Around Town -- April 12, 2013 - - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

Around Town -- April 12, 2013

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Pizza, fish and power -- everything "Around Town" this week has some connection to oil country.

A unique eatery opens in oil country.  Dickinson gets a Wildcat Pizzeria, though they're already known in Williston for New York-style, hand-tossed pizza.  Owners say the secret to success is in the crust -- whole wheat and homemade daily.  

You can also get Wildcat salads, nachos, stromboli, clam chowder, 100% beef hot dogs, yogurt -- and there's a full bar and free wifi.  They're located at 15th Street West on the upper level, but use the State Street entrance.  More Wildcat information is available at

Former pro hockey player turned entrepreneur, Mike Peluso moves Zack Shack to the strip in Mandan.  While Zack Shacks are associated with fishing, Peluso says there are many more uses.  Custom built on-site, they're being sold to haul motorcycles, for worksite trailers -- and even as press boxes.  The oil field is also using Peluso's Zack Shacks as "fracking shacks" where workers retreat to warm up.

For fishing enthusiasts, here's Mike demonstrating how easily Zack Shacks lower onto the ice.  And if you happen to punch through, he says these fish houses actually float.

They'll have a new shop open at the location in about two weeks, where they plan to take a unique approach to bait and tackle.  You can learn more at

Novaspect is going up in Mandan.  The company supplies parts and services to the oil industry.  They've already been supplying the Mandan refinery and Basin Electric Power Cooperative from their Chicago location. 

Once their new, 20,000 square foot building is complete, they'll be hiring a sales team, field technicians and machinists.  Novaspect won the support of various government officials, including Governor Dalrymple, not only for its products and services, but also for the 35 high-paying jobs the company is expected to bring to the area over the next five years.


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