WDAZ: Your Home Team

Published September 23, 2010, 02:36 PM

New GFK Terminal to be Named for Byron L. Dorgan

The new terminal at the Grand Forks Airport will be named for long-time North Dakota Senator Byron L. Dorgan.

By: Brady Mallory, WDAZ

The Grand Forks International Airport has announced the name of their new terminal set to open next summer.

"The new terminal will be named the Byron L. Dorgan Terminal," said GFK Executive Director, Patrick Dame.

Having a $23 Million project named after him definitely had an effect on the long-time senator.

"To use his words, he was speechless. It is an indication he is not running for an office because politicians aren't speechless," said Hal Gershman of the Grand Forks Airport Authority.

In an email sent to WDAZ, Dorgan says, "Grand Forks is a growing, vibrant city that will soon host a wonderful new airport terminal, and I was happy to help that happen".

"Senator Byron L. Dorgan has helped to ensure the long-term viability and future success of Grand Forks and this region," said Dame.

Dame said Dorgan directed nearly $50 Million in airport investments in North Dakota. $9 Million of the money has gone to GFK, and $18 Million towards UND aerospace.

"We feel it's very highly deserved by Senator Dorgan who has done so much in his 40 years of public service for our state, city and region," said Gershman.

An Airport Authority Board Member motioned to name the terminal after Dorgan. The resolution passed pretty quickly.

"Here we are today. We're very proud of the decision of the board," said Gershman.

Right now, the exterior of the new terminal is about 70 percent done, with a goal to start the interior by this winter. They are hoping to open by next June.