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Women Pg 2: Physical therapy with no limitations

Pg 3: Healthy and fit for life Pg 4: Tools available to promote women owned businesses

Pg 5: Pam Brand of Pam’s Corner Pg 6: Photography by Kari Pg 8: Finding life’s perfect balance Pg 10: Fear contributes to success Pg 11: Elizabeth Benedum of Barista’s Coffee House

A Special Section of the Fillmore County Journal

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Physical therapy with no limitations By Jason Sethre The notion of Fillmore County Physical Therapy, located in Preston, Minn., most likely started as an epiphany back in 1996. When Lisa Stensrud was just 16-years-old, showing horses in Northwest Indiana where she grew up in Culver, Ind., she fell off of her horse and suffered a severe injury. While her recovery took some time, it was her thoroughbred horse that was struggling to recover from a shattered knee. Fortunately, a family friend -who was also a physical therapist -- offered to help Stensrud get her horse’s health back on the road to recovery. Roughly one

year later, Stensrud’s horse was back in the saddle again. So, a physical therapist who normally tends to humans took time and energy to help Stensrud’s horse recover from a severe injury, and this became an inspiration for Lisa Stensrud to pursue a career in physical therapy. Following her graduation from Culver Community High School in 1998, she earned her Associates Degree from Ancilla College in Donaldson, Ind., furthering her education to earn her under-graduate in Biology and Chemistry in 2004 from Indiana University. Then, in 2007, she graduated from the Mayo School of

Lisa Stensrud, DPT, stands in one of the therapy rooms of her full service facility at Fillmore County Physical Therapy in Preston, Minn. Photo by Jason Sethre

Health Sciences in Rochester, Minn., earning her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Since graduation, she has dedicated all of her energy toward helping people heal through various means. After establishing her practice in Preston in January 2012, she was able to find a good home for her business in February 2013 in the building just west of Preston City Hall and directly across the street from the Preston Fire/ Ambulance Department. It’s been a great location with high visibility and very accessible parking for patients. Lisa Stensrud keeps very busy serving the needs of many people near and far. Currently, she provides assistance with hospice care for Heartland Hospice Services in Rochester and Mayo Physical Therapy on a supplemental basis. In addition, she has a contract with Fillmore County Public Health Services to provide in-home healthcare. But, with all that she has on her plate, she is able to dedicate 75 percent of her time to her 10 to 12 clients seen on a daily basis at Fillmore County Physical Therapy. With clients coming from as far as Rushford, Cresco, Grand Meadow, Chatfield, Rochester, and all points between, Stensrud’s business has expanded in services as much as her client base has expanded in geography. While most of her clients relate

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Working Women 2013 to orthopedics, she also helps clients deal with aches and pains. And, what’s unique about Fillmore County Physical Therapy is that Stensrud is able to provide therapy that relates to her interests and expertise far beyond the norm. As an experienced lifelong equestrian, she offers Hippotherapy, which is Greek for ‘horse’therapy. Out at her farm near Greenleafton, where her and her husband Dave keep their horses, Stensrud has provided therapy sessions with Hippotherapy for several patients. In addition, Stensrud is a First Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, so she does offer karate physical therapy for clients. As Stensrud shared, she has client who easily gets bored with regular physical therapy, but incorporating karate creates more interest for that particular client. In addition, this unique form of physical therapy helps patients with balance, range-of-motion, coordination, strength, and confidence. The diversity of therapy options offered by Fillmore County Physical Therapy demonstrates that one size doesn’t fit all with health care needs. Physical therapy is not always simply a physical treatment. Stensrud has to understand her patients, their response to treatment, and possibly rethink their treatment to get them on the road to recovery. Fillmore County Physical Therapy is approaching a two

year anniversary celebration in Preston, Minn., in January 2014. But, Lisa Stensrud’s journey to arrive at this destination appears to be a culmination of her life experience, education, and talents channeled into a business that serves the public in so many ways. And, along the way, her success has inspired others. Stensrud recently had a friend ask her what it takes to get a business up and running. She quickly replied, “Find yourself the best lawyer and the best accountant, and then speak with your local EDA.” When running a business, any business owner will tell you that you need to “get your ducks in a row.” Getting legal and accounting assistance takes those worries off your plate while you focus on serving the needs of your customers. For Stensrud, she is referring to her lawyer, Jennifer Gumbel, and her accountant, Pam Ristau, along with help from Cathy Enerson and Cris Gastner, assisting Preston’s EDA and Fillmore County’s EDA, respectively. Stensrud has created a business revolving around a service where there was an unmet need, and that business has evolved into an entire filing cabinet full of clients along with a very busy office in downtown Preston, Minn. Business development never happens overnight, but what Lisa Stensrud has accomplished in less than two years is remarkable.


