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2 5 B SINESS DIRECTORY PAGE 10 PLAYGROUND /2 Ill,nliql,l, lilhllhh,.I,qlhlU h,nrl,ln.lll,l, l,U rdlXED ADC 553 fff-O't-2OSt SMALL TOWN PAPERS INC 217 W COTA ST SHELTON, WA 98584-2263 PAGE 12 , lll!lJlJIJIIli!l!l!l!lill, Wednesday February 8, 2017 $1.00 Volume No. 32 NUMBER 25 12 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition Serving: Walnut Grove, Westbrook, Currie, Storden, Dovray, and Revere areas Charger Robotics team hopes to kick some bat at Region By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WWG -- When most people think of robotics, they think of StarWars' robots like R2D2, ThreeCPO, or machines to perform industrial tasks. Well, in some ways the First Robotics uses a lot of that technology to perform specific tasks. However the First Robotics is about compe- tition between teams to play a game in which the Sprockets which are made of plastic and are about two inches thick and about eight inches in diameter. The sprockets or gears are used to power the Airships. These gears have to be delivered using a lift mechanism to place them on the airship. The Airship runs on steam which is provided by fuel cells (five inch whiffie balls) that are placed in the Airship's boiler. Work on the robots teams score points to began in January and need moveon, to be completed by Team members from left: Doug Lee, Theresa Merrick, Joel Last year was the first February 21, at that time Byers, Koua Vang, Ben Olson, Adam Hass, Mason Garbe, year of the Chargersthe competition robot will Derek Brown, Matt Kleven, Jared Sanchez. involvement with the top be put into a sealed bag, level of First Robotics. and will not be allowed to creates significant chal- week Jared Sanchez seeded. Lee says when the pushed a plastic garbage lead team selects, they can full of wood scraps will try to pick teams that with ease. Although the will enhance their own competition is only about strengths or strengthen completing the specific their weaknesses. tasks of the game. The Currently there are 12 Menton has taken a job at enough parts to build two This year the team has court size is 27 feet wide students on the team'. another district, returning rob an prae- fabricated tracks to propel and 54 feet long, robot Adam Hass, Matt KlevsLt, industrial tech teacher ticewitlvorie/Dfthemuntil the robot. Last year the operators are all located KouaVang, MasonGarbe, Doug Lee is mentoringthe competition, robot ran on sets of off co urt and the robots Ben Olson, Lue Yang, the program, assisted by since 'the competition wheels. This has improved are operated wirelessly. Kevin Sanchez, Jared Derek Brown. is completely redesigned, the maneuverability of the When they get to Cedar Sanchez, Paul Yang, This year the game the teams have to recon- robot. The robots are not Falls the competition will Jordyn Berg, Joel Byers, being played is called figure their robot to per- just toys, as they can involve teams of three and Theresa Merrick. First Steamworks, theform different tasks than weigh upto 1501bs. robots. Teams will be ................................................ robots must deliver the previous year. That When practicing last chosen by how they are Robo|s an page 12 The team took their first be opened until the lenges of engineering and robot to Mariucci Arena Regional competition of construction, program- at the University of the Blue Alliance at Cedar ming, and operation of the Minnesota under the Falls, Iowa March 22. devices, to control cam- guidance of advisor Jim This year the team has pletion of the tasks of the Menton. This year, since been able to acquire challenge. Editors note: This story and picture courtesy of the Soybean Business. Charisma, passion for agriculture help MSGA's Nelsen grab national award By Drew Lyon Robert "Bob" Nelsen has become a veritable recruiting legend with the American Soybean Association (ASA). "Bob's positive atti- tude and outlook toward membership is con- tagious," said ASA Chairman Richard Wilkins. "He is quite the charmer, and we sure appreciate his steadfast dedication. He's a big reason why Minnesota is one of our most promi- nent membership organi- zations." For the fourth consecu- tive year, Nelsen