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Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport seeks injunction against rental car company Budget

Though Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport manager Matthew Remynse said no car rental issues have crept up in recent weeks, the Dickinson Municipal Airport Authority Board of Commissioners decided Tuesday to be ready if they do.

During an executive session at its regular monthly meeting at the airport, the board -- at the direction of legal counsel from Ebeltoft Sickler -- approved a measure to allow Remynse to file an injunction against car rental company Budget if it conducts business at the airport.

After its contract to do business at the airport expired on Feb. 28, Budget continued to operate without a contract, much to the chagrin of airport management and the Airport Authority, Remynse said.

"After a cease-and-desist letter we sent out in late August, we haven't had any problems with them," said Remynse after Tuesday's meeting. "The injunction is there so that we can respond if we run into further problems. It's basically a safeguard."

Remynse said that without a contract, Budget is limited to performing only pick-ups and drop-offs in the airport parking lot and cannot conduct other business or solicitation on airport grounds.

In other action, the board approved an amended airline contract agreement with Delta, United and Great Lakes Airlines for 2014, though financial terms have yet to be decided, which Remynse said was not unusual among airports.

Though no action was taken on the following items, the board also discussed the possibility of the airport adding security cameras and the implementation of background checks for potential employees in the airport hiring process, per Transportation Security Administration standards.

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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