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September 30, 2016

Buxton Analytics helps strengthen Williston's Retail Recruitment

Williston Herald

Keith Olson, Small Business Development Center director, discusses some of the programs and incentives that can help new entrepreneurs start a business. 
Retailers want to be in Williston, and over $200 million in lost revenue due to unmet demand shows they could make an easy go. Buxton account manager Cheyenne Robinson shared some analytic insights at their annual presentation held at TrainND on Thursday. She identified some of the most promising retailers based on varying data sets - some included household spending, consumer groups and the core of where money was being spent. Her "snapshot" revealed the only surplus stores in Williston were in electronic and appliance retail, and those who catered to building material, garden equipment and supplies. Read More
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Retail Summit showcases Opportunities in Williston


About 40 people attended the Retail Summit at TrainND Northwest on Sept. 29.
Despite the slowdown, the Bakken is still expected to grow over the next 15 years. Part of that growth involves the need for new retail outlets in the Williston area. Thursday, more than 50 people attended the Williston Retail Summit. "It's everything from people who want to start a business, to the developers that are looking for retailers, to existing retailers, to bank financial institutions as well as real estate firms here," says Shawn Wenko, Williston Economic Development Director. Read More

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Grace & Glam celebrates Ribbon Cutting in Williston

Williston Economic Development
Grace and Glam has been open for about a month in Williston.
A new boutique has opened its doors in Williston. Grace and Glam is located in the Harvest Plaza at the corner of 26th Street and 32nd Avenue. The shop is owned by longtime Williston residents Joe and Michelle Mortensen. Michelle says opening Grace and Glam has been a dream come true. The shop, which is located next to Meg-A-Latte's third location, features women's apparel, shoes and accessories; children's clothing and shoes; and some home d?cor items. 
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Rough Rider Center opens in Watford City

McKenzie County Farmer

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held recently to celebrate the completion of the Rough Rider Center in Watford City.
Watford City, which has seen its population grow five-fold in the last six years, has had its share of monumental ribbon cuttings. There have been ribbon cuttings for new highways and bypasses, infrastructure facilities, a high school; and now there has been one for the Rough Rider Center, a 269,000 square foot, $101 million facility that will not only meet the area's indoor recreation needs, but be a beacon to new families and companies that are looking to make Watford City their home. Read More
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Killdeer Truck Bypass celebrates Completion

NDDOT News Release

Today, the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) Director Grant Levi, State Senator Rich Wardner, Killdeer Mayor Chuck Muscha and Dunn County Commissioner Reinhard Hauck along with other state and local officials celebrated the completion of the Killdeer Truck Bypass at a ribbon cutting event. The bypass is to the west of Killdeer and is approximately 3.9 miles long. Construction began in July 2015 at an approximate cost of $30 million of state funding. Read More  MYNDNOW.com: Ribbon Cutting held for Killdeer Truck Bypass
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Infrastructure Improvements expected to reduce Future Maintenance Costs

Bismarck Tribune / Prairie Business Magazine
by Nick Smith

Dunn County Commissioners Reinhard Hauck and Donna Scott participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Killdeer Truck Bypass Sept. 28.
A large infusion of one-time spending into statewide infrastructure has helped reduce projected maintenance costs for the next 20 years, according to a group working on an updated study of long-term county, township and tribal road needs across the state. The 2016 study forecasts needs for roads and bridges totaling nearly $8.8 billion for the 2017-2036 period, according to information presented Wednesday to the state's interim Transportation Committee by officials from the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute. Of this, nearly $1.03 billion was estimated for the 2017-19 biennium alone. Read More

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Wildrose Public Transport expands to Crosby

Crosby Journal
by Cecile Wehrman

Wildrose Public Transport is adding Crosby to its service area.
People in need of rides in towns from Tioga to Grenora should be glad Candy and Don Hartman moved to Wildrose seven years ago.  Without them and several other drivers, people needing a ride to Williston, Minot or even Plentywood might be left thumbing it, no matter their age.  Now, Wildrose Public Transport is expanding to serve Crosby, as well. It took a hometown girl willing to move back and a husband who drove semi for 20 years to launch the business. Read More
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New Owners buy RockPile Energy in Dickinson

Dickinson Press

RockPile Energy Services is expanding under its new ownership. Dickinson Press
One of Dickinson's biggest oilfield employers has been bought out, but little is changing. It's even expanding. RockPile Energy Services, which operated primarily as a hydraulic fracturing operation during the Bakken oilfield's boom years, was acquired earlier this month by Houston-based White Deer Energy. RockPile was previously a subsidiary of Triangle Petroleum Corp. Read More
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XTO Energy donates $65,000 to Emergency Services Groups

News Release

XTO Energy Inc. has contributed $65,000 to fire departments and emergency services organizations in eastern Montana and western North Dakota to help fund training and equipment needs. "XTO would like to thank the emergency responders for the important services they provide to the Bakken area communities," said John Baker, vice president, XTO Energy Western Division. "We are pleased to support our first responders as we share the same goal. Safety is XTO's top priority as well." Read More
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Historic Ranch sells for $3.3 Million near Watford City

Oil Patch Dispatch
by Amy Dalrymple

A historic ranch in the North Dakota Badlands sold Wednesday, Sept. 28, for more than $3.3 million to nine different buyers. About 150 people attended the live auction for the Woodie Lee Watson Family Trust Ranch, with more than 50 registered to bid. Read More
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Epping Ranch Auction draws little interest


A live auction for Epping Ranch parcels was cut short due to the lack of interest from bidders.
About 25 people attended a live auction for  Epping Ranch parcels, condos, and single family home. An auction is a fast way to sell property, but not everyone at the Epping Ranch Auction thought they would add to their portfolio. "I had no intentions to buy anything," said Charles Camp, an auction participant. But the price was too good to pass up. "They were adjacent to my house, I figured why not," he said.  Read More
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Parade of Homes Oct. 2 in Sidney


Sidney's fifth annual Parade of Homes will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Richland County.
Fall is just around the corner and with it, one the area's most popular events, the Parade of Homes, which will take place Sunday, October 2. All proceeds will again benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Richland County. Now in its 5th year, the event gives attendees an opportunity to view everything from remodels to new construction. Homes this year range from a small, single family townhouse to a 2300 sq. ft. home.  Read More
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UMDHU to offer Flu Shots beginning Oct. 6

News Release

Flu season is around the corner.  One of the best ways to avoid the flu is getting the vaccine! Again this year the Upper Missouri District Health Unit is offering flu shots to area businesses and their employees. Check out the UMDHU schedule to see when vaccinations are available in your area.
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Upcoming Williston Events

The third annual event will celebrate life, there will be vendors, inflatables and activities for kids. Registration 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
10/5-6           Halliburton Job Fair
Halliburton is hiring! All participants must apply at www.GoHalliburton.com. Search by Williston location and position.

10/10           XWA Groundbreaking Ceremony
The public is invited to attend the historic groundbreaking of the new Williston airport at 3:30 p.m. Transportation will be available. A bus will pick up and drop off riders at the Williston Area Recreation Center at 2:45 p.m. for 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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