There's a YouTube video about how observant people are. A man approaches different strangers, points to his map, and asks if they know where Trinity Church is. While the stranger tries to be helpful, two men carrying a giant poster with a picture of the asker walk between the two people. The poster hides the fact that the asker switches places with someone else. Whether the someone else is a woman or a man with a completely different voice, the stranger never notices. The stranger is too busy concentrating on Trinity Church.
No swimmers received a speeding ticket, but the Hastings Area Swim Team swam fast during the championship meets at the end of the fall/winter 2017-18 swim season. On March 3-4, HAST attended the NOR MN Achievement Championships in Northfield. Thirty-eight HAST swimmers competed at this event, teaming up to achieve new times in three divisions: BB-1, B-43 and C-10. The swimmer of the meet was William Cory. He swam seven-out-of-eight best times, cutting more than 24 seconds overall. William achieved a new B time in the 100 backstroke.
Winter may seem like a long arduous journey towards spring, but the Hastings Area Swim Team (HAST) kept trekking through the winter swim season on a journey towards the Championship meets in March. Their perseverance proved in the pool.
The Dakota County Board of Commissioners has named a new member to the Dakota-Scott Workforce Development Board. Chad Sheets will represent the public education sector following his March 27 appointment. Sheets, dean of Customized Training and Continuing Education for Dakota County Technical College, leads a team of sales representatives, administrative support specialists, curriculum developers and adjunct instructors in analyzing area training needs, program and curricula development, and delivering training to businesses and industries in Dakota and Scott counties.
January may have brought low temps and plenty of snow, but the Hastings Area Swim Team swimmers blazed through the cold with some hot swims and participated in four meets along the way. First up was the Shark Freezing Your Fins Off Swim Meet, Jan. 6-7. Thirty-six HAST swimmers participated in the meet at the Levi Dodge Middle School pool in Farmington where they achieved 36 new times. Ella Carlson was named swimmer of the meet where she swam six-out-of-six best times.
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.
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.