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Healthy and fit for life By Hannah Wingert Lindsay Barnes has always had a strong passion for health and fitness. She’s been an athlete all of her life, and her motto is “healthy and fit for life.” Working out is an important part of her day, and she enjoys running marathons, most recently the Chicago Marathon on October 13, 2013. So in 2007 when she was approached by the owners of Work-It Circuit in Harmony, Minn. Tara Hanson and Michele Gatzke, with the opportunity to purchase the work out center, she knew it would be a good fit for her. Despite having no previous experience owning a business and being “scared to death,” she jumped in and didn’t look back. Overall, the adjustment to business ownership was not overly stressful, she says. The business had just switched over to a 24 hour keyless entry system when Barnes purchased it, which meant that it no longer needed to be staffed during open hours. She hired the Fillmore County DAC to come in once a week for cleaning and her husband helps with any repairs that need to be done, but other than that, Barnes runs the Work-It Circuit by herself. Her hours vary depending on new membership, but she typically checks in every other day to ensure that everything is running smoothly. Members of the

gym have complimented her on how nice and clean the center is. Work-It Circuit generates just enough income to support Barnes’ marathons, fitness gear, and training, but she’s not in it for the money. Her goal is to encourage others to become healthy and fit for life as well, and running a work-out center is a good way to accomplish that goal. Work-It Circuit currently has approximately 70 members. After purchasing the business, Barnes updated all three of the treadmills to commercial treadmills and recently added a recumbent bike. She also has eight hydraulic resistant training machines. At Work-It Circuit, members of Blue Cross Blue Shield are eligible for $20 off their membership fees to be reimbursed if they work out a minimum of 12 times per month. Work-It Circuit also accepts Health Partners Insurance. In addition to running WorkIt Circuit, Barnes stays busy waitressing several days a week at the Village Square in Harmony working as a nail tech at Lasata Salon and Spa in Rochester, Minn. one day a week, training for marathons, and keeping up with her two children, ages 17 and 14, both of whom are involved in sports.

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Tips for female enterpreneurs Starting a business is no small task. But as the 21st century progresses, more and more female entrepreneurs are embracing the challenge of starting their own businesses. Though each entrepreneur has his or her own motivation for starting a business, the chance to be your own boss and turn an idea into a successful business is a driving force for both male and female entrepreneurs. And though male and female entrepreneurs face similar hurdles when starting a business, many female entrepreneurs might be more hesitant to set out on their own, fearing that old stigmas about women in the workplace might affect their chances at success by making potential investors or financial institutions wary of women setting out on their own. Though such concerns unfortunately are legitimate, women should not assume that such stigmas prevail. The continued success of female entrepreneurs has shed new light on just how successful female entrepreneurs can be. The following are a few tips for women looking to start their own business. •Seek out a mentor. Many female entrepreneurs have blazed the trail you are about to embark on, and such women can prove an invaluable resource as you begin your journey. Find a female business owner you can connect with and ask her for any advice she can offer. She might not be able to help you with any specifics regarding your business, but she can very well share stories of what you

can expect as a woman setting out to start her own business. •Have an airtight business plan. As unjust as it is, a stigma about women in the workplace still exists in the minds of some professionals. This means women must be especially diligent and detailed when creating their business plan. One helpful hint is to act as if you are pitching yourself. Look at your business plan and ask if you would invest in yourself. Ask yourself the questions you would ask a fellow entrepreneur if he or she approached you with the same business plan you just developed. There’s no harm to be done by using every resource at your disposal, especially your own business savvy and experience. •Don’t expect to finance the business entirely on your own. Unless your business is going to be especially small, you’re going to need capital to start your business. If you think

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you can finance the business on your own, you might want to reconsider. A business loan or investors can help you plan for the unexpected. If you attempt to go it alone, open your business and then find you need a business loan, the lending institution might find your brand has already been damaged and is less likely to succeed. That can make it harder to secure a business loan. Though it’s possible to finance your business entirely out of your own pocket, it never hurts to partner up with a bank or a handful of investors. •Rely on your support system. Many women with business experience might feel they need to prove something to themselves when starting their own business and need to do so entirely on their own. While that’s great motivation, underestimating the value of your support system, including your spouse, children and even your mentor, is a mistake. Rely on these people who all want you to succeed, and turn their support into extra motivation.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Working Women 2013

Tools available to promote women-owned businesses By Karen Reisner According to the last United States Census, 7.8 million U.S. businesses are owned by women. This represents a 44 percent increase from 19972007. The number of businesses owned by women has grown at twice the rate as men-owned businesses. Twenty-nine percent of all non-farm businesses are now women-owned. These businesses add $1.2 trillion to the U.S. economy annually while employing 7.6 million people. However, residues of the long standing bias against women in business still have women facing challenges ranging from sex discrimination to family obligations. Over three decades ago the Small Business Administration’s Office of Women’s Ownership was established. Its mission is “to establish and oversee a network of Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) throughout the

