News: ‘Multicultural’ lunch is a showcase of students’ heritage

In Williston, the new iteration of the American melting pot has been shaping the community since the start of the oil boom. One of the positive impacts of that diversity is now an opportunity to expose a person’s pallet to flavors from around the world. The Williston Herald has the story on a new program gaining a foothold in one middle school.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: EPA chief to discuss water regulations during visit to state

Scott Pruitt, the EPA’s top administrator, will be visiting North Dakota next week, and the Waters of the U.S. rule making is expected to be a hot topic of conversation. Between agricultural and energy industries and our cultural disposition toward property rights, environmental regulations and rules have big impacts on North Dakota, and it sounds like those are some of the messages that will be carried to Mr....  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Williston takes pro-business position on new business models

What does a city do when a new business concept presents challenges because they don’t fit nicely inside current laws and regulations? In Williston the direction of City Commissioners is to go slowly and carefully, but make sure the message sent is that Williston is open to new business concepts. Beverage kiosks (the article doesn’t describe the business concept) are creating challenges for city staff and planning officials,...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: In Williston, a downtown fixture closing its doors this month

A generations-old retail store in downtown Williston is closing its doors this week. The downtown Hallmark store has been in Williston in some form since 1964, but changes in consumer retail behavior have forced the change. It’s relevant here in Minot because it’s a sign of changing times. Tomorrow, Minot’s City Council will be discussing what to do with $4.8 million in sales tax designated for community facilities,...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Low tax revenue means no fireworks in Williston

While a drought may keep many of us from lighting fireworks this year, in Williston it’s the City’s budget that’s putting a damper things. Williston’s annual fireworks show costs about $45,000 and is paid for out of the City’s restaurant and hotel tax, and the revenue isn’t flowing at a high enough rate to justify the expense.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Farm Operators Adapting to Supply and Demand Economics

In the business of producing raw food products, current commodity prices are directly impacted by last year’s harvest. And current prices are the biggest factor in what get’s planted this year. It all results in a game that requires good operators to adapt their farms to supply and demand conditions that have potential for the best return on their annual effort and investment.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: An End to Sunday Closing Laws Passes House on Second Try

After lengthy debate on Monday in which a vote to end North Dakota’s Sunday closing laws for retail businesses failed by a narrow margin, a legislator had a change of heart overnight and called to revisit the issue. This time around, the house voted to remove North Dakota’s laws. Get the full story from the Williston Herald.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Blacktail spill haunts Summit Midstream’s latest project

At this time two years ago, the gathering system pipeline operated by Summit Midstream near Blacktail Creek North of Williston was probably leaking. It wouldn’t be discovered until January of 2015 when the resulting spill became the largest in North Dakota history. Today, the company finds themselves in the role of example for the industry that’s still struggling to weed out bad operators, improve safety, and produce better...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Judge denies request to stop petition for McKenzie County sheriff’s removal 

The next move in the fight between the Sheriff and members of the McKenzie County Commission is in the hands of the County Commission after a judge ruled he didn’t have the legal authority to intervene in the manner requested by the Sheriff. The Williston Herald has more on the story.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Forbes ranks North Dakota No. 8 on list of best states for business

News: Forbes ranks North Dakota No. 8 on list of best states for business

Here’s the quote from Williston’s Economic Developer Director, Shawn Wenko, “It’s a fair assessment that North Dakota remains one of the top ten states to do business, contrary to outside reports, North Dakota is still doing very well.” Get the rest of the story from the Williston Herald.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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