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Lifestyle Columns

Off the Shelf: Thank you!

This is just a note of thanks to all who have helped make the New Ulm Summer Reading Program the best that we could in such a difficult situation this year. First, thank you to the children, parents, and caregivers who graciously accepted that this year was going to have to be different ...

Gardening: Daylily rust: What it is, what you need to know

Daylilies are a popular perennial that are favored by gardeners, landscapers and producers in the U.S. as a low maintenance plant with few insect or disease problems. In 2000, daylily rust was first detected in the U.S. and quickly spread throughout much of the country due to widespread ...

Family Living Focus: Diabetes and heat: Safety tips

If you have diabetes, be extra careful during hot weather. Temperatures of 80°F (about 27°C) or above, especially with humidity, can affect medication, testing supplies, and your health. If you have diabetes, it is harder for your body to handle high heat and humidity. The heat index, ...

Park & Rec Report

Monday night Concerts moving to Johnson Baseball Park starting August 10. If you haven’t seen the newly-renovated Johnson Baseball Park, here is your chance! Take in musical entertainment by the Sleepy Eye Concertina Band and enjoy refreshments provided by the New Ulm Baseball Association. ...

Family Living Focus: Relax!

People, sometimes friends, relatives, helpful technicians at the doctor’s office, or concerned co-workers might tell us, “reduce your stress, sweetie, and you’ll feel better.” It feels like being told “Have a nice day!” After a while, the urge to lash out at the next person who ...

Off the Shelf: Connecting with animals in times of uncertainty

Lockdown, quarantine, self-isolation, virtual meetings, and social distancing. These words have entered our daily lexicon with deeper meaning over the past few months. While society around us hopefully continues to return to pre-virus levels of interaction, many of us are still trying to cope ...

In Appreciation

Izaak Walton League thanks 3M Foundation On behalf of the New Ulm Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, I would like to thank the 3M Foundation for their gift of $2000 to support the programs of our conservation club. This gift was made possible through the 3M retiree volunteer gift ...

Antiques & Collecting: Older globes more valuable

Home schooling and extra time spent with family because of coronavirus health rules have created a demand for maps, globes and more information about other countries. It is not difficult to figure out the probable age of a globe. The older the globe, the higher the price might be. The first ...

Off the Shelf: Eat well, sleep well, live well

I hope everyone is doing ok during these strange times we are living in. In honor of August - National Wellness Month, I have chosen a few books on wellness to tell you about this week. Eat Well Do we really need a book to tell us how to eat? With the deluge of conflicting information ...

Park & Rec Report

Monday night Community Concert- Monday, August 3 at 7 p.m. at Johnson Football Field. Entertainment provided by The Josh Norman Musik Meisters. In case of inclement weather, concert will be moved to the Civic Center North Arena. WE ARE OPEN! Anyone entering our facilities will be asked to ...

Gardening: Diagnosing mineral nutrient disorders in your landscape

Just like humans, plants need balanced nutrition to maintain their health. Mineral nutrient disorders can be a problem in some landscape plants, such as iron chlorosis in red maple, river birch, and pin oak. All landscape plants – including annuals, perennials and woody plants – can ...

Park & Rec Report

Monday night Community Concert - Monday, July 27 at 7 p.m. at Johnson Football Field. Entertainment provided by The Garage Band. In case of inclement weather, concert will be moved to the Civic Center North Arena. Construction on the Rec Center is about to begin on the new Expansion project ...

The show will go on for State Street Theater Co.

NEW ULM — The shows must go on, but with a safe and measured approach. After months without shows, the State Street Theater Company (SSTC) is easing into hosting live performances again. Music on the Steps The first show will be a free outdoor concert called “Music on the Steps.” As ...

Antiques & Collecting: Photography grew during the Civil War

By 1861, when the Civil War started, there were already several ways to take a picture. The first photos of a war were taken during the Mexican-American fight from 1846 to 1848. The Civil War (1861-1865) was the fourth. Matthew Brady was a determined photographer who collected his and other ...

Off the Shelf: How safe are your library items?

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

Family Living Focus: Putting your best foot forward

Feet are one of the most important yet maligned parts of the body. They are our little chauffeurs, getting us where we want to go. They are twin fashion statements, getting squeezed into trendy shoes no matter how high the heel or how narrow the toe. And they are our little scapegoats, because ...

Gardening: Tomato nutrition

Tomatoes are important in the American diet. Tomatoes are healthy, tasty and versatile. They appear in sauces, salads, juices, and soups. Actually tomatoes are a nutrient-dense superfood that offers benefit to a range of bodily systems and supports healthful skin, weight loss, and heart health. ...

Gardening: Gardens under trees

People are interested in planting under existing trees for a variety of reasons. Have you struggled to keep turf grass alive under a tree canopy? Do you have a small yard and the area beneath the tree is the only place to have a flowerbed? Have you admired blooms planted by others in your ...

Park & Rec Reports

WE ARE OPEN! Anyone entering our facilities will be asked to perform a self-health screen posted on 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 distance ...

Antiques & Collecting: Deco style makes Bakelite radios popular

Vintage but modern-looking plastic radios are popular with collectors today. The art deco design was popular when Bakelite was introduced as the first molded plastic used for radio cases, in 1933. But Bakelite was either brown or black, sometimes with a marbleized look, and customers wanted ...