United States.” The focus is on women entrepreneurs who are disadvantaged socially and/or economically. WBCs offer training and business counseling to help clients start or grow their businesses. The intention of the educational centers is to help “level the playing field” for women who want to start a business. The closest centers are Women Venture in St. Paul and the Western Dairyland Women’s Business Center which is located in Eau Claire, Wis. The centers help clients with business planning and management, marketing, opportunities to secure a loan, and so on. Many women do not seek outside financing because they don’t expect any outside funding sources to be available to them. Direction from a WBC can help a women get a Small Business Administration (SBA)

guaranteed loan. The SBA helps to facilitate small business loans to help businesses grow. It does not directly loan to small business owners, but does guarantee that the loans will be repaid. The loans come from a commercial lender. The SBA guaranteed loans are available to qualified business owners that are not able to get financing elsewhere at reasonable terms. Some of the requirements for an SBA guaranteed loan include: the business must operate for profit, it must be by definition a small business, the applicant must have equity invested in the business, other financial resources available must be used first, applicant must demonstrate a need for the loan, and the applicant must not have an existing debt obligation to the United States. The SBA “does not provide grants for starting or expanding

a business.” In general grants do not have to be repaid. The SBA does offer grants to non-profit and educational organizations for counseling and training programs. However, business grants may be available from other sources including corporations, organizations, or individuals. Federal grants for women may be available for women who want to continue their education. Federal and state government agencies provide financial assistance programs to help small business owners to get loans from commercial lenders. With the enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013, the WomenOwned Small Business Contract program has caused changes to help more women-owned small businesses win federal contracts. Only about 4 percent of the hundreds of billions of

government contracts awarded to small businesses have gone to women-owned businesses in recent years. The program offers support to businesses that are at least 51 percent owned by a woman or women to more successfully compete for contracts in the federal sector. For women who are looking to start or expand their businesses and are looking for help in doing that, a good first step is to find a counselor with the tools to help make that goal a success. Stop in to meet with your city Economic Development director or the county director to apply for free SBA counseling. Preston Economic Development director Cathy Enerson says her office will help find a reasonably priced location or “incubator space” for a start up business. This is a space with low or reduced rents for a period of a time until the new business has a chance to get up and running.

New data analysis shows women-owned business thriving, but still facing obstacles From the National Women’s Business Council Despite the difficult economic climate during the Great Recession, women-owned businesses performed just as well as menowned businesses during the period 2007 – 2010, and in many cases outperformed their peers. In its latest infographic, ‘Women in Business: 2007 –

2010’, the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) builds off its previous analysis in the 2012 annual report to track the performance outcomes of approximately 98 percent of employer establishments identified in the 2007 Survey of Business Owners. Using the data sources available to the Census Bureau, NWBC and the Census Bureau have tracked

the expansions and contractions in employment, as well as the closing or sale of businesses, through 2010. This is the most recent government data available on women business owners. Throughout the recession, women-owned businesses were active in the largest industries and have a greater percentage of firms making more than $1M in revenue in several industries, including retail trade, wholesale trade, manufacturing, and construction. Women-owned businesses also lost a smaller share of jobs than their male counterparts. Both men- and women-owned businesses that used business loans or business profits to fund expansion during the recession did better than those businesses that used credit cards or personal savings. Women-owned businesses using bank loans or business profits died slightly more frequently, but also expanded more frequently, than menowned businesses. Overall, women-owned businesses tend to be founded or acquired more


recently than men-owned businesses, with only 7.6 percent of women-owned businesses done so before 1980 (compared to 15 percent for men-owned businesses). Its important to note because newer business were more likely to go out of business, but also more likely to hire new employees. In fact, of businesses that survived the recession, almost 50 percent hired new employees. The challenge remains; the majority of women-owned firms are clustered in industries that have lower levels of revenue on average, which limits the eco-

nomic impact these businesses owners can make. Men-owned businesses tend to proportionately outnumber WOBs in highearning industries; similarly, the industries with high representations of women are also the five lowest-earning industries by measures of median revenue per business. This is an area of interest for NWBC because it indicates that some of the macro level gaps in business performance, most notably revenues, may be the result of these structural choices to enter certain industries, rather than the performance of individual firms.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Pam Brand of Pam’s Corner By Barb Jeffers Pam Brand is a staple of Rushford, Minn. having grown up in Rushford and graduating from Rushford Peterson High School. Brand started out working at Tri County Co-op Oil and then worked for Duane Agrimson who opened a convenience store called Duey’s Motor Mart in the same building after Tri County Co-op moved it’s location. During this time Pam left to work at the National Bank of Rushford for several months eventually going back to work at the Motor Mart again. A few years later, Denny Darr took over the convenience store, and with a sales and management education, Pam managed the store for him. Pam left the convenience store again and went to work for Severson Oil in Winona, Minn., saying she was “thinking she could expand her horizons” by working there. After a few months of working in Winona, Brand came back to the convenience store and decided that this is where she was meant to be. In 2005, Brand leased the convenience store part of the building from then owner Denny Darr and opened Pam’s Corner. Many driving through the town of Rushford and especially Rushford residents have found Pam’s Corner to be a must-stop for many items they use regularly.

