Cities, States Developing Drone Regulations As Technology Grows In Popularity

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — As the number of drones flying off store shelves in the United States continues to climb, county and city officials are crafting laws meant to keep the aircraft in check. Across the country, more than 130 localities have passed some sort of law impacting the use of drones, according to a…
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Report: Number Of U.S. Public Safety Agencies Continues To Climb

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A growing number of public safety agencies in the United States are adding unmanned aircraft to their tools of the trade. Nearly 350 agencies reportedly own a drone, according to the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College. Among them are two agencies in North Dakota: the Northeast…
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SkySkopes Receives City Loan To Assist With Bakken Expansion

MINOT, N.D. — SkySkopes, a drone flight operator based in Grand Forks, N.D., was awarded a $375,100 forgivable loan to assist the company in establishing a Bakken operations office. The Minot City Council voted unanimously April 4 to approve granting the loan that would draw funding from the city’s MAGIC Fund, a growth fund used…
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April’s Drone Biz Event To Feature Botlink

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Staff from Botlink, a regional drone service provider, will present at the monthly Drone Biz luncheon set for April 13. The event will feature CEO Teri Zimmerman and Chief Strategy Officer Alex Kube, who will discuss the work of Botlink. Botlink is a cloud-based operations platform that links drones to industry users…
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FBI Investigating DAPL Protester’s Use Of Drone

Via the Smoking Gun: A Dakota Access Pipeline opponent whose drone was shot at by police over the North Dakota protest site is being investigated by the FBI for flying the small aerial vehicle too close to helicopters being used by law enforcement to monitor protesters, records show. Federal investigators recently secured a search warrant…
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