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in Bemidji’s mission is to be Bemidji’s and the surrounding area’s local lifestyle magazine. We strive to enhance the quality of life for the people of the Bemidji area by informing them about all of the amazing people who live in our community. Our concentration is on everything local: fashion, food, health, and most importantly, unique individuals and stories. We strive to maintain a high level of integrity as an inspiring, local media presence for our readers and provide advertisers with a high-quality, effective marketing medium.

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he decision to feature the Bemidji area’s leading women in the same edition of our brand re-launch was an easy one, and we’re certainly happy it’s worked out this way. We’ve switched from calling ourselves inMagazine to inBemidji, and we can’t think of a better cover image to be featured than one with the faces of our community’s great leaders. We asked each of these leading women to answer a few questions, and we were overjoyed with their honest and thoughtful responses. The magazine continues to be a project we are proud to work on because it is one that features local stories, voices and more. Aside from our focus on our women in leadership, we have book suggestions from local authors, sleep tips from Jessica Carter, recipes for food and drinks and beyond. We hope you’ll find the time to read the edition and to dig into the words of our women leaders, a feature we’re proud to publish about a city in which we’re Jillian Gandsey Abby Randall delighted to live. Content Director Editor


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inStyle Profile: Tammra Holman


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Owner of TK’z Clozet, Tammra Holman chats with us about her personal style and where she seeks inspiration. Larisa Severson shares three recipes for a dish her family loves. General Tso’s Chicken, Teriyaki Vegetable and Korean Barbecue Pork are all on the menu.


Leading the way

Fifteen of Bemidji’s women in leadership answer our questions about the importance of women in leadership roles and the barriers they face.

A New Year’s cocktail

Tutto Bene’s Ian Heriot whips up a Sparkling Elderflower, a bubbly drink that’s sure to “wow” your New Year’s Eve party guests.

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, the owner of TK’z Clozet located at 217 Third St. NW, Bemidji. TK’z Clozet is an upscale consignment boutique featuring name brand fashions for teen, women and men’s clothing.

in: What are you wearing today? Tammra: A leather skirt,

from Express. A velvet red wine top with a black velvet fringe scarf, layered with a fur jacket by Jolt. For shoes, black booties with a velvet buckle by Worthington. Two bracelets: Vintage silver and a Lia Sophia gem bracelet.

in: Give us tips on how to look professional without a large budget? Tammra: Shopping

consignment gives you thousands of one-of-a-kind options on a budget. At TK’z we can help you with a personal shopper to pull it all together.

in: What is your favorite item in your closet right now? Tammra: My favorite items in

my closet right now is the outfit I’m wearing! Especially this black leather pencil skirt. It goes with everything.

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in: What’s your signature look? Tammra: Business chic. in: What is your fashion philosophy? Tammra: My fashion

philosophy is to not spend a lot on my wardrobe and to shop smart using consignment. I like to buy some key staple pieces and then mix and match new items each season to keep up with the latest fashion.

in: Who are your fashion icons? Tammra: Everybody! From the woman walking down the street to the top models and fashion designers.

in: Any fashion advice that you wish you could tell all your customers about? Tammra: Know your body,

love yourself, and buy for your body shape. Don’t be afraid to have your own style and feel confident in it.

in: Where do you seek in: What motivated style inspiration? you to start your Tammra: I’m constantly business and why is looking at fashion magazines and it named TK’z? studying the next season’s styles, patterns and color. I’ve always been Tammra: TK’z stands for fashion forward growing up in an area where we were restricted on stores. Plus I’ve always had my own style. I found it easiest to shop for my style at consignment stores because I like to dress fashion forward on a budget.

Tammra pictured with Emily Ward, General Manager.

Tammra and Katrina. My daughter was 7 when I opened and the z’s are for fun and pizazz. I opened 15 years ago because I felt Bemidji and the surrounding area needed an upscale consignment boutique where you can shop designer brands at a fraction of the cost and also to have an outlet to resell your finer items.

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CHICKEN LO MEIN Ingredients: 16 ounces lo mein egg noodles 3 tablespoons olive oil 2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips or bite-size pieces 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 1/2 cup matchstick carrots (pre-cut from store) 2 cups mushrooms, sliced 1 red or yellow bell pepper, julienned 1 cup snow peas 2 cups broccoli 2 scallions, sliced 1 bottle General Tso’s Sauce

Instructions: Cook noodles according to package directions (be sure not to overcook). Drain and set aside. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large wok or skillet. Add chicken and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the chicken starts to brown and is no longer pink. Add 1-2 tablespoons General Tso’s Sauce to cooked chicken and stir to coat. Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside. Add remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the wok. Add the carrots, mushrooms, broccoli and red or yellow pepper. Cook for 2-4 minutes or until tender. Make sure to keep stirring so it doesn’t burn. Stir in snow peas, scallions and chicken and cook about another 2-3 minutes. Stir in cooked lo mein noodles and gently toss to combine. Add another 2-3 tablespoons General Tso’s Sauce and cook for 2-3 minutes. Garnish with scallions, if desired. Serve immediately. 10 | in Bemidji Winter 2018


VEGETABLE LO MEIN Ingredients: 16 ounces lo mein egg noodles 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 1/2 cup matchstick carrots (pre-cut from store) 2 cups mushrooms, sliced 1 red or yellow bell pepper, julienned 1 cup snow peas 2 cups broccoli

2 scallions, sliced 2 cups shredded cabbage 1 can baby corn 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce Âź teaspoon ground ginger Âź teaspoon cracked black pepper 1 cup teriyaki sauce

Instructions: Cook noodles according to package directions (be sure not to overcook). Drain and set aside. In a measuring cup combine the teriyaki sauce, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, ground ginger and pepper. Mix well to combine and set aside. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a wok or skillet. Add garlic, carrots, mushrooms, broccoli, red or yellow pepper and baby corn. Cook for 2-4 minutes or until tender. Make sure to keep stirring so they do not burn. Stir in snow peas, scallions and cabbage and cook about another 2-3 minutes. Stir in cooked egg noodles and gently toss to combine. Stir in the teriyaki sauce mixture and cook for 2-3 minutes. Garnish with scallions, if desired. Serve immediately.


