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Williston Economic Development
October 28, 2016

Bell named Williston Public Works Director

Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson

A celebration was held for Dave Bell (left) and Dave Tuan (right) Oct. 27 at Williston Public Works. Bell is replacing Tuan as Public Works Director as Tuan moves into the role of City Administrator. Facebook
The Williston City Commission has promoted a longtime employee to Public Works Director. Fifty-six year old Dave Bell was officially appointed by the commission on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Bell will replace, Dave Tuan, who will begin his new duties as City Administrator on Nov. 1. Bell's appointment took effect immediately.
Williston Mayor Howard Klug said he wishes both Dave Bell and Dave Tuan the best of luck as they assume their new roles. "I'm very confident Dave Bell will do the citizens of Williston proud. I expect his transition to be pretty seamless, especially since Dave (Tuan) will continue on as City Administrator," Klug said.  Read More
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WSC Scholarship Program to expand intoNortheastern Montana

News Release

The WSC Foundation has  announced an expansion to the Regional County Scholarship to include five counties in northeastern Montana. The Regional County Scholarship was established February 2016 with four counties in northwestern North Dakota.  "It has long been a goal of our Foundation to help our regional students," stated Terry Olson, Executive Director of the WSC Foundation. "Eastern Montana is a great service area for WSC and we have a strong alumni base there. The time was right to include them. We are proud to be able to help reduce the cost of education for our regional students." Read More

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Lunnen to add 83 Acres to 1804 Industrial Park in Trenton

News Release

The acquisition will expand the 1804 Industrial Park to over 200 acres of heavy industrial land intended for crude oil storage and ancillary oil companies around the Trenton Terminal West.
Lunnen Estate Real Services an industrial real estate development and brokerage company along with their partners have acquired 83 acres adjoining the Dakota Access (Energy Transfer Partner's) crude oil gathering Trenton Terminal West of Williston in Williams County to add to their 1804 Industrial Park. This acquisition will expand the park to over 200 acres of heavy industrial land intended for crude oil storage and ancillary oil companies around the terminal. Read More      Sales Brochure   
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Lynn Helms: Oil poised for Strong Comeback

Williston Herald

The comeback of oil may have been slower than desired or expected, but the numbers building up behind the scenes show it is building for a comeback that may be stronger than some might wish, the state's top regulator of oil and gas said Oct. 26. "OPEC doesn't want oil at $25 and they don't want it at $75," Lynn Helms, director of North Dakota's Department of Mineral Resources, said. "That $50 is no miraculous number, it's where most of the shale plays aren't going to play." Despite that, Helms is still confident in his department's projections that 65,000 wells will ultimately be drilled in the Bakken, and it may be sooner than OPEC would wish. Read More

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ND Oil and Gas Producing Counties meet in Watford City


Community leaders from 20 counties across Western North Dakota were in Watford City Oct. 26 for the Annual North Dakota Association of Oil and Gas Producing Counties Meeting. The slowdown might be in full effect, but the message for those living in Western North Dakota is the same. "I think this downturn in oil prices has been fairly good for the west. It hasn't been great for the state budget, but it has been good for the west to kind of recoup and get ready for the next wave," says Vicky Steiner, Outgoing Executive Director. Read More

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Op Ed: Pipeline boosts Oil Industry which benefits All of ND

Grand Forks Herald

A few days ago, Kathy Neset of Neset Consulting of Tioga, N.D., and Rob Lindberg of the Bakken Backers held roundtable discussions on the status of the state's oil industry.
Their talk made the point that our Bakken oil field is one of just three onshore super oil fields in the United States-and only 10 worldwide-that have produced more than 1 million barrels of oil per day. Read More

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Prefab Cell Blocks utilized in Williams County Jail Expansion

Williston Herald

 Premade jail cells are being used in the construction of the Williams County Jail expansion. The cells are less expensive and easier to build than the concrete ones used in older facilities. Williston Herald
Hoisted by a giant crane, cells are being lifted into place in the new section of the Williams County jail this week. Workers are positioning 65 prefabricated blocks, which arrived completely assembled from a manufacturing plant in Georgia. "They are completely finished, we just go in there and stack them in place," Marvin Griffin of JE Dunn Construction said. Read More

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Kolstad Eye Clinic expands to Sidney


Jon Kolstad has expanded his eye clinic into Sidney, MT. Roundup
Dr. Jon Kolstad has been serving Northeastern Montana since 1995, with clinics in Wolf Point, Glasgow, Scobey, and now Sidney. Kolstad officially opened Kolstad Eye Clinic in Sidney on Oct. 17 in the space that formerly housed Dr. Roger Anderson's eye clinic. "I thought there was a need for another clinic in Sidney, and it's always good to have options," said Dr. Kolstad, adding, "Kids are great and are always welcome patients. I have four kids myself." Read More

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Williston Entrepreneur's Lead, SD Property featured on Hotel Impossible

Hotel Impossible

Recreational Springs Report was one of three Sturgis-area hotels featured on Hotel Impossible Oct. 24. Facebook
A Williston entrepreneur's Lead, SD property was featured on the Hotel Impossible season premier Oct. 24. Will Chamley's Recreational Springs Resort joined Deadwood's Cedar Wood Inn and the Black Hills Ponderosa Motor Lodge in Lead on the Travel Channel's show. Show host Anthony Melchiorri travels to the Black Hills to save the three struggling hotels near Sturgis. Watch the show: Hotel Impossible Season Premier: Full Throttle in Sturgis

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Upcoming Williston Events

10/31            Trail of Treats                                                                               The Williston Downtowners Association will sponsor its annual Trail of Treats on Halloween. The event will run from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Businesses interested in participating can call 701-580-9343.
10/31            Teton Trail for Kids
The Williston State College campus will be open to trick or treaters from 2-5 p.m. on Halloween.

11/01-02      CalFrac Well Services Job Fair
The job fair will be held Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Hampton Inn and Suites.

11/02            Ribbon Cutting at Chatter Pediatric Therapy
The ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. at 221 University Ave. Suite 203.

11/09            Mark J. Lindquist, motivational speaker
Eckert Youth Homes is sponsoring a free personal-enrichment seminar at 7 p.m. at Bakken Elementary School Auditorium. Mark J. Lindquist is a national recognized motivational speaker.

11/11            Night in Disguise Charity Ball
The CHI St. Alexius Health Williston annual Charity Ball and auction will feature the Dueling Pianos. Reserve your tickets today for this fun fundraising event.
12/01            Holiday Stroll
The annual stroll in Downtown Williston will feature shopping, visits with Santa, holiday treats, in-store sales, carolers, an ice sculptor and much more!
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