- Associated Press - Saturday, June 21, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Bismarck Municipal Airport is getting yet another grant.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is awarding the airport a $3 million grant that will be used to drain nearby wetlands to prevent waterfowl from flying into flight paths.

U.S. Sens. John Hoven and Heidi Heitkamp announced the grant on Friday.

The senators announced an additional $1.5 million Federal Aviation Authority grant to rehabilitate the airport’s runway on June 16.

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

North Dakota airports have secured around $25 million in federal grants since Huerta’s visit.

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