PORK LO MEIN Ingredients: 16 ounces lo mein egg noodles 3 tablespoons olive oil 3-4 boneless pork chops, cut into thin strips or bite-size pieces 1 1/2 cup matchstick carrots (pre-cut from store) 2 cups mushrooms, sliced 1 red or yellow bell pepper, julienned 1 cup snow peas 2 cups broccoli 2 scallions, sliced 2 cups shredded cabbage 1 bottle Korean barbecue sauce

Instructions: Cook noodles according to package directions (be sure not to overcook). Drain and set aside. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large wok or skillet. Add pork and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the pork starts to brown and is no longer pink. Add 1-2 tablespoons Korean barbecue sauce to cooked pork and stir to coat. Transfer pork to a plate and set aside. Add remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the wok. Add carrots, mushrooms, broccoli and red or yellow pepper. Cook for 2-4 minutes or until tender. Make sure to keep stirring so they do not burn. Stir in snow peas, scallions, shredded cabbage and pork. Cook about another 2-3 minutes. Stir in cooked lo mein noodles and gently toss to combine. Add another 2-3 tablespoons Korean barbecue sauce and cook for 2-3 minutes. Garnish with scallions, if desired. Serve immediately. Winter 2018

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Books of

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nyone who knows anything knows the game is called Duck Duck Grey Duck. These are the same people who know Bemidji is the true home of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. Owning this American story, the heart of the Minnesota northwoods is, perhaps, no surprise, also home to several renowned storytellers. Here, we’re a community that likes to tell our own tall tales: around a campfi re, in the fish house, and around our peers at deer camp. Sometimes this creativity is expressed in writing. Often

aspiring writers are told to write what they know; several of these works feature Minnesota as a setting or main topic. On a national level, Garrison Keillor has helped spark interest in the exoticness of the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Admittedly, we’re a little weary others will discover our secret wilderness, yet also extremely proud to claim this area ours. Bemidji State University is also home to one of the few BFA in Creative and Professional Writing programs in the nation. You have to do something to pass the winter months,

right? Additionally, the Minnesota Legacy Amendment (also known as the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment passed by voters in 2008) has helped immensely by providing funding to Kitchigami and other library systems to feature local authors and their work. Here are a few, but certainly not all, noteworthy Bemidjians who have won or have been nominated for Minnesota Book Awards. All of these locally grown works, and others, can be checked out at the Bemidji Public Library.

Will Weaver

Defect (Young Adult) 2007—2008 award winner in Young Adult Literature Memory Boy Nominee for Youth Literature 2002

Saturday Night Dirt: A Motor Novel nominee for Young People’s Literature in 2009

Sean Hill

Dangerous Goods 2014—2015 MN Book Award Winner In Poetry

Susan Carol Hauser

Wild Rice Cooking: History, Natural History, Harvesting, and Lore 2001 MN Book Award Winner In Nature & Minnesota Meant to be Read Out Loud (1989) Lots of other non-fiction and poetry 12 | in Bemidji Winter 2018

The Assassination Of Hole In The Day Nominee For General Nonfiction (2011) Warrior Nation: A History Of The Red Lake Ojibwe Nominee In Minnesota (2016)


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Winter Wonderland

David Treuer

Prudence Nominee for Novel & Short Story (2016)

Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life (2013) Winner in General Non-Fiction

Kent Nerburn The Girl Who Sang to the Buffalo: A Child, an Elder and the Light from an Ancient Sky (2014) Nominee for Memoir & Creative Nonfiction

Chief Joseph and the Flight of the Nez Perce: The Untold Story of an American Tragedy: Nominee for history and biography 2006

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MODERN RUSTIC HOME By Samantha Weckwerth Kitchen & Flooring Design Specialist Cabinet Corner of Bemidji


move from New York to Minnesota brought this client to Cabinet Corner’s door. Bob and Kathie were looking to create a home that was easy to maintain without sacrificing style. Selecting finishes with natural elements and adding a diverse blend of accents were the key components in the home’s design. Walking through the door, the flooring sets the tone for the style of the home. The tile is a soft combination of cement and wood making it a perfect fit for this modern rustic home. “To set it apart as the Guest Bathroom Once the walls were framed we realized there wasn’t as much space as originally planned. After

feature, a painted pearl vanity is topped with stormy gray quartz blended with copper flecks.” -Samantha Weckwerth




“We merged the kitchen and dining areas by creating an island with an adjoined custom dining table.” -Samantha Weckwerth

