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Apr 7, 2021

Upcoming closure of 52nd Street Northwest

PW Road Closure-InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – Later this week, 52nd Street Northwest west of Williston High School, will be closed for realignment.

Detour signs are already in place beginning at the 26th Street West and 32nd Avenue West round-about and at the west Highway 85 bypass.

The road, located in Williston Township, will undergo a three-phased construction process administered by Selland Construction in cooperation with Ackerman-Estvold.

The anticipated completion date for this project is May 30, weather permitting.

Phase I will include removal of existing pavement, subgrade preparation, and gravel and topsoil work. Phase II will include pouring new lanes and allowing time for them to cure or set up. Phase III is dedicated to striping, topsoil work, removal of construction signage, and the reopening of the road.

Construction and closure of 52nd Street Northwest will impact individuals coming from and heading to the county, including any Williston High students who utilize 52nd Street Northwest.

Individuals are asked to follow the posted detour signs and plan accordingly.

For future updates, please follow the City of Williston on Facebook (@cityofwilliston), Instagram (@cityofwilliston), and LinkedIn.

For more information on this story, please contact Wayne Wiedrich, Operations Engineer, at 701.577.6368 or waynew@ci.williston.nd.us.

The City of Williston Public Works and Engineering building is located at 1121 5th Street East, Williston, ND.

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Apr 5, 2021

Situation Update: XWA ARFF Vehicle

XWA older ARFFWILLISTON, N.D. - On Monday, April 5, Williston Basin International Airport personnel, in conjunction with Williston Fire Department, were conducting 3-minute drill trainings utilizing an Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) truck. An ARFF is used in emergency response, rescue, etc. of passengers and crew of aircraft involved in aviation accidents and incidents.

 
At 5:19 pm CT this evening while conducting one of these drills, an airfield employee took a corner too fast and rolled the ARFF.
 
The airfield employee was transported to the hospital with minor injuries and was the only individual in the vehicle at the time.
 
The ARFF, purchased used and dating from 1989, will remain out of commission moving forward.
 
Airport operations, including all inbound and outbound flights, remain unaffected at XWA.
 
For additional questions, please contact Airport Director, Anthony Dudas at anthonya@ci.williston.nd.us or 701.875.8594.

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Apr 5, 2021

Sanford Health announces Williston community board

WILLISTON, N.D. — Sanford Health is excited to announce its initial community board for the new hospital and clinic to be built in Williston Square. The community board will provide planning and development oversight of Sanford’s Williston operations and become the first hospital board upon project completion.

“Health care is best served at the local level, and we are excited to have a group from Williston and the surrounding area committed to helping us provide a high level of care to patients in the region,” said Michael LeBeau, M.D., president/CEO of the Bismarck region of Sanford. “The board’s formation is a significant step in our planning and development process.”

“Having a health care provider that includes the input of the local community worked very well for Williston,” said Williston Mayor Howard Klug. “This opportunity to work with a health care provider on a local level to provide insight about unique issues that affect our community will be positive for our city and region.”

Community board members include:

  • Ward Koeser: Former co-owner, Kotana Communications/former Williston mayor
  • Charlotte Ferrell: Regional director, Northwest Human Service Center
  • Sara Kasmer: Accountant controller/oil and gas analyst, K&A Oil
  • Dan Kalil: President, Kalil Farms
  • Dr. John Miller: President, Williston State College
  • Kristin Iverson: Financial associate, Thrivent
  • Whitney Stephenson: Senior landman, Equinor
  • Travis Pribula: Co-owner/coach at CrossFit Vokse
  • Sen. Brad Bekkedahl: State senator representing District 1, Williston City Commissioner 

Local Sanford physicians will be added to the community board for the new hospital and clinic in the future. The City of Williston and Sanford Health announced a vision to build a new hospital and clinic in Williston Square this March through the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI). The groups aim to have an agreement completed by Aug. 31, 2021.

About Sanford Health
The Sanford Bismarck region provides health care to central and western North Dakota, eastern Montana and northern South Dakota. It includes 21 clinics in Bismarck, Mandan, Minot, Dickinson and Watford City, as well as a Level II trauma center located in Bismarck. Sanford Health, one of the largest health systems in the United States, is dedicated to the integrated delivery of health care, genomic medicine, senior care and services, global clinics, research and affordable insurance. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the organization includes 46 hospitals, 1,500 physicians and more than 200 Good Samaritan Society senior care locations in 26 states and 10 countries. Learn more about Sanford Health's transformative work to improve the human condition at sanfordhealth.org or Sanford Health News.

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Apr 3, 2021

Williston Fire Department provides update on April 3 fire north of Williston

Grass Fire - CopyWILLISTON, N.D. – On Saturday, April 3 the Williston Rural Fire Department was dispatched to a brush fire north of Williston.

Following initial efforts to contain this fire, the Williston Rural Fire Department requested mutual aid from the Williston Fire Department (WFD).

WFD responded with three brush trucks and two tender trucks, an apparatus that specializes in the transport of water from a water source to a fire.

While WFD was working one of the fire’s flanks, the wind shifted, and the fire rapidly overtook Brush Truck #3.

WFD personnel were able to evacuate and were evaluated with no injuries.

Brush Truck #3 is confirmed as a total loss.

In addition to WFD, fire fighters and personnel from Grenora, Wildrose, Alamo, Minot, Fairview, Epping, Ray, Tioga, and Williams County/ Williston Emergency Management responded to this brush fire.

As of 8:30 p.m. CT this evening, the fire was considered contained and WFD was released. The Williston Rural Fire Department is now performing “mop up,” or extinguishing residual fire.

The cause of this brush fire is undetermined at this time.

For more information on this story, please contact Division Chief of Operations, Matt Clark, at 701.572.3400 or mattc@ci.williston.nd.us.

For more information on the Williston Fire Department, please visit www.wfdems.com and follow WFD on Facebook (@WillistonFire).

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Apr 3, 2021

Situation Update: Fire north of Williston

Grass Fire - Copy6:43PM, 4/3/2021 - There is an active grass fire north of town. The Williston Fire Department and Williston Rural Fire Department are fighting this fire with mutual aid coming in from surrounding communities.

During the process of fighting this fire, winds shifted and the Williston Fire Department lost Brush Truck #3. All crew made it out safely and there are no injuries.
Crews are still working on this fire and individuals are asked to avoid this area.

For additional questions, please contact Division Chief of Operations, Matt Clark at mattc@ci.williston.nd.us.

Photo provided by Williams County ND and taken at approximately 4:30pm this afternoon.

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Mar 31, 2021

Clean Williston event scheduled for April 24

Clean Williston 2021-InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – In celebration of Earth Day on April 22 and in preparation for Band Day on May 8, the City of Williston’s spring Clean Williston event is scheduled for Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

In the event of inclement weather, Clean Williston will be held on Saturday, May 1, and this change will be announced on City of Williston social media and www.cityofwilliston.com.

Canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19, Clean Williston is a tradition going back over 20 years and is held biannually in the spring and fall.

“Clean Williston is one way to give back to your community,” explained City of Williston Mayor, Howard Klug. “Williston tries to provide opportunities for you and your family, and this is a way to demonstrate pride for what is happening in Williston.”

Individuals and groups interested in participating in this year’s Clean Williston event can register online for one of 34 zones. Register online at http://bit.ly/CleanWilliston.

Volunteers are asked to meet at 8:00 a.m. in Davidson Park located at 11th Street West and 9th Avenue West the day of the event. Individuals who do not register for a zone in advance are welcome and will be assigned to a zone!

Volunteers will receive a free Clean Williston t-shirt and a light, prepackaged snack. Public Works will provide safety vests, gloves, and garbage bags.

Full garbage bags can be left on the side of the road in each zone for pick up or individuals can bring their bags to Davidson Park for disposal. Participants are also asked to return their safety vests, gloves, and any unused garbage bags.

In addition to collected trash, the following will also be accepted at Davidson Park:

  • Wood – Two containers (trees and construction material) will be available. This service is free.
  • Metal – One container provided by Pacific Steel and Recycling will be available. This service is free. Items that cannot be loaded by hand will be redirected to either recycling facility.
  • Cardboard – Please breakdown boxes. This service is free.
  • Tires – Individuals are limited to four tires per person. Chamley Pipe and Salvage will shred for free.
  • White paper – The North Dakota Recycling Secure Shred truck will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for public shred. The first two boxes are free with additional boxes costing $10 per banker’s box.

Individuals are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing where applicable. In addition, out of an abundance of caution, a community BBQ will not be held in conjunction with this Clean Williston event.

In addition to Clean Williston, the following events will be held later in the summer:

  • Free Landfill Day – Saturday, May 15
  • E-Waste Day – Wednesday, June 9

For more information on this story, please contact Caitlin Pallai, Communications Strategist, at 701.713.3800 or caitlinp@ci.williston.nd.us.

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Mar 31, 2021

Public Works Summer Hours

PW Hour Change-Summer Hr -InstaCity of Williston Public Works will transition to Summer Hours beginning next Monday, April 5, 2021. This change also impacts the City Landfill.

Public Works Summer Hours
M-F 8a-5p

City Landfill Summer Hours
M-F 7:30a-4:45p
Saturday 7:30a-1:45p

If you have any questions, please contact Public Works at 701.577.6368.

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Mar 30, 2021

WPD's Lieutenant Dery graduates from National Forensic Academy

Dery Graduation NFA-modCongratulations to Lieutenant Dan Dery of Williston Police Department for graduating from the National Forensic Academy (NFA)!

The NFA is an intensive 10-week training program designed to meet the needs of law enforcement agencies in evidence identification, collection, and preservation. It is offered by the Law Enforcement Innovation Center, an agency of the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service.

Lt. Dery was part of the 54th session and was also awarded the Dr. Randall Pearce Zeal Award for his positive attitude throughout the rigorous training!

Congratulations Lt. Dery!

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Mar 30, 2021

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Mar 29, 2021

Williston Public Works to host Public Outreach Day

2021 National Public Works Week - Insta-V1WILLISTON, N.D. – In celebration of National Public Works Week scheduled for May 16-22, 2021, the City of Williston Public Works will host its Public Outreach Day on Wednesday, May 19.

Open to all ages, this free event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Williston Public Works located at 1121 5th Street East, Williston, North Dakota.

City of Williston Public Works has celebrated Public Works Week since 2015, and 2021 marks the 61st annual National Public Works Week sponsored by the American Public Works and Canadian Public Works Associations.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet City of Williston Public Works staff, explore equipment up close, learn about projects and services, and walk away with goody bags.

“This is an important event for us because it showcases how critical Public Works is to the everyday function of our community,” explained Kenny Bergstrom, Public Works Director. “The services we offer can be commonly overlooked as these things are just a routine part of our lives. This week gives everyone in our department recognition and appreciation and provides the community a chance to see what it is we do.”

Participants are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing.

The media is welcome to attend!

For more information on this story, please contact Alyssa Wiedrich, Administrative Assistant, at 701.577.6368 or alyssaw@ci.williston.nd.us.

Learn more about National Public Works Week here: http://bit.ly/3d3Kyyi.

The City of Williston Public Works and Engineering building is located at 1121 5th Street East, Williston, ND.

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Mar 29, 2021

Delta flights from Williston to Minneapolis return in June

800x800_XWA_InstagramWILLISTON, N.D. – Daily Delta flights from Williston Basin International Airport (XWA) to Minneapolis, Minnesota (MSP) are scheduled to begin Saturday, June 5, 2021.

“We’re excited to continue our partnership with Delta Air Lines which will bring additional air service to XWA as the nation continues to recover from the pandemic,” emphasized Anthony Dudas, Airport Director. “Delta’s return of daily service to Minneapolis will greatly benefit our region’s leisure and business travelers. With stringent cleaning and safety measures in place, we look forward to welcoming additional travelers to the Williston Basin.”

In response to the global pandemic and a sharp decline in air travel, Delta suspended air service out of XWA on July 7, 2020.

These new flights, operated by SkyWest Airlines, will once again provide Williston travelers with expanded travel options. Tickets are available now at delta.com.

“Whether heading to Minneapolis or beyond, these flights will provide travelers greater access and options for all their travel plans,” said Greg Atkin, SkyWest’s Managing Director of Market Development. “Passengers can also fly with confidence thanks to the multiple safety measures that are in place, including enhanced cleaning, mandatory face coverings, and customer self-assessments with check-in.”

Each Delta flight will be onboard the 50-passenger CRJ200 regional aircraft with flights timed to provide maximum connection opportunities for both business and leisure travelers. From Minneapolis, passengers flying Delta have 280 daily flight options to 100 destinations, including international locations.

Passengers can also look forward to more than 100 layers of protection offered through the Delta CareStandard, including regularly sanitizing high-touch surfaces.

Customers flying from Williston can also accrue frequent flier miles through Delta’s SkyMiles program.

“I’m excited for the City of Williston’s opportunity to partner with SkyWest to bring Delta service back to our community,” explained Chris Brostuen, Airport Commissioner. “As air travel recovers from the impacts of COVID, having a local Delta service connection to Minneapolis and beyond is a huge quality of life and economic benefit to the air travelers of the Williston region.”

“Prior to the pandemic, Williston and our neighbors had shown strong support for Delta services and its departure last summer was a disappointment,” added Brostuen. “While it may be trivial to some, having both United and Delta serving our community means a lot to me and many, many others.”

Customers may book flights immediately at delta.com or by calling Delta Air Lines Reservations at 800.221.1212.

For more information on this story, please contact Anthony Dudas, Airport Director, at 701.875.8594 or anthonyd@ci.williston.nd.us.

For more information on XWA, please visit www.flywilliston.net.

For future XWA updates and news, please follow XWA on Facebook (@flywillistonXWA) and Instagram (@xwaairport).

The Williston Basin International Airport is located at 14127 Jensen Lane, Williston, ND 58801.

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Mar 26, 2021

Oyloe named to Williston’s 20 Under 40

PR_Ashley Oyloe - CopyWILLISTON, N.D. – The City of Williston would like to congratulate Ashley Oyloe of the Williston Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) for being named one of the Williston Herald’s 20 Under 40 recipients for 2021!

Oyloe, the Williston CVB’s Event and Convention Services Coordinator, was recognized in an awards ceremony held at the Eleven Restaurant and Lounge the evening of Thursday, March 25.

Started in 2018, the Herald’s 20 Under 40 recognizes young professionals who have had an impact beyond their years on the Williston community and beyond.

“Ashley’s creativity, energy, and love for our community has been a great addition to the Williston CVB team,” said Amy Krueger, Williston CVB Executive Director. “She continuously presents new ideas that stretch our comfort zone and strives to make every event and project better than the last. We are proud of her accomplishments and congratulate her being named 20 Under 40!”

When asked about being named an honoree, Oyloe explained that she was both honored and humbled to have been selected out of so many worthy nominations.

“This award really highlights the people who make a difference in the community personally and professionally,” explained Oyloe. “It is one of my favorite awards given out because it is so much more than a random draw or tally marks added up to be named.”

Community members nominate individuals they think are deserving by writing up a rationale that is then reviewed by the 20 Under 40 nomination committee. Over 50 nominations were submitted for this year’s 20 Under 40.

A Williston native, Oyloe graduated from Williston State College in 2014 and from the University of North Dakota in 2016 with her bachelor’s degree. Before and during college, she worked for the charitable gaming side of the Williston CVB for nine years.

Oyloe transitioned to her current role with the Williston CVB in 2018.

“My job with the CVB allows me to branch out into so many different aspects of our community and learn from every person and experience I encounter,” said Oyloe. “I am able to serve my community more by being a part of groups, classes, and activities, and it has encouraged me to find my likes and turn them into passions.”

Outside of work, Oyloe is involved with various community groups including the Williston Community Builders and as President of the Williston Head Start Policy Council. A 2020 Leadership Williston Graduate, Oyloe created the Williston Yarnbombing Stitchers group and introduced the concept of “yarnbombing” to Williston.

For anyone looking to make a difference in the community, Oyloe emphasizes being available and open to doing the “dirty work” necessary to make things happen.

“Every single person who sets up picnic tables at 5:00 a.m. on a Saturday before a festival, runs a cornhole tournament, or waves traffic through a parade is significant and needed,” stated Oyloe. “It’s also important that we encourage the younger generation to volunteer and involve them in community ideas and projects. They are the future and we need to ensure they realize the importance of being involved in their community.”

For more information on this story, please contact Ashley Oyloe, Event and Convention Services Coordinator, at 701.774.9041 or ashleyo@ci.williston.nd.us.

Follow the Williston Convention and Visitor’s Bureau on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat (@VisitWilliston) and learn more about visiting Williston at www.visitwilliston.com.

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Mar 25, 2021

WPD's Captain Gutknecht receives Lone Eagle Award

Gutknecht Final - CopyCongratulations to Captain Steve Gutknecht of Williston Police Department for receiving the Lone Eagle Award!

The Lone Eagle award is an honor presented annually to an active and a retired North Dakota Peace Officer, each of whom, in the eyes of their comrades, has contributed guidance, inspiration, and support throughout their career as a law enforcement official in the State of North Dakota.

Retired FBI agent Herb Eckenroth, who worked in North Dakota for many years, created this award in 1979 to recognize a North Dakota Peace Officer who “…has shown incorruptible soundness or moral character and faithful adherence to ethical principles.”

Congratulations Captain Gutknecht!

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Mar 24, 2021

Williston Fire Department donates to Glenburn Fire

SCBA Donation-InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – Williston Fire Department (WFD) will donate four self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBAs) to the Glenburn Rural Fire Protection District after receiving approval from the City of Williston Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, March 23.

Located north of Minot, North Dakota, the City of Glenburn is serviced by the all-volunteer Glenburn Fire Department (GFD). On March 6, 2021, GFD suffered a total loss of its primary fire station due to a fire of unknown cause.

In addition to the fire station, a fire engine, tanker, three grass fire units, a command vehicle, and a light rescue truck were destroyed overnight.

