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Forum News Service, Published July 09 2013

Storms tear up Dunn County Airport

KILLDEER, N.D. - Weydahl Field, commonly known as the Dunn County Airport on the north side of Killdeer, suffered a huge setback Monday evening when a storm ripped through the area.

The airport has seen a surge in use because of oil activity in the area and was in the process of being improved, but winds reaching up to 85 mph overturned airplanes and destroyed the hangar Monday, leaving only the terminal intact.

“I think it’s a real tragedy because the people that own those airplanes have helped tremendously in the effort to help rebuild the hangar and the whole airport in general,” said Mike Schollmeyer, vice chairman of the Dunn County Airport Authority. “It’s a lot of hard work that just got blown away.”

Pilots have still been landing at the airport regularly despite part of the runway being torn up, speaking to its need as the area continues to grow.

Jason Hutchinson, the airport authority’s treasurer, said at least three airplanes were in the hangar when it was destroyed.

“We’re working hard to get it open and this is just kind of another setback,” Hutchinson said. “It wasn’t much of a hanger to begin with, but it was something.”

Schollmeyer said there are no plans to abandon the work already accomplished at the airport, despite Monday’s damage.