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Thomas Lankow (left), Joe Pahr, Caleb Boe and Joshua Boe work on parts for their rocket. (Bulletin photo by Patricia Drey Busse)

Team lifting off for nationals

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In the course of four years building rockets for competition, a group of four local teenagers has learned many lessons the hard way.

In the past, sometimes their fins broke on launches, but now they've made the fins removable so that they're easily replaced.

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At the national competition in 2007 one of their flights was disqualified because the rocket's motor was pushed out along with the parachute, but this year's rocket has a motor retention system.

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Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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