Lifestyle Columns

Off the Shelf: Adult Winter Reading Program fills up shelves!

Our shelves are overflowing! With recommendations, that is. The Adult Winter Reading Program gave you a chance to tell us which books you are reading, and boy did you ever! At the time that I am writing this, the library has received more than 300 book recommendations from library patrons, ...

Antiques & Collecting: Markings on antiques can be confusing

Marks on antiques, especially silver or ceramics, can lead a collector to history and age. However, the mark’s information can sometimes be confusing. A date may be the year the pottery business started. A name may be the name of the seller, not the maker. And sometimes, especially with ...

Master Gardener: Why plant names matter

University of Minnesota Master Gardener, Brown County Occasionally, I am asked why I use botanical names for plants and shrubs, rather than simply calling them by their common name. To answer the question, let me ask you a question.... Have you ever fallen in love with a plant at first ...

Off the Shelf: Conversations From the Cubicles: The End?

Narrator: As with all good things, a catastrophic disagreement has brought this column to its knees. Kris: All I am saying is that I loved it. Betty: Nope. K: I can love it enough for both of us. B: I really don’t think that’s possible. K: Can we at least talk about it? B: ...

Antiques & Collecting: Brooms popular icon in pre-radio political campaigns

Before the days of radio, television and computers, political candidates spread their vote-seeking messages with reports in newspapers, printed literature, banners, stickpins, bandanas, ribbons and even cigar boxes, ceramic figurines and tableware, sewing supplies and more. Metal buttons were ...

Master Gardener: Low maintenance houseplants

University of Minnesota Master Gardener, Brown County Gardening does not come easy to everyone. If you have managed to kill every houseplant that has crossed your path, this article is for you. Attention Black-thumbed gardeners, you can once again enjoy the act of growing houseplants without ...

Encouraging eating: advice for at-home dementia caregivers – part I

Food, eating, and mealtimes are important parts of life. Food gives us life-sustaining nourishment and contributes to good health, eating satisfies our hunger and stimulates our senses, and mealtimes can be important sharing and social times with family and friends. Many of our favorite ...

College News

South Dakota State University announces the Fall 2017 Dean’s List. To earn dean’s list distinctions in SDSU’s colleges, students must have completed a minimum of 12 credits and must have earned at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Students with an asterisk received a perfect 4.0 GPA. Area ...

Public Health Corner: Are you taking care of your heart?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The good news? It is also one of the most preventable. Read on to learn more about what you can do to reduce your risk. Get active. Daily physical activity increases your length and quality of life. Aim ...

Off the Shelf: Grants add value to the library community

New Ulm Public Library has launched its five-year strategic plan, and part of the plan focuses on developing the library’s role as a gathering space. One way we further that goal is by grant writing for projects that add value to the library community. I’m thrilled to announce that we have ...

Antiques & Collecting: Valentine’s Day cards go back centuries

Valentine’s Day in school in the 1940s and 1950s meant a celebration with cards delivered to a student’s desk or a decorated box on the teacher’s desk. Sweet treats - especially the small, hard candy hearts printed with special messages, also were popular. Like today, there were concerns ...

Master Gardener: Pine, fir or spruce tree

The term “conifer,” describes most of the evergreen trees that we are familiar with in the Minnesota landscape. Is it a pine, a fir or a spruce tree? If you answer, ‘Christmas Tree’, you are correct, but I thought I would look a little further into the question. Following are tips that ...

Family Living Focus: Don’t let depression get you down

Caregiving can sometimes be a depressing venture. Not only does it usually involve someone we love deteriorating before our eyes, our own lives become completely rearranged. Believe it or not, the fact that the holidays are now past or we are in the midst of winter can make even those not in a ...

See.Safe.Smart: No Sign or Light? Yield to the Right!

True or False: By law in New Ulm, at an uncontrolled intersection (no stop sign or traffic light), drivers traveling on the north-south streets have the right of way. Answer: FALSE! Through the generations in New Ulm, the idea that drivers on north-south streets have the right-of-way is a ...

Off the Shelf: I Heart Library

The people who write Valentine heart sayings must hang out at the library! The sayings seem to fit right in with the variety of books you can check out! Here are some Valentine sayings with notes about the library, followed by an actual title from our children’s and young adult ...

Antiques & Collecting: Names live on in famous furniture designs

Famous politicians, generous donors, entertainment and sports stars, and military heroes are honored by having their names on statues, buildings, bridges, streets, parks and even rooms. But famous furniture designers and architects are more often given lasting fame when a chair, desk or style ...

Master Gardener: Moles, voles, tunnels and holes

“Honey, there’s a hole in the garden!” are not words any gardener wants to hear, especially when the hole happens to be very close to a prized plant. It can be tricky to identify the critter by the hole, but two of the most common tunneling pests in our area are moles and voles. Although ...

Family Living Focus: Helping kids understand Alzheimer’s disease

Family Life Consultant, M.Ed., C.F.C.S. and Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota When a family member has Alzheimer’s disease, it affects everyone in the family, including children and grandchildren. It’s important to talk to them about what is happening. How much and what ...

Prevention Corner

Almost 70 percent of high school seniors don’t view regular marijuana use as harmful, according to the 2016 Monitoring the Future Survey, an annual survey of eighth, 10th, and 12th-graders by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the University of Michigan. General Arthur T. ...

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