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Published October 05, 2009, 09:11 AM

Defunct missile test site in Nekoma focus of study

The University of North Dakota and the Cavalier County Job Development Authority are getting a $108,000 federal grant to pay half the cost of a study on potential uses for a defunct anti-ballistic missile site at Nekoma.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - The University of North Dakota and the Cavalier County Job Development Authority are getting a $108,000 federal grant to pay half the cost of a study on potential uses for a defunct anti-ballistic missile site at Nekoma.

Money to match the Economic Development Administration grant is being raised locally.

Authority director Carol Goodman says the site could be used for a variety of purposes, from unmanned aerial vehicle testing to border patrol training.

The U.S. briefly operated the anti-missile base at Nekoma, in northeastern North Dakota, during the 1970s. The Pentagon shut down the site in 1976 as part of an arms-reduction treaty with the former Soviet Union.

The authority is proposing the government turn over the 440-acre site to a local group so it can be developed.

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