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.
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, though, students, that those contrasts happen in our daily lives as well.
At this time of year, we often hear about random acts of kindness in which people go out of their way to help others. These acts may be as simple as helping another person by holding a door, pushing a stuck car out of the snow, or paying for the coffee of the person behind you in line. On a larger scale, they may be as generous as helping cover the cost for a kid to participate in music lessons or play a sport. As adults, we realize the impact of our actions and readily model it for our children.
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.
Lori Braucks, Melanie Mesko Lee, Paul Hicks and Mark Vaughn all slammed Fire Chief Mike Schutt for making his department better. The aforementioned have shown that none of them has any leadership qualities. Larry Fox Hastings
Students at St. John the Baptist Catholic School-Vermillion shared the sights and sounds of Christmas at their annual Advent Christmas concert. Students at the rural school sang traditional Christmas songs to a packed house at the historic St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and showcased several piano and violin solos. Individual classes performed songs accompanied by ukulele, handbells, recorders, xylophones, and other percussion instruments.
St. John the Baptist Catholic School-Vermillion recently thanked Hastings Bus Company employee Vic Teuber for his 40 years of driving students safely on the rural routes to and from school in Vermillion. Driving from farm to farm, Teuber always helped students start the school day with a smile. He welcomed baby chicks, kittens and other rural excitement on his route.