MASTER B AT H some tweaking, the design turned out even better than the original layout. The corner bath is framed in with reclaimed barn wood and accented with a rich tobacco colored tile. To set it apart as the feature, a painted pearl vanity is topped with stormy gray quartz blended with copper flecks. Drawing the copper color out from the counter, a small metallic mosaic accent is used throughout. In the shower, the same distinctive monochromatic tobacco color tile is reintroduced in a timeless brick shape. The burnished accent tile breaks up the brick with two horizontal bands adding just the right amount of emphasis calling attention to the shower. Kitchen Falling in love with warm gray rustic hickory finish was what kicked off the design. Combining ceiling height cabinetry with a mixture of wood and glass doors really balanced this area. We merged the kitchen and dining areas by creating an island with an adjoined custom dining table. Ella, Cambria’s linear marble inspired quartz, was used for the island top and is a vital aspect in keeping the space light and

airy. Among all neutral finishes, a blue subway tile was assigned to liven up the space and add a bold statement. All of the components come together to create this unforgettable kitchen. Master Bathroom The love of the warm gray rustic hickory finish continues into the master bathroom where Mehndi, a semi-translucent quartz with exquisite gold veining, adds interest to the room. “Mermaid-y” seemed to be the only way we could describe this captivating quartz. With the countertop being such a significant piece, we had to make the shower equally as stunning. The master bathroom’s focus is the spacious walk-in shower. A unique porcelain plank tile with a travertine appearance was selected to incorporate natural elements. Integrating a small slate and glass mosaic adds just the right touch of embellishment and pulls in the whimsical tones from the quartz.

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WE ASKED FIFTEEN OF BEMIDJI’S MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMEN ABOUT THEIR SUCCESS, AND ADVICE FOR FUTURE LEADERS Bemidji and our surrounding area has an impressive number of President Faith Hensrud wrote to inBemidji. women in top leadership positions, everything from local government The women our readers hear from in this feature aren’t the only ones to nonprofits to chief executive officer positions, judges and beyond. leading the way in Bemidji. For sure, there are many others working in We asked these leading women what motivates them, about advice top positions. We simply couldn’t profile all of them. they’d give to a younger generation, how they obtained their position, At inBemidji, we are grateful for the leadership and the commitment about barriers they’ve faced and the importance of leadership. shown by these women to improving our community. On the next six They all agree that having equal representation in top positions and pages, you can read what they have to say and you’ll notice common on boards is crucial. themes. Many of them mention mentoring, their children and how “It is so vitally important that we support those who are working in our institutions and recruit women to key leadership positions,” BSU they’re striving to leave the world a better place for our next generation.

RITA ALBRECHT What inspires you and keeps you motivated? I’m inspired by the good things that are happening in the community. There are always going to be areas of my work as Mayor that are challenging; and problems take a lot of my attention. To stay upbeat I focus on the many positive activities and developments that are happening in Bemidji - our growing population, new developments, top-notch city staff. This is a wonderful community with inspired leaders and great partners. Of course receiving positive feedback is nice - everyone likes to hear they are doing a good job. What’s your advice to young girls/adults? Be brave. You can do more than you think you can. Growing up I was shy and lacked self-confidence. I have always been an introvert, but I’ve learned to be outgoing when I need to be; for example when door knocking, asking people for their vote, or networking around a room. If you know your shortcomings, find ways to improve those areas. Read books and articles written by other women leaders. Watch TED talks about leadership; go to meetings where you can network with other women leaders. Does speaking in public make you go weak? Join Toastmasters and learn the art of public speaking. Practice doing the uncomfortable until it is comfortable. Ask someone you admire to be your mentor. I find it essential to have someone that I can check in with or bounce ideas around with. I also rely on those friends to lift me up when I feel down or doubt myself.


What is the biggest barrier for women in leadership? I’m interested in what are the barriers for women running for elected office. In her book “Lean In, Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” Sheryl Sandberg wrote “Women have a leadership ambition gap.” She referenced a 2012 political ambition study that concluded, “The fundamental reason for women’s under-representation is that they do not run for office. There is a substantial gender gap in political ambition; men tend to have it, and women don’t.” The study goes on to list several reasons that women don’t run for office. Three stand out to me. First, women are much less likely than men to think they are qualified to run for office. We think we have to be perfect and have all the answers. Second, female potential candidates are less competitive, less confident, and more risk averse than their male counterparts. We have a fear of being judged harshly and there is a lot of evidence in the media and campaigns to support that fear. Finally, and perhaps the most troubling is that, women are less likely than men to receive the suggestion to run for office - from anyone. They do not get encouragement. Tell us about the importance of women in leadership roles. It’s important that we see the value in the leadership of both men and women. Women often bring a different perspective to issues. We have different life experiences that inform how we lead. We tend to have a different working style and exhibit less “one-upmanship” in discussions (my observation). We don’t have to win every debate. I’ve seen women be more collaborative and less entrenched; that is, more willing to listen to others’ ideas. That kind of leadership - solutionsbased - is what we need more of today.

ANNETTE JOHNSON What inspires you and keeps you motivated? Being able to help or make a difference in someone else’s life is always rewarding. Sometimes hearing a child laugh or even just a small “thank you” means a lot. These are some of the simple yet valuable things that inspire me to keep going. What’s your advice to young girls/adults? Don’t be afraid to try something new. Believe in yourself, your whole self, mind, body and spirit. Accept that you cannot solve all problems but if you allow your heart and mind to guide you, you will likely find 16 | in Bemidji Winter 2018


the right path or answer you are looking for. Balance is key in life and remember to always respect and cherish yourself and your loved ones (family and friends). On the educational side, try not to get discouraged if you are challenged in school. Ask for help... you are probably not alone. Accept opportunities for growth and enrichment in leadership activities. Get involved with school and community. Find someone who can be a positive mentor to you. What is the biggest barrier for women in leadership? Stereotypes that women are not ready to lead or lack of opportunity to step into a leadership position. Women have the education and experience to be effective in many leadership roles of today.



