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Dave Olson, Published April 11 2014

Inside Business: Airport sees record numbers, new hangars

Fargo -- March was the busiest month in history for Hector International Airport.

According to airport statistics, a total of 89,100 passengers boarded or got off a plane at Hector last month, making it the busiest month ever at the airport. March marked the 18th time in the last 19 months that a new monthly record for traffic was set at the airport.

In other airport developments, the Airport Authority has given preliminary approval to a hangar project being pursued by JP Development, parent company of the Jet Center.

Preliminary approval was also given to a hangar project proposed by Dakota Air Parts.

The new Jet Center hangar requires an apron expansion the Airport Authority would construct at an estimated cost of $885,000. The authority is applying for a state grant that could cover half of that cost, said Shawn Dobberstein, Airport Authority executive director.

The Jet Center project also anticipates a parking lot expansion of 15 to 20 parking spaces.

In addition to the Jet Center work, Dobberstein said another business, Dakota Air Parts, is looking to add one or two new hangars to its existing hangar complex.

The Airport Authority is looking for feedback from public to help it decide how much parking space should be built and when. An online survey can be found at www.fargoairport.com

Maddio’s pins down site

An Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint planned for Fargo will be part of a new strip mall under construction on 45th Street.

Troy Mattern, who is opening the restaurant with his wife, Jamie, said earlier this year they planned to open the restaurant this summer, with the location to be announced.

The business has filed paperwork with the city indicating the restaurant will be at 1690 45th St. S. in the new Prairie Stone Center under construction.

Jamie Mattern said it is looking like Uncle Maddio’s will open in August.

Other businesses that have indicated they will be setting up in the Prairie Stone Center are Potbelly Sandwich Shop and Classic Rock Coffee.

Chipotle Mexican Grill announced earlier this year it will open a Fargo store this summer – the restaurant’s first North Dakota location – but the company is mum on where it will be setting up. Speculation has focused on the Prairie Stone Center as one possibility.

Five restaurants are expected to open in the center, all of which will reportedly be new to Fargo.

Refund resource

North Dakota taxpayers who have filed their returns and are expecting a state refund can track those refunds online.

The state Tax Department’s online tool – “Where’s My Refund” – allows people to track the status of their refund at any time via the Internet.

“The site is secure and the information is updated daily,” said Ryan Rauschenberger, state tax commissioner.

The website is at www.nd.gov/tax

Once at the website, taxpayers enter their Social Security number, filing status and the exact amount of their expected refund.

They can then find out whether the Tax Department has received their return and whether a refund has been issued.

Taxpayers who file an amended return will not be able to use the online inquiry system to check the status of their refund.

So far, the Tax Department has process more than 300,000 individual income tax returns and issued more than 205,000 refunds.

Balloons & More move

Balloons & More in Fargo is moving.

The business, which specializes in wedding decorating, has been operating at 1529 S. University Drive in Fargo, but it is moving to a new location at 3313 Fiechtner Drive.

The store’s last day at the University Drive location will be April 15, according to the Balloons & More website at www.balloonsandmorefargo.com

Readers can reach Forum reporter

Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555