“Fire departments around North Dakota have been donating equipment to the department to ensure the continued protection of the Glenburn community,” explained Matt Clark, Division Chief of Operations. “The primary need of the department currently is self-contained breathing apparatuses, or SCBAs, used for interior firefighting operations.”

WFD is phasing out its current models of SCBAs within the department’s inventory. The new models provide enhanced rescue capabilities and upgraded firefighter safety modifications.

The approximate unit cost per SCBA, including cylinder and mask, is $8,000.00.

With the donation of the four current SCBA models, WFD will purchase four newer models.

Individuals interested in supporting GFD can donate to the Glenburn Rural Fire Protection District Glenburn, ND via GoFundMe at http://bit.ly/GlenburnFire.

For more information on this story, please contact Division Chief of Operations, Matt Clark, at 701.572.3400 or mattc@ci.williston.nd.us.

For more information on the Williston Fire Department, please visit www.wfdems.com and follow WFD on Facebook (@WillistonFire).

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Mar 19, 2021

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Mar 18, 2021

Williston Municipal Court returns to courthouse

Municipal Court Return - InstaEffective Tuesday, March 23, the Williston Municipal Court Clerk’s office will return to its renovated location in the Williams County Courthouse at 205 E. Broadway.
 
The Williston Municipal Court Clerk’s office hours are Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm. Williston Municipal Court operates on Mondays and Thursdays at 10am in the Williams County Courthouse, Courtroom 119A.
 
Williston Municipal Court has jurisdiction over criminal and non-criminal violations of Williston’s City Ordinances. These include B misdemeanors, infractions, code, and traffic violations that take place within City of Williston limits.
 
For more information on Williston Municipal Court, please call 701.577.9900, email municipalcourt@ci.williston.nd.us, or click here.

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Mar 16, 2021

Williston Police Department 2020 Annual Report

Annual Report 2020 -InstaThe Williston Police Department's 2020 Annual Report is now available!

A long-standing tradition, the Annual Report documents important statistics including calls for service and criminal investigations and provides additional Williston Police Department updates.

View the 2020 Annual Report and previous reports online under Records at police.cityofwilliston.com.

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Mar 16, 2021

Cemetery Advisory Board Open Position

Cemetery Advisory Board-InstaThe Cemetery Advisory Board has one open position! This volunteer position is a 3-year term and the Board meets 6 times a year.

Interested individuals must write a short letter detailing their interest and why they would be a good candidate for the Cemetery Advisory Board. Letters can be submitted to alyssaw@ci.williston.nd.us, mailed to PO Box 2437, or hand-delivered to Public Works at 1121 5th Street East, Williston, ND.

Application letters are due by April 7th, 2021.

Please email questions to alyssaw@ci.williston.nd.us or call 701.577.6368.

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Mar 15, 2021

Updated Williston Community Libary Hours

Updated library hours 21.3.15Beginning Monday, March 15, 2021, the Williston Community Library will extend its hours of operation.

The library is currently offering study cubicle appointments, curbside pickup, computer use appointments, browsing appointments, and various virtual programs.

  • Facemasks are required when in the building and must be covering your mouth and nose.
  • Two households allowed per 30-minute browsing appointment.
  • Appointments may be scheduled up to one week in advance.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call the library at 701.774.8805.

Current library hours:
Monday - Wednesday: 9am-6pm
Thursday: 9am-7pm
Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

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Mar 11, 2021

Compost Containers | Now Available

PW Compost Container-InstaBeginning today, March 11,  all compost containers will be available for the spring, summer, and fall seasons!

As a reminder, there are 3 locations in the city for leaves and grass composting ONLY (no bags).

  • Corner of 5th St E & 8th Ave E (across the street on the west side of old Public Works)
  • Western Star Ball Complex - 19th Ave W & 15th St W
  • Rickard Elementary School - 14th St E & 2nd Ave E
Please do not throw branches into these bins! Doing so ruins the whole load and defeats the purpose of composting.

If you bring leaves to the bins in bags, you can dispose of your bags in the 300-gallon container at the sites.

If you have branches, you can dispose of them at the City Landfill (5176 134th Avenue NW) where it costs $20 a ton or a minimum of $5.20. You can also take your compost (leaves and grass) to the landfill free of charge!

OR!

Bundle branches in 3-4 foot sections. These must be bound together and light enough for one person to pick up.

Place your bundles on the boulevard and call sanitation (701.577.6368) to let them know you have a pick up.

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Mar 10, 2021

Williston Water Resource Recovery Facility offers liquid waste disposal services

WRRF Liquid Waste-InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – As of Monday, March 1, the City of Williston Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) now accepts privately hauled liquid domestic waste.

This includes domestic and portable toilet waste but not industrial or commercial waste.

“We are not set up to accept fats, oils, greases, or sump pump waste,” explained Gina Mottl, Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent. “Industrial waste could damage the facility and all loads will be tested initially to ensure compliance with health department treatment guidelines.”

To obtain a Liquid Waste Hauler permit, interested individuals can visit City Hall at 22 East Broadway or access it online at http://bit.ly/CityofWillistonLicensesandPermits.

The Liquid Waste Hauler permit has an annual fee of $75. Individuals must be licensed by the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality and follow all applicable state and federal regulations.

Once permitted, liquid haulers must visit the WRRF at 7 12th Avenue East to set up an account and obtain registered cards for all drivers that require facility access. Company owners and managers are encouraged to complete this step versus individual drivers.

Liquid haulers will also be required to complete a manifest with each load to confirm the hauler, waste origins, and that the waste can be accepted. Manifest booklets are available through the WRRF.

There will be a disposal charge of $60 for each 1,000 gallons of permitted waste and liquid haulers must have a pump to discharge at the facility.

The liquid waste disposal station is located on the western side of the WRRF and is under video surveillance. All drivers must check in at the Administration Building first whenever they are onsite.

The station is only available during normal WRRF operating hours, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except on holidays. During summer operation, typically April 5 through late November, the WRRF closes at 3:00 p.m.

This service was originally provided until capacity was reached in 2012 at the former Williston Wastewater Treatment Plant. The WRRF is the only facility with liquid domestic waste services in the City of Williston and the surrounding area.

For more information on this story, please contact Gina Mottl, Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent, at 701.713.3813 or ginam@ci.williston.nd.us.

For more information on the Water Resource Recovery Facility, including the full list of details regarding discharge requirements, please visit the WRRF at 7 12th Avenue East, Williston ND or visit: www.cityofwilliston.com/departments/public_works/water_resource_recovery_facility.php.

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Mar 2, 2021

City of Williston, Sanford Health sign Letter of Intent to build a new hospital and clinic

Joint PR_Sanford Williston Conceptual VisionWILLISTON, N.D. — The City of Williston and Sanford Health have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the goal of enhancing health care in the Williston community and region. The LOI sets the vision to build a new hospital and clinic, which will be located in Williston Square.

“This is a game changer for Williston,” said City of Williston Mayor Howard Klug. “Our goal is to be a regional center for growth, and expanding health care services and infrastructure in our community is an integral part of this.”In addition to health care, Williston Square, an 800-acre development on the former site of Sloulin Field International Airport, includes plans for a Civic Center, shopping, restaurants and new residential homes and apartment buildings.

Sanford and City of Williston leaders share a vision of the future of health care for the region, one that enhances access and provides quality care to the community, western North Dakota and eastern Montana.

“We are excited to collaborate with the City of Williston to deliver health care to more patients in the region,” said Michael LeBeau, M.D., president/CEO of the Bismarck region of Sanford Health. “This announcement sets the foundation to develop and offer the best patient care possible with the goal of high-quality care close to home.”

“We have listened to our community’s health care needs and want to ensure that local voices remain a core component of planning going forward,” said Mayor Klug. “We look forward to working with Sanford in the coming months and welcoming them to our community and region. The future hospital and clinic in Williston Square speaks to Williston’s exciting future.”

The first step will be to form a community board that will work with Sanford to provide guidance on local health care priorities. The City of Williston and Sanford aim to have an agreement completed by Aug. 31, 2021.

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Mar 2, 2021

NE Truck Reliever Route Public Meetings

Truck Reliever Route Notice-InstaThe NDDOT will hold 3 meetings this week to discuss and collect public comments for the proposed NE Truck Reliever Route project.

March 3 | 5pm | Virtual
March 4 | 10am & 5pm | Hampton Inn & Suites

Meetings will include representatives from the NDDOT, Williams County, City of Williston, and Engineering Consultant, Ulteig, to answer questions and receive comments.

Preregistration and masks are required for in-person attendance as well. In-person meetings are limited to 75 attendees and are scheduled for 2 hours. If attending virtually, please mute your devices when not asking questions or delivering verbal comments.

Preregister and watch the meeting virtually here: https://www.dot.nd.gov/dotnet2/view/publiccalendar.aspx

This project will consist of constructing a truck reliever route northeast of town from Williams County Road 6 near Love's and will progress in an east southeast direction until intersecting with Highway 1804 at the intersection of Williams County Road 9, approximately 1 miles east of Williston.

Hard copies of the Environmental Assessment are available to review at Public Works, 1121 5th St. E, and City Hall, 22 E. Broadway, which further detail the project and related information.

All attendees are strongly encouraged to complete and submit a Title VI Public Participation Survey. A link to the survey can be found in the details section for each meeting.

The form can also be found here: http://bit.ly/3dXJyOt

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Feb 26, 2021

Williston Square announcement next Tuesday

Williston Square Announcement-InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – The City of Williston will make a major announcement related to Williston Square at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2 in the former Sloulin Field International Airport hangar at 408 Airport Road.

Light, pre-packaged refreshments will be available and face masks are required for in-person attendance.

The announcement will also be broadcast live on KEYZ 660 radio and live streamed on the Williston Economic Development Facebook page (@willistoneconomicdevelopment) and shared to the City of Williston Facebook page (@cityofwilliston).

The public and media are encouraged to attend.

For more information, please contact Williston Economic Development at 701.577.8110 or econ@ci.williston.nd.us.

Follow Williston Economic Development on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn (@willistoneconomicdevelopment), Twitter (@WillistonEcon), and YouTube (@willistonwire).

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Feb 25, 2021

Community rapid COVID-19 testing continues in Williston

COVID-19 Rapid Testing 3.1 - InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – The next community BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen screening will be held Monday, March 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

This walk-in testing event is open to the general public, aged 18 and older, that are asymptomatic (showing no signs and symptoms of COVID-19) and will be held in the former Sloulin Airport hangar at 408 Airport Road.

If you are showing signs and symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your primary care physician.

Individuals wishing to access the testing site can enter from 42nd Street West and turn on 6th Avenue West or can approach the hangar from 38th Street West. Posted signage will provide additional guidance.

Upon arrival, individuals will park and exit their vehicles. Individuals will enter the hangar through the marked west door and proceed through the testing process. A mask is required to enter the hangar.

Tests will be self-administered with the assistance of City of Williston and Williams County staff. Once individuals complete their test, they will exit the hangar through the east door, return to their vehicle, and leave the site. Results will be sent in approximately 15 minutes via text message.

To learn what to expect with the BinaxNOW test, please watch: https://youtu.be/iVoNhZY5TI8

To save time for anyone taking the BinaxNOW tests, individuals are strongly encouraged to pre-register. Registration can be completed online at https://testreg.nd.gov/ but is not required if an individual has been previously tested.

Please monitor the City of Williston website and social media for updates on future BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen screening events.

In addition, the Upper Missouri District Health Unit (UMDHU), in conjunction with Williston State College (WSC), continues to offer Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing on Mondays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Art Wood building at WSC. The next testing event is Monday, March 1.

For more information on this story, please contact David Tuan, City Administrator, at 701.713.3800 or davidt@ci.williston.nd.us.

Learn more about the North Dakota Rapid Antigen Test Program at: https://www.health.nd.gov/rapid-antigen-screening.

For additional information on PCR and Antigen testing, please read: https://www.health.nd.gov/sites/www/files/documents/Files/MSS/coronavirus/COVID19_PCRvsSerologyTesting.pdf.

For additional information on future local testing events, please follow UMDHU on Facebook (@uppermissouridistricthealthunit) and monitor the City of Williston website at: bit.ly/WillistonCOVID-19.

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Feb 22, 2021

City of Williston introduces rate changes and new fees

Rate and Fee Changes-InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – Effective next Monday, March 1, the City of Williston will implement the following rate increases and new fees:

  • Hang Tag Fee from $10 to $25
  • NSF Fee from $10 to $40
  • Reconnect Fee from $25 to $100
  • Rental Deposit from $50 to $100
  • Shut-Off Fee $100
  • 20-Yard Hook Truck Pull Fee from $74.30 to $90
  • 30-Yard and 40-Yard Compactor Fee from $169.80 to $180
  • Septic Waste Disposal Fee $.06/gallon
  • Liquor License Application Fee $250
  • Liquor License Transfer Fee $500

These rate changes were approved at the January 26th and February 9th, 2021 City Commission meetings.

“The biggest driver behind these changes is to cover the cost of doing business and keeping up with inflation,” explained Hercules Cummings, Finance Director. “Unfortunately, most of these rates have not changed in over two decades primarily as a result of external sources, like Gross Production Tax, suppressing these costs.”

All the above rates and fees are on par with surrounding municipalities and represent average costs. A state-wide analysis of surrounding North Dakota cities, as well as cities in Montana and South Dakota, was conducted to ensure fees are consistent.

New fees include the Shut-Off Fee, the Liquor License Application Fee, and the Liquor License Transfer Fee.

“Again, these fees are standard compared to other municipalities,” stated Cummings. “Moving forward, we will conduct a long-term analysis of fees to ensure we remain on pace and on par and will leverage the net change in revenue to cover standard costs as well as help fund other future capital needs projects.”

For more information on this story, please contact the Finance Department at 701.577.8100 or finance@ci.williston.nd.us.

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Feb 19, 2021

Williston Municipal Court temporarily relocates

Municipal Court Relocation - InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – Effective Friday, February 26, the Williston Municipal Court Clerk’s office will be housed in the former City of Williston Public Works location, the Gene Emery Building, at 809 5th Street East.

This is a temporary relocation that will last approximately four weeks as the current Williston Municipal Court Clerk’s office undergoes renovation.

During this time, the Williston Municipal Court Clerk’s office hours will be Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Gene Emery Building and Mondays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.in the Williams County Courthouse at 205 East Broadway.

Williston Municipal Court operates on Mondays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. in the Williams County Courthouse, Courtroom 119A.

For more information on this story, please contact Williston Municipal Court at 701.577.9900 or municipalcourt@ci.williston.nd.us.

For more information on Williston Municipal Court, click here.

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Feb 18, 2021

Community rapid COVID-19 testing continues in Williston

COVID-19 Rapid Testing 2.22 - InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – The next community BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen screening will be held Monday, February 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

This walk-in testing event is open to the general public, aged 18 and older, that are asymptomatic (showing no signs and symptoms of COVID-19) and will be held in the former Sloulin Airport hangar at 408 Airport Road.

If you are showing signs and symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your primary care physician.

Individuals wishing to access the testing site can enter from 42nd Street West and turn on 6th Avenue West or can approach the hangar from 38th Street West. Posted signage will provide additional guidance.

Upon arrival, individuals will park and exit their vehicles. Individuals will enter the hangar through the marked west door and proceed through the testing process. A mask is required to enter the hangar.

Tests will be self-administered with the assistance of City of Williston and Williams County staff. Once individuals complete their test, they will exit the hangar through the east door, return to their vehicle, and leave the site. Results will be sent in approximately 15 minutes via text message.

To learn what to expect with the BinaxNOW test, please watch: https://youtu.be/iVoNhZY5TI8

To save time for anyone taking the BinaxNOW tests, individuals are strongly encouraged to pre-register. Registration can be completed online at https://testreg.nd.gov/ but is not required if an individual has been previously tested.

Please monitor the City of Williston website and social media for updates on future BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen screening events.

In addition, the Upper Missouri District Health Unit (UMDHU), in conjunction with Williston State College (WSC), continues to offer Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing on Mondays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Art Wood building at WSC. The next testing event is Monday, February 22.

For more information on this story, please contact David Tuan, City Administrator, at 701.713.3800 or davidt@ci.williston.nd.us.

Learn more about the North Dakota Rapid Antigen Test Program at: https://www.health.nd.gov/rapid-antigen-screening.

For additional information on PCR and Antigen testing, please read: https://www.health.nd.gov/sites/www/files/documents/Files/MSS/coronavirus/COVID19_PCRvsSerologyTesting.pdf.

For additional information on future local testing events, please follow UMDHU on Facebook (@uppermissouridistricthealthunit) and monitor the City of Williston website at: bit.ly/WillistonCOVID-19.

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Feb 12, 2021

Peterson named 2020 Chamber Connector Award recipient

PR_Peterson Chamber Connector Award - MasksWILLISTON, N.D. – The City of Williston would like to congratulate Barb Peterson of Williston Economic Development (WED) for receiving the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce 2020 Chamber Connector Award!

Peterson, WED’s Marketing and Business Development Coordinator, was recognized in a virtual awards ceremony that premiered earlier on Friday, February 12 at noon.

The Chamber Connector Award recognizes someone who best represents the values of networking and connecting Chamber membership with the community. This individual stands out as an ambassador for the Chamber and the Williston Area, participates in Chamber events, and adopts the Chamber’s principles throughout the community.

 “We are so honored to present Barb Peterson with this award,” emphasized Rachel Richter Lordemann, Williston Area Chamber of Commerce president. “Barb is an outstanding Chamber partner; as an ambassador she is a fixture at ribbon cuttings and events and helps us welcome and celebrate our members. She connects businesses through Economic Development with the Chamber and is a great promoter of Chamber events, programs, and our shop local efforts.”

“She brings positivity, creativity and wonderful guidance to us at the Chamber and we always enjoy working together!”

When asked about receiving the award, Peterson explained that she was both surprised and humbled to be honored by the Chamber.

“I have served as a Chamber Ambassador for the past several years and enjoy celebrating the ribbon cuttings and grand openings of businesses in Williston,” added Peterson “It’s fun to be a part of a group that supports new and existing businesses in the Williston area!”

