There's no such thing as a free lunch but, if you know where to look, you might get free (or discounted) plants for a garden instead. The east metro area is home to more than 200 lakes, dozens of streams, countless wetlands and the Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers. Watershed Districts and Soil and Water Conservation Districts work hard to protect these many waterways from runoff pollution, erosion and other sources of contamination.
By Dr. Kristi Trussell. She is the assistant medical director of The Urgency Room in Woodbury, Eagan and Vadnais Heights, Minn. After being cooped up from such a late and snowy spring, us Minnesotans are bursting at the seams to get outside and simply be active. But, it’s important to remember that spring is typically the busiest season of the year for the board-certified ER doctors at The Urgency Room’s three Twin Cities locations.
At South Washington County Schools, we have a motto — "Together we are SoWashCo". To me, it means that if we all work together towards a common goal, we have a better chance of success than each of us going about it on our own. I truly believe in this sentiment, as I am sure many of our parents and community members do as well. However, in an age of social media, where people are quick to point out our differences, rather than the positive, or believe things that may not be true before verifying them for themselves, it is easy for us to become distracted and divided.
I was a high school principal at a school south of Denver when the Columbine High School shooting took place. Although there had been school shootings in the past, the events at Columbine changed forever how we think, act, and address school safety. I remember standing in the lobby of our school the next morning with the urge to hug each student that came through the door. I wanted to tell them how much I cared about them, and that all of us in the school would protect them. That day, almost 20 years ago, was a day that we will never forget.
Minnesotans work hard and pay their taxes. In return, they expect and deserve high quality, efficient services from their state government. They should get nothing less. That is why Minnesota IT Services, under new leadership, is strongly committed to fixing the problems with our state's Minnesota Licensing and Registration System or MNLARS. There is no excuse for the problems this system has created for Minnesotans these last six months, and we deeply regret the impact it has had on our people and businesses.
Ben Fowke, the president and CEO of Xcel Energy, recently announced an ambitious plan to cut the utility's carbon emissions 80 percent by 2030. To reach that goal, Xcel Energy will double down on clean energy. It plans to generate 60 percent renewable energy by 2030. That's fantastic news for consumers. It means not only lower emissions but also savings on electric bills.
There's room for everyone on the nice list As a teacher, I tell kids to look for contrasts when they are reading: Those contrasts often teach us a lesson or help us infer something important to our understanding of a story. I failed to mention to students that those contrasts happen in our daily lives as well.
Three pieces of art by Woodbury artist Becky Amble have been selected for the Winter Carnival Art Show. The show will be Jan. 11-Feb. 18 at AZ Gallery in St. Paul. An opening night reception is planned for 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, with several events planned for the evening. The Winter Carnival royalty have also been invited to attend. There will be music and refreshments.
Come enjoy the warm sounds of Christmas with an organ/choral concert featuring the choirs from St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in St. Paul Park under the direction of Robin Medrud and St. Michael’s Catholic Church from Farmington, with guest organist and conductor, Eric Larson. The concert is 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 935 Laurel Ave. St. Paul Park.