earned ASA's top recruiter award in 2016, the asso- ciation announced Dec. 1. "Every time it's been Nelsen visited with an Growers event. an honor to win the award, even though I don't think of recruiting as a competition," Nelsen said from his home near Westbrook, Minn. "I'm proud to do it on behalf of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) and Minnesota soybean farmers." exhibitor at a recent Soybean Nelsen recruited 183 way." members in 2016, help- MSGA President ing MSGA increase itsTheresia Gillie says membership by the high- Nelsen sets a high bench- est percentage in the mark for membership country, recruiting, and has taken "Minnesota sets the many recruiters under his standard for soybean wing. membership, and has for "Bob has been a phe- a long time," he says. "I hope it always stays that MSGA," she says. "He totally understands the value of a membership, and is a vocal advocate. He has literally been the innovator of recruiting new members." Nelsen recruits in-per- son near his home, and at Minnesota ag trade shows like Farmfest and MN Ag Expo. He'll even bring his wife, Sally, and granddaughter, Mady, along to the trade shows to help with recruiting. Whether they're neighbors, fellow farm- ers or strangers walking around MSGA's booth at Farmfest, Nelsen sees them all the same -- as potential members. "All you have to do is talk to people and explain to them how important it is to be a member of MSGA," he says. "We keep our members informed on the issues, and with the ben- efits we have, heck, it's a no-brainer to become a member." nomenal mentor to me ............................................ and so many others at .Nelsen on page 3 ion mblin Charitable Gambling supports a variety of organizations and causes in 2016 Herbert Reese American Legion Post #391 has released a list of organizations supported during 2016 through the Post's charitable gambling activities conducted at its Storden facil- ity. In 2016 the Post gave schol- arships totaling $3,000 to Red Rock Central, and Westbrook- Walnut Grove graduating high school seniors; contributed $2,000 to fundraisers for indi- viduals with health issues; gave $2,000 to the Storden Area First Responders and $1000 to the Storden Fire Department; sup- ported the American Cancer Society Cottonwood County Relay for Life with a $500 contribution; provided curricu- lum and supplies to Storden Area Community Bible School vTth a $1,000 gift; gave $500 to support youth activities in the Storden area; and $350 to military veterans' programs including those at the Luverne Veterans' Home. From 2011 to 2015 the Post gave scholarships total- ing $8,750; $1,000 to fund- raisers; $4,000 to the Storden Area First Responders; $4,000 to the Storden Fire Department; $2,500 to the Relay for Life; $5,000 to the Storden Area Community Bible School; $1,000 to veterans' programs, $800 to Martha's Pantry, Westbrook; and $4,000 to youth programs, including $3,500 towards the construc- tion of a basketball court in Storden's city park. Recognizing the impor- tance of capturing, preserving and sharing the stories of the Cottonwood County military veterans the Post contributed $6,000 to the Cottonwood County Historical Society for the development and construc- tion of its Veterans' exhibit and data base. Charitable or "lawful" gam- bling is a subset of the types of gambling officially sanctioned and regulated by the state of Minnesota. Qualifying non- profit organizations, includ- ing Post 391 are allowed to conduct one or more of five "lawful" forms of gambling; Herbert Reese conducts pull- tabs, cardboard tickets that are opened to determine winners. The state regulates all aspects charitable gambling including the collection of special gam- bling taxes. By state law profits from charitable gambling can only be given to certain quali- fying causes. ON RECORD PAGE 2 EDUCATION PAGE 8 INSIDE PAGE 3 SPORTS PAGE 9 VIEWPOINT PAGE 4 BUSINESS PAGE 10 FAITH & FAMILY PAGE 5 CLASSIFIED PAGE 1 1 COMMUNITY PAGE 6 AREA NEWS PAGE 12 SPORTS TEAMS PAGE 7 SPORTS PAGE 7,9 . CONtA 'I!:OS : INFORMATION CIRCULATION CLASSIFIEDS ADVERTISING 507-274-6136 OR 800-410-1859 Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2016 Sentinel Tribune