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While many around her want to take unmanned aircraft to levels in the sky, UND student Elena Parrello has plans to take them the opposite direction — underground to inspect infrastructure such as sewers. The senior has an aircraft prototype and ambition but says she needs a business plan to get her venture, Sunshine Industrial, moving forward. Parrello is one of about 20 students enrolled in Entrepreneurship 395, a special topics course focused on the pursuit of business in the unmanned aircraft systems sector.
A special Mass at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Grand Forks united parishioners and guests under a banner of blue Sunday. The church hosted its first Blue Mass, a service dedicated to honoring the work of police officers, firefighters and others employed in the public safety field. "During this Mass today, we thank them for the incredible gift of their services and sacrifices," said the Rev. Gerald Braun.
One Grand Forks drone company is looking to make converting data collected by aircraft into usable information for its clients. Staff members from software startup EdgeData outlined the work their company does during the monthly Drone Biz luncheon held Thursday in Grand Forks. Aerial inspection is one of the fastest growing areas of drone use in the United States but all that data collected during inspections needs to be translated into information businesses can use to make decisions.
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 North Dakota. The long-awaited rules, which open up commercial and governmental use of unmanned aircraft systems or drones, arrived to much fanfare, including local companies looking to mark the moment in aviation history.
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.