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Lifestyle Columns

Off the Shelf: Down the rabbit hole!

As we move further into a pandemic society it feels more and more like we have fallen down the rabbit hole with Alice. It seems like everything is topsy-turvy, and every day it changes. This is the first week of distance learning for the students of New Ulm. Though the library is closed for the ...

Antiques & Collecting: That frog in your art is just a lark

Sometimes modern art is hard to understand, and often it is meant to be a joke. David Gilhooly (1943-2013) was a successful contemporary artist who often included big or small realistic or comic frogs in his sculptures. He is known as the founder and father of the Bay Area Funk Art group in the ...

Gardening: Extend your garden season

No matter where you garden there never seems to be enough time to grow all the fresh vegetables desired. Planting earlier or just providing plants with some added warmth on chilly days and nights can reduce the time from planting to harvest. Southern gardeners will enjoy the additional time for ...

Family Living Focus: Caregiver guilt and finding balance

How do you find the balance? Is there a balance? Am I doing the right thing? Should I be doing more? These are important questions for a caregiver. They can dominate a caregiver’s daily thoughts. The experts all talk about balance. How do we find the balance when we are so busy doing the ...

College News

A total of 295 degrees were awarded to students following the 2019 summer and fall sessions of courses at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minn. The students earned their degrees in both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. An undergraduate student who completes 12 or ...

Off the Shelf: Still connected

Here in Minnesota, we usually only shut things down for really bad weather. Of course, our definition of “bad” is probably worse than many folks. Now we find ourselves in an unforeseen situation where we are facing isolation both self-imposed and not. If you start to get that “I can’t ...

In Appreciation

New Ulm Lions thank Waffle Brunch patrons The Lions Club of New Ulm would like to say “Thank you” to everyone who supported us at our Dad’s Belgian Waffle Brunch fundraiser on Sunday, March 1st. We would also like to thank the following for their support. Turner Hall, MLC Print ...

Antiques & Collecting: Good furniture reproductions have value

All American furniture was handmade before the 1800s, and old furniture was saved until it was too battered to use. The United States was a young country, and the first collector of note was an eccentric man in the 1800s who saved furniture and objects made or used in the 1600s and after. By ...

Gardening: `Re-Wilding’ your lawn takes work, especially at first

"Re-wilding" is the trend toward diversifying traditional lawns by putting in native plants that flower and fruit, boosting wildlife populations. It returns more control of the home landscape to nature. But such conservation landscaping involves more than simply quitting pruning or letting ...

Family Living Focus: Put procrastination in its place

Caregivers often place themselves at the bottom of a long to do list. Once I take care of A, B and C, I will get to my own life. The problem is that never happens for one reason or another. Life’s unexpected twists and turns seem to fill up any spare time you thought you would have for ...

Park & Rec Report

The Rec, Civic and Community Centers are closed. Staff is still working, so feel free to call 507-359-8344 for questions or assistance. Outside facility reservations for these City Buildings will be canceled through at least March 29. Other large scale events that are canceled are: Joe’s ...

Public Health Corner: Muscles: Use them or lose them

You may not think about muscles much during your day, but without them, it would be impossible to complete any activity or even survive. A person has over 600 different muscles in their body. Muscles allow us to move, help with posture and stability, pump blood, help us breathe, as well as, ...

Off the Shelf: You Count!

Every ten years the U.S. Census Bureau counts every person living in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. Make sure you are counted by filling out the 2020 U.S. Census! How will I be counted? You will receive an invitation to fill out the U.S. Census sometime ...

Antiques & Collecting: Iron door stops are great, but watch for reproductions

Iron doorstops have been very popular collectibles since 1985. They were first made in England, where they were called door porters. The invention of a hinge that let a door close automatically inspired the iron figure that stopped the door from closing. Soon after, doorstops became popular in ...

Gardening: A beautiful garden for you and pollinators

You don't need a prairie or large lot to attract and support pollinators. A meadow or informal, formal and even container gardens can bring in bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to help pollinate plants. It's just a matter of selecting the right plants, adjusting your maintenance practices, and ...

Family Living Focus: March is National Nutrition Month

During March National Nutrition Month and beyond, everyone is encouraged to include healthy foods from all food groups through this year's theme: "Get Your Plate in Shape." Vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy products contain the nutrients we need to maintain ...

Park & Rec Report

Hermann Swim Club starts March 17, Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 28. This program provides swimmers the opportunity to improve swim strokes, build muscle, speed, strength and endurance. Participants must have passed Level 4 Swim Lessons and be at least 8 to participate. Register online ...

State Street Theater Co.

State Street Theater is very thankful to the 100 guests and volunteers who made “Ville des Lumiere, an evening at the Moulin Rouge Cabaret” on Friday, Feb. 21, a huge success! Realizing gross profit of $8,400 was made possible by $2,150 in sponsorships and donations to help in offsetting ...

Act of Kindness for Ridgeway on 23rd residents

Carli Mitchell, the granddaughter of Kenny and Betty Kohlhepp who live at Ridgeway on 23rd, wanted to do something nice for the residents and staff. She is a director with Thirty-One gifts, a faith based company, which focuses on empowering women and giving back. So, she decided that she would ...

Antiques & Collecting: Vintage ad signs are fetching good prices

Vintage advertising signs, figures, toys, printed textiles, food tins and labeled bottles are all selling at higher and higher prices. Large signs with pictures of flags, Lady Liberty, figural packages, tins, toys and almost anything with a famous company logo that is in great condition is ...