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New Ulm NU-You Weight Loss Challenge 2020 – Start the New Year with a NU-You! This 60-day weight loss challenge provides you with the resources needed to meet and surpass all types of fitness goals. The program starts January 13 and ends March 16. Register now online or at the Rec ...

Off the Shelf: Winter is the warmest season

I had high hopes that we would have a mild end of the autumn season. Based on last year’s entrance into the New Year I did have hope. I arrived in New Ulm last winter just two days before the polar vortex hit and I don’t remember it being overwhelmingly bad. Of course, I went from my ...

Antiques & Collecting: Self-taught artist painted furniture

Artists sometimes only make one kind of art, perhaps keeping to painting, sculpture or jewelry. But many try all kinds of art before they find the one that is best for them. Self-taught Peter Hunt (1896-1967) started painting thrift shop furniture with peasant designs in 1929. His colorful ...

Gardening: Opt for fundamentals, not flash, when shopping for plants

Gardeners skimming the newly arrived 2020 seed catalogs should probably spend less time on the tempting photographs and more time focusing on what retailers call ``shopping filters." That means selecting plants based on their performance rather than their flash. ``Having some facts about what ...

Public Health Corner: Stay healthy with sleep

Getting enough sleep can be difficult and even more difficult during the busy holiday season. Enjoy the season, but remember sleep is important to staying healthy. Developing unhealthy sleep habits, can lead to habitual lack of sleep and the development of chronic disease. Studies show, ...

In Appreciation

New Ulm Area Emergency Food Shelf receives grant from Second Harvest Heartland and Midwest Dairy for milk cooler NEW ULM — Midwest Dairy provided $95,000 in grant funding that enabled Second Harvest Heartland to purchase dairy coolers for 45 food shelves and shelters throughout Minnesota. ...

Off the Shelf: Favorite books of 2019

As we start to settle into the remaining days of the year and a festive month, snowy days are a great opportunity to cozy up with a book (or two) and a cup of tea. Maybe a pastry as well. Some of us are realizing we’re behind on our reading goals for the year. Have you heard of the Icelandic ...

Antiques & Collecting: Time stand turned pocket watch into clock

There has always been a need to tell time, and early methods — sundials, hourglasses, water clocks or even large arrangements of stones and shadows — were not accurate. The first mechanical clocks were invented in the 14th century, the pendulum clock in 1656, and by the 1700s there were ...

Gardening: Turn milkweed pods into works of art

Homemade gifts are a wonderful way to show you care. Making them from items grown in your garden adds that extra personal touch. And just like the plant, decorations and gifts made from milkweed pods are gaining in popularity. Considered a weed by some, common milkweed is making a comeback as ...

Family Living Focus: Choosing Well: Long term care facilities

One of the hardest things a caregiver will ever have to do is to know when it’s time for their loved one to go into a long-term care facility. Often, caregivers will go long past the point of when they should have incorporated help from the outside. Sometimes, it’s their own fear of ...

Park & Rec Report

New Ulm NU-You Weight Loss Challenge 2020 – Start the New Year with a NU-You! This 60-day weight loss challenge provides you with the resources needed to meet and surpass all types of fitness goals. Registration starts Dec. 1. The actual program starts January 13 and ends March 16. Register ...

Park & Rec Report

New Ulm NU-You Weight Loss Challenge 2020 – Start the New Year with a NU-You! This 60-day weight loss challenge provides you with the resources needed to meet and surpass all types of fitness goals. Registration starts December 1. The actual program starts January 13 and ends March 16. ...

Antiques & Collecting: Cracker Jack’s image has changed

Companies that have been in business for a long time often have updated and changed the logo or slogan used in advertising. Collectors can usually identify the age of the ad from the words and pictures that were used. Cracker Jack was first sold in 1896 from a cart in Chicago. The mixture of ...

Gardening: Wintertime mulching, watering helps drought-sensitive plants

Wind-driven air and too little precipitation are common wintertime side effects that can damage drought-sensitive trees, lawns and shrubs. You can help remedy that by watering while temperatures are still above freezing and before the ground hardens. Adding mulch also insulates plants, ...

Family Living Focus: Moving right along

Among the many challenges caregivers encounter, from daily grooming regimes to health and safety strategies, the issue of moving people who can’t safely move themselves is a major concern for all involved, and requires the use and knowledge of proper techniques and equipment, as well as ...

Off the Shelf: Eat, drink, and be merry

What comes to mind when you think of the traditional holiday meal? I think of the traditional meal I grew up with of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, scalloped corn, cranberry sauce and a variety of salads. And, of course, I can’t forget all of the cookies, lefse and homemade ice ...

Park & Rec Report

Thanksgiving break activities: Wednesday, Nov. 27: Open Swim from 1-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Open Skate at the Civic Center from 2-3:45 p.m. and Open Hockey from 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29: Open Swim from 1-4 p.m., Open Hockey from 1-2:15 p.m. and a special open skate from 2:30-4 p.m. We will have ...

Off the Shelf: Everything here and there and everywhere

One of the great benefits of being within the Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative is that we have access to a multitude of items. If we don’t have a book, DVD, or audiobook at the library or it’s checked out here in New Ulm, we can see if one of the other libraries has one that is ...

Antiques & Collecting: Art appraisers can sometimes be wrong

What should my painting sell for? Antiques appraisers are not licensed like real estate appraisers, but there are art appreciation courses in universities, degrees in fine art and appraisal associations that require members to pass tests. Some work in an art gallery, auction company or museum ...