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  • 3rd Annual Williston Airshow Aug. 19 At XWA

    Barbara Peterson|Aug 9, 2023

    Williston, ND - Get ready for some rip-roaring, high-flying, stunts at the 3rd Annual Williston Airshow on Saturday, Aug. 19 at the Williston Basin International Airport! Gates open at 7 a.m. followed by the airshow at 11 a.m. Enjoy local food vendors, static exhibits, airplane rides for purchase, and world-renowned airshow performers including Minot’s very own Kent Pietsch, The Misty Blues All Woman Skydiving Team, and a beautifully restored B-25! “We expect the airshow to attract about 4,000 spectators,” said Williston Airport Director Antho...

  • December STAR Fund Allocations Total $304,950 For New Businesses & Expansions

    Barbara Peterson|Dec 21, 2022

    Williston, ND – The City of Williston has allocated up to $304,950 in December for several new business ventures including a motorsports rental shop, restaurant, massage therapist, and independent insurance firm. At the Williston City Commission meeting on Dec. 13, the commission allocated up to $48,000 for Arnie’s Rentals. The owners are purchasing the former F & F Sprinkler and Spa location to rent all types of motorsports including watercrafts, ATVs, UTVs, and more. “The abundance of outdoor quality of life activities in and around the a...

  • Economic Development, Small Business Development Center Announce 2022 Award Winners, Williston

    Barbara Peterson|Oct 12, 2022

    Williston, ND - Williston Economic Development (WED) and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) held their annual awards banquet on Friday, Sept. 30 at the Old Armory, Williston. About 200 people attended the celebratory event. The partnership between the two organizations goes back to 2015 when the City of Williston Center for Development opened its doors at 113 4th St. E. The city renovated the office located in Downtown Williston into a one-stop-shop for services provided by WED, SBDC,...

  • 200-Light Drone Show To Take To The Skies Aug. 14 In Williston

    Barbara Peterson|Aug 10, 2022

    Williston, ND – The City of Williston's first ever drone show will be held on Sunday, Aug. 14 at dusk. The drone show will be held in conjunction with the 14-year-old Babe Ruth World Series (BRWS) at Aafedt Stadium. "Our partnership with the Babe Ruth World Series shows how the community of Williston can come together to make these special events happen," said TrainND Northwest Executive Director Kenley Nebeker. The show will consist of 200 synchronized drones choreographed to music by F...

  • Cold, Blustery Day Doesn't Dampen Spirits at XWA Groundbreaking Ceremony

    Barbara Peterson|Oct 19, 2016

    The first few shovels of dirt were turned during a groundbreaking ceremony for the Williston Basin International Airport. About 200 people attended the event on a cold and blustery fall day. The XWA project has been in the works since 2011, so the community was more than ready to see some action! The Williston Airport manager said the new terminal will be a game changer for Williston fliers. “It will allow businesses to fly larger aircraft in on a regular basis which will allow for easier access to the Williston region,” said Steven Kje...

  • Retail Summit to feature Buxton, Chamber, WED Leaders Sept 29 in Williston

    Barbara Peterson|Sep 14, 2016

    It’s been one year since Williston Economic Development and the Williston Convention and Visitors Bureau partnered with a Texas firm to help drive Williston’s retail and tourism sectors. The collaboration with Buxton has enabled the two groups to utilize SCOUT, Buxton’s web-based real estate platform to analyze retail matches, support existing stores and utilize marketing materials in the retail recruitment process. WED, the CVB and Buxton will mark the one year anniversary of their partnership with a Retail Summit on Thursday, Sept. 29 from...

  • Williston Seeks Artistic Input For New Veterans Memorial

    Barbara Peterson|Jun 1, 2016

    The Williston Military Affairs Committee is seeking public input on a new memorial to honor veterans from the Global War on Terrorism. The monument would be placed at Memorial Plaza located in Riverview Cemetery on 9th Avenue West in Williston. Memorial Plaza was created to honor the men and women from Williams County who have served their country. The site currently has monuments for veterans of WWI, WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam War. The Military Affairs Committee, which is a branch of the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce, began consider...

  • Clean Williston Week April 23-30

    Barbara Peterson|Apr 20, 2016

    Williston Mayor Howard Klug has declared Clean Williston Week April 23-30, 2016. The Williston City Commission at its April 12 meeting approved the declaration. Clean Williston Week is part of the “I Williston Keep Williston Clean! Will You?” campaign started in 2011. The citywide cleanup will kick off the week on Saturday, April 23. “The spring cleanup makes us proud of our city, it reminds us not to litter, and it’s a great way to kick off the summer,” said Williston Mayor Howard Klug. Saturday’s citywide cleanup will be headquarter...

