Howard Klug, Williston mayor

Howard Klug, Williston mayor

The City of Williston announced that 2021 State of the City Address will be held on Thursday, May 6 in Williston.

The address will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Eleven Restaurant and Lounge as part of the 2021 Williston Economic Development Summit. The Summit will include panel discussions on housing, Unmanned Aerial Services and health care, as well as the Williston Economic Development/Small Business Development Center Awards Banquet on May 7.

This year’s speakers include Williston Mayor Howard Klug and City Administrator David Tuan. The State of the City Address is an annual event that provides important city updates on current initiatives, projects and other accomplishments.

In-person attendance will be limited. Tickets are free and include lunch. Individuals interested in attending can get tickets at

Masks are strongly encouraged for those attending in-person.

The State of the City Address will also be livestreamed by the Creative Treatment to the City of Williston Facebook page, as well as broadcast live on 660 KEYZ. A recording of the address will also be available.

Visit the City of Williston Facebook page at for more information or to watch the livestream.

The Economic Development Awards is the first awards banquet to be held since 2019, and Director Shawn Wenko said he’s glad to be back.

“We are happy to have our awards banquet back this year. We have a lot to celebrate in economic development. This banquet will showcase some of the exceptional small business owners in our community,” he said.

The following are the nominees for the 2021 WED awards. One winner will be recognized from each category. Votes were cast by the Williston STAR Fund Board of Directors, Williston City Commission and Williston Regional Economic Development Board of Directors.

WED Ambassador of the Year Nominees: Chris Jundt, Debbie Richter and Terry Olson

-This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities towards the advancement of the region.

WED Community Partnership of the Year Nominees: Kasmer & Aafedt

Oil Golf Tournament, MonDak Animal Rescue and Upper Missouri District

Health Unit

-This award is presented to individuals or organizations who demonstrate leadership qualities that enhance the community and region.

WED Regional Business of the Year Nominees: Innovation Academy,

Outrigger Energy II and Vantis

-This award is presented to a business or entity that has shown exceptional leadership within the region and its field.

WED Icon of the Year Nominees: Ekblad, Inc., Electric and Magneto and

Zunich Agency, Farmers Union Insurance

-This award recognizes individuals and businesses that have been a

staple in the community for many years.

The following are the winners for the 2021 SBDC awards. Three nominees in each category received votes from members of Williston STAR Fund Board of

Directors, Williston City Commission and Williston Regional Economic Development Board of Directors.

SBDC New Business of the Year: Safari Trampoline Park

-This award is presented to an individual or individuals who have

demonstrated superior success with a new business startup purchase

or remodel.

SBDC Existing Business of the Year: Western Veterinary Clinic

-This award is given to a business that has demonstrated staying power within the community. Not only have they demonstrated success, but they have given back to the community in a positive way.

SBDC Woman Owned Business of the Year: 26th Street Liquor

-This award is presented to any women-owned startup that has demonstrated exemplary business success within the community.

SBDC Lender of the Year: Kirby Kain of First State Bank and Trust and

Tracy Whitney of the Lewis and Clark Certified Development Company

-The Lender of the year is given to a financial representative that has demonstrated a willingness to support new and existing business development and growth within the region.

The awards banquet will begin at 5:30 p.m. at The Eleven Restaurant and Lounge. Space is very limited.

Contact Ann Kvande at about potential ticket requests. The ceremony will be livestreamed via Williston Economic Development’s Facebook page. The program will begin at approximately 7 p.m.

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