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No airport for Medora: Council drops Buddy Ranch airstrip study

Medora will remain without an airport for now, the city’s mayor said Thursday.

Mayor Doug Ellison said in a phone interview that the City Council will not pursue an airstrip feasibility study for a proposed new airstrip due to a lack of votes. The council previously voted 3-0 to look into steps toward a study.

“There simply isn’t enough support on the council to move forward with the study,” Ellison said. “In principle, I still think it’s a good idea, but we felt that, instead of wasting everyone’s time, we just announce that we’re not going to pursue it. Maybe another council will look at the issue, but it won’t be now.”

The council held a public hearing for the airstrip and listened to arguments for and against a possible new airstrip. Medora hasn’t had an airport since the Buddy Ranch Aiport was shut down in the 1980s. The meeting drew mixed opinions from residents, officials and business owners.

The proposal was expected to appear on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting but has been deleted, Ellison said Thursday.

Bryan Horwath
A Wisconsin native, Horwath has been covering news in the Oil Patch of North Dakota since 2012. Horwath currently serves as the senior agriculture and political reporter for The Dickinson Press and, despite the team's tendency to always let him down, remains a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan.
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