Public invited to open house for new Cloquet Carlton County Airport hangar

U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber is expected to attend the grand opening hosted by Venture North Aviation.

The Cloquet Carlton County Airport.
Jamey Malcomb / 2019 file / Cloquet Pine Journal

CLOQUET — State lawmakers will visit Wednesday, May 3, for the grand opening of the new Cloquet Carlton County Airport fixed-base hangar.

Carlton County officials and Venture North Aviation, the fixed-base operator, will host a public open house from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the airport, 125 Wheaton Road. U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber is expected to attend.

The hangar is a joint economic development endeavor among the U.S. Department of Economic Development, Minnesota Department of Transportation and Carlton County, according to a news release from the county.

After bids came in at nearly double initial estimates, the Minnesota Department of Aeronautics gave the project another $1 million.

Fixed-based operators are commercial enterprises that operate at an airport to provide services such as fueling, parking, hangar space and maintenance for private aircraft.

“This expansion at the Cloquet Carlton County Airport will hopefully be the first of many," Carlton County Board Chair Dick Brenner said in the news release. “As we see northern Minnesota become a major aviation hub, Cloquet Carlton County Airport will be an additional transportation site for growth and expansion.”


Cloquet and Moose Lake airports combined support more than 35 jobs county-wide.

The new hangar will provide "increased space, employment opportunities and a workforce conduit, along with additional transportation options to local, regional and inter-state commuter, transit and commerce benefactors," the news release said.

Carlton County commissioners awarded a $2.2 million contract to Maertens-Brenny Construction Co., of Minneapolis, in June 2021 to build the hangar. Maertens-Brenny was the lowest bidder for the project.

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This story was updated at 11 a.m. May 2 to remove a reference to Senators Tina Smith and Amy Klobuchar, who are unable to attend the event. 

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