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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 ...

Off the Shelf: Tidying up

My sister gave me the “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo for my birthday a few years ago... I think she may have thought I needed some help. Apparently I thought it was hopeless, because I never read it. Marie Kondo and her bestselling books “Life-Changing Magic of ...

Antiques & Collecting: Children’s toys are a joy to collectors

Children have always liked toys that can move and make noise and look like something from the adult world. Victor Bonnet was a French toymaker working after 1919 who specialized in tin, and later steel, toy trucks, motorcycles, carts, buggies, as well as clowns, birds, women doing housework and ...

Master Gardener: January gardening chores

At this time of year, our true gardening is done indoors. Taking good care of houseplants affords beautiful plants and, of course, adds oxygen to our indoor living space. Following are some varied hints for houseplants: You should not be fertilizing houseplants until April. If your plants ...

Family Living Focus: The ABC’s of Caregiving

From Gail Gilman Family Life Consultant, M.Ed., C.F.C.S. and Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota Throughout our lives, we each perform a variety of different roles. It might be daughter, sister, student, wife, sales clerk, secretary or coach. The one role you might never assume ...

Off the Shelf: What’s love got to do with it?

Twins, mysterious deaths off cliffs, unexplainable old photos … those are the types of plot lines that just reach out to me and plead: Put every other book aside and read me! That’s how “The Au Pair” by Emma Rous jumped to the top of my book queue. On the day Seraphine and her twin ...

Antiques & Collecting: Clobbered porcelain is a good thing

The English word “clobbered” has been used since at least the 1600s, but its meaning has changed. It still means beaten up, badly injured or damaged. But the word had a very different meaning in the 1700s. It describes porcelain dishes or ornaments with blue-and-white underglaze decoration ...

Mater Gardener: Winter project: Cleaning garden tools & pots

Lower the risk for plant disease in next year’s garden. Turn on the heater in your garage and spend some time cleaning your garden tools and dreaming about next year’s beautiful flower gardens and bountiful vegetable gardens. Many plant pathogens can survive from one season to the next in ...

Family Living Focus: Baby, it’s cold outside: Keep safe in winter

In many areas of the country including Minnesota, cold weather safety is forgotten until that time of year rolls around again. When caring for those with disabilities and seniors, caregivers must take some simple precautions to ensure a loved one’s safety this winter season. Temperature ...

College News

Stephen Joyce of Sleepy Eye has earned placement on the Gonzaga University Dean’s List for fall semester 2018. Students must earn a 3.5 to 3.84 grade-point average to be listed. ——— The University of Wisconsin-River Falls fall semester Dean’s List has been released by Registrar ...

In Appreciation

The Grand Center for Arts and Culture Board of Directors would like to thank Citizens Bank Minnesota for the last five years of partnership in developing The Grand as a downtown arts and cultural space. Many may not know that for the last five years Citizens Bank has been our partner in an ...

Off the Shelf: Resolving to make the New Ulm Public Library a great experience

A recent excursion to the library and a stack or two of books later, you might have noticed a couple of changes at the library. Fines for overdue books, magazines, and newspapers have gone down to a nickel a day and overdue DVDs have dropped to 50 cents in 2019.  The goal of the library is ...

How to tell a Canadian slat-back chair

Ever see an old chair that seems different — the parts are a little more curved, the stretchers between the legs have more shape and the seat seems a little low? The informal slat-back chairs made in Canada and what would become the United States in the 17th and early 18th centuries are often ...

Growing and caring for amaryllis

Amaryllis may be purchased as bare or planted bulbs, and are prized for their exotic trumpet-shaped flowers born on 1 to 2 foot leafless stalks. The flowers range from 4 to 10 inches in size. The most popular colors are red and white, but they may also be pink, salmon, apricot, rose or deep ...

Family Living Focus: Laughter is the best medicine

When was the last time you had a really good laugh? The scientific definition of laughing is a “successive, rhythmic, spasmodic expiration with open glottis and vibration of the vocal cords, often accompanied by baring of the teeth and facial expression”. That doesn’t begin to tell the ...

Public Health Corner: Cholesterol: Know Your Numbers

We’ve probably all read or heard news stories about cholesterol or perhaps even know someone who has been told they have high cholesterol. Cholesterol, as much as we might fear it, is found in every cell in the body and is necessary for life. The purpose of cholesterol is to help digest ...

Master Gardener: Houseplant patrol

Healthy plants have fewer pest problems. Prevent, or at least minimize, pest issues on indoor plants by choosing the right plants and providing good overall plant care. Learn about basic care and growing needs for your plant. Select plants with growing requirements that match the indoor ...

Coalition Corner: Parenting styles and underage drinking

Drinking alcohol undoubtedly is a part of American culture, as are conversations between parents and children about its risks and potential benefits. However, information about alcohol can seem contradictory. Alcohol affects people differently at different stages of life—small amounts may ...