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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 ...

Master Gardener: Pumpkins

One of America’s oldest native crops, pumpkin was an important food staple long before Europeans discovered them. Cultivated independently by the Native Americans of North and South America, pumpkins — or more accurately, pumpkin seeds — have been found at archaeological sites in the ...

Family Living Focus: Falls and Older Adults – Causes and Risk Factors

Falls don’t “just happen,” and people don’t fall because they get older. Often, more than one underlying cause or risk factor is involved in a fall. A risk factor is something that increases a person’s risk or susceptibility to a medical problem or disease. As the number of risk ...

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: Rare Blue John stone vein discovered

Prices for antiques and collectibles are determined by many things that change with time — age, availability, condition, decorative value, fame of maker, artist or past owner, and even who is bidding and if there is a bidding war. Most of these things change with time, so rare Beanie Babies ...

Master Gardener: Lawn renovation

September is a great time to renovate poor quality lawns. Renovation is the last step before replacement. Replace lawns that contain more than 50 percent weeds. Starting over gives you quicker and more effective results. Kill the existing lawn and reseed or sod. Early to mid-September is ...

Family Living Focus: September is Falls Prevention Awareness Month

A simple thing can change your life like tripping on a rug or slipping on a wet floor. If you fall, you could break a bone, like thousands of older men and women do each year. A broken bone might not sound awful. For older people, a break can be the start of more serious problems. Many things ...

Coalition Corner

Did you know that the more often children and teens eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs? That is why Family Day - A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children TM was launched in 2001 by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at ...

In Appreciation

Legion Riders grateful for support We would like to express our appreciation for all the support the Legion Riders Post 132 have received through our raffle, omelet breakfast and steak/shrimp fry and pork chop ride. We have donated to many worthwhile projects throughout the year including; ...

Antiques & Collecting: Figural sprinklers add whimsy to garden

Decorators and gardening columnists are reporting that the latest look for a garden includes furnishings to make it look like an indoor room. Chairs, tables, rugs, cushions, statues, urns, fountains, hanging decorations, fancy birdhouses and even gnomes and fake animals are half-hidden in the ...

Master Gardener: Insects eating your broccoli and cauliflower

All of the cole crops, including broccoli and cauliflower, are subject to attack by several kinds of insects throughout the growing season. The following insects cause losses in broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower via damage to the plant by reducing yield, lowering quality, or contaminating the ...

Family Living Focus: Preventing falls

Don’t let a fear of falling keep you from being active. The good news is that there are simple ways you can prevent most falls. Stay physically active. Regular exercise makes you stronger. Weight-bearing activities, such as walking or climbing stairs, may slow bone loss from osteoporosis. ...

School Lunch Menus

Lafayette Charter School Monday: Summer Break Tuesday: Hamburger Sandwich, Cheese Option, Tater Tots/Vegetable Sticks, Peaches Wednesday: Pigs in a Blanket, Baked Beans, Lettuce/Veggie Sticks, Mandarin Oranges Thursday: Chicken Fajitas, Mixed Vegetables, Vegetable Sticks/Lettuce, ...

Off the Shelf: Dakota War Commemoration events scheduled

Brown County Historical Society (BCHS), Sleepy Eye Area Historical Society, and New Ulm Public Library (NUPL) are sponsoring a number of events to commemorate the 156th anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota War the week of August 22-26. The events will include historical presentations and walking ...

Rose of Sharon: not a real rose, but worth growing

An unsung hero of the late summer garden is rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus). This shrub's branches are studded with pastel blossoms year after year, despite drought, poor soil or general neglect. Cold winters or sweltering summers similarly leave it unfazed. Despite its tolerance for ...

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