Lifestyle Columns

Family Living Focus: Dealing with Dementia When thinking and behavior decline

Forgetfulness, confusion, or having trouble remembering a name or word can be a normal part of life. When thinking problems or unusual behavior starts to interfere with everyday activities such as working, preparing meals, or handling finances, it’s time to see a doctor. These could be signs ...

‘Adam taste’ refers to Adam brothers

The auction described the settee as “in the Adam taste,” but an online search for the words won’t explain what that means. When it says “Chippendale style” in a catalog, it means it is a reproduction made long after the original pieces designed and made by Thomas Chippendale in the ...

Gardening: Dish gardens bring gardening inside

There's no need for gardeners to go dormant along with their landscape when cold weather arrives. Arranging plants in small dishes and pots can be an enjoyable indoor alternative at the end of the summer growing season. "By creating a dish garden, you are in fact creating a miniature ...

Flu tips for caregivers

When caring for people who have the flu: • Avoid being face to face with the sick person. If possible, it is best to spend the least amount of time in close contact with a sick person. • When holding sick children, place their chin on your shoulder so they will not cough in your ...

Off the Shelf: A Libby Lesson

Did you know we have thousands of ebooks and audiobooks available in our local library system for you to download to your smartphone or tablet? All you need is a library card and an app. Yes, there’s an app for that; it’s called Libby. If you already use our Overdrive app to download ...

Antiques & Collecting: Older Halloween artifacts can be rare, valuable

In ancient times, the Celts dressed in strange costumes to scare the spirits that were killing the crops in the fall. That was a forerunner of Allhallows Eve, when people asked for food in exchange for prayers for a good year. Halloween was celebrated in the United States by the 19th ...

Fragile trees, shrubs need some help getting through winter

Winterizing fragile trees and shrubs is a simple and prudent exercise in landscape management. Mulching and watering before the ground freezes up can save you a bundle of time and money. "As long as the soil drains well, water the trees through autumn at least once a week unless there is a ...

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 ...