Lifestyle Columns

In Appreciation: Oak Hills Foundation Thanks Community

On Feb. 11, the 16th Annual Oak Hills Bowling Classic fund-raiser at Concordia Lanes in New Ulm raised $11,000.00 for new technology, iPads, iPods and software for staff to provide therapy for residents. The Classic filled all 16 bowling lanes with 96 bowlers. There was a live auction with ...

College News

Molly Hennig of New Ulm has been named to the dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. To qualify for the honor roll on the UW Oshkosh campus, a student must take at least 12 credits and earn a grade-point average (GPA) of at least 3.3 (out of a possible 4.0). Those with a GPA ...

Off the Shelf: Being prepared

Meal prep is a popular trend these days. Preparing your meals ahead of time is a great way to save time and money, not to mention alleviating mealtime stress. We’ve all been there…its 6 pm, you’re tired, and there is no meal in sight. Do you resort to pizza or something similar that is ...

Park & Rec Report

Open Skate/Hockey at the Civic Center had to be adjusted this weekend, due to the District Hockey Tournament. Please check our website for the latest, most up-to-date schedules. We apologize for the inconvenience. Winter Day of Play! Join us for WinterBlast TOMORROW, Monday, February 18 at ...

Antiques & Collecting: Lincoln remembered, memorialized over years

President Abraham Lincoln has been memorialized in many ways since his death in 1860, but there are things that few people remember today. 1. The president and his wife, Mary Todd, had four sons. Three died young. “Eddie” (Edward Baker) Lincoln, born in 1846, died at 3 years old in 1850. ...

Master Gardener: February garden hints

• To keep Valentine flowers looking their best, always use lukewarm water mixed with floral preservative. Adding pennies or aspirin in the water won’t help. Keep the flowers in a cool location, out of direct sunlight. Keep them away from stored fruits and vegetables as produce emits ...

Public Health Corner: Why is gratitude the best attitude for health?

When you’re in the middle of a polar vortex and Minnesota is feeling more like Antarctica, but without the penguins, it can be hard to find room for gratitude in your heart. That’s why practicing gratitude daily is important, so it becomes a habit in your life. When you’re stuck on the ...

College News

Cassandra Kretsch, daughter of Dan and Shari Kretsch of New Ulm, has been selected to be on the School of Health Sciences Dean’s List for Fall 2018 at the University of South Dakota. This recognition is reserved for full-time students who achieve a GPA of 3.5 or ...

Off the Shelf: Favorite (loved) books to recommend

With Valentine’s Day and another potential snow fall coming our way, it’s the perfect time to curl up with a good book and watch the snowflakes by the fire and with a cup of warm tea. This week was also a nice chance to ask the staff at the library what their favorite books are to recommend ...

Antiques & Collecting: Valentines are a sweet start to collecting

Valentine’s Day is an old holiday that started with a Christian martyr, St. Valentine, about A.D. 500, or the Roman fertility fest Lupercalia. In the 1760s, insulting comic valentines called “penny dreadfuls” were sold. A few commercial cards were made by the 1870s from homemade paper, ...

Why is soil so important?

People trying to grow ‘the perfect lawn’ or gardeners may think that weeds are the most troublesome problem. It is probably more accurate to say the number one thing that will disappoint (and dishearten) a home owner or a gardener is working with soil that is unproductive and difficult to ...

Family Living Focus: Don’t delay planning for the future

Due to medical and other technological breakthroughs, people are living longer these days. Because of this, many people wrongly assume that they can put off getting their affairs in order for a few more years. However, exactly the opposite is true. Why? While living in a time with wonderful ...

Off the Shelf: “Becoming American”

New Ulm Public Library, in partnership with The Grand Center for Arts and Culture and Brown County Historical Society, will be hosting a six-week program series called “Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series on Our Immigration Experience” This six-week series will ...

Antiques & Collecting: Bottles are a great intro to collecting

Why not start a collection this year? It’s fun and encourages healthy exercise and family outings. It creates new friendships and sometimes a lucky find brings money. Bottles can be found in stores, house sales and even dug up from old dumps. There are thousands of bottle collectors who go ...

Master Gardener: Why plant names matter

Occasionally, I am asked why I use botanical names for plants and shrubs, rather than simply calling them by their common name. To answer the question, let me ask you a question.... Have you ever fallen in love with a plant at first sight? The first thing you want to know is the plant name. ...

Prevention Corner: What is the difference between misuse and abuse?

The number of emergency department visits due to misuse or abuse of prescription drugs has risen 98.4% since 2004. The terms misuse and abuse are often used interchangeably, but there is a distinct difference. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) explains that the difference between abuse and ...

Family Living Focus: February is Heart Health Month

Just like an engine makes a car go, your heart keeps your body running. As you grow older, some changes in the heart and blood vessels are normal, but others are caused by disease. Choices you might make every day can contribute to heart disease. Do you smoke? Are you overweight? Do you ...

In Appreciation

Thanks, Shoebox Packers I am writing to thank New Ulm residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. Because of the generosity of donors in New Ulm and across the United States, Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, ...

College News

Jenna Helget of New Ulm was named to the 2018 fall dean’s list at Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, S.D. She is a freshman at DWU and the daughter of Douglas and Jacalyn Helget. To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must have a semester grade point average of at least 3.5 on a ...