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Drone demonstration shows versatility of aircraft

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Officials with the first unmanned aircraft experiment site in the country to open for business have put one of their drones to the test.

The Grand Forks Police Department on Tuesday sent a Draganflyer X4ES drone through a pair of mock exercises, one to record evidence in a car accident, and another to explore a possible hostage-taking situation.

The event kicked off an annual unmanned aircraft conference in Grand Forks, the hub for one of six sites that will explore the safety of flying drones in civilian airspace and public perception of the aircraft.

Jake Stoltz, a UND aviation school graduate who will be working with the test site, helped fly the drone in Tuesday's demonstration inside the Alerus Center. He says the possibilities for drone use are endless.