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In Appreciation

Minnesota Brain Injury Force Receives Feed the Children Donations Minnesota Brain Injury Force, Inc. (MNBIF) has received donations from Feed the Children, Inc. MNBIF received four pallets in October of 2020 and five pallets in January of 2021. The pallets included cleaning and office ...

Antiques & Collecting: Local woods made useful, long-lasting furniture

Furniture made in America during its early days sometimes used expensive imported material like mahogany with hardware from Europe. But local woods, like pine, oak, walnut and cedar, iron and even paint were available and inexpensive. The use of a local wood helps identify furniture made in New ...

Family Living Focus: How to boost your brain power

Do you sometimes feel as if your brain is on “empty?” Here is how to keep it in shape so you can pump up your problem-solving abilities, fight forgetfulness and think more clearly and creatively. Practice mentally. Studies of athletes indicate that imagining a tennis serve or ski run ...

Antiques & Collecting: Crockery may take some detective work

There were many small potteries making stoneware and other ceramics for use in the kitchen, bedroom or farm. Most utensils made in America by the 1800s were made with thick pottery sides in simple shapes with almost no decoration. The most expensive examples collected today have a design or ...

Off the Shelf: Minnesota Book Award finalists

The Minnesota Book Award Finalists were announced earlier this month, so I would like to highlight a few of them that will be available at the library. The Minnesota Book Awards are annual awards presented for the best books by Minnesota authors that honor Minnesota stories. You can be sure all ...

Antiques & Collecting: Whirlygigs have been around a long, long time

Whirligigs were invented centuries ago. They are both toys and tools, indicators of wind direction and the weather. Sources disagree on where the first were made; it was probably in China about 400 B.C. or by Native Americans about 550 B.C. The whirligig must have a spinning part and a base and ...

Public Health Corner: Remember your heart

February is upon us and some may have those yummy candy hearts and their loved ones on their mind as this month is often known for Valentine’s Day. This month, we encourage you to think about YOUR heart as well. February is a month that we focus help Americans learn about heart disease ...

Off the Shelf: NU Library receives national grant

New Ulm Public Library has been selected as one of 200 libraries to participate in “Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries,” an American Library Association (ALA) initiative that helps library workers better serve their small and rural communities. The ...

Antiques & Collecting: Milk glass barber bottles featured in auction

BY TERRY AND KIM KOVEL Glass bottles were expensive packages for alcoholic drinks and other liquids, including many beauty products, by the late 1700s. But makers liked to give products a permanent label, not just a pasted, handwritten or printed paper label. So bottles were made with a thin ...

Off the Shelf: Library of Things at NU

New Ulm Public Library is pleased to introduce the Library of Things! The Library of Things is a collection of non-traditional library items that complement the library’s mission to “share as a community a haven for learning, imagination, discovery.” It has been a hard year, and we hope ...

Family Living Focus: Earth’s easiest form of exercise

Walking can add years to your life and life to your years. And, it couldn’t be easier. You don’t need to join a health club, wear special equipment or go into training to reap the rewards. Following are some easy tips to try. The Conditioner. Walking conditions your heart and lungs ...

Park & Rec Report

Outdoor Ice at Harman is ready to skate and play hockey. Ice conditions vary with the daily temps. For evening lights after 5, press the button on the light pole. Due to social distancing guidelines, the warming house will not be open. Please plan ahead. Rec Center is open Monday, Wednesday, ...

In Appreciation

Thank you from New Ulm Nightmares Haunted House Pandemic drives increase in visits to Minnesota food shelves New Ulm Nightmares Haunted House would like to thank all the people that came to our Krampus After Christmas Haunted house on Jan. 30. We hoped they liked seeing Krampus and a ...

Family Living Focus: How to manage anger

Family Life Consultant, M.Ed., C.F.C.S. and Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota Constantly blowing your stack not only alienates others, but it can also contribute to health problems, including headaches, stomach upset and heart attack. Following are some tips to take control of your ...

Park & Rec Report

Outdoor Ice at Harman is ready to skate and play hockey. Ice conditions vary because warm days are mixed in with cold days. For evening lights after 5:00, press the button on the light pole. Due to social distancing guidelines, the warming house will not be open. Please plan ahead. Rec Center ...

Antiques & Collecting: Whatever his birthday, we still honor George Washington

George Washington has had at least three official birthdays. He was born Feb. 11, 1731. But that was according to the Julian calendar used at the time. When the Gregorian calendar was adopted, his birthday was recorded as Feb. 22, 1732. (Read about how the calendar was changed if you’ve never ...

Off the Shelf: New book look

Glancing at the headlines yesterday I saw that meteorologists have made predictions for the coming of spring this year to see if they aligned with Punxsutawney Phil. Interestingly, they believe that we’ll see six more weeks of winter and spring will appear in a “near normal” manner. And ...

Park & Rec Report

Outdoor Ice at Harman is ready to skate and play hockey. Due to social distancing guidelines, the warming house will not be open. Please plan ahead. Rec Center is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.-4 p.m. and ...

Family Living Focus: Sure-fire ways to get a good night’s sleep

Are you getting enough sleep? Half of all adults are not. Yet adequate rest is as vital to health and peak performance as exercise and good nutrition. And it can be so e-zzzzz. Try the following tips: • Go to bed and get up at the same time every day even on weekends. Why: You will ...

Antiques & Collecting: Dan Johnson designed sleek ‘Gazelle’ furniture

Artist Dan Johnson (1918-1979) designed furniture for many companies with the midcentury modern look. He worked in Rome and California, and designed a number of lines of modern furniture, especially chairs and tables, for Danish and U.S. companies. Johnson often used thin, patinated metal, ...