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GRAND FORKS—Although the air remains relatively clean in North Dakota and Minnesota, according to each state's division of air quality, the organizations have shifted their concern to smoke from wildfires in the western United States and Canada during the past couple of years.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Although North American leaders have announced they reached a new trade agreement to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, North Dakota industries say there's still much the pact has left to address. The new deal, referred to as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, will directly benefit U.S. dairy farmers, automobile manufacturers and wheat producers, the latter by changing a wheat grading system in Canada accused of downgrading U.S. grains to a lower quality.
GRAND FORKS — Two opposing candidates for the North Dakota Supreme Court agree on one thing — they're not sure many voters know about the race to fill a 10-year seat on the highest judicial platform in the state. "When it's nonpartisan and we don't have parties to help get the message out, it's very difficult for people who are running offices like this to get information to the people," said incumbent Justice Lisa Fair McEvers on Wednesday, Oct. 3.
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.”