From surgical robots to farming automation to unmanned aircraft, robotics is spreading across the Midwest. And some technologists think Minnesota is poised to become the industry's regional hub. A conference at the U of M this week will look at how to make that happen.
Ant ejected, Wolves blow huge lead and lose to slumping Hawks
The Timberwolves missed another opportunity to get over .500.
NHL announces make-up dates for Wild postponements
The Wild will play 40 games in the final 77 days of the regular season.
Group says Mayo should be 'severely punished' over research puppy's death
The puppy died two days after undergoing a procedure at a Mayo research facility.
Charges: Man kidnapped woman, sexually assaulted her at gunpoint
The suspect faces three separate felony charges.
St. Cloud 'Boogaloo Boi' who discussed attack on MN Capitol gets 2 years
He was charged with illegally possessing a machine gun.
High school basketball team returns from game to find bus driver dead
Members of the girls team returned to the bus to find the driver unresponsive.
Minnesota AG sues COVID testing site, alleging it sent false results
Sometimes the company didn't send people their results at all, the lawsuit alleges.
UnitedHealth Group says it made $287B last year, $24B of it profit
The corporation's Optum business represented a significant chunk of that total.
Friend arrives at couple's home, stabs one of them after being asked to leave
The couple say their friend was "not acting right."
St. Paul welcomes robots from around world
Scientists from around the world are in St. Paul this week for the annual Robotics and Automation Conference, where everything from golf course-mowing machines to cancer-seeking micro-cameras are on display. The conference is not open to the public, but WCCO-TV got a peek.
Minnesota pitches cold climate to data industry
The state's chilly temperatures and geological stability could be just what the growing data industry needs to keep its "server farms" cool and reliable. Legislators this year passed a package of tax incentives in hopes of luring companies scouting out places to build data centers.
Could robotic boats be the answer to invasive carp problems?
With the help of a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation, computer scientists and biologists from the U have developed robotic boats -- called Carp Trackers -- that can locate and follow carp, allowing officials to net and remove the fish from lakes and rivers.
Minnesota group among those vying to cash in on unmanned aircraft industry
North Dakota is in the running to land an FAA unmanned aircraft test site this year, and the Minnesota Defense Alliance is cheering on our neighbor state. The alliance, a group made up of some heavy-hitters like Lockheed as well as startups, is working to help Minnesota businesses of all sizes score defense contracts.
Twins want stake in future light-rail transit hub at Target Field
The Minnesota Twins are negotiating a deal with Hennepin County to get a stake in a new light-rail transit hub near Target Field that connects the Hiawatha, Northstar and future Central Corridor lines, the Pioneer Press reports. The $79 million project also includes an entertainment plaza on the north side of the ballpark.
Twin Cities not only Delta hub facing job cuts, higher air fares
Delta Airlines' primary headquarters and hub in Atlanta is flourishing. Not so at other hub cities. Since Delta absorbed Northwest Airlines, the Twin Cities area has lost 3,000 jobs associated with the carrier. In Memphis the number of flights has been nearly halved, pushing up air fares to the second highest in the nation. Behind Cincinnati. Which is also a Delta hub.
Futuristic bridge construction: Giant robotic belt to place finished span
The Maryland Avenue Bridge over Interstate 35E just north of downtown St. Paul is coming down beginning July 13. The street will be closed until early or mid-September, when it reopens with a new bridge in place. Workers are building the new bridge at a nearby site, and in what might signal the future of bridge construction, a giant robotic conveyor belt will roll the span into place during a 12-hour window over two weekends in August.
A new addition to high school tournament time: robotics
64 high school teams gathered in Duluth to see whose robots were the best at shooting a basketball and balancing on a wobbly bridge. Teams from St. Peter, Prior Lake, and Milwaukee will move on to a national competition.
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