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Williston Economic Development
May 12, 2017

First State of the City Address May 15 in Williston

Williston Economic Development
Williston's first State of the City Address will be held on Monday, May 15 at 11:30 a.m. at the Williston Area Recreation Center. The gathering will feature a free BBQ, presentations by Williston Mayor Howard Klug and North Dakota Senator Brad Bekkedahl and a question and answer period. City of Williston administrators from each department will be on hand as well as elected officials. The State of the City Address is open to the public. If you are unable to attend tune into the live broadcast beginning at 11:30 a.m. on KEYZ Radio 660.

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Patricia Lund named 2017 Band Day Parade Marshal

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The Williston Convention & Visitors Bureau and Band Day Committee is pleased to announce that North Dakota native Patricia Lund will act as the 2017 Band Day Parade Marshal on May 13. P atricia has been a resident of northwest North Dakota for 40 years and lived in Williston for 33. She is a familiar face at Band Day. Many know her as their band instructor when they were first learning an instrument, and remember following her lead with the 5th and 6th grade bands in the parade each year. Read More

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Watford City Hoteliers take on Williston Project

Williston Herald
by Renee Jean

Amy Mulder answers phones and schedules social media posts at the New Marquis Plaza Inn & Suites in Williston. Williston Economic Development
While some hotel owners have been getting out of the Williston market, one is buying in. 
Marty Mulder and his family, who have owned and operated the Roosevelt Inn and Suites since 1998 in Watford City, have bought the Marquis Plaza Inn & Suites in Williston. The Roosevelt  was a fixer-upper at the time, and so is the Marquis, Mulder said. Nonetheless, the new owners are already attracting a clientele with savvy online media use and a canny understanding of what makes customers repeat their visit.  They had 15 visitors Tuesday night, though they have hardly been open a full week. These were a mix of oil industry workers and travelers. Read More

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Williston CVB presents Tourism Awards

Williston Herald
by Renee Jean      
The winners of the Williston CVB's tourism awards were recognized on Tuesday, May 9. Williston Herald
The tourism sector in Williston had a bumpy ride in 2016, but is looking ahead to a stronger 2017. Amy Krueger, executive director of the Williston Convention and Visitors Bureau recognized the following award winners during the CVB's annual luncheon: ND Heritage Award for a Front-Line Tourism Employee - Loren Yellow Bird, Fort Union Trading Post; Event of the Year - Babe Ruth 13-15 year old World Series; Attraction of the Year - Fort Union Trading Post; Tourism Development - Williston Parks and Recreation District; Tourism Champion - Sabrina Ramey, Williston Convention and Visitors Bureau; Hospitality Employee of the Year - Rebecca Tooley, Landmark Suites; and Hospitality Leader of the Year - Sharon Laudenslager, Motel 6. 

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New STAR Fund Grant unveiled at Provider Appreciation Dinner

Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson
About 30 people attended the Provider Appreciation Dinner May 11 in Williston. The event is organized by Lutheran Social Services and Williams County Social Services with financial support from other groups and businesses. Williston Economic Development
About thirty child care providers were treated to a special dinner and entertainment on Thursday, May 11. The annual Provider Appreciation Dinner was organized by Lutheran Social Services and Williams County Social Services. During the event, Williston Economic Development unveiled a new STAR Fund program to benefit licensed child care providers in the Williston area. Executive director Shawn Wenko said the program is designed to maintain and grow the Williston's day care sector. "I think it's part of the quality of life piece we always talk about in Williston. As the City's younger population grows there is an increasing need for child care." Up to $1,000 is available for each eligible day care provider in Williston. Read More
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Downtown Williston Reconstruction Project to begin May 30; Public Input Meeting May 16

Williston Economic Development
Williston Public Works has announced the 2017 Main Street Reconstruction project will begin on Tuesday, May 30. The main purpose of the project is to repair cracked concrete sidewalks from 6th Street to Front Street. The project will begin on 6th Street and move south in  one-block increments. A public input meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 16 at 10 a.m. at City Hall to discuss the project. Representatives from business located along the construction route are encouraged to attend.

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Williston Downtowners seek Artists for Mural Project

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A butterfly mural by Chip Wilkinson in Norfolk, Virginia.
The Williston Downtowners Association is teaming up with downtown building owners to place art in the alleyways. If you are interested in putting your art on one of these buildings please submit 2-5 examples of your work by May 29 to the Williston Downtowners Association. Our goal is to have ten murals in the downtown alleyways by June 17. Read More

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UND Petroleum Engineering Students to study at TrainND

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Between twenty and thirty UND Petroleum Engineering students will travel to Williston to immerse themselves in a five-day summer field session hosted by UND's Petroleum Industry Advisory Committee this May. The UND students will stay in WSC's Frontier Hall and will take safety training classes through TrainND, tour various production sites and service companies, meet members of the TrainND Advisory Board, and travel to Tioga, Watford City and New Town. The TrainND Advisory Board will meet with the students Monday, May 16 to discuss other employment opportunities in the oil and gas industry for Petroleum Engineers. Read More
 
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Hardee's, Family Dollar to open Stores in Watford City

McKenzie County Farmer
Hardee's and Family Dollar are poised to call Watford City their new home. Watford City's population has grow from 1,450 to an estimated 7,500 people in the past five years but retail has lagged behind. For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer

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Watford City Author, Photographer releases New Book

Roundup
A  Watford City author and photographer has released a new book. An open house was  held for Jessie Veeder last night as she celebrated the release of "Coming Home." The book features select short stories, poetry, recipes and photography that she's created since she and her husband, Chad, moved back to the ranch in 2010. Read More


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Upcoming Williston Events

05/13                 Band Day Parade
The longest running festival will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Williston. There will also be a fun run, concerts, car show, stock car races and silent auction for benches! Band Day Festival Schedule

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.
 
05/18                 Williston Basin Resource Coalition
Williston Basin Resource Coalition will meet at 12 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of First Lutheran Church. The featured presenter will be Miranda Samuelson, Partnership For Success Coordinator. Area agencies and individuals are encouraged to bring information to share in the round-table session to follow.

05/29                 Williston Boys Baseball Golf Tournament
The annual fundraiser will be held at the Williston Municipal Golf Course. The cost is $50 per player.
 
06/07                 1 Million Cups
The June 1 Million Cups meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. at the Teton Lounge on the Williston State College campus.

06/07                 Sloulin Field Redevelopment Meeting
The second community input meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Williston Area Recreation Center. The public is invited to participate in planning the future of the Sloulin Field International Airport site.

06/16                 2017 Play for a Cause Golf Classic
The annual golf tournament sponsored by CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Foundation will begin at 7:30 a.m. with registration at the Eagle Ridge Golf Club. The shotgun start will be held at 9 a.m. followed by lunch, a social and awards at 11 a.m. Golf Classic Website   

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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