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Mosquito Spraying in Minot

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Spraying for mosquitoes is expected to begin tonight in Minot.

If the weather cooperates, a C-130 aircraft from the Air Force Reserve will soon be buzzing the city at an altitude of about 150 feet.

The plane, and 18 members of the 757th Airlift Squadron from Youngstown, Ohio, are in the area this week, with plans to spray for mosquitoes in Minot, Minot Air Force Base, and Williston.

The schedule calls for spraying in the sky over Minot tonight - although the wind has to be under ten miles per hour to allow the spraying to go ahead.

The leader of the unit says his crew enjoys coming to North Dakota each year.

(Lt. Col. John Kochansky, 757th Airlift Squadron) "We've been back here about seven or eight years and we enjoy coming back here. A lot of us do know the area well and we have a lot of guys who like coming up here two or three times a year and actually clamor to get on this trip."

Lieutenant Colonel Kochansky says the Air Force Reserve has already sprayed for mosquito larvae in Williston earlier, and will be now spraying in Williston and the other locations to kill adult mosquitoes.

The only cost to the cities where the spraying is done is for the chemical that is used.

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