Peterson joined WED on March 1, 2010, working part-time to write, edit, and produce the Williston Wire, an online newsletter about economic development in the Williston area.

She transitioned full-time as WED’s Marketing Coordinator and since January 15, 2021, has taken on her new role as Marketing and Business Development Coordinator.

Peterson will continue to oversee WED’s strategic marketing plan, social media management, news releases, and the Williston Wire, but will also develop a lead generation program to recruit restaurants and retailers, implement an existing business expansion program, and build relationships with local stakeholders.

“I enjoy working with everyone in our department and the new and existing small business owners in Williston,” stated Peterson. “It’s very rewarding work.”

For more information on this story, please contact Barb Peterson at 701.577.8110 or barbp.@ci.williston.nd.us, or visit the Center for Development at 113 4th Street East.

Follow Williston Economic Development on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn (@willistoneconomicdevelopment), Twitter (@WillistonEcon), and YouTube (@willistonwire).

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Feb 11, 2021

Community rapid COVID-19 testing continues in Williston

COVID-19 Rapid Testing 2.16 - InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – The next community BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen screening will be held Tuesday, February 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

This walk-in testing event is open to the general public, aged 18 and older, that are asymptomatic (showing no signs and symptoms of COVID-19) and will be held in the former Sloulin Airport hangar at 408 Airport Road.

If you are showing signs and symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your primary care physician.

Individuals wishing to access the testing site can enter from 42nd Street West and turn on 6th Avenue West or can approach the hangar from 38th Street West. Posted signage will provide additional guidance.

Upon arrival, individuals will park and exit their vehicles. Individuals will enter the hangar through the marked west door and proceed through the testing process. A mask is required to enter the hangar.

Tests will be self-administered with the assistance of City of Williston and Williams County staff. Once individuals complete their test, they will exit the hangar through the east door, return to their vehicle, and leave the site. Results will be sent in approximately 15 minutes via text message.

To learn what to expect with the BinaxNOW test, please watch: https://youtu.be/iVoNhZY5TI8

To save time for anyone taking the BinaxNOW tests, individuals are strongly encouraged to pre-register. Registration can be completed online at https://testreg.nd.gov/ but is not required if an individual has been previously tested.

Please monitor the City of Williston website and social media for updates on future BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen screening events.

In addition, the Upper Missouri District Health Unit (UMDHU), in conjunction with Williston State College (WSC), continues to offer Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing on Mondays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Art Wood building at WSC. The next testing event is Monday, February 15.

For more information on this story, please contact David Tuan, City Administrator, at 701.713.3800 or davidt@ci.williston.nd.us.

Learn more about the North Dakota Rapid Antigen Test Program at: https://www.health.nd.gov/rapid-antigen-screening.

For additional information on PCR and Antigen testing, please read: https://www.health.nd.gov/sites/www/files/documents/Files/MSS/coronavirus/COVID19_PCRvsSerologyTesting.pdf.

For additional information on future local testing events, please follow UMDHU on Facebook (@uppermissouridistricthealthunit) and monitor the City of Williston website at: bit.ly/WillistonCOVID-19.

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Feb 10, 2021

City of Williston Mask Order ends

COVID-19 Mask Order End- InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – Effective immediately, the citywide Mask Order introduced on Monday, November 9, 2020 by Williston Mayor Howard Klug and approved by the City Commission is now expired.

Until further notice, masks are still required for entering City buildings and for any in-person city meetings. The next City Commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 23, will be held in-person in the John Kautzman Chamber Room.

At the City Commission meeting on Tuesday, February 9, Mayor Klug made a motion to rescind the COVID-19 Emergency Municipal Declaration and the citywide Mask Order.

This motion was approved by the City Commission.

The City Commission also approved the resumption of events, including those requiring an alcohol permit, beginning Monday, March 1, provided they follow state guidelines. Event permit applications can be submitted after Monday, February 15.

Additionally, the leasing of the New Armory remains suspended except for medical uses, including blood drives, and use by the Williston Senior Center.

"With the mask mandate lifted, this does not mean that we are not going to follow social distancing anymore," explained Mayor Klug. "I strongly encourage the citizens of Williston, the store owners and the employees, to do what is prudent with wearing masks in their establishments. I also want to thank the stores that stayed open, that took care of their customers, and that provided masks.”

Citizens are encouraged to continue to minimize spread by respecting posted guidelines for businesses and organizations that require masks and taking advantage of the opportunity to be tested and vaccinated.

Currently, the Upper Missouri District Health Unit (UMDHU), in conjunction with Williston State College (WSC), continues to offer Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing on Mondays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Art Wood building at WSC.

The City of Williston, in conjunction with Williams County/Williston Emergency Management, will offer the next BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen screening on Tuesday, February 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the former Sloulin Airport Hangar at 408 Airport Road. Individuals must be 18 years or older and asymptomatic.

Pre-register for testing at testreg.nd.gov to minimize waiting time and expedite testing. Pre-registration is not required if an individual has previously been tested.

UMDHU has available vaccines for individuals age 65 years or older and those from Phase 1A which includes health care workers and long-term care residents. Individuals are encouraged to visit: https://vaccinereg.health.nd.gov/ to register for a vaccine.

The link works best in Firefox of Chrome. The Williston Community Library and the Williston Senior Center are available to assist with registering online.

For additional information on PCR and Antigen testing, please read: www.health.nd.gov/sites/www/files/documents/Files/MSS/coronavirus/COVID19_PCRvsSerologyTesting.pdf.

For additional COVID-19 information related to the City of Williston, please visit bit.ly/WillistonCOVID-19. 

For additional COVID-19 information related to the Williams County level, please visit www.williamsnd.com/Department/Communications/COVID-19.

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Feb 3, 2021

Community rapid COVID-19 testing continues in Williston

COVID-19 Rapid Testing 2.8 - InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – The next community BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen screening will be held Monday, February 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

This walk-in testing event is open to the general public, aged 18 and older, that are asymptomatic (showing no signs and symptoms of COVID-19) and will be held in the former Sloulin Airport hangar at 408 Airport Road.

If you are showing signs and symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your primary care physician.

Individuals wishing to access the testing site can enter from 42nd Street West and turn on 6th Avenue West or can approach the hangar from 38th Street West. Posted signage will provide additional guidance.

Upon arrival, individuals will park and exit their vehicles. Individuals will enter the hangar through the marked west door and proceed through the testing process. A mask is required to enter the hangar.

Tests will be self-administered with the assistance of City of Williston and Williams County staff. Once individuals complete their test, they will exit the hangar through the east door, return to their vehicle, and leave the site. Results will be sent in approximately 15 minutes via text message.

To learn what to expect with the BinaxNOW test, please watch: https://youtu.be/iVoNhZY5TI8

To save time for anyone taking the BinaxNOW tests, individuals are strongly encouraged to pre-register. Registration can be completed online at https://testreg.nd.gov/ but is not required if an individual has been previously tested.

Please monitor the City of Williston website and social media for updates on future Monday BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen screening events.

In addition, the Upper Missouri District Health Unit (UMDHU), in conjunction with Williston State College (WSC), continues to offer Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing on Mondays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Art Wood building at WSC. The next testing event is Monday, February 8.

For more information on this story, please contact David Tuan, City Administrator, at 701.713.3800 or davidt@ci.williston.nd.us.

Learn more about the North Dakota Rapid Antigen Test Program at https://www.health.nd.gov/rapid-antigen-screening.

For additional information on PCR and Antigen testing, please read: https://www.health.nd.gov/sites/www/files/documents/Files/MSS/coronavirus/COVID19_PCRvsSerologyTesting.pdf.

For additional information on future local testing events, please follow UMDHU on Facebook (@uppermissouridistricthealthunit) and monitor the City of Williston website at: bit.ly/WillistonCOVID-19.

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Jan 29, 2021

ND Smart Restart Update

COVID-19 Messaging-Level Change Green-InstaAs of 8am today, Friday, January 29, North Dakota's statewide risk level has been lowered from Yellow/Moderate to Green/Low.
Please note that with this level change, the Citywide Mask Order REMAINS IN EFFECT.

  • A low/green risk level increases the recommended occupancy limit for bars, restaurants and other foodservice establishments from 65% of licensed facility capacity up to 200 patrons, and to 80% of licensed facility capacity up to 300 patrons, with social distancing.
  • Banquet, ballrooms and event venues are recommended at 75% of room capacity, not to exceed the ND Smart Restart capacity limits.
Citizens are encouraged to continue to minimize spread through appropriate social distancing, washing hands frequently, respecting posted guidelines for businesses, and taking advantage of the opportunity to be tested.

The COVID-19 vaccine is also now available for some eligible age groups. For more information, please visit https://www.umdhu.org/News/Covid-Vaccine-Information or call your local health provider.

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Jan 27, 2021

ND League of Cities sponsors If I Were Mayor essay contest

If I were Mayor Contest-InstaCalling all 3rd and 7th graders! Why do you feel the City of Williston is great? What would you improve if you were Mayor?
 
Each spring, the North Dakota League of Cities sponsors a statewide If I Were Mayor essay contest for 3rd and 7th grade students!
 
This contest encourages young people to think about public service and future community leadership. Essays must address why the student feels their community is great and what they would do to improve their city if they were mayor. The deadline to apply is March 12.
 
Essay contest winners will be announced in conjunction with City Government Week, April 5-9, 2021, and will receive a $150 cash prize and have their essays featured in the League’s publication, CITYScan.
 
For specifics about the rules and process for submitting essays, visit: www.ndlc.org/161/If-I-Were-Mayor-Essay-Contest or contact Carissa at 701.223.3518 or carissa@ndlc.org.

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Jan 27, 2021

Community rapid COVID-19 testing continues in Williston

COVID-19 Rapid Testing 2.1 - InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – The fourth community BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen screening will be held next Monday, February 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

This walk-in testing event is open to the general public, aged 18 and older, that are asymptomatic (showing no signs and symptoms of COVID-19) and will be held in the former Sloulin Airport hangar at 408 Airport Road.

If you are showing signs and symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your primary care physician.

Individuals wishing to access the testing site are asked to turn on their vehicle’s 4-way flashers, enter from 42nd Street West, and then turn on 6th Avenue West. Posted signage will provide additional guidance.

Upon arrival, individuals will be directed to park and exit their vehicles. Individuals will enter the hangar through the marked west door and proceed through the testing process. A mask is required to enter the hangar.

Tests will be self-administered with the assistance of City of Williston and Williams County staff. Once individuals complete their test, they will exit the hangar through the east door, return to their vehicle, and leave the site. Results will be sent in approximately 15 minutes via text message.

To learn what to expect with the BinaxNOW test, please watch: https://youtu.be/iVoNhZY5TI8

To save time for anyone taking the BinaxNOW tests, individuals are strongly encouraged to pre-register. Registration can be completed online at https://testreg.nd.gov/ but is not required if an individual has been previously tested.

Future Monday BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen screening events will be held in February. Please monitor the City of Williston website and social media for updates.

In addition, the Upper Missouri District Health Unit (UMDHU), in conjunction with Williston State College (WSC), continues to offer Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing on Mondays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Art Wood building at WSC. The next testing event is Monday, February 1.

For more information on this story, please contact David Tuan, City Administrator, at 701.713.3800 or davidt@ci.williston.nd.us.

Learn more about the North Dakota Rapid Antigen Test Program at https://www.health.nd.gov/rapid-antigen-screening.

For additional information on PCR and Antigen testing, please read: https://www.health.nd.gov/sites/www/files/documents/Files/MSS/coronavirus/COVID19_PCRvsSerologyTesting.pdf.

For additional information on future local testing events, please follow UMDHU on Facebook (@uppermissouridistricthealthunit) and monitor the City of Williston website at: bit.ly/WillistonCOVID-19.

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Jan 22, 2021

City of Williston seeks concepts for cultural corridor

All Call - InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – Calling all artists! The City of Williston is seeking conceptual plans for artwork for the future 4th Street West Cultural Corridor.

“Initiated in 2013 and approved March 2014, the Downtown Plan identified a ‘cultural corridor’ that connected Recreation Park, the Old Armory, and the James Memorial Art Center,” explained Principal Planner, Rachel Laqua. “The goal is to connect cultural and recreational areas of downtown via walkable, vibrant streets.”

The 4th Street West Cultural Corridor is located between Main Street and 2nd Avenue West and is part of the state-awarded Urban Grant Program.

As part of this program, the State of North Dakota awarded the City of Williston approximately $204,000 to help fund this project and has recently offered an additional $275,000 in direct funding.

All the above funding is managed by the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

The City of Williston will fix sidewalks and install street trees, new lighting, and curb bulbouts along the route but is seeking muralists, sculptors, and artists of all ages to propose multiple concepts for art to be placed along the corridor.

Submissions will be received from now until March 1, 2021 unless otherwise posted.

Concepts must correspond with the theme of “Community Reflections,” and fall into one or more of the following categories:

  1. Functional Art - benches, bike racks, trashcans, etc.
  2. Wall Art - murals, mosaics, etc.
  3. Interactive Sculpture - large scale (10’ x 140’ available)
  4. Sculpture - smaller scale
  5. Community-Based Project - involves community members of all backgrounds, ages, etc.

The City and 4th Street West Cultural Corridor Committee will work with selected artists to finalize plans, determine artwork placement, and implement the concept over several phases.

“This project will better connect Recreation Park to Downtown, provide an attraction to visit Downtown, and create a more walkable environment,” emphasized Laqua. “Downtowns are the hearts of communities, and public art is an amazing way to showcase the talents of our community while creating a fun environment for all citizens!”

To learn more about the 4th Street West Cultural Corridor, including detailed submission guidelines and how to submit concepts, please visit: https://bit.ly/4StWCulturalCorridor.

For more information on this story, please contact Caitlin Pallai, Communications Strategist, at 701.713.3800 or caitlinp@ci.williston.nd.us.

For more information, please visit www.cityofwilliston.com, call 701.577.8100, or stop by 22 East Broadway, Williston, ND.

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Jan 21, 2021

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Jan 21, 2021

Community rapid COVID-19 testing continues in Williston

COVID-19 Rapid Testing 1.25 - InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – The third community BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen screening will be held next Monday, January 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This walk-in testing event is open to the general public, aged 18 and older, that are asymptomatic (showing no signs and symptoms of COVID-19) and will be held in the former Sloulin Airport hangar at 408 Airport Road.

If you are showing signs and symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your primary care physician.

Individuals wishing to access the testing site are asked to turn on their vehicle’s 4-way flashers, enter from 42nd Street West, and then turn on 6th Avenue West. Posted signage will provide additional guidance.

Upon arrival, individuals will be directed to park and exit their vehicles. Individuals will enter the hangar through the marked west door and proceed through the testing process. A mask is required to enter the hangar.

Tests will be self-administered with the assistance of City of Williston and Williams County staff. Once individuals complete their test, they will exit the hangar through the east door, return to their vehicle, and leave the site. Results will be sent in approximately 15 minutes via text message.

To learn what to expect with the BinaxNOW test, please watch: https://youtu.be/iVoNhZY5TI8

To save time for anyone taking the BinaxNOW tests, individuals are strongly encouraged to pre-register. Registration can be completed online at https://testreg.nd.gov/ but is not required if an individual has been previously tested.

Future Monday BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen screening events will be held into February. Please monitor the City of Williston website and social media for updates.

In addition, the Upper Missouri District Health Unit (UMDHU), in conjunction with Williston State College (WSC), continues to offer Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing on Mondays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Art Wood building at WSC. The next testing event is Monday, January 25.

For more information on this story, please contact David Tuan, City Administrator, at 701.713.3800 or davidt@ci.williston.nd.us.

Learn more about the North Dakota Rapid Antigen Test Program at https://www.health.nd.gov/rapid-antigen-screening.

For additional information on PCR and Antigen testing, please read: https://www.health.nd.gov/sites/www/files/documents/Files/MSS/coronavirus/COVID19_PCRvsSerologyTesting.pdf.

For additional information on future local testing events, please follow UMDHU on Facebook (@uppermissouridistricthealthunit) and monitor the City of Williston website at: bit.ly/WillistonCOVID-19.

For more information, please visit www.cityofwilliston.com, call 701.577.8100, or stop by 22 East Broadway, Williston, ND.

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Jan 20, 2021

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Jan 20, 2021

Landfill Closure & Sanitation Suspension

PW Landfill Closure-InstaDue to high winds, the City Landfill will CLOSE BY 2PM and residential sanitation collection in HARVEST HILLS will be suspended TODAY, Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

Collection will resume tomorrow, Thursday, January 21 if service wasn’t received today.

The City Landfill will reopen to regular winter hours when conditions allow.

Public Works Winter Hours:
M-F 8a-5p

Landfill Winter Hours:
M-F 8a-4:45p
Saturday 8a-11:45a

If you have any other questions, please contact Public Works at 701.577.6368.

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Jan 20, 2021

Williston Community Library begins timed browsing appointments

Library Browsing-InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – As of Monday, January 18, the Williston Community Library now offers timed browsing appointments. Curbside pickup and all online and virtual programs will continue.

Interested individuals can call the Williston Community Library at 701.774.8805 to make an appointment. Appointments can be made up to one week in advance.

Each household will be allowed 30 minutes of browsing time per appointment per day. Only one household is allowed per appointment and are requested to stay together as much as possible while in the library. Patrons 16 years old and younger must always be accompanied by an adult.

Face coverings are mandatory for all staff and patrons while in the library.

“We are happy to enter this next phase of opening the library to the community,” emphasized Library Director, Andrea Placher. “We are proud of the work we have done to keep patrons and staff safe, and we are excited to see more patrons in the library!”

Current Williston Community Library hours are:

Monday – Wednesday | 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday | 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday | 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday | CLOSED

For more information on this story, please contact Library Director, Andrea Placher, at 701.774.8805 or andreap@ci.williston.nd.us.

For more information on the Williston Community Library, please visit www.willistonndlibrary.com. Follow the Williston Community Library on Facebook and Instagram (@willistoncommunitylibrary), and YouTube (@Williston Community Library – Williston, ND).

