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Published August 10, 2011, 10:08 PM

Cutting the Ribbon on New, State-of-the-art GFK Terminal

The new terminal at the Grand Forks Airport opened Wednesday for a private ceremony with local and state leaders.

By: Meagan Millage, WDAZ

The new terminal at the Grand Forks Airport opened Wednesday for a private ceremony with local and state leaders.

The $21 million Byron L. Dorgan Terminal was dedicated Wednesday night. North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple, Senator John Hoeven, Senator Kent Conrad, and Congressman Rick Berg, and Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown attended the event.

"Decades ago, I got in a 10-year-old Ford car from southwestern North Dakota and drove up to the University of North Dakota thinking I'd like to get my name on a college diploma someday. But little did I ever think I'd have my name on a terminal at the airport in Grand Forks," Dorgan said.

The state-of-the-art Byron L. Dorgan Terminal is twice the size of the old airport terminal. It has two gates, more parking, and is energy efficient. More gates can be added if needed in the future.

"It's a great, new airport terminal that says to people who come here 'This is Grand Forks.' It's a proud city, building and creating and on the move," Dorgan said.

"It's a wonderful culmination of a lot of hard work by a lot of people. And what a fitting tribute to Senator Dorgan on his lifetime achievement for Grand Forks and for North Dakota and for the country," mayor Mike Brown said.

"This is an incredible honor and a very deserved honor for a lifetime of work on behalf of the state of North Dakota," Senator John Hoeven said.

"A well deserved recognition. We hold back this praise until they retire!" Governor Jack Dalrymple said.

There is an open house Thursday at the terminal from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m.

The terminal will officially open to passengers on August 30th.

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