Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson Announce Nearly $3 Million to Improve Infrastructure at Northwestern Minnesota Airports

Sep 19, 2011 Issues: Transportation

WASHINGTON, D.C.[09/16/11]–Today, U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken (D-Minn.) and U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) announced nearly $3 million for infrastructure improvements at northwestern Minnesota airports. The funding comes from the Federal Aviation Administration through the Department of Transportation.

The upgrades will improve the airports in Baudette, Roseau, Winsted, Litchfield, Fosston, Ortonville, Staples.

“Strengthening our airport infrastructure helps strengthen the economy in communities throughout Northwestern Minnesota,” said Sen. Klobuchar. “This support will help ensure that Minnesota’s airports continue to be among the safest and most reliable in the nation.”

"At a time when unemployment is devastating communities all over northern Minnesota, investment in local airports can bring jobs and income into the region,said Sen. Franken. "These federal funds will allow these airports to continue to connect Minnesotans to the rest of the world and to provide the safe, reliable air service Minnesotans expect and deserve."

“Maintaining and improving the condition of our rural airports is important,” said Rep. Peterson. “These communities work hard to attract and maintain business and tourism, and this work can be more difficult without a good airport.”

Details for funding are below:

  • Baudette International Airport will receive $1,283,596 to extend the taxiway and support other improvements.
  • Roseau Municipal Airport will receive $488,679 to improve the taxiway and the hangar area, as well as other infrastructure improvements.
  • Winsted Municipal Airport will receive $457,000 to construct an arrival/departure building, improve the parking lot, and other improvements to overall infrastructure.
  • Litchfield Municipal Airport will receive $173,850 to improve the access road, parking lot, and runway.
  • Fosston Municipal Airport will receive $132,208 to improve the taxiway as well as other infrastructure improvements.
  • Ortonville Municipal Airport will receive $119,907 to construct a fuel facility that will help the airport become more self-sufficient.
  • Staples Municipal Airport will receive $25,000 to improve overall infrastructure.