"The Red Box," a Nero Wolfe mystery by Joseph Goodrich, adapted from the novel by Rex Stout, will be performed June 1-17 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2:30 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson. In "The Red Box," a young woman is dead, and the fortunes of a theater producer hinge on solving the mystery, one full of secrets, half-truths and family drama. The police are baffled, so it is time to call Wolfe.
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.
Reuben Ristrom and the Bourbon Street Boys Jazz Band will perform in concert on Sunday, May 20 at 7 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson. The popular guitarist and banjo player of the Upper Mississippi Jazz Band has gathered together a select group of musicians who specialize in traditional jazz and swing. These artists have performed at jazz festivals and concert halls throughout the U.S.
In honor of mothers, the Octagon House Museum will offer free tours for moms on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mothers who are accompanied by a child of any age are admitted for free. Guided museum tours begin on the hour with the last tour starting at 3 p.m. Sunday's visitors will have an early look at this year's décor theme "Then and Now: 100 Years of Education." From national, state and local education to teachers' roles and curriculum, we will take a look at education from 1855 to 1955.
"Goldilocks and the Three Pigs," a fractured fairy tale comedy by Larry Damico, will be performed by The Phipps Children's Theater May 4-13 on Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., as well as Sundays at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson. The action in this playful romp begins with Goldilocks (Heather Derrick, Hudson) dashing into the house of the three Chop brothers (Owen Meisner, Woodbury; Timothy Frank, Hudson; and Connor Boorman, New Richmond).
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.
Addressing the water tower I am writing in response to the Feb. 14 letter to the editor about the city's recently-approved contract for maintenance on the Commonwealth Avenue water tower.
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.