Lifestyle Columns

Public Health Corner: Fall = flu shot time

Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. The more people who get vaccinated, the ...

Healthy movements – Your body’s mechanics

Think about all the movements you do every day: walking, climbing stairs, typing, turning doorknobs and lifting. Your bones, muscles and joints all work together to make your body an amazingly movable machine. Like any machine, your body can suffer some wear and tear. It needs regular care and ...

In Appreciation

Red Cross Blood Drive On behalf of the American Red Cross we would like to thank all the donors who gave blood at our Vogel Fieldhouse blood drive. Thanks to all the volunteers for their help A special thanks to the following businesses who made donations: Kwik Trip, Burger King, Schell’s ...

College News

Emily Ochs from Franklin recently graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, Iowa. ——— A total of 360 degrees were awarded to students following the spring session of courses at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, ...

Off the Shelf: National Library Card Sign-Up Month – continued

New Ulm Public Library is celebrating National Library Card Sign-Up Month during the month of September! There are thousands of reasons why using the library is great; last week April shared eight reasons, and this week I’ll share eight more. Reason nine: Great books on timely subjects! Are ...

Antiques & Collecting: Victorian furniture popularity declining

Large, ornate Victorian furniture is selling for low prices at auctions for many reasons. Houses are smaller and bedrooms have more windows and closets, so there are fewer plain walls for large double beds or dressers. Plus, the elaborate carvings are out of style. The furniture also is very ...

Master Gardener: Frequently Asked Questions on peony care

I have new bare root peonies and want to try and plant one in a pot. What is the best way to do this? Planting a peony in a container is not recommended. Even when potted for sale, they are intended to go in the garden that following growing season. They are designed by nature to be good at ...

Family Living Focus: Fall-proof your home

Six out of every 10 falls happen at home, where we spend much of our time and tend to move around without thinking about our safety. Many of these falls could be prevented by making simple changes. Following are tips to help you reduce your risk of falling: Remove anything that could cause ...

College News

Two area students — Sonja Sprandel of Gaylord and Victoria Wozniak of Gibbon, graduated from Bemidji State University in Bemidji in May 2017. Sprandel received a bachelor of science degree in Psychology, and Wozniak received a bachelor of science degree in Social ...

In Appreciation

Nicollet Bloodmobile report The American Red Cross held their blood drive on August 16, 2017. It was a memorable day, as the donors had to spend time in the Legion’s basement, due to the tornado that went through the area. A big thank you from the Red Cross for all the donors that weathered ...

Antiques & Collecting: Decorative screens are flexible art

By Terry and Kim Kovel Decorative screens were being used in rooms in China by the 7th century. But they were not used in Europe until the 1500s. It wasn’t until the 17th century that they became popular. Screens originally were used to protect those nearby from the heat of a fireplace or ...

Peony care and frequently asked questions

Peonies are one of the best-known and dearly loved perennials. This is hardly surprising considering their beauty, fragrance, trouble-free nature and longevity. Spring and fall are both good times to buy and plant peonies in Minnesota. When you choose plants, consider the flower type and color ...

Family Living Focus: Choosing a medication reminder system

Not taking prescribed medication – noncompliance – can have serious health consequences. The reasons why people forget or don’t take medications are varied. Maybe the doctor didn’t explain how to take it properly. Maybe they feel better and think they don’t need the medicine anymore. ...

It’s not pestering… it’s parenting

Every day it seems that we hear about kids using a new drug, such as K2 or Bath Salts. Although the drugs change over time, alcohol is still the most widely used substance among teens in America, followed by tobacco and marijuana. Also, kids still sniff glue to get high, but now they also ...

Off the Shelf: Conversations from the Cubicles: Serendipity

Kris: I love discovering a new author by happenstance. Betty: Where exactly is happenstance? I would like to go by it. Kidding. Who did you find? K: Balli Kaur Jaswal, a novelist who was born in Singapore and has lived all over the world. B: How did you hear about her? K: The Star ...

Bell toys date back to post-Civil War era

Bell toys, a type of pull toy that had moving parts that rang a bell, were made in America just after the Civil War. The Gong Bell Co. of Connecticut made the first one. It was an iron four-wheel platform, holding a bell and an animal. The animal kicked or hit the bell when the platform moved. ...

Master Gardener: Peony: King of all flowers

By Roxann Jelinek University of Minnesota Master Gardener, Brown County Throughout the course of history few ornamental plants have seen a wider and more varied use than the peony. In the middle ages the peony was prized for its medicinal properties and used as a cure for gall stones, ...

Stay safe – Use proper form when exercising

Proper form is a key part of injury prevention, especially with strength training. If you are new to strength training or it’s been a while since you’ve done a particular exercise, talk with your health care provider to make sure that exercise is appropriate. If you’ve had hip or back ...

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Char Dannheim passes a $1000 check to Sheila Doran, Minnesota Women’s Golf Association Scholarship fund Director. MWGA scholarships support fivewomen each year, $3,000 per year for four years of college.

In Appreciation

New Ulm Ladies Invitational We would like to thank the following sponsors and the 64 women who participated in the New Ulm Ladies Invitational who helped raise money for the Minnesota Women’s Golf Association scholarship fund. Tim Huffman - 1 free lessons & 2 green fees Citizens Bank ...

Off the Shelf: Conversations From the Cubicles: On the Road Again

Kris: I’ve been off traveling recently. Betty: Me, too! K: Let me be clear. I was in a car. B: Let me be clear, too. I was on my couch. Where did you go? K: I had a fantastic time touring the south-central United States, including Memphis, Jackson, Vicksburg, and Little Rock. B: ...

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