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Airport commission rejects manager finalists


Citing the absence of a “wow” reaction, the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport Commission Friday rejected the two airport manager finalists it interviewed this month.

The two candidates were Neil A. Ralston of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Willard Turner of El Centro, Calif.

“Neither of them wowed me enough to make an offer at this point,” Brainerd Fire Chief Kevin Stunek, a member of the commission’s airport manager search committee, said.

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Mike O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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