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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—The National Weather Service office in Grand Forks apologized Wednesday for an "atypical" tweet attacking former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. The Twitter account for the weather service in Grand Forks called Romney a "fraud" about 11:50 a.m. in response to an earlier tweet from Romney. "Speak to the Justice System's handling of Clinton/Obama et al," the tweet said. "These people are inconsequential vestiges. You phony."
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—U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp used a developing trade war Wednesday to draw a line between her and her opponent, U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, as she seeks re-election. "The policies that are being advanced by Kevin Cramer—of allowing these tariffs to continue to escalate and allowing the trade war to escalate—present a threat to North Dakota," Heitkamp, a Democrat, said during an editorial meeting with the Grand Forks newspaper..
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.
GRAFTON, N.D.—The Republican candidate for North Dakota's U.S. Senate race will bring a lead attorney for the U.S. Department of Commerce to northeast North Dakota. U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., will be in Grafton Friday afternoon with Peter Davidson, chief counsel to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. Cramer said he's bringing Davidson to the Choice Financial Community Room at 38 W. Sixth St. to discuss trade issues with the public.
GRAND FORKS -- Vice President Mike Pence will visit Grand Forks July 25, according to tweets and comments Thursday by Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., though additional details about a visit were scant. Cramer tweeted a picture of himself and his wife, Kris, with Pence, around noon, telling the city to “get ready” for a visitor. A second tweet said “July 25th will be a memorable day for Grand Forks.” Cramer later said Pence would attend a fundraiser for him July 25. Tim Rasmussen, a spokesman for Cramer’s campaign to unseat Sen.
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.”