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Minnesota group among those vying to cash in on unmanned aircraft industry

North Dakota is in the running to land an FAA unmanned aircraft test site this year, and the Minnesota Defense Alliance is cheering on our neighbor state. The alliance, a group made up of some heavy-hitters like Lockheed as well as startups, is working to help Minnesota businesses of all sizes score defense contracts.
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North Dakota is in the running to land an FAA unmanned aircraft test site this year, and the Minnesota Defense Alliance is cheering on our neighbor state. The alliance, a group made up of some heavy-hitters like Lockheed as well as startups, is working to help Minnesota businesses of all sizes score defense contracts.

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