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Antiques & Collecting: ‘Penny toys’ are worth a lot more today

Children’s toys are valuable records of what life was like in the past. From about 1880 to 1914, inexpensive, mechanical lithographed tin toys known as “penny toys” were popular and affordable in America. A toy rickshaw with a driver and a lady in a small cart was made by George ...

Gardening: Keep houseplants healthy while keeping pets safe

You love them both — your pets and houseplants — but it can be challenging to safely raise them together in the same house. Reduce the risk by selecting pet-safe plants and safely managing houseplant pest problems. Avoid problems by selecting plants suited to your home's growing ...

Park & Rec Report

Glockenspiel is experiencing technical difficulties. A new controller is coming within the next 8 weeks, which we believe will resolve these issues. Short Track on Saturdays from 7-10 a.m. through February 1. We apologize for the inconvenience. Weight Lifting for Seniors Class is a 6-week, ...

Family Living Focus: Real life benefits of physical exercise

Endurance activities help you: • Keep up with your grandchildren during a trip to the park. • Dance to your favorite songs at the next family wedding. • Shovel snow. Sweep the front step. Rake the yard and bag up the leaves. Strength training will make it easier ...

College News

Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has announced the students named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester of the 2019-20 academic year. The Dean’s List recognizes full-time students who have a minimum of 12 credit hours with grade-point averages at 3.5 or above (on a ...

Off the Shelf: The power and purpose of the graphic novel

What do you think of when you hear the term, “graphic novel”? I’ve overheard parents call them “comics” and “easy readers”. I had one young reader tell me he had to check out a “real” book. I’ve been told by a parent that their child needed to do some “actual reading” ...

Antiques & Collecting: How to serve caviar like the Rockefellers

You probably won’t find a blue cut-to-clear glass caviar server like this one that just sold for $2,318 at a recent Neal Auction in New Orleans, but you might want to serve caviar the right way for a party. The event will be the talk of the town. Here’s the proper Victorian way. Serve ...

Gardening: Grow houseplants with style and convenience

It starts with one plant on a sunny windowsill then morphs into an impenetrable jungle. You may feel you need a machete to reach each individual plant to water and tend. Clear the way to improved growing conditions and convenient care while showcasing every plant with style. Group plants with ...

Park & Rec Report

New Open Swim Hours! – In an effort to better-serve our customers, our NEW open swim hours are Mondays 3:30-5, Tuesdays 6-8 p.m., Fridays 3:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. Winter/Spring Activities Brochure was distributed in The Journal, Shopper and is available online. ...

Family Living Focus: Building up the benefits of physical activity

Once you start exercising and become more physically active, you’ll begin to see results in just a few weeks. You’ll feel stronger and more energetic. You’ll notice that you can do things easier, faster, or for longer than before. This tells you that your body is getting used to a ...

College News

Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter has released its Fall Semester Dean’s List. The list comprises students who have earned a 3.7 grade point average (based on a scale in which 4.0 = A) or higher for the semester ending in December 2019. The following local students were named to the ...

In Appreciation

Holiday Lights in Motion Season Six Wrap Up Our sixth season featured approximately 90 lighted trees and 250,000 lights. We unveiled our snow globe display and photo taking cut outs. A new Hay Wagon style wagon was built which allowed us to offer more ride nights with riders enjoying a more ...

Off the Shelf: Ten ways to read more books in 2020

As the New Year approaches many people start thinking about their goals and resolutions for the coming year. Reading more books is a very common resolution. It has definitely made my list of goals for the year.  These ten tips are great to get us all reading a little more this year. 1. Make ...

Antiques & Collecting: Paul Evans work appreciates in price

Paul Evans (1931-1987) is one of the famous midcentury designers in America. He made unique furniture that fit into the buildings and houses being introduced after World War II. His studio was in New Hope, Pennsylvania, and in the 1960s he was making furniture from steel and other metals. He ...

Gardening: Select a quality potting mix for gardening success

Improve your indoor and outdoor container gardening success with a quality potting mix. This can be more difficult than it sounds since you can't see or feel the product you are about to buy. Ask your gardening friends for recommendations and once at the garden center, check the package, and ...

Family Living Focus: Exercise – How to stay active – Build on the benefits

Adjusting Your Routine Once you start exercising and becoming more physically active, you’ll begin to see results in just a few weeks. You’ll feel stronger and more energetic and you’ll notice that you can do things easier, faster, or for longer than before. This tells you that your ...

Park & Rec Report

New Open Swim Hours! – In an effort to better-serve our customers, our NEW open swim hours are Mondays 3:30-5 p.m., Tuesdays 6-8 p.m., Fridays 3:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. Winter/Spring Activities Brochure was distributed in The Journal, Shopper and is available ...

Public Health Corner: Best for you, best for Baby

The Minnesota Department of Health is partnering with the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) to raise awareness and to promote strategies that can reduce risk and complications associated with birth defects. The theme is “Best for You. Best for Baby.” Although not all birth ...

College News

Alexandria Technical & Community College recognizes individual students for academic excellence during fall 2019. The following students were named to the Dean’s List for achieving a GPA of 3.5 or higher Fall Semester 2019: Fairfax: Warren Schnobrich Hanska: Andrew Springer New Ulm: ...

NUMC News: Neonatal Virtual Care at New Ulm Medical Center

On Nov. 4, 2019, the Birth Center at the New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC) began an exciting new collaboration with Children’s Minnesota. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) team at Children’s Minnesota, which includes neonatal nurse practitioners and neonatology physicians, now offers ...