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love history, especially local history, but I also love to learn about history in the making. This issue we have it covered! A little known Rochester treasure is the Heritage House Victorian Museum (page 39), located in Rochester’s beautiful Central Park. You can step back in time and tour the home this summer. The house has an interesting history and so does the Whiting family who built it. This year marks the golden anniversary of the Rochester Area Family Y building. Learn why the opening of the new facility in 1964 was groundbreaking. Continuing the tradition of the Y, good things are in store and we will be celebrating its history and future throughout the next year (page 45). With spring well underway and summer looming, I am really looking forward to getting outdoors. With so much to do... camping, Zumbrota Covered Bridge Music and Arts Festival, and the Great River Road Wine Trail, there is bound to be an activity for everyone. I’m also preparing for garage sale season to hit hard. Moving into my neighborhood last year, I quickly learned about a “garage sale guru” just up the street. I have to say I was impressed by her skill, technique and genuine love for the hunt. Not everyone views garage sale-ing like we do in the U.S. After reading “Lost in Tranz-ley-shun” (page 62), and laughing hard enough to produce tears, I am not sure I will ever look at garage sales the same way again! On a serious note, in the first of a four part series (page 20,) RW talks with three women who have chosen to help with the trials and tribulations of daily care for aging parents. Marlene, Kathy and Peggy give insight into the challenges. “There comes a time to return care to those who have cared for you.” You may have noticed some changes in this issue, Rochester Women says a big welcome to Tracy van Eijl who joins us this issue as our new Layout Designer. With that being said, we thank Amy Liebl for her talented contribution to the magazine over the last two years. We wish her the best in her new journey. With all that is available in our beautiful communities, why not try something new this summer? Explore, create, volunteer, the ideas are endless.

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Join our guest Florestine Renville, a Native American woman writer who started the magazine Icke Wicasta which means “Common People.” Some of the magazines will be added to the Rochester Public Library’s permanent collection. Included in our honored speakers are Martin and Linda Bernard; the artists who created the sculpture in Mankato for the 150th Anniversary. Many activities are planned including the Prairie Island Dance Troupe on the Peace Plaza and an educational PowWow. For more details and schedule, contact Mette Greising or call 507-358-5939.

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Activities for the whole family including face painting, storytelling, live music, volleyball, and vendors will be on hand. The event will showcase the history of slavery in America and to remember slavery’s ending. Look at the cultural heritage of slaves and their descendants through art, education, and research. For more information call 288-5300 or

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Gopher Count begins Wednesday evening with Family night. Join in on the fun of the 5K run and Family walk. Continue the night with the Talent Show and the crowing of the King and Queen at 7:00 p.m. End the night with a spectacular fireworks display. Thursday the Grand Parade starts at 10:00 a.m. rain or shine! Spend your day taking part in the soap box derby, doll buggy parade, pie eating contest, cake walk, ladies nail driving contest, tug of war, and foot races. End Gopher Count with a street dance under the big tent along with bingo in the town hall. For more information visit

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feel fortunate to have grown up around informed, opinionated women. Hear it straight from three generations: me (Mariah Mihm), 38, my mom, Debi Neville, 62, and my grandma, Verna Kraft, 86.

DISCIPLINE Grandma: There is a place for everythinga place to play and a place to be quiet. A child needs to learn the proper behavior for different situations. In my time we expected children to behave. It’s easier to let children’s behavior slide because the parents are so tired and busy. Mom: The child has to be the focus whether the mom works outside the home or not. Me: We as parents are expected to do it all: work, chauffeur, teach, coach, the list goes on and on. Kids are also involved in a lot more activities now, starting at a younger age than even when I was in school. It can really drain energy when you feel like what you do as a parent is never enough. Then add discipline to that and it can get downright exhausting. We do too much and we expect the kids to go, go, go, and something has to give. Often times it is discipline. I’m not saying it is right, I’m just stating what happens. Grandma: Parents are the ones who need to teach children respect and responsibility. It hurts the children in the long run to not understand. Kids need to contribute to the household and know that being part of the family means helping out and contributing in age-appropriate ways. If they don’t listen and help out there are consequences. Mom: We got spanked, slapped on the hands with a fly swatter and even sent to our rooms without supper. Me: I would never think of punishing Landon by making him go without food! Mom: It was in the 1970’s when Dr. T. Berry Brazelton started talking about “time-outs” and logical consequences. Me: Logical consequences always made sense to me. Plus I think they will be more and more important as children get older.

