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Williston’s airport gets $1.8M federal grant

WILLISTON, N.D.(AP) — The U.S. Department of Transportation is awarding Williston’s Sloulin Field International Airport a $1.8 million grant to rehabilitate its taxiway.

U.S. Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp made the announcement Thursday.

The grant is the latest in a series of federal and state grants to North Dakota airports. The state’s Land Board awarded oil patch airports $8.9 million on Wednesday and the Department of Transportation granted North Dakota airports more than $18 million in May.

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Sens. Hoeven and Heitkamp hosted Federal Aviation Administration head Michael Huerta in Williston in April to push the case for more federal funding for state airports.

A number of North Dakota airports have struggled to keep up with the sharp rise in demand brought on by the oil boom in recent years.

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