Lifestyle Columns

Family Living Focus: Enjoying special occasions and holidays

Holidays and special occasions can bring out the best and the worst in us. The prospect of wonderful, happy times abound, filling us with somewhat unrealistic hopes for our relationships. We are often disappointed by how these special occasions turn out. Add to the normal tensions of ...

College News

Minnesota State University, Mankato awarded 1,817 degrees at the end of the fall semester, with commencement ceremonies on Dec. 9 in Taylor Center’s Bresnan Arena on the Minnesota State Mankato campus. Area graduates include: Arlington: Mariah Schrupp, BS, Management Courtland: ...

In Appreciation

Healthy Communities/ Healthy Youth thanks Community Education I am writing this letter in appreciation of the support that New Ulm Area Community Education has continued to give to Healthy Community/ Healthy Youth of Brown County by approving the final grant request of the 2016-2017 school ...

Antiques & Collecting: Bronze artist reversed name to hide identity

Bronze figures usually are signed by artists, who sometimes use initials or strange names that are hard to find in the important art listings. Nam Greb was an artist who made detailed, colorful cold painted bronze figures in Austria during the early 19th century. Some of his work was easy to ...

Master Gardener: Caring for your Christmas tree

The following information is taken from The National Christmas Tree Association: Use a tree stand with an adequate water holding capacity for the tree. As a general rule, stands should provide 1 quart of water per inch of stem diameter. Use a stand that fits your tree. Avoid whittling the ...

Family Living Focus: Caring gifts for caregivers

Nearly any season has its typical gift giving occasions.  From yuletide to birthdays and anniversaries, the need to find an appropriate gift presents itself. When the gifts are for caregivers or their special needs loved ones, it becomes necessary to place a little more thought into the right ...

In Appreciation

New Ulm American Legion Post 132 thanks Auxiliary Holiday Fair contributors The New Ulm American Legion Auxiliary Unit 132 would like to express its appreciation to everyone who contributed to their annual Holiday Fair on Saturday, December 2nd, by bringing curiosity shop and bakery items, ...

Off the Shelf: Conversations from the Cubicles: That’s a wrap

Kris: Slow down. All I know is that you are waving your arms and muttering “escalator.” Betty: I. Just. Read. A. Book. That took off as if I stepped onto an escalator that’s going 40 miles an hour and there’s nothing to hold on to and you can’t stop. K: Wow. That sounds ...

Antiques & Collecting: Old ads gain value as antiques

Advertising signs are popular collectibles at antiques shows, but some are sold as art at galleries or auctions. Travel posters, French Art Deco wine ads, Art Nouveau ads by Alfred Mucha, magazine covers by Rockwell Kent, pictures from calendars by Maxfield Parrish and many other commercial ...

Master Gardener: Christmas tree facts

by Marianne Schotzko U of MN Master Gardener Information taken from the University of Illinois Extension website about Christmas trees updated in 2012: USEFUL OR USELESS: FACTS TO USE IN CONVERSATION TO ASTONISH EVERYONE AROUND YOU OF YOUR GREAT WISDOM……. WHAT DID GOOSE FEATHERS HAVE ...

Family Living Focus: Cancer during the holidays

FROM: Gail Gilman, Family Life Consultant, M.Ed., C.F.C.S. and Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota The holidays can be a difficult time of year when you or a loved one is facing cancer. Your usual traditions may be disrupted by treatment needs or unpleasant side effects; the demands ...

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SEE.SAFE.SMART.: Save lives, not seconds: slow down New Ulm!

Have you ever driven your car faster than the posted speed limit on a street in New Ulm? If you’re like most people, your honest answer to that question is likely “yes.” That’s why New Ulm’s School Resource Officer Mike Brehmer has something for all of us to think about the next time ...

Off the Shelf: Library Strategic Plan reaches goal-setting phase

Setting goals is pretty easy. For example, every year I tell myself I’m going to read more books, and I pick a number. Goal set = done. Reaching the goal is another matter. It seems that every year in April I look at my list of books read and realize I’m a little behind schedule, but ...

Rag rugs popular, old folk art form

Were rag rugs made of wool strips first made in Canada 150 years ago to cover dirt floors? Or were they first made in England during the early 19th century from short pieces of yarn left over from making woven rugs in a weaving mill? Some even say the Vikings were first to make the rugs. ...

Prevention Corner: Binge drinking: dangerous at any age

Tragically, in the United States an average of six people die each day of alcohol poisoning.  Alcohol poisoning is caused by drinking large quantities of alcohol in a short period of time.  Very high levels of alcohol in the body can shut down critical areas of the brain that control ...

College News

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University has awarded a scholarship to Sabrina Portner of Sleepy Eye. She received the Fred Foreman Scholarship for Growth in Leadership Participation for the 2016-17 academic year.

Off the Shelf: Family (literacy) traditions

This is a season for traditions of all kinds. Tuesday, December 5th the library offers the opportunity for families to learn about the tradition of St. Nickolaus and his sidekick Krampus!  Come on in from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. to make ornaments, hear stories and get a treat.  We are even expecting ...

Antiques & Collecting: Kingfisher furnished ancient jewelry

Birds’ feathers furnish the iridescent blue color on some antique Chinese jewelry. Gold-colored necklaces, earrings, pins and even hair ornaments were made in China with kingfisher feathers before the first century. Few collectors know how difficult it is to make the delicate blue jewelry or ...

Family Living Focus: Holiday Gifts and Stress

Even if you’re not a caregiver, the threat of the holidays being right around the corner strikes instant fear, terror and major stress into the hearts of almost everyone. However, there is hope for caregivers to enjoy the holiday season and still make it a special time for their loved one as ...

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