  • Williston Center Grand Opening April 6

    Barbara Peterson|Apr 6, 2016

    The Williston Center for Development will celebrate its grand opening on Wed., April 6 from 4-6 p.m. The event will begin with a ribbon cutting and short program at 4 p.m. followed by light refreshments and tours. The City of Williston purchased and remodeled the two-story site to provide more office space for its growing staff. The Williston Center for Development houses the Department of Building Safety, Planning and Zoning, Economic Development, Convention and VIsitors Bureau plus Tri-County Regional Development Council and the Small...

  • Star Fund Supports 15 Community Enhancement / Marketing Projects

    Barbara Peterson|Feb 17, 2016

    The Williston City Commission has approved grant requests totaling $50,000 for 15 nonprofit projects in the Williston region. The commission approved the funding requests at its meeting on Tue., Feb. 9, 2016. Each year, the Williston STAR Fund board of directors conducts a thorough review of projects seeking Community Enhancement funding. In order to qualify for the CE grants, the group applying for the funding must be able to show how their project improves the quality of life in Williston by stimulating economic growth, promoting tourism and...

  • Stony Creek Rail Yard Receives First 100-Unit Train

    Barbara Peterson|Jan 6, 2016

    BNSF delivered the first 100 Railcar Unit Train of Sand to the Red River Stony Creek Rail Yard in Williston in December. The delivery marks a turning point for Red River's operations and allows them to better utilize the five-plus miles of track they have constructed. Red River officials say the development gives their customers a competitive advantage and thereby generates more jobs in Williston. "This is a Game Changer for Red River," said Curtis Shuck, Vice President of Business Development....

  • Williston Fire Department to Receive $3 Million in Equipment & Vehicles

    Barbara Peterson|Dec 16, 2015

    Proceeds from the voter-approved Public Safety Sales Tax are going to help purchase $3 million in new equipment and vehicles for the Williston Fire Department. The Williston City Commission recently approved a Williston Fire Department request to purchase the gear over the next two years. “This funding will help provide the resources we need to catch up with the growth over the past five to six years,” said Williston Fire Chief Jason Catrambone. The Public Safety Sales Tax was approved by voters in November of 2014 to help pay for inf...

  • Director of Williston Public Works Competes in World's Toughest Mudder Competition

    Barbara Peterson|Dec 2, 2015

    As the director of Williston Public Works, Dave Tuan runs an organization that deals with a fair amount of mud and muck, but it's when he's off the clock that he really gets his hands dirty. Tuan recently completed the World's Toughest Mudder, a 24-hour timed obstacle course race that features a five-mile dirt track and some seemingly impossible climbs, jumps, swims and crawls. The event is held every November at Lake Las Vegas, Nevada. Tuan spent many months training for the difficult race. "My...

  • The City Of Williston Is Taking Steps To Attract New Retailers To Its Community

    Barbara Peterson|Nov 25, 2015

    Williston Economic Development and the Williston Convention and Visitor Bureau are collaborating with Buxton to identify the people who shop and dine in Williston and what new retailers would best serve them. Buxton representatives were in Williston today to present their initial findings from their advanced consumer analytics. About 60 investors, developers, business and civic leaders attended the meeting to gather more information about Williston’s consumers. Williston Economic Development Executive Director says Buxton’s data goes way bey...

  • Dalrymple, Williston-area Officials Celebrate Bypass Completion

    Barbara Peterson|Oct 21, 2015

    Gov. Jack Dalrymple today joined state and local officials to celebrate the completion of the third and final phase of Williston’s permanent truck reliever route. The 13-mile-long bypass is designed to divert regional truck traffic around the western edge of the city to ease traffic congestion and improve roadway safety. “This truck route is another example of our ongoing commitment to addressing the public infrastructure needs in western North Dakota and throughout the entire state,” Dalrymple said. “With more than 29,000 vehicles traveli...

  • Fall Clean Up Williston Campaign Oct.17

    Barbara Peterson|Oct 14, 2015

    The Fall Clean Up Williston Campaign will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Harmon Park. The initiative is important to Mayor Howard Klug and the Economic Development as it creates pride in our community and brings people together for a common cause. Any support you can give this project would be greatly appreciated. A number of different organizations come together to spruce up Williston in the spring and fall including Williston Parks & Rec District, Williston Convention and Visitors Bureau, City of Williston, Williston...

  • Fall Clean Up Williston Campaign Oct.17

    Barbara Peterson|Oct 7, 2015

    The Fall Clean Up Williston Campaign will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Harmon Park. The initiative is important to Mayor Howard Klug and the Economic Development as it creates pride in our community and brings people together for a common cause. Any support you can give this project would be greatly appreciated. A number of different organizations come together to spruce up Williston in the spring and fall including Williston Parks & Rec District, Williston Convention and Visitors Bureau, City of Williston, Williston...

