Ponytail Posse, a six-member all-girls team, finished second at the state Lego League tournament, meaning they will continue on to the North American Open Championship at Legoland in Carlsbad, Calif. The team is led by coach Norton Lam. Pictured with their regional and state tournament awards, from left to right, top row: Rose Lam, Sabriyah Taher and Meghan Froehle. Bottom row: Emily Elmquist, Nancy Koshy and Amy Helgeson. (Johanna Holub/Bulletin)
Five teams from Shoreview qualified for the FIRST Lego League State Tournament. From left to right, these local teams are: Imaginative Orange Pi Guys, Ponytail Posse, Masters of Disasters, Fantastic Five and Height Differential. (submitted photo)
Height Differential won the state Lego League tournament on Feb. 8, which qualifies them for the FLL International Open Championship held in Toronto, Canada, in June. The team is made up of seven members, from left to right: John Helgeson, Charlie Whiting, Grant Altenhofen, Katie Riedel, Nick Riedel, Grace Whiting and Akash D’Souza. Eric Engstrom, a judge, smiles in the background. (submitted photo)
Two local teams headed to national, international competitions
Move over, hockey. Minnesota’s got a new favorite sporting event.
The world of robotics is fast-growing, with leagues sprouting up across the country geared toward kids ages 6 through 18.
Mounds View sophomore Luke Swenson busts a target at the range during one of the team’s practices at the Metro Gun Club in Blaine. (submitted photo)
Since 2001, trap shooting has been a club sport in high schools in Minnesota. Growth was slow at first but took off around 2009 and the number of teams and shooters has doubled each year since.
The Mounds View school district got in on the act this spring with teams at both Irondale and Mounds View. It took a few years to get approval, but now there are Knights and Mustangs representing their schools on the gun range.
Robotics teams have team colors, referees in striped shirts, cheerleaders, mascots and their own devoted fan sections. (photos by Linda Baumeister and Holly Wenzel)
Irondale captain Logan Mildenberger, center, is all concentration as he and Matt Sondrol pilot the 2013 version of the KnightKrawler. The sleek machine can usually be counted on to do its job perfectly; it’s the human element that can play it up
This is what a robotics “pit” looks like when things are going wrong; Roseville FireBears Jonathan Hildebrandt and Sara Rieck reflexively put their hands to their heads as mentor Paul Mann mutters “We’re gonna need a drill press.” Fellow mentor and software engineer Keith Rieck explains that on-the-spot troubleshooting is just part of the learning process. “It’s a big puzzle to figure out ... We’re having some bad luck today, but we’re still having a lot of fun.”
Don’t let your guard down at its smile; this is a “Fighting Calculator,” mascot of the Math and Science Academy in Woodbury. From the Hill Murray “PioNerds” to a team whose uniforms are white lab coats, robotics competitors make the most of their “geek cred.”
Madeleine Logeais, of the Visitation Robettes, first all-girl team in the state, works on the team’s robot in the pit.
Make no mistake: these kids could hot-wire your car, hack its computer system, weld on enough hardware to make it do somersaults and secure corporate financing for the project in the time it takes you to parallel park it.
And then they’d put it on their college application forms.
Because the skills robotics students have learned -- from computer coding to negotiation, welding to presentation skills -- can power some pretty bright futures.
Muffie Gabler, a community development manager at Wells Fargo, about to present the keys to the house to Jacobson and Hunt. (photo by Mike Munzenrider/Bulletin)
Jacobson and his girlfriend, Cassie Hunt, look out a backdoor of his house at his backyard and the parkland behind it. “There's no more highway in back,” Jacobson said, who will be moving into his new house from an apartment in the Prospect Park neighborhood in Minneapolis. (photo by Mike Munzenrider/Bulletin)
The Humvee in which Jacobson road after it was pulled from a canal, following the IED attack. (photo submitted by Tom Jacobson)
Jacobson during recovery at Naval Medical Center San Diego. (photo submitted by Tom Jacobson)
Retired Lance Corporal Tom Jacobson, a Marine Corps veteran, who was injured while serving in Iraq in 2007, received a mortgage-free home in Shoreview from Wells Fargo and the Military Warriors Support Foundation (MWSF) on Wednesday, April 23.
The title of “Pea Soup and Tomatoes” comes from the words of Scott’s parents. Before the storm, her mother said the sky looked like “pea soup,” while her father said it looked like a tornado was coming. The then two-year-old Scott misheard “tornado” as “tomato.” (submitted photos)
St. Anthony Village author Susan Scott’s first book, “Pea Soup and Tomatoes,” is an inspired-by-true-events children’s book about the May 6, 1965, tornado outbreak that swept the metro area, causing millions of dollars in damages.
St. Anthony author brings tornado history to life
On May 6, 1965, six of the most violent tornadoes in Minnesota history swept across the Twin Cities area. Throughout the course of “The Longest Night,” as the event came to be called, the tornado outbreak killed thirteen people, injured nearly 700 and caused millions of dollars in damages across the seven-county metro area.
The Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village track and field teams are usually in the thick of things when it comes to the North Suburban Conference championship chase. Those expectations aren’t any different under new head coach Jason Liston.
The Mounds View Public School District owns a 3.32-acre parcel of land at 2959 Hamline Ave. in Roseville, the site of its former district service center. The district hopes to sell the property to the city of Roseville for use as a park. Over the past decade, ISD 621 has spent more than $760,000 in soil remediation and monitoring costs due to the discovery of Perc contamination on the property. (Johanna Holub/Review)
In 2010, the city of Roseville Parks and Recreation Department completed a parks system master plan, which includes acquiring the district’s parcel of land just south of Autumn Grove Park on Hamline Avenue. The space could be used for “court sports,” including baseball, volleyball, pickleball or soccer, according to Parks and Recreation Director Lonnie Brokke. (submitted graphics)
Roseville Historical Society
Mounds View school district removed building, contaminated soil
Mounds View Public Schools is letting go of a site that’s been with the district for more than 40 years.
A purchase agreement with the city of Roseville to sell a three-acre parcel of land at 2959 Hamline Ave. was approved at the school board’s April 8 meeting.