During the Rushford flood in 2007, the building that houses Pam’s Corner, along with many other buildings in town, suffered damage during the flood and required a great deal of hard work in order to get the business back up and running stated Brand. The opportunity came in July of 2008 to purchase the building which opened many doors for Brand and her family. The building is expansive enough that it not only holds Pam’s Corner but other parts of the building are being leased for a Subway sub shop, the Rushford Post Office, LA’s hair, and still has a lot of room to spare. After the liquor store in Rushford closed its doors, Brand opened an off-sale liquor store in May of 2012 in yet another part of the building taking some space from a large shop in the rear of the building while still leaving adequate room for the existing shop to be used for its intended purpose which is for Brand’s husband, Paul, who farms, to repair his equipment. The number of businesses located in one building is impressive but the list is not yet complete. These businesses are on the ground floor of the building and there is also a second level which holds Pam’s office as well as several offices she leases. When asked if it is overwhelm-

ing to keep up with so much activity in one building, Brand said it is a “big job” but her past experience keeping books has made the transition run smoothly. As you can imagine Brand puts in many hours and said that she has “learned a lot” since opening the business. Brand says she has her own system and tries to keep it simple which works well for her. Brand states that her husband is very supportive as well as their sons Phil, Tim and Jordan. Jordan helps a lot at the store working, training, and scheduling among many other tasks. Brand says that she has a great family and wonderful friends as a support system. Pam’s Corner also has “a lot of very good, loyal customers” who she appreciates and looks forward to seeing walk through the door. The customers are the reason Brand is baking muffins, pastries, breakfast sandwiches, etc. at 3:30 a.m. before the convenience store opens at 4 a.m. As for future plans Brand states that she will continue to work hard and hopefully get everything paid off before it’s time to retire which is a sentiment most business owners can relate to. Brand is unsure if any of their three sons will be interested in taking over the business down the road but until then she will enjoy her family, friends, and customers while living the dream of owning her own business. Brand’s advice for women who

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105 State Highway 16 & 43 in Rushford. The hours of the convenience store are Sunday through Thursday 4 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 4 a.m. to 11 p.m. Off-sale liquor is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Laundromat is open 24 hours. For more information phone (507) 864-7949 or visit

Pam Brand sits in her office at Pam’s Corner in Rushford, Minn. Photo by Barb Jeffers


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Monday, October 21, 2013

Photography by Kari accomplish in her life. By Angie Rodenburg McGill, a native of Spring Kari McGill is a young and talented photographer. It is Valley, Minn. and a Stewartevident in her pictures that ville graduate, did not always she has an eye for photogra- plan on being a photographer. phy and has learned her craft In her words, she “fell into well. McGill, though, is not it” after getting a nice camera to take only to be better picadmired tures for for her her scrapskill, but booking for the hobby. o b s t a c le s After takshe has to ing her overcome c o u s i n’s in order senior to do her pi c t u r e s , photograpeople phy. Kari could see is a quadher gift for riplegic. photograAs a phy and 16 -y e a rwas soon o l d , asked by McGill numerwas drivous people ing on to take a gravel their picroad durtures. She ing winter soon realwhen the ized that grade of Kari McGill her hobby the road could turn caused her to over-correct and get in a into a real business. In 2005, car wreck. From that day on, Photography by Kari was McGill has been in a wheel born. As an entrepreneur, McGill chair. However, she refuses to let her physical limitations dic- put her degree in Accounting, tate what she can and cannot minor in Business Manage-

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ment, and additional minor in Business Law from Mankato State to good use. McGill is a self-taught photographer and has learned a lot simply from reading and practice. McGill also employs a few part-time assistants that will set up backdrops, package photographs for customers, as well as assist her with other various tasks. In her own words, Kari says, “I’m a southeastern Minnesota based photographer specializing in family, children, and senior photography. I have always enjoyed taking pictures and valued documenting my family’s life with photographs and scrapbooks. In 2005, I turned my passion for photography into a profession. I am enjoying every minute of it! I am so thankful I get to spend time with wonderful people and get to do something I love while capturing memories for my clients at all stages of their lives.” McGill also does photography for newborns and couples. She enjoys working in her studio as well as photographing outdoors. Kari said, “Working outdoors is more challenging, but I still like doing it.” McGill has a business website and blog and can be found at www.photographybykari. com/blog. On her site potential clients can see pictures of her studio, pricing, and her work. The studio is located in downtown Spring Valley.

