History

2016 – ARFF Building Opens

ARFF Building

A ribbon cutting ceremony to formally open the Airport’s new fire station was held on May 4th, 2016. The new Aircraft Rescue  and Firefighting (ARFF) facility replaces a 25-year-old station and is a 17,185 sq. ft., one story structure built to accommodate crew and equipment, including living quarters that feature a commercial-style kitchen, lounge area,…

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2014 – GFK’s 50 Year Anniversary

50th Cover

The airport celebrated it’s 50th Anniversary on August 18, 2014. Click here to view a copy of the event’s special newspaper section published in the Grand Forks Herald. Patrick Dame was the Executive Director of the Grand Forks Regional Airport Authority during this 50th Anniversary Celebration. Below is a transcript of his speech, followed by…

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2014 – Stephen Rucinski Maintenance Center Dedication

The Stephen Rucinski Maintenance Center

Stephen M. “Skip” Rucinski, age 66, passed away on January 19, 2013. Skip joined the Grand Forks Airport in 1970, and had been the longest serving employee at the airport at the time, 43 years. Skip’s knowledge of the airfield and its facilities was legendary, and he has been missed. Around the time of his…

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2011 – Byron L. Dorgan Terminal Construction

The 23 million dollar project included a new apron, terminal building, parking lot and relocation of airport drive.

The Byron L. Dorgan Terminal construction began on July 2, 2009 and was opened for it’s first arrival on August 29, 2011. Photos and videos of the construction project and celebratory events are in album tabs below. Moved In The Byron L. Dorgan Terminal received its first arrival on the evening of August 29th and…

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2009 – Honor Flight

Honor Flight Salute

Northern Valley Honor Flight – September 25 & 26, 2009 Written by Barb Zavala, Northern Valley Honor Flight Chair The Northern Valley Honor Flight, based out of Grand Forks, ND, recently completed its second trip sending a total of 198 WWII veterans, between the two flights, to Washington, DC. The trip, which was completely free…

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1959-84 Norman Midboe Historical Collection

Norman Midboe

A very important part of our airport’s history is a man named Norman Midboe (1922-2015). Mr. Midboe started working for the Grand Forks Airport in 1941 at age 19, and became manager in 1961. He was at the helm until he retired 23 years later in 1984. His leadership brought many changes to the airport,…

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