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.
The Roseville Human Rights Commission hosted a naturalization ceremony at the Roseville Skating Center the afternoon of Wednesday, April 16. The ceremony commenced with a performance of “Star-Spangled Banner,” sung by city of Roseville administrative staff member Kari Collins.
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.
Victor Yair Hernandez-Rivera is suing four Roseville police officers for using excessive force during a traffic stop in the early morning hours of May 26, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Roseville Police Department)
Man alleges excessive force used during arrest; seeks $500,000
Last week, a Minneapolis man filed a lawsuit against several Roseville police officers following his arrest last spring.
Victor Yair Hernandez-Rivera alleges that four officers used excessive force against him during a traffic stop that led to his arrest in May 2013, and is seeking $500,000 in punitive damages.
Most baseball teams’ successes start with its pitching staff, which appears to be the strength of this year’s Concordia Academy squad. The Beacons return their entire staff, including a pair of senior starters, from last year.
“Pitching will be our strength,” said Concordia head coach Eric Schutte.”We don’t have anyone who will overpower on the mound but all keep the ball down and hit their spots.”
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.
Harambee Elementary School in the Roseville Area School District was recently awarded a nearly $4,000 grant from the Minnesota Ornithologists Union to expand its ornithology opportunities for students.