Lifestyle Columns

Family Living Focus: Balance – Falls Prevention: What does it mean?

Maintaining balance is the result of a complex interaction of many systems in the human body.  With aging, changes occur that reduce how efficient these systems work.  Many identifying risk factors for falling can be, but not limited to, balance/gait problems, prior falls, vision, limited ...

Off the Shelf: Upcoming programs at the Library

New Ulm Public Library has many great November events! We hope you’ll join us for a few of them! The Friends of the New Ulm Public Library will host their annual Used Book Sale on Thursday, November 1 through Saturday, November 3. Friends of the Library members, including new members, can ...

Antiques & Collecting: Inkwells now obsolete, but still collectible

In ancient Egypt, a rich man would not write his own letters but would travel with a scribe who wrote his letters for him. The scribe used a crude pen that had to be dipped in ink; he carried it on a stone with a slight hollow. As more learned to write, the ink holders became fancier, and ...

Gardening: Start an indoor garden with kitchen scraps

The pantry is full of fall favorites like squash, onions and potatoes, but busy schedules may have you finding a few things growing in the back of your cupboard. With little effort and a pinch of creativity you can grow these into a very imaginative indoor garden. Kids and adults love to ...

Family Living Focus: Falls and older adults: Devices to help prevent falls

Appropriate use of assistive devices can prevent harmful falls. These devices may include canes, walkers, and reachers. A physical or occupational therapist can help you decide which devices might be helpful and teach you how to use them safely. Talk with your doctor about having a physical ...

In Appreciation

MRCI thanks Allina for donation MRCI Bargains Thrift Store would like to thank Allina Health for donating $100.00 to us in recognition of the volunteer work by employee Mary Johanneck. Allina Dollars For Doers reward program is a component of the Allina Health employee volunteerism ...

Off the Shelf: The lure of a good book

I was wondering what draws us to certain books. Is it that the reader loves the writing, that the story or message draws them in, maybe that the characters are relatable? Perhaps it’s also primal...and harkens back to the stories you read or that were read to you as a kid. I grew up with ...

Antique game boards serve now as decorations

Antique handmade game boards are popular as decorations in homes filled with folk art. Most are for chess or checkers, and the square boards look important in a group on the wall. But there are also game boards that are other shapes. The game “Pope Joan” was popular in the 18th century ...

Master Gardener: Storing tender bulbs

Tender bulbs must be dug and stored in a warmer area through Minnesota winters. Most tender bulbs should be dug after the foliage dries up or is killed by frost. If left in the ground over winter, the bulbs will turn to mush. Dahlias, cannas, and calla lilies need to be dug carefully. ...

Family Living Focus: Falls and older adults: Maintaining bone health

Why Bone Health Is Important Falls are a common reason for trips to the emergency room and for hospital stays among older adults. Many of these hospital visits are for fall-related fractures. You can help prevent fractures by maintaining the strength of your bones. Having healthy bones ...

Public Health Corner: Trick or treat, smell my…. Halloween safety tips

Fall is here! For parents, that means figuring out if last year’s winter boots still fit, layering our children for cold mornings and hot afternoons, and trying to decide how long we can hold out before turning on the heat since we swear we just turned the AC off a week or two ago. For ...

Off the Shelf: Automatic renewals

We’re trying something new here at the library and we think you’ll like it. You may have noticed that some of the items you have checked out from the New Ulm library have a different due date than you thought they had. Your eyes are not playing tricks on you! New Ulm Public Library is now ...

Antiques & Collecting: Tables can come in all shapes and sizes

Ever wonder who invented the table? The earliest tables seem to have been used by the ancient Egyptians, although they did not sit near it; they used the flat top to hold things. It was not until the days of the Greeks and Romans that tables were used in a house near a seated person. By the ...

Master Gardener: Divide and conquer

Late summer to early fall is a good time to divide yarrow, lily-of-the-valley, coreopsis, bleeding-hearts, daylilies, hosta, Siberian iris, mints, bee balms, catmints, and obedient plant. When possible, choose a cool, cloudy day so the sun and wind doesn’t dry out divisions. Large clumps ...

Familiy Living Focus: Falls and older adults – if you fall

Whether you’re at home or somewhere else, a sudden fall can be startling and upsetting. If you do fall, stay as calm as possible. Take several deep breaths to try to relax How to Get Up from A Fall 1. Remain still on the floor or ground for a few moments. This will help you get over ...

Off the Shelf: Children’s Room Children’s Room, What do YOU See?

Librarian, Librarian, what do you do? I’m here for all the families who come through! Families, families, why do you come? For so many reasons; we will share some…. We come for the books because we love to read The library can get us all that we need We come for board books and ...

Water carriers played important roles

Everyday life was often depicted in paintings or figurines in the days when photographs were unknown. Familiar workers like firemen, soldiers, farmers or royalty were made from porcelain or metal. Several important factories, including the Royal Worcester company of England, Royal Dux, ...

Master Gardener: Storing your fall harvest

By Marianne Schotzko University of MN Master Gardener One of the joys of a home gardener is having the opportunity to pick and enjoy the “fruits” of your labor. At this time of year, we sometimes have an abundance of fruits and vegetables and would like to keep them to enjoy in the ...

Family Living Focus: About Falls: Risk increases with age

Many people have a friend or relative who has fallen. The person may have slipped while walking or felt dizzy when standing up from a chair and fallen. Maybe you've fallen yourself. If you or an older person you know has fallen, you're not alone. More than one in three people age 65 years ...

Off the Shelf: Fall programming at the Library

Join the library this fall for our great programs! Spend some time outdoors enjoying the crisp weather at the Bonfire in the Park series, where you’ll find music, storytelling, and family fun around a bonfire in one of New Ulm’s parks. Join us at German Park (200 N German) on Sunday, ...