Burrito Union Unveils First-Ever Disinfecting Robot Server

Owner Rod Raymond assures it's not there to replace human servers but make their jobs easier.

DULUTH, Minn.- Stopping by Burrito Union for some food can now be like taking a trip to the future, as the restaurant is unveiling its first-ever robot server. Owner Rod Raymond tells us, “Rasputin” is the first robot in the world to both serve food and disinfect with U-V rays that even kill the coronavirus and other viruses at night…

UMD Students Design Rover To Deliver Payloads Where Troops Find Dangerous

The University’s entry into the Air Force Research Lab Challenge could help our nation's troops.

DULUTH, Minn.- What has four wheels, two propellers, two cameras, and can climb walls? The newest rover designed by UMD students to deploy cameras or sensors in places hostile to a human operator.  “When you think, ‘oh I need to get something high up in the air,’ you think a plane or a helicopter or something like that — you…

UMD Students Create Robot to Climb Walls, Deploy Items in Hostile Territory

The students designed the rover for this year's U.S. Air Force Research Lab Challenge.

DULUTH, Minn.- From the minds of UMD Students comes a robot that can climb walls, carry and drop off items — their entry in this year’s Air Force Research Lab Challenge. The challenge was to design a remote controlled, autonomous robot that could climb walls and deploy sensors or cameras in hostile territory. UMD’S rover is outfitted with a moveable…

FIRST Robotics Competition Season Kicks Off

Game reveal held at UMD with teams from across the Northland.

DULUTH, Minn.- The robotics season has officially begun, as Saturday high school robotics teams from across the Northland got a first look at their game for this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition. The Marshall Performing Arts Center Auditorium packed with anxious high school engineers waiting to see how they’ll have to design their robots this year. “Getting that experience and being…

All About Rhubarb at Rhubarb Festival

Fundraiser benefits CHUM Food Shelf

DULUTH, Minn.- You know summer is here when it’s time for the Annual Rhubarb Festival. Benefiting the CHUM Food Shelf, the 15th Annual Rhubarb Festival took over part of London Road with Rhubarb Pie, Rhubarb Lemonade, and Rhubarb Bratwurst, and more Rhubarb. The festival raises about $60,000-$70,000 for CHUM each year. This year’s goal was to raise more than $75,000….

Denfeld Robotics Return to FIRST Competition

Team DNA goes undefeated through Quarterfinals

DULUTH, Minn.- A Duluth team faired well at the FIRST Minnesota robotics competition this weekend. Team Denfeld Nation Automation, or DNA competed in the Lake Superior Regional for the first time this season. They ranked first out of 63 teams in the qualification matches and went undefeated through quarterfinals. However, their winning streak ended in semifinals. At the awards ceremony, the…

FIRST Robotics Competition Kicks Off

Competition teaches students valuable skills.

DULUTH, Minn.- 120 plus teams and their mechanical mates gathered at the DECC to battle it out. The Double Decc’er started with practice matches, as teams tested out their robots on the official “FIRST Minnesota” arena. Organizers say the competition requires students to branch out of the world of robotics, as they’re judged on other skills. “One of the key…

Celebrating Women in STEM at FIRST Robotics Competition

Ladies Event held before competition.

DULUTH, Minn.- At the FIRST Robotics Competition, a special event was held celebrating the young women competing this weekend. Organizers say hundreds of young women are starting to make names for themselves in this STEM field. Some, even taking over their respective teams. “I feel like women in FIRST and STEM is growing and so we want to encourage that,” said…

Robot Wars Take Over Lake Superior College

Manufacturing Robots Competition Held at Downtown Center

DULUTH, Minn.-The machines took over Lake Superior College’s Downtown Center, as they put some of their student–made robots to the test for “Robot Wars.” Seven integrated manufacturing student teams designed and built robots, who were tested with their ability to take water from one bucket, across the obstacle course, and to the other bucket. Students say it’s great to see…

Police Robot Used To Resolve Standoff in Superior

The Suspect Was Taken into Custody Peacefully

SUPERIOR, Wisc- A tense situation in Superior Monday night, as police armored up for a standoff on on Hammond Avenue. It happened at 3:49 p.m. at a residence in the 700 block of Hammond Avenue. Police were called to the location for a disturbance involving a firearm. Some local roads were blocked off to traffic at the time.. The Superior Police…

Duluth MakerSpace and Robotics Teams to Fill Barnes and Noble

Saturday: 3rd Annual Mini Maker Faire

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend, local inventors will be taking over Barnes and Noble in Duluth for the 3rd Annual Mini Maker Faire. Duluth MakerSpace, Marshall Topper Bots, Hermantown Lego League Teams, UMD Rocketry Club, UMD Bulldog Racing Club, UMD R&D Diesel Club Esko Subzero Robotics team will all be at the event. Several stations will be set up throughout…