Lifestyle Columns

Off the Shelf: Preserving your Memories at the Library, Part II

By Leasa Sieve Reference Librarian As you read in this column a few weeks ago, New Ulm Public Library is developing a lab where you can convert your VHS tapes and audiocassettes to the most current digital format. That’s right. You once again will be able to watch those beautiful, ...

Family Living Focus: Into entanglements: Relatives raising children

It’s not an isolated situation, in fact it’s quite common to find grandparents and other relatives raising children in their extended families.  It’s estimated that a significant percentage of the households with children under 18 years of age have grandparents as the primary caregivers ...

Public Health Corner: Physical fitness and its importance

Being physically fit and active is important no matter what age you are. Physical fitness is important because it allows a person to feel better on the inside and outside. Cardio fitness or exercise that increases the rate at which your heart works helps the ability of the heart to pump ...

In Appreciation

MRCI thanks donors MRCI Thrift Store would like to thank the following individuals for their donations to the store. Carol and Charlie Guggisberg in memory of Randy Berdan, Ken Ubel, and Phyllis Rolloff. Lanis Curtis in memory of Stanley Beck. Barb Reilly in memory of Elmer Guggisberg. Ken ...

Antiques & Collecting: Furniture naming conventions shift with times

The major furniture styles used in the United States have names, some for royalty, others for talented designers and cabinetmakers. But by the 1900s, furniture was named for styles of art. Starting in the 1600s, there was Pilgrim, William and Mary (English King and Queen); Queen Anne (also ...

Master Gardener: A hill of beans

For centuries explorers, armies, and cowboys traveled on nothing more than a meal of beans. What would we do if we didn’t have green bean casserole for Thanksgiving? Beans don’t have the great reputation of other vegetables in our garden but there are many new varieties. With so many ...

Off the Shelf: Great ways to discover books

Librarians always have their eyes peeled and ears perked in order to discover the next book to add to our to-be-read lists. Have you ever wondered how your New Ulm librarians discover all of the books that we read and recommend? First of all, we’re always recommending books to one another, ...

College News

Editor’s Note: Minnesota State University, Mankato sent out a list of its spring graduates last week. That list was included in today’s Sunday Lifestyle section. After the Lifestyle section was printed, MSU-Mankato discovered it had mistakenly sent a list of last fall’s graduates, not ...

Antiques & Collecting: Sprinklers decorated and watered lawns

Lawn sprinklers could not be used before the first water distribution systems were invented in the 1870s. The new ways to distribute water through underground pipes were used by public buildings, then private water tanks. Farms, public landscapes and public parks were the next to install the ...

Master Gardener: Broccoli and cruciferous vegetables

More than two dozen types of vegetables are cruciferous, so named because most have flowers with four petals, resembling a cross. The Cruciferous family of plants is one of the most prolific genera of vegetables in the world, enjoyed by countless generations in many forms and playing a starring ...

Family Living Focus: Depression in the elderly

Depression affects more than 20 percent of our elderly population, aged 65 and older. For many, depression presents initially late in life. Depression in older persons is closely associated with illness or injury and can cause great suffering for the individual and the family. Feeling down ...

Coalition Corner: Mental health and substance use disorders

Mental health problems and substance use disorders sometimes occur together. More than one in four adults living with serious mental health problems also has a substance use problem. Substance use problems occur more frequently with certain mental health problems, including depression, anxiety ...

Antiques & Collecting: Gold star families have flags after WW1

A reader asked, “What country uses a little flag with just a red border and a big blue star in the center?” It is a service flag designed in 1917 that identified a family that had someone in service during the war. It was entered into the Congressional Record in September 1917, and it can ...

RECHARGE: Recharging your batteries vital for caregivers

Recharging your batteries as a caregiver is one of the most important ways to help your loved one. R: Rest. One of the most important things a caregiver can do for the person they’re caring for is to take care of themselves. A caregiver who wears himself out, and keeps going 24/7 risks ...

Skin cancer tips to identify and prevent

Most of us have heard about symptoms of skin cancer. Yet I found myself ignoring a small spot of red, blistery skin on the upper side of my nose. It happened to be where my sunglasses or cheaters sat so I assumed it to be a little pressure spot. I adjusted my glasses lower, applied various ...

Master Gardener: Vegetable gardening mistakes

Whether you’ve been a gardener for two days or twenty years, mistakes in the garden happen. Good gardeners make mistakes, but they know some mistakes that can be avoided. Take a moment and find out which mistakes you might not know you’re making. Mistake No. 1: Forgetting to improve the ...

Family Living Focus: Caring at work

Are you one of the 65 million Americans who care for a family member? One of the 20 to 50 percent of employees who tend to a loved one before going to work, then return to care again after a long hard day on the job? Feeling torn between both “jobs” and trying to perform well at each, ...

College News

St. Paul senior public relations major Sarah Bengtson of Winthrop has been accepted into Xi Xi, the school’s chapter of the National Communication Association’s academic honor society, Lambda Pi Eta. Students must be in the top 35 percent of their class, among other criteria to be ...

Off the Shelf: Changing the Children’s Room at the New Ulm Public Library

My work hours are spent in a spacious, sunny room on the top floor of an 81-year-old building at 17 North Broadway. In 1937, when the doors first opened, this space housed the entire public library collection. Patrons entered by going up the stately steps on the north side of the building. ...

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