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Lifestyle Columns

In Appreciation

Only in New Ulm This October marks two years since my diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer to the liver. This usually would make a person sad, but not me. When I think back, I can’t help but smile. My life was flipped upside down, but all of you have supported me in such glorious ways to ...

Antiques & Collecting:

A table has four legs and a flat top — except when it is designed by a clever cabinetmaker. Freeman’s Auction in Philadelphia sold an unusual rosewood table with two partial shelves built below the 20-inch square tabletop. It is decorated with carved dragons on the brackets and a spider and ...

Decorate and extend the life of your pumpkin

It's time to select and decorate pumpkins for your Halloween display. Get family and friends involved in a trip to the pumpkin farm and consider hosting a decorating party. Whether you grew your own or plan on purchasing one at a farm or garden center, select pumpkins free of holes, cuts and ...

Family Living Focus: When hoarding is a disorder

You may have seen reality TV shows about people who hoard mail, gadgets, cats, and even trash. Or, maybe for you, the reality is a little closer. It could be a neighbor or a family member. When people aren’t able to throw things away, piles can grow to the ceiling. These piles can make it ...

Public Health Corner: Reflecting on our mental well-being

Our mental well-being is important. Please take a moment to reflect on your mental health. Your mental health is a key component to your overall health and wellbeing; no matter your age, mental health can always be improved and here are some important tips to help maintain a positive state of ...

Park & Rec Reports

Due to cold weather, we have removed water from most park fountains and restrooms for the season. Swim Lessons start Oct. 21 and run Monday and Wednesday evenings through Nov. 13. Register online or at the Rec Center. Floating Pumpkin Patch – Save the Date! Oct. 25 from 5-8:30 p.m. ...

Park & Rec Report

Due to the cold weather forecast, we have removed the water from park water fountains for the season. The restrooms will also be closed within the next few weeks. The German Park Angel fountain has been drained and closed for the season due to the threat of freezing. Lincoln Park restroom is ...

Antiques & Collecting: Galle’s art nouveau pottery the cat’s meow

Emile Galle is a famous artist, a leader of the Art Nouveau movement in France in the mid-1800s. He started his art while working at his father’s furniture and pottery factory. By 1877, he managed the factory and started making clear glass. He soon developed a style of his own making vases ...

Gardening: Put fall leaves to work in your landscape

Raking fall leaves can seem like a chore and a never-ending one, at that. Reduce time and effort spent managing fall leaves by putting this valuable resource to work in your landscape. Use your mower to recycle leaves right where they fall. As you mow the grass, you'll shred the leaves into ...

Family Living Focus: Caring for loved ones with dementia: Communication is key

Each person living with dementia is unique; as their dementia symptoms progress, they journey down a path entirely their own. Their caregivers make this same journey, in a way. Over time, caregivers must adapt to meet their loved one’s evolving needs and abilities. This is especially true ...

Off the Shelf: Upcoming Library Programs

We’ve got some great programs for all ages coming up in October and November. We hope you’ll join us at the library for the fun! The Minnesota Valley Civil War Round Table continues its fall session on Tuesday, October 15 at 6:30 p.m. with a presentation from Minnesota Representative Dean ...

Off the Shelf: Fall Children’s Programming at the Library

It is now officially fall, so says the calendar. And I, for one, am ready for some cooler temperatures while I rake the leaves that have been fall throughout this month at my place. We, in the children’s room at the library, have started to switch our decorations and our mind set to all ...

In Appreciation

Goosetown The organizers of the Sept. 14, Gemuetlichkeit in Goosetown Event would like to thank all who made it a BIG success. Annelise Robinsen for face painting; Susan Haar for helping with the surveys and free drawing registration; Musical entertainment, Richard Schwartz, Smiley ...

Antiques & Collecting: Old iron antiques can pull a heavy bid

Part of the fun of bidding at auctions is seeing unusual, and perhaps useless, antiques selling for a lot of money. A very noticeable iron head of a clown with a mask, about 20 inches high, was offered in a Michaan’s Auctions in Alameda, California. It was marked “J.T. Dickman, Pat’d ...

Gardening: Pansies add color and interest to every occassion

Pick a few pansy flowers and add a smile to any occasion. No matter where you live, pansies provide color, and in some cases, fragrance to the garden and containers during the cooler months of the year. Pick a few flowers and freeze them in ice cube trays to serve in your favorite beverage. ...

Park & Rec Report

ExploraDome is coming to the Rec Center on Monday, October 7 (this is a no school day for ISD 88 and NUACS). Explore Space and marvel at the wonders of the universe with the University of Minnesota Bell Museum’s Exploradome Traveling Planetarium. FREE space exploration shows for children and ...

Park & Rec Report

Hermann 5k Run/Walk and Hermann Tot Trot - It’s not too late to register for the Kids Race for children 3-9 on a special short course race, followed by post race activities OR the Hermann 5k!! Register online or at the Rec Center. ExploraDome is coming to the Rec Center on Monday, Oct. 7 ...

Antiques & Collecting: Pottery ring was great for slaking thirst

A pottery ring about 8 inches in diameter was auctioned recently and few seemed to understand how it was used. The pottery was shaped like a tube bent into a circle with an opening at the top. It is a 19th-century stoneware ring flask. Farmers worked in the fields all day and they could ...

Gardening: Moving plants indoors for winter? Ease them into it gently

Moving houseplants indoors with the onset of cold weather is not your typical furniture-shifting exercise. It requires planning, since houseplants for the most part are tender tropicals and need time to acclimate to a changed growing environment. "Bring them in over a two-week period," said ...