To the editor:
Finally, welcome news for seniors at tax time in Minnesota! Minnesota has long been one of the highest taxed states for seniors with Social Security income being taxed at the same rate as all other income at the state level.
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.
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.
We appreciate your paper covering the Vikings Brotherly Love campaign and wanted to give your readers an update. Since we started the page, we have raised nearly $15,000 for the Eagles Charitable Foundation. The response from Vikings fans and, surprisingly, Eagles fans, has been just incredible!
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.
The Farmington High School Performing Arts and Speech Department will be presenting their One Act Play, "The Wedding Reception" by Anton Chekhov and translated by Laurence Senelick, on Thursday, Jan. 25.
Farmington High School senior Erin Hoy, Dodge Middle School eighth-graders Shane Lentsch and Shelly Witherill, and longtime Farmington resident Audrey Rother received Farmington Rotary's Service Above Self awards for November. Rotarians presented the awards, which recognize students and senior citizens who exemplify the Rotary International motto Service Above Self, at their Thursday, Nov. 2, meeting.
The Rotary Club of Farmington presented its first Service Above Self Student of the Month awards of the 2017-18 school year to Farmington High School senior Jade Tutewohl and Boeckman Middle School eighth-graders Abby Hutchinson and Grace Toutges. The students received their awards at the club's Oct. 5 meeting.