Parents can look at what is most important to the child-TV, video games, going to the park or a favorite toy-and take those away. I remember being “grounded” from my music or the phone. It was awful! Grandma: Time-outs are for cooling down. I remember many times when I walked away. Parents need time-outs sometimes too! Mom: Remember when you told me I needed to go to my room, Mariah? I think you were about six years old. Me: Walking away shows self-control, and that is also an important life lesson for kids. Backing up to the idea of respect, parents need to have respect for their children, too; they are autonomous human beings with their own thoughts, ideas, opinions and personalities. Respect goes both ways. Mom: There was a change in my generation from physical punishment, which had been accepted, to child-rearing theories that made parents think on their own. There was a shift in household dynamics and cultural changes that affect discipline. We were starting to learn more about the brain and child development. Grandma: I was not afraid to say “I’m sorry, I should not have done that.” It shows children it’s ok to say you’re sorry and everyone makes mistakes. Discipline teaches them how to function in the real world, but it needs to be balanced with lots of love! Me: With all the easy access to information on everything including discipline, it is really overwhelming. I got really stressed out and I didn’t trust myself. Then one day I saw a quote by Dr. Spock that went something like “No parent ever did wrong by trusting their instinct.” I really can’t explain what that did for me as a parent.

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Karen Light Edmonds Lifts Kids Out of Poverty Through Project Legacy


Stashed in Karen Light Edmonds’ garage are black garbage bags that hold all the belongings of a homeless teen. They represent the striking dichotomy in Rochester that Karen can’t sweep into the dark corners of invisibility. No matter how uncomfortable it may make others feel, in a city known for its world-class medical care, the opportunity gap widens. 12

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aren counts eight children as her own, but in reality, some of those are children of other mothers. There are the kids who were homeless but who are now excelling in college, kids whose families pushed them out when they stopped bringing in drug money but who now can count their sobriety in months or years. The kids who got their shoes and clothing from gangs but who now have jobs. Kids who lived in apartments where the lighting was so dim that assailants could easily lie and wait but who now have safe shelter. It is Karen and a group of volunteers who have stepped in to help through Project Legacy, a nonprofit organization that provides resources and support to youth of color in Rochester who want a way out but lack opportunities. “There are kids in Rochester who are just trying to survive every day,” Karen says. “It’s hard for me to believe that people don’t know this, but they don’t.”

ROCHESTER’S HIDDEN POVERTY It’s a world that Karen is hoping to change, not only by helping as many disadvantaged youths as she can but also by raising awareness that Rochester is really just a microcosm of larger metropolitan areas with its own homelessness, gangs, drug problems and teen parents. Many kids, Karen says, want out — they want jobs, security, safety, a college education. But the challenges are enormous when they lack basic needs and are caught in the riptide of generational poverty. Project Legacy had its own humble beginnings. It grew out of a free yoga class that Karen offered several years ago to teen girls living in poverty in Rochester. By then, Karen already had a long history helping others — working with immigrant populations when she was a high school sophomore in Fargo, North Dakota, and later volunteering as an English tutor for Vietnamese families who were being resettled in the United States. In Rochester, where she has now lived for more than two decades, Karen volunteered with the Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association, teaching English to East African and Southeast Asian adults. But it was that free yoga class that uncloaked Rochester’s invisible youth. Word spread quickly among the teens of possible resources and support for the homeless, gang-affiliated or living in poverty. They were motivated but had few options in Rochester. The philosophy behind Project Legacy is that connections to ideas, information and opportunities can rekindle a sense of hope and possibility and create a new legacy. That is where the name “legacy” itself comes from: leadership, empowerment, guidance, access and connections for youth. Helping these often invisible kids and young adults requires blunt honesty — about Rochester, about those stepping up, about different worlds within one city. “I never set out with the intention of creating a program,” Karen says. “I know in my heart why I do what I do. All I have to do is look into the eyes of these kids.”


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Karen Light Edmonds with kids who participate in Project Legacy.