For more information, please visit www.cityofwilliston.com, call 701.577.8100, or stop by 22 East Broadway, Williston, ND.

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Jan 19, 2021

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Jan 19, 2021

City of Williston Mayor extends Mask Order

COVID-19 Mask Order Cont - InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – The citywide Mask Order introduced on Monday, November 9, 2020 by Mayor Howard Klug and approved by the City Commission remains in effect following the expiration of the statewide mask mandate on Monday, January 18.

“While our COVID-19 numbers for Williams County remain under 100, until more vaccines are distributed, it is important that we continue to keep what has worked in place,” emphasized Mayor Klug.

The order will remain in effect until the current state of emergency ends. Currently,

Executive Order 2020-03 which declared a State of Emergency for North Dakota is still active; thus, the citywide Mask Order remains until further action from the City Commission.

As a reminder, the Mask Order states:

“Every person shall, within the city of Williston, wear a face covering over the mouth and nose in all indoor environments where they are exposed to non-household members and where social distancing of six (6) feet or more cannot be assured and in all outdoor settings where there is exposure to non-household members, unless there exists ample space of six (6) feet or more to practice social distancing.”

These measures are being mandated with the strongest possible recommendation; however, there is no penalty for non-compliance with the order. 

This order does not prohibit law enforcement or local officials from enforcing trespassing laws or other applicable laws in removing violators at the request of businesses or property owners.

To read the entire COVID-19 Emergency Municipal Declaration and print a Mask Order sign for your business, please visit bit.ly/WillistonCOVID-19. 

In addition, the suspension on the use of liquor licenses for the purposes of special events remains in place until further notice.

The City of Williston’s internal COVID-19 Tiered Response Guidelines also remain in effect at the High Level.

Measures taken at the High level include:

  • Office vestibules and reception areas remain open to the public, but masks are required for all visitors and shall be provided at entry points. Staff meetings are by appointment only.
  • Until further notice, all public meetings will be offered virtually.
  • Hand sanitizer will be made available in all office vestibules, reception areas, and conference rooms for staff and public use.

Citizens are encouraged to continue to minimize spread through appropriate social distancing, respecting posted guidelines for businesses, and taking advantage of the opportunity to be tested.

Currently, the Upper Missouri District Health Unit (UMDHU), in conjunction with Williston State College (WSC), continues to offer Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing on Mondays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Art Wood building at WSC.

The City of Williston, in conjunction with Williams County/Williston Emergency Management, will offer future BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen screenings but dates and times are subject to change.

COVID-19 testing events are open to the entire community.

Testing is free and takes only minutes, with walk up and drive thru options available. Pre-register for testing at testreg.nd.gov to minimize waiting time and expedite testing. Pre-registration is not required if an individual has previously been tested.

For additional information on future local testing events, please follow UMDHU on Facebook (@uppermissouridistricthealthunit) and monitor the City of Williston website at: bit.ly/WillistonCOVID-19.

For additional information on PCR and Antigen testing, please read: https://www.health.nd.gov/sites/www/files/documents/Files/MSS/coronavirus/COVID19_PCRvsSerologyTesting.pdf.

For additional COVID-19 information related to the Williams County level, please visit www.williamsnd.com/Department/Communications/COVID-19.

For more information, please visit www.cityofwilliston.com, call 701.577.8100, or stop by 22 East Broadway, Williston, ND.

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Jan 15, 2021

Branch Disposal

Got Branches-InstaIf you have downed branches following the recent windstorm, you have two options for disposal.
 
Dispose of your branches at the City Landfill (5176 134th Avenue NW). Cost is $20 a ton or a minimum of $5.20.
 
OR!
 
Bundle branches in 3-4-foot sections. These must be bound together and light enough for one person to pick up.
 
Place your bundles on the boulevard and call sanitation (701.577.6368) and let them know you have a pickup.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Public Works at 701.577.6368.

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Jan 15, 2021

Building permits waived for minor shingle repair

BD - Roofing Repairs-InstaAs a result of the intense winds from January 13-15, 2021 and subsequent roofing damage, the City of Williston Building Department has waived Building Permits for minor shingle repair.

Please note, if more than half of the shingles are missing, a building permit will still be required.

Individuals will have the next month to get their roofing completed without a permit OR, if beyond a month, can provide a quote for roofing damage from the above stated time frame of high winds.

If you have any questions, please contact the Building Department at 701.577.8115.

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Jan 14, 2021

Sanitation Collection Update

PW Sanitation Collection - InstaWeather permitting, all of Thursday’s 98-gallon residential containers will be picked up on Friday, January 15 and the City Landfill will reopen to winter hours. Please continue to monitor the City of Williston website and social media for any changes and updates.

Thank you for your patience!

As a reminder, Public Works and the City Landfill will be closed next Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Regular Winter Hours will resume on Tuesday, January 19 for the City Landfill and Public Works.

Due to the holiday, Monday and Tuesday’s 98-gallon containers will be picked up on Tuesday, January 19.

Public Works Winter Hours:
M-F 8a-5p

Landfill Winter Hours:
M-F 8a-4:45p
Saturday 8-11:45a

If you have any questions, please contact Public Works at 701.577.6368.

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Jan 13, 2021

Second free community rapid COVID-19 testing to be offered in Williston

COVID-19 Rapid Testing 1.19 - InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – In partnership with Williams County/Williston Emergency Management, Upper Missouri District Health Unit (UMDHU), and the State of North Dakota, the City of Williston will offer its second community BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen screening next Tuesday, January 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This walk-in testing event is open to the general public, aged 18 and older, that are asymptomatic (showing no signs and symptoms of COVID-19) and will be held in the former Sloulin Airport hangar at 408 Airport Road.

If you are showing signs and symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your primary care physician.

Individuals wishing to access the testing site are asked to turn on their vehicle’s 4-way flashers, enter from 42nd Street West, and then turn on 6th Avenue West. Traffic control officers and posted signage will provide additional guidance.

Upon arrival, individuals will be directed to park and exit their vehicles. Individuals will enter the hangar through the marked west door and proceed through the testing process. A mask is required to enter the hangar.

Tests will be self-administered with the assistance of City of Williston and Williams County staff. Once individuals complete their test, they will exit the hangar through the east door, return to their vehicle, and leave the site. Results will be sent in approximately 15 minutes via text message.

To learn what to expect with the BinaxNOW test, please watch: https://youtu.be/iVoNhZY5TI8

To save time for anyone taking the BinaxNOW tests, individuals are strongly encouraged to pre-register. Registration can be completed online at https://testreg.nd.gov/ but is not required if an individual has been previously tested.

Future BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen screening events will be determined based on participation and will be announced.

In addition to the BinaxNOW option, the weekly drive-thru COVID-19 testing event will also be offered next Monday, January 18 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Williston State College in the Art Wood Building.

For more information on this story, please contact David Tuan, City Administrator, at 701.713.3800 or davidt@ci.williston.nd.us.

Learn more about the North Dakota Rapid Antigen Test Program at https://www.health.nd.gov/rapid-antigen-screening.

For more information, please visit www.cityofwilliston.com, call 701.577.8100, or stop by 22 East Broadway, Williston, ND.

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Jan 13, 2021

Holiday Closure Reminder

Office Closure-InstaAll non-emergent City of Williston offices will be closed next Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

This includes Public Works and the City Landfill. As a reminder, Monday and Tuesday’s 98-gallon containers will be picked up on Tuesday, January 19.

To those staff who work weekends, holidays, night shift, and more, thank you for all you do to keep our community safe and running!

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Jan 8, 2021

ND Smart Restart Update

COVID-19 Risk Level Change-Yellow-InstaReminder! As of 8am today, Friday, January 8, North Dakota's statewide risk level has been lowered from Orange/High to Yellow/Moderate.

  • Yellow/Moderate Risk is the level of heightened exposure risk and transmission is controlled in these areas.
  • Cases are reported but contained by rapid testing and robust contact tracing.
  • Social distancing and precautions are needed (maintain six feet of distancing, avoid shaking hands, work from home when possible, reconsider unnecessary travel, wear a face covering).
  • Increased cleaning on high touch surfaces and cleanings on shared spaces should be routine.

The State Health Officer order requiring face coverings to be worn in indoor businesses and indoor public settings, as well as outdoor public settings where physical distancing isn’t possible, remains in effect until 12:01am January 18.

Find more information here.

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Jan 6, 2021

Free community rapid COVID-19 testing to be offered in Williston

COVID-19 Rapid Testing - InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – In partnership with Williams County/Williston Emergency Management, Upper Missouri District Health Unit (UMDHU), and the State of North Dakota, the City of Williston will offer its first BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen screening next Monday, January 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This drive-thru testing event is open to the general public that are asymptomatic (showing no signs and symptoms of COVID-19) and will be held at the former Sloulin Airport hangar at 408 Airport Road.

If you are showing signs and symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your primary care physician.

Individuals wishing to access the testing site are asked to turn on their vehicle’s 4-way flashers, enter from 42nd Street West, and then turn on 6th Avenue West. Traffic control officers and posted signage will provide additional guidance.

Tests will be self-administered with the assistance of the Williston Fire Department, Williston Police Department, and other City of Williston and Williams County staff. Once individuals complete their test, they will leave the site and receive their results in approximately 15 minutes via text message.

To learn what to expect with the BinaxNOW test, please watch: https://youtu.be/iVoNhZY5TI8

To save time for anyone taking the BinaxNOW tests, individuals are strongly encouraged to pre-register before arriving at the test site. Registration can be completed online at https://testreg.nd.gov/

“We hope the public takes advantage of this opportunity for rapid testing,” emphasized David Tuan, City Administrator. “The long-term goal is to train many in the community on how to properly conduct these tests and continue to add to the data collection in North Dakota.”

In addition to the BinaxNOW option, the weekly drive-thru COVID-19 testing event will also be offered next Monday, January 11 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Williston State College in the Art Wood Building.

For more information on this story, please contact David Tuan, City Administrator, at 701.713.3800 or davidt@ci.williston.nd.us.

Learn more about the North Dakota Rapid Antigen Test Program at https://www.health.nd.gov/rapid-antigen-screening.

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Jan 5, 2021

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Jan 4, 2021

Williston Community Library begins phased re-opening

 73141605_508828196388755_7523573115247394816_nWILLISTON, N.D. – Beginning today, Monday, January 4, 2021, the Williston Community Library is re-opening its doors for the following select in-person library services:

  • Computer use
  • Printing, copying, scanning, and faxing
  • Library card sign-up
  • Reference and reader advisory services

Curbside pickup and all online and virtual programs will continue.

“The approach regarding re-opening is based on multiple factors,” explained Williston Community Library Director, Andrea Placher. “The Library Board of Directors and I keep track of city, county and state guidelines but we also use results from the REALM Project to inform our decisions and policies.”

Conducted by OCLC, a global library cooperative, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle, a global research and development organization, the REALM Project (REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums) produces science-based information about how materials can be handled to mitigate COVID-19 exposure to staff and visitors of libraries, archives, and museums.

“Our number one goal has always been to try and keep our staff and patrons as safe and healthy as possible,” emphasized Placher. “We work in planned, organized phases to help make transitions easier for staff and patrons.”

The COVID-19 Guidelines approved by the Library Board of Directors remain in place and include mandatory face coverings for staff and patrons, maintaining social distance, and limiting daily visitor time inside the library to one hour.

The following cleaning and sanitizing efforts are also in place:

  • Staff wash hands after entering the building and patrons are asked to sanitize hands before entering.
  • Computer stations are sanitized after every patron.
  • Bathrooms, door handles, and frequently used surfaces are sanitized often during the day.
  • Staff work areas are sanitized daily.
  • Library materials are returned through the 24-hour book drop and quarantined for 7 days.
  • Sanitizer is available throughout the building.
  • All seating in common areas has been removed.

“If our community COVID numbers continue decreasing, we hope to allow browsing again in later January,” stated Placher.

While COVID-19 has drastically changed the traditional library landscape, the Williston Community Library has taken a creative approach to supplementing popular in-person programming.

“Programs drastically changed with no in-person meetings, but this propelled us into a whole new way of thinking,” explained Placher. “Our Summer Reading Program was ‘in the bag,’ literally, and we distributed 500+ bagged kits with everything needed to execute an at-home version of summer reading via curbside pickup.”

Inspired and fueled by this initial program’s success, Placher and her staff created more take-home kits for patrons of all ages.

“These kits have been so popular among patrons who cannot always make it into the library for programs that we will continue to provide limited amounts moving forward into our new normal,” added Placher. “Our most popular program this year, aside from summer reading, was definitely our 12 Days of Holidays, which ‘sold out’ in 45 minutes.”

And while the library was quieter than normal this year, behind the scenes, significant maintenance work was able to take place.

Physical improvements made over 2020 include:

  • New carpeting
  • New interior lighting in children’s area and front lobby
  • Metal coping installed on entire parapet of roof
  • New paint for library’s interior, front desk, and carts
  • Renovated study cubicles with new desks and lighting

Other improvements include expanded online services (e.g. Tumblebooks), the creation of a library YouTube page, and community involvement through the new Downtown Storywalk and distributing 1,900 children books between the Halloween Scavenger Hunt and Holiday Lights Drive.

"Moving forward, we are optimistic about our library’s future and all the services we have to offer,” emphasized Placher. “Starting in mid-January we will begin circulating S.T.E.A.M. kits (science, technology, engineering, art and math) that are sure to be a hit. We are excited to see our patrons again and for them to see all the hard work we have put into the library this last year!"

For more information on this story, please contact Library Director, Andrea Placher, at 701.774.8805 or andreap@ci.williston.nd.us.

To learn more about the REALM Project, please visit www.oclc.org/realm.

For more information on the Williston Community Library and the COVID-19 Guidelines, please visit www.willistonndlibrary.com. Follow the Williston Community Library on Facebook and Instagram (@willistoncommunitylibrary), and YouTube (@Williston Community Library – Williston, ND).

Follow the City of Williston on Facebook (@cityofwilliston), Instagram (@cityofwilliston), and LinkedIn.

For more information, please visit www.cityofwilliston.com, call 701.577.8100, or stop by 22 East Broadway, Williston, ND.

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Jan 1, 2021

Happy New Year!

2020COWMosaicHappy New Year Williston!!!
 
All non-emergent City of Williston offices are closed today, January 1, 2021 in observance of the holiday.
 
While 2020 was far from normal, there were still many moments of growth, creativity, and achievement that can be celebrated. 
 
This photo mosaic is made of 340 photos from major road projects to holiday fun and personnel achievements. Enjoy!
 
View an interactive version here: http://bit.ly/2020Mosaic
 
And thank YOU for making Williston a great community.
 
Here’s to 2021!

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Dec 30, 2020

New Year's Eve Fireworks Information

New Years Eve Fireworks-InstaNew Year’s Eve is just around the corner and with it, fireworks! 

The following is important information to keep in mind regarding the sale and use of fireworks in the City of Williston:
  • Fireworks can be sold from Saturday, December 26, 2020 through Friday, January 1, 2021.
  • Fireworks can be set off beginning December 31, 2020 until 1am on January 1, 2021.
  • Williams County’s fire danger rating is currently low. Avoid setting off fireworks in areas with trees, grass, etc. and find areas that are open, flat, and inflammable. For updated ratings, please see the ND Fire Danger Rating map updated every morning: http://bit.ly/386P78H
  • Please be respectful of your neighbors and avoid large gatherings with individuals outside of your household. Practice social distancing and wear a mask if unable to safely social distance.
  • Be safe! According to the National Fire Protection Agency, fireworks start over 19,000 fires and send over 9,000 people to the emergency room each year, with 44% of injuries being burns. Always be prepared with water or a fire extinguisher nearby, stay away from lit fuses, and properly dispose of spent fireworks. It is important to collect and dispose of refuse that lands on neighboring or public property.
For full details on the sale and use of fireworks within the City of Williston, please refer to Ord. No. 966; Ord. No. 1074, 1-23-2018, § 8-13: http://bit.ly/37mYWQJ

Violation of this ordinance carries a $250 fine.

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Dec 29, 2020

Christmas Tree and Ash Disposal

PW - Christmas Tree and Ash Disposal-InstaNeed a way to properly and safely dispose of your Christmas tree?
 
Public Works has placed a 20-yard container for Christmas tree disposal at the compost site located on the corner of 5th Street East and 8th Avenue East.
 
This container is to be used for Christmas trees ONLY and will remain there if trees continue to be placed within. If unused, the container will be removed.
 
Also, as a reminder, there are 1-yard ash containers located at the following sites:
 
  • 4th Street West & 3rd Avenue West | Recreation Park
  • 7th Street West & 11th Avenue West | Our Redeemers Lutheran Church (NW corner of parking lot)
  • 6th Street West & 17th Avenue West | Apple Top*2-yard container
  • 9th Avenue West & Recreation Drive | Williston Community Library
  • 16th Avenue West & 26th Street West | Dakota Park
  • 7th Avenue East & 24th Street East | Moose Park
  • 5th Street East & 8th Avenue East | Compost Site
These containers are for ashes ONLY. Please do not place your household trash in these containers.
 
If you have any other questions, please contact Public Works at 701.577.6368.

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Dec 29, 2020

Holiday Closure Reminder

Office Closure-InstaAll non-emergent City of Williston offices will be closed this Friday, January 1, 2021 in observance of New Year’s Day.

This includes Public Works and the City Landfill. As a reminder, there are no 98-gallon residential containers picked up on Fridays.

Regular Winter Hours will resume on Saturday, January 2, 2021 for the City Landfill and on Monday, January 4, 2021 for Public Works.

Public Works Winter Hours:
M-F 8a-5p

Landfill Winter Hours:
M-F 8a-4:45p
Saturday 8-11:45a

To those staff who work weekends, holidays, night shift, and more, thank you for all you do to keep our community safe and running!

