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MSHSL announces support for robotics competition Recognizing the importance of sci- ence and math extracurricular activi- ties, the Minnesota State High School League announced that its Board of Di- rectors has voted to partner with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in supporting robotics competitions. The announcement was made by Executive Director Dave Stead at a news conference on the grounds of the Minnesota State Fair in conjunction with STEM (Science, Technology, En- gineering and Mathematics) Day at the Fair. This new partnership will make the FIRST Robotics Competition, which has 131 teams throughout Minnesota, more mainstream in Minnesota's high schools by giving it the status and statewide cohesiveness of other popu- lar extracurricular activities. In a broader sense, it will help FIRST to re- alize its vision of a world in which young people dream of becoming our future science and technology leaders. Minnesota is well poised to make FIRST Robotics Competition a main- stream program because it has the fourth-largest state contingent of teams in the nation and hosts the largest of the more than 50 FIRST Robotics Compe- tition regional events. This event con- sistently fills Williams and Mariucci Arenas on the University of Minnesota campus with a combined total of 123 teams. In its partnership, the League will promote the FIRST Robotics Compe- tition among Minnesota high schools, support a state championship for which teams qualify at FIRST Robotics Com- petition regional competitions in March, and provide teams the same prominence of other League activities within their schools. The FIRST Robotics Competition is a high school level program of FIRST, a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit based in Manchester, New Hampshire. Dubbed a "varsity sport for the mind," FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technol- ogy. Under strict rules, limited re- sources and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and pro- gram a robot-to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It's as close to "real world" engineering that a student can get. Volunteer pro- fessional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. FIRST was founded by Segway in- ventor Dean Kamen in 1989 to inspire America's young people to pursue fu- ture careers in science and technology by creating the same levels of fun, recognition, and celebration that stu- dents experience from participating on major high school athletic teams. The FIRST Robotics Competition has 2,072 teams nationwide and completed its 20th season in 2011. Minnesota's FIRST Robotics Competition has grown from just two to 131 teams dur- ing the past five years. The Minnesota State High School League is excited to start celebrating STEM ! rk...can(~ ,eDO your part te, help ~'~ up Big Stone Lake!j/ A TREASURE HUNT was held on Saturday, Aug. 20 at the parking lot above Liebe Drug during Cornfest. Those that came dressed up during the Treasure Hunt were judged on their costumes with the three winners pictured above. In front from left to right are Aliah Ash, Sydney Strobel and Thomas Eustice. Helping with the Treasure Hunt and pictured in back from left to right are Gloria Larson, Luke Diekman and Kady Sykora. Ortonville School menu Tuesday, Sept. 6: Breakfast: Whole Grain Cereal, Cinnamon Pastry, Mixed Fruit Sauce, Milk. Lunch: Chicken Nuggets, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Corn, Applesauce. Wednesday, Sept. 7: Breakfast: K-2 Whole G. Cereal/Yogurt, Waffle Sticks, Diced Pear Sauce, Milk. Lunch: Spaghetti Hot Dish, Garlic French Bread, Garden Salad, Fresh Baby Carrots, Diced Peach Sauce. Thursday, Sept. 8: Breakfast: Whole G. Cereal/Yogurt, Tons Br. Pizza, Diced Peach Sauce, Milk. Lunch: Hot Dog on a Bun, 4-12 Curly Fries, K-3 Smiley Fries, Baked Beans, Diced Pear Sauce. Friday, Sept. 9: Breakfast: Whole Grain Cereal, Whole Grain Toast, Trix Yogurt, Apple Slices, Milk. Lunch: Cheese Dippers, Pizza Sauce Dip, Cheesy Broccoli, Raspberry Sherbert. Monday, Sept. 12: Breakfast: Whole Grain Cereal, Br. Sausage Pizza, Pineapple Tidbits, Milk. Lunch: Fiesta Pizza, Lettuce, Salsa, Fresh Baby Carrots, Diced Pear Sauce, Pudding. Tuesday, Sept. 13: Breakfast: Whole G. Cereal/Yogurt, Whole Grain Toast, Banana, Milk. WINNER OF THE 7TH ANNUAL CHILl COOK OFF held on Lunch: Deli Turkey and Cheese, Saturday, Aug. 20 during Cornfest was Rippin' Rick's Chili. Pictured Au Gratin Potatoes, Green Beans, I'" ="vnuthtrap above from left to right are Rick Barnhardt and Dawn lensen. Applesauce. PF s y t iSouSUn ,'of River Rival documentary to be shown in St, Peter Sept, 8 Pheasants Forever is sponsoring a youth trap shoot on Sunday, Sept. 11 from 1-3 p.m. for all youth in Big Stone County ages 10-17 accompanied by an adult. The trap shoot will be held at Lovgren's Shooting Range, eight miles north on the Lake Road (watch for signs). There will be a short presentation by DNR Conservation Officer Craig Miska on gun safety and then they will commence with the trap shooting. All youth attending will receive some PF merchandise and the opportunity to learn a new outdoor skill through this shooting sport in a safe and fun environment. They ask that parents/guardians be present. Please bring a shotgun as some guns will be provided. Shells will be provided. INDEPENDENT WANT ADS BRING QUICK RESULTS! WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE... Don't Get Pushed Around! COME TO PROGRESSIVE AND HAVE YOUR VEHICLE FIXED RIGHT. JORDEN ROGGENBUCK #38 Largest In-Stock Windshield Inventory in Area ,Free Estimates 100% Customer Satisfaction ,Certified Technicians on Staff _RO.GRE IVE COLLISION & GLASS CENTER, INC. 7[S1~tSII3~i~3~3~z1~ Steve and Linda Roggenbuck 109 SE Second Street Ortonville, MN 56278 Phone (320) 839-2255 Toll Free 888-819-2255 Come out to the Treaty Site History capture the story behind people com- cate Ron Schara of the Minnesota Center in St. Peter on Sept. 8 (Thurs- ing together to make sure future gener- Bound TV show. day) at 7 p.m. to see the documentary ations will be able to enjoy the This event is co-sponsored by the "River Revival: Working Together to Minnesota River and what it has to Nicollet County Historical Society and