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Park & Rec Report

Weight Lifting for Women and Seniors are two different 6-week programs designed to familiarize yourselves with strength training, equipment and machines that approaches strength training in a safe, effective and fun way to keep you strong for life! Sessions begin the week of November 4. Refer ...

In Appreciation

Diabetes Walk held in New Ulm The 5th annual New Ulm Diabetes Walk, sponsored by the New Ulm and Lafayette Lions Clubs, was held this past Saturday at the Civic Center in New Ulm. This year 160 walkers participated in the walk raising approximately $16,000. Corporate donations and sponsorships ...

Antiques & Collecting: Halloween decorations keep their value

Halloween has a long history. It started in ancient times as a harvest festival called Samhain. The holiday has been celebrated in many different ways for centuries by people in Ireland and Great Britain. Over time, this day of the dead, or a time of angels, has been known as All Saints’ Day, ...

Gardening: Cover your ground, for your plants’ sake

Nature abhors bare ground, and so should you. Her response to naked earth is to clothe it, a job at which many weeds excel. Bare soil is too easily blown and washed away by wind and water. Rainfall pounding on it seals pores, making it much harder for water to penetrate. This further ...

Off the Shelf: Cookies! Good eating and good reading, too

Since October is National Cookie Month, I cannot resist telling you about some of the “cookie” books you will find at the library. Who doesn’t love cookies? Decadent cookies, healthy cookies, crunchy or soft cookies, the possibilities are endless. Here, let me tempt you. “Irresistible ...

Family Living Focus: Maintaining a healthy weight

Maintaining a healthy weight is important for overall health and well-being. As you grow older, if you continue to eat the same types and amounts of food but don’t become more active, you’ll probably gain weight. That’s because metabolism (how you burn the calories you eat) can slow ...

Park & Rec Report

Tot Swim is held the first and third Fridays of the month; Nov. 1 and 15. This is an opportunity to Swim and play with your tot in the shallow part of the pool. Toys are provided and tot slide will be open. Whirlpool is closed during this time. Admission is $2.75/tot. Weight Lifting for Women ...

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 ...