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Antiques & Collecting: Rookwood fountains valuable with wear

Flowers were an important part of lives of the 1880s to 1950s Americans. Technology had advanced to a time when pottery could be made in multiples in molds and large kilns. New types of plants had been introduced to the country, flower arrangements were a sign of wealth and good taste. Formal ...

Master Gardener: Radishes

Radishes are a very old vegetable. They were grown throughout Europe before the Romans arrived. They grew in the colder Northern European climates, and some types stored well through the cold winter. They are very nutritious and add flavor and seasoning to many dishes. There’s a history of ...

Family Living Focus: Keeping track of medications safely

The over 65 population in America purchases and consumes more medications than any other age group. They purchase more than 30 percent of all prescription medication and more than 40 percent of over the counter (OTC) medicines. Estimates are that as many as 90 percent of seniors use either ...

See.Safe.Smart: Stay safe, avoid the ‘door zone’

With summer finally here, I have seen a lot more people bicycling out on the streets during my bike commute to work. New Ulm is fortunate to have the beginnings of a complete network of streets marked with bike sharrows for people to use to get to work, play, school, run errands and recreation. ...

Off the Shelf: Is it lonely in here, or is it just me?

Did you hear that? I think very definitely there’s an echo. That’s what happens when there is one less person in the cubicles. cubicles … cubicles. See? Echoes. To take our minds off of the quiet, maybe you want to hear about the books I (just me, all alone) have been reading. Having ...

Antiques & collecting: Stumpwork, centuries old embroidery

Ever notice stumpwork in an antiques auction or shop? It is a type of early embroidery that makes raised designs on a flat textile to make a three-dimensional design. It uses wire or padding to stuff the figure made of thread. This difficult type of embroidery was popular in England from about ...

Master Gardener: Hydrangea basics

I recently attended the Horticulture Day hosted by the U of MN at the Lamberton Outreach Center. One of the speakers was Jeff Farber, owner of the greenhouses in Marshall and Tracy. His topic was Hydrangeas. He had beautiful colored pictures to go along with his presentation, but I did try to ...

In Appreciation

Bloodmobile thanks donors On behalf of the American Red Cross we would like to thank all the donors who gave blood at our New Ulm Civic Center blood drive. Thanks to all the volunteers for their help. A special thanks to the following business who made donations: Kwik Trip, Burger King, ...

Public Health Corner: Food Safety Tips for Summer Outings

No ants, no bees, no food poisoning! What better way to celebrate a beautiful summer day than with a picnic outside at the park, at the beach or even in your own backyard. Here are some tips from www.foodsafety.gov and www.FDA.gov to keep your picnic perfectly safe: Plan ahead. Don’t forget ...

College News

St. Cloud Technical & Community College has named its honors lists for the Spring 2017-2018 year. Area students on the list include: Jackson Reinarts, New Ulm Nicholas Strate, Sleepy Eye Evan Busche, Winthrop ———— Tonia Henning, of New Ulm, was recently honored at the ...

Off the Shelf: Upcoming book adaptations

Most avid readers will agree: The book is always better than the movie. But that does not mean that the movie or television adaptation won’t be pretty good, too! It seems that there is always a new spate of book adaptations on the horizon; here are some recent notable adaptations. Hulu has ...

College News

The following students have been named to the dean’s list for academic excellence after the spring 2018 semester at South Dakota State University. To earn dean’s list distinctions in SDSU’s colleges, students must have completed a minimum of 12 credits and must have earned at least a 3.5 ...

Antiques & Collecting: Rarity is only one factor in antique price

“I’ve never seen one before, so it must be valuable!” is a common comment made by collectors. But rarity doesn’t always add to the price. Fame, beauty, workmanship, even usefulness adds to the dollars paid for an unusual piece. A recent Skinner auction in Boston sold an 1840s-shaped ...

Master Gardener: Growing vegetables

The goal of most vegetable gardeners is to have a good harvest of tasty vegetables. We may have to tolerate low levels of plant disease, but here are a few strategies to keep the plant diseases in your garden at a tolerable level. Before beginning to start your plants or set plants in the ...

Family Living Focus: Medicine for the soul – a caregiver’s guide

The easiest part of caregiving is taking care of physical needs of the elderly and disabled. You can take courses on CPR, medication management and a variety of much needed services which keep the body clean and healthy. However, it is rare to find courses on “medicine for the soul”, the ...

College News

Kendra Kormann graduated from the Model College of Hair Design in St. Cloud, MN on Thursday, May 16 and is certified by the State of Minnesota. The Model College of Hair Design is a private Nationally Accredited Cosmetology College that provides a state-of-the-art beauty school and advanced ...

Off the ShelfLeaving with the best memories

As I finish my final weeks at New Ulm Public Library, I have been reflecting on nine years in this community and can’t believe how fast the time has passed. It seems just yesterday that Richmond and Connie Scharf hosted a welcome gathering for me with the Library Board, Library and City staff ...

Antiques & Collecting: Riding the waves a Pacific islander pastime

Surfing is a popular worldwide sport today, but when did it start and what is collected? People have been swimming and bodysurfing by riding the waves since ancient times. But it was the Polynesians who started riding the waves on a board long before the Europeans discovered the sport during ...

Master Gardener: Coral bells

Coral Bells (Heuchera Spp.) may not be new to you. You may have “Palace Purple”, a well-loved variety that looks great in a shade garden with its’ large burgundy leaves. But there is more to this family of plants as plant breeders and hybridizers have been very busy adding new cultivars ...

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