Lifestyle Columns

Antiques & Collecting: Globes fall into practical and decorative orbits

The ancient Greeks figured out that Earth was round in about 500 B.C. But the oldest surviving globe showing our planet was made in 1492 by Martin Behaim of Germany. The first globe to show America was made about 1507. Early globes were made of paper glued to a sphere. The paper was cut into ...

Master Gardener: Disinfecting your garden tools

Disinfecting your garden tools is a good way to prevent the spread of disease-causing pathogens in your landscape. There are a number of products that can be used to disinfect tools, and each has advantages and disadvantages. Cleaning and disinfecting are two distinct steps. Cleaning involves ...

Family Living Focus: Caregivers and exercise – take time for yourself

Time for Yourself Taking care of yourself is one of the most important things you can do as a caregiver. Finding some time for regular exercise can be very important to your overall physical and mental well-being. Physical activity can help you: * Increase your energy level so you can ...

Public Health Corner: Skin cancer tips to identify & 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 ...

College News

Morningside College Provost Dr. William C. Deeds recently announced the students who were named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester of the 2017-18 academic year. The Dean’s List recognizes students who achieve a 3.67 grade point average or better and complete at least 12 credits of ...

In Appreciation

The Family of Shawn Olson Thank you to the Courtland, Lafayette & New Ulm Fire Departments for coming to my rescue. Special thanks to the Rescue Workers & First Responders, especially Dave Ubel, Scott Stein, Nick Klingler, Mark Voges, Dan Davis, Kevin HuIke, Brandon Matter & ...

See.Safe.Smart: When biking: Protect your melon

May is National Bike Month and it’s a great time to get your bike out of storage and enjoy the beautiful weather in Minnesota this time of year. It’s also a great time to talk about this month’s SEE.SAFE. SMART. safety campaign message, which is “Protect Your Melon.” When heading out ...

Off the Shelf: Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Program 2018

We’re going to rock around the library, Rock this summer come and see. The reading program starts June 4th, Kids will come from the south and the north They’ll read lots of books and mark their sheets to keep track, And when they’re done they will come right back Come on in ...

Antiques & Collecting: Two Edison inventions combined in collectibles

Phonographs were invented in 1877. The early ones had one needle for recording and another needle for playing. The music was recorded on tinfoil-coated cylinders using a needle to make tiny lines that, when played with the other needle, made sounds. Thomas Edison, the inventor, founded his own ...

Master Gardener: Cabbage in your home garden

Cabbage can be a great addition to your home garden. Cabbage is loaded with healthy vitamins and minerals. Cabbage comes in many forms and colors: white, green, red, round, flat, pointed, savoyed, Chinese, etc.  You can plant delicately textured early spring cabbages, sweet and tasty pointed ...

Family Living Focus: Fitting physical activity into your day

Like most people, you’ve probably heard that regular exercise and physical activity are good for you. However, your days are filled with family, work, errands, volunteering, and any number of other important activities. Where’s the time for physical activity? Here are a few tips to help ...

College News

Valerie Newhouse, President of Iowa Lakes Community College, has released the spring honors list of full-time students (12 credits or more) who have demonstrated academic excellence by earning a grade point average of 3.25 (based on a 4.00) or higher. Spring semester students who have ...

In Appreciation

Oak Hills Foundation Thanks Community On behalf of the Oak Hills Memorial Foundation Board and Frolics Committee, thank you to members, friends and sponsors for your contribution to the success of the Cinco de Mayo Frolics Fundraiser on May 4th at the Best Western-NUCC. The Foundation ...

In Appreciation

Thank you from Family of Lt. Robert F. Niemann The family of Lt. Robert F. Niemann wish to express their deepest appreciation to the organizations and individuals who made the memorial tribute to my brother, Bob, last Saturday possible. Special thank yous go to Bob’s daughter Ann ...

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 ...

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