Authorities in the Fargo-Moorhead area say they haven't yet used the unmanned surveillance aircraft to go after wanted criminals, but they also say they're not opposed to the idea. The state's lawmakers say they also would support using drones in some circumstances. Some civil rights advocates, worried about personal privacy, are pushing for strict rules governing the use of drones.
Kacey Musgraves gives shoutout to Minneapolis vintage store
The country music star was in the Twin Cities kicking off her latest tour.
I-94 eastbound closed after trucks crash, potatoes spill
The potatoes are freezing to the freeway.
Ant ejected, Wolves blow huge lead and lose to slumping Hawks
The Timberwolves missed another opportunity to get over .500.
NHL announces make-up dates for Wild postponements
The Wild will play 40 games in the final 77 days of the regular season.
Group says Mayo should be 'severely punished' over research puppy's death
The puppy died two days after undergoing a procedure at a Mayo research facility.
Charges: Man kidnapped woman, sexually assaulted her at gunpoint
The suspect faces three separate felony charges.
St. Cloud 'Boogaloo Boi' who discussed attack on MN Capitol gets 2 years
He was charged with illegally possessing a machine gun.
High school basketball team returns from game to find bus driver dead
Members of the girls team returned to the bus to find the driver unresponsive.
Minnesota AG sues COVID testing site, alleging it sent false results
Sometimes the company didn't send people their results at all, the lawsuit alleges.
UnitedHealth Group says it made $287B last year, $24B of it profit
The corporation's Optum business represented a significant chunk of that total.
Friend arrives at couple's home, stabs one of them after being asked to leave
The couple say their friend was "not acting right."
Predator drones from Grand Forks base aid local law enforcement
The unmanned aircraft have changed the way the military approaches warfare. But - without any public discussion - they've also become a tool used by local police and sheriff's departments. Some critics say the blending of military and police functions raises red flags.
Authorities might turn to police, dogs to sniff out drug use in Fargo public housing
Complaints about drug use and dealing, and violent confrontations with a meth user have the Fargo Housing and Redevelopment Authority considering police searches. Authorities say they need to protect a "vulnerable population" that includes elderly and disabled tenants who fear retribution if they speak out about the situation. But one newspaper says police searches are a "slippery slope" and can infringe on privacy rights.
Watchdog sues FAA, wants to know who is using drones in U.S.
The Electronic Freedom Frontier is demanding that federal authorities release information about who is authorized to fly drones in domestic airspace. An attorney for the group pointed to a case in Grand Forks in which the local sheriff used a predator drone to assist in the arrest of local citizens. Civil liberties advocates worry the drones will allow the government to spy on American citizens without their knowledge.
Grand Forks Sheriff's Department about to start using drones
The department in North Dakota will be among only seven law enforcement offices nationwide to use unmanned aircraft this spring. The Fargo Forum reports the sheriff's department has partnered with UND to develop an unmanned aircraft systems program that will be unique to the upper Midwest. The drones can be used for standoff situations and crime scenes as well as search and rescue operations.
Concerns after report reveals MN law enforcement use of facial recognition tool
It has sparked calls from the ACLU to ban the use of the controversial technology.
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