FINDING A WAY OUT One cornerstone of Project Legacy is what Karen calls streetwork: reaching out to these kids, gaining trust, and offering support, unconditional love and new belief systems, often over a course of months or even years as relationships are solidified. The other major facet of the program is providing resources and opportunities to overcome incredible barriers, sometimes simply by providing education, safe housing and guidance through baffling bureaucratic systems. Through Project Legacy, these kids — facing homelessness, addiction, abuse, jail time and the tug of dysfunctional family dynamics — are finding a way out for the first time. “My speech is always that their circumstances don’t define them,” Karen says. “They’ve been born into a life that is harder than that of many of their friends. But the message that the kids get is that if you need help we’re going to help you.” In addition to its other work, Project Legacy now supports seven young adults who are in college and another four more hope to head to college this fall. All this and no budget, not yet anyway. Her Project Legacy work often takes place before dawn and well into the night and on weekends. Help comes from her husband, John, who has a master’s degree in social work. He articulates the vision of Project Legacy and provides guidance about best practices for mentoring and counseling. There is also a large network of volunteers — about 30 in Rochester and another 40 from around the country who take on a variety of roles — sending care packages to the college students, chauffeuring kids to appointments, buying clothing, groceries or supplies, and simply offering encouragement and support.

George DeStefano of Rochester is one of those volunteers, and he says he’s gotten as much out of the program as he has put into it. “Intellectually, I’ve long recognized that many children grow up without even the modest financial advantage my parents provided. I also knew many never had any moral support, encouragement to do well in school and go on to college,” DeStefano says. “There is a lot of strength and resolve to be gained from growing up in a family that holds the implicit belief and expectation that you will attend college and you will graduate. I knew this was missing for many kids and I knew it mattered. Now, after just a short while as a Project Legacy volunteer, I feel it in my gut. These kids are in a painful place. Being near them, seeing the day-to-day struggle to get past one stumbling block or pitfall after another...this is painful.”

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AS PROGRAM BLOSSOMS As Project Legacy has blossomed right alongside the young people it helps, the financial strain has increased. Donations aren’t enough to sustain the program long term, especially as its successes mean more kids can head to college. During the last five years, more than 200 children and young adults from newborns to age 21 have found help through Karen’s efforts. This year for the first time, Project Legacy is fundraising, with a goal of $42,000. That money will be used for food, clothing and hygiene supplies for homeless youths, college registration fees and expenses, travel expenses to cultural events and college tours, drug testing kits for youths who request them for accountability, safe shelter, and outreach programs. Project Legacy also hopes to secure a van to help with transportation needs as well as sports equipment, such as a treadmill and portable basketball hoop. Karen is determined to see Project Legacy thrive. It’s hard, heart-wrenching work. Friends say that it’s simply in Karen’s nature. “She is the best example of everything that is good about being a woman,” Gayle Kall says. “Intelligent, strong, compassionate, kind, perceptive. She takes risks that most people would never attempt to take. She nurtures, she models every day what is the very best about humanity, the very best about being female.” And Karen keeps answering the call, whether text or Facebook, as more kids and young adults who want a way out turn to her and Project Legacy for help. “Somebody needs a place to live, somebody needs help with medical services, somebody wants help with their

addiction,” she says. “The kids are drawn to me, they trust me. And this is my passion. This is what I’m best at — loving kids, igniting hope in kids, helping them see that they can have a different life than what they’ve known.” Because Project Legacy now has nonprofit status under its fiscal agent, Olmstead Outreach, all donations are tax deductible. Funds are being raised through word of mouth, and through social networking, its own website and on GoFundMe, a do-it-yourself crowd funding website. To volunteer or make a donation you can contact Project Legacy through its Facebook page or call (507) 254-3387. You can also mail a donation to Project Legacy, 2928-20th St, NE, Rochester, MN 55906. Jennifer Gangloff is a freelance writer and editor in Rochester. She works in research at Mayo Clinic. Resources: May/June 2014


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hat if women in business were being mentored and vetted for executive positions as often as their male counterparts? The Center for Women in Business and their research adviser, McKinsey & Company, published a recent study called, “Advancing Women to the Top.” The study noted that if women were groomed for upper management positions there would be more active boards, improved financial performance and greater diversity of thought. ON TOP OF THEIR GAME

Natalie Masri, senior director for the Center for Women in Business, and Roberta Phillips, executive director for the Center for Women in Business, will be in Rochester in May and will be presenting the advantages of utilizing the potential of all members of an organization, both male and female. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with some of the top women in business in Rochester. According to the study, “Advancing Women to the Top,” these facts were noted: “To be at an advantage, your company should have an industry average of at least 17% women on the top leadership team. Disadvantaged companies have an industry average of 14% or less women on the top leadership team.” Looking at one organization in Rochester as a comparison, the Mayo Clinic’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion reported that there is a total of 42 CEOs, nine of which are women; that equates to 21%. In overall management positions, there are 2,672 women out of 5,803 people, or 46% of the populous. And, on the Board of Governors, females represent 30.4%. These numbers indicate the advantage Mayo Clinic has over other organizations.

