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Lifestyle Columns

Antiques & Collecting: Elaborate stands kept umbrellas in Victorian homes

Umbrellas were invented over 4,000 years ago in China. They were used for protection from sun, not rain. Umbrellas became fashionable in the 16th century, when women made use of umbrellas for sun and sometimes for rain. There were few waterproof coverings, and the hoodie wasn’t created until ...

Family Living Focus: Fight off food poisoning

Food Safety for Warmer Weather In warm-weather months, who does not love to get outside for picnics, backyard gatherings, and of course delicious foods? But high temperatures raise your chance of getting sick from things you eat. Learn how to handle food properly to avoid the misery of food ...

Off the Shelf: Preserving memories

We are so excited to see you all back in the library! We look forward to helping our patrons as best we can with our current restrictions for the health of our staff and you. One new way that we are able to assist you is through our Memory lab. It took a while to work out the bugs, but it is ...

Antiques & Collecting: ‘Uncle Sam’ may go back to 1812

How national symbols are chosen is often a mystery. Uncle Sam is not our oldest symbol. There were two other figures that represented our budding country during the American Revolution. They were Yankee Doodle, the British slang name for the disheveled Colonial soldiers inspired by the song, ...

Off the Shelf: Listen

June is Audiobook Month! There are many new titles we have added to the collection in the past few months. If you haven’t tried listening to an audiobook, this month (or any month) is a great time to give it a try. “You May Want to Marry My Husband” 921 Rosenth You may have heard ...

Park & Rec Report

Registration is open for Recreation Programs. Please register online or call the Rec Center at 507-359-8344 or 507-359-8347. We are offering various young child swimming lessons at our wading pools, soccer, t-ball, sports and games camps, sand volleyball and a variety of virtual programs. ...

Gardening: Gardening questions

When should I stop harvesting my asparagus crop? “Allow spears remaining after July 1 to develop into ferns.” according to Cindy Tong of the University of Minnesota Extension. We planted several plants in the milkweed family to help the monarch butterfly. Last year the various ...

Family Living Focus: Hyperthermia: Too hot for your health

During the summer, it is important for everyone, especially older adults, and people with chronic medical conditions, to be aware of the dangers of hyperthermia. Hyperthermia is an abnormally high body temperature caused by a failure of the heat-regulating mechanisms in the body to deal with ...

Family Living Focus: June Dairy Month

Consuming three daily servings of low-fat milk, cheese, or yogurt is an easy way for families to get a powerful punch of nutrients to help build stronger bones and healthy bodies and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. In addition, a growing body of research suggests that enjoying three servings ...

Off the Shelf: I spy in the library

We’re excited to have patrons back in the library! Currently, we have the southwest doors (the ones by the outside bookdrop) open for entry. The other two are not available. When you walk into the library through the southwest doors, there is a cart with a bin on it. Please place the books ...

In Appreciation

3M Grant MRCI Thrift Store would like to thank 3M for their gift of $2500 as part of their retiree volunteer gift matching program. MRCI is a non-profit with profits supporting vocational programming for people with disabilities in New Ulm. We also thank the following 3M volunteers for ...

Antiques & Collecting: Beds have a long, interesting history

Did you know someone invented a self-making bed? It requires special covers and sheets, but with the push of a button, they curl up into the “made” position. Quite an improvement from the first known bed, 77,000 years ago, when the whole family slept on one thick pile of plants. The ...

Park & Rec Report

WE ARE OPEN! Anyone entering our facilities will be asked to perform a self-health screen posted on or near entrances. Please do not enter if you answer yes to any of those questions. Users must sanitize their hands immediately upon entrance. Please follow CDC guidelines (and maintain physical ...

Gardening: Moles, voles, tunnels and holes

“Honey, there’s a hole in the garden!” are not words any gardener wants to hear, especially when the hole happens to be very close to a prized plant. It can be tricky to identify the critter by the hole, but two of the most common tunneling pests in our area are moles and voles. Although ...

Family Living Focus: Be careful in the kitchen

Many might say the best place to be as a child was in Grandma’s kitchen, especially when she’s taking a fresh tray of cookies out of the oven. Sneaking a bite of cookie dough was a must for any youngster. Grandma may have thought nothing of it then, but today, the risks of eating raw eggs ...

Gardening: Protect your landscape from hungry critters

While you're busy filling your landscape with beautiful flowers and scrumptious vegetables, the deer, rabbits and other wildlife are watching and waiting to move in to dine. Don't lose your beautiful investment to hungry animals. Be proactive in keeping wildlife at bay, so you can grow a ...

Park & Rec Report

The Recreation Center is open with limited hours and for fitness only. The fieldhouse and track will be open, but no basketball, racquetball or use of the indoor pool or locker rooms will be allowed. All fitness equipment has been relocated to the Vogel Fieldhouse & spread out to maintain ...

Off the Shelf: Upcoming June releases

Get your hold lists ready; we’ve got some great new releases on order for June! Megha Majumdar’s highly anticipated “A Burning” follows Jivan, a young Muslim woman accused of a terrorist attack because of a comment she left on Facebook. Another woman may be able to provide Jivan with ...

Antiques & Collecting: Collectors flip over antique pot lids

This is not a plate. It is the lid to a ceramic pot that held bear grease, shrimp paste, cold cream, shaving cream, toothpaste, potted meat, beef marrow, salves and many other cosmetics and foods that would have fit into the small, 3- to 4-inch-diameter pots. The pots were used in England and ...

Off the Shelf: Summer reading update

In my last Off the Shelf article I briefly outlined our plans for a Summer Reading Program. This month I want to fill-in all the details. The theme for the program this summer is “Imagine Your Story”, and will run from June 8 to July 31. Our circulation goal for this summer is going to be ...