G.F., Fargo reps visit Williston

By Alta Mayhugh
Williston Herald

Brad Wimmer, a city of Fargo commissioner, had never been to Williston.

He enjoyed his visit here Thursday as well as seeing Tioga and Stanley for the first time on Wednesday.

"We were thrilled to get out there," he said during a phone interview.

Fargo and Grand Forks representatives visited Williston and other nearby communities to meet with city officials and discuss a variety of issues impacting each community and discovering common grounds between the communities.

"We want to work together. It's good for the whole state. We all do better when we all do better," said Mike Williams, Fargo city commissioner.

Grand Forks Mayor Michael Brown dined at the El Rancho with other Grand Forks representatives and Williston representatives.

"Williston is very welcoming, very warm," he said, adding earlier Thursday he and other Grand Forks officials met with the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce and talked about what's happening in Grand Forks, including record enrollment at University of North Dakota and a new library and wellness center.

"It's nice to come share," he said.

Tom Rolfstad, executive director of Williston Economic Development, said there are plans for Williston representatives to visit Grand Forks soon. Meetings with officials from other cities are important, he said, to "get to know each other, each other's issues, find some common ground."

"We're trying to build bridges," Rolfstad said.