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THE BOTTOM LINE LEADS TO THE TOP Not only are women bringing fresh perspectives to the conversation, but they’re helping improve the bottom line. Clarke believes that women help improve financial performance because of their keen ability to be systematic thinkers. “Women have a pulse on what’s going on in an organization across all business sectors. They’re important to the bottom line of any organization.” Whether or not women are born to juggle multiple projects or if they have had to teach themselves to juggle, women understand the nuts and bolts of a business, thus leading to greater diversity of thought. “Women are good connectors, they help identify links between people and organizations, they cut through the mustard and invigorate stalled conversations,” says Gail O’Kane, RCTC president and panel member.

DIVERSITY LEADS TO THE TOP Creating diversity in the board room is imperative to meeting the needs of our diverse and global society. Melissa Brinkman, CEO of Custom Alarm/Custom Communications and panel member, states that women bring a more holistic approach to many topics and issues. “Women are open-minded, while some men have a tendency to make decisions based on ego.” It’s time to absolve stereotypes imposed on women in business. Brinkman states, “Women have [ambition], motivation, initiative, dedication and perseverance.” All of these characteristics are invaluable traits to performing in executive positions. Women have the strength and intellect to be sitting on top. Nicole L. Czarnomski is a freelance writer in the southeastern Minnesota area. May/June 2014


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AGE: 44 FAMILY: Husband, Robert; children, Ashleigh and Jaxson ROCHESTER ROOTS: I grew up here and graduated from Lourdes in 1988. After that, I went to the University of Wisconsin, Stout, and majored in hotel and restaurant management, with a minor in business. MOVING OUT: After college graduation I worked for several hotels, including Wyndham. I moved around a bit with that company, living in Detroit, Chicago, Dallas and St. Louis. My husband and I met in Dallas. He was the hotel chef, and I was the general manager. HEADING BACK: My dad started Custom Alarm in 1968. We’re celebrating our 45th year in business. After my husband and I got married, we decided to move closer to family, so we came back to Rochester. I wanted to give it a try working with my dad. That was a little more than 15 years ago. I started in sales and marketing, and I’ve been here ever since. SERIOUS BUSINESS: Being part of a security company, I take our work very seriously. Lives depend on it. We keep that a priority in our employees’ minds, whatever they do. Best part of your job? I love showing people how a security system can not only keep them and the people they love safer, it can also make their lives easier. For example, a system can help you keep an eye on your house during the day. A camera can show you what’s happening with a video clip sent to your phone. You can get a text every time a 18

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door opens. That could be your front door, the door to a gun safe, the door to a liquor cabinet, or whatever you want. It’s all about ensuring peace of mind. Biggest misconception? People often tell me, “I don’t need a security system. I don’t have anything worth stealing.” But we all have valuables — items that are important to us that are tied up in memories and relationships, like photo albums, personal items given to us by a loved one, precious mementos. They may not have a large dollar value, but they are very valuable to each of us and often cannot be replaced if they are damaged.

of Rochester advisory board for the last eight years. I’ve poured a lot of time and energy into it because I believe it is a great asset for this city and its families.

FAMILY TIES: We are a family-friendly business. We’ve always been that way. But to work with your own family is unique. We try to keep things separated. When we’re home or outside of work, we don’t talk about work. When we’re at work, we try not to talk about the family. It has some interesting dynamics, but there are many good things to being in a family business.

A GOOD PLACE TO CALL HOME: I’m one of those boomerang people. I grew up and left Rochester for a while. Then I came back and I’m glad I did. There is a caring sense to this community. I feel connected here. It’s also a community that’s open to improvement. The standards are high and people are willing to find new ways to move forward. That’s exciting.