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Building a business wardrobe The transition from college student or stay-at-home mom to full-time professional requires a number of changes. Those changes include updating your wardrobe to give it a more professional feel. Clothing that’s acceptable for a jaunt to the store or a night out may not be appropriate for the office. Just what constitutes a professional wardrobe has changed over the years, and the guidelines for such attire are no longer as firm as they once were. But it still behooves a woman to add some classic, professional pieces to her closet. While skirts and pantyhose may no longer be mandatory, dressing conservatively and cleanly in an office environment is always a safe bet. In order to achieve a wardrobe transformation without breaking the bank, the fashion experts at Marie Claire advise adding separates to build around a base

suit. Find a suit that is flattering to your figure and make it a workplace staple. Then purchase coordinating pants, sweater sets, shirts, another skirt, and accessories that can be mixed and matched with elements from the suit to create different looks. If your budget allows, purchase another suit in a different color so you can continue to build wardrobe possibilities. When selecting base pieces, opt for neutral colors of tan, gray, black, and blue so that these items can be worn repeatedly without being noticed. Accessories and blouses can offer pops of color when necessary. A nice handbag or pair of shoes can quite easily add color to an otherwise monotone ensemble. When selecting items from the rack, look for those that fit well but aren’t too constrictive or racy. Inquire with your new employer’s hiring manager or human

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resources department to find out if the workplace has any restrictions on wardrobe. There may be employee guidelines, particularly in certain industries, such as law or education. If no such restrictions are in place, keep skirts to knee-length and avoid particularly low-cut tops. Save more revealing items for nights out with friends. Many employers have adopted dress-down days as perks for their employees. Although you may be invited to dress more casually, avoid dressing for a day at the beach or hanging around the house. Opt for trouser-style jeans that are free of rips and embellishments. If athletic shoes are allowed, make sure they are clean and not the pair you wear while tending to your garden. Avoid graphic T-shirts that feature

FILLMORE COUNTY JOURNAL potentially offensive or suggestive messages. In more conservative companies, dressing down may be opting for khakis instead of suits. It is important to know the difference. Women who are adding to their wardrobes can include these all-time business staples. •Classic black pump shoes •Crisp, button-down white shirt •Fine-knit sweater in a bright color •Camisole or shell in a neutral color to wear under blazers

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•Cardigan in black or white that can be worn over tops or dresses •Fitted, sleeveless dress that can be paired with a suit jacket or cardigan •Straight-hemmed skirt in a neutral color •Flat-front black, gray and tan pants •Neutral-colored wool coat and a rain jacket Over time, women can add to their wardrobes as budgets allow and they learn more about what is acceptable at their places of hire.

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Finding life’s perfect balance By Angie Rodenburg There is something special about working in the town you were born and raised in. Often times coming home after being gone for years can make coming home all the sweeter. This is certainly the case for Family Nurse Practitioner, Kirsten Wyffels, at Winneshiek Medical Center’s newly expanded clinic in Mabel. After high school graduation Wyffels attended the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire. She went on to receive her Masters of Science in Nursing and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Winona State University. Before being offered the opportunity to work at the Mabel Clinic, Wyffels served for six years as a nurse practitioner at Gundersen Lutheran in Long-Term Care. Prior to that she had worked as a nurse practitioner at Albert Lea Med-

ical Center in Express Care. Wyffels chose a career in the medical field after being inspired by her grandmother who worked at Green Lea Manor. “My grandmother worked at Green Lea Manor for 20 years providing care to patients and always did it with a smile,” said Wyffels. She went on to say, “After deciding to become a registered nurse, I decided to pursue my Masters degree and become certified as a family nurse practitioner for more autonomy and to provide increased patient care access in rural communities.” While attending college Wyffels married her husband, Doug. They have been married for 16 years. Together they have two children, Drew and Lauren. Doug is a math teacher and coach at Mabel-Canton High School. When asked how she bal-

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Monday, October 21, 2013 anced work and home life, Wyffels said, “It can be difficult to balance the demands of a busy family and a full-time job. It takes organization. I am always thankful to my parents for helping out in a pinch. It takes a village!” Wyffels also said, “It is a blessing to work in my hometown and to have a one minute long drive to work. It has allowed me to be more accessible to my children and their activities. I also enjoy working with the staff at Mabel Clinic.” Working at the Mabel Clinic has also given Wyffels the opportunity to serve alongside Kathy Petersburg, a fellow nurse practitioner. Petersburg, a native of Plymouth, Minn., received her nursing degree at Winona State University and her Masters at the College of Saint Catherine. When asked why she chose to pursue a career in the medical field, Petersburg said, “I chose nursing because I love to take care of and help people. I chose the nurse practitioner role because of my goal to help patients obtain healthy lifestyles.”

