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GRAND FORKS -- A drone at King's Walk Golf Course in Grand Forks dropped off its first commercial deliveries Saturday, Sept. 15. Earlier this month, drone company Flytrex, drone service EASE Drones and the golf course announced they had launched the drone’s first pilot flight, making Kings Walk the first U.S. golf course to offer drone deliveries.
GRAND FORKS—U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson joined local and state officials to celebrate something "ironic" in the words of Tom Swoyer Jr., president of Grand Sky, a commercial testing site for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at Grand Forks Air Force Base. "It's a certain irony in what we're doing here today," Swoyer said, "and that irony is that we can't see a plane."
GRAND FORKS—Grand Sky Development Co. President Tom Swoyer, Jr. said he and other leaders have essentially built a local unmanned aircraft industry from scratch. "That was raw land with nothing else on it except an old alert pad," Swoyer said of Grand Sky, a 217-acre business park west of Grand Forks dedicated to unmanned aircraft development. Swoyer said this in between two recent high profile visits from the secretary of Homeland Security earlier this month and another from the secretary of the U.S. Air Force Monday, Aug. 13.
GRAND FORKS -- Grand Forks County reported its first human case of West Nile virus Thursday, Aug. 16, as the state said there have been 38 cases so far this year. Until now, the mosquito-transmitted virus had only been detected in insects and birds in the northeast North Dakota border county.
GRAND FORKS — Wearing a Donald Trump ring and U.S. flag-pattern button-up shirt, U.S. House hopeful Charles Tuttle pleaded not guilty to a signs citation Wednesday, Aug. 15, in Grand Forks municipal court. Police cited Tuttle Aug. 2 for displaying political signs in a public right of way, a violation of city ordinance.
FARGO—North Dakota campaigns had little to say about cybersecurity, but experts say campaigns across the U.S. are the most vulnerable to online threats. Campaign officials for U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., released a brief statement after recent reports regarding Russian attempts to hack a re-election campaign for U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. Like Heitkamp, McCaskill is a Democratic incumbent running for re-election in a red state.
Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown will endorse U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., in her 2018 campaign against U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. In all of his leadership positions, Brown said Wednesday afternoon -- even citing his time with the U.S. Air Force and even the Boy Scouts -- he has always valued an “independent voice.” “And I’ve found Heidi fills that value,” he added. “I’ve always found her to be informed, and engaged.”
WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. senators are already picking sides after President Donald Trump announced his Supreme Court nominee Monday night, July 9. Trump will nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who serves on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy. Republicans have a 51-49 majority in the Senate, but with the fear Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., might not make the vote due his battle with brain cancer, the GOP might need some Democrats to cross party lines.
U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., was one of eight Republican lawmakers in Moscow earlier this week and for the Fourth of July. Hoeven and his colleagues met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday, July 3, according to a report from Radio Free Europe. The same report said the legislators also met with Georgy Poltavchenko, governor of St. Petersburg the day before.
While her opponent spent Wednesday night with President Donald Trump at the Scheels Arena, U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., was in Washington, tweeting her meetings with North Dakota Presidential Scholars and a state representative from the National Biodiesel Board. In regards to the president's rally endorsing U.S. House Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., and his run for Senate, Heitkamp said she "didn't even watch the speech."