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DOT grants $10.5M to Minot airport

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded nearly $10.5 million in grants to the Minot International Airport, according to a press release.

The funds will go toward the airport’s runway and apron project. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., announced in May the airport would receive approximately $9 million, but local officials stated they needed an additional $1.5 million, according to the release. The Federal Aviation Administration had received a request from the airport authority but hadn’t given a decision, so they asked Hoeven to contact the agency about expediting a decision so the project could be completed this year. 

The senator was notified Friday that the FAA had accepted his request for additional funding and awarded $1.47 million to the airport.

“The Minot region is growing at a tremendous rate, with more people traveling into and out of the city every year,” Hoeven said in the release. 

Hoeven is expected to visit Minot on Tuesday to review the progress on the terminal and other improvement projects for infrastructure and functionality at the airport.

April Baumgarten
April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, as the news editor. She works with a team of talented journalists and editors, who strive to give the Grand Forks area the quality news readers deserve to know. Baumgarten grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college,  she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.