What’s your advice to young girls/ adults? Our lives are guided by the choices we make: The advice my husband and I would give to our daughter was always “Make Wise Choices.” Whenever we would leave the house in the morning for work and school, besides the “I Love You”, it was M.W.C. It became our mantra. We may joke about it today, but down deep we know that she was listening and we are so proud of her accomplishments and the person she has become. Do not sell yourself short on what you can accomplish: The only limits we face on the path to success are our own limitations we impose on ourselves. If we push ourselves hard enough there will be no boundaries we cannot cross or goals that cannot be achieved. Sometimes we do need help or assistance from others, but it is up to the individual to ask for that support. Build strong relationships: There is much more to the world than the electronic device in our hand. Face-to-face communication has been the best way to build good and sound relationships. Texting, tweeting and email can be a method to inform, but should not be the basis to create relationships and build our futures.

What drove you to apply/run for your current position? When the position at the Chamber opened, there were several peers and friends that encouraged me to apply. I had some knowledge of the Chamber through volunteering on several committees and it seemed a natural fit, not to mention intriguing. I could see the Chamber position as an opportunity to grow my career and stretch my comfort zones. As the area’s business organization, the Chamber would be a great fit to utilize the experiences I earned leading up to then. After ten years I was really ready for a change of pace, and being a people person, I could be much more invested in my community. What is the biggest barrier for women in leadership? Self Confidence. As a general rule, women are not as confident as they should be. I can say that because I always shortchanged myself in that department. Women can be a strong force — we have history to prove that. The majority of organizations and companies have historically had men at the helm. Over time women are gaining more seats in legislature and in business. It is an ever evolving change. Women support women and help to build their confidence. They lead and guide from example. And no, I am not going to run for any elected office (saying that with a confident smile!)

PENNY ECHTERNACH What inspires you and keeps you motivated? What motivates me at work each day is the fact that I have the chance to work with the most amazing people. Whether it’s the staff at our medical center who make miracles in medicine happen or the incredible people who are donors and volunteers of the Sanford Health Foundation. I’m truly lucky and grateful. I have a first-hand seat to watch these neighbors helping neighbors with care and compassion for the thousands we serve at Sanford Health. Our nonprofit mission of health and healing touches everyone in the community from their first breath to their last, regardless of their ability to pay. I’m in awe each day seeing this in action and hearing the inspiring stories of our patients. What’s your advice to young girls/adults? Every morning when I drop my little girl off at school I tell her three things: 1. Have a super fantastic day! Life is all about attitude and there will be curve balls that make you want to stay in bed with the


covers over your head. But, the old saying is true, “It’s not the situation…it’s how you react to it that makes all the difference.” Positivity brings more positivity into your life. 2. Learn lots! Knowledge is power and education is a gift. Be smart and savvy. 3. Be kind. It’s just that simple. Being genuine and showing kindness to others is the key to happiness. I often wonder if many of the world’s problems could be solved with these two little words. Tell us about the importance of women in leadership roles? Over the last few years, I’ve really been able to realize the importance of women in leadership roles as I’ve observed my own little girl growing up. I see how she keenly watches my actions and the actions of others. She constantly processes her surroundings. It impacts how she incorporates behaviors into her own little personality. It can also be true in how she learns a sense of what’s right and wrong and determines acceptable and unacceptable behavior. It’s vital to have positive women role models displaying positive actions to influence and shape our kiddos, giving them something to look up to, showing them what is possible!

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SHELLY GEERDES What’s your advice to young girls/adults? Be patient and learn all you can at each position you hold. Don’t be afraid to accept a position that isn’t quite what you were hoping for and then be ready when the opportunity for a better position presents itself, often within the same organization. Take a few risks and apply for positions that you may not be completely prepared for, but would be willing to learn. Some of the most important attributes that I believe have created opportunities for me are a good attitude, willingness to pitch in to any role and a genuine concern for helping others. What drove you to apply/run for your current position? I actually never did apply for my current position. When our then leader was moving onto retirement, our board came to me to fill the vacancy. I credit that to working hard, being

flexible, being helpful wherever I could be and in truth to a little bit of “being in the right place at the right time.” It was a big responsibility for me at a time when I was a new mother to two sons, but with the support of my husband and of my coworkers, it proved to be a wonderful opportunity. I will say that I lead this company completely different than my predecessor did. We all come at our careers with different strengths. What is the biggest barrier for women in leadership? I think we as women are our own biggest barrier. We constantly strive to create balance in our lives and taking on a leadership role can upset that balance. In addition, I think women do not choose to apply for top positions nearly often enough, citing family obligations, lack of experience, lack of education or lack of self-confidence as reasons. As a woman in a position of leadership, I go out of my way to support other women in my industry and in our community to seek leadership roles.

KAREN WELLER What inspires you and keeps you motivated? Providing a safe, efficient and professional airport for commercial and general aviation operations for the people and businesses in our region. The airport allows people and products from our region to go throughout the world but it also brings the world’s people and products to our region. Playing a part in that process is very rewarding. “A mile of highway takes you a mile but a mile of runway can take you anywhere in the world!” What’s your advice to young girls/adults? Stand for yourself, don’t try to be someone you’re not, be humble, be kind, be brave, don’t worry about what other girls have or think of you, don’t think that the world owes you anything. The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.