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Dec 28, 2020

Holiday Garbage Pickup

PW - Holiday Garbage-InstaA box truck will run from today, Monday, December 28 through Thursday, December 31, 2020 and again Monday, January 4 through Friday, January 8, 2021 for your extra holiday garbage.

The pickup day will be the same as your regular garbage day.

Placement of these items will follow the same location as your current container and may be placed on the ground next to the container.

All garbage must be contained, i.e. bagged, boxed, or tied. Anything over 50lbs or over 4-feet long will not be picked up and must be taken to the City Landfill for disposal.

If you miss your garbage pickup day or have any questions, please contact Public Works at 701.577.6368.

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Dec 23, 2020

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays-InstaAll non-emergent City of Williston offices will be closed tomorrow at noon and Friday in observance of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

From all of us at the City of Williston, enjoy the holiday season and time with family and friends!

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Dec 21, 2020

Holiday Closure Reminder

Office Closure-InstaAll non-emergent City of Williston offices will be closed this Thursday, December 24 at noon and Friday, December 25 in observance of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

This includes Public Works and the City Landfill. Thursday's 98-gallon residential containers will be picked up before 12:00pm on Thursday, December 24, due to the noon closure. As a reminder, there are no 98-gallon residential containers picked up on Fridays.

Public Works regular Winter Hours will resume on Monday, December 28, 2020.

Landfill regular Winter Hours will resume on Saturday, December 26, 2020.

As a reminder, Public Works is now on Winter Hours:

Public Works
M-F 8a-5p

Landfill
M-F 8a-4:45p
Saturday 8-11:45a

To those staff who work weekends, holidays, night shift, and more, thank you for all you do to keep our community safe and running!

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Dec 10, 2020

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Dec 10, 2020

COVID-19 state-wide mitigation measures updated

Yesterday, Governor Doug Burgum announced the following updates to the existing COVID-19 mitigation measures to continue slowing the spread.

  • The Interim State Health Officer has extended the mask requirement until 12:01am on Monday, January 18.
  • Capacity limits on bars, restaurants and banquet, ballroom and event venues are extended to 8am Friday, January 8.
  • Winter sports and activities will be allowed to resume December 14.

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Dec 9, 2020

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Dec 9, 2020

Williston Fire Department introduces new apparatus

PR_Tiller-cropWILLISTON, N.D. – As of the morning of Wednesday, December 9, Williston Fire Department’s (WFD) newest apparatus, a Tractor Drawn Aerial (TDA), has gone into service.

Also known as a tiller, this TDA, Truck 1, will run out of Station 1 on 11 Street West and replace WFD’s 75-foot straight frame aerial, Ladder 4.

Initial planning for the tiller began March of 2018 and an order was placed in February 2019.

“A TDA is the most versatile and maneuverable aerial apparatus available and brings significant benefits that allow Williston Fire Department to be more effective and efficient,” emphasized Division Chief of Operations, Matt Clark. “Select personnel have spent the better part of the last two months training and working on specific skills in order to best serve the community via this new apparatus.”

Twenty-nine personnel have undergone a multi-phased evaluation-based training process including initial training from Pacific Northwest-based Response Training Group (RTG).

Individuals had to meet set standards to advance and training included a 40-hour classroom and hands-on course, task book assignments, cone courses, and road tests.

TDAs are unique in that they require two drivers, one up front and the other at the back. Unlike a straight frame aerial, a TDA can “split” as the back is a trailer being steered independently of the front. This maneuverability allows the tiller to navigate around obstacles and traverse in and out of tighter areas.

“Having this capability allows firefighters to get closer to a structure for easier access and victim rescue,” explained Lieutenant Ryan Miller, the tiller’s program and training leader. “We are now able to maneuver with ease through Williston’s multiple apartment complexes, townhomes, downtown store fronts including alleyways, and schools.”

Noticeably longer than any of WFD’s straight frame aerials, the tiller also includes a 100-foot ladder for high rise response and significant compartment space.

“Compartment capacity is anywhere between 500 to 600 cubic feet, compared to 150 cubic feet for a straight frame,” stated Lieutenant Miller. “With this space, our TDA can carry more ground ladders and a greater variety of useful tools for different jobs.”

Like any other aerial apparatus, the tiller comes equipped with outriggers, or struts, for stabilization when the ladder is in use. Typically, each outrigger includes separate pads to rest on that must be placed out in advance. Instead, the new TDA has built in pads which shortens set-up time and only two outriggers allowing for a smaller set-up footprint.

Quicker response times leads to a better department Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating which has a direct positive effect on the community when it comes to insurance breaks.

In addition, the tiller operator responsible for steering the back half of the truck, has a higher viewpoint than those in front allowing for greater visibility while navigating intersections, positioning the turntable of the aerial, and looking for overhead obstructions such as wires.

“In the fire service, minutes and even seconds count,” emphasized Lieutenant Miller. “The tiller’s capabilities of efficiently responding to calls, on-scene positioning, and quicker set-up time for aerial operations will prove invaluable.”

For more information on this story, please contact Division Chief of Operations, Matt Clark, at 701.572.3400 or mattc@ci.williston.nd.us.

For more information on the Williston Fire Department, please visit www.wfdems.com and follow WFD on Facebook (@WillistonFire).

Follow the City of Williston on Facebook (@cityofwilliston), Instagram (@cityofwilliston), and LinkedIn.

For more information, please visit www.cityofwilliston.com, call 701.577.8100, or stop by 22 East Broadway, Williston, ND.

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Dec 4, 2020

Snow Routes

PW - Snow Routes-InstaWhile we have been lucky with weather, winter is coming and with it, increased likelihood of snow!
 
View an interactive GIS map of the City's emergency through streets, or snow routes, here: https://bit.ly/WillistonSnowRoutes
 
Please keep in mind:
 
  • In the event of a major winter event, City of Williston Public Works will plow emergency through streets first, beginning with routes to the hospital and fire stations.
  • There are approximately 30 avenues and 25 streets that are emergency through streets.
  • Every snowfall is different so we ask for your patience and understanding knowing priorities will vary!
  • As a reminder, all trailers, boats, campers, etc. found parked on the street in designated emergency snow routes are subject to citation. If your vehicle is parked on a snow emergency route during a winter weather event it should be moved immediately.

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Dec 3, 2020

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Nov 26, 2020

Offices Closed | Thanksgiving

Office Closure-InstaAll non-emergent City of Williston offices are closed today, November 26 and tomorrow, Friday, November 27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

This includes Public Works and the City Landfill.

As a reminder, Public Works is now on Winter Hours:

Public Works
M-F 8a-5p

Landfill
M-F 8a-4:45p
Saturday 8-11:45a

Regular Winter hours for Public Works will resume on Monday, November 30, 2020.

The Landfill regular Winter hours will resume Saturday, November 28, 2020.

To those staff who work weekends, holidays, night shift, and more, thank you for all you do to keep our community safe and running!

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Nov 23, 2020

City of Williston offers a new take on a holiday tradition

Ornament Contest-InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – Reintroduced in 2014, the Community Christmas Tree is a holiday tradition enjoyed by all ages, from the moving process to the accompanied lighting ceremony.

While there will not be a tree lighting ceremony this year due to COVID-19, the tree will be lit by Friday, November 27 and a registered stop on the Holiday Lights Tour.

In addition, the City of Williston invites the community to participate in the first Community Christmas Tree Ornament Contest!

Individuals are encouraged to get creative and make their best ornament to hang on the tree for a chance to win a prize pack.

The contest is open to all ages with the following age groups:

  • Under 6
  • 7-10
  • 11-14
  • 15+

Beginning Monday, November 30, individuals can place their homemade ornaments on the tree located on the corner of 26th Street East. Contest participants have until Friday, December 4 to place their ornaments.

To successfully enter the contest, individuals must:

  • Take a picture of their ornament on the Community Christmas Tree OR a picture of them placing their ornament on the Community Christmas Tree
  • Submit pictures via Facebook Messenger to the City of Williston (@cityofwilliston) OR the Williston Community Library (@willistoncommunitylibrary) OR email to communications@ci.williston.nd.us
  • Include their name and age AND a name for the ornament
  • Place their ornament by Friday, December 4

Two winners from each age group will be selected on Monday, December 7. All submissions will be showcased on the City of Williston Facebook and Instagram pages.

Individuals are reminded that ornaments will be out in the elements, but a future timeframe will be provided for those who would like to retrieve their ornaments, if desired. The Community Christmas Tree will stay up until early January 2021.

Individuals are also invited to place ornaments on the tree without participating in the ornament contest.

A Colorado Blue Spruce from the corner of 9th Street East and 3rd Avenue East, this year’s tree is the largest in the last six years and was donated by Tiffany and Jason Brevik.

Tiffany Brevik expressed excitement and gratitude at finally seeing the tree removed.

“We’ve been trying to donate the tree for the past three years,” admitted Brevik. “It’s an old tree that we didn’t want to fall in on the house, so I’m super excited.”

Brevik added that they would document the entire process and make a photo album to keep with the house at 307 9th Street East.

“The house is from the 1950s and we are trying to keep it as original as possible while updating,” explained Brevik. “The album, alongside the original contract, will stay with the house.”

The moving process began at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 18 and progressed the rest of the day.

At 88-feet and 24,000 pounds, the tree was downsized by about 20-feet to ensure stability in its holder on the corner of 26th Street East.

This project was made possible by Dacotah West Crane Service, 11 Bravo Property Services, LLC., and City of Williston Public Works.

Drone footage was provided by Alliance Consulting.

For more information on this story, please contact Caitlin Pallai, Communications Strategist, at 701.713.3800 or caitlinp@ci.williston.nd.us

Follow the City of Williston on Facebook (@cityofwilliston), Instagram (@cityofwilliston), and LinkedIn.

For more information, please visit www.cityofwilliston.com, call 701.577.8100, or stop by 22 East Broadway, Williston, ND.

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Nov 23, 2020

Compost Containers | Winter Removal

On Tuesday, December 1, all compost coPW Compost Container-Instantainers will be removed for the winter.

So if you have any remaining yard work, be sure to get it wrapped up before next Tuesday!

As a reminder, there are 3 locations in the city for leaves and grass composting ONLY (no bags).

  • Corner of 5th St E & 8th Ave E (across the street on the west side of old Public Works)
  • Western Star Ball Complex - 19th Ave W & 15th St W
  • Rickard Elementary School - 14th St E & 2nd Ave E
Please do not throw branches into these bins! Doing so ruins the whole load and defeats the purpose of composting.

If you bring leaves to the bins in bags, you can dispose of your bags in the 300-gallon container at the sites.

If you have branches, you can dispose of them at the Landfill (5176 134th Avenue NW) where it costs $20 a ton or a minimum of $5.20. You can also take your compost (leaves and grass) to the landfill free of charge!

OR!

Bundle branches in 3-4 foot sections. These must be bound together and light enough for one person to pick up.

Place your bundles on the boulevard and call sanitation (701.577.6368) and let them know you have a pick up.

If you have any other questions, please contact Public Works at 701.577.6368.

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Nov 17, 2020

Rock Checks

PW - Misc Road Projects-Rock ChecksRock checks are a temporary erosion control measure for 42nd Street West and its 32nd Avenue West connection. These rock checks will be removed when both roads are completed in the 2022 construction season.

Please be advised that over the winter months, these rock checks will be frozen and extremely hard, causing significant vehicular damage in the event of a collision. Each rock check is marked with a delineator.

Caution should be exercised when driving these roads, particularly during winter weather.

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Nov 12, 2020

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Nov 11, 2020

Offices Closed | Veterans Day

Office Closure-InstaAll non-emergent City of Williston offices are closed today, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day.

This includes Public Works and the City Landfill.

As a reminder, Public Works is now on Winter Hours:

Public Works
M-F 8a-5p

Landfill
M-F 8a-4:45p
Saturday 8-11:45a

To those staff who work weekends, holidays, night shift, and more, thank you for all you do to keep our community safe and running!

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Nov 9, 2020

City of Williston Mayor issues Mask Order

COVID-19 Mask Order - InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – In response to increasing COVID-19 cases, on Monday, November 9, 2020 City of Williston Mayor Howard Klug signed a COVID-19 Emergency Municipal Declaration.

Utilizing emergency powers, Mayor Klug has issued a city-wide Mask Order.

“After much deliberation, I have decided to enact this emergency declaration requiring the use of masks in the City of Williston,” stated Mayor Klug. “We have watched carefully as our neighbors throughout the state have undertaken similar measures and have heard from health professionals and other community groups that the time for action is now.”

The Mask Order states:

“Every person shall, within the city of Williston, wear a face covering over the mouth and nose in all indoor environments where they are exposed to non-household members and where social distancing of six (6) feet or more cannot be assured and in all outdoor settings where there is exposure to non-household members, unless there exists ample space of six (6) feet or more to practice social distancing.”

These measures are being mandated with the strongest possible recommendation; however, there is no penalty for non-compliance with the order.

The declaration allows for the following exemptions:

  • Persons younger than school age, although parents and guardians are encouraged to have such younger children wear face coverings when and where appropriate;
  • Persons with a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering; 
  • Persons performing job duties where a six (6) feet distance is not achievable, but a mask is inhibitory to the ability to safely and effectively perform the job duty;
  • Persons participating in athletic activities where a six (6) feet distance is not achievable, but a mask is inhibitory to the activity;
  • Persons actively consuming food or drink;
  • Persons driving a motor vehicle alone or with passengers from the driver’s household; 
  • Persons receiving services that require access to the face for security, surveillance, or other purposes may temporarily remove a face covering while receiving those services;
  • Persons engaged in religious worship activities; however, face coverings are strongly encouraged; 
  • Persons giving a speech or performance for broadcast or to an audience; however, those persons shall safely distance from nearby individuals.

This order does not prohibit law enforcement or local officials from enforcing trespassing laws or other applicable laws in removing violators at the request of businesses or property owners.

The order will remain in effect until the current state of emergency ends. The Mayor or City Commission can modify or terminate the order sooner by a motion of resolution approved by the City Commission.

To read the entire COVID-19 Emergency Municipal Declaration and for additional COVID-19 information related to the City of Williston, please visit bit.ly/WillistonCOVID-19.

In addition, the Upper Missouri District Health Unit (UMDHU), in conjunction with Williston State College (WSC), will host the following upcoming community COVID-19 testing events on the WSC campus in the Art Wood building:

Monday, November 9 | 4-6pm
Monday, November 16 | 4-6pm
Monday, November 23 | 4-6pm
Monday, November 30 | 4-6pm

COVID-19 testing events are open to the entire community.

Testing is free and takes only minutes, with walk up and drive thru options available. Pre-register for testing at testreg.nd.gov to minimize waiting time and expedite testing.

For additional information on future local testing events, please follow the UMDHU on Facebook (@uppermissouridistricthealthunit).

To read the ND Smart Restart Protocols, please visit www.ndresponse.gov/covid-19-resources.

For additional COVID-19 information related to the Williams County level, please visit www.williamsnd.com/Department/Communications/COVID-19.

For more information, please visit www.cityofwilliston.com, call 701.577.8100, or stop by 22 East Broadway, Williston, ND.

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Nov 6, 2020

Public Works Winter Hours

PW Hour Change-Winter Hr -InstaCity of Williston Public Works will transition to Winter Hours beginning next Monday, November 9, 2020. This change also impacts the City Landfill.

Public Works Winter Hours
M-F 8a-5p

City Landfill Winter Hours
M-F 8a-4:45p
Saturday 8-11:45a

If you have any questions, please contact Public Works at 701.577.6368.

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Nov 3, 2020

City of Williston construction updates

PW Project Updates-InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – The following are the latest progress updates on the remaining 2020 construction season projects throughout the City of Williston.

16th Avenue West Extension
Seeding alongside the 16th Avenue West extension is ongoing and will be completed this week.

A variety of trees have been planted and include different species of deciduous trees and two spruce varieties. Planter boxes for these trees will also be completed this week.

In addition, signage for the 10-foot-wide trail that runs alongside 16th Avenue West is being installed.

Lighting for the street and trail is scheduled to be installed by the first part of December, with the necessary underground wiring in place.

42nd Street and 32nd Avenue West
Last week, temporary striping was placed on the 42nd Street extension and its 32nd Avenue West connection. Shoulders were also installed.

This week includes general clean up and fog sealing the pavement surface.

Fog sealing is a coating of an asphalt emulsion, a thin liquid oil, to an existing pavement surface to seal and preserve the underlying pavement structure. A fog seal also gives the pavement a deep, rich black color.

Following signage installation later this week or early next, 42nd Street and 32nd Avenue West will open to public use, tentatively scheduled for the end of next week.

Both roads are slated to have curb and gutter, a 5-foot sidewalk on the north side, and a 10-foot walking path on the south side.

A semi-temporary surface, 42nd Street and its 32nd Avenue connection will be widened by about 5 feet in the future with available budget, likely 2022. This will also include permanent striping with epoxy paint.

4th Avenue West
All concrete work is complete. This week is dedicated to clean up, top soiling, landscaping and grass seeding.

By the end of this week, all barriers will be removed and all roads in the area open.

34th Street West
Curb and gutter and sidewalk are installed with clean up work ongoing. Landscaping and lighting will be introduced in the future.

Currently, 34th Street West does not extend beyond the old Sloulin Field International Airport Terminal.

To view ongoing construction areas throughout the City of Williston, please visit the 2020 Construction Map at: https://bit.ly/Construction2020.

For future updates, please follow the City of Williston on Facebook (@cityofwilliston), Instagram (@cityofwilliston), and LinkedIn.

For more information on this story, please contact Wayne Wiedrich, Operations Engineer, at 701.577.6368 or waynew@ci.williston.nd.us.

The City of Williston Public Works and Engineering building is located at 1121 5th Street East, Williston, ND.

For more information, please visit www.cityofwilliston.com, call 701.577.8100, or stop by 22 East Broadway, Williston, ND.

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Oct 22, 2020

Williston Fire Department participates in virtual Fill the Boot campaign

Fill the Boot-InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – While unable to collect donations with physical boot in hand, the Williston Fire Department is participating in this year’s annual Muscular Dystrophy Association’s (MDA) “Fill the Boot” drive virtually.

