Lifestyle Columns

Rose of Sharon: not a real rose, but worth growing

An unsung hero of the late summer garden is rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus). This shrub's branches are studded with pastel blossoms year after year, despite drought, poor soil or general neglect. Cold winters or sweltering summers similarly leave it unfazed. Despite its tolerance for ...

Family Living Focus: Exercises to improve your balance

Having good balance is important for many everyday activities, such as going up and down the stairs. It also helps you walk safely and avoid tripping and falling over objects in your way. Each year, more than 2 million older Americans go to the emergency room because of fall-related ...

Public Health Corner: Recreational water illness

Recreational water illnesses (RWIs) are caused by the germs found in the water people swim in. Examples of water that can be contaminated include swimming pools, hot tubs, water parks, water play areas, decorative fountains, lakes, rivers, and oceans. The most common bacteria that causes ...

College News

Willmar, Minn. - Ridgewater College is pleased to announce the names of its fall and spring semester graduates. Ceremonies for both campuses took place In May, 2018. Students graduating with a diploma or degree will graduate with Honors if they have a GPA of 3.5 to 3.74, with High Honors if ...

Off the Shelf: What’s new in children’s literature?

Many of you may have gone on vacation this summer, but I was at Camp Read-a-Lot! It is just what it sounds like: a spot for people who read a lot! Teachers and librarians gathered at the Mankato State University Library and talked about books for kids. Prior to the event, I had the opportunity ...

Antiques & Collecting

How do you keep a heavy door from slamming shut? That was a problem to be solved by the mid-18th century when huge brass hinges held the doors. It was solved with wedges, heavy rocks or doorstops of many sizes and shapes. Cast-iron figural door stops were made in the early 1900s but did not ...

Cereus: a cactus that blooms just a few nights a year

I recently had the honor of being invited to what sounded like a "serious" little party. Actually, it was a "cereus" party, named for a night-blooming cactus. This party was called at the spur of the moment to coincide with the plant's blooming, which occurs for just a few nights each ...

See.Safe.Smart: Hand signals keep us safe

During the past several months, we’ve provided many safety tips for walking and bicycling in these monthly columns as part of our SEE.SAFE.SMART. safety campaign. As we’ve stressed before, the key to being safe when riding a bicycle is to be predictable and indicate your intentions. ...

Off the Shelf: Psychological suspense novels for the win

Well, I just hit the trifecta.Sometimes I need to read a lot of books before I can truly recommend them and fill an article. I’ve had a run of luck recently that I would like to share with you. It was freight day and I saw a book I had been waiting for. And I knew that anything I was ...

Shoot Down Homelessness at River Ridge Gun Club

The public is invited to Shoot Down Homelessness at a sporting clay fundraiser for NUMAS Haus, Thursday, Sept. 20 at the River Ridge Gun Club, Inc., 47028 547th Lane, Courtland. Funds raised at the first annual event will be used to support the NUMAS Haus operating budget. The residence on ...

Ladies’ fans serve many purposes

A quick look online for a collectible old fan will show electric fans made since the late 1800s. But some collectors want even older fans, the handheld folding fans that were being made by the 1700s. These fans were more than a fashion accessory - they were important indicators of the user’s ...

Harvest and preserve herbs for months of flavorful meals

Add a flavorful boost to any meal with garden-fresh herbs. You’ll quickly discover the difference fresh herbs make when preparing any meal or dessert. Harvest herbs whenever you need them for cooking or garnishing a favorite dish. Adjust the quantity of herbs used to allow for variations in ...

Family Living Focus: Keep food safe through proper handling, storage

Eating safely means making sure the food you consume is properly handled, prepared, and stored. It also means knowing when not to eat certain foods. Many older adults are used to cooking for themselves, while others, such as recent widowers, may have little cooking experience. It is important ...

Prevention Corner: The dangers of drugged driving

Use of illegal drugs or misuse of prescription drugs can make driving unsafe — just like driving after drinking alcohol. Drugged driving puts the driver, passengers, and others who share the road at risk. The effects of specific drugs differ depending on how they act in the brain. For ...

College News

Tonia Henning, of New Ulm, was named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2018 semester at Buena Vista University. Students named to the Dean’s List must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 for the semester, based on a 4.0 grade point system, and must have taken at least 12 hours of ...

Off the Shelf: Libraries Rock!

\A seven-year-old girl was walking out of the Children’s Room recently with a load of books in her arms. “Miss Jan,” she called across the room, “I just want you to know, libraries really DO rock!” I laughed and agreed with her. We have had so much fun this summer with the Summer ...

Antiques & Collecting: ‘Pile-O-Gold’ was popular gift with financiers

A paperweight that looks like a forgotten mound of gold coins is a vintage puzzle that has been solved. A pristine example was offered for sale recently with the original box. There is an inscribed leather patch on the bottom, and a small leaflet describing the coins and their history. The ...

Master Gardener: Ornamental grasses for low-maintenance gardens

As summer flowers fade and the leaves turn fall colors in Minnesota, many varieties of ornamental grasses are at their majestic peak and in full flower. They stand from 3 feet to as much as 12 feet in height (although some are shorter), as vibrant kings of the perennial garden with their ...

Family Living Focus: Tips for Healthy Eyes

Your eyes are an important part of your health. There are many things you can do to keep them healthy and make sure you are seeing your best. Follow these steps for maintaining healthy vision well into your later years. Eat a Healthy Diet Eating a healthy balanced diet is important for your ...

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