What drove you to apply/run for your current position? When I was young we would come to the Bemidji airport to pick up my great aunt. I would see the aircraft come and go from the airport and those early memories started a love of aviation. I thought about managing the Bemidji Airport but never really dreamed that I would have a chance at it because it was managed by the Bemidji City Manager. When I was in college, I thought an aviation degree was out of reach because part of the degree program was to get your private pilot’s license. So I talked with my parents and they were supportive of me pursuing it. I graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a double major in Airport Administration and Management. After I had been working a few years, an opportunity came up to work at the Metropolitan Airports Commission. I thought that this would be the closest I would get to this area. But in about 2003, a manager dedicated to the airport was hired and the door was opened!


What inspires you and keeps you motivated? I love my job! I am inspired every day by the team that I work with and the customers that I work for. What’s your advice to young girls/ adults? Find something that you are passionate about. Choose a team that works together and makes you better. Always remember the “rules


of success” that have worked from the start. Be patient. Work hard. Be open to change and opportunities. What is the biggest barrier for women in leadership? I have not run into any barriers that were based on being a woman either in our bank (or the other two that I have worked in) or in our industry as a whole. Tell us about the importance of women in leadership roles? The most important thing that a woman in a leadership role can do - mentor!


BELTRAMI COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR What inspires you and keeps you realization that I thought I could do this job for the long haul. This motivated? was a position that had only been held by men for the 20 years that I was raised in a very large family the County had an Administrator. However, a very significant and learned at an early age that component of the position was the relationships that were everyone needed to pull their weight. established with department heads, employees, other government Along with that natural sense of duty agencies and community organizations. That is one area in which to my family, we were also raised with I felt a whole lot of confidence - my ability to get along well with, and to respect people. There was just so much work to do in this sincere compassion for people that were going community and the only way it was going to happen was through through tough times or a tough life. Those values have stayed with collaboration and relationships. Coupled with my experience in me through life and have been real drivers in my public service. working with county finances, it became apparent that I would love And now our three adult children have children of their own. Those the work. It was a great decision to apply, and a blessing to receive grandchildren are a reminder of why we work as hard as we work to make the world a better place for them. the appointment. However, I have many external motivators as well. Anyone that Tell us about the importance of women in leadership roles? looks around this community can see the huge challenges and The best committees, boards, social groups and workforces are those equally huge opportunities that face us. I am so impressed with the that are rich in diversity. That includes a good mix of genders. The hard working local government employees and with the number of decisions are a better representation of those we serve or represent. nonprofits we have in the Bemidji area. Not only do those agencies As women, we need to be confident in what we have to offer and we do a whole lot of good for the people they serve, but they give us need to be willing to enter the fray! unlimited chances to volunteer and make a difference. Serving A great example of entering the fray is to look at the possibility of a greater good than ourselves is so life-giving. The service itself serving in elected positions. Whether it is at the township level, becomes a perpetual motivator. the school district, city, county, or state level, it is imperative that What drove you to apply/run for your current position? women file for public office and run active campaigns. The public I had no intention of seeking the position until I had served as arena needs a woman’s viewpoint and perspective to be added to the interim for about three months. Then one day I just had the those of men. Only then will we have the very best results.


What inspires you and keeps you motivated? I am at heart both an optimist and a realist. So being part of positive change in my world, community, and personal life - motivates me at my core level. Change is not something most of us accept gracefully and yet it is a “Law of Life’s Physics”… we grow or we atrophy… I love being a part of life-giving growth! What’s your advice to young girls/adults? Be smart, strong, brave and kind! This is a family mantra my spouse and I tell our daughter repeatedly through the week. We know it will take greater efforts for the younger generation to change our world into a better place than what has been left for them. This is not an easy task but it is a noble lifetask and calling that will bring both challenge and great joy in working to make our world a better place - for everyone not just some. This calling can be lived out in many capacities so search out your


dreams and heart’s calling… look for women role models that hold that and watch how they live. Part of change is building context for change and that is what we do when we watch others who embody those qualities… it prepares us for change and to become changemakers. Also, to make the long journey, find or build a space/group of support that will help you regroup and recharge. What is the biggest barrier for women in leadership? I believe as women, we need to realize and understand our true power and potential; unapologetically grasp our own power and release the feeling of apologizing for doing so or questioning ourselves. We do not need to expend our energy/power nurturing small-hearted selfish powers that seek to make themselves greater while consuming more than their healthful share of what is truly needed by others in our community. Life need not be a game where one person will lose and another win, if it is, our resources only shrink and individuals become less than they can be or more than they really are. When we work together in life to resolve challenges that face us all, our resources become infinite and limited only by our own contexts, vision, or abilities to work together.

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What inspires you and keeps you motivated? Hearing stories of how our Backpack Buddies program has helped children in need have nutritious food, watching community members smile when receiving a warm jacket at Coats for the Community, meeting with partner agencies and hearing how they are meeting the needs of their mission field and providing wraparound services… that’s what motivates me! I want to continue to give our community more funding and more programming to give more people the opportunity to thrive. Whether it’s my work with United Way, my mission field at home as a wife and mom, or my volunteer time at church, with our local police, or community organizations - I want to help people that need help and I feel that I have experiences and skills that can support my effort to meet needs in our community.


