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UAS official leaving Grand Forks Economic Develop Corp.

Terry Sando was hired in 2013 by the Grand Forks Economic Development Corp. to help attract unmanned aerial systems companies to Grand Forks. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

A Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corp. employee who oversees growth in the unmanned aircraft sector is resigning.

Terry Sando, the EDC’s director of UAS Development, will leave the organization Aug. 31 to “pursue an opportunity in the private sector,” EDC President and CEO Keith Lund wrote in an email.

“From my standpoint, Terry has done a great job in terms of profiling and marketing the UAS attributes of the region, both domestically and internationally,” Lund told the Herald, adding Sando has traveled to various countries in an effort to expand the UAS industry in the north Red River Valley.

Sando was named to the position in September 2013. A retired U.S. Air National Guard colonel, he has decades of aviation experience, including in unmanned aircraft missions.

Sando highlighted several accomplishments, including UND’s partnership with Northern Plains UAS Test Site and Harris Corp. to allow beyond-line-of-sight flights at Grand Sky, a UAS business park west of Grand Forks.

“We have worked on making some history in Grand Forks,” Sando said.

Sando declined to name the company that has hired him. The search for Sando’s replacement will begin immediately.

April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers crime and education. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family raises registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college, she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as a city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.

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