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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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.
Students in Northland Community and Technical College's unmanned aircraft systems programs will have a new resource available to them courtesy of a donation from a defense contractor. The Thief River Falls school announced Tuesday it has received a Bat UAS and accompanying equipment from Northrop Grumman Corp. during the 2016 UAS Summit and Expo at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.
HILLSBORO, N.D.—It's been a busy summer for an Israeli unmanned aircraft that has spent its time flying over land in Traill and Steele counties for research efforts. The Hermes 450 aircraft and its crew were lauded Monday by local and regional leaders who noted the flights were helping keep North Dakota at the cutting edge of the unmanned aircraft systems industry.
College students looking for a piece of the unmanned aircraft system industry's future gathered Monday in Grand Forks to help launch their career plans. More than 100 students and educators from UND, Northland Community and Technical College and other schools gathered for a day of their own as part of the UAS Summit and Expo held at the Alerus Center. The summit brings together hundreds of industry experts to Grand Forks to showcase the technology's latest developments.
Jakee Stoltz and Matt Henry spend their workdays flying a variety of drones for researchers in Grand Forks, but they don't put the controllers down when they clock out for the day. The pair are behind a chapter of recreational drone racers that is taking shape in Grand Forks called Red River Rotocross. While many drone hobbyists use the devices to take aerial video and photographs, Henry and Stoltz found the aircraft can be used for even more after finding videos of various racing events on the internet.
Pennington justice center groundbreaking set THIEF RIVER FALLS — With the last of construction bids awarded for a $17.8 million justice center, the project is expected to break ground in September. The Pennington County Commission awarded the final bids during its Aug. 9 meeting, according to a report in the Thief River Falls Times.
The presence of drones and other remote-controlled aircraft will be strong in Grand Forks over the next several days as events and a major conference kick off in the city. Racing and airshows will precede the start of the 10th annual UAS Summit and Expo, which brings together hundreds of representatives from business, government and military organizations to showcase the latest technology and efforts coming out of the unmanned aircraft systems industry.
The East Grand Forks City Council will hold off on spending $84,000 to purchase a new records management system for the Police Department until the city's 2017 budget takes shape. Most council members voiced their support for the new system, but said they'd like to take a look at the cost in the context of the overall city budget.