What’s your advice to young girls/adults? If you want to be a leader, the first thing you need to learn to do is serve others. Servant leaders genuinely care about the people they’re leading. They are good listeners, and always remain mission-focused. Servant leaders are people others want to work for or follow. I think the first step in becoming a servant leader is finding a mentor that lives by this example. I’ve had many, both men and women, who have wanted to help me succeed and make a difference. I also think it’s important to have a solid support system around you. My husband, Orlando, and I are both actively involved in the community and try to give each other the opportunity to follow through with our volunteer commitments, knowing we can give a lot more to our community if we support each other’s mission fields. What is the biggest barrier for women in leadership? I think a woman’s biggest barrier can be working alone or competing with other women. When women come together for the betterment of the people around them, they can do so much more! It can be quite powerful.


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What inspires you and keeps you motivated? Getting to do what I enjoy every day. I am inspired by the artists and volunteers I work with. They motivate me to push myself every day. I enjoy collaborating and bringing people and art together while building unique relationships. Watching the organization grow to meet the needs of the region is exciting. I feel fortunate to be able to guide the Watermark through such a significant transition. What’s your advice to young girls/adults? Find what you are good at - what you love to do and find the support and mentorship of people who can help you get to where you want to be. Surround yourself with people who inspire you and believe in you - engage with the positive, not the negative.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT WATERMARK ART CENTER Tell us about the importance of women in leadership roles? I am fortunate that I have been surrounded by strong and supportive women and men all of my life. I never felt like I couldn’t do something because of my gender. I believe it is important for everyone to see women in roles of leadership. What drove you to apply/run for your current position? I was selling my business and looking for a change. I wanted a position that had a community focus and thought the art center position was a good fit for my skill set at the time. I have a passion and drive for what I am doing and that keeps me engaged and excited about my job and what the Watermark can be for the community. What is the biggest barrier for women in leadership? The idea that barriers don’t exist and that we don’t need to have this conversation.

NANCY VYSKOCIL What inspires you and keeps you motivated? I am inspired by my great role models and mentors, such as my grandmother Esther who went to college and was a teacher way back when women in rural Minnesota didn’t have careers. She then taught in a one-room schoolhouse and helped put all her sisters through college. She was an amazing mix of strength, intelligence and comfort. I come from a family of strong women and try to live up to the great examples they set. I am motivated by a strong passion for northwest Minnesota. I very much choose to live and work in this region because of my deep family roots and connection to this place. I get up every day with one charge -- to make northwest Minnesota a better place to live and work through the work we do at the Foundation. I work with a great board and staff team and together we share big dreams for the region. My biggest inspiration and motivation comes from my children and


grandchildren. I want this world to be better for them. It’s great when your personal mission aligns with your day job! What’s your advice to young girls/adults? Invest in your education and prepare yourself to take advantage of all opportunities that may come your way. I am a strong believer that you have a responsibility to be ready. Ready to take care of yourself, ready to land your dream job, ready to face the challenges that will come your way. I look at my career and know that I have been very lucky. I think to a high level you can “help” luck find you by doing all you can to prepare so you are ready when a door opens. Often times it only opens a crack so you need to be watching for it and get your foot in the door before it closes. You also need to be willing to take chances and to risk making mistakes. Tell us about the importance of women in leadership roles? We need women in leadership positions to present themselves as role models to girls, other women and yes, even men. Women add value by bringing their varied life experiences, different communication styles and often a new viewpoint to leadership roles. Any business, nonprofit, education institution or political body is best served by having both women and men at all levels of the organization.

ANNIE CLAESSON-HUSEBY What inspires you and keeps you motivated? Ralph Waldo Emerson once said “the purpose of life… is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” I could not agree more. The thing that inspires me and keeps me motivated is the desire to do good and have a positive impact on my community. What’s your advice to young girls/adults? Take time to find yourself and then be that exact person; be prepared; find confidence (and, even better, discover the best way to present yourself); volunteer to go first; don’t be afraid to ask questions; do your best; keep your head up; be a good friend; and most importantly don’t be afraid to dream BIG. I believe in dream boards, goal-setting and inspiration lists. If you dream it, write it down and make a plan. As with anything, it is important to forgive


yourself. We all make mistakes. When you stumble, stand up, shake off the dust, and set forth with a new set of plans. Over time, the small steps add up to miles, but, in the words of my dad (a father to four girls) sometimes you have to go south in order to get north! Lastly, take pride in your path, celebrate your achievements, and never stop moving onward and upward. One more thing: it is important to recognize that success is not an island state, it takes a village. Surround yourself with people who support your dream and will help you attain it. There is no way I would be where I am today without a strong support system. Attach yourself to leaders and people you admire. Ask those leaders for help; ask them to mentor you; I would even ask them for an unpaid internship. Just because the position is not posted… does not mean it is not possible. ASK! Tell us about the importance of women in leadership roles? Women make up half the talent in this world and the world has gone without the full benefit of half of its population for too long.