COMMUNITY CONNECTION: I’m very involved within the community. One of my most rewarding activities has been serving as chair of the Minnesota Children’s Museum

HOW DO YOU BALANCE IT ALL?: As a doer and a multi-tasker, I’m driven to get things done. I don’t balance anything. I just make it fit. There are some things that have a bigger priority for me, so I put them first. I try to figure out where it’s best to focus my energy, depending on where I’m needed at that time. It ebbs and flows. And I have a lot of help. My mom has been a huge help with our kids over the years.

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any of us will face a time when we are called upon to coordinate or provide care for our aging or ailing parents. Three local women describe how they rose to this very opportunity — and the challenges it brings — with a depth of emotion, courage and strength. Each shares a unique experience. Together, they share an unwavering commitment to care for their loved ones with respect, dignity and integrity.

UNEXPECTED, RESPECTFUL CAREGIVER Marlene is a dedicated wife and mother, a writer/editor by trade and a parent caregiver by choice. “My mother died at age 61 of colon cancer, after a 14-year journey. In the final year of her life my mother’s cancer metastasized to her spine, resulting in significant paralysis in her last months,” says Marlene. “She could no longer dress, feed or bathe herself; she couldn’t use the bathroom, get out of a chair or walk without assistance; she couldn’t even turn over or get out of bed without help.”

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“I had two choices: send her to a facility that could give her the round-the-clock care she needed or care for her in my own home,” she says. “My husband and I chose to keep her with us.” While working full-time and caring for her then six-year-old daughter, Marlene learned to provide respectful care for her mother. She read books, watched videos, created charts, asked lots of questions, observed and took notes at every appointment. But like others in the “Sandwich Generation,” Marlene’s biggest challenge was the lack of hours in a day to get even the basics done, such as doing the dishes. “After my mother died, it took me two years to recover from the physical and mental duress I put myself through,” she says. Marlene had the opportunity to call on something from within herself she never even knew she had: patience, constancy, bravery and honor. And this life lesson was two-fold. “I got to learn something new from and about my mother every day “Car in g fo r — not always positive, but very m y p ar e n ts important,” she says.


is n o t a d u ty b u t m y w ay o f g iv in g b ac k to th e m a s th e ir c h il d .” — K a th y

Kathy is caught — sandwiched. — between the responsibilities of being a successful business owner, single mom and primary caregiver for aging parents. She takes pride in her work and her family. She has been closely involved in the ever-increasing care needs of her mother. “We had to move her into a nursing home approximately three years ago,” says Kathy. She also provides care for her father, who remains in his home, and oversees care for a sibling in a group home, all while managing her own business. Kathy reciprocates the care her parents provided for their five children and their own parents. “I learned by watching my parents care for my grandma,” she says. “I am privileged to be an advocate for them and involved in their care.” The challenges of caring for a parent can come daily, but the rewards can be substantial now and for years to come. “My kids have seen what it takes to care for aging parents,” says Kathy. “Hopefully someday, when I’m older, they’ll take care of me.”

“It’s h e lp fu l to re co g n iz e th at m an y o f o u r fr ie n d s ar e g o in g th ro ugh si m il ar st ru g g le s. It is g o o d to ta lk to o n e an o th e r an d sh ar e st ra te g ie s an d e x p re ss su p p o rt an d co n ce rn . Ju st b e in g re m in d e d th at it ’s a u n iv e rs a l st ru g g le, p ar t o f th e h u m an co n d it io n , c an b o ls te r re so lv e.” — Pe gg y

OVERCOMING CHALLENGES WITH INTEGRITY Peggy carries a full-time job and credits an extensive family support network — nine children and 23 grandchildren — with her parents’ ability to remain in their own home. She and her husband, Phil, along with a brother, Don, and particularly his wife, Nancy, are closely involved in caring for her parents, including meal preparation, home repairs, finances and appointments. “My parents each have their own combination of extensive medical problems,” she says, noting her dad’s gradual decline in mobility and cognition and her mom’s medical concerns that require extensive procedures and hospitalizations. “My sister-in-law ‘Saint Nancy’ is single-handedly the primary reason why my parents can continue to live comfortably in their own home.” “It’s hard to imagine something different for them, although we all know that the other shoe could drop any time, requiring the next level of care that we may, or may not, be equipped to provide,” she adds. “Identifying community resources ahead of needing them will be helpful when the time comes to use them.” Her family members understand the importance of caregiving with integrity. Their situation is viable due to a strong sense of camaraderie, being-in-it-together and trust in the goodwill and intentions of one another.

