Williston Herald

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The Williston Herald is a 6-day-per-week newspaper printed in Williston, North Dakota. The Herald is the official newspaper of Williams County, North Dakota and the main newspaper covering northwestern North Dakota and northeastern Montana. The newspaper is printed Monday through Friday, and on Sunday.

The Williston Herald also the home of the Plains Reporter, which is the weekly publication distributed throughout northwestern North Dakota and northeastern Montana.

The Herald employs approximately 40 employees. In addition, the Herald employs more than 60 carriers and motor route drivers.


  • 1899: A group of citizens wanting to express their views on a local political controversy raised $600 to begin the new newspaper. The newspaper begins in a one-room shack on Second Street West with E.M. Crary at the helm. However, in less than a month the Herald was on its third publisher. Soon after things settle down and the newspaper begins to grow.
  • Oct. 14, 1930: The first daily paper was published on a single sheet printed on both sides.
  • 1935: The newspaper went to standard size.
  • 1938: Wire services were added to the daily paper.
  • 1942: The Williston Herald moves to its present location.
  • August 1961: Walter Wick becomes publisher and totally transforms the physical plant.
  • March 13, 1967: Switch from hot lead to offset printing provides a noticeable improvement in reproduction.
  • 1979: The weekly Williston Basin Oil Reporter begins publishing.
  • 1987: Wick Communications purchases the weekly Williston Plains Reporter from Bill Shemorry.
  • 1996: The Herald installs a pagination system with full color capabilities.
  • 2014: The Herald adds Parade Magazine to its Sunday edition.


  • The Herald won 4 First and 5 Second Place Awards from the Associated Press 2008 Dakotas APME Awards.[citation needed]
  • They also won 11 First, 1 Second, and 6 Third place awards from the 2008 NDNA Awards.

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