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Dirt is tossed during Saturday's groundbreaking ceremonies for an $8.9 million Bemidji Regional Airport Terminal expansion and renovation project. From left are Airport Authority Executive Director Harold Van Leeuwen, Rep. John Persell, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, Rep. Brita Sailer, Airport Authority Chairman Marshall Froyd and Deputy FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. Pioneer Photo/Brad Swenson

Regional air service boosted with expansion

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"Regional airports are such an important part of our aviation system in that they provide a very essential level of air service for communities just like Bemidji, and we need to support that," the FAA's second-ranking official said Saturday.


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