EVOLVING CARE NEEDS At a certain point in life, many of us realize that our responsibilities to our grown children have decreased — they are doing well with their lives. Then we look in the other direction and realize that our responsibilities to our aging parents have increased. Just as Marlene, Kathy and Peggy have demonstrated — with overall respect, dignity and integrity — there comes a time to return care to those who have cared for you.

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MASSAGE Our first stop: massages at City Looks Salon & Spa ( located in Apache Mall. City Looks offers a variety of massages, from seated chair massages that take 15 minutes (quick and easy, you don’t even need to change clothes!) to hour-and-a-half full body massages, stone massages and wraps. “I should do this more often,” says RW photographer Dawn Sanborn after her massage. “They loosened some knots that were weighing me down. I feel so much better.” Massages at City Looks start at fifteen dollars and range to $90. The salon also offers facials, manicures and pedicures, and has a variety of spa packages offering combination treatments for both men and women, and of course, it’s a full-service hair salon. City Looks has been rated a Top 200 Salon in America five years in a row.

MANI/PEDI The next stop on our spa tour: Hair Studio 52 & Day Spa ( located off West Circle Drive in Rochester. Hair Studio 52 offers spa manicures and pedicures, simple polish changes and hot stone pedicures. (If you’re in a hurry, there’s an express pedicure; if you’re not, there’s an hour-long pedicure.) “I’m worth every minute of this pampering,” says Deanne Breitenbach, RW marketing account manager. May/June 2014


But the beauty of manicures and pedicures is not just nail-deep. “Caring for our hands and feet keeps them healthy and functioning properly,” says Jade Handt, nail technician and hair stylist at Hair Studio 52. The salon offers packages for men and women and even spa memberships, allowing members to choose up to three services (spa mani/pedi, facial, massage) each month for a flat rate. The salon also offers injections like BOTOX and Juvederm, chemical peels, hair restoration programs and is a full-service hair salon.

FACIAL For facials, we went to Posh Facial Esthetics and Med Spa (, located in the Maine Avenue shops across from the Wehrenberg Theater in Rochester. Posh offers a variety of facials, most taking about an hour, from anti-acne to anti-aging, the classic Posh Signature facial (which includes an amazing facial massage), a new Fire & Ice facial combining cinnamon and peppermint and the Platelet-rich Plasma Facial, the Vampire Facial, gaining popularity in Hollywood after it was featured in the 2013 Oscar gift bag. “For those of us hesitant to let others touch our faces, Posh made the experience gentle and easy,” admits Mariah Mihm, RW editor. “My face is soft and smooth, with a healthy glow.” Facials reduce the appearance of wrinkles, lines, blemishes and scars, leaving skin hydrated and rejuvenated. “As we age, it takes longer to slough off dead skin cells and to grow new ones,” says Carmen Sylvester, Posh esthetician. “For babies, this process takes 18 days, which is why their skin just glows. For adults, the same process takes about 128 days, leaving our skin dull and dry. Facials help this process along.” Posh also offers other anti-aging treatments and services such as collagen-replacement, BOTOX and Juvederm injections. Put yourself on your agenda. Whether you go for manicures, pedicures, facials, massages (or all of them!), gather your friends together for relaxation, rejuvenation and some “friend therapy” at the spa. For more Rochester spa experiences, check out: Beauty Gallery Day Spa & Salon, Healing Touch Spa, LaSata Salon & Spa, Rocco Altobelli Salons & Day Spa, Salon Chic and Serenity Spa. Jody Brown is a freelance writer living in Rochester and a server at Söntes Restaurant. She is the author of “Upside Down Kingdom.”


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he referee’s whistle tweets and the skaters of MedCity Mafia are in a jam again. Right where they want to be. The blockers are bunching together to clog up the oval track. They push and shove; they smash into opposing players to clear a path. Scorers behind them jostle and juke to pick their way through the pack of players. They squeeze through gaps and dart around the edges of human walls. They try to avoid jarring hits that can knock them off their wheels. It’s clash and crash out there. The “jam” is the play in the sport of roller derby and MedCity Mafia is Rochester’s homegrown roller derby league.


