City of Fargo moves forward with Fargo Airport Authority settlement

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- The tug of war between the City of Fargo and the group that operates the airport may be coming to an end.

Since 1969, the Airport Authority has held the reins regarding what goes on at Hector International.

The City of Fargo was looking to change that wanting more control.

After failing to reach common ground, the two sides wound up negotiating behind closed doors.

Monday night the city approved a memorandum of understanding that hopes to define how the two will work together in the future.

"I know that there's a lot of misunderstanding between actions here and a delusion decision and amending an agreement from 50 years ago," said Tony Grindberg, City of Fargo Commissioner. "Tonight is the city's best effort to amend that agreement based on good faith negotiation."

"We'll almost have a million passengers that go through our airport on a yearly basis," said Mayor Tim Mahoney. "We have over 290,000 tons of freight that's going through the area, so what we're seeing is tremendous growth in the airport."

Details of the MOU were not released Monday night.

It now moves on for a vote from the Airport Authority.

That group is slated to meet Tuesday.