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Linus the robot

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Bloomington Briefing Published November 1, 2021
Updated on November 4, 2021
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One of the most popular new members of the Bloomington parks and recreation staff is a robot, and its name is Linus. In late 2020, using CARES Act grant funds, the department purchased this piece of automated technology to help paint lines efficiently and accurately on sports fields throughout the City. The robot was hard at work all summer long, but it was missing one key element—a name. To remedy that, parks and recreation launched a name-the-robot contest in August. More than 120 names were submitted, and after 880 public votes were cast, the winning name was Linus. You can watch the robot in action and learn all about its many features and benefits at