GF News Forward: Six Best Burgs series concludes with Mayville, airports get federal dollars

Herald reporters cover events on Wednesday, Sept. 1.

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Herald reporters checked out how six rural communities are dealing with the pandemic. The series kicked off Wednesday, July 22, with a look at Oslo, followed by Roseau, Cavalier, Fertile and Michigan. The final featured town in the series is Mayville.

Community editor Sydney Mook kicks off Part VI of the Six Best Burgs in North Dakota and Minnesota with a look at Mayville.

Mook's visited with Michael Bradner, superintendent of May-Port CG School District, who said the rural nature of the community and a nod to flexibility has helped education leaders forge a path forward.

"I think our toughest transition right now is trying to navigate distance learning along with what's happening face-to-face," he said. "That's probably our biggest challenge right now, but, other than that, things are going pretty well."

Mook also talked with Tim and Sue Strand, who own the Hardware Hank store in Mayville and are passionate about everything related to Mayville and the surrounding area.


“We've always loved the small town,” Sue Strand said. “People would ask me when I graduated ‘Oh, you’re still here?’ and we’re like, ‘yeah.’ We love it here. This is where we want to raise our family. It’s a great place.”

In other news, journalist Adam Kurt reports that the Federal Aviation Administration announced its Airport Improvement Grants on Tuesday, Sept. 1. The $1.2 billion federal investment covers 405 airports in 50 states and six U.S. territories. In the region, Hutson Field in Grafton will get nearly $100,000 to improve runway conditions, and Hillsboro Municipal Airport will get nearly $500,000 to build a new taxi lane.

Look for these stories and more online and in print on Wednesday and Thursday.

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