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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


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 is the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune.