Friday, September 30, 2016

The Duluth International Airport Will Soon Rehabilitate the Main Runway

DULUTH, Minn. -  The two mile long runway that has been in use for 60 years will soon be undergoing renovations which could affect businesses that regularly utilize the airport.

The $43 million renovation will take place in three different  phases. During this time, the runway will be closed for 60 days.

Businesses and community members who utilize the airport are not happy about the closure, however airport officials say that the rehabilitation is necessary.

Tom Werner, the Executive Director of Duluth Airport Authority, said "Our number one priority is safety and security, its our core mission and its something that we take very seriously and that we are proud of."

The construction of the new runway will start soon and it will be completed by the Summer of 2018.

After that, they say they wont have to renovate the runway for another 60 years.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Morton County Sheriff: Plane did not spray pipeline protesters

The Morton County Sheriff's Department said a plane did not drop gas on people Wednesday during a protest at construction sites near St. Anthony.

Spokesman Rob Keller said the department investigated a spray plane, which was alleged to have dropped mustard gas on protesters.

"That’s a rumor," Keller said. “It’s not mustard gas.”

Keller said it was an agricultural spray plane that had been contracted by a farmer to spray a field.

On Wednesday, the plane had made several trips from the Mandan Airport to various sites in Morton County, he said. On its way back "as a safety protocol," it dumped vegetable oil into its exhaust, which created white smoke.

The smoke was used to make the plane visible to other aircraft in the area, Keller said.

The smoke was "the same kind seen routinely at air shows," he said.

“It’s foolish to think we would drop mustard gas," he said.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol said the plane was flying 400 to 500 feet above the ground, about a half-mile from demonstrators.

Twenty-one protesters were arrested Wednesday on charges including resisting arrest, criminal trespass on private property and possession of stolen property.


Ex-United Airlines pilot gets 41 months for stalking Texan

SAN ANTONIO — Prosecutors said a former United Airlines pilot must serve 41 months in federal prison for posting online nude photos of a Texas woman he once dated.

Mark Joseph Uhlenbrock, of Chesterfield, Missouri, was sentenced Wednesday in San Antonio after earlier pleading guilty to internet stalking.

Investigators said the 62-year-old Uhlenbrock posted photos of the San Antonio woman online without her permission. Prosecutors said the stalking happened after the pair broke up and the victim had obtained restraining orders against Uhlenbrock.

Uhlenbrock was arrested in August 2015 following a search of his home and the seizure of two computers with bookmarks to social media sites where the photos were posted.