Brandi Jewett is a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald with beats focusing on northwest Minnesota, unmanned aircraft systems and East Grand Forks city government. A native of Valley City, N.D., 26 years worth of winters haven't scared her out of the state yet. Follow her work at grandforksherald.com, on her blog at droningon.areavoices.com and on Twitter and Instagram: @brandijewett. Send tips and story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The promise of a mayoral veto could mean the decision to buy a new SUV for the East Grand Forks Fire Department won't become final for months despite a council vote approving the purchase Tuesday. Following the vote, Mayor Lynn Stauss told the council he planned to veto the approval of a $53,300 Chevrolet Suburban customized for fire protection because he said it should be discussed with the rest of the proposed 2017 city budget.
Tucked away on a piece of city property north of East Grand Forks lies a place where some hope to see a hobby regain its foothold in the community. There, the Red River R/C Flyers club has been regrouping over the past several months, adding members interested in flying remote-controlled airplanes, helicopters and even the occasional drone.
New federal rules for drones were launched Monday and sparked a wave of activity across the United States as qualified pilots sought certificates now needed to operate the aircraft, including...
HILLSBORO, N.D. — Glen and Barb Hultin made the longest drive of their life when they found out a tornado had hit their home Saturday evening. The couple was six hours away in Watford City, N.D., when they first heard of the severe storms whipping through the area and the destruction left in their wake. Arriving home at 2 a.m. Sunday morning, they took in the chaos around what was once their farmstead.
Qualified businesses and government agencies looking to fly drones in North Dakota and across the country are clear for takeoff come Monday. The long-awaited federal rules for operating small unmanned aircraft go into effect at 12:01 a.m.
Crookston Legion starts fundraiser to stay open CROOKSTON — To keep its doors from closing, the Nels T. Wold American Legion Post No. 20 in Crookston has started an online fundraising campaign. The post could close in September if it can't raise enough money to cover taxes and insurance costs, according to a report in the Crookston Daily Times. The post's GoFundMe page created by past commander Paul Dubuque lists a fundraising goal of $30,000 with $300 raised as of Thursday.
North Dakota has made a name for itself as a national leader in unmanned aircraft systems technology, but its reputation also has attracted attention from outside the U.S. A panel of European businessmen assembled at the 2016 UAS Summit and Expo introduced audience members Wednesday to their companies and outlined their vision for how they seek to operate in the United States. The U.S. represents a large market that international companies are looking to stake their claim in, according to Terry Sando, UAS sector manager for the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corp.
Bill Fredericks and his staff drove 28 hours to Grand Forks from Virginia to watch their unmanned aircraft take flight this week. The group would have preferred to fly to North Dakota but a problem with their flight had them loading up their products and driving to the 2016 UAS Summit and Expo, which attracted more than 400 attendees looking for the latest information on unmanned aircraft systems.
East Grand Forks residents will likely see a higher property tax bill next year if the City Council passes the city budget as proposed Tuesday. City Administrator David Murphy and City Finance Director Karla Anderson presented a preliminary draft of the budget to the council with an 18 percent levy increase from the 2016 budget.
If UND President Mark Kennedy has his way, unmanned aircraft systems technology will be a common tool across the university. Kennedy spoke Tuesday during the 2016 UAS Summit and Expo in Grand Forks and highlighted what the school has accomplished in terms of the technology and where he would like to see it strengthened.