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 email@example.com.
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CLEARBROOK, Minn.—Just over two months after a bullet ripped through its window and resulting shrapnel injured a Polk County Sheriff's deputy, a U.S Customs and Border Protection helicopter has taken to the skies once again. Those involved in the nearly $20,000 effort to get the aircraft working were honored Thursday at the USCBP's office at Grand Forks (N.D.) International Airport. "This is a team effort here and we could not fly safely without you," Max Raterman, director of air operations for the USCBP's Grand Forks region, told the group.
GRAND FORKS – While many around her want to take unmanned aircraft to levels in the sky, University of North Dakota student Elena Parrello has plans to take them the...
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- 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...
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.
GRAND FORKS, N.d.—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 the University of North Dakota, Northland Community and Technical College and other schools gathered for a day of their own as part of the UAS Summit and Expoat the Alerus Center. The summit brings together hundreds of industry experts to Grand Forks to showcase the technology's latest developments.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—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.
HILLSBORO, N.D. — His target just out of sight, Kent Ridl leaned into the left turn until his plane found itself once again on a straight course. "There it is," said co-pilot Ken Schuler, whose eyes hadn't left his quarry during the turn. "Keep coming, keep coming, keep coming." A few hundred feet ahead and above their position flew an unmanned aircraft busy photographing the sprawling farmland below them. The pair had one mission: keep the aircraft in their sights at all time. "It's a position game all day long," Schuler said.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Come Aug. 29, the Federal Aviation Administration testing center at the University of North Dakota is expected to get a little busier. That date marks the...
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—After taking a deep sniff from a plastic baggie, Daisy bolted into the thick prairie brush in search of her target. Meanwhile, an unmanned aircraft high above scanned below for the same prey. It's not the first time the bloodhound and her handler, North Dakota State Trooper Cody Harstad, have hit the trail in search of a person, but it is the first time they've had help from what could become a routine partner.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—New rules are often met with grumbling, but federal regulations for small unmanned aircraft systems effective in August are eagerly awaited by North Dakota leaders and businesses. The regulations, which ease access to airspace and pilot credentials for many, are expected to bring industry growth with their implementation. North Dakota, which has forged a reputation as a hub for unmanned activity, is looking for a piece of that pie.