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Williston Economic Development
May 5, 2017

Wenko: It appears the Worst is Over in ND's Oil Patch


Williston Economic Development executive director Shawn Wenko and Small Business Development Center director Keith Olson met with business owners at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Regina recently. Williston Economic Development
While there are a number of important seminars at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference, one report reigns supreme. It explains why North Dakota and Saskatchewan are in good spirits. It appears the worst is over in North Dakota's oil patch. It appears the worst is over in North Dakota's oil patch. "In terms of activity, we're pretty excited of what we're seeing right now. We think that we really hit the low point in the slowdown in the first couple of quarters last year," said Shawn Wenko, Williston Economic Development director. Drilling rigs in North Dakota and Saskatchewan are on the rise from last year. Read More

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Williston Native helps expand Drone Services in Oil Patch; Vinger is Pilot for SkySkopes

Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson

Dan Daffinrud, SkySkopes CFO; Doug Goehring, North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner; Cory Vinger, SkySkopes Pilot; Jay Fisher, MADC board member and Alan Walter, MADC executive committee.
A Williston native is helping expand drone services in North Dakota's oil patch. Twenty-three year old Cory Vinger is a pilot for SkySkopes, a Grand Forks-based firm. The company is opening a second office in Minot to gain greater access to the Bakken oil fields. The site was selected in part because of its proximity to the military base.  SkySkopes had representatives at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Regina. The firm was housed in a booth with the Minot Area Development Corporation. Read More

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Saskatchewan's 2017 Oil Industry off to better start than 2016

Estevan Mercury
North Dakota, Montana and Saskatchewan provided economic outlooks for their respective areas at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Regina. Williston Economic Development
When coming off one of the worst drilling years in recent memory, any increase is positive. As a result, the uptick in drilling activity since the New Year resulted in a dramatic doubling of wells drilled for the first quarter, year over year, according to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Economy. In a press release on April 10 it noted, "Saskatchewan's petroleum industry is showing signs of a positive start for 2017... An increase of more than 450 wells drilled is an optimistic indicator for our oil industry and, by extension, Saskatchewan's economic outlook for the year ahead," Energy and Resources Minister Dustin Duncan said in the release.  Read More

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Besler makes Nickname for Himself in Bakken

Bakken Magazine
FRACN8R might be described as someone who innately understands the relationships between fluids, proppants and rock mechanics, an engineer who can envision what's happening in geology two miles underground and a person who's lived the history and witnessed the evolution of hydraulic fracturing because he's been involved in it for more than 35 years. Following a career of working for some of the biggest names in the oil and gas industry, Monte Besler founded FRACN8R Consulting LLC in Williston in 2010. His company, and now his personal brand, has been so successful he doesn't even have a website. Read More     Williston Herald: Besler earns Life Time Service Award

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Lindahl Wind Farm opens near Tioga

Tioga Tribune
by Marcus White

Italy-based Enel began operations at the Lindahl Wind Farm last week north of Tioga. The project, which cost $220 million, will be able to harness enough wind power to keep the lights on in nearly 50,000 homes. The farm is being managed jointly between Enel Green Power North America and GE Financial Services. An agreement with Basin Power Electric Power Cooperative will allow energy generated at the site to be sold to the energy company. To read the full story, sign in to our online edition.

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Belfield Residents raise concerns about proposedDavis Refinery

Dickinson Press

Meridian Energy Group Inc. met with Belfield area residents to discuss the future of the Davis Refinery. Dickinson Press
Representatives from Meridian Energy Group Inc. answered questions from Belfield residents about the proposed Davis Refinery that would be built on over 700 acres near Belfield The refinery, which has marketed itself as the "cleanest refinery ever built," drew many questions from residents in the area. Meridian estimates that 500 jobs will be created for construction and 200 permanent jobs during operation of the refinery. Read More

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I Keating Carpet One adds Home D?cor, Mattress Selections

News Release

Shoppers in Williston now have a wider selection of home d?cor options thanks to recent renovations at the I Keatings Carpet One and Floor Center. Half of the showroom floor has been converted from flooring displays to a variety of high-end decor and the country's leading mattress brands. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held recently with the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. Read More

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Believe & Achieve Nutrition, Home Comforts celebrate Ribbon Cuttings

Williston Area Chamber of Commerce
The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently held ribbon cuttings for two new businesses in Williston: Believe and Achieve Nutrition (left) and Home Comforts (right). Believe and Achieve Nutrition is owned by Joel and Hannah Whitthoeft. The fast food smoothie store is located at the corner of University Avenue and Broadway. Home Comforts is an upscale home decor and furniture store with styles ranging from farmhouse rustic to industrial chic. It is located at 619 2nd Street West Suite A. Both businesses utilized the Williston STAR Fund Mini Match program to get started. Congratulations!

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StoneHome Brewing Company opens in Watford City

McKenzie County Farmer
by Jack Dura

Kenny Driggers is the brewer for the new StoneHome Brewing Company in Watford City.
Kenny Driggers calls himself a glorified janitor.  That's a roundabout way of describing his duties as the brewer at StoneHome Brewing Company in Watford City, from milling grain to kegging beer and sampling the product. "If you're brewing properly, you want to stay clean, you want to stay sanitary," he said. "You're taking extra care on every little step of the process." StoneHome's brewery offers five styles of ale brewed in-house, including Maah Daah Hey IPA. Six Shooters, LLC owns StoneHome and obtained the brewer's license to install the equipment and brewhouse. For the full story, subscribe to the McKenzie County Farmer

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Crosby Kids Day Care eyes June 1 Opening; New Manager begins

Crosby Journal
The new Crosby Kids Daycare facility is hoping to open soon.

Interior work is now well under way on the new Crosby Kids Daycare Center, with a tentative opening date now set as June 1. Board Member Traci Lund said the group also continues with fundraising, receiving a $25,000 grant on April 13 from Farm Credit Services (FCS). "The growth in the area, as a result of oil exploration, has increased the need for quality daycare facilities. We are excited to provide financial assistance to improve their daycare and better meet the needs of the community," said Claude Sem, CEO of FCS. Another grant, for $10,000, was awarded by MDU on Monday. Meanwhile, Carissa Smith began duties as the new manager on May 1.

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Fairview Grocery Store relies on Youthful Workforce

Sidney Herald

Seven high school students work at Neu's Super Valu in Fairview. Sidney Herald
Tim and Laura Neu are attempting to run a successful business in Fairview, and they have found one way to do that is working with Fairview High School students. Neu's Super Valu employs seven high school students. Most of them work after school, but some work special hours. Tim Neu is impressed that several of them are willing to come in at 5:30 a.m. to unload a semi-truck. "They are an outstanding group of kids," Neu said. "They love it."  Read More

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Clean Up Williston Volunteers show Community Pride

Williston Economic Development
Hundreds of volunteers helped pick up Williston on Saturday, April 29! The crews were treated to a free BBQ at Davidson Park. Williston residents brought their used tires, scrap metal, cardboard and other recyclables to the park as well. Remember, free Landfill Day is Saturday, May 6! Let's work together to keep Williston clean!

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Upcoming Williston Events

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
05/09                 Williston CVB Annual Meeting and Appreciation Luncheon
Join us as we recap 2016, recognize area tourism leaders and look forward to the 2017 tourism season. The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. at McCody Concrete. Call Jen at 701-774-9041 for reservations.
05/13                 Band Day Parade
The longest running festival will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Williston. 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.
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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