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Williston Economic Development
May 19, 2017

City of Williston's First Director of Human Resources begins

Williston Economic Development
by Barbara Peterson
Chery Pierzina is the new human resources director for the City of Williston. Williston Economic Development
The City of Williston's first human resources director is officially on board. Chery Pierzina started working on Monday, May 8.  The human resources position was created to accommodate the City of Williston's unprecedented employment growth. The City currently employs close to 300 employees compared to 150 employees just 5 years ago.  Pierzina, comes to the City of Williston with a vast background in human resources with another public entity. She has spent her entire career working for public school districts, most recently the Williston Public School District #1. She wasn't necessarily looking for a career change when the fortuitous opportunity with the City came about. She was actually consulting on the City's hiring process for a human resources director when she ultimately threw her resume in. Read More  KEYZ Radio: Williston passes another Milestone

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200 People gather for State of City Address

Williston Herald
by Renee Jean
The State of the City address attracted about 200 people. The attendees heard from Williston Mayor Howard Klug and North Dakota Senator Brad Bekkedahl. A free BBQ was prepared by the Williston Rotary Club. Williston Economic Development
 
Five years ago if you showed up in the emergency room for a hospital visit, you were in for a wait. But today, that has changed. Patients who show up in the emergency have dramatically reduced waiting times, and sometimes no waiting time at all. That is just one of the many ongoing changes in Williston as it continues to build through surges and downturns in the oil and gas industry.    Read More

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Mayor Klug: Biggest Band Day Ever!

KEYZ Radio
by Dee James
There were more than 100 entries in the 2017 Band Day Parade. The event attracted thousands of spectators from throughout the Williston trade region. Pictured above is the Vikings Skol Band, a crowd of people on 18th Street, WHS band members holding a sponsorship sign and the Minions from the new Party Shack.
Thousands came to Williston over the weekend for Band Day 2017. News Radio caught up with Mayor Howard Klug at Williston's 90th annual festival, where Harmon Park was packed.  "I have never seen this many people, in all my years in Williston and I go back 40  or   50 years you know, and looking at what is going on in this park is just amazing," the Mayor said after walking the parade route.  Read More

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BND helps Cooks on Main with Major Expansion

Bank of North Dakota
Angela Skogen is moving forward with a project to merge two buildings on Main Street to accommodate her growing business. Bank of North Dakota March 2017 Newsletter
Cooks on Main is a specialty kitchen store located in Downtown Williston. The store offers the Williston trade region an assortment of top-quality housewares, kitchenware, and gourmet foods. Founded in 2010 by Angela Skogen, she has sought financial assistance through the STAR Fund, Small Business Development Center and Bank of North Dakota to merge two buildings on Main Street that will allow her to increase space, provide a more organized, aesthetically pleasing shopping and classroom space and much more. The 504 program has allowed Skogen to continue to pursue her vision for continued growth and success.Read More  Bank of North Dakota

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Grimshaw to lead New CHI Trinity Health System

News Release

Matt Grimshaw named market chief executive officer of the CHI Trinity Health System.
Catholic Health Initiatives and the board of directors of CHI Trinity Health System have named Matt Grimshaw as market chief executive officer of the CHI Trinity system. Grimshaw will join CHI Trinity on July 31, 2017. Currently, Grimshaw, 42, is west region president of CHI St. Alexius Health, Williston, ND, where he is responsible for four critical access hospitals and five clinic locations across western North Dakota. They are all part of CHI St. Alexius Health, a regional health system with seven hospitals and multiple clinics serving central and western North Dakota, northern South Dakota, and eastern Montana. Read More

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Grondahl named Director of Special Events for Babe Ruth Alumni

News Release
Larry Grondahl has helped bring three Babe Ruth World Series to Williston and more could be held in the future.
Larry Grondahl of Williston, North Dakota, has been appointed as the Director of Special Events for the Babe Ruth League, Inc. Alumni Association. In his new role, Grondahl will work closely with the Alumni Board of Directors to provide direction, as well as oversee the planning and execution of Alumni events and activities, such as group reunions, donor-recognition events, and other alumni engagement opportunities. "It is truly an honor to become part of the strong tradition the Alumni represents for Babe Ruth League, Inc.," said Grondahl. "I am grateful for the opportunity to serve and build upon the Alumni's growth and to help further strengthen Babe Ruth League, Inc. Babe Ruth League has an exceptional history and a bright future. I am eager to develop opportunities to further engage current and past members of the Babe Ruth League community." Read More


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Park Bench Auction raises funds for Future Band Days

