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Williston Economic Development
March 31, 2017

JE Dunn to build XWA Terminal

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JE Dunn, the 10 t h largest general contractor in the United States, was approved by the Williston City Commission at its meeting Tuesday, March 28, to build the new Williston Basin International Airport terminal. The general contracting firm, with an office in Williston, was chosen through a quality-based selection process as the Construction Manager at Risk, winning out over one other bidder. Read More  Williston Herald: JE Dunn to build XWA Terminal
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Quality of Life Projects help stabilize Population in Williams County, Williston

Williston Herald
by Melissa Krause
 
The US Census Bureau recently released 2016 population estimates. Williston Economic Development
Williams County's population has grown by 65 percent since 2010, and although there was a 3 percent drop between 2015 and 2016, birth rates and student enrollment will test the region's capacity in coming years. The
county's 2016 population was 34,337 according to the latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.  The numbers have been maintained largely by young families charmed with small town living and determined to ride out commodity driven cycles. "The things that we've done for the city, these quality of life enhancements, have really improved this area," Mayor Howard Klug said. "The overall enthusiasm has improved in my opinion." Read More

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2016 Taxable Sales and Purchases reflect Pre-Boom Numbers

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The arts, entertainment and recreation sector was the only one that posted an increase from 2015 to 2016. Photo of Band Day 2016. Williston Economic Development
Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger released both the 2016 fourth quarter and the 2016 annual taxable sales and purchases reports. "We anticipated that we would see a decline in taxable sale and purchases in 2016 as effects of the downturn in commodity-based industries persist," Rauschenberger stated. "North Dakota taxable sales and purchases for calendar year 2016 are comparable to what taxable sales and purchases were in 2011.  We continue to compare to the pre-oil boom timeframe to keep perspective." The arts, entertainment and recreation sector was the only industry sector posting an increase from 2015 to 2016. Read More
 
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Tri-County Regional Development receives $66,000 Federal Grant

Williston Herald
by Melissa Krause

The Tri-County Regional Development Council in Williston has received word it will receive a $66,000 federal grant to help continue regional support for private capital investment and job creation.  "The funding helps quite a bit," Everette Enno, Tri-County Regional Council Executive Director, said. "It's small compared to some but it would be really hard to replace if we couldn't find other grant sources." Read More

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New BNC National Bank opens in Crosby

Crosby Journal
by Cecile Wehrman

BNC National Bank in Crosby opened in its new location March 27 in Crosby. Crosby Journal
BNC National Bank opened its new building on Main Street in Crosby March 27. After years of planning and months of anticipation, bank employees are gaining space and also, drive-up lanes. "We're just winging it," said Deposit Operations Supervisor Rita Stewart, as she and co-workers awaited the first drive-through customer. To read more, sign in to the Journal's online edition.

 

 

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Bowman to move forward with Industrial Park at Former Airport Site

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Bowman expects to begin moving dirt on an industrial park later this year.
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp has announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released the land where the former Bowman Municipal Airport was located. 
For years, the FAA delayed on signing off on the land release that Bowman was requesting. The land release will allow developers to go forward with an industrial park in Bowman that is planned for the former airport site. Read More   Bowman Extra: Bowman County Development furthers plans to bid Airport Infrastrucutre
 
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McGlothern joins Sidney Chamber

Sidney Herald

Madina McGlothern is the Sidney Chamber's new communications and office manager. Sidney Herald
Last month, the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture welcomed its newest team member to the area. Madina McGlothern, the Chamber's new communications and office manager, calls Snohomish, Wash., home, but she moved to Miles City where she graduated school and has been living in eastern Montana for 10 years. "This is my home now, and my son is going to grow up here, so I think it's going to be a great opportunity to get to know Sidney," McGlothern said. Read More

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School-to-Work program benefits Students, Businesses in Eastern Montana

Sidney Herald

The Fairview High School school-to-work program has helped a Sidney store owner manager her time during maternity leave. Sidney Herald
Fairview High School senior Martha Hurley is a perfect example of success through a school-to-work program. The daughter of Vess and Sheyenne Hurley hasn't only been a reliable worker at The Lucky Buckle in Sidney, but she stepped up her game when she was needed this year. When Lucky Buckle's owner Marci Sondeno took maternity leave starting in February, she knew her store was going to be in good hands. During morning hours, Marci's mother, Sheree Albin, handled the operations until Hurley arrived from Fairview at about 12:30 p.m. Read More

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Volunteers pack 108K Meals in Ray for Feed My Starving Children

Tioga Tribune
by Cecile Wehrman

Hundreds of volunteers prepared meal packs at the Ray school gymnasium recently. Tioga Tribune
Nearly 500 people volunteered March 25 to help pack 108,864 meals in the Ray school gymnasium -- enough food to feed 298 children for an entire year. The "mobile pack" for Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) required the help of people from all over the northwest region -- from Crosby to Watford City, Williston to Minot, but was marshaled by a core group of churches; Ray Lutheran Church, Epping Lutheran Church and First Lutheran and Trinity churches in Tioga. To read more, sign in to the Tribune's online edition.

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Mondak Animal Rescue collects Shoes for Shelters

KUMV-TV
by Jemeisha Lyde
 
Mondak Animal Rescue in Williston is having a shoe drive to raise funds for a new building. Shoes for Shelters will also give back to the community with helping those in need. With only a month left, the animal rescue is wasting no time collecting bags of shoes. "We probably have about 15 bags of 25 pairs each. Our goal is to get 100 bags totaling 2,500 shoes," says Kit Hernandez, Mondak Animal Rescue Manager. So far, Funds2Orgs has been a big help raising donations for the shelter. Though building a new facility is just one of the goals, ending poverty is another. Read More

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Williston Parks and Rec seeks Nominations for $20K Park Revitalization Grant

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WPRD plans to purchase paddleboards, kayaks and canoes if it receives grant.
From April 1 to 30, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is  seeking nominations for park revitalization grants. To vote for Williston visit meetmeatthepark.org. At the end of April, the city with the most nominations will receive a $20,000 grant. Williston Parks & Recreation District (WPRD) plans to purchase outdoor recreation equipment, such as paddleboards, kayaks, and canoes for Spring Lake Park. Read More

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Upcoming Williston Events

03/31-04/03   Bonnie and Clyde: The Musical
Entertainment, Inc! will present the musical March 31 through April 3 and April 6 through April 9 at the Old Armory Theatre. Showtimes

04/05               1 Million Cups Williston
Bring a mug and a friend to the monthly meeting at 8:30 a.m. at the WSC Teton Lounge. This month will feature two startups: a barbershop and smoothie store.

04/11              Williston City Commission
The commission meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

04/12               Eggs and Issues
Williston City Administrator David Tuan will be the featured guest speaker at the Chamber program. The breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. at TrainND Northwest. Please RSVP to the Chamber at 577-6000 to ensure adequate food is available.

04/07-08         2017 Home and Garden Show
Whether you are in the market for a new home, looking to renovate or interested in home improvement projects; the home and garden show has much to offer! The show runs April  7 from 2-7 p.m. and April 8 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Raymond Family Community Center.
 
04/29               Clean Up Williston
Volunteers will meet at Davidson Park at 8:30 a.m. to retrieve trash bags & gloves to pick up trash throughout Williston.
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