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D.C. Runway Extension Lobbying Trip UPDATE

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Pictured left to right are Col. Sandy Best, Minnesota National Guard; Col. Jon Safstrom, 148th Fighter Wing; Congressman Rick Nolan; Jim Swiderski, Congressman Nolan's legislative director; Bill Bennett, LHB; Leslie Perrett, Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans; Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon, and Roger Wedin representing the Duluth Chamber of Commerce.
Pictured left to right are Col. Sandy Best, Minnesota National Guard; Col. Jon Safstrom, 148th Fighter Wing; Congressman Rick Nolan; Jim Swiderski, Congressman Nolan's legislative director; Bill Bennett, LHB; Leslie Perrett, Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans; Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon, and Roger Wedin representing the Duluth Chamber of Commerce.

Duluth, MN (KDAL) - A delegation from the Northland continues to lobby for money to extend the cross-wind runway at the Duluth International Airport.  The group, headed up by 8th District Congressman Rick Nolan, met with top officials with the Federal Aviation Administration Tuesday morning.  Following the meeting, Congressman Nolan says he’s optimistic that the delegation will secure the money needed to make the project a reality. 

The airport’s main runway will need to be completely rebuilt in the next decade.  It’s a project that could take three years to complete.  In the meantime, an extended runway would allow the airport to continue with commerce and passenger air traffic.  It would also prevent the 148th Fighter Wing from having to temporarily relocate. 

Congressman Nolan’s office tells K-D-A-L News “While this is still in the early stages of planning, Duluth has a record of success with the FAA.  Having so many members of the community here in DC lobbying on behalf of this runway project makes an impact on officiasl at the FAA, the Pentagon and the Congress.”

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