Lifestyle Columns

Family Living Focus: Travel Preparations for Caregiving ‘Snowbirds’

This time of year, many senior “snowbirds” are packing their bags, closing up northern residences and migrating toward senior communities to escape the winter’s fury. This yearly tradition is eagerly anticipated, yet amidst the glamour of senior living in the southern states and the ...

Front & Center

Born promoted to Air Force Lieutenant Colonel New Ulm native Dustin Born was selected for promotion to lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve on Aug. 31. He took command of the 507th Reserve Civil Engineer Squadron, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. on July 27. Lt. Col. Born ...

College News

Anna Mohr, a junior pharmacy major from New Ulm, is the 2018-19 recipient of the Barry and Sharon Markl Scholarship in Support of the Jackrabbit Guarantee at South Dakota State University. She is the daughter of Marty and Sandy Mohr, of New Ulm, and a 2016 graduate of New Ulm Cathedral High ...

In Appreciation

Community Education Thank you 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 through its grants. This support has enabled our programs to continue empowering the youth ...

Off the Shelf: Winter tales for the season

A couple of weeks ago, I was at a birthday party and a three year old sat down by me on the couch with a stack of books. He knew how to spot the librarian in the room. If you have any little ones in your life, check out these winter tales this season. Who says you can’t have a lemonade ...

Antiques & Collecting:Windsor chairs made in different styles

The Windsor chair was introduced in England in the late 17th century, and it was about 50 years later, around 1730, that the first American Windsor chairs were made in Philadelphia. The American makers created different styles of Windsors. They all had a shaped wooden seat made of a single ...

Family Living Focus: Aging relatives and holiday traditions

When families have aging relatives with failing physical or mental health, changes in holiday traditions are often necessary. Older adults who experience losses still need loving contact with the children in their lives, but some guidelines can help during holiday visits. Prepare children and ...

Public Health Corner: Opioid related deaths are on the rise in state

Opioid related deaths continue to rise in Minnesota, both from opioid pain relievers and heroin. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, in 2015 there were 221 deaths from opioid pain relievers and 114 from heroin in the state. In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...

College News

Minnesota State University, Mankato awarded 1,745 degrees at the end of the fall semester, with commencement ceremonies held Saturday, Dec. 15 in Taylor Center’s Bresnan Arena on the Minnesota State Mankato campus. Area graduates include: Arlington: Sara Borchert, BS, Nursing Clements: ...

Off the Shelf: Gifts for readers

It’s that time of year again; we’re all stretching our pocketbooks and waistbands with holiday goodies and gifts! Whether you buy a ton of gifts or not, one of the easiest people to buy for is a reader. There are a ton of great reading related gifts; here’s a few ideas to get you ...

Antiques & Collecting: There are striking differences in match holders

Antique shoppers must learn the vocabulary of collectibles to read catalogs, make online searches or understand words with double meanings like commode (dresser) and commode (toilet.) You also need to know that Wedgwood and Wedgewood are two unrelated, different companies. What is the ...

Gardening: For ‘weedless gardening’ next spring, begin now

I take a four-pronged approach to keeping my vegetable and flower gardens free of weed problems, and suggest you try it. First, keep dormant weed seeds asleep by not tilling or otherwise churning the soil. (All soils contain many weed seeds that lie dormant until they are exposed to light, ...

Family Living Focus: Avoiding the hazards of winter for older adults

Winter and the Holidays are a special time for celebration. It should also be a time for added caution if you or someone in your family is an older adult. It is the season for falls, slips on icy streets and other dangers that can be especially harmful for older adults. Something as simple as ...

In Appreciation

CAST thanks Community Education Community And Seniors Together (C.A.S.T.), a nonprofit 501c3, is pleased to be a partner with ISD 88 Community Education and we wish to thank them for their continued financial support of our senior programs. Each year, Community Education allocates a ...

Off the Shelf: Sharing a good book

Sue and I were talking about what we were reading the other day. Go figure. Hazards of working with books, I guess. She said something like: “Here, this is good, I can’t tell you a thing.”? Hmm. Well, I just put that very book down this morning, and she was right about everything. I would ...

Antiques & Collecting: Krampus was suppressed, but making comeback

Krampus is a legendary German figure who visits children on December 6 to find bad children, catch them with his very long tongue, beat them with sticks and take them away to the underworld. Good children get gifts at Christmas from St. Nicholas. This evil man was part of holiday lore for ...

Off the Shelf: Holiday inspiration

The Parade of Lights has ushered in the holiday season here in New Ulm! If you’re in the holiday spirit, you can find inspiration for the season with these new holiday books, available at the New Ulm Library. The holidays are a time to get together with family and friends. If you are ...

Antiques & Collecting: Mermaids have fascinated us since Babylonian era

Mermaids and mermen have been “seen” and pictured since the Babylonian era. In past centuries, Greece, Japan, Ireland, Russia and Scotland have believed in local mermaids. There have been exhibits of mermaid skeletons; the 1837 Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, “The Little Mermaid”; ...

In Appreciation

German-Bohemian Heritage Society Thanks Parade Participants Dankeschön from the German-Bohemian Heritage Society (GBHS) to all the people and organizations who combined to produce New Ulm’s 21st Germanic- American Day Parade on Oktober 6 during Oktoberfest. Dozens of families and units ...