- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 17, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Bismarck Municipal Airport is receiving a nearly $1.5 million federal grant from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The grant will be used to rehabilitate the airport’s runway. U.S. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven announced the grant on Monday.

Bismarck’s airport has seen a 70 percent increase enplanements in the past decade.

Sens. Heitkamp and Hoeven hosted Federal Aviation Administration head Michael Huerta in North Dakota in April to push the case for more federal funding for the state’s airports. A number of the state’s airports have struggled to keep up with rapid population growth in the state.

North Dakota airports have secured more than $20 million in federal grants since Huerta’s visit.

In early June North Dakota’s Land Board granted nearly $9 million to airports in the state’s oil patch.

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