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Whatever their levels of moxie off the track, the 21 women on the team bring plenty of attitude to the derby. The Mafia’s roster is filled with it. Meet Sister Mary Bruiser, Green Eggs and Slam, Kayla SMASH, Nurse RachHIT, Pirate Queen, Chocolate Pain Service, Mad Catter and Perfecta Kill, to name a few. They are “women with passion for the sport,” says Sarah Ferden, 33, of St. Charles, known to MedCity fans as “Sweet ‘n Nasty.” “They don’t hold back.”

LADIES WILLING TO BUMP, BLOCK AND ROLL Those derby names come with a variety of ladies and a range of skills. Laural Brentner, 28, of Rochester was among the first to join in 2012 and arrived with little experience on wheels. “We just hoped we would learn the skating,” says Brentner, whose uniform label is “Patience Zero.” But after playing rugby in college, “I was prepared for the physicality of it,” she says. She wears the inevitable bruises of roller derby like “a badge of honor.” “If you’re not getting bruised up, you’re probably not playing very hard,” Brentner says. “You work through [the pain], or you don’t feel it. Usually the next day is when I’m the most sore.”

NO BALL IN ROLLER DERBY Roller derby is a sport without anything to throw, carry or hit. “There is no ball in roller derby,” Ferden says at the outset. Here’s how it is played: • Two teams play the derby on a flat, oval track. It’s typically indoors but can be outdoors. • Each team fields five players, all wearing roller skates. One, called the “jammer,” is the sole scorer for her team; she wears a star on her helmet. In a way, she acts as the ball. • Every time the jammer passes a player from the opposing team, her team scores a point. (The exception is the initial pass in each jam.) • The other four members of the team, called “the pack,” protect their jammer and block opponents. These blockers play offense and defense at the same time. While making a path for their jammer, they also must prevent the other team’s jammer from lapping–or passing–them. • The jams are brief, no more than two minutes apiece. But there are a series of jams and teams can rack up hundreds of points in a 60-minute “derby” or bout. The team with the most points wins.

FREEWHEELING ACTION– WITH RULES A roller derby jam can look like a moving melee, but it actually is very well controlled chaos. There are rules for every part of the game and there can be as many referees (nicknamed “zebras” for their striped shirts) calling the bout as there are players. Like hockey, roller derby also has a well-used penalty box. Among the basic rules are limits on blocking. Players cannot use hands, forearms,

legs, feet or heads to block. A roller derby player can’t legally throw an elbow, block from behind, or hit someone in the head. That leaves upper arms, shoulders and torsos for blocking. And, yes, ladies, chest hits are perfectly legal. Roller derby is a contact sport and injuries happen. Since its beginnings in 2012, MedCity Mafia skaters have had comparatively few injuries. “We did have a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament),” says Ferden, and “one player also was sidelined for the season due to a broken wrist and foot.”

DERBY AND THE MEDCITY The MedCity Mafia had its start in August 2011, when roller derby fan Sarah McLain– who still plays as “Perfecta Kill”–advertised online for skaters to start a team. She soon attracted a few women who skated together. The team grew and played in its first bout the next year. The Mafia skates its home bouts in the Mayo Civic Center Auditorium, with at least one each year taking place in Graham Arena at the Olmsted County Fairgrounds. The next Graham bout is scheduled for Saturday, May 24. “We’re just setting up our season for next year,” says Ferden, the Mafia’s head bout coordinator. The season typically sticks close to the local school calendar. The Mafia’s training home is the National Guard Armory on the city’s southeast side. Players practice two to three times a week on a track laid out on the concrete floor in the armory’s gym. Gate receipts from bouts are important to the team, but the skaters are amateurs, not pros. “We pay to play the sport,” Ferden says. Players have monthly dues for team membership and they buy the necessary gear, from their 4-wheeled skates to helmets and elbow pads. “My $100 knee pads are worth every penny,” exclaimed Fereden. MedCity Mafia technically is a league having two related teams. The main team is the DONnas of Destruction; MobSisters is the second squad. The Mafia recently applied for its “apprentice” affiliation with the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the sport’s governing organization, Ferden says. The WFTDA currently has 101 apprentice leagues and 243 full members.

ROLLER DERBY terms Bout:

a game, sometimes called a derby.

Mixer: a game featuring a mix of individual players rather than organized teams. Jam: a period of play lasting no longer than 2 minutes.

Jammer: a player designated to be the scorer

for each team who wears a star on her helmet.

