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FNS Photo by Amy Dalrymple Federal Aviation Administrator Michael Huerta, center, listens during a roundtable discussion Monday in Williston regarding airport needs in western North Dakota. He was hosted by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Kevin Cramer.

Western ND airports make pitch for help to FAA


WILLISTON — Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta didn’t bring his checkbook to western North Dakota on Monday, but he pledged to partner with the state to address the challenges of rapid growth.

Huerta toured Williston’s airport, which saw a nearly 152 percent increase in commercial boardings in 2013 alone and has maxed out its facilities to keep up with the growth spurred by oil development.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at or (701) 580-6890.