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Not Today campaign brings global speaker to talk on suicide prevention

By Erica Kingston / September 14, 2023

Five years ago ConnectUs Therapy’s Katie Shannon spoke to the Williston high school cross country team about suicide prevention, birthing the Not Today campaign. Each year since, more students have participated in the event by wearing its t-shirts and walking together in honor those who have died by suicide. Through generous donors and the Williston […]

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Bridging the hiring gap: Why North Dakota employers struggle to find talent

By Community Shopper / September 7, 2023

In the heart of North Dakota, a state known for its vast landscapes and opportunities, employers often find themselves facing a peculiar challenge – the struggle to find qualified candidates despite a pool of job seekers. While there are certain factors in play that contribute to this trend plaguing the entire nation, there are some […]

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Hometown Healing concert connecting the community through music

By Erica Kingston / August 31, 2023

It can feel like the world has shifted in the past couple of years. Mental, physical and economical hardships hit and left feelings of separation and strain throughout communities. CHI St. Alexius Health Foundation in Williston has been working hard on an event that they hope will bring a communal connection to their  town. In […]

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Challes donates childhood bird egg collection to N.D. state parks

By Erica Kingston / August 24, 2023

Contributed by Marie Challes. Lewis and Clark Park Ranger Zach Audette and Marie Challes with the donated bird egg collection. In the mid 1960’s, Marie Challes, then in her early teens, and her father set their sights on the native birds around their family farm near Ray, N.D. For nearly two years they kept their eyes […]

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Opportunity Foundation, INC.

By Rachel Venture / August 17, 2023

James, OFI help recipient, and Courtney, program director Photo by: Rachel Venture It is great to live in a world with so many different and wonderful people. People who wake up each morning and ask themselves, “How can I make today better for humanity?” And then set out to answer that question. At Opportunity Foundation […]

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City of Williston offers Neighborhood Revitalization Program

By Erica Kingston / August 10, 2023

With material prices at an all-time high and lending hard to obtain, doing home projects may be put on the back burner. But the City of Williston has formed a program to encourage property improvement in an affordable way. The City Commission passed Resolution 23-003 in February that allows certain homes the opportunity to apply […]

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Sip, Give, Go Is Making an Impact in Williston

By Alex McCann Johnson / August 3, 2023

Sip, Give, Go is the brilliant execution of a food drive orchestrated by the First Lutheran Church in Williston. This heartwarming initiative is all about coming together as a community and collecting non-perishable food items to stock the local food banks. The driving force behind this effort is to ensure that the food bank shelves […]

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Fort Union Hosts Indian Arts Festival

By Erica Kingston / July 27, 2023

Traditional American Indian Dancer at Fort Union NPS Photo/Emily Sunblade Fort Union preserves the history of what was once a bustling fur trade post on the Upper Missouri River. Next weekend, the fort is hosting an event that brings that history to life. On August 5-6, the Indian Arts Festival will be held at Fort […]

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Ray Garden Provides for Food Pantry

By Erica Kingston / July 20, 2023

Eric Viall stands next to the Ray community garden that provides for the local food pantry. Photo by Erica Kingston The plot on the corner of Score Street and Third Avenue in Ray, N.D. looks like a typical garden. The potato plant’s purple buds are blooming and the pumpkin vines are rapidly expanding. But this […]

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Community Garden Project Near Completion

By Erica Kingston / July 13, 2023

On a little piece of land on the corner of East Dakota Parkway and East Highland Drive in Williston, garden boxes have been built and filled, water hydrants are in place and the landscaping is shaping up. The only item left to complete this project: local gardeners. Over the course of four years, the Williston […]

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Sandstrom Headed to National High School Finals Rodeo

By Erica Kingston / July 6, 2023

Sidney competes in the Reined Cow Horse event on her horse, Benny. Photo Credit: Craig Maley A single pickup and horse trailer were parked at the Ray Rodeo Arena on a late mid-week morning. Three pups rested in the shade of the truck while Sidney Sandstrom and her horse Benny worked in the dusty, warm […]

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Firework Safety Tips and Burn Restrictions

By Erica Kingston / June 29, 2023

The Fourth of July is upon us as the burgers and brats are prepared, coolers filled and fireworks purchased for a weekend of celebration. Fireworks are a tradition stemming from America’s very first Independence Day. As exciting as they are to set off and watch, safety must be in the forefront to ensure a safe and […]

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