Fun and learning mix at the New Ulm Home & Health Show

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt A giant squirrel proved to be a novel and successful method of attracting visitors to Bud’s Nuisance Wildlife Removal booth. The Home Show continues today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. See more photos on page 8A.

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Civic Center saw as steady crowd tour through dozens of vendor booths and attend the special seminars at the New Ulm Home & Health Show Saturday.

One of the more popular stops in the Civic Center was the Mending Spirits Animal Rescue (MSAR) booth, where visitors could meet chihuahua-rat terrier mix named “Hermann.” Hermann was one of the many rescue dogs currently being fostered by the group. MSAR was founded as a non-profit in 2013. Events Coordinator Gerald Woodley said MSAR has no shelter, but is a network of foster volunteers. Hermann is one of the 30 dogs currently being fostered by MSAR. The group also fosters cats and a variety of other surrender animals. MSAR offers several volunteer opportunities for interesting in helping four-legged friends.

The Home and Health Show was exciting for all age groups. The youth attending the show gravitated toward the National Guard attractions, which included a hoop-toss and an electronic punching bag.

With the young kids distracted, parents were free to listen to the guest speakers. New Ulm Medical Center’s endocrinologist Dr. Nour Sabha gave a talk on diabetes prevention and management.

Sabha said in Minnesota, 10.5 percent of the adult population has diabetes. Roughly a fourth of the adults with diabetes, don’t know they have it. Every year 15,000 Minnesotans will be diagnosed with the condition.

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt New Ulm Medical Center Endocrinologist Dr. Nour Sabha gave a lunchtime seminar on Diabetes Prevention and Management at the home show. Diabetes is on the rise in America. Sabha said around one-in-four people with diabetes is unaware they have it meaning its important to recognize the symptoms.

Symptoms of high blood sugar include fatigue, blurry vision, excessive thirst, increased hunger, fruity breath and increased urination.

Sabha said diabetes is a life-long disease that cannot be cured but it can be controlled. The two methods of treating diabetes are medication and lifestyle changes. Insulin medication is used to keep blood sugar in an acceptable range, but diet and exercise help too.

“Keepsakes vs. Clutter” was another popular seminar, hosted by Jayne Jensen of Your Organized Home. This was Jensen’s third time returning to the Home Show. Her organizational tips have caught in the community. Decluttering has become a popular trend thanks to shows like “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo.”

Jensen said it was great to get the message out as more and more people are finding their homes buried in stuff, much of which they don’t need.

Jensen’s number one test of organization is, “If you can find what I asked for in one minute, you are organized.”

Her seminar was created to help individuals determine which material possessions were worth keeping. Jensen said since the Depression era it has become difficult for some Americans to part with items, even if its no longer necessary. This habit of hoarding materials can be passed down to the next generation as children inherit the clutter from parents.

A top question to ask is if a particular item was needed. Jensen asked those attending the Home Show if the items they were taking home were needed.

“Do you need more pens?”

The Home and Health Show continues 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. At 12:30 p.m. Bank Midwest & Century 21 will host seminar on Buying and Living in a Town home.

At 1:30 p.m. Radon Solutions will give a presentation on Radon Gas.

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