Lifestyle Columns

Conversations from the Cubicles: Off to a great start

Kris: This has been an amazing year for books. Betty: What?! We’re only two weeks into 2018. K: I know, and I stand by my statement. B: Well, don’t just stand there; explain yourself. K: In my ongoing quest to read all the books, I have been furiously turning pages on some amazing ...

Antiques & Collecting: Poster authenticity found in small details

How can you tell if a paper poster is old or new? Many have been reproduced. Sometimes a magnifying glass helps. Reprinted posters usually have small dots visible when examined with a magnifying glass. Sometimes the original is a photograph, so the copy is harder to spot. Look for extra words ...

What happens to the soil in winter?

Soil is essential to life. One reason is that soil protects plant roots, animals, and microbes from freezing in the winter. As air temperatures drop below 320F, water within the top layers of the soil will eventually freeze. This is commonly known as the frost layer. The frost layer can be ...

Family Living Focus: Beat the winter blues, shedding light on seasonal sadness

With the shorter days, many people find themselves feeling sad. You might feel blue around the winter holidays, or get into a slump after the fun and festivities have ended. Some people have more serious mood changes year after year, lasting throughout the fall and winter when there’s less ...

See.Safe.Smart: We cross first, then cars

What’s one of the most difficult and unsafe intersections to cross when walking in New Ulm? If you ask students or adults in our community, you’ll often hear the same answer: Garden and Center Street. I’ve even heard from school children who tell me they’ve been late for class because ...

Off the Shelf: Conversations From the Cubicles: Reading in the New Year

Kris: If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? Betty: Wow, that’s heavy. Why would you ask me that? K: That’s the premise of the book I just read, “The Immortalists” by Chloe Benjamin. B: So it is sort of, I’m going to die young so live fast. Wait. Just ...

Antiques & Collecting: Military collectibles crafted by idle soldiers

Military collectibles are more than swords and guns, although there are many antique and vintage weapons at the auctions. But there also are many other collectibles, uniforms, photographs or earlier daguerreotypes, scrimshaw, jewelry made from coins, vases made from brass bullet casings, ...

Master Gardener: Where do insects go for the winter?

Where do the bugs of summer go when the weather turns cold? How do they reappear the next year when the temperatures warm? As cold-blooded creatures, insects are particularly susceptible to winter’s freezing temperatures. To survive, insects have developed a wide variety of adaptations, ...

Family Living Focus: Be prepared to stay safe and healthy in winter

Winter storms and cold temperatures can be hazardous, but if you plan ahead, you can stay safe and healthy. Prepare your home and cars. Keep emergency kits stocked. Be ready for power outages. Wear appropriate clothing. Check on children, the elderly and pets. Although winter comes as no ...

Off the Shelf: Lego your Legos!

The library looks and sounds a bit different than it did when you were a child. The Children’s Room has building blocks and puzzles, I-Pads, DVD’s and scavenger hunts. Plus, it is not always quiet! The kids are busy and sometimes you hear them reading aloud, singing or creating their own ...

Ask a Trooper: Keep a cold weather emergency kit in your car

Question: What items should I have in my vehicle during this extreme cold weather? What is the proper procedure if I become stranded and/or go off the road? Answer: With the recent below zero temperatures, being prepared with an emergency kit and plan can save your life. We recommend the ...

Several of the women instructors and staff of The Wellness Collective gather in the lobby with a few children: (top row L to R) Jan Uhlenkamp, Vi Plagge, Lori Mathiowetz (holding Eve Mathiowetz), Penny Mathiowetz, Marja Sowers (holding Hazel Sowers), Eden Bliss Kalk and Joan Lindholm. (Bottom Row L to R) Amy Johnson, Kinzie Eckstein (holding Evie and Ayla Eckstein) and Julie Mielke. (Clay Schuldt Photo)

Women In Business Women-owned businesses thrive in downtown New Ulm

NEW ULM — Downtown Minnesota Street is a major asset for New Ulm, bringing in hundreds of shoppers and tourist each week. One of the unique features about the Minnesota Street businesses is easy to overlook on first glance, but impossible to miss once you notice it — at lot of them are run ...

Off the Shelf: New Ulm Public Library thanks the community

Library Director Kris Wiley: As 2017 comes to a close, New Ulm Public Library is taking this opportunity to thank the community organizations, businesses, and individuals who have donated their time, talent, and treasure to the library. Donations and memorials have totaled nearly $25,000 in ...

Trying to capture all of Mike and Janelle Boyum’s Christmas lights and decorations in frame is no easy task. Mike Boyum has been avidly displaying lights around the holidays for over 20 years.

Boyum displays Christmas spirit for over 20 years

NEW ULM — Mike Boyum takes pride in showing off his extravagant collection of lights and decorations each Christmas season. Boyum, who lives at 418 North Washington with his wife Janelle, said that he’s been setting up lights at their residence since they moved there in the early 2000’s ...

Antiques & Collectibles: Disney’s iconic mice used on collectibles

Mickey and Minnie Mouse and their cartoon friends have been popular since the first cartoon was shown in 1928. Walt Disney licensed the rights to use the image to hundreds of products, and collectors often specialize in one type of product like toys, dinnerware or textiles. During the 1930s, ...

Family Living Focus: Enjoying special occasions and holidays

Holidays and special occasions can bring out the best and the worst in us. The prospect of wonderful, happy times abound, filling us with somewhat unrealistic hopes for our relationships. We are often disappointed by how these special occasions turn out. Add to the normal tensions of ...

College News

Minnesota State University, Mankato awarded 1,817 degrees at the end of the fall semester, with commencement ceremonies on Dec. 9 in Taylor Center’s Bresnan Arena on the Minnesota State Mankato campus. Area graduates include: Arlington: Mariah Schrupp, BS, Management Courtland: ...

In Appreciation

Healthy Communities/ Healthy Youth thanks Community Education I am writing this letter in appreciation of the support that New Ulm Area Community Education has continued to give to Healthy Community/ Healthy Youth of Brown County by approving the final grant request of the 2016-2017 school ...

Antiques & Collecting: Bronze artist reversed name to hide identity

Bronze figures usually are signed by artists, who sometimes use initials or strange names that are hard to find in the important art listings. Nam Greb was an artist who made detailed, colorful cold painted bronze figures in Austria during the early 19th century. Some of his work was easy to ...

Master Gardener: Caring for your Christmas tree

The following information is taken from The National Christmas Tree Association: Use a tree stand with an adequate water holding capacity for the tree. As a general rule, stands should provide 1 quart of water per inch of stem diameter. Use a stand that fits your tree. Avoid whittling the ...

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