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What inspires you and keeps you motivated? As a leader of two institutions of higher education in Bemidji - Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College, with two very separate missions and student populations - it is most inspiring to hear stories of the students we serve, and the alumni who have graduated, and to see the transformation that occurs in so many lives as the result of attaining a college degree. I was the first in my family to earn a college degree, and I know what a positive impact education had on my own life. I firmly believe the work we do in public higher education can and will transform the lives of our students. We seek to build character, instill the love of learning and prepare students for meaningful work and the ability to give back to our society, wherever they may live or work. What’s your advice to young girls/adults? My first message to young girls and women is that you can do whatever you set your mind to. But it will be important for you to find role models - in your family, in school and in your community


- and seek them out. You will want to have mentors and guides who can help you as you seek your vocation and your passion and then work hard to prove to others that you are committed and engaged in doing the best work you can to help your organization. Always maintain a love for learning, and if you have an interest in leadership, be sure you are a student of leadership throughout your life. Say yes when presented with opportunities that are sure to stretch you and strive very hard to do your very best work. Develop relationships throughout your career. Always give back to others because, in doing so, you will be helping yourself just as much. Tell us about the importance of women in leadership roles? Women often provide a more compassionate and caring perspective and can be very effective if this is balanced with competency, expertise and empathy. In 2016 only 30 percent of university presidents were women. Along with hundreds of my presidential colleagues across the nation, I have committed to work hard to support women and move the needle on that percentage so we may achieve parity of 50 percent women in this CEO role by 2030. It is so vitally important that we support those who are working in our institutions and recruit women to key leadership positions.


What inspires you and keeps you motivated? I am a voracious reader and I choose books that teach me, inspire me and provide selfdevelopment. Currently, Brene Brown in one of my favorite authors. I read every single day. Motivation and inspiration comes from my faith and my deep and unshakeable belief in the power of the human potential. Connections and relationships are the most important part of my work and life. I am inspired by the families at Village of Hope, who, despite all odds against them, continue to work and plan for a better future for their children. I have to say that people are my biggest inspiration and motivation. People amaze me! People have the power to change the world, the community or their family. People with dreams and hope and challenges and sadness who keep moving forward every day. Inspiration and motivation comes from always looking for the best in every person I encounter. I also make sure to surround myself with positive, loving people. What’s your advice to young girls/adults? Embrace fear! The most important and worthwhile things I’ve ever done, I’ve done scared! Spend time with people who are positive and moving forward.

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Life really is too short to spend your time on negativity. I love this quote from Ayn Rand, “The question isn’t who is going to let me… it’s who is going to stop me?” You can’t change anyone but yourself, so don’t spend your energy trying. Let go of the guilt, I’ve spent so much time worrying and wishing and upset when I was really doing the absolute best that I knew how. Tell us about the importance of women in leadership roles? When women are in leadership roles, we provide powerful role models for other women. In my career, it has been vital for me to have role models, women that I have had the opportunity to look up to, emulate and learn from. True progress in our society won’t happen unless there is diversity in perspectives. Women make up half the population, therefore it is imperative that our talent is used to bring collaboration, relationship building, empathy, and problem solving into our world. As women, we bring different perspectives, interventions and approaches to leadership. The more inclusive and diverse our work environments, the better able we are to overcome work and community concerns. The women leaders that I have looked up to believe in themselves and have a passion for people and believe in their mission. They understand that we can’t be the best alone, we need a group of people around us.


Easy Homemade

Peppermint Sugar Scrub by Larisa

Severson, in Bemidji

While on the hunt for easy homemade Christmas gift ideas, I found this and gave it a try. This scrub is exfoliating for your legs and feet and the coconut oil leaves your skin feeling moisturized afterwards. The recipe is so easy and I don’t know about you, but I always have a spare jar around. Make it a priority to pamper yourself this holiday season!


1 cup sugar 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted 15-20 drops essential peppermint oil 1 wide-mouth pint-size ball jar


Melt coconut oil in a microwave-safe measuring cup for about 25-30 seconds. Stir in sugar and peppermint essential oil and stir until evenly combined. Place mixture in ball jar and store covered Enjoy! Winter 2018

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How to get through the day after a

sleepless night “There is no hope for a civilization which starts each day to the sound of an alarm clock.” — Unknown Author By Jessica Carter, a registered and licensed dietitian and the founder and president of Core Health & Nutrition, LLC. Jessica earned a master’s degree in nutrition and dietetics from Eastern Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Bemidji State University. 24 | in Bemidji Winter 2018

Beep. Beep. Beep… Snooze. Beep. Beep. Beep… Snooze. Th is is the song so many of us dance our lives to. The recognizable rhythm made by the sound of the alarm clock. Every morning more than 60 percent of the population hears that sound. And nearly 54 percent hit snooze because no matter what the time, it’s just too early. The next song we dial up is the “drip, drip, drip” of the coffee pot. Why? Because we are still tired. Why? Because we didn’t get enough sleep or our sleep was restless. Why does coffee wake us up so well? Why do we need that coffee? Why don’t we feel more energized upon rising? Why is it that every time we wake up, it’s the wrong time to wake up? Why do we even need that alarm clock? What was it like to wake up hundreds of years ago? Did people miss work in 1792 because their alarm didn’t tell them it was time to get moving? Or have we just become a sleepdeprived world that has fallen out of touch with nature’s natural wake up call? These are all great questions and worth exploring, but the question most people have is a lot more simple and can be narrowed down to ten little words: “What can I do when I don’t get enough sleep?” If you read the last edition of inBemidji, you will have learned about the importance of sleep and will already have the answers to many of the above questions. You will also remember that for most Americans, even if they are getting a full night of sleep, they may not be getting a restful sleep. From that article you will understand one of the foremost things you should do for your health is make sleep a priority.

