Lifestyle Columns

Off the Shelf: Automatic renewals

We’re trying something new here at the library and we think you’ll like it. You may have noticed that some of the items you have checked out from the New Ulm library have a different due date than you thought they had. Your eyes are not playing tricks on you! New Ulm Public Library is now ...

Antiques & Collecting: Tables can come in all shapes and sizes

Ever wonder who invented the table? The earliest tables seem to have been used by the ancient Egyptians, although they did not sit near it; they used the flat top to hold things. It was not until the days of the Greeks and Romans that tables were used in a house near a seated person. By the ...

Master Gardener: Divide and conquer

Late summer to early fall is a good time to divide yarrow, lily-of-the-valley, coreopsis, bleeding-hearts, daylilies, hosta, Siberian iris, mints, bee balms, catmints, and obedient plant. When possible, choose a cool, cloudy day so the sun and wind doesn’t dry out divisions. Large clumps ...

Familiy Living Focus: Falls and older adults – if you fall

Whether you’re at home or somewhere else, a sudden fall can be startling and upsetting. If you do fall, stay as calm as possible. Take several deep breaths to try to relax How to Get Up from A Fall 1. Remain still on the floor or ground for a few moments. This will help you get over ...

Off the Shelf: Children’s Room Children’s Room, What do YOU See?

Librarian, Librarian, what do you do? I’m here for all the families who come through! Families, families, why do you come? For so many reasons; we will share some…. We come for the books because we love to read The library can get us all that we need We come for board books and ...

Water carriers played important roles

Everyday life was often depicted in paintings or figurines in the days when photographs were unknown. Familiar workers like firemen, soldiers, farmers or royalty were made from porcelain or metal. Several important factories, including the Royal Worcester company of England, Royal Dux, ...

Master Gardener: Storing your fall harvest

By Marianne Schotzko University of MN Master Gardener One of the joys of a home gardener is having the opportunity to pick and enjoy the “fruits” of your labor. At this time of year, we sometimes have an abundance of fruits and vegetables and would like to keep them to enjoy in the ...

Family Living Focus: About Falls: Risk increases with age

Many people have a friend or relative who has fallen. The person may have slipped while walking or felt dizzy when standing up from a chair and fallen. Maybe you've fallen yourself. If you or an older person you know has fallen, you're not alone. More than one in three people age 65 years ...

Off the Shelf: Fall programming at the Library

Join the library this fall for our great programs! Spend some time outdoors enjoying the crisp weather at the Bonfire in the Park series, where you’ll find music, storytelling, and family fun around a bonfire in one of New Ulm’s parks. Join us at German Park (200 N German) on Sunday, ...

Antiques & Collecting: Lost city of Pompeii inspired late 1800s styles

During the late 18th century, the very rich made a long trip to Europe to admire the architecture and art of Europe, including the ruins of past civilizations. The town of Pompeii was a major attraction. It had been covered with ash and lava in 78 A.D. and forgotten until 1748, when it blocked ...

Master Gardener: Autumn, the not so dormant season

Have you made a list of your fall garden chores?  Fall is a busy time for gardeners. Here is a short-list of projects to prepare the garden for winter. Focus on lawn repair, planting, leaves, a general garden clean-up, pest control, pruning, mulching, and garden tool clean-up. Lawn repair: ...

In Appreciation

Drews Crew Benefit Thank You September 8, 2018 marked the 4th year of the Drew’s Crew Colorfest. It was a beautiful day for the benefit and we are grateful for the hundreds of people who turned out to support my battle with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia. It has been a difficult year with my ...

Off the Shelf: It’s a mystery

A few years ago “Gone Girl” came out and shortly afterward every psychological suspense book had ‘girl’ in the title. And then each new psychological mystery had to have more twists than the next. It seemed like authors needed to jump on the same bandwagon and then top it in some ...

Antiques & Collecting: ‘The Educator’ toy now worth big bucks

A clever inventor made a rare toy now called “Alphabet Man” or “The Educator,” although it was called “The Yankee Schoolmaster” in the original 1889 patent papers. The 10-inch-tall iron man had his right hand behind his back, his left near to his bow tie. He was started with a ...

Master Gardener: Tomato Problems

The basic formula for growing tomatoes is heat, full sun, nutrient rich soil that’s free draining, consistent water, and room for them to breath. No matter if you’re growing patio tomatoes in containers or vining tomatoes in raised beds, the formula is the same. However, every once in a ...

Family Living Focus: Falls and older adults – Fall proofing your home

Simple Changes for Home Safety Six out of every 10 falls happen at home, where we spend much of our time and tend to move around without thinking about our safety. Many falls could be prevented by making simple changes in your living areas, as well as personal and lifestyle changes. Take ...

Public Health Corner: Should I take supplements?

The question about whether someone should take vitamin and mineral supplements does not have the same answer for everyone. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, an individual should meet their nutritional needs primarily through diet, but this is not always easy for us. Just ...

In Appreciation

Blood Drive Thanks On behalf of the American Red Cross we would like to thank all the donors who gave blood at our Vogel Arena blood drive. Thanks to all the volunteers for their help. A special thanks to the following business who made donations: Kwik Trip, Burger King, Schells Brewery, ...

Antiques & Collecting: Tiffany lamps command good price at auction

The first Tiffany lamps with dome-shaped stained-glass shades were made in 1895. They became very popular and very expensive. Other lamp and glass companies adapted the idea and made less expensive reverse-painted glass shades, colored glass and metal-trimmed shades, and copies of the ...

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