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Published February 08, 2013, 10:26 AM

Minot Air Force Base economic impact: $522 million

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Minot Air Force Base says it contributed a record amount to the local economy in the last fiscal year.

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Minot Air Force Base says it contributed a record amount to the local economy in the last fiscal year.

The estimated total of $522.6 million was about $29 million more than the amount in fiscal 2011.

The base's 5th Comptroller Squadron presented the annual report this week to the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce's Military Affairs Committee. It factors in payroll, purchases and jobs created.

There are about 12,800 active-duty personnel, family members and civilians currently at the base, which has B-52 bombers and also oversees nuclear missiles throughout the countryside. About half of the population lives off base.

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