Since 1954, the International Association of Firefighters has helped MDA fight back against muscular dystrophy and other degenerative neuromuscular diseases with the “Fill the Boot” campaign, raising nearly $275 million.

“The Fill the Boot campaign has been one of the largest contributing factors towards the battle against muscular dystrophy,” explained Division Chief of Operations, Matt Clark. “This is a great cause and any amount helps. The money we raise will help children and adults in our community and will support innovative research to change the future for people with neuromuscular disease.”

Last year, the Williston community raised over $12,000. This year’s goal is to raise $10,000.

Individuals can support WFD, Williston Local 3743, by donating through this link: https://filltheboot.donordrive.com/participant/5691.

The fundraiser will run through October 31.

For more information on this story, please contact Division Chief of Operations, Matt Clark, at 701.572.3400 or mattc@ci.williston.nd.us.

For more information on the Williston Fire Department, please visit www.wfdems.com and follow WFD on Facebook (@WillistonFire).

For more information, please visit www.cityofwilliston.com, call 701.577.8100, or stop by 22 East Broadway, Williston, ND.

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Oct 21, 2020

Williston Fire Department celebrates newest recruit class

PR_Recruit Class GraduationWILLISTON, N.D. – The Williston Fire Department (WFD) is proud to announce the upcoming graduation of its 4th recruit class on Friday, October 23.

Upon graduation, the following five individuals will have successfully completed all requirements needed to be awarded the rank of Firefighter-Emergency Medical Technician (EMT):

Matthew Pazanin | Bismarck, ND
William Gutlovics | Milaca, Minnesota
Samantha Hazzard | Cherry Valley, NY
Juan Wagner | Medellin, Columbia
Charles James Meno | Carlinville, Illinois

“We are proud of these recruits,” emphasized Division Chief of Operations, Matt Clark. “They have successfully earned the title of firefighter and are now a part of the fire family.”

The WFD Fire Academy spans a year and covers the following training areas: Firefighter I and II, Hazmat Awareness and Operations, Airport Firefighter, and EMT.

A short ceremony will be held at 12:00 p.m. at Fire Station 2 located at 610 58th Street West to recognize the five newest WFD members.

Media is invited to attend this event following COVID-19 screening and social distancing guidelines. Masks are required.

For more information on this story, please contact Battalion Chief, Bradley Auttelet, at 701.572.3400 or bradleya@ci.williston.nd.us.

For more information on the Williston Fire Department, please visit www.wfdems.com and follow WFD on Facebook (@WillistonFire).

For more information, please visit www.cityofwilliston.com, call 701.577.8100, or stop by 22 East Broadway, Williston, ND.

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Oct 19, 2020

City of Williston amends internal COVID-19 Guidelines

COVID-19 Update-InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – On October 14, Governor Doug Burgum announced changes to the North Dakota (ND) Smart Restart Protocols and to COVID-19 risk levels in numerous ND counties.

As of Friday, October 16, Williams County has transitioned from the moderate risk level (yellow) to the high risk level (orange).

“There are no mandated business closures but capacity level changes with this transition and the amended ND Smart Restart Protocols,” explained City of Williston Mayor, Howard Klug. “This is also an important reminder that we need to practice social distancing, including avoiding large events and wearing masks in public and respecting businesses that require masks.”

In response to the risk level change, the City of Williston has amended its internal guidelines for workplace response and staff and visitor safety.

These guidelines, which are intended for general office environments, were introduced on September 10 and are meant to provide an additional healthy and safety layer for staff and visitors.

The COVID-19 Tiered Response Guidelines include three risk levels that correspond to the recently modified ND Smart Restart levels:

  • New Normal (blue) OR Low (green)
  • Moderate (yellow) or High (orange)
  • Critical (red)

As of Monday, October 19, the amended COVID-19 Tiered Response Guidelines are in effect at the High level.

Measures taken at the High level include:

  • Office vestibules and reception areas remain open to the public, but masks are required for all visitors and shall be provided at entry points. Staff meetings are by appointment only.
  • Until further notice, all public meetings will be offered virtually.
  • Hand sanitizer will be made available in all office vestibules, reception areas, and conference rooms for staff and public use.

As COVID-19 rates continue to fluctuate, citizens are encouraged to minimize spread through appropriate social distancing, respecting posted guidelines for businesses, and taking advantage of the opportunity to be tested.

The Upper Missouri District Health Unit (UMDHU), in conjunction with Williston State College (WSC), will host the following upcoming community COVID-19 testing events on the WSC campus in the Art Wood building:

Monday, October 19 | 4-6pm
Monday, October 26 | 4-6pm

COVID-19 testing events are open to the entire community.

Testing is free and takes only minutes, with walk up and drive thru options available. Pre-register for testing at testreg.nd.gov to minimize waiting time and expedite testing.

In addition, drive thru flu shot events are also being held on the WSC campus in the Art Wood building every Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. until November 6. Appointments can also be made by calling 701.774.6400.

Individuals are asked to bring their insurance card and a pen and to wear a mask.

For additional information on future local testing events, please follow the UMDHU on Facebook (@uppermissouridistricthealthunit).

To read the ND Smart Restart Protocols, please visit www.ndresponse.gov/covid-19-resources

For additional COVID-19 information related to the City of Williston, please visit bit.ly/WillistonCOVID-19

For additional COVID-19 information related to the Williams County level, please visit www.williamsnd.com/Department/Communications/COVID-19.

For more information, please visit www.cityofwilliston.com, call 701.577.8100, or stop by 22 East Broadway, Williston, ND.

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Oct 16, 2020

Next Planning & Zoning Meeting Online

The next Planning and Zoning Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, October 19 at 5:30pm will be hPZ Commission Meeting GoTo 10.19-Instaeld exclusively online via GoToMeeting. 

Agenda and materials for the upcoming meeting can be found here: https://bit.ly/planningandzoning

Individuals that would like to attend the meeting can join using the information below:

Join GoToMeeting: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/864618053
Dial in #877-885-3221
Passcode: 5917066#

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Oct 15, 2020

ND Smart Restart Update

COVID-19 Risk Level Change-InstaGovernor Burgum has increased the COVID-19 Risk Level for Williams County to “Orange” (high risk), effective tomorrow, October 16, at 5pm. This is a change from the previous risk level of "Yellow" (moderate).

With the announced changes to the Smart Restart Protocols, there are NO mandated business closures in the Orange Category.

However, this change in risk level is an important reminder to practice:

  • social distancing,
  • wearing a mask in public when social distancing is not possible and at any City Commission meetings,
  • avoiding large gatherings,
  • and washing your hands frequently.

If you have questions about COVID-19, please visit the ND Department of Health’s website: http://bit.ly/DoHCOVID19Questions.

Specifics about what the Orange risk level means, including the changes in facility capacity recommendations, can be found in the Governor’s Smart Restart plan available online at https://ndresponse.gov/covid-19-resources.

For additional resources and information, including City of Williston internal guidelines, etc, please visit: https://bit.ly/WillistonCOVID-19

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Oct 12, 2020

16th Avenue West extension opens Wednesday

Event - 16 ave west opening-InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – The City of Williston is pleased to announce that on Wednesday, October 14, the 16th Avenue West extension will be open to public use.

A brief public ceremony with remarks from City of Williston Mayor, Howard Klug, will be held at 4:00 p.m.

“Wednesday will commemorate the first arterial road built on airport property since the construction of Sloulin Field International Airport in 1952,” explained City Administrator, David Tuan. “We are excited to open this road as it signals a new chapter for Williston Square and for Williston.”

The public and media are invited to attend. Attendees are strongly encouraged to wear masks and socially distance.

Attendees can enter the new portion of 16th Avenue West from 26th Street West and can park on 16th Avenue West.

The ceremony will be held at the intersection of 16th Avenue West and the extension of 33rd Street West.

Following remarks, the road will be officially open with the Mayor leading the first cars through to 42nd Street West.

Construction on the 1-mile connection between 26th Street West and 42nd Street West began on May 18, 2020. The project’s contractor is BEK Consulting and the engineer, Alliance Consulting Group.

For more information on this story, please contact Caitlin Pallai, Communications Strategist, at 701.713.3800 or caitlinp@ci.williston.nd.us.

For more information, please visit www.cityofwilliston.com, call 701.577.8100, or stop by 22 East Broadway, Williston, ND.

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Oct 9, 2020

Road Closure: Williston Municipal Golf Course access changes Monday

PW Road Closure-InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – Beginning the morning of Monday, October 12, access to the Williston Municipal Golf Course will be modified as a result of ongoing construction work in the area.

On Monday, 32nd Avenue West from 37th Street West to 42nd Street West will be closed for underground work.

As a result of this closure, a portion of the 42nd Street extension, from 16th Avenue West to the golf course, will be open to golf course traffic only.

Thru traffic will not be able to pass beyond the golf course as the remainder of 42nd Street West will be closed for paving.

Access to the Williston Municipal Golf Course will remain via a portion of 42nd Street West until work on 32nd Avenue West and its connection to 42nd Street West is complete.

Once complete, golf course access will change to 32nd Avenue West as the remainder of 42nd Street West is paved. Paving of 42nd Street West from 16th Avenue West is scheduled to begin in later October.

For more information on this story, please contact Wayne Wiedrich, Operations Engineer, at 701.577.6368 or waynew@ci.williston.nd.us.

To view ongoing construction areas throughout the City of Williston, please visit the 2020 Construction Map at: https://bit.ly/Construction2020.

For future updates, please follow the City of Williston on Facebook (@cityofwilliston), Instagram (@cityofwilliston), and LinkedIn.

The City of Williston Public Works and Engineering building is located at 1121 5th Street East, Williston, ND.

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Oct 7, 2020

Williston Basin International Airport introduces XWA PASS Program

XWA Pass w logo -InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – The Williston Basin International Airport (XWA) is pleased to announce a new way to experience the “People’s Airport” with the launch of the XWA PASS Program.

“The XWA Pass program follows the City of Williston’s effort to continually improve quality of life for our region,” emphasized XWA Airport Director, Anthony Dudas. “Whether you’re meeting friends or family, have children playing in the play area, or want to watch aircraft while enjoying a meal, this pass provides a unique experience not typically possible in the post 9/11 era.”

The program begins Friday, October 9, 2020 and allows non-travelers to:

  • greet friends and family arriving on domestic flights;
  • accompany traveling family members and friends to their gates;
  • shop and dine at the restaurant and store post-security;
  • watch arriving and departing aircraft; and/or
  • participate in XWA-sponsored events.

Participation in the XWA PASS program is free and interested individuals can apply online at http://bit.ly/XWApass.

To be considered, all applicants and any minors (under 18) must complete the XWA PASS Program application and be vetted by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Completed applications can be sent to airportadmin@ci.williston.nd.us or dropped off at the Airport Administration office located at 14127 Jensen Lane during normal business hours (M-F, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). If dropping off in person, individuals will need to show a current government issued photo ID. 

Applicants are encouraged to apply for the program at least 72 hours in advance of a planned visit. Day-of visits are possible; however, pass issuance cannot be guaranteed or may be delayed.

Once vetted by TSA, applicants will be notified via email by XWA regarding program eligibility and to set up an appointment for XWA PASS pickup. Individuals will need to show a current government issued photo ID to obtain the official XWA PASS.

Once issued, an XWA PASS is valid for access through the TSA Security Screening Checkpoint one time and expires in 24 hours. Applicants can reapply for future visits.

“We hope this program will encourage our community to explore XWA amenities, even if individuals are not traveling that day,” added Dudas.

For full details on the XWA PASS Program including Rules and Regulations, please visit https://flywilliston.net/xwa_pass.php.

For more information on this story, please contact Anthony Dudas, Airport Director, at 701.875.8594 or anthonyd@ci.williston.nd.us.

For future XWA updates and news, please follow XWA on Facebook (@flywillistonXWA) and Instagram (@xwaairport).

For more information on XWA, please visit www.flywilliston.net.

The Williston Basin International Airport is located at 14127 Jensen Lane, Williston, ND 58801.

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Sep 30, 2020

City of Williston construction updates

PW Project Updates-InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – The following are new progress updates regarding ongoing construction projects throughout the City of Williston.

16th Avenue West & 26th Street
Preparation for road striping of the 16th Avenue West and 26th Street intersection and as well as the fully paved 16th Avenue extension began on Tuesday, September 29.

Road striping starts on Wednesday, September 30 with landscaping operations ongoing. Permanent signage will follow shortly after.

The intersection will transition from a 3-way to a 4-way stop when the 16th Avenue extension opens in mid-October. At that time, a footpath that spans the length of the 16th Avenue extension will also be available for public use.

The 16th Avenue extension will connect with 42nd Street.

The necessary infrastructure is in place for lighting which will go up under traffic at a later date.

42nd Street
Sewer is complete and BEK Consulting is installing water line and storm sewer along the length of the 42nd Street extension, heading west toward 32nd Avenue West.

MMI is following behind with subgrade work to prepare the road for paving which is also scheduled for mid-October.

Once complete, 42nd Street will extend beyond 16th Avenue West and connect with 32nd Avenue West.

4th Avenue West
The water line and storm sewer are installed with curb and gutter complete in all areas minus the block of 4th Avenue West between 6th and 7th Street West, and 7th Street West from 3rd Avenue West up to the alley between 4th and 5th Avenue West.

Paving is scheduled to begin next week with all roads in the area reopening in mid-October.

34th Street
Road construction continues with the pouring of curb and gutter, scheduled to finish early next week. Sidewalk work is also scheduled to begin next week.

To view ongoing construction areas throughout the City of Williston, please visit the 2020 Construction Map at: https://bit.ly/Construction2020.

For future updates, please follow the City of Williston on Facebook (@cityofwilliston), Instagram (@cityofwilliston), and LinkedIn.

For more information on this story, please contact Wayne Wiedrich, Operations Engineer, at 701.577.6368 or waynew@ci.williston.nd.us.

The City of Williston Public Works and Engineering building is located at 1121 5th Street East, Williston, ND.

For more information, please visit www.cityofwilliston.com, call 701.577.8100, or stop by 22 East Broadway, Williston, ND.

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Sep 23, 2020

City of Williston and COVID-19 Risk Level

COVID-19 Update-InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – On September 23, Governor Doug Burgum made additional announcements related to COVID-19 risk levels in some of North Dakota’s counties.

On September 3, Williams County transitioned from the Low Risk level (green) to the Moderate Risk level (yellow) under the ND Smart Restart color-coded health guidance.

Currently, Williams County remains in the yellow range, alongside five additional counties.

However, with a high positivity rate, Williams County is rapidly approaching the High Risk (orange) level.

In response, the Williams County Commission and City Commission convened a special meeting at 2:00 p.m. on September 23 to discuss the current and potential COVID-19 risk level and COVID-19’s impact to the community.

Commissioners on both sides echoed the use of masks as one of the easiest methods to help slow the spread and lower the daily positivity rate.

In addition, Commissioners approved the creation of a joint Williams County COVID-19 Response Team to further coordinate a community-wide response.

As a means of helping to lower positive cases, the City Commission also adopted a resolution to suspend until further notice the use of liquor licenses for the purposes of special events.

“As residents of Williams County and citizens of the City of Williston, it is critical that we do what we can by curtailing special events and large gatherings,” emphasized City of Williston Mayor, Howard Klug. “Our high positivity rate remains a concern, and a change in risk level for Williams County is imminent if our rate does not decrease.”

According to the ND Smart Restart guidelines, a transition to the High Risk level would include the following changes:

  • Restaurants, Bars, & Food Service – Curbside pickup, takeout, and delivery only. No dine-in service.
  • Retail (includes grocery and convenience stores, and pharmacies) – Employers exercise extreme caution, with employees working remotely when possible. Restrict unnecessary visitors from entering.
  • Hotel, Tourism, & Accommodations – Limited operations. Cancel gatherings of any size where social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Events & Gatherings – Gatherings of 10 or fewer are allowed when social distancing precautions can be met. Cancel gatherings of any size where social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Personal Care Services – Personal care services are closed.
  • Fitness Centers/Gyms and Sporting events – Fitness centers and gyms are closed. Indoor/outdoor sporting events are closed. Pools are closed.
  • Child Care – May remain open for essential services.
  • Schools and Universities – Varies based on individual plans and Governor directive.

Williams County has more than 2,200 businesses including at least 70 restaurants and bars, 53 personal care shops (i.e. tattoo parlors, salons, massage therapists, etc.), 38 hotels, and 7 grocery stores.

“While not where we want to remain, to be at the Moderate Risk level means we can keep our businesses open,” explained Mayor Klug. “We all need to do what we can to reduce our rate and not advance to the High Risk level.”

Citizens are strongly encouraged to minimize spread through social distancing, limiting gatherings to fewer than 10 people, wearing a mask in public, respecting posted guidelines for businesses, and getting tested.

“We have strong and adequate testing here in Williams County and I encourage everyone to get tested,” added Mayor Klug. “Increased frequency of testing generates better data for our community that will then be used to assess the health of the community. Avoiding testing may artificially increase the positivity rate by reducing the sample size.”

COVID-19 testing events are free, take only minutes, and are open to the entire community.

The next community COVID-19 testing event organized by Upper Missouri District Health Unit is scheduled for Monday, September 28 from 4-6pm on the campus of Williston State College.

Walk up and drive thru options are available.

Vehicles will be allowed to line up along the route starting at 3:30 p.m. Testing will go until 6:00 p.m. or until all test kits have been used.

Vehicles wishing to access the testing are asked to enter from University Avenue before turning onto Pioneer Boulevard. Traffic control officers will provide additional guidance.

Pre-register for testing at testreg.nd.gov to minimize waiting time and expedite testing.

At this time, the City of Williston’s internal COVID Tiered Response Guidelines introduced on September 10, 2020 in addition to other departmental measures will remain in effect at the Moderate level.

For additional information on future local testing events, please follow the Upper Missouri District Health Unit on Facebook (@uppermissouridistricthealthunit).

