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Amazing allergy facts Allergies can make you feel miserable. Following are some tips that can be helpful to allergy sufferers. Hay fever sufferers should wash their hair at night because washing will remove any pollen from your hair and keep them from settling on your pillows and bedding. ...

Park & Rec Report

Rec Center closing announcement/update: The Rec Center will be closing on designated dates through the end of construction; expected late summer: April 10 (Saturday) –7 a.m.-12 noon April 11 – Rec Center campus CLOSED thru construction April 12-18 Fitness Equipment will be relocated ...

Antiques & Collecting: Eyeglasses have been around for centuries

The earliest use of eyeglasses was recorded about 1300. Rock crystal was shaped and set in round frames to wear and improve clarity. Glasses with temple arms that sit on the ears were not created until the 1700s. Glasses with dark lenses were worn for medical reasons by the late 19th century. ...

Off the Shelf: Play to learn, learn to play

Spring is here again. As daylight increases and animals and plants get more active, we often look to new beginnings and starting fresh. Spring cleaning is one manifestation of this desire to be productive and energetic after the dark and cold of winter. Another frequent sight is that of people ...

Off the Shelf: Springtime inspiration

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.‚“ — Leo Tolstoy Spring feels even more hopeful than ever this year. I’m cautiously optimistic that as we move through spring and into summer that we will be able to return to a more normal Minnesota routine. As I walked around my yard the ...

Family Living Focus: Warning signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

Some change in memory is normal as we grow older, but the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are more than simple lapses in memory. People with Alzheimer’s experience difficulties in communicating, learning, thinking, and reasoning. These are problemssevere enough to have an impact on an ...

Park & Rec Report

Easter Bunny Hop- Saturday, April 3 from 10-11:30 a.m. at German Park (enter from 3rd North Street and follow signs). Stroll down our bunny trail to collect eggs, take socially distanced photos with the Easter bunny, gnomes and favorite characters. Grab a goodie bag on your way home! Face ...

Family Living Focus: Breast Cancer: Ways to lower your risk

It is true that certain risk factors for breast cancer are beyond a woman’s control such as family history and aging. Fortunately, researchers are finding that certain lifestyle choices may lower risk. Cut the Fat. High-fat diets may lead to higher rates of breast cancer, although exactly ...

Antiques & Collecting: Vintage, antique ceramics often not marked

It is not easy to identify antique and vintage ceramics, because many were made by small local potteries and not marked. Workmen often moved to another factory but continued to make the same type of wares and decoration. Spatter ware is a pottery decorated with paint that is actually ...

Off the Shelf: Welcome to your library

National Library Week will take place this year from April 4 - 10. It is a national observance, first sponsored in 1958, by the American Library Association and libraries across the country every April. It’s a wonderful time to celebrate the contributions of libraries and library staff and to ...

Antiques & Collecting: Bottles, jars are popular collectibles

By Terry and Kim Kovel Bottle collecting has been an important pastime since the end of the 19th century, when the first bottle seekers dug up examples in old privy pits, the town dump or a rocky seacoast area. Most sought after were historic flasks made in New England glassworks. As flasks ...

Off the Shelf: Great new reads

We’ve added some great new titles at New Ulm Public Library in the past few months. Here are a few I’ve enjoyed. Scarlet Clark is a great professor. She’s also a great killer. When she’s not teaching literature classes at Gorman University, she’s planning her next kill. Each year ...

Family Living Focus: Common headache triggers

From Gail Gilman Family Life Consultant, M.Ed., C.F.C.S. and Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota Headache sufferers spend a significant amount of money on over-the-counter pain relievers. But prevention costs you nothing. Here are ...

Park & Rec Report

Rec Center closing announcement/update: The Rec Center will be closing on designated dates through the end of construction; expected late summer: March 29 thru construction – Racquetball Courts CLOSED April 3 & 10 (Saturday) – hours will be 7 a.m.-12 noon April 4 – Rec Center ...

Park & Rec Report

Rec Center closing announcement/update: The Rec Center will be closing on designated dates through the end of construction; expected late summer: March 29 thru construction – Racquetball Courts CLOSED April 3 & 10 (Saturday) – hours will be 7 a.m.-12 noon April 4 – Rec Center ...

Off the Shelf: Wordless picture books

Did you know that sharing a wordless picture book can be a powerful way to build important literacy skills? Wordless picture books are books without text that rely solely on the pictures to convey the story. They are often dismissed as being too easy for any age reader. But they are outstanding ...

Public Health Corner: Small changes matter when it comes to your health

With spring coming and gardening plans being made it is a good time to think about how we can all make informed food choices and develop sound eating and physical activity habits that we can follow all year long. Check out these 10 tips: Eat Breakfast. Start your day with a healthy breakfast ...

Family Living Focus: Simple tips to slimmer waists

Everyone knows that eating right and exercising are the keys to weight control. But not everyone knows these tips to help make your efforts pay off fast. Eat Breakfast. It is true – regular meals and occasional low-cal snacks help prevent the “famine-then-feast” syndrome. For a great ...