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Lifestyle Columns

Off the Shelf: This year I resolve to…

Once again, I am looking towards a new year, and thinking about what I can do better. Dictionary.com says a resolution is the “act of resolving or determining upon an action, course of action, method, procedure, etc.” I have no problem with the deciding to do something part of that ...

Nuvera Donation

Nuvera recently presented a donation of over $16,000 to the United Way of Brown County. Employees raised funds through pledge cards, donations and several internal fundraisers and an employer match. Pictured making the donation are Nuvera employees Sarah Nelson, Eric Huisken, Tricia Gieseke, ...

Antiques & Collecting: Hard to put a value on truly unusual items

When an unfamiliar, puzzling item comes up at auction there is often no previous sale to give a hint of the value. So, when this Warner Brothers Pictures clock was offered at a William Morford sale, the catalog just said “minimum bid $100.” The cast iron is shaped like an ark. It has a ...

Gardening: Navigating garden catalogs

As garden catalogs are piling up and online versions fill your inbox, your thoughts may turn to the growing season ahead. With so many choices of beautiful flowers and scrumptious vegetables it can be overwhelming and hard to resist buying more seeds and plants than you have space to grow and ...

Family Living Focus: Exercise to stay active – Check your progress

Why Measure Your Progress? You are more likely to stick with regular exercise and physical activity when you can see the benefits, so it can be very motivating to measure your progress. Also, measuring progress is a good way to let you know if you are continuing to make progress and if you ...

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 last weekend’s Journal and Shopper. ...

Public Health Corner: January is National Radon Action Month

Brown County Public Health will once again be offering short term radon test kits at no charge on a first-come, first- serve basis to homeowners in the Brown County area beginning Monday, January 6, 2020 during “Radon Action Month.” Kits can be picked up at: Brown County Public Health ...

In Appreciation

Beacon Promotions keeps New Ulm warm this holiday season Beacon Promotions, part of HUB Promotional Group, recently donated a large number of leather jackets, leather mittens and sauce pans to local New Ulm charity organizations this holiday season. Over 200 sauce pans were donated to the ...

College News

Minnesota State University, Mankato awarded 1,709 degrees at the end of the fall semester during commencement ceremonies on Dec. 14. Area graduates include: Arlington Darin Neisen, BS, Management, Cum Laude; Kyla Schlueter, BS, Family Consumer Science, Magna Cum ...

Off the Shelf: Fine Free in the New Year

Each year the library updates its Fines and Fees Schedule. The 2020 Schedule includes a significant change: New Ulm Public Library will no longer charge overdue fines on materials, with the exception of WiFi hotspots. The library’s mission is “we share as a community a haven for learning, ...

Antiques & Collecting

Most glass bottles identified the contents inside with embossed letters on the container or a paper label. But a special group, usually apothecary bottles or special gifts, were made with “labels under glass.” The medical bottles usually had a label with a black name written in a fancy ...

Gardening: Give Christmas tree a second life in the landscape

Once your holiday celebrations have passed and the decorations go back into storage, it is time to deal with your real Christmas tree. Don't drag it to the curb to be hauled away by the trash collectors. Give it a second, even third life, in your landscape. No live Christmas tree? Don't worry! ...

Park & Rec Report

Winter/Spring Activities Brochure is in TODAY’s New Ulm Journal and in the December 31 Shopper. Registration begins Jan. 6 at 10 a.m. New Ulm NU-You Weight Loss Challenge 2020 – Start the New Year with a NU-You! This 60-day weight loss challenge provides you with the resources needed to ...

Antiques & Collecting: Belsnickel part of German Christmas lore

Belsnickel is part of the Christmas lore of Germany, other German-speaking countries and the Pennsylvania Dutch, a community in the United States since the 1830s. He is a companion of Saint Nicholas, but while Santa carries a bag of gifts for good children, Belsnickel spreads candy for good ...

Gardening: Create a festive centerpiece from your garden

Take a break from the holiday rush for a bit of gardening relief. Grab a pruner and basket then wander through your landscape gathering a few evergreen branches, berry-laden stems and cones to create a holiday centerpiece. Most gardeners are used to walking into their summer garden ...

Park & Rec Report

New Ulm NU-You Weight Loss Challenge 2020 – Start the New Year with a NU-You! This 60-day weight loss challenge provides you with the resources needed to meet and surpass all types of fitness goals. The program starts Jan. 13 and ends March 16. Register now online or at the Rec Center. New ...

Family Living Focus: Aging relative and holiday traditions

When families have aging relatives with failing physical or mental health, changes in holiday traditions are often necessary. Older adults who experience losses still need loving contact with the children in their lives, but some guidelines can help during holiday visits. Prepare children ...

Off the Shelf: Upcoming library programs

Don’t let the cold weather get you down! Put on your warmest clothes and venture down to the library for these great upcoming events. Pre-teens and teens in fifth through eighth grades are invited to join us for Black Light Bingo on Friday, Dec. 27 at 3 p.m. We’ll play Bingo in black ...