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Officials turn dirt during groundbreaking ceremonies Thursday for a Bemidji Regional Airport renovation and expansion project involving the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Facility. From left are Sen. Mary Olson of Bemidji, Bemidji Regional Airport Authority member Ron Johnson, Authority Executive Director Harold Van Leeuwen, U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, Authority member Roger Hellquist (hidden by clod of dirt), Authority member Jack Frost and former Authority member and Beltrami County Commissioner Joe V...

Groundbreaking at Bemidji Regional Airport serves as kickoff for Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Facility

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Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Thursday morning for the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Facility, located just east of the terminal building.


The nearly $630,000 renovation and expansion project is part of the $8 million airport terminal expansion and renovation, which will have its own groundbreaking ceremonies on July 24.

Peterson hailed local officials for continually developing the airport, saying it helps spur economic development in the region.

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