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FAA administrator coming to North Dakota

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WASHINGTON — The head of the Federal Aviation Administration is coming to North Dakota, the state’s senators announced Thursday.

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FAA Administrator Michael Huerta will visit Grand Forks and Williston on Monday with Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven, according to a press release.

“In North Dakota, aviation is drastically growing — whether at our groundbreaking UAS facilities or at our airports in western North Dakota,” the senators wrote in the release.

“We’re excited to show off the great work being done in North Dakota and hope to reinforce why our state needs more support for infrastructure to keep up with demand.”

The group will visit the University of North Dakota at approximately 10:15 a.m. CDT to tour the unmanned aerial systems facilities in Grand Forks. Rep. Kevin Cramer, Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley and university administrators will join Heitkamp, Hoeven and Huerta for a roundtable discussion.

The group will then travel to Williston to tour the city’s airport at 2 p.m. Officials from Dickinson, Williston, Minot and Bismarck will join them for a roundtable discussion on the growth in western North Dakota and its impacts on airports.

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April Baumgarten
Hi. I'm the assistant editor of The Dickinson Press and I'll be your tour guide. I grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, or 10 miles southwest of South Heart. I was right in the middle. Anyways, my family raises registered Hereford cattle on the ranch, where I learned a lot of valuable lessons. I went to school at Belfield Public School, graduating in the last class as the Belfield Bantams. I then double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown College. After three years of working for the now University of Jamestown's newspaper, The Collegian, I joined the staff at The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson City government and energy reporter. I moved on to the Hazen Star and Center Republican as an editor before being pulled back to Dickinson. And here I am. As someone that grew up and lived in North Dakota for 25 years, I never thought that our corner of the state would ever change. But time has a way of proving me wrong. In the midst of one of the largest oil booms that state has seen I get to watch it all and tell everyone about it. I can't wait to see what happens next.
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