Lifestyle Columns

Off the Shelf: Get library materials from across the state through MNLINK

So imagine you are sitting at home, looking through the library card catalog, and you just cannot find the item you are searching for. You might not realize that there are more options available to you. Did you know that you can borrow things from libraries throughout Minnesota, including ...

Antiques & Collecting: No turkey at early Thanksgiving

Thinking about Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday? If you want to copy the menu used by the Pilgrims, you can’t eat turkey. Historic letters written by the Pilgrims describe Thanksgiving in 1691, mentioning the guests, the foods and the activities. The Wampanoag Indian guests at the celebration ...

Master Gardener: GMO or selective breeding

By Roxann Jelinek University of Minnesota Master Gardener, Brown County I just read an article in a gardening-type magazine that was intended to scare everyone. The article was labeled GMO, but all it described was selective breeding (making hybrids). GMO and selective breeding are not the ...

Family Living Focus: Tips to help seniors enjoy the holidays

For most of us, the holidays are a wonderful time to share the joys of family life and friendship. For many older adults the holidays can be highly stressful, confusing, or even depressing if their mental, physical and emotional needs are not taken into account. If you have older friends and ...

Antiques & Collecting: Many footstool styles through history

Footstools, also called footrests, are not a new idea, but there are many different types, shapes and sizes. The most popular style today is the small, short, four-legged rectangular stool, often padded and upholstered, which is placed in front of a chair. The footstool raises the legs of the ...

Mater Gardener: Flooded gardens

Many of us watched as flood waters ravaged communities around south central Minnesota. The flooding was devastating - fortunately no lives were lost, but homes were lost and memories washed away in flooded basements. It is too late to help south central Minnesota, but if flooding happens in ...

Family Living Focus: Nine tips for surviving holiday stress

According to the American Psychological Association, stress is on the rise in America, with nearly half of Americans reporting that stress is having a negative impact on their personal and professional lives. Although the holidays can be a time of joy, they often bring with them additional ...

Public Health Corner: Diabetes prevention

According to the American Diabetes Association, one in 11 Americans has diabetes. There are mainly two types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in younger people and occurs when the body cannot produce enough insulin. In type 2 diabetes, the body cannot use the ...

See.Safe.Smart: We cross here; watch for us

Throughout New Ulm, The Heart of New Ulm Project and the Safe Routes to School Action Team are working hard to promote walking and biking as a form of transportation and recreation. There are so many benefits associated with walking and bicycling that it seems like a no-brainer. However, if ...

In Appreciation

Drews Crew Benefit September 9th 2017 marked the 3rd year of the Drew’s Crew Colorfest. It was a beautiful day for the benefit and we are grateful for the hundreds of people who turned out to support my battle with Chronic Myelogeneous Leukemia. There were so many people who volunteered ...

Waylon Mitchell Hoffmann

Valley Views

New Baby Mitch and Tiffany Hoffmann of Courtland announce the birth of their son, Waylon Mitchell Hoffmann, born on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 at 11:29 p.m. He weighed 7 lbs. 15 oz. and was 22 inches long. Grandparents are Doug and Sara Hoffmann of Courtland, and Perry and Joan Hulke of Courtland. ...

Off the Shelf: Moving the Library forward strategically

I had no idea that developing a strategic plan would be so gratifying. I thought the process would be time-consuming and challenging. Turns out it is both of those things, but it also is rewarding and enjoyable because a group of people committed to New Ulm Public Library has gathered to plan ...

Antiques & Collecting: Coffee mills date to end of 18th century

Morning coffee has been a necessity for centuries, and there have been numerous patents for coffee-making machines. The first American patent was given to Thomas Bruff Sr. in 1798. Coffee grinders, also called coffee mills, were needed to grind the coffee beans to cook with water to make ...

Master Gardener: Excess Rain Causes Garden Problems

Plants need water to grow, but too much water can be as bad as too little, and in some cases, may lead to more problems. For the last few years, Brown County gardeners have been presented a unique set of challenges due to too much rain. While some rain is good to keep the garden watered, heavy ...

Coalition Corner: E-cigarettes – Serious health consequences

Electronic cigarettes (also called e-cigarettes or electronic nicotine delivery systems) are battery-operated devices designed to deliver nicotine with flavorings and other chemicals to users in vapor instead of smoke. They can be manufactured to resemble traditional tobacco cigarettes, cigars ...

Off the Shelf: Celebrate National Novel Writing Month

Each November, writers challenge themselves to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. National Novel Writing Month has become a way for writers to track their progress, motivate themselves and others, and share their work and accomplishments. Many novelists have gone on to publish the novels ...

Antiques & Collecting: Emile Galle known best for cameo glass

Talented artists often become well known for just one type of art when they actually created many different things. Emile Galle (1846-1904), the famous artist known for his cameo glass, designed, made and sold pottery and furniture. The glass and furniture are popular with today’s collectors. ...

Cole D. Rueckert

Front & Center

U.S. Air Force Airman Cole D. Rueckert graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and ...

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