Lifestyle Columns

Campbell’s kids ‘M-mm Good’ for collecters

The googly eyes announce that the designer of the dolls was Grace Drayton (1887-1936), a talented artist. Her maiden name was Grace Gebbie. She married Theodore Wiederseim in 1900, and they divorced in 1911 - the same year she married William Drayton. She divorced Drayton in 1923, but kept his ...

Master Gardener: Baby carrots are not baby carrots

Ten years ago, National Public Radio opened a radio news segment with several words about a man few knew. Mike Yurosek, a carrot farmer from California, had passed away earlier that year. The homage was short but for many of those listening, it must have been eye-opening. Yurosek actually ...

Family Living Focus: Caregivers Challenge: Finding Daycare Options

Caregivers who are just beginning their journey may feel day care services are for later stages of their loved one’s situation.  The sooner caregivers locate and enroll their family member in a program, the greater the benefit for all concerned.  Finding the appropriate day care can be ...

Breastfeeding support in the workplace benefits employers, moms and babies

The Brown County Public Health WIC Program is celebrating Minnesota Breastfeeding Awareness Month in August and World Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 1-7. The numbers tell the story. More than 80 percent of new mothers in Minnesota WIC choose to breastfeed, according to the Minnesota Department of ...

In Appreciation

School Backpack Program a huge success A huge thank you to everyone who contributed school supplies, provided drop off sites in all the communities, donated funds to purchase items that were still needed and to the volunteers who helped sort and distribute the huge piles of supplies. ...

Twin sculptures said to bring a happy marriage

By Terry and Kim Kovel Once long ago in China there was a pair of immortal twins, one bringing harmony and the other union, according to the legends. So, artists made figurines showing the twin brothers, who were called “He-He.” They often were pictured and given to brides, because it was ...

Ornamental grasses

With the popularity of ornamental grasses and their use in the landscape, it might be a good idea to understand how these plants grow. Understanding will lead to better use of the grasses and hopefully avoid disappointment or frustration. Before planting you should understand the growth habit ...

Five Simple Steps to Create a Safer Environment for Seniors

Electricity is such a common part of our everyday lives. Many wake up each morning to the sound of an alarm clock and then proceed to turn on lights around the house before using a whole host of other electrical appliances throughout the day. It’s our norm. Yet in spite of the safety, comfort ...

College News

The following students have been named to the 2017 spring semester Dean’s List at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must complete 12 or more letter-graded credits while attaining a 3.66 grade point average. Arlington: Trevor Diehn, ...

In Appreciation

National Night Out The NNO committee would like to thank everyone who helped make this event successful. This evening would not have been possible without the kind support of our sponsors: Alliance Bank, Chuck Spaeth Ford, Citizens Bank, DLC Manufacturing, Gag Sheet Metal, Jensen Motors, ...

Bobble heads not always sports memorabilia

Bobble heads are popular today as sports collectibles. Most baseball teams offer souvenir bobble-head dolls at some of the games during the year, but today’s dolls are made of slick plastic and usually are wearing fabric uniforms. Early toy bobble heads were made of painted papier-mâché. ...

Master Gardener: Galls! Weird growths on plants

Apples on oak trees, pine cones on willows, wooden golf balls — what’s going on? These are some of the amazing growths that develop on plants, all orchestrated by insects. A gall is actually plant tissue that has developed as the result of feeding or other activity of insects. Plant ...

Family Living Focus: Hearing loss prevention

Signs of Hearing Loss Many loved ones will not tell their caregiver of an onset of hearing loss, for fear of losing independence. Instead, they become isolated, depressed, angry, lonely, frustrated and even physically ill. Some telltale signs are when a loved one withdraws from their normal ...

In Appreciation

CAST Thanks Community Education Community And Seniors Together (C.A.S.T.) is grateful to ISD 88 Community Education’s grant in the amount of $6,000.00 for our senior programming. CAST has a dedicated nonprofit board and staff and we are conscious of the need to continue our effective ...

Off the Shelf: Where will you be on Aug. 21?

What will you be doing on Aug. 21, 2017? In case you haven’t heard, that’s the day the United States will enjoy a total eclipse of the sun. A total eclipse is when the sun is completely obscured by the moon, the sky gets dark, and all you can see of the sun is a beautiful halo. Fun fact – ...

Editor’s Mailbag

McFundraiser for First Choice Pregnancy Services Wednesday, Aug. 9 NEW ULM — First Choice Pregnancy Services will hold a McFundraiser on Wednesday, Aug. 9, from 4 to 7 p.m., at McDonald’s in New Ulm. A portion of the sales during that time will be donated to First Choice Pregnancy ...

Alois and Margaret Spaeth

Alois and Margaret Spaeth

Alois and Margaret Spaeth of New Ulm are celebrating their 65th wedding annivesary with an open house on Sunday, Aug. 6, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the New Ulm Country Club. Your presence is your gift.

Aluminum furniture conceived by American inventor

Sometimes a designer becomes very popular with a new design, sells his products, becomes wealthy, and then his designs become commonplace and he eventually goes bankrupt. That is the sad story of Warren McArthur, a talented designer of the 1930s who was among the first to make aluminum ...

Master Gardener: Herb harvest and uses

All herbs must be thoroughly washed before use. If there’s time to plan and if the winds are calm, give the herb to be harvested a long sprinkle the day before cutting and let dry. Morning is the best time to harvest herbs. They will be the most flavorful then. Using a sharp knife, remove ...

Family Living Focus: Watch for vision changes as you age

As life goes on, we all start to notice certain changes that are a natural part of aging. Maybe our joints aren’t as flexible as before, or our hearing just isn’t what it used to be. Our vision, too, may be less sharp than it once was. One cause of impaired eyesight later in life is ...

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