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Working Women 2013 Petersburg, like Wyffels, has a love for the Mabel community. “ I love small communities and thought this would be a great place to provide health care. My dream was to one day expand the services provided at the Mabel Clinic and my dream did come true!” said Petersburg. Petersburg is married with two adult daughters and has learned the importance of balancing career and family. “I think balance is a challenge especially when you have children. Fortunately, my husband has been very supportive with my schedule and with parenting our daughters. Now that the we have no children at home, it would very easy to spend a lot of extra time at work. I believe finding the right work-

life balance is imperative to my personal satisfaction at home as well as at work,” said Petersburg. Both Wyffels and Petersburg, with their wisdom and experience, have sage advice for those looking to pursue a career in the medical field. They encourage a great work and study ethic. They also strongly encourage students to take science and math classes in high school,as well as job-shadow. They challenge students to be the best they can be. Wyffels added, “There are so many wonderful opportunities for women in the medical field which continues to grow and change every day. Health care is dynamic and women are fulfilling so many more roles in health care.”

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How moms can trim costs from the household budget Being a mother is no small task. Whether a woman is a working mother or a stay-athome mom who manages the household, the responsibilities that come with motherhood are considerable. And according to a new study, many mothers are taking on even more responsibility, one that has a substantial impact on their family. According to a poll from Working Mother magazine and Chase Card Services, 59 percent of working mothers say they are managing household expenses on their own. That’s

nearly twice the amount of working mothers who say they co-manage household finances with their spouses. The study polled more than 800 working mothers in December of 2012 and found that just 11 percent of working mothers left the management of household finances entirely up to their spouses. Managing a household’s finances can be a heavy burden, especially for those women who are trusted to do it on their own. One of the riddles many mothers must solve when managing

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the family finances is where to trim some of the excess from their monthly budgets. There are several ways to do just that without making drastic changes to a family’s lifestyle. •Hang up on your land line. Most adults now have mobile phones, and nowadays even teenagers have their own cell phones. So is the land line really worth it, or is it just a relic from a time long ago that now offers a false sense of security should your cell phone be unable to get service or see its battery drained? More and more households apparently feel a land line is a relic, as the U.S. National Health Information study found that, as of June 2012, 34 percent of households had abandoned their land lines and gone fully wireless. That’s probably because a land line can cost hundreds of dollars per year, a costly expense considering a family cell phone package may already be costing you $1,000 if not much, much more. •Go to the gym more often. Many parents find they don’t have the time to go to the gym with any consistency and feel like canceling a gym membership is a practical decision. But is it really? Most likely not, as many men and women respond to canceling their gym memberships by purchasing costly equipment they plan to use at home. Such equipment can cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars, and chances are the equipment won’t be used enough to make that investment worthwhile. Instead of canceling a gym membership, resolve to go to the gym more often. Doing so gives you a better return on your investment, and your health insurance company might have a reimbursement policy that cuts you and your spouse a check if you visit the gym ‘X’ number of times each year. Such rebates drastically reduce the cost of a gym membership. •Get rid of cable. This costcutting measure comes with a caveat, as it is not necessarily as cut and dry as it seems on the surface. Cable or satellite television providers often lament that they’re forced to pay for dozens or even hundreds of channels they never even watch, and that’s a legitimate gripe when considering many families pay as much as $100 per month, if not more, for cable or satellite television service. But in order to save the most from giving up such services, you must make sure your hardware is current. If your plan is to rely on streaming services, you’re going to need a receiver capable of streaming video, a television with HDMI connections and maybe even a new wireless router if your current one is a little old and slow. Each of these items can prove rather expensive, and you haven’t even paid for a subscription service like Netflix or Hulu yet. If you already have the

hardware to handle this transition, then your savings will be instant. If not, you may have to accept a net loss now with a goal of long-term savings. •End your infatuation with brand names. Brand names are always going to be more expensive, whether you’re buying clothes or groceries. If you aren’t willing to end your relationship with your favorite fashion designers, then at least sever ties with brand names at the grocery store. When buying

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the items everyone has in their pantry, such as flour and pasta, skip the brand names in favor of store brands. Those extra few dollars you save at the register each shopping trip might not seem like a lot, but they can add up to a considerable amount of money over time, and no one will taste the difference. More and more mothers are taking control of the family finances. When those finances need a little relief, there are many ways to save a few extra dollars without making any drastic changes to the family’s lifestyle.

