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FAA red tape grounds Otter Tail County's drone used for mapping

Published 04/30/2012, Forum Communications

The foam-and-balsa-wood gizmo sitting idle in the offices of Otter Tail County isn’t exactly the spitting image of the sleek unmanned warplanes the word “drone” brings to mind. Its mission is to photograph drainage ditches, not enemy targets. At 6 pounds, it would be hard-pressed to take down a cow, let alone blow up a building.

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