers hold up. "We hear that local perspective and that is the beauty of coming out here," said Jolene Kline, executive director of North Dakota Housing Finance Agency. The assessment expects Northwest North Dakota to continue to grow.  Read More
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Williston's Birth Rate remains brisk


Nine months into 2016 and CHI St. Alexius Health Williston has hit the 600 births mark. For those working in the OBGYN department, the last few years has been a whirlwind. "When I started we had 35 deliveries a month and now we're having 75 deliveries a month. And at first it was pretty chaotic and it kind of hit us pretty quickly, but we have, we've kind of just grown with it," says Erica Freed, Registered Nurse. Read More
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Salvation Army gathers, distributes Coats for Kids

News Release

The Williston Salvation Army is collecting new and gently used winter items to distribute to individuals and families throughout this fall and winter. Donations can be dropped off at several Williston locations now through the end of September. Read More
Alexander School Superintendent Leslie Bieber says plans are underway for an open house sometime in mid-October. The school has 184 students, including preschoolers, and 24 educators.
The Alexander School is celebrating the completion of its remodel. School officials began discussing the project two years ago. At the time they had brought in a modular classroom to house the 5th and 6th grade students. From there, a demographic study was done, and then an architectural firm was hired to determine the cost for the necessary expansion and renovations. In October of 2014 the $17.1 million bond went before voters and passed with an 86% yes vote. The total cost of the project was $17.4 million, which included $300,000 in grants Read More
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City of Dickinson helps fund New Veterans Building

Dickinson Press

The new structure for veterans groups in Dickinson would provide a meeting place for up to 100 people.
The Dickinson City Commission unanimously approved up to $200,000 for a new building for veterans groups in Memorial Park. Three members of the Stark County Veterans Memorial Association presented the proposal to the commission recently, noting that veterans groups in the area do not currently have a place to meet. The building would have a meeting room for up to 100 people with a catering kitchen and restrooms. Read More
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WHS Homecoming Celebration Oct. 3-6

Williston Public School District #1
The community of Williston is invited to celebrate WHS Homecoming Oct. 3-6. The week will feature floatbuilding, coronation, athletic activities, a parade and much more! Check out the new WHS Homecoming Website and wear your orange and black!
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Upcoming Williston Events

09/24            Community Connections Expo
Network and learn about Williston's nonprofit organizations at the Expo at the National Guard Armory presented by Precision Drilling. Registration Form

09/24            Sons of Norway Membership Meeting
Anyone interested in learning more about the Sons of Norway organization is invited to attend the annual meeting. The dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by a short meeting and entertainment. The meeting will be held at the Sons of Norway Bjarne Lodge.

09/27            Williston City Commission
The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Williston Community Library.
09/29            Williston Retail Summit
Williston Economic Development will host a free Retail Summit for anyone interested in starting or expanding a retail brand in the City. The event will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the TrainND Northwest Centre. Lunch will be provided. Call 701-577-8110 for more information.

10/03-06      WHS Homecoming Week
Get ready for a week of fun in the Williston community! The celebration will include reunions, float building, athletic events, the parade and coronation. WHS Homecoming website

The third annual event will celebrate life, there will be vendors, inflatables and activities for kids.

10/10           Williston Basin International Airport Groundbreaking Ceremony
The public is invited to attend this historic event at 3:30 p.m. Transportation will be available to the site. The bus will pick up and drop off riders at the Williston Area Recreation Center shortly before and after the ceremony.

10/13           Women in Leadership Expo
Women in Leadership (WiL) will return to the Williston State College campus for its third annual Expo. Tickets are $59. News Release
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