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Grand Forks airport celebrates 50 years

The Grand Forks International Airport turns 50 this year and Monday, officials are celebrating this major milestone with the community.

There are a number of aircraft on display and grab bags and games to enjoy.

Officials kicked off their celebration with a ribbon cutting for the opening of a new snow removal equipment building.

The building is named after Stephen Rucinksi, better known as Skip, who passed away last year.

He worked a the airport for 43 years.

Rucinski's wife says she and her family are honored that the building is named after Skip.

Deb Rucinski, Snow Removal Equipment Building Named After Late Husband said, "it's a beautiful facility, it certainly is, the equipment is just amazing amazing amazing."

In September last year, the airport received a $2.4 million grant from the federal aviation administraton for the building.

Monday is all about celebrating all that the airport has accomplished including being one of five airports in the United States to be LEED certified for energy efficiency.

Also Monday - Senator John Hoeven announced that the airport is getting a $700,000 grant to build a new taxiway.

The event goes until 7 Monday and is free.

Duggy the Dc-3 aircraft is here with some other classic warbirds.