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OHS FIRST Robotics team takes part in Lakes Regional By Isaac Clods The 2011 Ortonville FIRST Robot- ics team recently traveled to the Twin Cities to compete in the 10,000 Lakes Regional Competition at Williams Arena, March 30-April 2 and placed 57th at their regional. While they were in the cities, there were two FIRST Regionals taking place. At the two regionals, there were over 120 teams competing. Attending the event were, Mr. and Mrs Bob. Foley, Jonah Thune, Mallory Adelman, Zach Larson, Jacob Meyer, Jacob Hen- rich, Taylor Bernhardt, Isaac Clods, and Adam Henrich. The objective of the game, Logo motion, was to hang inflated tubes on racks at the end of the playing field. The tubes were red triangles, white cir- cles, and blue squares. If you could get the tubes to form the FIRST logo on the rack, then you would double the points on that rack. You could also try to get a mini-bet to race up a pole and score points for your team and alliance. The sooner the mini-bet reaches the top, the more points you would score. Alliances were comprised of three teams, with two alliances on the field at one time, one red and one blue, each competing against the other to score points. The teams with the most points advanced to the elimination round, where they competed to earn the title of 10,000 Lakes Regional Champions. This year's champions were teams: 525, the Swartdogs; 967, the Iron Lions; and 3642, the Jackson County Central Huskies. "Taking part in this competition was a great experience for all our young members," said Joan Foley. "We are losing some seniors in Thune, Adel- man, and Tom Rausch, but we also have some experienced members that are just starting their FIRST Robotics career. We are already planning for next year, and are anticipating the start of the building season." i t OHS FIRST ROBOTICS TEAM recently competed at the 10,000 Lakes Regional competition at Williams Arena. Students involved with the Robotics program at OHS are pictured above. In front, kneeling from left to right are Adam Henrich, Iosh Sherod, Isaac Cloos, Taylor Barnhardt, Jacob Meyer, Makiah Gores and Kori Block. Back row, left to right are Joan and Bob Foley, Zach Larson, Joe Larson, Jonah Thune, Jacob Henrich and Gary Pfleger. New Patients Welcome! Safe child exchange available in Ortonville for separated parents Parenting Time Centers of Some- place Safe offers safe, child friendly lo- cations where parents can exchange their children or have supervised par- enting times with their children in your community. Parents who are divorced or separated can exchange their chil- dren for visitation without conflict. The centers are a safe alternative to ex- changing children in parking lots, fast food restaurants, or other public areas. Parenting Time Centers also offer su- pervised parenting times, where par- ents who need supervision while with their children can do so in an atmos- phere conducive to healthy parent- child interaction. Toys, games, books, and videos are available for use while families are at the center. Parenting Time Centers also ensures the safety of adult victims during the exchange of children also. The centers have staggered arrival times, separate entrances, and they maintain no contact during the exchange of children. The centers are an unbiased, safe, and con- fidential site for families. May is Supervised Visitation Net- work Awareness Month and Parenting Time Center is a member of the Super- vised Visitation Network. SVN is an international membership organization of professionals who provide super- vised visitation and access services to families. The Orange Ribbon Cam- paign, adopted by the SVN Minnesota chapter, serves as the International symbol for visitation centers around the world. SVN was founded in 1991 to pro- vide opportunities for networking, sharing of information, and training for agencies and individuals who are in- terested in assuring that children can have safe, conflict-free access to par- ents with whom they do not reside. To donate or see child abuse statis- tics in your area please go to place-Safe-Parenting-Time-Center- OrtOrtonville The local Parent Time Center is Lo- cated at 47 NW. 2nd Street in Or- tonville. For questions about the Parenting Time Center call 320-305- 1400. First grandchild born to Hansens Kurt and Dori Hansen of Loveland. OH, announce the birth of their first grandchild, Eiley Ruth Hansen. Kurt is a 1976 graduate of OHS. Eiley was born on Thursday, April 28. 2011, at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station (HAS) Hospital, in Jacksonville, FL, weighing eight pounds, six ounces and measuring 21 and a half inches. She is welcomed by her parents Peter Hansen V and Elishia Quesenberry of Jacksonville. In addition, she is also welcomed by her paternal great grandmother, Ruth Hansen, of Ortonville as well as many other family members. (ADV) Complete one call services. Possibilities for any budget, Renovate, Modernize Heated Floor Installations. Retro, Period and Historical Restorations Senior-Friendly Design Options For Safety or= Barrier-Free Wheelchair Access Improvements 17AICOTA TILE MILFANK. SP 605-$$1-t$14 Client Parfiipafion Welcome! MEMBERS OF THE ORTONVILLE FCCLA CHAPTER participated in the Annual State Conference in Bloomington, April 28-30. Pictured above in front from left to right are Isaac Cloos, Joe Larson and Abby Weber. Back row left to right are Mackenzie Streich, Brenna Giese, Stephanie Arndt and Annie Haukos. Not pictured is Katie Berdan. Community invited to share river experiences on May 18 Teens and adults will have an op- portunity to write about their personal stories and reflections about the Min- nesota River, its valley and tributaries at writing workshops on Monday, May 16 at the Redwood Falls Library from 6-8 p.m. and on Wednesday, May 18 at the Ortonville Public Library from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The workshops, entitled, Words for Our Great River, will be led by Cot- tonwood writer and teacher Florence Dacey who will read some of her own fiver poems and provide tips and writ- ing prompts for writing about personal experiences and reflections about the Minnesota River, it valley and water- shed, including Big Stone Lake. Florence Dacey is a poet, author and creative writing teacher. Educated at St. Louis and Stanford Universities, she served in the Peace Corps in Nige- ria and raised three children before fo- cusing full-time on writing, teaching, and working for more vital rural com- munities. She loves giving readings of her poetry, music, gardens, the Min- nesota River Valley, and almost eve.ry- thing Irish. Participants will get tips on writing about fishing, boating, river floods, an- imals, birds, plants and trees, favorite moments and fond memories con- nected to the Minnesota River and any of the rivers and streams that are part of its watershed. The informal writing and sharing session is free and no previous creative writing experience is needed. Registra- tion for each session is limited to 30. Please pre-register by calling the ap- propriate library, by contacting CURE by e-mail ( or by calling the CURE office at 320-269- 2984. This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the South- west Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council (SMAHC) and is funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cul- tural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008. The Li- braries and CURE are co-sponsoring the event. Save this paper for recycling Bierschbach Dent LI Windwater Suites 1203 E. 4th Ave., Suite 103 Milbank, SD 57252 E-mail: NEW WEBSITEf - 605-432-5032 8am - 5pm Tues. 7am - 12 noon - 6pm - Fri. 8am - 12 noon Droid n iii I credible 2 !! $199 with new2 yr activation and data pak required, - Front and Rear Cameras - 4" Super LCD Touchscreen - HTC Sense Interface - Global Ready - Android 2.2 D00sIGN "00'verl7_00n (00RadioShack. 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