For additional COVID-19-related information at the Williams County level, please visit www.williamsnd.com/Department/Communications/COVID-19.

For additional information on the ND Smart Restart plan, please visit: www.ndresponse.gov/covid-19-resources/covid-19-business-and-employer-resources/nd-smart-restart/nd-smart-restart-protocols

For more information, please visit www.cityofwilliston.com, call 701.577.8100, or stop by 22 East Broadway, Williston, ND.

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Sep 23, 2020

Joint Special Meeting of the Williams County and City Commissions

Special Joint Meeting - InstaA joint Special Meeting of the Williams County Commission and the City Commission will be held at 2pm today, September 23 in the Williams County Commission Room.

Discussion will be of the current and potential COVID-19 Risk Levels and their impact on government and the community and on the response to COVID-19 in the community.

A call in option is available and is encouraged for attendees:

Dial: 1.844.992.4726
Access Code: 146 567 8383
Password: 0923

Masks are strongly encouraged for those who attend in person.

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Sep 18, 2020

Community Health Care Needs Assessment

Community Healthcare Needs Assessment-new2In response to concerns expressed about access to health care services in Williston, the City Commission approved a contract between the City of Williston and Cardon Global, LLC at the October 22, 2019 commission meeting to conduct a community health care needs assessment.

The goal of the assessment was to gather information to inform leadership in order for the city to develop a plan to address community concerns about access to and the delivery of health care services.

The assessment included focus groups, an online survey, and discussions with leadership at Catholic Health Initiatives, as well as other interested stakeholders.

There were 4 facilitated focus group meetings.

The online survey augmented the focus group meetings and was designed to capture input from additional citizens and stakeholders, based on themes identified in the focus group meetings. The survey was available from January 3-17, 2020.

A total of 1,233 people took the online survey. The results of the community health care assessment will be discussed at the next City Commission meeting on Tuesday, September 22.

View the results here: http://bit.ly/communityhealthcareneeds

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Sep 16, 2020

Road Closure | 6th Street West

Beginning Wednesday, September 16, 6th Street West between 6th Avenue West and 2nd Avenue West will be closed uPW Road Closure-Instantil mid-October.
 
The posted detour route will include 2nd Street West and 2nd Avenue West and 6th Street West and 6th Avenue West.
 
With underground work now complete, street work will commence with curb and gutter, grading, and eventually the laying of pavement.
 
As always, thank you for your patience!
 
For a GIS map of the City, please visit: https://bit.ly/Construction2020

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Sep 11, 2020

City sponsors Sept. 12 Main Street Market

Join us tomorrow for the Main Street Market downtown from 9am-1pm!91487887_1305614326311079_40805590926098432_o

The City of Williston is this week's market sponsor and there will be grab-n-go goodie bags for kids as well as chances to win Census 2020 swag or gift cards to local businesses!

Booth volunteers will be masked and will use and have hand sanitizer available.

Photo courtesy of Williston Downtowners Association.

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Sep 10, 2020

City of Williston introduces additional internal COVID-19 Guidelines

COVID-19 Update-InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – On September 3, Governor Doug Burgum announced changes to COVID-19 risk levels in some of North Dakota’s counties.

In response to the transition for Williams County from the low risk level (green) to the moderate risk level (yellow) under the ND Smart Restart color-coded health guidance, the City of Williston has introduced additional internal guidelines for workplace response and staff and visitor safety.

“These guidelines are intended for general office environments and are in addition to existing departmental-specific measures,” explained City Administrator, David Tuan. “They are meant to provide an additional health and safety layer for both staff and visitors.”

The COVID Tiered Response Guidelines include three Risk Levels that correspond to the ND Smart Restart levels:

  • New Normal (blue) OR Low (green)
  • Moderate (yellow)
  • High OR Critical (red)

As of Thursday, September 10, 2020, the COVID Tiered Response Guidelines are in effect at the Moderate level.

Measures taken at the Moderate level include:

  • Office vestibules and reception areas remain open to the public, but staff meetings are by appointment only.
  • Large public meetings may be held in person with appropriate distancing measures but will also be offered virtually.
  • Visitors are strongly encouraged to wear masks and staff are required to wear masks when social distancing of 6ft is not possible.
  • Hand sanitizer will be made available in all office vestibules, reception areas, and conference rooms.
  • Daily cleaning and sanitation of workspaces shall be completed, with all surfaces wiped down following meetings in common areas.

As COVID-19 rates continue to fluctuate, citizens are encouraged to minimize spread through appropriate social distancing, respecting posted guidelines for businesses, and taking advantage of the opportunity to be tested.

The Upper Missouri Health Unit, in conjunction with Williston State College, will host the following community COVID-19 testing events on the WSC campus throughout the month of September:

Monday, September 14 | 4-6pm
Monday, September 21 | 4-6pm
Monday, September 28 | 4-6pm

COVID-19 testing events are open to the entire community.

Testing is free and takes only minutes, with walk up and drive thru options available. Visitors should park in the lot behind Stevens Hall or the lot adjacent to the Well. Access to and from University Avenue via the loop will also be blocked off during testing.

Pre-register for testing at testreg.nd.gov to minimize waiting time and expedite testing.

For additional information on future local testing events, please follow the Upper Missouri District Health Unit on Facebook (@uppermissouridistricthealthunit).

For additional COVID-19-related information at the Williams County level, please visit www.williamsnd.com/Department/Communications/COVID-19.

Follow the City of Williston on Facebook (@cityofwilliston), Instagram (@cityofwilliston), and LinkedIn.

For more information, please visit www.cityofwilliston.com, call 701.577.8100, or stop by 22 East Broadway, Williston, ND.

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Sep 9, 2020

United to add New XWA Flight

United adds second flightBeginning October 1st, United Airlines will add a second daily flight between Williston and Denver. This new flight will arrive at approximately 2:45pm and depart at 3:35pm, providing more flexibility for XWA travelers.

At this time, XWA does not have new information to share concerning Delta. XWA is working diligently with both United and Delta to provide the best possible experience to passengers. XWA will share any future updates on their Facebook page (@flywillistonXWA ) which will also be shared on the City of Williston Facebook page.

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Sep 7, 2020

Offices Closed | Labor Day

All non-emergent City of Williston offices are closed today Monday, September 7 in observance of Labor Day. Office Closure-Insta

This includes Public Works and the City Landfill. Due to the holiday, all of Monday’s 98 gallon residential containers will be picked up by the end of business hours on Tuesday, September 8.

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Sep 4, 2020

Holiday Closure Reminder

All non-emergent City of Williston offices will be closed next Monday, September 7 in observance of Labor Day.Office Closure-Insta

This includes Public Works and the City Landfill. Due to the holiday, all of Monday’s 98 gallon residential containers will be picked up by the end of business hours on Tuesday, September 8.

To those staff who work weekends, holidays, night shift, and more, thank you for all you do to keep our community safe and running!

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Aug 27, 2020

Williston Basin International Airport schedules active shooter training

XWA Active Shooter Training-InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – The Williston Basin International Airport (XWA), in conjunction with the Williston Police Department and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), will conduct an active shooter training on Wednesday, September 2 at 9:30 a.m.

The exercise will be held within the commercial terminal and will not cause any disruption to normal operations. The facility will be open during the exercise; however, designated areas will be identified.

“This exercise will take place at approximately 9:30 a.m. after the morning commercial flight departs,” explained Anthony Dudas, Airport Director. “We ask that the public only attend if they have a need to be within the terminal such as renting a car, etc.”

The exercise is scheduled to take one hour.

Notifications describing the exercise will be posted at terminal entrances the day of and announcements will be made over the building’s public address system informing passengers and citizens who may be in the terminal that this is only a drill.

“The purpose of the exercise is to train airport terminal employees for an active shooter event in a safe and controlled environment,” added Dudas. “This training is important for airport staff and tenants to get real world experience should an active shooter enter our facility.”

Blank ammunition will be fired within the facility to provide realistic gunfire sounds and to provide airport personnel an opportunity to understand situational awareness and potential reactions.

Media is invited to cover the training. 

For more information on this story, please contact Anthony Dudas, Airport Director, at 701.875.8594 or anthonyd@ci.williston.nd.us.

For future XWA updates and news, please follow XWA on Facebook (@flywillistonXWA) and Instagram (@xwaairport).

For more information on XWA, please visit www.flywilliston.net.

The Williston Basin International Airport is located at 14127 Jensen Lane, Williston, ND 58801.

Follow the City of Williston on Facebook (@cityofwilliston), Instagram (@cityofwilliston), and LinkedIn.

For more information, please visit www.cityofwilliston.com, call 701.577.8100, or stop by 22 East Broadway, Williston, ND.

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Aug 26, 2020

Summer construction updates

PW Project Updates-InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – The following are new progress updates regarding ongoing summer construction projects throughout the City of Williston.

18th Street
Work on 18th Street is nearing completion with Knife River adjusting remaining gate valves and manholes by raising them with concrete diamonds to be flush with the street.

Road striping is scheduled for next week and will take place under traffic. Once complete, 18th Street will be fully open.

Ancillary landscaping work will continue over the coming weeks.

16th Avenue West & 26th Street
The entirety of the 16th Avenue West and 26th Street intersection is now open to traffic.

Currently, traffic cones will remain on site until road striping can occur. A minimum waiting period of 14 days is required prior to painting on new road surfaces.

Ancillary work including landscaping, lighting, and footpath construction will continue over the coming weeks.

The intersection will operate as a 3-way stop until the 16th Avenue extension is complete.

All curb and gutter exist for the 16th Avenue extension through the Sloulin Field Redevelopment area and the road is now being graded for pavement.

 42nd Street
BEK Consulting is continuing work on the 42nd Street sewer at 16th Avenue working west toward 32nd Avenue West. Once this is complete, BEK will drop back and begin the water line.

 4th Avenue West
The areas of 4th Street, Broadway, and 4th Avenue between 2nd and 4th Streets are nearing completion with one top layer of asphalt, to be laid by Teraflex, remaining.

The water line is currently installed, and sewer line work is underway at 5th Street. Once complete, work will continue north of 4th Avenue and west through 6th Street up to 7th Street.  

With water and sewer lines in place, surface street reconstruction will begin.

In addition, the milling of asphalt off on 6th Street between 3rd Avenue West and 5th Avenue West will begin this Saturday.

East Broadway & 7th Avenue East
The area of East Broadway and 7th Avenue East is now striped and fully open to traffic with road signs installed.

34th Street
Spearfish has finished its work on the 34th Street storm sewer. Gravel will be placed starting next week.

To view ongoing construction areas throughout the City of Williston, please visit the 2020 Construction Map at: https://bit.ly/Construction2020.

For future updates, please follow the City of Williston on Facebook (@cityofwilliston), Instagram (@cityofwilliston), and LinkedIn.

For more information on this story, please contact Wayne Wiedrich, Operations Engineer, at 701.577.6368 or waynew@ci.williston.nd.us.

The City of Williston Public Works and Engineering building is located at 1121 5th Street East, Williston, ND.

For more information, please visit www.cityofwilliston.com, call 701.577.8100, or stop by 22 East Broadway, Williston, ND.

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Aug 24, 2020

Paving begins at 26th Street and 16th Avenue West

PW 26 and 16The first layer of the paving process at the intersection of 26th Street and 16th Avenue is underway today! This includes the block between 25th and 26th Streets!

Knife River will apply the second, and top layer, tomorrow and allow it to cool before the intersection is reopened on Wednesday, August 26.

Ancillary work including landscaping and striping (requires a minimum 14 day waiting period) will occur within the coming weeks and under traffic.

Traffic cones and stop signs will be up when the intersection reopens.

Stay tuned for more pictures and updates!

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Aug 20, 2020

26th Street and 16th Avenue West intersection update

PW Project Update-InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – The intersection of 26th Street and 16th Avenue West, initially scheduled to reopen on Saturday, August 15, will reopen Wednesday, August 26 barring any extreme weather complications.

Last week, areas of subgrade – ground beneath a roadway – were discovered to be too soft and had to be repaired prior to continuing to the paving process.

“It wasn’t our intention to have the area closed this long, but circumstances crop up that have to be addressed in order to proceed safely,” explained Wayne Wiedrich, Operations Engineer. “Our priority is to get that critical path back open and meet that August 27 school deadline.”

Curb and gutter work in the intersection is complete and Knife River concrete crews are continuing to pour curb and gutter heading north.

Knife River will begin paving this Monday, August 24 at the latest.

Once open, the intersection will allow for east and west traffic only on 26th Street.

The 16th Avenue block between 25th and 26th Streets will remain closed until the existing storm sewer is upgraded.

In addition to the 26th Street and 16th Avenue intersection, ancillary work is proceeding on 18th Street.

Gate valves and manholes are being adjusted and road striping, which will take place under traffic, is scheduled for Monday, August 31.

To view ongoing construction areas throughout the City of Williston, please visit the 2020 Construction Map at: https://bit.ly/Construction2020.

For future updates, please follow the City of Williston on Facebook (@cityofwilliston), Instagram (@cityofwilliston), and LinkedIn.

For more information on this story, please contact Wayne Wiedrich, Operations Engineer, at 701.577.6368 or waynew@ci.williston.nd.us.

The City of Williston Public Works and Engineering building is located at 1121 5th Street East, Williston, ND.

For more information, please visit www.cityofwilliston.com, call 701.577.8100, or stop by 22 East Broadway, Williston, ND.

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Aug 14, 2020

Congressman Armstrong to visit Williston next Thursday

WILLISTON, N.D. – The City of Williston is pleased to announce North Dakota Congressman Kelly Armstrong will visit Williston next Thursday, August 20.Event - Coffee with Kelly - Insta

A Dickinson native, Congressman Armstrong will travel throughout Western North Dakota during the annual Congress August Recess.

“We are excited to have Congressman Armstrong visit us in Williston,” stated City of Williston Mayor, Howard Klug. “We are thankful for the opportunity to meet and express our priorities and showcase the newly renovated City Hall.”

As part of his visit next Thursday, Congressman Armstrong will meet with City leadership at City Hall before hosting a public meet and greet, Coffee with Kelly.

Coffee with Kelly is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the John Kautzman Chamber Room in City Hall at 22 East Broadway.

This event is free and open to the public and media is invited to attend.

Coffee and donuts will be served, and masks and hand sanitizer will be available.

For more information on this story, please contact Caitlin Pallai, Communications Strategist, at 701.713.3800 or caitlinp@ci.williston.nd.us.

Follow the City of Williston on Facebook (@cityofwilliston), Instagram (@cityofwilliston), and LinkedIn.

For more information, please visit www.cityofwilliston.com, call 701.577.8100, or stop by 22 East Broadway, Williston, ND.

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Aug 12, 2020

Summer construction updates

WILLISTON, N.D. – The following are new progress updates regarding ongoing summer construction projects throughout the City of Williston.PW Project Updates-Insta

18th Street Water Main

The water main replacement project along 18th Street is nearing completion.

Wagner Construction replaced the existing 12-inch diameter water main pipe from the 1960’s with modern PVC 16-inch diameter pipe.

Knife River is completing the surface-level work as part of the mill and overlay project from Davidson Drive to University Avenue.

As of Monday, August 10, the intersection of 18th Street and University is now open for north and south traffic only.

Knife River will mill and overlay the remainder of 18th Street, from Davidson Drive to 2nd Avenue West, through the rest of this week.

Once complete, the entirety of 18th Street will be open to thru traffic. Ancillary work, including striping and raising manholes with concrete diamonds, will take place under traffic.

16th Avenue West & 26th Street

Gravel is in place at the intersection of 16th Avenue West and 26th Street as of August 11 and Knife River concrete crews are scheduled to pour curb and gutter on Thursday, August 13.

The intersection will then be paved and is scheduled to reopen barring any extreme weather delays on August 18. At that time, the intersection will be open for east and west traffic only on 26th Street.

The 16th Avenue block between 25th and 26th Streets will remain closed until the existing storm sewer is upgraded.

42nd Street

BEK Consulting is continuing work on the 42nd Street sewer at 16th Avenue working west toward 32nd Avenue West. Once this is complete, BEK will drop back and begin the water line.

4th Avenue West

Phase I is complete. Teraflex laid an initial layer of asphalt and poured gutters and curbs in the areas of Broadway, 4th Street West and 4th Avenue West between 2nd and 4th Streets.

Phase II involves water line and sewer work between 3rd Avenue West and 5th Avenue West. The underground process is scheduled to take two to three weeks.

East Broadway & 7th Avenue East

Knife River has poured all mainline concrete in the area. Road signage and striping will be installed in the next two weeks.

34th Street

Spearfish has completed the 34th Street water and sewer lines up to Frontage Road West and is continuing its work on the 34th Street storm sewer.

The connection across Frontage Road was paved on Saturday, August 8 and is now open.

To view ongoing construction areas throughout the City of Williston, please visit the 2020 Construction Map at: https://bit.ly/Construction2020.

For future updates, please follow the City of Williston on Facebook (@cityofwilliston), Instagram (@cityofwilliston), and LinkedIn.

For more information on this story, please contact Wayne Wiedrich, Operations Engineer, at 701.577.6368 or waynew@ci.williston.nd.us.

The City of Williston Public Works and Engineering building is located at 1121 5th Street East, Williston, ND.

For more information, please visit www.cityofwilliston.com, call 701.577.8100, or stop by 22 East Broadway, Williston, ND.

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Aug 10, 2020

Overlay at 18th and University

The overlay process is underway at the intersection of 18th Street and University.PW - Misc Road Projects-Overlay

The intersection is open for north and south traffic only at this time and flaggers are assisting with traffic flow.

The overlay process is the second step in the two-part process, “mill and overlay.”

After a layer of existing asphalt is removed through milling, tack oil is applied. This is followed by a paving fabric that helps prevent cracks from reflecting to the top surface and provides additional stability.

A surface layer of new asphalt is then paved overtop.

The overlay process for the intersection is scheduled to be complete today while the overlay process for the remainder of 18th will proceed throughout the rest of this week.

