March 12, 2021

Williston Wire

March 12, 2021
Dear Williston Wire Readers,
Williston Economic Development and the Small Business Development Center launched a new campaign in January. The 21 in 2021 initiative is designed to support a combination of new, expanding and quality of life projects in Williston. So far a total of five businesses have received STAR Funds this year. Read more about it in the story below.
Shawn, Ann, Barb and Brenda
21 in 2021 STAR Fund Campaign off to Great Start
Williston Economic Development - Williston Economic Development (WED) and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) have taken a step toward assisting 21 businesses in 2021. WED and the SBDC have assisted five businesses during the first quarter of 2021. “We are well on our way to what’s going to be a year of good economic activity in 2021,” said WED Executive Director Shawn Wenko. Read More
New Cosmetology School opens in Williston
KUMV-TV - After much blood, sweat, and tears, Leticia Ortiz finally saw the fruits of her labor realized on March 1 - The Hair Society Institute. “It was pretty emotional to know that it was finally completed. It’s been a lot of hours; a lot of days with no rest for a long time,” she explained. Read More
View Point: Women Entrepreneurs
drive Economic Recovery
Grand Forks Herald - Women entrepreneurs continue to play a greater role in creating new jobs and economic activity across the country. Since 1987, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has celebrated Women’s History Month to recognize the role women entrepreneurs have in building and strengthening our local and national economies. Women have transformed the face of entrepreneurship across America in both urban and rural communities. This is especially true while our nation confronts the challenges of the COVID 19 pandemic. Read More
Southwestern North Dakota Mayors
reflect on Pandemic, Economic Recovery
Dickinson Press - The Western Edge experienced economic drawbacks in 2020 that redefined southwestern North Dakota towns. Five southwestern mayors explain their city's past struggles and future goals. Watford City Mayor Philip Riely said their economy suffered a major hit. “Our biggest struggle was our loss of gross production tax. When the pandemic hit and everybody had to stay home, we had a surplus of oil so the price bottomed out and gross production tax just about went into hibernation." Read More
Bakken Oil Production slips in January
Bismarck Tribune - High winds led to power outages in parts of the Bakken in January, causing oil production to fall, the state’s top regulator said Thursday upon releasing North Dakota’s latest oil figures. The state's daily crude output for January was 1.147 million barrels, a 4% drop from December. Oil data reported to the state lags by several months. “We had a day of 90 mph winds in the oil patch, so electric power was lost through significant portions of oil and gas fields,” State Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said. “It took about 10 days to fully restore the power.” Read More
North Dakota Lawmakers seek Approval
of Road Trains
Dickinson Press - Clearance for the extra-long trucks known as "road trains" on North Dakota highways moved a step forward with a resolution signed by Gov. Doug Burgum this week, some of the first legislation to appear on the governor's desk this legislative session. Lawmakers who have pushed for road trains, which aren't legal in most parts of the world, have pointed to North Dakota's flat terrain and sparse population as optimal for testing out the platoons of semi-truck trailers, which they say would make it more efficient and environmentally friendly to ship heavy freight. Read More
Minot Area Community Foundation dedicates $250,000 to Roosevelt Zoo Exhibit
Minot Daily News - Minot’s Roosevelt Park Zoo received a $250,000 grant today from the Minot Area Community Foundation. The grant will go toward the new Amur leopard habitat. Read More
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