  • Fall Clean Up Williston Campaign Oct.17

    Barbara Peterson|Sep 30, 2015

    The Fall Clean Up Williston Campaign will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Harmon Park. The initiative is important to Mayor Howard Klug and the Economic Development as it creates pride in our community and brings people together for a common cause. Any support you can give this project would be greatly appreciated. A number of different organizations come together to spruce up Williston in the spring and fall including Williston Parks & Rec District, Williston Convention and Visitors Bureau, City of Williston, Williston...

  • State, Local Officials Dedicate New Overpass/Underpass in Williston

    Barbara Peterson|Jul 1, 2015

    BISMARCK, N.D. – State and local officials today celebrated the completion of the US Highway 2 Overpass/ 18th Street Underpass in Williston and opened the new roadway to traffic for the first time. Ron Rauschenberger, representing Gov. Jack Dalrymple, as well as Sen. Rich Wardner, Williston Mayor Howard Klug, former Williston Mayor Ward Koeser and North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) Director Grant Levi attended today's ribbon cutting and spoke about the project's many benefits f...

  • A Longtime Williston Business Has Announced It Is Building The City's First Rail Served Industrial Park

    Barbara Peterson|Jun 10, 2015

    Red River Supply has released its Stony Creek Rail Yard Master Plan. The 180-acre site is located in southeast Williston with immediate access to rail and road transportation. The development is owned and operated by Rich Vestal and his family. Vestal started the business in 1978 and since then it has grown and diversified. Red River Supply currently provides rail access, transloading, trucking, drilling and completion supplies and warehousing and it will soon offer an industrial park. "When...

  • Economic Development To Promote Enhanced Bakken Supply Chain Initiative In Denver

    Barbara Peterson|Jun 10, 2015

    Williston Economic Development will take the next step in promoting its Enhanced Bakken Supply Chain Initiative in Colorado this month. WED Executive Director Shawn Wenko will facilitate the discussions with Bakken stakeholders June 18 and 19. “Our goal is to reach out to oil and gas operators in the Bakken with headquarters based in Colorado,” said Wenko. “We want to hear from the industry and what their challenges are in the Bakken region.” WED collaborated with Jeff Zarling and his business development group, DAWA Solutions Group, to coor...

  • Clean Williston Day Planned April 25

    Barbara Peterson|Apr 8, 2015

    Williston will celebrate springtime with a City-wide cleanup and barbeque on Saturday, April 25. Clean Williston Day is held every spring and fall to bring people together for a common cause that helps boost the community's spirit. "The spring cleanup makes us proud of our City, it reminds us not to litter, and it's a great way to kick off the summer," says Williston Mayor Howard Klug. The Clean Williston Committee will run the operation from the parking lot of Davidson Park and Aafedt Stadium....

  • Williston Honors Winners Of "Mayor For A Day" Essay Contest

    Barbara Peterson|Apr 1, 2015

    Two Williston third graders have been recognized for their "If I were Mayor for a Day" essays. Ja'Waya Cason and Baylee Brouilette received first and second place respectively in the contest. They were honored for their winning efforts at a recent Williston City Commission meeting. The contest is held in conjunction with the North Dakota League of Cities statewide "Mayor for a Day" essay competition. After the League of Cities wraps up its judging the Williston entries are forwarded to...

  • New Parking Rules to roll out May 1 in Downtown Williston

    Barbara Peterson|Mar 18, 2015

    The City of Williston is about to make some major changes to the way people park in Downtown Williston. Beginning May 1 there will be time limits on the streets and in the parking lots, fines for violators and weekday enforcement; there will not be, however, a new parking ramp yet. “We don’t need new parking yet, but we need to start thinking about it,” said Williston City Planner Rachel Ressler. The Williston Planning and Zoning Department and Rich and Associates have been studying parking demand in Downtown Williston for nearly a year. The p...

  • Hess GM, MDU VP Of Business Development To Address Mondak Energy Alliance Feb. 12 In Williston

    Barbara Peterson|Feb 11, 2015

    The MonDak Energy Alliance is pleased to announce the general manager of Hess Corporation (Hess) North Dakota and the executive vice president of business development at MDU Resources Group, Inc. will headline its February meeting. Hess GM Stephen McNally has more than 30 years of experience in oil and gas exploration, development and production. His extensive career has taken him to places all over the globe including Minot, N.D. the past three years. MDU Resources VP Dennis Haider is headquartered in Bismarck, N.D. Haider has 40 years of...

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