To view ongoing construction areas, please visit the 2020 Construction Map: https://bit.ly/Construction2020

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Aug 7, 2020

Milling on 18th

The intersection of 18th Street and University will reopen tomorrow morning for north and south traffic only.PW - Misc Road Projects-Milling


Prior to reopening, the area and others on 18th Street are currently being milled.

The milling process is the first step in the two-part process, “mill and overlay.”

Milling is the process of removing a layer of the existing asphalt in preparation for an adhesive layer, and then a layer of new asphalt.

The overlay process is scheduled to begin at the intersection of 18th and University on Monday, August 10.

The intersection will remain open (again, only to north and south traffic) during this process with flaggers assisting with traffic flow.

To view ongoing construction areas, please visit the 2020 Construction Map: https://bit.ly/Construction2020.

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Aug 4, 2020

2020 Construction Map

Curious to know where active construction and other roadwork is occurring throughout the city?PW - GIS Construction Map-Insta

Check out the new 2020 Construction Map!

View here: https://bit.ly/Construction2020

Prepared by Public Works and Engineering and updated weekly on Mondays, excluding holidays, this interactive map includes project information, entities involved, timeline for completion, and more.

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Jul 31, 2020

18th Street and University Avenue Intersection

PW Project Update-InstaWater main work and the re-installation of street lights is being finished at the intersection of 18th Street and University Avenue.

However, the intersection will remain closed through the weekend as it is currently being prepped for pavement work which is scheduled to begin Tuesday, August 4.

The paving process takes about 2 days to complete.

The intersection will reopen by next Friday, August 7 barring any extreme weather delays.

To view ongoing construction areas, please visit the 2020 Construction Map: https://bit.ly/Construction2020

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Jul 30, 2020

Chip Seal Update

PW - Misc Road Projects-Chip Seal-InstaCity of Williston Public Works is out again today working on chip sealing identified roads.

Everything south of 18th Street to 11th Street from University to 2nd Avenue is up for chip sealing today.

Tomorrow will be roads east of University and west of E. Dakota Parkway, and east of E. Highland Drive to 11th (but not including 11th).

As areas are chip sealed, they won’t be available for parking for about an hour. To help out, please do not park on the street in the above areas.

Chip sealing is a type of asphalt surface treatment and is a fast moving process.

First, a layer of asphalt emulsion is applied, followed by a layer of crushed rock or “chips,” followed by rollers which push the chips into the binder.

A chip seal helps seal any narrow cracks and provides a protective layer to the underlying pavement.

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Jul 28, 2020

Summer construction updates

WILLISTON, N.D. – The following are updates regarding ongoing summer construction projects throughout the City ofPW Project Updates-Insta Williston.

18th Street Water Main
Currently, the intersection of 18th Street and University remains closed for water main replacement work conducted by Wagner Construction.

Saturday morning’s storms delayed pipe replacement, but the work is anticipated to be complete and the intersection reopened by the morning of Wednesday, July 29.

Knife River will complete ADA compliant ramp work and begin patching the water main trenches later this week.

16th Avenue West
The intersection of 16th Avenue West and 26th Street is closed.

At this time, BEK Consulting has completed the water and sewer extension from 26th Street into the Sloulin Field Redevelopment Area and extension of the 16th Avenue box culvert storm sewer is scheduled to begin this week.

Final grading of 16th Avenue is also scheduled to begin this week.

The intersection is scheduled to reopen on Saturday, August 15 barring any extreme weather delays.

42nd Street
BEK has commenced work on the 42nd Street sewer at 16th Avenue working west toward 32nd Avenue West.

4th Avenue West
Aggregate base work and the curb & gutter work has been completed along 4th Avenue West. Asphalt work is scheduled to begin this coming week.

East Broadway & 7th Avenue East
Knife River has completed the aggregate base work and mainline curb & gutter. Mainline concrete paving is scheduled to begin this coming week.

34th Street
Spearfish has completed the 34th Street water and sewer lines up to Frontage Road and is now working on the 34th Street storm sewer.

To view ongoing construction areas through the City of Williston, please visit the 2020 Construction Map at: https://bit.ly/Construction2020.

For future updates, please follow the City of Williston on Facebook (@cityofwilliston), Instagram (@cityofwilliston), and LinkedIn.

For more information on this story, please contact Wayne Wiedrich, Operations Engineer, at 701.577.6368 or waynew@ci.williston.nd.us.

The Public Works and Engineering building is located at 1121 5th Street East, Williston, ND.

For more information, please visit www.cityofwilliston.com, call 701.577.8100, or stop by 22 East Broadway, Williston, ND.

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Jul 22, 2020

Upcoming Planning and Zoning Commission meeting rescheduled to Zoom

PZ Commission Meeting-InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – Due to travel concerns regarding out-of-state consultants, the City of Williston Planning and Zoning Commission meeting planned for Monday, July 27 at 5:30 p.m. has been moved from City Hall to an online forum using Zoom.

Individuals that would like to attend the meeting can join using the information below:

Join Zoom Meeting: https://bit.ly/2E9vvpb

Meeting ID: 282 809 7473
Passcode: 58801
Call in: 1.(346).248.7799

On the agenda is an amendment to the previously adopted Planned Unit Development (PUD) Ordinance for the Williston Square Subdivision.

The proposed amendment to readopt and replace the existing PUD Ordinance will result in the following changes:

  1. Adding the PSAP Subdivision, Lots 1-6, Block 8, Sloulin Field First Addition, and Lots 1-12, Block 7, Sloulin Field First Addition to the PUD area.
  2. Expanding and updating the map to incorporate the above properties.
  3. Expanding the Core Mixed Use Area to include an additional 4.6 acres.
  4. Realigning some internal roads.
  5. Adding four new Zoning Districts to the PUD:
    1. General Commercial District – Medical Mixed Use
    2. Innovation Business District
    3. Lowrise Multifamily and Townhouse Residential
    4. Mixed Use District
  6. Incorporating additional design guidelines across the Williston Square PUD area.

The proposed amendment is consistent with the previously approved designated land uses and the amendment is effectuating those zoning designations.

For agenda and packet information for the upcoming meeting, please visit www.cityofwilliston.com/departments/planning_and_zoning/planning_zoning_commission.php.

For more information on this story, please contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 701.577.8104 or planning@ci.williston.nd.us.

For more information, please visit www.cityofwilliston.com, call 701.577.8100, or stop by 22 East Broadway, Williston, ND.

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Jul 17, 2020

Water main work scheduled to begin Tuesday at intersection of 18th Street and University

PW Road Closures-PW logo-InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – On Tuesday, July 21, construction work will begin at the intersection of 18th Street and University Avenue.

Wagner Construction will continue replacing the 18th Street water main going east, through the intersection of University Avenue and just west of 6th Avenue East. Work began on the 18th Street water main in May 2020.

The existing water main, installed in the 1960s, 12 feet underground, and 12 inches in diameter, will be replaced with modern PVC pipe at 16 inches in diameter.

“This new water main will help facilitate the more efficient movement of water from the east to west side of town,” explained Wayne Wiedrich, Public Works Operations Engineer.

Detour routes will be marked and will include a detour off University Avenue, 11th Street East, East Dakota Parkway, and 22nd Street East.

Message boards at University and 11th Street and University and 22nd Street will be up prior to the weekend to remind individuals of the upcoming closure.

Both 18th Street and University Avenue will be open to local traffic, but the intersection will be closed.

The intersection is scheduled to reopen on Sunday, July 26.

In addition to ongoing water main work, Knife River, as part of its 18th Street mill and overlay project from Davidson Drive to University Avenue will install ADA compliant ramps to sidewalks.

For future updates, please follow the City of Williston on Facebook (@cityofwilliston), Instagram (@cityofwilliston), and LinkedIn.

For more information on this story, please contact Wayne Wiedrich, Operations Engineer, at 701.577.6368 or waynew@ci.williston.nd.us.

For more information, please visit www.cityofwilliston.com, call 701.577.8100, or stop by 22 East Broadway, Williston, ND.

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Jul 14, 2020

Road Closures

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Jul 10, 2020

Improvements to 16th Avenue scheduled to begin Monday

PW Project Updates-InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – On Monday, July 13, construction work will begin at the intersection of 26th Street West and 16th Avenue West located by Dakota Park.

BEK Consulting, hired by the City of Williston and working in cooperation with Alliance Consulting, will remove and reconstruct the existing intersection.

Work involved in this process includes the removal and replacement of existing sidewalks, asphalt, streetlights, some trees, and storm sewer structures.

Detour routes will be marked and will include from 26th Street West heading West, a reroute to 15th Avenue West, and when heading East on 26th Street, a reroute to 11th Avenue West.

The intersection is scheduled to reopen on Saturday, August 15th barring any extreme weather delays.

“We are aware that school is set to resume the following week and we will be working hard to stay on schedule,” emphasized Wayne Wiedrich, Public Works Operations Engineer. “This is an important area that sees a lot of traffic and the remodeled area will result in a key connection point.”

Reconstruction work will result in the start of the new 16th Avenue West extension that will connect 26th Street West to 42nd Street through the Sloulin Field redevelopment area.

“The redevelopment of Sloulin Field offers a unique opportunity to transform the way our city is connected and how it will develop into the future,” stated David Tuan, City Administrator. “We are excited to open up this corridor and bring access to developable land at a critical time in Williston’s growth.”

In addition to the intersection at 26th Street West and 16th Avenue West, ongoing reconstruction work provided by Spearfish Excavating continues at 34th Street West.

Once leading to Sloulin International Airport, now the future home of the Upper Missouri River Regional Dispatch Center, 34th Street West is being expanded.

For future updates, please follow the City of Williston on Facebook (@cityofwilliston), Instagram (@cityofwilliston), and LinkedIn.

For more information on this story, please contact Wayne Wiedrich, Operations Engineer, at 701.577.6368 or waynew@ci.williston.nd.us.

For more information, please visit www.cityofwilliston.com, call 701.577.8100, or stop by 22 East Broadway, Williston, ND.

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May 14, 2020

Municipal Court is Back in Session

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Williston Municipal Court resumed regular court sessions on April 30, 2020.
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Jul 19, 2019

Building Permits Required for re-shingling or re-roofing

Just a reminder to all contractors and property owners that building permits are required for re-shingling or re-roofing residential homes and commercial businesses.

Permits can be obtained at our office located at 113 4th Street E.  If you have any questions, please contact Building Safety at 701.577.8115.

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Jul 9, 2019

Grass and Weed Ordinance #1085

Just a reminder to all property owners within the city limits, grass and weeds must be kept under eight (8) inches. Ordinance #1085 requires notification to be published in the Williston Herald on or around the 15th of each month and no longer requires certified mail notification to a property owner in violation prior to a contractor being sent to maintain the property. Code Compliance officers will attempt to post a courtesy notice on the property structure if available. If you have any questions, please call the Code Compliance Division at 701.713.3838.

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Jun 5, 2019

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Updated Williston Community Libary Hours

Updated library hours 21.3.15Beginning Monday, March 15, 2021, the Williston Community Library will extend its hours of operation.

The library is currently offering study cubicle appointments, curbside pickup, computer use appointments, browsing appointments, and various virtual programs.

  • Facemasks are required when in the building and must be covering your mouth and nose.
  • Two households allowed per 30-minute browsing appointment.
  • Appointments may be scheduled up to one week in advance.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call the Williston Community Library at 701.774.8805.

Current library hours:
Monday - Wednesday: 9am-6pm
Thursday: 9am-7pm
Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

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NE Truck Reliever Route Public Meetings

Truck Reliever Route Notice-InstaThe NDDOT will hold 3 meetings this week to discuss and collect public comments for the proposed NE Truck Reliever Route project.
 
March 3 | 5pm | Virtual
March 4 | 10am & 5pm | Hampton Inn & Suites
 
Meetings will include representatives from the NDDOT, Williams County, City of Williston, and Engineering Consultant, Ulteig, to answer questions and receive comments.
 
Preregistration and masks are required for in-person attendance as well. In-person meetings are limited to 75 attendees and are scheduled for 2 hours. If attending virtually, please mute your devices when not asking questions or delivering verbal comments.
 
Preregister and watch the meeting virtually here: https://www.dot.nd.gov/dotnet2/view/publiccalendar.aspx
 
This project will consist of constructing a truck reliever route northeast of town from Williams County Road 6 near Love's and will progress in an east southeast direction until intersecting with Highway 1804 at the intersection of Williams County Road 9, approximately 1 mile east of Williston.
 
Hard copies of the Environmental Assessment are available to review at Public Works, 1121 5th St. E, and City Hall, 22 E. Broadway, which further detail the project and related information.
 
All attendees are strongly encouraged to complete and submit a Title VI Public Participation Survey. A link to the survey can be found in the details section for each meeting.
 
The form can also be found here: http://bit.ly/3dXJyOt

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NE Truck Reliever Route Public Meetings

Truck Reliever Route Notice-InstaThe NDDOT will hold 3 meetings this week to discuss and collect public comments for the proposed NE Truck Reliever Route project.

March 3 | 5pm | Virtual
March 4 | 10am & 5pm | Hampton Inn & Suites

Meetings will include representatives from the NDDOT, Williams County, City of Williston, and Engineering Consultant, Ulteig, to answer questions and receive comments.

Preregistration and masks are required for in-person attendance as well. In-person meetings are limited to 75 attendees and are scheduled for 2 hours. If attending virtually, please mute your devices when not asking questions or delivering verbal comments.

Preregister and watch the meeting virtually here: https://www.dot.nd.gov/dotnet2/view/publiccalendar.aspx

This project will consist of constructing a truck reliever route northeast of town from Williams County Road 6 near Love's and will progress in an east southeast direction until intersecting with Highway 1804 at the intersection of Williams County Road 9, approximately 1 miles east of Williston.

Hard copies of the Environmental Assessment are available to review at Public Works, 1121 5th St. E, and City Hall, 22 E. Broadway, which further detail the project and related information.

All attendees are strongly encouraged to complete and submit a Title VI Public Participation Survey. A link to the survey can be found in the details section for each meeting.

The form can also be found here: http://bit.ly/3dXJyOt

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Williston Community Library begins phased re-opening

WILLISTON, N.D. – Beginning today, Monday, January 4, 2021, the Williston Community Library is re-opening its doors for the following select in-person library services:

  • Computer use
  • Printing, copying, scanning, and faxing
  • Library card sign-up
  • Reference and reader advisory services

Curbside pickup and all online and virtual programs will continue.

“The approach regarding re-opening is based on multiple factors,” explained Williston Community Library Director, Andrea Placher. “The Library Board of Directors and I keep track of city, county and state guidelines but we also use results from the REALM Project to inform our decisions and policies.”

Conducted by OCLC, a global library cooperative, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle, a global research and development organization, the REALM Project (REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums) produces science-based information about how materials can be handled to mitigate COVID-19 exposure to staff and visitors of libraries, archives, and museums.

“Our number one goal has always been to try and keep our staff and patrons as safe and healthy as possible,” emphasized Placher. “We work in planned, organized phases to help make transitions easier for staff and patrons.”

The COVID-19 Guidelines approved by the Library Board of Directors remain in place and include mandatory face coverings for staff and patrons, maintaining social distance, and limiting daily visitor time inside the library to one hour.

The following cleaning and sanitizing efforts are also in place:

  • Staff wash hands after entering the building and patrons are asked to sanitize hands before entering.
  • Computer stations are sanitized after every patron.
  • Bathrooms, door handles, and frequently used surfaces are sanitized often during the day.
  • Staff work areas are sanitized daily.
  • Library materials are returned through the 24-hour book drop and quarantined for 7 days.
  • Sanitizer is available throughout the building.
  • All seating in common areas has been removed.

“If our community COVID numbers continue decreasing, we hope to allow browsing again in later January,” stated Placher.

While COVID-19 has drastically changed the traditional library landscape, the Williston Community Library has taken a creative approach to supplementing popular in-person programming.

“Programs drastically changed with no in-person meetings, but this propelled us into a whole new way of thinking,” explained Placher. “Our Summer Reading Program was ‘in the bag,’ literally, and we distributed 500+ bagged kits with everything needed to execute an at-home version of summer reading via curbside pickup.”

Inspired and fueled by this initial program’s success, Placher and her staff created more take-home kits for patrons of all ages.

“These kits have been so popular among patrons who cannot always make it into the library for programs that we will continue to provide limited amounts moving forward into our new normal,” added Placher. “Our most popular program this year, aside from summer reading, was definitely our 12 Days of Holidays, which ‘sold out’ in 45 minutes.”

And while the library was quieter than normal this year, behind the scenes, significant maintenance work was able to take place and has transformed the space.

Physical improvements made over 2020 include:

  • New carpeting
  • New interior lighting in children’s area and front lobby
  • Metal coping installed on entire parapet of roof
  • New paint for library’s interior, front desk, and carts
  • Renovated study cubicles with new desks and lighting

Other improvements include expanded online services (e.g. Tumblebooks), the creation of a library YouTube page, and community involvement through the new Downtown Storywalk and distributing 1,900 children books between the Halloween Scavenger Hunt and Holiday Lights Drive.

"Moving forward, we are optimistic about our library’s future and all the services we have to offer,” emphasized Placher. “Starting in mid-January we will begin circulating S.T.E.A.M. kits (science, technology, engineering, art and math) that are sure to be a hit. We are excited to see our patrons again and for them to see all the hard work we have put into the library this last year!"

For more information on this story, please contact Library Director, Andrea Placher, at 701.774.8805 or andreap@ci.williston.nd.us.

To learn more about the REALM Project, please visit www.oclc.org/realm.

For more information on the Williston Community Library and the COVID-19 Guidelines, please visit www.willistonndlibrary.com. Follow the Williston Community Library on Facebook and Instagram (@willistoncommunitylibrary), and YouTube (@Williston Community Library – Williston, ND).

Follow the City of Williston on Facebook (@cityofwilliston), Instagram (@cityofwilliston), and LinkedIn.

For more information, please visit www.cityofwilliston.com, call 701.577.8100, or stop by 22 East Broadway, Williston, ND.

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