Williston Chamber celebrates young entrepreneurs with ‘Lemonade Day’

How do get kids excited about business and introduce them to the entrepreneurial spirit? Host ‘Lemonade Day’ and offer rewards. The event organized by the Williston Chamber of Commerce delivered 58 lemonade stands across the city and saw participation from nearly 200 kids. Get the full story from the Williston Herald.

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Bakken likely to see early dollars in state BVLOS investment

With an appropriation of $28 million coming out of the recent legislative session, the State of North Dakota will make a big investment building out a Beyond Visual Line of Sight network of the emerging UAS industry. But the question remains on where those investment dollars will focus first. Check out this article from the

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Affordable housing dampening western North Dakota’s potential

As oil production grows and investments and production in the Bakken stabilize, demand for housing and all the other amenities that accompany a quality life increase. In Watford City and Williston, they remain in the midst of a surge in demand for all these things, but they’re still finding the supply behind. Check out this

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ONEOK accelerating its Bakken growth projects

Oil prices and and producer confidence have been recovering slowly over the past several years. As a result, we’re again hearing of near-record production rates and seeing plans for investment in the region. Renee Jean with the Williston Herald has the story on one large player’s intentions in the region.

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North Dakota oil flows at near-record levels, flaring up

North Dakota oil continues to flow. In March, the average was almost 1.4 million barrels per day. But on the downside, flaring was also up as producers used exemptions in order to capture larger oil production. Natural gas capture infrastructure is expected to improve by the end of the year; it’s expected this will trim

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Another week, another voter-rejected school bond proposal

Another Williston-area school district was asking for bond authority to build new schools. The voters said no. This theme has been on replay across Western North Dakota in recent months. It matters in Minot because we have our own school capacity problem. But Minot School officials remain mum on what the plan or approach is

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Western North Dakota most likely home for plastics plant

One byproduct of North Dakota’s growing oil production is gas. That same gas is an input in plastics manufacturing. And according to the report linked below from The Williston Herald, the plastics industry is starting to explore the opportunities associated with locating in Western North Dakota.

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Williston school district seeks state help

In a follow-up to a story further down the scroll, Williston’s District 1 school district is struggling with School Capacity. Their attempts at getting bond approval to build a new school have failed twice at the hands of the voters. Now, they’re reaching out to state officials to tell the story and ask for help.

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Williston District 1 weighs options after school bond vote fails a second time

With property taxes heavy on the pocketbook more and more school districts across the state are stuck carrying the burden. The most recent example is from Williston where a second failed bond approval vote will require the district to figure out what to do with high school class sizes they don’t have room for. Few

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Concrete starts to flow at new Williston airport

Minot International Airport is 18-months away from having a new regional competitor. One of the limiting factors for Williston’s Airport is runway length, but that will change when the new airport opens, and so will the competition for major carriers. The Williston Herald has the progress report on construction.

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‘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

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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

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