Lifestyle Columns

Off the Shelf: Spring blooms

Dare I say… spring is here! I’m worried I might jinx it. Ever since I moved to New Ulm many years ago, I’ve been impressed with the pride New Ulm residents take in their homes, lawns and gardens. Especially noticeable are the beautiful flowers around New Ulm in the summer. Window boxes ...

Antiques & Collecting: Hail Britannia: Personification of England

Queen Elizabeth II was born on April 21, 1926, but she celebrates her birthday on several different days. The English monarch’s birthday had been celebrated on the actual date of his or her birth since 1788. But in 1936, after King George V died, the date was changed to the second Monday ...

Family Living Focus: Be a smart shopper – Eating well as you grow older

Planning ahead can help you choose healthy foods when you shop. It can also help you get the most for your money. Make a List Before going to the grocery store, plan your meals and snacks for the next few days or a week. Make a shopping list of foods you will need and then buy only the ...

Off the Shelf: Celebrate Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month and it’s not too late to celebrate. If you’re looking to join a book group, all are invited to the library’s Poetry Reading Group. Participants should be prepared to read aloud and discuss at least two poems. Original work or work by others is welcome. ...

Antiques & Collecting: Some antiques not what they seem to be

Collectibles were sometimes made to fool people. A tiny teddy bear could hide a perfume bottle. Pincushions hide beneath the fabric skirts of half-dolls, ceramic figures stitched to the skirt. Some collectible canes hid thin flasks that held forbidden whiskey to drink secretly while on a ...

Wildflowers: robust, low-maintenance, pollinator-friendly

Gardeners trying to lure pollinators to their landscape would be wise to mimic nature and plant wildflowers. The attractive perennials tolerate harsh climates, seldom need fertilizing and resist most diseases and insect pests. Wildflowers are durable, too, requiring little or no irrigation ...

Family Living Focus: Enjoy your meals – Eating well as you get older

Eating is one of life’s pleasures, but some people lose interest in eating and cooking as they get older. They may find that food no longer tastes good. They may find it harder to shop for food or cook, or they don’t enjoy meals because they often eat alone. Others may have problems chewing ...

Off the Shelf: Books about libraries

Librarians love to read about libraries and librarians and we love to encourage others to read about them, too. Libraries are a great setting for mysteries, romances, adventures, and more, plus give the author a chance to introduce lots of interesting characters. Here are a few books about ...

Antique beds might not fit modern sizes

Can an antique bed be used in a modern home without difficulties? Yes and no. The beds used before about 1900 are shorter and narrower than the standard sizes used today. That means to use the beds, the fitted sheets, blankets, box springs and mattresses may have to be custom made. It might ...

Gardening: Container gardens for every occasion

Make every occasion special by designing and growing containers for summer holidays, weddings, anniversary parties or other special celebrations. Pick a color scheme appropriate for the occasion or a variety of colors and shapes sure to add a festive touch. Look for opportunities to include ...

Family Living Focus: Limit some foods as you get older

Avoid “Empty Calories” Choosing foods and beverages that give you the most nutrients for the calories consumed is one way to eat well. At the same time, it’s important to avoid “empty calories” — foods and drinks that are high in calories but low in nutrients. Limit your ...

Public Health Corner: Ready? Set? Have a plan for tornado

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) defines a tornado as a violently rotating column of wind that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground. These storms can bring winds that rotate at greater than 200 miles per hour, causing severe damage or destruction to buildings, homes, and ...

Off the Shelf: A library experience

I have always loved libraries. My childhood library, the Kent Free Library in Ohio, holds an almost magical quality in my memories. The children’s area was in the basement and could be accessed by elevator or a metal spiral staircase near the adult service desk. It felt like stepping into ...

Antiques & Collecting: ‘Blackballing’ really involved black marbles

As early as the 17th century in America, members of fraternal clubs often voted at their meetings without paper ballots. Many decisions had to be almost unanimous; just one “no” vote could defeat a project. So, they used a blackball box instead of paper ballots. Each person was given a ...

Gardening: Simple strategies for a larger tomato harvest

Nothing is more frustrating than investing time, money and energy in planting and growing tomatoes only to watch them succumb to disease. We can't change the weather conditions that support disease problems, but we can tweak our growing strategies to reduce this risk. Select and grow the most ...

Family Living Focus: Eating well as you grow older Know how much to eat

Eating a mix of healthy foods every day provides the nutrients, fiber, and calories your body needs. The amount you should eat depends on your age, whether you are a man or woman and your height and weight. It also depends on your level of physical activity. The more physically active you are, ...

Off the Shelf: Series: One thing after another

A few weeks ago I reintroduced readers to Candice Fox’s Crimson Lake series.  I don’t think you can adequately imagine my jubilation when I realized the third book in her series was already out.  “Gone by Midnight” begins when an 8-year-old boy goes missing.  In a parallel story, ...

Honor Roll: St. Anthony Elementary

NEW ULM — St. Anthony Elementary School has released its honor roll for the 3rd quarter of the 2018-19 school year: “A” Honor Roll, Grade 5 Alaina Blomberg, Megan Fingland, Teresa Fischer, Abigail Hillesheim, Logan Klawitter, Evelyn Mages, Ava Schmid “A” Honor Roll, Grade ...

Antiques & Collecting: Mitchell & Rammelsberg made fine furniture in Midwest

If you never lived in Ohio you’ve probably never heard of Mitchell & Rammelsberg furniture. It was the largest furniture manufacturers of its time located in the Midwest, but not in Grand Rapids, where most of the furniture was made. (Lots of lumber and goods are transported from the ...