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David Dvorak and Greg Williamson watch as Dvorak manually lands the Bruce Tharpe Engineering SuperHauler unmanned aircraft at Camp Grafton South, N.D. The UND Unmanned Aircraft Systems Engineering team did a variety of flight tests with the aircraft. Grand Forks Herald photo by Sarah Kolberg

Grand Forks County aims to attract UAS industry to Grand Forks Air Force Base

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New jobs and economic growth may be on the horizon for Grand Forks County as county officials work on a land lease to expand Grand Forks Air Force Base.


The Base Realignment Impact Committee, of which the county is a part, proposes to lease 300 acres of unused land from the Department of Defense and develop it for use by the unmanned aircraft industry.

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Brandi Jewett
Brandi Jewett is an enterprise reporter for the Grand Forks Herald with beats focusing on northwest Minnesota, unmanned aircraft systems and East Grand Forks city government. Other positions she has held at the Herald include Grand Forks city government reporter, general assigment reporter and news intern. A native of Valley City, N.D., 24 years worth of winters haven't scared her out of the state yet. Follow her work at and on Twitter and Instagram: @brandijewett. Send tips and story ideas to 
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