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Fear contributes to success By Jackie Horsman May 2012 was a defining moment for so many aspects of Lisa Vaupel’s life. When Lisa decided to make a life decision and purchase Threads Custom Apparel in Chatfield, Minn. she told herself, “I have a great husband, a great family; I can at least say ‘I’ve tried this’ and move on.” Vaupel had always walked the line, done what she was supposed to do, never made waves, never really stepped outside the box as far as her work life had seen. She has a Liberal Arts degree from RCC (now RCTC), had a great internship at a large local newspaper, went on to do some secretarial work and then found what she felt was home: laying out design work for a couple of local papers. Sounds like an every day satisfactory American life. And it was. But that doesn’t mean Vaupel didn’t want more. The truth is, we probably all want more. Don’t we? But how do we get it? How do we decide to go after it? What holds us back? Fear. It’s not our favorite F-word, it’s probably right up there with another one many don’t care for. But it is reality. Lisa Vaupel had the ability to recognize this and admit it to herself. Instead of pushing it aside, running away from it, not addressing it; she did something that most of us don’t even think about doing. She just accepted it. It wasn’t necessarily a

question of facing it, she knew it was there already. “I wish I could say I woke up every day now and could say I’m not afraid. But I wake up with a healthy dose of fear every day of the week. But it keeps me grounded. I don’t have what some women have, I don’t exude confidence and strength. But at the same time the fears I have keep me level headed and grounded. Being fearful is not a bad thing. Coping with it by accepting change is what’s important,” Vaupel explained as she shared her words of wisdom. Roughly 10 years ago, Lisa had the opportunity to purchase some screen printing equipment but she backed away from the chance out guessed it, fear. She was fearful of the change, of rolling the dice, even though she knew that is what she had always wanted to do. Then, as she was laying out an ad for a local paper years later, she saw the opportunity to fulfill her wants in life and she knew this time she had to try it. She purchased Threads Custom Apparel from the Allen family in Chatfield. A perfect fit for Vaupel, as she was a Chatfield native, knew the business was a family business, well established and it would offer her the ability to be creative and work with people. “I remember the process start-

Monday, October 21, 2013 ing with slow baby steps but eventually snowballing into reality,” Vaupel recalls. “Many times I thought, I want to go back! What was I thinking?” Lisa had never made a life decision that involved fear, she stayed away from such things and would find an alternative route. She now knows the rewards she reaps personally and professionally from doing so outweigh those feelings of indecisiveness. “…this has turned into my heart and soul,” Vaupel says, “I’ve learned more in the last year and a half than I think I’ve learned collectively in the last ten years. More about the work, myself, my family and who is my support.” Vaupel admits to worrying a lot while growing up, especially during high school years. Like many, if not all, young women Vaupel worried about whether this person liked her, do these jeans look okay, the things adults see as nothing but a teen sees as their world. Vaupel shared, “Having a business in a small town, I can regress, but I’m not 15 anymore. To think 20 years ago…I would be a business owner here…it’s weird!” Seeing other young women in her life struggle with insecurities, Vaupel wants them to know and understand, “…it is all just so insignificant.” And Vaupel has proved that with the success of her business and the success she gets to celebrate with her family every day in her personal life. She did it. She did it with the strength she never knew

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Working Women 2013 she had, she did it with the love and support of friends and family and she did it because she has in her what she still has trouble seeing today. Strength. Having the ability to change as things change around you are key when being a successful woman. “If one thing doesn’t work, be willing to shift and change gears.

As long as you’re willing to do that you will be successful,” Vaupel advises. Facing the fear of change and then accepting it can be paralyzing for anyone, man or woman, but letting go is all part of the secret to Lisa’s success. “The best gift you can give yourself is to not worry about what is out of your control.”

Lisa Vaupel, proud owner of Threads Custom Apparel, partially credits fear to the success of her business. Photo by Jackie Horsman

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Elizabeth Benedum of Barista’s Coffee House By Barb Jeffers Elizabeth Benedum grew up near Rushford, Minn. and always loved the area. She moved away for a few years after graduating high school and lived in various places such as Madison, Wis., Colorado Springs, Colo., and in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area of Minnesota. Eventually Benedum moved back to southeastern Minnesota saying that it is “so pretty here” and this is where her family is. In 2007, she worked in the coffee house that she currently owns for a few months which was then under a different owner. After working in the building for a few months, Benedum had the opportunity to purchase it, which she did in June of 2008, and made many changes such as the name of the business, extending the hours, and giving the building a fresh coat of bright blue paint and “making it my own.” The building, built in 1885, is unique and full of history having been a barbershop for 100 years. Old photographs adorn the wall showing the building and its occupants from years gone by which provide a bit of a history lesson for visitors. Benedum says that if the building did not have the history that it does or was not so distinctive, she would not have considered the purchase as the old building is a large part of why a coffee house works so well there. Benedum stated that the building and business “needed time and a lot of work” for it to become what it is today, but the hard work was well worth it judging by the results. Not only is the inside of the building warm and inviting, but the porch is decorated with a homey feel