Save the Minnesota River" and hear offer, the Water Resources Center at Min- the inspiration behind this film from Executive producer of the film, John nesota State University Mankato. Cre- John Hickman, executive producer. Hickman and videographer Jon Carl- ated in 1987, the Water Resources "River Revival" tells the story of son of EPIC Media traveled all over the Center at Minnesota State University people and organizations working to- Minnesota River Basin to capture this Mankato serves as a regional center for gether to solve water quality issues fac- comprehensive tale. John's deep ties environmental research and informa- ing the Minnesota River. Through the to the Minnesota River include serving tion exchange. Our program is seasons and throughout the basin, the on the board of directors for the strengthened by the diversity of part- documentary examines the river's Friends of the Minnesota Valley since nerships with nonprofit organizations, many pollution problems and high- 1992 including two terms as president, government agencies, schools and in- lights the efforts of people from all From 1992-94, Hickman was a mem- dividual citizens all working on behalf walks of life - academics, farmers, nat- ber of the Minnesota River Citizens of the MN River Basin. ural resource professionals, anglers, Advisory Committee, established by The Treaty Site History Center, homeowners, students, paddlers, politi- former MN Governor Arne Carlson to headquarters of the Nicollet County cians, and citizen activists - to restore develop a series of recommendations Historical Society, is located a mile the river. The film also captures the ge- to clean up the river, north of downtown St. Peter at Hwy ology origins of the Minnesota and its Originally broadcasted on June 12 169 and 22, across from the Mankato present day condition, at 6 p.m. on KARE 11 TV, "River Re- Clinic. The screening is free and open This documentary focuses on the vival" is the result of a diverse collab- to the public. Attendees are encour- years of dedicated effort and hard work oration with nonprofit organizations, aged to make a $5 contribution to help by citizens, organizations, agencies, educational institutions, government cover the costs of the event and support and many more to protect and restore agencies and citizens. The documen- the organizations making the screening our namesake river - the Minnesota. tary was produced by Water Resources possible. For more information on the John Hickman and Jon Carlson of Center at Minnesota State University "River Revival" showing please con- EPIC Media set out two years ago to Mankato and hosted by outdoors advo- tact Scott Kudelka at 507-389'2304. It's library card sign-up month 2011 Get your kids ready to head tonville Public Library during Library Getting a library card is easy. To re- back to school at your library Card Sign-up Month to one new library ceive your library card, bring in your As Ortonville's students head back card holder each week during the drivers license or picture ID. If your ID to school this September, the Or- month of September. We will draw one does not have your current address, tonville Public Library wants to make name from all of the new library cards bring in some mail, rental lease, etc. to sure that all children have the most ira- given out each week and that person show proof of residence. If you are a portant school supply of all - a library will have a choice of either a 6" sub minor child, you need to come in with card. from Subway or a $5 gift certificate a parent or guardian to apply for a card. Owning a library card provides stu- from Millstone. At the end of the If you live in SD, you need to have a dents the resources they need to com- month, we will put all names into a Grant County Library Card from Mil- pete academically. Most public drawing for the grand prize of a Mall bank first to obtain a Pioneerland Li- libraries (89.6 percent) provide stu- of America Family Fun package cour- brary System card. dents free access to databases of news tesy of the Ortonville Public Library Library Card Sign-up Month is a articles, encyclopedias and test prepa- and KDIO! time when the American Library Asso- ration materials, as well as homework "Today's libraries provide all types ciation (ALA) and libraries across the help and resources. In addition, public of students with the tools they need to country remind parents that a library libraries are the number one access succeed," says Vicki Grimli, head li- card is the most important school sup- point for free Internet access, an im- brarian. "Libraries provide young read- ply of all. portant resource for families without ers with exciting and engaging For more information on how to access at home when 96 percent of programs that make learning fun. It is sign up for a library card, visit the Or- school districts require students to use for these reasons that now more than tonville Public Library in person or the Internet to complete their home- ever, a library card is the most impor- visit the library online at www.bscli- work. Prizes will be awarded at the Or- tant school supply of all." braries.com. High scores at Graceville Gun Club High Scores at the Graceville Gun Club for Aug. 30. Sh6oting 25 for Dumont-David Bauer-2, for UPI- Rick Hentges, Dave Wollshlager, for Off Constantly- Brady Gillespie. Shooting 24 for Toqua Sportsmen- Ken Tritz-3, for Off Constantly- Brady Gillespie, Curt Gillespie. Shooting 23 for Toqua Sportsmen- Neil Brandt, for UPI- Dave Wollschlager. Youth League-Dillon McNally-14, Brooke Gillespie- 15,15,18. Tom Ward-19, Sam Bauer- 12. Turkey Shoots every Tuesday in September. Roadside wildlife counts released this week The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will release its annual roadside wildlife survey this week. The report summarizes roadside counts of pheasants, gray (Hungarian) partridge, cottontail rabbits, white- tailed jackrabbits and other wildlife observed in the early morning hours during the first two weeks of August. The observations take place throughout the farmland region of Minnesota. Observers surveyed 171 25-mile routes, 152 of which were located in the ring-necked pheasant range. Protect what's important! 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