- Associated Press - Sunday, May 22, 2016

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - Groundbreaking is expected to begin within months on a new $265 million airport northwest of the city that will serve the Williston region.

The Williston Herald (http://bit.ly/25bmuSG ) reports that the airport is expected to be operational in 2019, and a public open house will be scheduled sometime this summer.

Sloulin Field International Airport director Steven Kjergaard says the airport has a new website at www.xwaproject.com to share information, pictures and videos of the project.

The new facility will be known as the Williston Basin International Airport.

Last month, the Williams County Commission expressed opposition to the use of eminent domain to obtain privately owned acreage for the new airport after a landowner told the board that he did not want to sell his land and was dissatisfied with negotiations.

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Information from: Williston Herald, http://www.willistonherald.com

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