As most people know, there are a handful of times in life that sleep deprivation is going to happen no matter what. Whether you are a grad school student, a single mom working nights, new parents caring for their teething infant, or a business person traveling cross country, it’s all the same: life interrupting your body’s basic need to sleep. For those of you in these impossible situations, the alarm clock is here to stay. It may be that you are only getting a few hours of sleep a night, and although this is not good for your health if done for a long

duration, there are some things you can do to make the most of what sleep you do get during this time. First and foremost figure out a way to make your situation temporary. Grad school and/or new parent, it is temporary without a doubt, but for someone working nights or traveling for work, this may be a reality for an extended period. For those of you in these scenarios, it may be worth your time and money to work with a sleep specialist to help set up an individualized plan. For all the rest, here are some tips to get you through the day after a sleepless night or two.

tips to get you through the day after a sleepless night

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Take a caffeinated nap. This involves downing a shot of espresso right before taking a short nap. What happens here is that the nap will initially clear up adenosine in your brain, (the chemical in our body that makes us sleepy), then the caffeine will give you a jolt of alertness but it may take 20-30 minutes to kick in, so by the time you do wake up you are more clearheaded and awake having cleared out the adenosines and having added the caffeine which also works to block more adenosine from building up. Don’t nap after dark. If you nap after dark your body will think it is nighttime and it may want to go into a deeper sleep, which will make it harder to shake off that sleepiness when you do wake.

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Keep your naps short. No more than 20-30 minutes or else your body will start to go into REM sleep making it harder to feel rested when you do wake.


Take a long nap ONLY if you have time for a full 90-minute nap, which is the approximate time it takes for a full sleep cycle. If you are really feeling tired and have time for 90 minutes of rest then take it, but don’t do more and don’t cut it short.


There are some more advanced ways to “hack” your sleep which involve breaking your sleep cycle into segments that are spread throughout the day. However, the timing of these and the length of the sleep are crucial to making these methods work. They should not be tried without help from a sleep specialist. For more information regarding sleep “hacking,” visit

Take a walk outside instead of a nap on a sunny day. The shot of sunshine will awaken your system helping you stay in the bodies more natural state of wake and sleep hours. Make every effort to apply healthy sleep habits at night to ensure that what sleep you do get at night will be worth it. Consider taking melatonin but only under the guidance of a healthcare professional. Melatonin is a hormone that makes us feel sleepy. However this supplement is often taken incorrectly so it is best to have some direction with this. Avoid using sugar as a tool to keep you awake. This will only cause a crash, which will lead to more sugar intake. Try to have a protein and carb combo snack instead. And as always, stay hydrated. This will help sleepy brains be more focused.

Above all the most important three things to remember are: make the

most of the sleep you get, acknowledge when you are sleep deprived, and work at reducing that deprivation as much as possible.

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sparkling elderflower Concocted by Ian Heriot We’ve again teamed up with Tutto Bene for a bubbly fresh, fun drink to prepare for your holiday party. Ian Heriot shares his recipe for a Sparkling Elderflower, a flavorful concoction with just the right amount of bubbles for your New Year’s gathering.

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- Ian Heriot, our favorite cocktail craftsman

Be playful and experiment! Ian suggests testing, or mixing and matching different flavors. You could also try a flavored charged water in the non-alcoholic drink. If you find a fun flavor, feel free to let us know on our in Bemidji Facebook page!


1 ounce St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur 1 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon Dash lemon bitters 5-6 ounces brut (extra dry) sparkling wine, cava, prosecco or champagne


Ingredients for Nonalcoholic version: Non-alcoholic sparkling wine or charged water 1 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon 1 ounce lavender honey water (four parts water, one part lavender honey) Lemon twist for garnish

In a champagne flute add the bitters, then liqueur, lemon and finally top with the bubbles (champagne, sparkling wine, whichever you prefer).

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Holiday Crafts


for Everyone By Jillian Gandsey &

Grace Pastoor


ith the temperatures dropping, we may as well stay inside and create some festive winter crafts. Two of our creations could be given as gifts, but are also just fun to make. This season we’ve made hot cocoa sets, winter slime and also a half wreath made of eucalyptus. The hot cocoa sets make cute and easy gifts to hand out to friends or acquaintances during the winter months and the slime is always a hit with children. Whether you’re making it with the little ones or gifting it, it’s a good time. 28 | in Bemidji Winter 2018

Hot Cocoa Sets

What you need: Directions: Glass tubes String Hot cocoa mix Marshmallows Mint candies Wafer cookies Chocolate chips

Place the hot cocoa mix in the tubes fi rst and build from there. You can do tubes with hot cocoa and chocolate, mints or marshmallows on top or you can do a set with hot cocoa in one tube and treats in the other tubes. Tie them all together and you’re done!

Half Wreath

What you need: Directions: String Eucalyptus cinerea Red berry branch

Bunch eucalyptus branches together and tie a string around the ends. Measure out how long you want the string to be, cut it, then tie it to the other end. Hang it after that and then add the red berry branch. It’s easier to set it in there once it’s hanging.

Winter slime

What you need: Directions: 2 bottles of clear glue 1 bottle of white glue Silver and blue glitter Liquid starch Jars with lids

Mix all of the bottles of glue together. Then add glitter. Start with adding ¼ cup of the liquid starch. Mix it in for a few minutes and add more depending on the consistency. Enjoy!

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ANSWERS: 1. Christmas cookie cutters; 2. whisk; 3. egg separator; 4. garlic press; 5. food scraper; 6. cork screw; 7. rolling pin.





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