Lifestyle Columns

Family Living Focus: Reaching your fitness goals

You’ll begin to see results in just a few weeks after you start regular physical activity. You may feel stronger and more energetic. You may notice that you can do things faster, longer, and more easily. As you increase your fitness level, you also might find that you need to make your ...

Meet the new youth services librarian

Hello, my name is Kathryn Tatnall. I am the new Youth Services Librarian at the New Ulm Public Library as of Feb. 1. I thought I would take the opportunity to introduce myself in this first article and we can get to books, literacy, and the love of reading in the coming months. I was born ...

Antiques & Collecting: Handmade whirligigs draw interest

What is a whirligig? Some move on a windy day like pinwheels. Some are moving toys, for example a man chopping wood. Many are moving garden pieces such as people chopping wood or waving a flag. The experts say there four types of whirligigs. The first were made as early as 500 B.C. by ...

Mater Gardener: Phenomenon of trees’ ‘Mast Year’

University of Minnesota Master Gardener, Brown County Of all the horticulture related terms I have read over the past years, I had never heard of a ‘mast year’ or ‘masting.’ We even went through a mast year in 2015 and commented on this several times, but did not know it had a ...

Family Living Focus: Overcoming barriers to exercise: No more excuses

You know you should be more active, but there are so many things that seem to get in the way. It’s time for some positive thinking. No more excuses! Following are some tips to help you overcome those barriers and improve your health. Finding time to exercise Try exercising first ...

College News

The following students have been named to the 2018 fall semester Dean’s List at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must complete 12 or more letter-graded credits while attaining a 3.66 grade point average. Arlington Kailey A Geib, ...

In Appreciation

Legion Riders The Legion Riders would like to thank the following businesses for their donations to make another successful year for the Legion Rider Omelet Breakfast held on February 10, 2019:; AMPI; The Backerei and Coffee Shop; Casey's General Store; Cash Wise; Farasyn Construction; Happy ...

Off the Shelf: The mysteries of winter

“When they found my sister’s body, the flyers we’d hung around town were still crisp against the telephone poles” begins “The Winter Sister” by Megan Collins. Sylvie is 14 when her sister Persephone crawls out their window to secretly meet her boyfriend, Ben, and never returns. ...

Antiques & Collecting: What’s in a name, when talking antiques?

It sometimes is difficult to know the proper name for a piece of antique furniture. Names can change. A commode can be a chest of drawers; a cabinet like a sideboard; or a small bedroom dressing table, usually with a drawer for soap, combs, brushes and cosmetics, and a small shelf behind a door ...

Master Gardener: How plants use nitrogen

Gardeners know that plants need a supply of nitrogen to survive and thrive. To understand how nitrogen can actually be used by plants, it is helpful to expand our knowledge of nitrogen. Where does nitrogen come from? Unlike carbon dioxide, which green plants can harvest from the atmosphere ...

Family Living Focus: Indoor activities for those snowy days

Is it too cold, too hot, rainy, icy, or snowy outside today? It’s true that older adults can be affected by heat and cold more than others, but bad weather is no excuse to cancel your exercise for the day! With a little creativity, you can be active indoors in a variety of ways: • Walk ...

In Appreciation: Oak Hills Foundation Thanks Community

On Feb. 11, the 16th Annual Oak Hills Bowling Classic fund-raiser at Concordia Lanes in New Ulm raised $11,000.00 for new technology, iPads, iPods and software for staff to provide therapy for residents. The Classic filled all 16 bowling lanes with 96 bowlers. There was a live auction with ...

College News

Molly Hennig of New Ulm has been named to the dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. To qualify for the honor roll on the UW Oshkosh campus, a student must take at least 12 credits and earn a grade-point average (GPA) of at least 3.3 (out of a possible 4.0). Those with a GPA ...

Off the Shelf: Being prepared

Meal prep is a popular trend these days. Preparing your meals ahead of time is a great way to save time and money, not to mention alleviating mealtime stress. We’ve all been there…its 6 pm, you’re tired, and there is no meal in sight. Do you resort to pizza or something similar that is ...

Park & Rec Report

Open Skate/Hockey at the Civic Center had to be adjusted this weekend, due to the District Hockey Tournament. Please check our website for the latest, most up-to-date schedules. We apologize for the inconvenience. Winter Day of Play! Join us for WinterBlast TOMORROW, Monday, February 18 at ...

Antiques & Collecting: Lincoln remembered, memorialized over years

President Abraham Lincoln has been memorialized in many ways since his death in 1860, but there are things that few people remember today. 1. The president and his wife, Mary Todd, had four sons. Three died young. “Eddie” (Edward Baker) Lincoln, born in 1846, died at 3 years old in 1850. ...

Master Gardener: February garden hints

• To keep Valentine flowers looking their best, always use lukewarm water mixed with floral preservative. Adding pennies or aspirin in the water won’t help. Keep the flowers in a cool location, out of direct sunlight. Keep them away from stored fruits and vegetables as produce emits ...

Public Health Corner: Why is gratitude the best attitude for health?

When you’re in the middle of a polar vortex and Minnesota is feeling more like Antarctica, but without the penguins, it can be hard to find room for gratitude in your heart. That’s why practicing gratitude daily is important, so it becomes a habit in your life. When you’re stuck on the ...

College News

Cassandra Kretsch, daughter of Dan and Shari Kretsch of New Ulm, has been selected to be on the School of Health Sciences Dean’s List for Fall 2018 at the University of South Dakota. This recognition is reserved for full-time students who achieve a GPA of 3.5 or ...