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Off the Shelf: Summer time at the Library

Summer is the busiest time in most children’s areas of a library. It is a whirlwind of activity each day that helps most of us sleep well at night. Whether it is planning and presenting story times, selecting and preparing a new craft and scavenger hunt, changing out displays, picking up ...

Antiques & Collecting: Petit porcelain perfume bottles popular

Many small porcelain figures were made in France, Germany and England in the 18th century, and many were made to resemble the work of the German Meissen factory. Realistic figures dressed in the robes of an unfamiliar country or vases with scenes and additional raised floral decoration were ...

Gardening: Concrete planters are easy, cheap to make

By HOLLY RAMER Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — What's the difference between cement and concrete? In my case, about $9, 55 pounds and a slightly sore back. Though the two terms are often used interchangeably, cement is an ingredient in concrete, which also includes aggregates like ...

Family Living Focus: Older Drivers – When driving skills change

Age alone does not determine driving ability. In fact, older drivers have a wide range of driving skills. Your health status matters more when it comes to driving ability. Various health conditions and declines in visual, thinking, and physical abilities that occur with aging can often ...

In Appreciation

With Thanks… The New Ulm Figure Skating Club would like to thank Happy Joe’s, Advance Auto Parts, Buff Kings, Pizza Ranch, and the overall community for their support of our figure skaters working towards the 2019 ISI World Recreational Team Championships in St. Peters, MO. Thanks to ...

Off the Shelf: Summertime and the livin’ is… for reading

Now that the days are longer and getting hotter, it might be a good time to sit back with a good book. Every year the five MacAllister siblings went to camp together because their parents owned and ran the camp. Now decades later, mostly estranged from each other, they are all returning to ...

Miss Liberty once inspired patriotism

Patriotic symbols like the Statue of Liberty, the American flag, the bald eagle and Uncle Sam are easily recognized today, but our first symbol, Miss Liberty, is almost forgotten. Before the Revolutionary War, the word “liberty” was the battle cry. Perhaps because a female figure was ...

Chemical-free options for managing mosquitoes

It's time to get outside and enjoy summer BBQs, gardening, hikes and much more. Don't let mosquitoes keep you inside; Instead enlist these chemical-free strategies to manage these pests in your landscape. Start by eliminating the mosquitoes' breeding grounds. Drain the water out of buckets, ...

Family Living Focus: Older Drivers – Tips for safe driving

From Gail Gilman Family Life Consultant, M.Ed., C.F.C.S. and Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota Make Adjustments Staying safe on the road as you get older may mean making adjustments for age-related physical changes and health conditions and taking steps to improve your ...

Public Health Corner: Is there a right and wrong way to use sunscreen?

When to apply? How much is enough? What SPF is best? Is once enough? Are all sunscreens the same? These are all questions we ask when it comes to sunscreen and application. There are so many kinds on the market it can be hard to know where to begin. Let’s start with the basics. Anyone that ...

Off the Shelf: Summer at the Library

Summertime has finally arrived. I thought I would take this time to remind you of some of the services available at the library that will help get you through the remainder of summer. If you have visited the library in the past month you have noticed a dramatic increase in the activity level. ...

Off the Shelf: Summer cookbook roundup

Summer has sprung up the last few days. When it’s too hot to cook, I like to grab a quick crockpot, sheet pan, or grilling recipe. Reference Librarian Leasa Sieve purchases most of the library’s non-fiction collection and the new books section in cookery (641) is a treat to browse.  The ...

Antique & Collecting: Old table by any other name a bargain

Everything has a name, but in the antiques world, many things have more than one name. This table (at right) was offered for sale as a “guard room table.” That is a made-up name for a table that looks like it might have been used by guards for eating, drinking and gambling in a castle a ...

Garden: All-green woodland gardens give serenity

All-green gardens are becoming popular again as the centerpieces of monochromatic landscaping. The designs are appealing and restive, driven as they are by massed ferns, moss, leaves, bark, berries, rock and foliage combinations. They serve some practical purposes, too. "Cool, mossy and damp, ...

Family Living Focus: How aging affects driving

As people get older, their driving patterns change. Retirement, different schedules, and new activities affect when and where they drive. Most older adults drive safely because they have a lot of experience behind the wheel but when they are involved in crashes, they are often hurt more ...

In Appreciation

Thanks for supporting blood drive 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 business who made donations: Kwik Trip, McDonald’s ...

College News

Isabella Portner, from Sleepy Eye was named to the Spring 2019 Dean’s List in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University. The Dean’s List honors students who were enrolled in 12 credit hours and earned a 3.5 grade point average for the term. ———— The ...

Off the Shelf: Light-hearted romances

In her May article, Acquisitions Librarian Betty Roiger shared a couple of romances that caught her attention. I was in search of some light summer reading, so I took her recommendation for “The Flatshare” by Beth O’Leary and really enjoyed it! Tiffy is desperate: she broke up with her ...

Antiques & Collecting: The history of popular Nantucket baskets

Nantucket baskets have been popular purses and collectibles since the 1940s. The first baskets on Nantucket Island were made by the Wampanoag Indians, but they were not like the later Nantucket baskets. A lightship is a substitute for a lighthouse in waters that can’t hold a lighthouse ...

Gardening: Flower bed maintenance

A bit of grooming and care will keep your flower gardens looking their best throughout the hot summer months and into fall. Remove the flower stems of salvias, veronicas and similar flowers as the blooms begin to fade. Use a pruner or sharp garden scissors and cut just above the first set of ...