Drones

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Xcel Energy Has FAA Approval To Use Drones

Xcel Energy says it has approval from federal regulators to use drones to inspect more than 320,000 miles of electric and natural gas infrastructure.

05/19/2015

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Finding Minnesota: A Game Of Drones

A local business has created what may be the first drone obstacle course in the U.S. Extreme Sandbox lets visitors fly drones over, through and under various hurdles in an open field.

05/17/2015

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Drones, Officer Investigations Up For Vote In Senate

Changes in law enforcement surveillance and internal investigations are on the docket at the Legislature.

04/23/2015

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DNR Warns Of Drones Around Wildfire Battles

Department of Natural Resources firefighters are standing by for what is shaping up to be another dangerous wildfire weekend. Only now they’ve got a new concern — unmanned aircraft, otherwise known as drones.

04/10/2015

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Rules For Law Enforcement Drones Fly To Senate Floor

A bill barring warrantless aerial drone use by Minnesota law enforcement except in certain emergency situations is headed to the Senate floor. The Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday endorsed a bill that has been the subject of intense negotiations with civil liberties groups and law enforcement agencies.

03/20/2015

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FAA Proposes Regulations On Drones

After years of waiting, the Federal Aviation Administration is finally proposing news rules for the safe operation of unmanned aircraft systems, otherwise known as drones. The long anticipated regulations are an attempt to balance flight safety with a rapidly blossoming industry.

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FAA Releases New Drone Regulations

The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed new rules for commercial drones that weigh up to 55 pounds. The rules state that the drones must remain within sight, must only be flow during daylight hours and must fly below 500 feet and no faster than 100 miles per hour.

02/16/2015

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Drone Regulations Coming As Safety Concerns Rise

Because of the potential threats posed by unregulated drones, the government is in the process of developing operating protocols. The rules would govern where they can be flown, safe operating distances and for what purposes.

01/31/2015

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Good Question: Where Can You Fly A Drone?

Early Monday morning, a drone crashed on the White House grounds. On Tuesday, we learned that a government worker has been operating the drone. He told investigators that he had been drinking before he lost control of the device. The incident raises questions about drone guidelines and regulations.

01/27/2015

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5 Ways Unmanned Drones Could Affect The American Food Supply

Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal’s temperature. Applying pesticides. When it comes to drones, “your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible,” says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union.

01/25/2015

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Minnesota Lawmakers Key In On Growing Drone Use

Lawyers, privacy advocates and hobby drone pilots are urging Minnesota lawmakers to set some rules for the small unmanned aircrafts.

12/12/2014

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Zimmerman Drone Business Offers Minnesotans Bird’s-Eye Views

EyeAerial is a small business out of Zimmerman, Minn. founded by two friends who turned a hobby into careers. If you’ve never heard of EyeAerial, chances are you’ve seen their work. They record aerial cinematography using drones and cameras. It first started as a hobby for Josh Kunze, who is the co-owner of EyeAerial, Aerial Media Solutions.

08/11/2014

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Drones, License Plate Readers May Get Scrutiny

A new commission set up to study Minnesota’s privacy and data practices laws could look at rules for drones, license plate readers on police cruisers and abuse of government data, commission members said Tuesday.

07/08/2014

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FAA Grounds Wis. Brewery’s Proposed Drone Delivery

Earlier this week, WCCO reported on a Wisconsin craft brewery’s plans to deliver its beer by drone. The Federal Aviation Administration has gotten word of the plan, and they’re grounding it.

01/31/2014

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Wis. Brewery Testing Out Beer Drones

Is it a viral ad or is it the next big thing in brewski? Last month, Amazon announced it was testing out drones to deliver packages. Now a Wisconsin brewery is apparently trying out the idea for itself.

01/28/2014

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Good Question: Could Drone Delivery Really Take Off?

On CBS’ 60 Minutes, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced a plan to deliver packages within 30 minutes by unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones. Amazon’s “Prime Air’ service could be used for packages which weigh less than five pounds, and can only be sent to destinations that are within 10 miles of an Amazon distribution center. Bezos said he hopes the service could be ready in four years. “I know this looks like science fiction,” Bezos said. “It’s not.” So, how realistic is this idea?

12/02/2013

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Officials Say North Dakota Is Good Fit For Drones

North Dakota’s uncongested airspace and tumultuous weather conditions make the state an ideal spot for a civilian drones test site, say officials who are leading the campaign to land the federal project.

05/27/2013

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Minn. National Guard Launches New Drone Facility

The Minnesota National Guard has officially launched its new $3.9 million Unmanned Aircraft Operations Facility at Camp Ripley. Officials showed off the new 13,000-square-foot building Friday at a grand opening ceremony, giving the public a chance to see how the unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, work.

05/18/2013

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Minn. Lawmakers Propose Curbs On Police Drones

A trio of Republican state senators is pushing to bar law enforcers from using remotely piloted drones in Minnesota for evidence gathering except in rare circumstances.

02/14/2013