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Continued: Inside track: Malaysia backs Minnesota med-tech start-up

  • Article by: NEAL ST. ANTHONY , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 9, 2013 - 9:19 PM


Sarah Aladetan, a junior at Park Center Senior High School in Brooklyn Park, is one of only 35 students nationally to win the National Center for Women & Information Technology’s “Aspirations in Computing Award.’’ Dorothy O’Berry, a senior at Como Park High School in St. Paul, was selected as a runner-up for the national award.

They were among an applicant pool of more than 1,800 students.

A few years ago, Aladetan taught herself computer programming from one of her father’s old college textbooks. At the time, she didn’t know it would quickly turn into her main passion. Today, she’s a member of her school’s robotics club and hopes to one day launch a start-up that combines her passion for programming and an interest in design or music.

Among Aladetan’s many national and state prizes, she will receive a $1,000 scholarship from MnSCU to be applied to a MnSCU school of her choice.

Aladetan, who will attend the 2013 Bank of America Future Technology Stars Conference in North Carolina, won $500 and a laptop computer.

The awards program was created to increase interest among women in computer-related professions. There are only enough U.S. college graduates to fill 30 percent of computer-specialist jobs and women are underrepresented in the industry.




legal tab for petters money man: $3m


Attorneys for Frank Vennes Jr., the prolific money-raising partner of Tom Petters, have collected more than $3 million representing Vennes in a variety of criminal and civil proceedings. Vennes’ legal team was led by James Volling of Faegre Baker Daniels and included up to seven attorneys. Vennes pleaded guilty to two criminal charges on Feb. 1 for his role in the $3.65 billion Ponzi scheme. His legal bills were paid out of his estate that’s controlled by court-appointed receiver Gary Hansen of Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly. Petters’ legal tab, paid largely by an insurance policy, came in at $3.3 million.



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