Lifestyle Columns

Family Living Focus: Art for Alzheimer’s Disease

Loved ones with dementia or Alzheimer's may be struggling from the four "A's" of the disease - anxiety, agitation, aggression and apathy.  Another "A" is a proven way to lessen the other symptoms, while providing a sense of peace and familiarity for loved ones. That is "Art." Many museums ...

College News

The North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, N.D., awarded degrees, diplomas and certificates to Wahpeton, Fargo, N.D., and online spring and summer 2018 graduates. The graduates include: Spring 2018 Graduates Comfrey: Samuel Goedtke, A.A.S., John Deere Tech Gibbon: Alexander ...

Off the Shelf: A new face at the library

There’s a new face at the library. I’m excited to join the staff at the New Ulm Public Library as the new Library Director. I cruised into town in the waning days of October hoping to get a peek at a prolonged autumn. The snow seems to have followed.  The time has flown by yet I’ve been ...

Antiques & Collecting: Postcards are popular, inexpensive to collect

Postcards are among the most popular inexpensive collectibles today, perhaps because they are easy to find. But they require time and searching to create a special collection. Postcards are wanted for the postmark, the stamp, the message or the picture on the front, and they can be framed ...

Gardening: Wood ash from fireplaces, stoves can sometimes help the soil

For gardeners who heat their homes in winter using stoves or fireplaces, good-quality wood ashes can be a soil-amendment bonus. But if applied improperly, they can be a caustic topping for foliage-heavy plants and seedlings. The primary benefits of recycling wood ash into the soil are for ...

Family Living Focus: Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease

Dementia itself is not a disease, but rather a set of symptoms that accompany specific diseases. Dementia is a general term for the loss of memory, language and recognition that is severe enough to interfere with everyday life. Researchers believe dementia may be caused by a combination of ...

Public Health Corner: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, the “Silent Killer”

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas created when a fuel such as natural gas, propane, gasoline or wood is burned. Since you can’t see or smell CO, it is possible for dangerous concentrations of CO to build up indoors and cause illness before you realize you are being poisoned. ...

Front & Center

Dana M. Muchow has been promoted to Captain in the United Stated Navy. He is in the Navy Reserves doing cybersecurity with the NAVSEA Systems Engineering unit out of Washington DC. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1996 by completing NROTC at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He received his ...

Trump disappoints again on the world stage

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s churlish participation in last weekend’s 100th anniversary of the end of World War I was yet another glaring and dismissive example of his insensitivity to Western collective security as the core of American foreign policy. Trump stayed in his Paris hotel ...

Antiques & Collecting: Whistles were created in many styles

“I bought a wooden whistle, but it wouldn’t whistle” is part of an old children’s song that goes on to joke about buying a metal whistle. But a modern metal whistle used by a policeman looks very different from the wooden whistle made centuries ago. And today, if a whistle is wood, it ...

Family Living Focus: Dealing with Dementia When thinking and behavior decline

Forgetfulness, confusion, or having trouble remembering a name or word can be a normal part of life. When thinking problems or unusual behavior starts to interfere with everyday activities such as working, preparing meals, or handling finances, it’s time to see a doctor. These could be signs ...

‘Adam taste’ refers to Adam brothers

The auction described the settee as “in the Adam taste,” but an online search for the words won’t explain what that means. When it says “Chippendale style” in a catalog, it means it is a reproduction made long after the original pieces designed and made by Thomas Chippendale in the ...

Gardening: Dish gardens bring gardening inside

There's no need for gardeners to go dormant along with their landscape when cold weather arrives. Arranging plants in small dishes and pots can be an enjoyable indoor alternative at the end of the summer growing season. "By creating a dish garden, you are in fact creating a miniature ...

Flu tips for caregivers

When caring for people who have the flu: • Avoid being face to face with the sick person. If possible, it is best to spend the least amount of time in close contact with a sick person. • When holding sick children, place their chin on your shoulder so they will not cough in your ...

Off the Shelf: A Libby Lesson

Did you know we have thousands of ebooks and audiobooks available in our local library system for you to download to your smartphone or tablet? All you need is a library card and an app. Yes, there’s an app for that; it’s called Libby. If you already use our Overdrive app to download ...

Antiques & Collecting: Older Halloween artifacts can be rare, valuable

In ancient times, the Celts dressed in strange costumes to scare the spirits that were killing the crops in the fall. That was a forerunner of Allhallows Eve, when people asked for food in exchange for prayers for a good year. Halloween was celebrated in the United States by the 19th ...

Fragile trees, shrubs need some help getting through winter

Winterizing fragile trees and shrubs is a simple and prudent exercise in landscape management. Mulching and watering before the ground freezes up can save you a bundle of time and money. "As long as the soil drains well, water the trees through autumn at least once a week unless there is a ...

Family Living Focus: Balance – Falls Prevention: What does it mean?

Maintaining balance is the result of a complex interaction of many systems in the human body.  With aging, changes occur that reduce how efficient these systems work.  Many identifying risk factors for falling can be, but not limited to, balance/gait problems, prior falls, vision, limited ...

Off the Shelf: Upcoming programs at the Library

New Ulm Public Library has many great November events! We hope you’ll join us for a few of them! The Friends of the New Ulm Public Library will host their annual Used Book Sale on Thursday, November 1 through Saturday, November 3. Friends of the Library members, including new members, can ...