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New hangar for Civil Air Patrol

Bemidji Civil Air Patrol and Dr. Ray Majkrzak break ground on a new hangar, which will feature classroom and office space for Civil Air Patrol and a space for Majkrzak's small airplane. Pictured from left are Squadron Commander Capt. Robin Helgager, Majkrzak, Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp, Bemidji Mayor Richard Lehmann and past Squadron Commander Maj. Terrence Best. Submitted Photo

Thanks to the generosity of a local doctor, the Bemidji Civil Air Patrol will soon have a new home.

Bemidji Mayor Richard Lehmann, Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp, Beltrami County Commissioner Joe Vene, Beltrami Emergency Management Director Beryl Wernberg, Maj. Terrence Best and Capt. Robin Helgager joined Dr. Ray Majkrzak in a groundbreaking ceremony for his new hangar being erected at the Bemidji Regional Airport.

Majkrzak, a private pilot with a passion for aviation and aerospace education, joined the Civil Air Patrol in 2008.

He has, for several years, wanted to build a local home for his small airplane. The hangar now is to be constructed this summer by local contractors.

The Bemidji Civil Air Patrol squadron has been located at the Bemidji Regional Airport across from Bemidji Aviation for decades.

The airport renovation project, however, made it necessary for the squadron building to be torn down and the squadron to find a new home.

The new hangar was designed in such a way as to accommodate the growing squadron and will include office and classroom space.

"We could not be more pleased to be able to keep our squadron at the airport and are grateful to Dr. Majkrzak for making his hangar available to us," Helgager said in a news release.