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Lifestyle Columns

Antiques & Collecting: Children’s toys imitate the work of Mom and Dad

By Terry and Kim Kovel Children’s toys are often miniature copies of full-sized objects in the house. They like to imitate Mom and Dad’s work. A recent Bertoia auction sold the toy icebox with its original pristine box for $1,440. The Gurney toy refrigerator made by Arcade is only 5 1/2 ...

Off the Shelf: Vote!

You may have some questions about voting, especially this year! I will be sharing information from the Minnesota Secretary of State website (mnvotes.org). If you have access to the website, you will find lots of voting information and answers to any questions you may have. We also have printed ...

Public Health Corner: We really are ALL in this together!

October 1, 2020 Brown County exceeded 200 cases of confirmed COVID-19 among residents since the first reported case in March. School has started, fall sports are expanding to include football and volleyball, annual fall celebrations, such as Oktoberfest, are occurring and holidays are right ...

Family Living Focus: Keeping the bathroom safe for seniors

The bathroom is routinely cited as the most dangerous room in the house for seniors. Countless slips and falls occur in the bathroom, causing a difficult (and sometimes embarrassing) situation for families. Because so many falls occur in the bathroom, caregivers are encouraged to take a ...

Off the Shelf: The library as a gathering space

Autumn is one of my favorite times of year. I love the cool crisp air, the falling of leaves, and the changing of colors. It makes for a magical time before the blitz of winter’s arrival. As we begin the last quarter of the year, it’s a time to ponder what’s ahead for us at the library. ...

Park & Rec Report

The Recreation Center is open; walking track, fitness equipment and fitness classes for those age 15 years and up. People may also play basketball, racquetball, pickleball and use open gym (limit of 25), but must be at least 10 years of age or with a parent. Maintain 6-foot physical distance as ...

Off the Shelf: Enjoyable recent releases

We’ve added some great books to our collection in the past couple of months. I’ve had the pleasure of reading many that I really enjoyed. Maybe one or two of them will pique your interest! Leena Cotton has just been put on a two-month paid leave from her job in London after bombing an ...

Antiques & Collecting

Many of us have used an antique egg cup to hold a boiled breakfast egg, but few have ever seen an egg cup frame with six egg cups and spoons made of sterling silver over 200 years ago. New Orleans Auctions had many unusual serving pieces in an auction, and the rare 7-inch-high by 8-inch-wide ...

Off the Shelf: Fall reading

Fall is just around the corner. On Tuesday, September 22, the autumnal equinox occurs. The word “equinox” comes from the Latin words “aequus” meaning “equal” and “nox” which means “night”. So “equal night”, simply put, is the time when daylight hours are roughly the same ...

Antiques & Collecting: Window benches good for other parts of the house

Everyone knows what a bench is, but what is a window bench? Many homes in earlier centuries had windows set in alcoves in a large open room like a hall or living room. The bench was narrow enough, and a seat low enough to avoid blocking the window. The typical French bench had curved or turned ...

In Appreciation

Red Cross On behalf of the American Red Cross we would like to thank all the donors who gave blood at our Civic Center blood drive. Thanks to all the volunteers for their help. A special thanks to the following businesses who made donations: Kwik Trip, McDonald’s Burger King, Casey’s ...

Antiques & Collecting: Tea was a valuable commodity

It seems strange today that early wooden tea caddies (special boxes for tea) were made with a lock and key. Tea was a very expensive drink in the 1600s. It gave added energy and after the addition of sugar, milk and sometimes lemon, it had a pleasing taste. The earliest tea caddies in ...

Public Health Corner: Get your flu shot

September is an important month in regards to emergency preparedness efforts. We encourage people to continue to take all the appropriate precautions to protect themselves and continue to move forward on the long journey related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Communities have many great attributes. ...

Gardening: Garden with the facts

Social media have made it easy to share information with the world. Gardening is a common theme. However, as you know, you can’t believe everything you read online. Ideas or observations that haven’t been confirmed or tested through research make their rounds on the Internet, causing ...

Off the Shelf: The power of a library card

September is National Library Card Signup Month, and it is no accident that it happens close to the start of school and the coming of autumn. Numerous studies have shown that when children and teens have both the freedom and opportunity to read they tend to excel in their school work too. ...

Park & Rec Report

Fall Program Registration is open! Register online at newulmmn.gov or at the Rec Center. Due to current mandates, staff are required to wear masks during programs. Players and spectators are not required but welcome to wear masks. Please do not arrive more than 5 minutes prior to starting time. ...

Family Living Focus: Keeping the bathroom safe for elderly seniors

The bathroom is routinely cited as the most dangerous room in the house for seniors. Countless slips and falls occur in the bathroom, causing a difficult (and sometimes embarrassing) situation for families. Because so many falls occur in the bathroom, caregivers are encouraged to take a ...

Antiques & Collecting: Egg chairs added whimsy to modern design

At least five famous midcentury modern designers made chairs that looked like large hard-boiled eggs with a cutout for seating space: Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971), Milo Baughman (1923-2003), Peter Ghyczy (1940-) and Charles Eames (1907-1978) are four of them. But the fifth and most famous was the ...