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Medora to host public meeting on airport

The city of Medora will host a public meeting to discuss the “feasibility of reestablishing a recreational airstrip,” according to minutes from Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

The meeting will take place beginning at 3 p.m. on March 15 at the Medora Community Center. During its February meeting, the council voted to move forward toward a feasibility study, which would explore the possibility of bringing an airstrip back to Medora. The area was once home to the Buddy Ranch Airport, though the small airstrip closed in the early 1980s.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Medora Mayor Doug Ellison said he recently met with North Dakota Aeronautics Commission and Federal Aviation Administration officials in Bismarck in an effort to gather “information necessary to asses moving forward with a feasibility study.” The city could be entitled to federal funding for an airport project, which would potentially pay for a large chunk of construction and maintenance costs.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, Medora City Auditor Carrie Marman offered her resignation, which will be effective April 30. Minutes from the meeting show that “the councilmen stated (Marman) has done a terrific job and will be missed.”

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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