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Lifestyle Columns

Family Living Focus: Celebrate June Dairy Month

Celebrate National June Dairy Month with your favorite dairy treat. Originally established as a grocery/milk promotion in 1937, National Dairy Month now acts as a reminder of the health benefits that dairy products provide. They contain essential nutrients including calcium, potassium, vitamin ...

College News

Lydia Schoof of New Ulm has received the University of Wisconsin-Stout Chancellor’s Award for the spring 2019 semester. The award is presented to students who have a grade point average of 3.5 or above. ———— The following students from the area graduated in May 2019 from the ...

Off the Shelf: Help for struggling readers

I love reading, I am sure that comes as no surprise. You’d be hard pressed to find a librarian who dislikes reading. I love curling up with a book on a chilly morning. I love falling asleep with a book at night. I love stolen moments of the day reading, when I should really be doing something ...

Antiques & Collecting: You find the oddest things at flea markets

There doesn’t seem to be any type of antique that isn’t sold at auctions, flea markets or shops. We were surprised years ago at a flea market when a dealer was offering a wooden artificial leg. It was sold an hour after we saw it. He said it went to a woman who wanted to make a statue, and ...

Gardening: A lesson from Miss Kim: Give other lilac species a try

The problem with Miss Kim is she doesn't look like what you might expect. She's a lilac (Syringa patula), but not what we usually think of as a lilac. Miss Kim, who is from north China and Korea, is a different species from the lilac we know in the U.S., called, appropriately, common lilac ...

Family Living Focus: Exercise – Benefits of exercise for everyday life

Staying Strong, Fit, and Independent Exercise and physical activity are great ways to have fun, be with friends and family, and enjoy the outdoors. Regular exercise and physical activity can also have a direct impact on your everyday life. The benefits they provide can help you stay strong ...

College News

The following local individuals were among the 532 students to graduate with bachelor of arts degrees from Gustavus Adolphus College during the school’s annual commencement exercises on Saturday, June 1: Brandon Raghu, Arlington, Psychological Science & Theatre Taylor Gag, New Ulm, ...

Public Health Corner: A heads up on bike helmet safety

It is widely recommended that both children and adults should wear a bicycle helmet while cycling. According to Consumer Reports, a properly fitting bike helmet is a cyclist’s best line of defense against severe head injuries, such as a skull fracture, and it could save your life. Bike ...

In Appreciation

CAST grateful to George’s Fine Steaks Community And Seniors Together Board members and Director Kathy Austinson want to give a big thank you to George Cottom for a very successful Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday June 8, 2019. The funds raised will be used for senior programming in the New ...

Off the Shelf: Raining? Too hot? Pick up a good book!

I love Michael Koryta. So when he has a new book out, you will find me reading it. Five years ago I read “Those Who Wish Me Dead” and ran across the worst (best?) pair of villains I had ever read. Hands down frighteningly bad. While I understand that books need a balance of good and evil, ...

Antiques & Collecting: Advertising signs are very collectible

Advertising art is very popular today and prices keep rising. Collectors want old examples with good graphics, recognized products and great condition. A small amount of restoration is OK. Anything that mentions a product for sale is considered “advertising,” even labels on bottles and ...

Gardening: Cool, refreshing and straight from the garden: mint

Add a bit of cool flavor to your beverages and meals this summer with homegrown mint. Try using peppermint leaves in fruit cocktails and ice cream. Add spearmint to your tea or use the leaves to season lamb and jelly. Or try chocolate mint for a unique sweet and refreshing flavor in desserts ...

Family Living Focus: Exercise health benefits

From Gail Gilman Family Life Consultant, M.Ed., C.F.C.S. and Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota One of the Healthiest Things You Can Do Like most people, you’ve probably heard that physical activity and exercise are good for you. In fact, being physically active on a regular ...

College News

Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D., has announced the students named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester of the 2018-19 academic year. The Dean’s List recognizes full-time students who have a minimum of 12 credit hours with grade-point averages at 3.5 or above (on a 4.0 ...

Off the Shelf: Remembering D-Day

On June 6, 2019 the 75th Anniversary of D-Day will be commemorated. The Normandy Invasion on June 6, 1944 was a turning point in World War II. There have been many books written about D-Day, but the 75th anniversary has prompted several new titles. The following are just three of the most ...

Antiques & Collecting: Do you know the answer to the puzzle pitcher?

This elaborately decorated puzzle pitcher was made in Budapest, Hungary. In 1839, Moritz Fischer bought a factory that had been operating in Herend, Hungary, since 1826. He started making dinner sets for Hungarians because the old sets from Europe and the Far East were no longer available. The ...

Gardening: Keep plastic out of your garden soil

Before it's too late, I must address one of my pet peeves: deliberately putting plastic in soil. Take, for instance, black plastic sheeting sold as mulch. This stuff appears at first to be a cure-all for weed problems. Lay it on the ground, cut holes only where you will set plants, and weeds ...

Family Living Focus: Exercise: How to stay active – Make exercise a habit

Once you’ve started exercising, it’s important to keep going because physical activity needs to be done on a regular basis to produce maximum benefits. A Regular Part of Your Day One of the best ways to stay physically active is to make it a life-long habit. Set yourself up to succeed ...

College News

Winona State University announces the Dean’s List for Spring Semester 2019. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must be an undergraduate enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours for a grade) and achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.5. Area students on the list ...

In Appreciation

Thanks, Menagerie The State Street Theater Co. extends its appreciation to Bob Wirtz and the Menagerie for once again gracing its stage with a concert that had folks humming and singing those old familiar tunes ever since. There was, indeed, “a meetin’ here tonight” as Bob and over 100 ...