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Off the Shelf: Banish snow worries with Library apps

As we start to dig out from the latest snowfall and await the inevitable next one because it’s bound to sneak our way, don’t fret if it halts your trip to the library.  If you don’t have enough reading material, don’t be alarmed! With the click of a keyboard and a mouse, you may be ...

Public Health Corner: Heart disease: It can happen at any age

Heart disease is not something only older adults have to worry about - it is happening to younger adults more and more often. This is partly because the conditions that lead to heart disease are happening at younger ages. Half of all Americans have at least one of the top three risk factors for ...

Antiques & Collecting: Woods Davy turns rock into unusual pieces

By Terry and Kim Kovel When is a pile of rocks considered art? Recently, an unusual table made of glass and “stone” was offered in an Andrew Jones auction in Los Angeles, with an estimated price of $2,500 to $3,500. It didn’t sell, but other related sculptures by the artist, Woods Davy ...

Gardening: Expand your edible garden indoors

No matter the season, size of your garden or climate, you can inject homegrown flavor into your meals. Just clear a shelf, countertop or windowsill and get busy planting herbs, greens and even tomatoes to enjoy year-round. For quick results, grow microgreens. These nutrient packed edibles are ...

Family Living Focus: Ask your doctor the important questions

“Have a seat and we’ll call your name soon.” “Please fill out these forms to the best of your ability.” “The doctor will see you now.” Let’s face it. A doctor’s visit is not the ideal item on a caregiver’s list of tasks. The clinic can be an intimidating place for ...

Off the Shelf: Award winners

The Minnesota Book Award finalists have been chosen, with the winners to be announced on April 28, 2020. The Minnesota Book Awards consider books by Minnesota authors with the finalists chosen by judges from all over Minnesota. You can take a look at all the finalists in the various ...

In Appreciation: Healthy Communities/Health Youth thanks Community Education

I am writing this letter in appreciation of the support that New Ulm Area Community Education has continued to give to Healthy Community/ Healthy Youth of Brown County by approving our grant request for January- March 2020. This support will enable our programs to continue empowering the ...

Antiques & Collecting: Early decorative pieces find new uses

Homes of the early 1900s in the United States had many matched sets of decorative pieces. There was a coffee and tea service with creamer, sugar bowl and tray. There was usually a desk set with a pen, blotter ends, inkwell, pen holder, letter opener, stamp box and more. And, of course, there ...

Gardening: Extreme weather has gardeners looking for resilient plants

Fiercer and more frequent natural disasters in recent years have many homeowners re-evaluating their landscaping. Many are restocking with trees and plants more resilient in the face of storms, fires and flooding. Scientists link the higher frequency of severe weather events to climate ...

Family Living Focus: Exercise: How to Stay Active – Plan for breaks

Interruptions Can Happen Sometimes ordinary events, like vacations to see grandchildren or getting a cold, can temporarily interrupt your exercise schedule and make it hard to stick with your activities. At other times, unexpected events like family illness, caregiving responsibilities, ...

College News

Hannah Marzinske of Courtland earned Dean’s List recognition for the 2019 fall term at Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, Iowa. The Dean’s List recognizes full-time students achieving a 3.5 grade point average for the semester. ———— The College of St. Scholastica has ...

Park & Rec Report

Glow Day in the Park Sunday, Feb. 9 from 4-7 p.m. at Harman Park! Free glow in the dark and snow activities, skating and bonfire. Bring your own skates or rent a par of ours for $2.25 S’mores and refreshments for sales. This program may be canceled from inclement weather. Racquetball ...

College News

Anna Schoo of New Ulm has been named to the Dean’s List for Academic Excellence for the 2019 fall semester at the University of Minnesota. Schoo, the daughter of Ron and Barb Schoo, attended Cathedral High School in New Ulm. ———— Area Minnesota students were among the 4,069 North ...

Off the Shelf: 2020 Youth Media Award Winners

The American Library Association Midwinter Conference recently concluded in Philadelphia. During Midwinter, the top books, video,and audiobooks for children and young adults are revealed. And the ones that have been announced are a delight! A recent read of mine topped the list! “New Kid” ...

Antiques & Collecting: ‘Sailor’s Valentine’ really made in Barbados

You can’t always trust the information in old books and on old websites about antiques, particularly everyday items used in the latter part of the 1800s but not expensive or large enough to be of serious interest to collectors until the 1900s. A double octagonal frame filled with a design ...

Gardening: Keep your Valentine flowers looking their best

Nothing says Happy Valentine's Day like a fresh bouquet of flowers. Make sure your gift provides many days of enjoyment by selecting the freshest flowers and providing the best possible care. Take some time to evaluate the quality of the cut flowers you plan to purchase. Select fresh flowers ...

Park & Rec Report

Short Track on Saturdays from 7-10 a.m. through February 1. We apologize for the inconvenience. Weight Lifting for Seniors Class is a 6-week, 60-minute program designed to approach strength training in a safe, effective and fun way to keep you strong for life. Strength training can ward off ...

Family Living Focus: Be physically active without spending a dime

Be Physically Active Without Spending a Dime You don’t need to spend a fortune to be physically active. In fact, you can be active in many ways without spending any money. Here are a few ideas to get you moving for free! Close to Home: • Get some exercise and socialize with friends ...

Off the Shelf: Upcoming Library programs

We always have a fun variety of programs happening at New Ulm Public Library. We hope you’ll join us for some of these upcoming events. Who saved countless people from the horror of the Hinkley Fire? How did it feel to be on a sinking frozen ore boat just yards from shore in Duluth during ...

In Appreciation

Smileys Food Shelf Drive Smileys Tavern had a very successful Food Drive for the New Ulm Food Shelf on Nov. 23. They took in 225 pounds of food and $2,200, Accepting the donations is Brad “Sarge” Kirk (left), from Al Kopischke (far right) from Smiley’s. In the middle, from left, are ...