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Antique game boards serve now as decorations

Antique handmade game boards are popular as decorations in homes filled with folk art. Most are for chess or checkers, and the square boards look important in a group on the wall. But there are also game boards that are other shapes. The game “Pope Joan” was popular in the 18th century ...

Master Gardener: Storing tender bulbs

Tender bulbs must be dug and stored in a warmer area through Minnesota winters. Most tender bulbs should be dug after the foliage dries up or is killed by frost. If left in the ground over winter, the bulbs will turn to mush. Dahlias, cannas, and calla lilies need to be dug carefully. ...

Family Living Focus: Falls and older adults: Maintaining bone health

Why Bone Health Is Important Falls are a common reason for trips to the emergency room and for hospital stays among older adults. Many of these hospital visits are for fall-related fractures. You can help prevent fractures by maintaining the strength of your bones. Having healthy bones ...

Public Health Corner: Trick or treat, smell my…. Halloween safety tips

Fall is here! For parents, that means figuring out if last year’s winter boots still fit, layering our children for cold mornings and hot afternoons, and trying to decide how long we can hold out before turning on the heat since we swear we just turned the AC off a week or two ago. For ...

Off the Shelf: Automatic renewals

We’re trying something new here at the library and we think you’ll like it. You may have noticed that some of the items you have checked out from the New Ulm library have a different due date than you thought they had. Your eyes are not playing tricks on you! New Ulm Public Library is now ...

Antiques & Collecting: Tables can come in all shapes and sizes

Ever wonder who invented the table? The earliest tables seem to have been used by the ancient Egyptians, although they did not sit near it; they used the flat top to hold things. It was not until the days of the Greeks and Romans that tables were used in a house near a seated person. By the ...

Master Gardener: Divide and conquer

Late summer to early fall is a good time to divide yarrow, lily-of-the-valley, coreopsis, bleeding-hearts, daylilies, hosta, Siberian iris, mints, bee balms, catmints, and obedient plant. When possible, choose a cool, cloudy day so the sun and wind doesn’t dry out divisions. Large clumps ...

Familiy Living Focus: Falls and older adults – if you fall

Whether you’re at home or somewhere else, a sudden fall can be startling and upsetting. If you do fall, stay as calm as possible. Take several deep breaths to try to relax How to Get Up from A Fall 1. Remain still on the floor or ground for a few moments. This will help you get over ...

Off the Shelf: Children’s Room Children’s Room, What do YOU See?

Librarian, Librarian, what do you do? I’m here for all the families who come through! Families, families, why do you come? For so many reasons; we will share some…. We come for the books because we love to read The library can get us all that we need We come for board books and ...

Water carriers played important roles

Everyday life was often depicted in paintings or figurines in the days when photographs were unknown. Familiar workers like firemen, soldiers, farmers or royalty were made from porcelain or metal. Several important factories, including the Royal Worcester company of England, Royal Dux, ...

Master Gardener: Storing your fall harvest

By Marianne Schotzko University of MN Master Gardener One of the joys of a home gardener is having the opportunity to pick and enjoy the “fruits” of your labor. At this time of year, we sometimes have an abundance of fruits and vegetables and would like to keep them to enjoy in the ...

Family Living Focus: About Falls: Risk increases with age

Many people have a friend or relative who has fallen. The person may have slipped while walking or felt dizzy when standing up from a chair and fallen. Maybe you've fallen yourself. If you or an older person you know has fallen, you're not alone. More than one in three people age 65 years ...

Off the Shelf: Fall programming at the Library

Join the library this fall for our great programs! Spend some time outdoors enjoying the crisp weather at the Bonfire in the Park series, where you’ll find music, storytelling, and family fun around a bonfire in one of New Ulm’s parks. Join us at German Park (200 N German) on Sunday, ...

Antiques & Collecting: Lost city of Pompeii inspired late 1800s styles

During the late 18th century, the very rich made a long trip to Europe to admire the architecture and art of Europe, including the ruins of past civilizations. The town of Pompeii was a major attraction. It had been covered with ash and lava in 78 A.D. and forgotten until 1748, when it blocked ...

Master Gardener: Autumn, the not so dormant season

Have you made a list of your fall garden chores?  Fall is a busy time for gardeners. Here is a short-list of projects to prepare the garden for winter. Focus on lawn repair, planting, leaves, a general garden clean-up, pest control, pruning, mulching, and garden tool clean-up. Lawn repair: ...

In Appreciation

Drews Crew Benefit Thank You September 8, 2018 marked the 4th year of the Drew’s Crew Colorfest. It was a beautiful day for the benefit and we are grateful for the hundreds of people who turned out to support my battle with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia. It has been a difficult year with my ...

Off the Shelf: It’s a mystery

A few years ago “Gone Girl” came out and shortly afterward every psychological suspense book had ‘girl’ in the title. And then each new psychological mystery had to have more twists than the next. It seemed like authors needed to jump on the same bandwagon and then top it in some ...

Antiques & Collecting: ‘The Educator’ toy now worth big bucks

A clever inventor made a rare toy now called “Alphabet Man” or “The Educator,” although it was called “The Yankee Schoolmaster” in the original 1889 patent papers. The 10-inch-tall iron man had his right hand behind his back, his left near to his bow tie. He was started with a ...

Master Gardener: Tomato Problems

The basic formula for growing tomatoes is heat, full sun, nutrient rich soil that’s free draining, consistent water, and room for them to breath. No matter if you’re growing patio tomatoes in containers or vining tomatoes in raised beds, the formula is the same. However, every once in a ...

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