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Students at M State in Detroit Lakes stop and interact with the Beam robot being driven by M State academic advisor Sarah Hofmann. Staff members have been working with the Beam unit since July, and students are getting used to seeing it in the hallway. BRIAN BASHAM/DL NEWSPAPERS

‘Beam’ roams M state halls

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Let’s say a student is scheduled to come take a tour of the Detroit Lakes M State campus but it starts snowing horribly. (This scenario is in January, not September or October, mind you.)

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Not a problem anymore; no need to risk the highways, or even cancel or reschedule.

Instead, with a link from staff at the college, the student can log onto the Internet and get a personal tour of the campus through Beam.

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