Lifestyle Columns

Family Living Focus: Exercise – Benefits of exercise for everyday life

Staying Strong, Fit, and Independent Exercise and physical activity are great ways to have fun, be with friends and family, and enjoy the outdoors. Regular exercise and physical activity can also have a direct impact on your everyday life. The benefits they provide can help you stay strong ...

College News

The following local individuals were among the 532 students to graduate with bachelor of arts degrees from Gustavus Adolphus College during the school’s annual commencement exercises on Saturday, June 1: Brandon Raghu, Arlington, Psychological Science & Theatre Taylor Gag, New Ulm, ...

Public Health Corner: A heads up on bike helmet safety

It is widely recommended that both children and adults should wear a bicycle helmet while cycling. According to Consumer Reports, a properly fitting bike helmet is a cyclist’s best line of defense against severe head injuries, such as a skull fracture, and it could save your life. Bike ...

In Appreciation

CAST grateful to George’s Fine Steaks Community And Seniors Together Board members and Director Kathy Austinson want to give a big thank you to George Cottom for a very successful Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday June 8, 2019. The funds raised will be used for senior programming in the New ...

Off the Shelf: Raining? Too hot? Pick up a good book!

I love Michael Koryta. So when he has a new book out, you will find me reading it. Five years ago I read “Those Who Wish Me Dead” and ran across the worst (best?) pair of villains I had ever read. Hands down frighteningly bad. While I understand that books need a balance of good and evil, ...

Antiques & Collecting: Advertising signs are very collectible

Advertising art is very popular today and prices keep rising. Collectors want old examples with good graphics, recognized products and great condition. A small amount of restoration is OK. Anything that mentions a product for sale is considered “advertising,” even labels on bottles and ...

Gardening: Cool, refreshing and straight from the garden: mint

Add a bit of cool flavor to your beverages and meals this summer with homegrown mint. Try using peppermint leaves in fruit cocktails and ice cream. Add spearmint to your tea or use the leaves to season lamb and jelly. Or try chocolate mint for a unique sweet and refreshing flavor in desserts ...

Family Living Focus: Exercise health benefits

From Gail Gilman Family Life Consultant, M.Ed., C.F.C.S. and Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota One of the Healthiest Things You Can Do Like most people, you’ve probably heard that physical activity and exercise are good for you. In fact, being physically active on a regular ...

College News

Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D., has announced the students named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester of the 2018-19 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 4.0 ...

Off the Shelf: Remembering D-Day

On June 6, 2019 the 75th Anniversary of D-Day will be commemorated. The Normandy Invasion on June 6, 1944 was a turning point in World War II. There have been many books written about D-Day, but the 75th anniversary has prompted several new titles. The following are just three of the most ...

Antiques & Collecting: Do you know the answer to the puzzle pitcher?

This elaborately decorated puzzle pitcher was made in Budapest, Hungary. In 1839, Moritz Fischer bought a factory that had been operating in Herend, Hungary, since 1826. He started making dinner sets for Hungarians because the old sets from Europe and the Far East were no longer available. The ...

Gardening: Keep plastic out of your garden soil

Before it's too late, I must address one of my pet peeves: deliberately putting plastic in soil. Take, for instance, black plastic sheeting sold as mulch. This stuff appears at first to be a cure-all for weed problems. Lay it on the ground, cut holes only where you will set plants, and weeds ...

Family Living Focus: Exercise: How to stay active – Make exercise a habit

Once you’ve started exercising, it’s important to keep going because physical activity needs to be done on a regular basis to produce maximum benefits. A Regular Part of Your Day One of the best ways to stay physically active is to make it a life-long habit. Set yourself up to succeed ...

College News

Winona State University announces the Dean’s List for Spring Semester 2019. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must be an undergraduate enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours for a grade) and achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.5. Area students on the list ...

In Appreciation

Thanks, Menagerie The State Street Theater Co. extends its appreciation to Bob Wirtz and the Menagerie for once again gracing its stage with a concert that had folks humming and singing those old familiar tunes ever since. There was, indeed, “a meetin’ here tonight” as Bob and over 100 ...

Off the Shelf: Flowery library updates

Our crown jewel’s the Wanda Gag sculpture garden is blooming. Thank you to the volunteers who helped plant and beautify the area and to those that continue to tend to it. Your work is budding. It’s wonderful to walk by swaying flowers as a breeze descends from Broadway. Currently the Wanda ...

Antiques & Collecting: Take care when storing homemade folk art

Folk art, by definition, is a homemade or handmade piece by an untrained artist. It can be as large as a huge sculpture of found pieces of metal or as small as a peach pit carved and made into a pendant. A realistic duck decoy, a quilt with original designs or a carved wooden bust of a ...

Gardening: Take the hassle out of daily watering

Proper watering is key to gardening success, but untangling and dragging heavy hoses across the yard, smashing delicate flowers and young vegetable plants along the way is a common occurrence in many yards. If this describes your escapades when watering garden beds and planters, it may be time ...

Family Living Focus: Keeping your balance

Balance is very important for people with osteoporosis. Your eyes, ears, muscles and joints all play an important role in maintaining your balance and preventing broken bones. Medical conditions and medicines can also affect balance and your risk of falling. Following are suggestions that might ...

In Appreciation

5th Annual Oak Hills Foundation Frolics Oak Hills Memorial Foundation Board members thank the community for their wonderful support at the 5th Annual Frolics on Friday, May 3, 2019, at the Best Western Plus New Ulm. The Retro Television theme was a fun and innovative way to involve every guest ...