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Jackson airport getting grant

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken Friday announced more $8 million for infrastructure improvements at airports in southern Minnesota. The funding comes from the Federal Aviation Administration through the Department of Transportation.

The upgrades will improve the airports in New Ulm, Blue Earth, Faribault, Owatonna, Rushford, Jackson, Waseca and Le Sueur.

"Strengthening our airport infrastructure helps strengthen the economy in communities throughout Southern Minnesota," Klobuchar said. "This support will help ensure that Minnesota's airports continue to be among the safest and most reliable in the nation."

"At a time when unemployment is devastating communities all over southern Minnesota, investment in local airports can bring jobs and income into the region," said Sen. Franken. "These federal funds will allow these airports to continue to connect Minnesotans to the rest of the world and to provide the safe, reliable air service Minnesotans expect and deserve."

Jackson Municipal Airport will receive $368,272 for apron expansion.