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From left, Nolan Flint, 15, Tanner Schreifels, 16 and Austin Johannes, 15, operate their robot Saturday in the Vex Robotics Competition. The trio was representing Boy Scout Troop 15 of Cold Springs. Justin Glawe | Bemidji Pioneer

Building a better machine: Students troubleshoot robots in competition

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BEMIDJI – The belt kept breaking.

It was an olive green conveyor, with little black plastic tabs charged with a simple task: pick up the bean bag.   


But no matter how many spacers or treads Brandon Quern attached to the belt, no matter how hard he, Cody Vettleson and Anthony Peldo pulled on the stretch of plastic, it wouldn’t hold during competition.

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Justin Glawe
Reporting on crime, courts and Beltrami county government. Follow me on Twitter @JustinGlawe.
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