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Lifestyle Columns

In Appreciation

Red Cross On behalf of the American Red Cross we would like to thank all the donors who gave blood at our Civic Center blood drive. Thanks to all the volunteers for their help. A special thanks to the following businesses who made donations: Kwik Trip, McDonald’s Burger King, Casey’s ...

Antiques & Collecting: Tea was a valuable commodity

It seems strange today that early wooden tea caddies (special boxes for tea) were made with a lock and key. Tea was a very expensive drink in the 1600s. It gave added energy and after the addition of sugar, milk and sometimes lemon, it had a pleasing taste. The earliest tea caddies in ...

Public Health Corner: Get your flu shot

September is an important month in regards to emergency preparedness efforts. We encourage people to continue to take all the appropriate precautions to protect themselves and continue to move forward on the long journey related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Communities have many great attributes. ...

Gardening: Garden with the facts

Social media have made it easy to share information with the world. Gardening is a common theme. However, as you know, you can’t believe everything you read online. Ideas or observations that haven’t been confirmed or tested through research make their rounds on the Internet, causing ...

Off the Shelf: The power of a library card

September is National Library Card Signup Month, and it is no accident that it happens close to the start of school and the coming of autumn. Numerous studies have shown that when children and teens have both the freedom and opportunity to read they tend to excel in their school work too. ...

Park & Rec Report

Fall Program Registration is open! Register online at newulmmn.gov or at the Rec Center. Due to current mandates, staff are required to wear masks during programs. Players and spectators are not required but welcome to wear masks. Please do not arrive more than 5 minutes prior to starting time. ...

Family Living Focus: Keeping the bathroom safe for elderly seniors

The bathroom is routinely cited as the most dangerous room in the house for seniors. Countless slips and falls occur in the bathroom, causing a difficult (and sometimes embarrassing) situation for families. Because so many falls occur in the bathroom, caregivers are encouraged to take a ...

Antiques & Collecting: Egg chairs added whimsy to modern design

At least five famous midcentury modern designers made chairs that looked like large hard-boiled eggs with a cutout for seating space: Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971), Milo Baughman (1923-2003), Peter Ghyczy (1940-) and Charles Eames (1907-1978) are four of them. But the fifth and most famous was the ...

Off the Shelf: Read all about it!

New Ulm Public Library has many fascinating and informative nonfiction books. Today I came across some on our new shelf that are especially timely. Keep reading and I’ll tell you about a few of them. This late summer season, the United States is once again experiencing the all too common ...

Gardening: Diseases of broccoli and cauliflower

Cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale, kohlrabi, and turnip are commonly referred to as cole crops. They are susceptible to a number of serious diseases that must be controlled for quality and good yields. The diseases and control measures discussed affect the home gardener. ...

Family Living Focus: Design tips for living at home longer

Every senior wants to remain independent in his or her own home as long as possible. There are four basic elements needed to accomplish this goal: accessibility adaptations, furniture design, color scheme and sensory accessories. When people feel content in their home environment, they will ...

Park & Rec Report

Final Monday night Concert for the season at the newly renovated Johnson Baseball Park! Musical entertainment provided by the Ken and Ken Show. Enjoy refreshments provided by the New Ulm Baseball Association. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. Concert begins at 7 p.m. Attendance is limited to 250. Social ...

Antiques & Collecting: Satsuma pottery popular in America

Satsuma pottery is from Japan. It was made in the 1860s and was sometimes purchased by American visitors to Japan and brought home. During World War I, American housewives who enjoyed hand-painting china could not get any from Germany, so they imported undecorated white Satsuma and made what is ...

Off the Shelf: Library updates

As we continue through these interesting and unprecedented times, New Ulm Public Library has stayed committed to providing excellent library services that are safe for both library patrons and staff. One of the common concerns that we had as we began to loan out library items dealt with the ...

College News

Abagail Furth of New Ulm, daughter of Thomas Furth, has been named to the dean’s list for the 2020 spring semester at the College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph. Furth is a first-year communication and English double-major at CSB. To be included in the dean’s list, students must have a ...

Family Living Focus: Opportunities abound for moving around

You know that physical activity can help you live a longer, healthier life. But did you know you do not need to join a gym or use costly equipment to be physically active? No matter where you live, work, or go to school, you can find ways to move more and sit less throughout your day. In ...

Antiques & Collecting: The mystery behind the ‘Swinger Clock’

You probably have seen a “swinger” clock but never guessed how it worked. Most are small metal statues standing on a base while holding a long baseball bat, pendulum or other long, thin rod that is topped by a clock or a globe. It keeps time and the pendulum keeps swinging, but there is no ...

Off the Shelf: Recent reads

I have recently worked my way through a great streak of books. I love it when I find so many in a row that I enjoy and can’t wait to finish. I’ll share my recent reads with you, in the hope that one of them can set you off on a great reading streak. Bea Schumacher is a well-known ...

College News

Cassandra Kretsch, daughter of Dan and Shari Kretsch of New Ulm, has been named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2020 Semester at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. ———— Kelly Hillesheim of New Ulm graduated from The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth with a Bachelor ...