Lifestyle Columns

Off the Shelf: Not your typical time travel novels

Light sabers and space ships don’t always appeal to me; I’m not usually a hard core science fiction reader. One science fiction theme that does speak to me, however, is time travel. I love authors that weave time travel into a character-driven story, or when an ordinary life is suddenly ...

Antiques & Collecting: Kem Weber’s designs ahead of their time

Kem Weber (1889-1963) followed a strange path in his life, going from a farmer in Berlin to a famous modern architect and designer in the United States. He apprenticed in 1908 under a famous cabinetmaker. In 1926, he was chosen to supervise the construction of the German Pavilion at the 1910 ...

Gardening: New shrub rose hybrids are easy to care for, easy to love

Roses are among the oldest flowers in cultivation, although many have earned a reputation as fussy or difficult to grow. Some of the newer shrub rose hybrids, however, are disease-resistant, carefree and repeat-blooming — just the qualities novice gardeners love. "They are generally much ...

Family Living Focus: Let’s not talk about that now…

Too often families do not like to talk about issues surrounding death, dying and funerals. Why should they ask? Soon enough we all will have to deal with these issues. So, what’s wrong with waiting till the need arises? Just like you need to know about health insurance, life insurance, ...

In Appreciation

Thank You to Local Restaurants The board members of New Ulm’s Own wish to acknowledge the generous cooperation of New Ulm’s downtown restaurants in assisting our recognition of World Fair Trade Day. Lola’s, Joni’s, Lakes on 1st, Sozial, Lamplighter, George’s and Turner Halle each ...

Off the Shelf: Summer Reading Program 2019

It’s May, time for warm winds, longer periods of daylight, and eventually summer break. The library has been a busy place as of late. We have spent all of late winter and early spring preparing for the Summer Reading Program. As I write this in the first week of May, we are finalizing the ...

Colorful ‘penny toys’ sparked kids’ imaginations

By Terry and Kim Kovel Children have always wanted to imitate the activities of people they see. So, toys have been made for centuries that are dressed to look like friends and, if possible, let them pretend to cook, play or work like grown-ups. In Germany, toy factories made small ...

Gardening: Landscape structures provide function and beauty

Incorporate arbors, trellises and other structures into your designs when planning new or updating existing gardens and landscapes. These structures help form the framework of any garden, add year-round interest and provide years of beauty and function. Utilize arbors to define and connect ...

Family Living Focus: History of Older Americans Month

When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday. About a third of older Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs. Interest in older Americans and their concerns was growing. A meeting in April ...

Public Health Corner: Pet safety for children

Does your family have a pet? Have you considered some of the safety concerns with adopting or encountering an animal? Dogs are the most common household pet. They can provide stress relief, increased activity, and companionship for people. However, bites can occur when a situation is lacking ...

College News

Minnesota State University, Mankato awarded 2,304 degrees at the end of the spring 2019 semester, with graduation ceremonies on campus Saturday, May 11 in Taylor Center’s Bresnan Arena. Area students who graduated Saturday include: Arlington: Blade Bretz-Yocum, BS, Alcohol & Drug ...

Off the Shelf: Spring into some adventure and romance

Lately I’ve been dipping my toe into a few new romances that just came out and I’m having a blast. “Meet Cute” by Helena Hunting begins as Kailyn is crossing the quad, earbuds in place, when (former teen star) Daxton misses a Frisbee and crashes into her. They share a moment as they ...

Antiques & Collecting: Seed packets have long, interesting history

It’s spring and time to plant the seeds that grow into vegetables and flowers that often are tasty salads for deer, rabbits, squirrels and other local wildlife. In 1790, a Shaker religious community started to sell packets filled with seeds saved from the previous year. It was a new idea. ...

Give your flower and veggie seedlings some tough love

Seedlings raised on windowsills or in greenhouses have been coddled to some degree and aren't ready to face the great outdoors. A temporary period called "hardening off" can prepare these plants for more intense sunlight, wind and varying temperatures. Make this transition gradually, over the ...

In Appreciation

Laundry Love Update and Thank You Laundry Love - Washing the clothes and bedding of those in need; a national initiative with seven locations in Minnesota. New Ulm’s Laundry Love is located at the Maytag Laundromat and is held the 4th Tuesday of each month from 12 to 5 p.m. On April 23rd ...

Off the Shelf: Spring blooms

Dare I say… spring is here! I’m worried I might jinx it. Ever since I moved to New Ulm many years ago, I’ve been impressed with the pride New Ulm residents take in their homes, lawns and gardens. Especially noticeable are the beautiful flowers around New Ulm in the summer. Window boxes ...

Antiques & Collecting: Hail Britannia: Personification of England

Queen Elizabeth II was born on April 21, 1926, but she celebrates her birthday on several different days. The English monarch’s birthday had been celebrated on the actual date of his or her birth since 1788. But in 1936, after King George V died, the date was changed to the second Monday ...

Family Living Focus: Be a smart shopper – Eating well as you grow older

Planning ahead can help you choose healthy foods when you shop. It can also help you get the most for your money. Make a List Before going to the grocery store, plan your meals and snacks for the next few days or a week. Make a shopping list of foods you will need and then buy only the ...