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Grand Forks County UAS park awaits cultural survey

Development of the Grand Sky tech park for unmanned aircraft systems at Grand Forks Air Force Base is in the last few steps before construction can begin.

Claiborne Williams of FDSL, the park’s developer, told the County Commission Tuesday that the last piece of the puzzle is an environmental report from the base.

To ensure sites of historical and cultural significance would not be damaged by construction, the Air Force is waiting to hear back from 25 Native American tribes that it notified, according to Williams. So far, 17 have responded indifferently and three have asked to survey the grounds.

“Essentially, when the snow melts, they want to walk the site to see if they have any historic sites or sites of concern for their particular tribe,” Williams said.

He said he hoped to have everything finalized by early summer.

Williams also said FDSL is aggressively seeking tenants for Grand Sky and that Northrop Grumman Corp., a large defense and aerospace company, is still slated to be the first tenant.

Anna Burleson

Anna Burleson is the higher education reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of South Dakota's Mass Communication program and is originally from Watertown, S.D. Contact her with story ideas or tips by phone, email or Twitter, all of which are listed below. Examples of her work can be accessed here.

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