Lifestyle Columns

Antiques & Collecting: There are striking differences in match holders

Antique shoppers must learn the vocabulary of collectibles to read catalogs, make online searches or understand words with double meanings like commode (dresser) and commode (toilet.) You also need to know that Wedgwood and Wedgewood are two unrelated, different companies. What is the ...

Gardening: For ‘weedless gardening’ next spring, begin now

I take a four-pronged approach to keeping my vegetable and flower gardens free of weed problems, and suggest you try it. First, keep dormant weed seeds asleep by not tilling or otherwise churning the soil. (All soils contain many weed seeds that lie dormant until they are exposed to light, ...

Family Living Focus: Avoiding the hazards of winter for older adults

Winter and the Holidays are a special time for celebration. It should also be a time for added caution if you or someone in your family is an older adult. It is the season for falls, slips on icy streets and other dangers that can be especially harmful for older adults. Something as simple as ...

In Appreciation

CAST thanks Community Education Community And Seniors Together (C.A.S.T.), a nonprofit 501c3, is pleased to be a partner with ISD 88 Community Education and we wish to thank them for their continued financial support of our senior programs. Each year, Community Education allocates a ...

Off the Shelf: Sharing a good book

Sue and I were talking about what we were reading the other day. Go figure. Hazards of working with books, I guess. She said something like: “Here, this is good, I can’t tell you a thing.”? Hmm. Well, I just put that very book down this morning, and she was right about everything. I would ...

Antiques & Collecting: Krampus was suppressed, but making comeback

Krampus is a legendary German figure who visits children on December 6 to find bad children, catch them with his very long tongue, beat them with sticks and take them away to the underworld. Good children get gifts at Christmas from St. Nicholas. This evil man was part of holiday lore for ...

Off the Shelf: Holiday inspiration

The Parade of Lights has ushered in the holiday season here in New Ulm! If you’re in the holiday spirit, you can find inspiration for the season with these new holiday books, available at the New Ulm Library. The holidays are a time to get together with family and friends. If you are ...

Antiques & Collecting: Mermaids have fascinated us since Babylonian era

Mermaids and mermen have been “seen” and pictured since the Babylonian era. In past centuries, Greece, Japan, Ireland, Russia and Scotland have believed in local mermaids. There have been exhibits of mermaid skeletons; the 1837 Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, “The Little Mermaid”; ...

In Appreciation

German-Bohemian Heritage Society Thanks Parade Participants Dankeschön from the German-Bohemian Heritage Society (GBHS) to all the people and organizations who combined to produce New Ulm’s 21st Germanic- American Day Parade on Oktober 6 during Oktoberfest. Dozens of families and units ...

Family Living Focus: Art for Alzheimer’s Disease

Loved ones with dementia or Alzheimer's may be struggling from the four "A's" of the disease - anxiety, agitation, aggression and apathy.  Another "A" is a proven way to lessen the other symptoms, while providing a sense of peace and familiarity for loved ones. That is "Art." Many museums ...

College News

The North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, N.D., awarded degrees, diplomas and certificates to Wahpeton, Fargo, N.D., and online spring and summer 2018 graduates. The graduates include: Spring 2018 Graduates Comfrey: Samuel Goedtke, A.A.S., John Deere Tech Gibbon: Alexander ...

Off the Shelf: A new face at the library

There’s a new face at the library. I’m excited to join the staff at the New Ulm Public Library as the new Library Director. I cruised into town in the waning days of October hoping to get a peek at a prolonged autumn. The snow seems to have followed.  The time has flown by yet I’ve been ...

Antiques & Collecting: Postcards are popular, inexpensive to collect

Postcards are among the most popular inexpensive collectibles today, perhaps because they are easy to find. But they require time and searching to create a special collection. Postcards are wanted for the postmark, the stamp, the message or the picture on the front, and they can be framed ...

Gardening: Wood ash from fireplaces, stoves can sometimes help the soil

For gardeners who heat their homes in winter using stoves or fireplaces, good-quality wood ashes can be a soil-amendment bonus. But if applied improperly, they can be a caustic topping for foliage-heavy plants and seedlings. The primary benefits of recycling wood ash into the soil are for ...

Family Living Focus: Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease

Dementia itself is not a disease, but rather a set of symptoms that accompany specific diseases. Dementia is a general term for the loss of memory, language and recognition that is severe enough to interfere with everyday life. Researchers believe dementia may be caused by a combination of ...

Public Health Corner: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, the “Silent Killer”

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas created when a fuel such as natural gas, propane, gasoline or wood is burned. Since you can’t see or smell CO, it is possible for dangerous concentrations of CO to build up indoors and cause illness before you realize you are being poisoned. ...

Front & Center

Dana M. Muchow has been promoted to Captain in the United Stated Navy. He is in the Navy Reserves doing cybersecurity with the NAVSEA Systems Engineering unit out of Washington DC. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1996 by completing NROTC at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He received his ...

Trump disappoints again on the world stage

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s churlish participation in last weekend’s 100th anniversary of the end of World War I was yet another glaring and dismissive example of his insensitivity to Western collective security as the core of American foreign policy. Trump stayed in his Paris hotel ...

Antiques & Collecting: Whistles were created in many styles

“I bought a wooden whistle, but it wouldn’t whistle” is part of an old children’s song that goes on to joke about buying a metal whistle. But a modern metal whistle used by a policeman looks very different from the wooden whistle made centuries ago. And today, if a whistle is wood, it ...

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