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Brian Spear, one of three trainers helping with the MnDOT snowplow simulator in Windom, drives through a simulation of a city landscape

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WINDOM -- The setup looked like an extreme video game.

Participants sat in front three 42-inch flat screen monitors trying to navigate through a virtual obstacle course while a person they couldn't see controlled the terrain and weather conditions and could change them at a whim.


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Alyson Buschena
Alyson joined the Daily Globe newsroom staff after spending a year in Latin America. A native of Fulda and graduate of the University of Northwestern, she has a bachelor's degree in English with a dual concentration in Literature and Writing and a minor in Spanish. At the Daily Globe, Alyson covers the crime beat as well as Pipestone and Murray counties, community news and feature stories. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and cooking. More of Alyson's writing can be found at
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