Lifestyle Columns

Antiques & Collecting: Repurposing old furniture a returning trend

Decorating has once again become informal, like the “country furniture” era in the 1980s that led to rooms with “non-furniture furniture.” An old cobbler’s bench became a coffee table, a cranberry scoop was a magazine rack, stacked orange crates were shelving and tin Grape Nuts signs ...

Master Gardener: Fruit flies or fungus gnats

Question: I have fruit flies all over my houseplants. How do I get rid of them? I am not sure if you are describing fruit flies or fungus gnats. You will have to look closely at one that is dead. I will describe both types to you. Identification is important so you know how to proceed in ...

Family Living Focus: Fighting caregiver fatigue

Calvin’s day begins before 5 A.M. He knows another exhausting day lies ahead. He allows himself only enough time to have a cup of coffee and read the paper before lying back down by his wife’s side until 6 A.M. when the daily routine begins again; toileting, showering, dressing, wheelchair ...

College News

AMES, Iowa — At Iowa State University’s fall commencement ceremonies Dec. 15-16, 2017, 2,286 graduates received degrees. Iowa State awarded 1,887 undergraduate degrees. New Ulm, MN Allison Bastian, Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Business ——— Cassandra Kretsch has been ...

SEE.SAFE.SMART: Ride with the Flow to stay safe

Now that the snow has finally melted and hopefully won’t return for several more months, those bike sharrows painted on many of New Ulm’s streets are easier to see. Many people have questions about the purpose of the bike sharrows — and why they are placed where they are on the street. ...

Off the Shelf: Still waiting for Spring

I want spring! I’m tired of snow, I’m tired of cold, and I am definitely tired of the brown and gray landscape. As I wait impatiently for a glimpse of green, a memory from my childhood comes to mind. My family sold vegetables from our garden every summer, which would be a version of ...

Antiques & Collecting: Vide poches special bowls for holding daily items

An auction catalog called this strange dish a vide poche. It’s a French term, but the English translation - “trinket box,” “pin tray,” “empty pocket” or “glove compartment” - wasn’t very helpful. It looks like a lopsided bowl made out of cloudy cameo glass with a bug, ...

Master Gardener: Gardening Questions

The trees in my yard are showing large roots above ground. Can I chop these roots out, cover these with dirt, or is there a better way of dealing with these roots? As tree roots grow and mature, they form wood on top, making them look like they are erupting from the ground. Yes, this can be ...

Family Living Focus: Sibling conflict

In times of stress, even the best of families have difficulty agreeing on what to do with Mom and Dad. Some come from families with lots of history, past disagreements, and maybe even feelings of resentment or bitterness. These issues make reaching an agreement on a very difficult situation ...

Off the Shelf: Here’s a reading list for Women’s History Month

How did you celebrate Women’s History Month this March? I discovered several great books written by women authors who are celebrating and illuminating the experiences of women through their writing. Kayleen Schaefer, author of “Text Me When You Get Home,” explores the nature of female ...

Antiques & Collecting: Rare bootleg cartoon toys valuable

Donald Duck is a Disney character and there are strict laws about copying his likeness, so this wooden toy from the 1930s must be a knock-off. The duck could be a relative, but it certainly is not one sanctioned by The Walt Disney Company. The wooden pull toy has a place to attach a string. ...

Master Gardener: How Plants Use Nitrogen

Gardeners know that plants need a supply of nitrogen to survive and thrive. To understand how nitrogen can actually be used by plants, it is helpful to expand our knowledge of nitrogen. Where does nitrogen come from? Unlike carbon dioxide, which green plants can harvest from the atmosphere ...

Family Living Focus: Top ten ways to care for yourself

As a caregiver it is important for you to care for yourself 1. Keep a diary. Start today. Describe your fears as well as your hopes, the reality of what each day is like. Don’t be afraid to write about the losses, big or small. 2. Stick with your diary. Let yourself record the little ...

College News

St. Cloud State University graduated more than 1,000 students during fall semester 2017. Commencement ceremonies took place Friday, December 15, 2017. Hanska, MN Alexandra Welsh, Bachelor of Science, Social Work, Cum Laude Morgan, MN Logan Swann, Bachelor of Science, SPED: Academic ...

Off the Shelf: Building projects at the library

Anyone who has dropped a book in the bathtub knows that paper and water don’t mix. Actually, they do mix – into a mess. Think pulp. Think mold. That’s why there isn’t a scenario much worse for a librarian than walking into the library and seeing a significant water leak, which was my ...

Antiques & Collecting: Easter eggs more universal than easter bunny

By Terry and Kim Kovel Where did the Easter bunny come from? There is no suggestion of an egg-laying rabbit or hare in the Bible’s scriptures. There were stories about decorated eggs at Easter as early as the 1300s. And children made nests for the colored eggs. In America, the bunny arrived ...

Master Gardener: Perlite vs vermiculite

Potting soil can be confusing for gardeners. Different plants have different needs, and choosing the right potting soil can sometimes mean the difference between failure and success for your plants. However, there are many different types of potting soil to purchase, each offering their own ...

Family Living Focus: Developing an organized medication system at home

Caregivers can be overwhelmed with the number of medications that their loved ones need to take on a daily basis. Medication errors are too common, with administration of drugs accounting for 38 percent of errors. According to the ALARIS Center for Medication Safety and Clinical Improvement, ...

Prevention Corner: What is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent. It is a schedule II prescription drug, and it is typically used to treat patients with severe pain or to manage pain after surgery. It is also sometimes used to treat patients with ...

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