and is large enough to hold a sizeable group. A very popular item at Barista’s Coffee House is espresso drinks due to the fact that espresso is not easy to find in this area. Another favorite of customers is the fruit smoothies which Benedum proudly states are made with lots of real fruit, local honey, and real whipped cream unlike fast food smoothies which she says are made with a corn syrup mix and artificial flavors. Mochas, latte’s, and many other hot and cold drinks are available at Barista’s Coffee House. One drink on the menu which was unknown to this reporter is the “Arnold Palmer” which is half lemonade and half iced tea. This and many other interesting beverages can be found at the coffee house. Barista’s Coffee House offers not only drinks but also has “build your own” deli sandwiches with a variety of meats, cheeses, sauces, and vegetables to choose from. During cold weather there is occasionally soup on the menu and Benedum offers seasonal drinks such as caramel apple cider to warm up her customers even on the coldest of winter days. Although Barista’s Coffee House has an vintage look and feel, there are also modern conveniences for patrons. Wi-Fi is available which many people appreciate and take advantage of especially for business meetings. The coffee house is also furnished with a drive-thru window which is very convenient. Elizabeth additionally has an eclectic collection of other items available for purchase in the coffee house including local gifts, locally made maple syrup, honey from local vendors, tea varieties, used books, jewelry,

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and more. Many regulars frequent the coffee house throughout the day beginning with the early risers, the before school crowd, the coffee break people, and the retirees during the morning hours. Elizabeth states, “A lot of sweet people come in and over time they become like extended family - you look forward to seeing them.” She adds that at certain times of the day if she is in the kitchen and hears the door open she sometimes knows who has walked in the door as many customers come in around the same time each day. She also gets to know her customers’ vehicles and at times will have their favorite drinks ready for them when they walk in the door or pull up to the drive-thru window. Elizabeth said she gets all types of people who patronize the coffee house including those just passing through and many who take a break from walking or riding on the bike trail which is just across the street. Barista’s Coffee House is perfect for local residents and visitors alike to stop and slow down while enjoying a tasty beverage. The ambiance creates a peaceful and relaxing spot for customers. When asked for any advice to women considering becoming a business owner, Elizabeth stated “Put your heart into it and don’t expect to have much free time for other things.” She also says, “Keep in mind that there will be a lot of input from others on what your business should offer so be careful what you agree to because remember it will always be you that will have to put the time in to make things happen.” She also states, “Keep your confidence and dress for the part.” She likes to dress nicely at the coffee shop instead of always putting on a t-shirt and jeans because it makes her feel better about herself. Elizabeth Benedum had a dream and developed a plan followed by and continuing with a great deal of hard work

FILLMORE COUNTY JOURNAL that has produced a inimitable business which also happens to make a regular customer or first time visitor feel at home. Barista’s Coffee House is located at 110 N. Grant Street in Houston, Minn. and can be reached at (507) 896-JAVA (5282) or on Facebook. For group reservations of more than four people please call ahead as

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it is quite a small building and there is sometimes one person on duty. Business hours are Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. - Noon (sometimes open earlier and later hours). Sundays are closed occasionally for family reasons or when business slows down in the winter.

Elizabeth Benedum stands under the outdoor sign of Barista’s Coffee House. Photo by Barb Jeffers

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Preston is one of several scenic river towns along this 88-mile route. Enjoy quaint country charm and breathtaking scenery as you pass impressive limestone bluffs, acres of hardwood forest, and numerous rivers and streams which delight fishermen, birdwatchers, photographers, and motorcyclists alike. or www.

Community Supported Agriculture Anglers can aff of RRVC

There are 3 deliveries of a ½ bushel box in May and early June. It is a great way to satisfy your craving for fresh local vegetables early in the season. Limited shares, sign up early.

box There are 3 deliveries of a ½ bushel way to satisfy May and early June. It is a great les early in your craving for fresh local vegetab early. the season. Limited shares, sign up we In late October through Thanksgiving of storage offer 3 biweekly bushel deliveries greens, veggies, root crops, herbs, hardy the season apples and more. Perfect to extend and eat local during the holidays.

Community Supported Agriculture

Spring Share .......................See website for prices

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This is our 18-week delivery of a ¾ bushel box. This size is meant for a small family or a vegetarian couple. There are 8-13 seasonal crops in each delivery. Individual delivery …….. $600.00 Dropped by your home or workplace available in limited areas. Email to confirm availability to your address. Group site pick up ……. $550.00 Dropped at a host site and you pick it up there. Check our website for drop locations. Half share ………………… $425.00 A smaller, 5/9 bushel box for a couple, single person, or a new member. Only available at group drop locations.


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The Amish communities near Preston are frequent users of Hwy 52. Most of the Amish farmsteads are located off the highway on county roads. Drive carefully as you pass their horse & buggy vehicles which remind us of a bygone era.

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As you drive into Preston you will be treated to one of the most beautiful panoramas in all of Southeast Minnesota.

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