Lifestyle Columns

Share your thoughts about the library

We always appreciate feedback from patrons, and right now we ask all citizens to tell us what you think of your New Ulm Public Library. Whether you’re a regular patron who checks out new books as soon as they are available, someone who attends programs occasionally, or someone who hasn’t ...

A talk with an elder driver

In the next 20 years, the population of people age 65 and older is expected to reach 70 million. Many of these will be drivers. In fact, right now, there are about 30 million licensed drivers age 65 or older. People under age 75 have relatively low crash involvement. However, after age 75, ...

In Appreciation

Making pies for M.S. We, the Liebl sisters send a big thank you to the people who purchased pies for M.S A big thank you to Kevin at Hy-Vee for his exceptional help. This was our seventh year making pies for M.S. with the Liebl sisters.We cherish his expertise The Liebl sisters

Off the Shelf: Conversations From the Cubicles: Large Print Edition

Betty: Do you know what’s so great about large print books? Kris: Everything? B: Mind-reader! Yes! Literally everything. K: So defining everything, are you thinking what I’m thinking? B: Well, I know that originally it was supposedly for seniors or folks with sight problems who were ...

Comic book characters’ popularity influence collectables’ value

Comic collectibles remain popular as long as the comic characters are still seen or heard in comic books, cartoons, radio, TV, movies, plays or reruns. And B.O. Plenty, who was an early figure in the Dick Tracy comic strip that started in 1931, has been dropped and reintroduced many times. He ...

Forgetfulness is normal. Everyone has bouts of it; and even more with age. Whether a name, address or appointment, these facts slip through a person’s mind easily. For someone with Alzheimer’s disease, they don’t return; that’s the difference. The most common early symptom is a ...

The HPV Vaccine; Cancer Prevention

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted infection, of several strains, most associated with cervical cancers. The virus is so common that nearly all males and females have been infected at some time in their life. One in four is currently infected in the nation. Signs and ...

Off the Shelf: Crawling out from under a book pile

Full disclosure: My TBR (To Be Read) pile is officially out of control. If I were really to pile them all up, they would make a stack taller than I am. But then, I’m short. OK, who am I kidding? I could be 7 or 8 feet tall, and my books would tower over me. Between the books I buy and my ...

Editor’s Mailbag

Museum holding Welcome Tea NEW ULM — The Brown County Historical Society Museum is holding a Welcome Tea on Thursday, April 13, from 4 to 6 pm. in honor of new staff members Marnie Leist and Amber Bentler. People are invited to meet them, and share their thoughts on the museum. Refreshments ...

Antiques & Collecting: Pennsylvania Germans start Easter bunny tradition

When did the Easter bunny become part of the tradition of the religious Easter holiday? Easter began to be observed hundreds of years ago to commemorate the rising of Christ from the dead, and it has gradually become associated with the themes of the renewal of life in nature and flowers. It ...

Landscaping Design 101

I am including some tips on Landscape Design. This is definitely a “DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO”. I pick up plants at the nursery or garden center because I like them and then bring them home to try to fit them in to my existing garden. And then too, I usually only buy one plant rather than ...

Family Living Focus: Reminiscing as therapy for your parents

Not again? You’ve heard that story about Sunday trips in the big black Studebaker at least 100 times. But you sit politely as your elderly mother recalls her grandfather’s rumble seat, running boards, chrome grill and overflowing picnic basket. It’s likely that your mother has not ...

Off the Shelf: Library staff and volunteers are amazing

In the mid-1950s, studies showed that Americans were reading less and engaging more in TV, radio, and other pursuits. In response, National Library Week was launched in 1958 to encourage people to keep reading because reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. Why should you read ...

Antiques & Collecting: Bottle caps make for interesting antiques

BY TERRY AND KIM KOVEL Some modern artists like to make something out of nothing by using discarded metal, signs, cans, tools, machine parts and other trash to form useful and artistic pieces of art. One of the most popular discards are metal crown bottle caps from soda bottles. The crown ...

Forsythias

After a long Minnesota winter, most gardeners anxiously await the arrival of spring. One sure sign that spring has truly arrived is the bright yellow flowers of the forsythia. Forsythias are easy to grow, but do require some maintenance. Pruning is the most important chore. Proper pruning ...

Prescription Medication Safety: The Caregiver’s Role

Over two million Americans experience adverse drug reactions from prescription medication each year. Patients develop complications from these medications when doctors, pharmacists, and health care professionals ignore precautionary measures and lack communication skills. Prescription ...

Veterans Donation

Brown County Veterans Service Officers Greg Peterson and David Koester accept a $2,000 donation from Tee It Up For The Troops, Mankato Chapter on March 23. Tee It Up is a national non-profit that targets financial support for Veterans needs with housing, sports rehab, treatment of PTSD and TBI, service dog and arts therapy, suicide prevention, employment, emergency support, and care giver support. This donation will be used for Brown County’s Veterans in financial crisis. To learn more about Tee It Up-Mankato call: Jodi Baer at 952-646-2490.

In Appreciation

Veterans Donation Brown County Veterans Service Officers Greg Peterson and David Koester accept a $2,000 donation from Tee It Up For The Troops, Mankato Chapter on March 23. Tee It Up is a national non-profit that targets financial support for Veterans needs with housing, sports rehab, ...

College News

SMSU Announces Recent Graduates Marshall, Minn. –– A total of 153 degrees were awarded to students following the fall session of courses at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minn. The students earned their degrees in both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. ...

Browsing for books

The littlest “readers” are so fun to watch! They plow through the books in the low bins in the Children’s Room, and they pick the books they want by looking at the cover art! Yes, my mom taught me the same thing your mom taught you — “You can’t judge a book by it’s cover!” As an ...

Master Gardener: How much should you plant in your garden

Question: How much should I plant in my garden to provide a year’s worth of food? Can I grow enough vegetables to meet all of my family’s needs? This was a tough question to answer and I had to research several University websites to try to find if current research has been done. For ...

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