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.
Two youths seriously injured after being struck by driver in Bloomington
Police say the boy is in a critical condition, while the girl has severe injuries.
Two men sentenced for carjacking in Rosedale Center parking lot
Leon Kismit Bell, 49, and Jack Mitchell Piche, 23, were sentenced in U.S. District Court on Jan. 20.
Police: Truck burst into in flames after driver rammed Hutchinson squad car
The incident occurred Wednesday evening.
Police identify White Bear Lake officer shot while serving warrant
The officer is a six-year veteran of the department.
Minnesota Senate passes bill codifying abortion into state law
Having already passed in the House, it will now be sent to Gov. Tim Walz for signing into law.
Tyre Nichols: Initial police version of events bear similarities to George Floyd killing
Memphis PD said Nichols complained of 'shortness of breath' following 'confrontations' with police, who in reality violently beat him.
Authorities ID man who died during police standoff in Winsted
Warning: This story mentions suicide.
Twin Cities authorities preparing for community reaction to Tyre Nichols video
The ATF division in St. Paul sent out an alert out of "an abundance of caution."
Changes at K102's Chris Carr & Company, with Sam Sansevere joining as co-host
She is the daughter of former KQRS morning show personality Bob Sansevere.
Minneapolis' Royal Foundry Craft Spirits announces closure
The distillery set out to infuse the Minneapolis craft cocktail scene with British flavor.
Shutterfly to cut almost 100 jobs at Shakopee facility
The layoffs are expected to impact multiple positions within the company.
Will Minnesota be the new hub for the robotics industry?
From surgical robots to farming automation to unmanned aircraft, robotics is spreading across the Midwest. And some technologists think Minnesota is poised to become the industry's regional hub. A conference at the U of M this week will look at how to make that happen.
North Dakota's DMI Industries plant to be sold
Minnesota-based Otter Tail Corp. is looking to sell its wind tower manufacturing plants in North Dakota and Oklahoma for $20 million. The future is uncertain for the 216 jobs in West Fargo and 167 in Tulsa. An Otter Tail spokesman tells the Fargo Forum the company hopes the new owners "see the value in our plants and skilled workforce."
Cirrus Aircraft adding new jobs in Grand Forks
Duluth-based Cirrus plans to bring up to 60 jobs at its Grand Forks, N.D., plant as it partners with a company that makes a new type of small "sport" plane. The Grand Forks Herald report Cirrus is taking over manufacturing for a large portion of the Icon A5 -- a plane that can take off and land on water.
Budget cuts will end manned flights for N.D. Air National Guard based in Fargo
WDAY reports that cuts to defense spending mean North Dakota will become the only state without a manned flying mission. The Happy Hooligans will continue to fly unmanned drone aircraft. (Pictured above is a C-21A Learjet taking off from Hector International Airport in Fargo. The budget cuts will end the C-21 mission.)
Conservation groups vying for slices of $100 million
The council that evaluates which conservation projects should be allocated almost $100 million next year in Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment dollars is sifting through 32 proposals. Competition for the state money is fierce as groups aim to protect various grasslands, wetlands and the golden winged warbler.
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.
Outside groups flood Cravaack-Nolan race with cash
Minnesota’s 8th District race between incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack and Democrat Rick Nolan is among the nation's closes House races. It's also among the most expensive – No. 6 on a list of races ranked by spending by outside groups. About $5.6 million has been dumped in the race as of Monday, the Duluth News Tribune reports.
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