Lifestyle Columns

Playing it safe at the playground: What parents need to know

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), emergency departments in the U.S. see more than 200,000 children ages 14 and under yearly for injuries that occur on the playground. While more than half of the injuries seen are fractures, bruises, and scrapes, more serious injuries, such as ...

In Appreciation

Thanks to George’s Fine Steaks Community And Seniors Together Board members and Director Kathy Austinson want to give a big thank you to George Cottom for a very successful Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday, June 10, 2017. The funds raised will be used for senior programming in the New Ulm ...

College News

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls spring semester Dean’s List honoring 1,375 students has been released by Registrar Kelly Browning. To be named to the Dean’s List, a full-time undergraduate must earn a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a scale of 4.0, or midway between an ...

Apple scab causes naked crabapple trees

What causes attractive crabapple trees to drop their leaves in August?  A fungal disease called apple scab. Unfortunately many of the older cultivars of crabapple trees are susceptible to apple scab. A fungus called Venturia inaequalis infects crabapple leaves early in the spring.  ...

8 ways to help your aging parents

As they age, our parents might need more help but you might not know exactly how to lend a hand or even where to start. Plus, what do you do if your parents balk at your attempts to assist them? While every situation is unique, following are some suggestions for helping aging parents. 1. ...

Conversations from the Cubicles: North, South, East and West

Betty: Guess what I just got done reading? Kris: Hmmm. No clue. B: (sigh) Then I guess that means you aren’t psychic. I just finished “Spoonbenders” by Daryl Gregory, and it was a delightfully quirky read. K: We’ve established I’m not a mind reader, so go on. B: In ...

Who needs Pinterest anyway?

If you are a do-it-yourself person, you are no doubt aware of Pinterest, the “World’s Catalog of Ideas.” Well, you know … libraries are the original “World’s Catalog of Ideas”! So put your device down, we have books to help you do whatever your current project may be. No need to ...

17th century do-it-yourself tools valued as one-of-a-kind collectibles

Correction: In our April 2017 column, we wrote about a walking tin windup toy of B.O. Plenty, a Dick Tracy comic character, holding his beautiful baby Sparkle. B.O. Plenty’s wife is Gravel Gertie - not Dirty Gertie, as written in the article. *** Our ancestors were clever and could make ...

Exploring Asian Vegetables

With the growing popularity of Thai, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese cuisine in North America, gardeners are becoming familiar with Asian vegetables that were unknown outside of specialty markets. Each year, more crispy, succulent and nutritious Asian vegetables appear on the grocers’ produce ...

Walking Safely in Rural Areas

Walking is great exercise and can be particularly enjoyable away from the hustle and bustle of city streets. However, walking in rural areas requires special care. Unpaved surfaces may provide uneven footing. Often the vehicles on rural roads travel at much higher speeds than walkers are ...

Exercise: It does a body (and mind) good!

We have all heard over and over again that we need to exercise to lose weight or lower our blood pressure, but did you know that it can do so much more for us? These examples are just the tip of the iceberg for benefits to exercising! Let’s take a look at a few things that regular exercise ...

College News

Michelle Beckman-Howk of Gaylord graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner) from Graceland University, Lamoni, Iowa. Graduates from 43 states plus the District of Columbia and 10 countries earned 605 degrees. There were 377 bachelor’s degrees earned, 227 ...

Old fashioned flowers

I was recently asked, “What are the best Old Fashioned Flowers to plant?” After a little research, I came up with a short-list of flowers your grandmother used to grow (the list became very long – I chose those I thought you would most enjoy.) Most of these flowers are self-seeders ...

College News

Jenna R. Braam, New Ulm, graduated from Lake Area Technical Institute with a major in Occupational Therapy Assistant during the 50th Annual graduation ceremony, Friday, May 12, 2017. ––– St. Cloud State University has announced the names of more than 1,323 students whose academic ...

In Appreciation

Oak Hills Foundation Thanks Community On behalf of the Oak Hills Memorial Foundation Board and Frolics Committee, thank you to members, friends and sponsors for your contribution to the success of the Kentucky Derby Frolics Fundraiser on May 5 at the Best Western. The Foundation is ...

Summer travel plans for caregivers

Taking a successful vacation when you are a caregiver requires planning and coordination. Here is some information and questions to consider when planning your time away from home. Vacationing With Your Loved One Is the destination accessible for my loved one’s abilities? Ensure that ...

Plates, paintings that depict collectibles – are collectible

Collecting is a pastime in almost every country. Children start collecting with stones, leaves, bottle caps and free toys that came with a Happy Meal. Adults search for things by great artists, things that bring memories of new or old technology, history, family or the future. Collections ...

Conversations from the Cubicles: Picture Book Edition

By Betty J Roiger, Acquisitions and Kris Wiley, Library Director Betty: Something has happened since I was a kid. Kris: I’m guessing a lot has happened since you were a kid. Will you be more specific? B: In children’s books. The world of children’s books has changed since I was a kid. ...

Smelling salt containers fashionable in 18 century

Smelling salts have been used to revive someone who is feeling faint or has lost consciousness since the days of the Romans. But it was not until the 18th century that smelling-salt holders became fashionable. Smelling salts (ammonium carbonate and water) release an ammonia gas that ...

Hydrangea in Minnesota

Beautiful hydrangea bushes reward you each year with magnificent blooms that will instantly take you back to those fond childhood days. Who can forget the white hydrangeas, with blooms resembling large snowballs. As children we would be amazed by the size. As adults, hydrangeas still amaze and ...

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