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Lifestyle Columns

Antiques & Collecting: Porcelain artists made ceramics spectacular

Ceramic artists mentioned in auction descriptions or reports are almost always the ones who shape the piece, a dinnerware designer or an artist who creates unique pieces by modeling clay or developing unique glazes. But that wasn’t always true. In the 1700s and 1800s, there were artists who ...

College News

Charity Pozdol, daughter of Pastor David and Mrs. Leah Johnson has graduated with honors from the Madison College School of Nursing in Madison, Wisconsin. She has fulfilled all the educational requirements for her RN degree. In her training as a nurse, Charity continued to be on the Dean’s ...

Park & Rec Report

Park Playgrounds and Restrooms are open! Please use at your own risk, as they are not cleaned or sanitized. Restrooms are cleaned and sanitized once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Portable restrooms are sanitized daily; users are encouraged to carry their own sanitizer and supplies ...

Off the Shelf: Digital literacy

Libraries are champions of literacy. We provide resources, a space, and encouragement for individuals of all ages to connect with the joys of reading. Literacy encompasses not just an understanding of vocabulary, grammar, and fluency. Literacy is about getting people to think, to question, to ...

Antiques & Collecting: Cookie tins were grocery store staple

This is not a bookshelf full of books. It is an antique tin box that held cookies (called biscuits) in England about 1905. Grocery stores in the past were very different. The use of automobiles, starting about 1910, changed the way folks shopped. Before 1900, grocery shopping was done at ...

Gardening: Managing mosquitoes

Don’t let the buzz of mosquitoes keep you indoors. Most mosquitoes are a nuisance, causing rashes and itching, but some species can transmit diseases that can make you sick. Understanding how they breed and spread disease can help you gain the upper hand in the battle against these pesky ...

Family Living Focus: ‘I’m fine, thanks’

That is the life of a caregiver. You are always fine because the focus is always on the person that you care for. You are “just fine” because if you think of allowing yourself to be anything other than fine, your legs will come out from under you. You just keep moving along, all the while ...

College News

Jenna Helget of New Ulm has been named to the Dakota Wesleyan University (Mitchell, S.D.) Spring 2020 dean’s list. To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must have a semester grade point average of at least 3.5 on a four-point scale. They also must complete at least 12 hours of ...

Off the Shelf: Hanging out at home

I know many people are making good use of their increased time at home by decluttering, cooking more and spending time with family and pets. Are you looking for inspiration? I can help with some new nonfiction books. If you are working on sorting through your closet, “Project 333: The ...

Antiques & Collecting: Bargains available in vintage collectibles

Vintage collectibles, especially those related to sports, sell quickly at auction, perhaps because not all are expensive. Sometimes they are not noticed by the dedicated sports collectors and sell at bargain prices. This metal lunchbox was made in 1976. It is decorated with the helmets of ...

Gardening: Bring in the bird with these plant varieties

Fill your gardens with beautiful plants that produce an abundance of seeds the birds will love. You'll enjoy the flowers as well as the birds that visit to dine on the seeds. Best of all, there is no feeder to refill or clean. Sunflowers are likely the first seed-producing plant that comes to ...

Family Living Focus: Nip depression in the bud: Warning signs to watch for

While caregivers are defined as the people taking care of those needing help, they sometimes overlook the fact that caregiving responsibilities can take a toll on their own health. In addition to physical ailments, caregivers are at risk for depression. Depression can strike anyone, at any ...

Park & Rec Report

Park Playgrounds and Restrooms are open! Please use at your own risk. Physical distancing is required and no more than 10 people allowed at a time per playground. Please follow CDC guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html Dog, BMX and Skate Parks are open. Please use ...

College News

Minnesota State University, Mankato awarded 2,367 degrees to 2,294 students at the end of the spring 2020 semester, with this spring’s graduates celebrated through a special website that launched Saturday, May 9, the day on which the University’s three traditional graduation ceremonies were ...

Off the Shelf: Contactless pickup at the library

The Library began contactless pickup of library materials on Monday, May 11. We received almost a hundred calls during the day from patrons setting up appointments to pick up library materials. We also had patrons looking for particular books and others who were looking for reading suggestions. ...

Park & Rec Report

Families with Children- National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) has partnered with National Park Trust to promote Kids to Parks Day each May. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of us and has limited our ability to interact with our beloved national, state and local ...

Antiques & Collecting: Humidors kept good cigars in good shape

A reader sent us a picture of an item in an auction catalog that looked like a cookie jar decorated with racing horses, but it had a strange lid. What else could it be? Why horses on a cookie jar? The lid and the size, 7 inches high, are clues. The jar is a humidor, a container for cigars, ...

Gardening: Boost your landscape’s curb appeal in 1 weekend

Create a front garden that is sure to boost your mood and welcome visitors all year round. All you need is one weekend and a bit of paint, flowers, décor and edging material to boost your landscape's curb appeal. Add a splash of color by painting your front door. Look for colors that ...