Lifestyle Columns

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 ...

Family Living Focus: Exercises to improve your balance

Having good balance is important for many everyday activities, such as going up and down the stairs. It also helps you walk safely and avoid tripping and falling over objects in your way. Each year, more than 2 million older Americans go to the emergency room because of fall-related ...

Public Health Corner: Recreational water illness

Recreational water illnesses (RWIs) are caused by the germs found in the water people swim in. Examples of water that can be contaminated include swimming pools, hot tubs, water parks, water play areas, decorative fountains, lakes, rivers, and oceans. The most common bacteria that causes ...

College News

Willmar, Minn. - Ridgewater College is pleased to announce the names of its fall and spring semester graduates. Ceremonies for both campuses took place In May, 2018. Students graduating with a diploma or degree will graduate with Honors if they have a GPA of 3.5 to 3.74, with High Honors if ...

Off the Shelf: What’s new in children’s literature?

Many of you may have gone on vacation this summer, but I was at Camp Read-a-Lot! It is just what it sounds like: a spot for people who read a lot! Teachers and librarians gathered at the Mankato State University Library and talked about books for kids. Prior to the event, I had the opportunity ...

Antiques & Collecting

How do you keep a heavy door from slamming shut? That was a problem to be solved by the mid-18th century when huge brass hinges held the doors. It was solved with wedges, heavy rocks or doorstops of many sizes and shapes. Cast-iron figural door stops were made in the early 1900s but did not ...

Cereus: a cactus that blooms just a few nights a year

I recently had the honor of being invited to what sounded like a "serious" little party. Actually, it was a "cereus" party, named for a night-blooming cactus. This party was called at the spur of the moment to coincide with the plant's blooming, which occurs for just a few nights each ...

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