Sen. Franken backs Duluth Airport expansion project

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Sen. Franken backs Duluth Airport expansion project

April 9, 2014 Updated Apr 9, 2014 at 8:28 PM CDT

Washington, D.C. (NNCNOW.com) -- U.S. Senator Al Franken has thrown his support behind a plan to expand the Duluth International Airport.

On Tuesday several state lawmakers met with the Federal Aviation Administration and made their pitch for a $30 million runway.

That money would come from the federal government as part of a complete renovation of the primary runway.

Airport officials say they wanted to plant the seed in Washington, setting the stage for future discussions.

"The main runway which was built, I believe in the 1940s, so this has been there for quite a while and you have to rehabilitate these things. What we need to do is extend the secondary runway so that we can rehabilitate the first one," said Sen. Franken.

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and Congressmen Rick Nolan also back the project.

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