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Minot Air Force Base Reopens Runway

Last night, we told you about the Minot Air Force Base opening its runway again after being shut down for several weeks for repairs.  And, today, we were able to get a first-hand look at the results of those repairs.

Snow, ice and harsh winter weather always takes a toll on the airfield.

Every year, the base closes the runway for a short time, so local civil engineers and contractors can patch all of the holes, remove rubber skids and re-paint stripes on the airfield.

"One of the big things we're concerned with now in the fiscal environment especially is being good stewards of the taxpayer money.  And, when you have something as pricey as airfield payment, a full repair is very expensive, it's time consuming, and if we can get out and do those little things that don't cost a whole lot of money to extend the life of those pavements, then that's huge for us," explains Dan Bradfield, Chief of Base Development for the Civil Engineering Squadron.

Officials at the base will be planning for next year's improvements at the end of the summer.

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