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Old Minot airport terminal being torn down

MINOT, N.D.-- Demolition of the old, vacant Minot International Airport Terminal has been ongoing for several weeks, but the most visible destruction began on Tuesday.

MINOT, N.D.- Demolition of the old, vacant Minot International Airport Terminal has been ongoing for several weeks, but the most visible destruction began on Tuesday.

"Demolition crews have been working all month on the inside of the old terminal, removing electrical wires and other aspects of the interior." said City of Minot Airport Director Rick Feltner.

The building is estimated to take three to four days to dismantle. Engineers expect "nothing but a pile of rubble" by the end of next week. "The contractor will use what's known as a power shear to tear down the building." KLJ engineer, Jack Marquart says. "It's exactly as it sounds, a giant pair of scissors that can cut through steel frames."

A vote was taken to demolish the structure after the completion of the new, state-of-the-art terminal. Due to strict regulations by the Federal Aviation Administration the city deemed demolition was the best option.

The previous terminal was constructed in 1991. Demolition will cost $670,000, with the FAA paying 90 percent, the state of North Dakota 5 percent and the City of Minot 5 percent.

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