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Lifestyle Columns

Scherenschnitte still popular in 20th century

Scherenschnitte is a paper cutting art form. It was known to the ancient Chinese and others, and it became popular again in the early 1800s, especially in the Pennsylvania area. A group of the pictures were sold at folk art auctions in New England about 2011 to 2019. They often pictured a ...

Antiques & Collecting: Collectibles with company logos

Company logos are a quick message to customers that identify a product on a store shelf or in an ad on TV explaining quality or improvements. Very few have been changed but many have been updated for a more modern look. The clothing, hairdos and changes in the style of the letters have made ...

Off the Shelf: Ring in the new year with new books

I hope you all had wonderful holidays. Mine were quiet and cozy, and I made plenty of time for reading. Here are some of the books I enjoyed while sipping my hot cocoa. Senator Cleo McDougal is eyeing a presidential run when MaryAnne, her former best friend from high school, writes an op-ed ...

Park & Rec Reports

We are open! Masks must be worn anytime in the Rec and Civic Centers, including when working out or playing sports. Everyone entering must do a self-screening at the door prior to entering. If you answer yes to any of the questions, you may not enter. Everyone must check in at the Welcome ...

Family Living Focus: Ways to achieve a healthy, happy New Year

When we cry out “Happy New Year!” we mean it. Just about everyone wants to be happy in the new year. As we age, happiness stems less from material possessions and more from health, good relationships and fulfilling activities that keep us engaged in life. In fact, older adults say losing ...

Park & Rec Report

We are open! Masks must be worn anytime in the Rec and Civic Centers, including when working out or playing sports. Everyone entering must do a self-screening at the door prior to entering. If you answer yes to any of the questions, you may not enter. Everyone must check in at the Welcome desk ...

Antiques & Collecting: Paris porcelain

Paris porcelain is often a mystery to collectors. Sometimes it is sold as Vieux Paris or Old Paris. It was made in the 18th or early 19th century. Most pieces are not marked, but the porcelain is very white and the decorations are usually elaborate with many colors and gold trim. It was made by ...

In Appreciation

Brown County Fair Board The Brown County Fair Board would like to thank all those who supported the drive through Santa experience! We were overwhelmed with the community turn out as well as all who reached out with financial donations, donations of lights and decoration and those wishing to ...

Antiques & Collecting: Celebrating the New Year

The “New Year” is celebrated in many ways, but in the United States, there are always midnight celebrations with pictures of an old man representing the past and a baby, the new year. The other popular symbol is a clock of almost any style with the hands at midnight. The early Greek idea ...

Off the Shelf: Time like the turning of a page

In his early play, “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” William Shakespeare gave us this thought on time. In the opening act, Lord Berowne speaking to King Navarre declares, “At Christmas, I no more desire a rose, than wish a snow in May’s new-fangled mirth; but like of each thing that in season ...

Park & Rec Report

The New Ulm Recreation Reopening - We are excited to announce that Governor Walz’s Executive Order allows us to re-open the Rec Center on Saturday, Dec. 19 under the following conditions: 1. Masks must be worn at all times, including during exercise 2. Self screening before entering is ...

Off the Shelf: New DVDs at the library

Get the popcorn and comfy attire ready! New Ulm Public Library has added several new DVDs to our collection and you will want to stop in and pick some up! Today I’m going to talk about some of the recent nonfiction additions to the library. There are many other new releases arriving ...

Antiques & Collecting: Spatterware dates back to the 1700s

It is easy to guess what this is -- a rainbow spatterware water pitcher. But how old is it? Spatterware was first made in the late 1700s in England, but most found today dates from about 1800 to 1850 in Staffordshire, England, made to sell in the United States. Unfortunately, the word ...

Off the Shelf: Reflections on the year

This is my last Off the Shelf of 2020. As 2021 approaches, I’m reflecting on the year that we’ve had, the fantastic staff at the library, and the devoted library patrons in our community. As I mentioned in April, I didn’t think that the future ever held closing a public library, our ...

Family Living Focus: Dealing with grief during the holidays

For many people, the holiday season is a special time of year marked by festive celebrations and gatherings with family and friends. It is a time to look ahead with excitement to the approaching New Year. For those struggling with losses such as the death of a loved one, divorce, job loss, ...

Antiques & Collecting: The Bonzo bank

This vintage bank is easy to date. It is a type of tin bank that is no longer popular and the dog decorating the front was a comic cartoon star from the 1920s to the 1940s. This is the first famous Bonzo. A live dog by that name became famous in the movies years later. Bonzo was first ...

Off the Shelf: Great new books

Like many, over the long Thanksgiving weekend I chose to stay home and celebrate a quieter Thanksgiving than in past years. Although I missed seeing family and friends, I took the opportunity to enjoy a few books in my to-be-read stack. I must say, I chose some winners. David Sedaris’ ...

Family Living Focus: Prevent holiday stress and depression

When stress is at its peak, it is hard to stop and regroup. Try to prevent stress and depression in the first place, especially if you know the holidays have taken an emotional toll in previous years. Living during the challenging times of the pandemic could make this holiday season even more ...

Family Living Focus: Home for the Holidays: What to watch out for

Many of us live far away from our families. The holidays are times when we reconnect with our loved ones. Holidays are an opportunity to take an objective look at how the seniors in our families are coping. Take time to notice if things have changed. Your visit may reveal that your frequent ...