Volunteers Form Human Chain in Tireless Effort to Save Beached Whales in New Zealand

Good News Notes: “In a tireless, two-day effort, volunteers in New Zealand joined together to successfully refloat a pod of long-finned pilot whales stranded on the beach. On Monday, the pod of 49 long-finned pilot whales was found stranded on Farewell Spit, a remote beach on the South Island, AP reported. In response, rangers from New Zealand’s Department…

Bill Gates Wants Us to Eat 100% Synthetic Beef: What Is It?

Good News Notes: “Bill Gates has a big idea to fight climate change. The Microsoft cofounder and chair of the investment fund Breakthrough Energy Ventures recently suggested that ‘all rich countries should move to 100 [percent] synthetic beef’ in an interview with MIT Technology Review. Why is Gates, a direct and indirect investor in brands like…

Twin Cities nonprofit opens new kind of tiny home village — and it’s all indoors

Good News Notes: “In a massive North Loop warehouse in Minneapolis, a unique tiny home shelter space is taking shape.  It’s called the Avivo Village — a shelter within a shelter.  ‘We’re calling them tiny homes, they really are rooms,’ says Emily Bastian, Avivo’s vice president of ending homelessness. ‘Something COVID-safe, something that they could…

Community rallies in support of student fighting cancer

Good News Notes: “A Concordia teen fighting cancer received a caravan of support Saturday morning. Words of encouragement were heard and seen through Jeff Freed’s hospital window. You would normally see pom-pom’s and the school mascot at one of his football games, but right now the high school senior is playing defense against testicular cancer….

Hershey’s Sets Its Sights on Launching Plant-Based Chocolate

Good News Notes: “Hershey’s has promised to all chocoholics that the company plans to enhance its plant-based confections. The Hershey Company announced that it is working to introduce new products for its “better-for-you” line, focusing heavily on plant-based alternatives. The “better-for-you” product line releases products with reduced sugar, portion-controlled packages, and plant-based ingredients to appeal to…

Nonprofit stepping up for education during the COVID crisis

Good News Notes: “When COVID-19 forced Summit54 to cancel its signature program for elementary school students in the lower Roaring Fork Valley last summer, the local nonprofit could have gone on hiatus. Instead, it doubled down on its efforts. Summit54 created new, free programs to provide tutoring for elementary school students at a time when…