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Team member Tayvin Viratyosin (left) takes a photo of the Plaiding Mantis before the Lake Superior Regional competition in March.

Morris Area's FIRST Robotics team just misses nationals, advances to state

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MORRIS, Minn. - As a culmination of their most successful season to date, Morris Area's FIRST Robotics team, The Plaid Pillagers, are headed to the first ever state robotics competition in May.


Since January, the team has worked to design, build, test and re-test their robot, The Plaiding Mantis, in preparation for two regional competitions - coming within a single match of qualifying for the national tournament.

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Kim Ukura
Kim Ukura has served as the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune since August 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2008 with degrees in English and journalism. She earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2010. Prior to returning to Morris to work at the Sun Tribune, she worked in trade publishing.