Williston Economic Development
An anonymous donor purchased this park bench and gave it to the City of Williston. It is housed at the Center for Development at 113 4th St. E. Williston Economic Development
There's a beautiful new park bench located in front of the Williston Center for Development office building. The bench was purchased during the silent auction/live auction of one-of-a-kind park benches on Band Day. Sponsors purchased benches or created their own for the fundraising project. This bench was donated by McCody Concrete. The fundraiser raised more than $2,500 for the future band day events sponsored by the Williston Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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United Way Community Sale May 20 in Williston

Williston Basin United Way
The biggest rummage sale in the Williston trade region will run from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on May 20 at the Raymond Family Community Center.
The 2017 Community Sale is tomorrow! Are you ready for the biggest rummage sale in Williston? Get your spring cleaning done and donate your unused items, spread the word about the sale, and come find bargains of your own! Donate, Shop, Support! Proceeds from the rummage and silent auction benefit the Williston Basin United Way. Proceeds from the live auction benefit this year's Community Sale partner, MonDak Animal Rescue. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. The rummage sale runs from 8  a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Main Street Repair Schedule released; Next Public Meeting May 25

Williston Economic Development
The City of Williston held its first meeting with business owners and employees who will be impacted by construction on Main Street this summer. The Downtown Williston Repair Schedule was released at the meeting. The first phase of the project will begin May 30. The main purpose is to repair cracked concrete from 6th Street to Front Street. Weekly meetings will be held Thursdays at 10 a.m. at City Hall beginning on May 25.

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Owner of Little Muddy Gifts to present at 1 Million Cups June 7

Williston Economic Development
One Million Cups Williston will host its June 7 meeting at 8:30 a.m. at the Williston State College Teton Lounge. The meeting will feature Dana Johnson, owner of Little Muddy Gifts in Downtown Williston. Johnson will share details about starting and growing her gift store. One other presenter will be named shortly. Bring a friend and a mug for Smiling Moose coffee to One Million Cups on June 7! Call 701-577-8110 for more information.
 
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Community invited to Sloulin Redevelopment Meeting June 7

News Release
 
The first redevelopment meeting was held in February 2017. Williston Economic Development
Mayor Howard Klug, City Commissioners, Staff, and representatives from Cardon Global and Design Workshop will host the second Sloulin Redevelopment public meeting on Wednesday, June 7 from 6-8 p.m. at the Williston Area Recreation Center. The meeting will provide polling results from the first gathering and conduct new interactive
polling. The meetings are held to gather input on ideas for the redevelopment of Sloulin Field International Airport once it is decommissioned sometime in 2020.

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Tioga moves closer to Building New Community Center

Tioga Tribune
 
Tioga is seeking support to build a new community center. Tioga Tribune
Chris Norgaard, president of Tioga's Economic Development Corporation, said the time to build a new community center is fast approaching. "It's an aggressive schedule," he said. "But I'd like to see demolition in late winter, and have it up by next fall." Norgaard, speaking at last week's EDC meeting, told members with the annexation of Hess properties into the city, the tax revenues make the building project viable. "There's a $5 million budget to replace the community center," he said. "We've got $2 million in an account we either have to use, or lose." To read the full story, sign in to our online edition. 

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Parshall to build New Pool, Splash Pad

Mountrail County Record

Parshall is planning to build an outdoor swimming pool and splash pad that will be ready for summer 2018.
It's been a couple of summers since the children of Parshall have been able to splash and play with the abandon of youth. Well, by next summer, the joyous screams and shouts will return as the Parshall City Council signed off on the Parshall Park Board's proposal to build a swimming pool and splash pad. Although the pool and splash pad are a project of the Park Board, the bulk of the money for the project will come from the city's general fund, along with a generous donation from the Northeast Segment of the Three Affiliated Tribes and outside grant funding. So the City Council had the final say on how and when the project would get built. Read More

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Tioga to host Innovation and Invention Competition Aug. 5-6

Williston Herald

Inventive minds of the region have a shot at a $5,000 prize this August, intended to help with patent fees and other costs related to making their ideas reality. The prize is part of a new event, the Tioga Innovation and Invention Competition, which is to run concurrent with this year's Tioga film festival and its drone camp for kids, the latter of which will this year feature an adult certification program as well.  Dennis Lindahl, Tioga's economic developer, said the free event, set for Aug. 5 and 6, is an effort to help spur diversification in the regional economy by encouraging people to develop new ideas.  Read More

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Grand Forks names New EDC Director

News Release
Keith Lund  has been named new president and chief executive officer of the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation.
The Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation (EDC) board of directors has unanimously selected Vice President Keith Lund as the new president and chief executive officer. Lund will begin his new responsibilities July 1, succeeding Klaus Thiessen who is retiring in June after 14 years with the EDC. Lund has been the EDC's vice president since 2006. In addition to supporting business and expansion projects in value added agribusiness, unmanned systems and manufacturing, he has been a leader in regional efforts to address workforce challenges and enhance entrepreneurial support. Read More

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Upcoming Williston Events

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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