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Williston boom continues

July 27, 2013

As the oil boom continues in northwest North Dakota, so does the exponential growth in Williston. A new study sponsored by the city estimates Williston’s population has doubled since the 2010 censu....

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Jul-27-13 11:27 PM

By the way, it is a personal level. Maybe I could ask my sis to cancel dying, for this newbie in Williston.

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Jul-27-13 10:44 PM

Not necessarily, we were told we had to be at the meeting. My sis asked if we could come, as she is dying, this is at the same time. We asked to push it back, the guy said NO, who in the heck do you think you are? Well to*****with it, I am going to go see my sis. And say goodbye. And to*****with Williston.

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Jul-27-13 7:36 PM

Well, I now have to swallow my pride and admit I was wrong about Menards. In todays Williston Herald, they indicated Menards is still getting the TIF agreed upon when they originally announced they were building in Williston back in 2011. But this still doesn't mean other local businesses have not benefited from tax breaks and Star fund money in expanding and building up their businesses.

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Jul-27-13 1:57 PM

I disagree Missy1. Again, what businesses are getting tax breaks? you haven't listed anything yet. Businesses do not need incentives to set up shop in Williston. They know business is booming and they are lucky to find a place to even set up shop. Menard's originally was going to get a big tax break, but they decided against the tax incentive so they could move faster in getting their business up and running, so please don't use Menards as an example. Many "local" businesses get "star fund" money to help improve their current business and some new businesses are also allowed to apply for these funds. These funds are similar to the "Magic Fund" that Minot has. But who gets these funds is NOT limited to only new businesses. When I read the Williston City Commission meeting minutes, I see numerous long time businesses apply for and get funds for store improvements. There is no "oil company" in the world that comes into Williston and gets any type o

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Jul-27-13 12:20 PM

A lot of new business get tax breaks and incentive's to come to Williston, as far as businesses, our meetings aren't over with yet.

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Jul-27-13 12:11 PM

Missy1, it is easy to spew words, but where are your facts. Which new businesses in Williston did the city bend over backwards to help and which businesses owned by longtime residents were kicked to the curb. I don't know of any businesses in Williston that were "kicked to the curb" by the city of Williston?

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Jul-27-13 11:39 AM

One thing about it, if you are a new company coming to Williston, they will bend over backwards to help you. If you have lived here all your life, supported Williston during the last bust, they will kick you to the curb.

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Jul-27-13 11:03 AM

All true for the northwest corner of the state.

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