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Jackie Moore laughs at the notion that the Chicago Knights are in Duluth for an easy win. "No way! Are you kidding?" said Moore, who with her husband, John Moore, founded the robotics team on Chicago's South Side five years ago. "The teams in Minnesota were well-organized and well-supported from the beginning. They are in no way an easy match." The Moores and two other adults who made the trip from Chicago were looking on as their charges -- six of the 12 high school students on this year's Knights -- labored over some unexpected issues in their robot on Thursday afternoon.
Mark Lawrence was at a FIRST Robotics Competition five years ago, seeing motivated high school students from all over being pumped up over science and technology, when he noticed something was missing: Minnesota. The Edina High School team he coached and a team from the private Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault were the only two teams in the state. "I looked around and I said, 'Well, this is nuts,' " Lawrence related in a phone interview this week. "Where's Minnesota in this?
The 9-year-old Hayward boy who was hit by a vehicle after he got off his school bus on Friday afternoon remains in critical condition in a Duluth hospital, according to the State Patrol officer who's investigating the case. Dylon Hart was airlifted to Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at 4 p.m. on Friday at state Highway 27 and Ranger Station Road near Hayward, said Sgt. W.
If you were to design a prototypical 15-year-old boy, you might come up with Synjin Modean-Engel. Favorite activities include basketball, snowmobiling and four-wheeling. When he grows up, he'd like to be a crab fisherman off the Alaskan coast, inspired by "Deadliest Catch" on the Discovery Channel. His favorite subject: gym. When asked about other subjects, he lists science, geography, math and English. But when asked for a second-favorite, the Canosia Township boy doesn't budge. "I think gym. I don't like the other classes." He clashes with his mom, Rochelle Modean-Napoli.
More than 300 kids were together in one place on Saturday, and there wasn't a video game in sight. The youngsters, who are in kindergarten through 12th grade, were at Proctor High School for Destination Imagination, an annual challenge of creative thinking, problem-solving, teamwork and, as regional director Allison Nicolson puts it, thinking out of the box. Or, as Cloquet Middle School seventh-grader George Stein put it: "I thought it was awesome this year.
The multiple killing in Superior last year involving an Iraq war veteran is the subject of a feature story in the March 7 edition of Time magazine. Matthew Magdzas, 23, killed his wife, April Oles, 26, their 13-month-old daughter, Lila, and three dogs, and then fatally shot himself on Aug. 17 in their Superior home.
Warren Nelson is coming back to the Big Top. The Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua founder, whose career crashed in 2009 when he was convicted of misdemeanor sexual assault and battery, will perform a show billed as "Warren Nelson & Friends" at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12 under the big blue tent in Bayfield County, the Big Top announced Friday. Jamey Penney-Ritter, the Big Top's marketing director, admitted to some apprehension about how Nelson will be received. "I am nervous," Penney-Ritter said.
A 9-year-old Hayward boy was airlifted to Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth with life-threatening injuries after he was hit by a car after getting off a school bus. In a news release, the Wisconsin State Patrol said the boy had gotten off the bus and was crossing state Highway 27 at Ranger Station Road in Hayward at 4 p.m. today when he was hit by a 2005 GMC Yukon driven by Maddy A.
ASHLAND -- A snowmobile was removed from Lake Superior on Friday afternoon, but the owner wasn't found. In a news release, the Ashland Fire Department said its Ice Angel rescue vehicle was called just before 3 p.m. and told a snowmobile might have gone through the ice about 700 yards northwest of Bretting Manufacturing. The snowmobile was found in about 4 to 6 feet of water with a sled it was towing still on the surface. The Ashland County Sheriff's Department will be attempting to locate the owner, the release said.
Duluth's Sister Cities program is being recognized as the best in the world for its size. But the program can't afford to send someone to accept the award. The Duluth program was named "Best Overall Sister Cities Program for Population of 51,000 to 100,000" by Washington, D.C.-based Sister Cities International, the organization announced in a news release on Thursday. Sister Cities represents more than 2,500 communities in 135 countries.