Lifestyle Columns

Off the Shelf: Libraries Rock!

\A seven-year-old girl was walking out of the Children’s Room recently with a load of books in her arms. “Miss Jan,” she called across the room, “I just want you to know, libraries really DO rock!” I laughed and agreed with her. We have had so much fun this summer with the Summer ...

Antiques & Collecting: ‘Pile-O-Gold’ was popular gift with financiers

A paperweight that looks like a forgotten mound of gold coins is a vintage puzzle that has been solved. A pristine example was offered for sale recently with the original box. There is an inscribed leather patch on the bottom, and a small leaflet describing the coins and their history. The ...

Master Gardener: Ornamental grasses for low-maintenance gardens

As summer flowers fade and the leaves turn fall colors in Minnesota, many varieties of ornamental grasses are at their majestic peak and in full flower. They stand from 3 feet to as much as 12 feet in height (although some are shorter), as vibrant kings of the perennial garden with their ...

Family Living Focus: Tips for Healthy Eyes

Your eyes are an important part of your health. There are many things you can do to keep them healthy and make sure you are seeing your best. Follow these steps for maintaining healthy vision well into your later years. Eat a Healthy Diet Eating a healthy balanced diet is important for your ...

College News

St. Cloud Technical & Community College congratulates the following students for their academic achievement Spring 2018. They have earned recognition on the President’s List for a grade point average of 4.0 or the Dean’s list for a grade point average of 3.5 to 3.9. They include: ...

Off the Shelf: Poetry at the Library

Many people I speak with think poetry is too highbrow or stuffy to enjoy reading, but that’s just not so! Poetry is diverse; there are so many different kinds. Nowadays, poets are adhering less and less to traditional forms, opting for freer verse. I’ve enjoyed many poets recently who have ...

Antiques & Collecting: Watering cans grew with gardening

Ever wonder who invented the first watering can? When were small gardens numerous enough to have customers willing to pay for a better way to carry water to their plants? Historic records say the first was a watering pot made in about 1580. It was a container with a handle and small holes in ...

Family Living Focus: Exercise – How to get started

Safety First - Start Out Slowly Most older adults, regardless of age or condition, will do just fine increasing their physical activity to a moderate level. However, if you haven’t been active for a long time, it’s important to start out at a low level of effort and work your way up ...

Off the Shelf: Saving your digital stuff!

Growing up, our phone was just a phone. People could call us, and we could call them. Today, phones are planners, photo albums, phone books and more. Have you ever thought about all the stuff you have on your cell phone or other digital devices? Would you like to save it? I recently attended ...

Antiques & Collecting: Sometimes copies of antiques are valuable

Although antique dealers tell us early 1900s oak furniture doesn’t sell, average Chippendale pieces are not wanted and fancy French designs of the past are out of style, some average examples and even good copies can be useful and a good investment. In 1899, Wallace Nutting started ...

Family Living Focus: Family activities for fun and good health

Being physically active with your family is a great way to stay healthy and make exercise fun. Whether you play team sports with the entire family or take brisk walks with your spouse, child, or grandchild, you’ll be rewarded with improved health and time spent together. Family ...

Public Health Corner: Adolescents need annual wellness exams

Summertime is not only a great opportunity to spend days with family and friends, but also, to begin planning for back to school. Oftentimes, this planning includes getting children into their medical provider for a checkup and vaccinations. Adolescents need this checkup as much as young ...

College News

The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth has announced its list of conferred graduates for Spring 2018. The following local students graduated: Lacy Kloeckl of Nicollet. Kloeckl graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology. Miranda Sweely of Stewart. Sweely graduated Cum ...

In Appreciation

Thanks to our “Grand” Celebration Participants The State Street Theater Co. wants to thank those who made possible yet another first-time event at the theater: Celebrating the acquisition of its first grand piano by hosting a free piano concert for the community on Sunday, June 24th! Thank ...

Antiques & Collecting: Antique names vary and evolve

There are many unfamiliar names for antiques and even vintage collectibles. What is a collectible “dumbwaiter,” a “finger vase” or a “swift”? And what is a “tazza” and how was it used? The tazza originally was a large basin for bathing. But the meaning changed, and by the 17th ...

Family Living Focus: Lessen the squeeze: caregiver coping skills

According to the Alzheimer’s Association (2000), 5.75 million Americans are in the “Sandwich Generation” of caring for both children and parents, and women represent the majority of caregivers for family members. Following are a few things you can do to prepare for and live your life ...

Coalition Corner: Prescription opioid abuse: a first step to heroin use

Prescription opioid pain medications such as OxyContin and Vicodin can have effects similar to heroin when taken in doses or in ways other than prescribed and are currently among the most commonly abused drugs in the United States.  Research now suggests that abuse of these drugs may open the ...

In Appreciation

Garden Tour Success The Brown County Master Gardeners wish to thank many folks for helping to make our Garden Tour a big success. First, thanks to The Journal and Clay Schuldt for his thoughtful presentation in Sunday’s Lifestyle section. Thank you also for including us in the daily ...

Off the Shelf: Landscaping at the Library

In 2016 The Wanda Gag Monument Committee generously donated the sculpture of Wanda Gag, a New Ulm artist and illustrator, which faces Broadway outside the New Ulm Public Library. The sculpture was designed and created by New Ulm native Jason Jasperson. In June 2018, the Committee completed its ...

Antiques & Collecting: Shedding light on deck prisms

A 4 1/2-inch-high heavy glass pyramid was in a recent house sale. It was inexpensive, but no one knew what it was used for. It was almost too heavy to lift, so it wouldn’t be a practical paperweight, but we bought it to display on a table with our obelisks. A long search of pictures online ...

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