Juke: a fake move. Lead Jammer: the first jammer to emerge

from the pack on the first lap. The lead jammer earns the right to stop the jam before its standard 2 minutes by signaling the referee.

Blocker: a player who tries to stop the

opposing team’s jammer from passing. She also blocks opposing players to clear the way for her own team’s jammer.

Pivot: a blocker who sets strategy on the

track and coordinates blockers. The pivot’s helmet has a stripe down the middle. In one type of maneuver, the pivot also can be converted to the jammer.

Pack: the group of blockers competing in each jam Quads: shorthand for 4-wheeled roller

skates, which are standard in roller derby.

Whip: a pulling assist from a teammate that

adds quick velocity and direction

Passing the star: a deceptive maneuver

in which the jammer removes her helmet covering with the star –also called the “helmet panty” and hands it off to the pivot. The transfer allows the pivot to become the scorer and confuse opponents.

More information about MedCity Mafia can be found at or on Facebook at MedCity Mafia. Bob Freund is a freelance writer based in Rochester. May/June 2014


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Jennifer Logelin, 37, of Rochester had never played any team sport before joining the Mafia last year. Her motives? “Exercise is a huge part of it for me,” says Logelin, who goes by “Green Eggs and Slam.” She says she also is setting an example for her two young daughters: “Girls can do cool stuff, too!” Most of the Mafia skaters range in age from early 20s (minimum age is 21) to age 40, and most have children. Mafia’s organizers decided early on to keep their bouts “family friendly,” Ferden says.


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he Great River Road Wine Trail is a grouping of nine wineries in our region located along the Mississippi River Valley. Suzanne, new to wine, Georgette, an aficionado, Lucy, a beer-lover willing to branch out into wine and myself, an experimenter with my wine palate, took a Saturday to visit four of the nine wineries along the Trail.

CANNON RIVER WINERY We began at Cannon River Winery in Cannon Falls, Minn, where the owner herself, Maureen Maloney, checked us in. The girls and I headed over to the wine apparel section where we ran smack into a group of ladies having fun. All were wearing black T-shirts with wine slogans on them, and they were giggling like school girls. “We’ve been friends for decades,” they told us. “We met in high school and get together for one weekend each year. We read about this wine trail and it was calling to us.” “Now that’s the thing to do,” Lucy said as we got in line to taste some wines. “You get your girls and your wine shirts and head to the Trail.” When we each had a wine sample, Lucy toasted, “Here’s to girls being girls.” Our favorite Cannon River Winery choices: St. Pepin, Honey Wine and Cannon River Red.

FALCONER VINEYARDS We headed on down the Trail to our next destination, arriving at Falconer Vineyard in Red Wing, Minn., to find the owner, John Falconer, pouring his wines himself. “Feel free to look around,” he told us, getting us sampled-up and pointing the way to the large deck that overlooks his vineyard and also houses his wood-fired pizza oven. (That explained the delicious aroma in the place.) Most everyone in there was part of the Wine Trail tour going on that weekend, but not all. “This is my favorite weekend stop for wine and a late lunch,” a man sitting at the bar told us. And after snacking and wine sampling, we could see why: Falconer Vineyards certainly knows what they’re doing. The wines we tasted were restaurant quality, through and through. Georgette summed it up with our wine toast to Falconer, “Here’s to top-notch wine and food, at a beautiful location.” Our favorite Falconer Vineyard choices: Vignoles and North Star Red.

VALLEY VINEYARD We headed out to the Valley Vineyard in Prescott, Wis., where the owners had paired each of their wine samples to a different food item. From tart apples to creamy blue cheese to chocolates, the food enhanced the flavors of the wines. When we finished tasting, Suzanne and I browsed through the wine merchandise, showing each other our findings. Lucy went

outside to see the great view from the deck while Georgette chatted with the owner, Rudy Jungwirth, about their wine Jody Brown displays one of her favorite Case Club. Lucy returned wines at Cannon River Winery. and said, “I met some people on the deck who said that they’d had a great dinner last night at Four Daughters Vineyard in Spring Valley, Minn. They’re not on the Trail, but they’re local. We need to make plans to go there together.” No complaints here. But I must say, it was hard to take to the road again. We could have stayed in the Valley’s inviting tasting room all afternoon. On arrival, Suzanne had toasted to the “cheerful and soothing” Valley Vineyard. That it was. Our favorite Valley Vineyard choices: Frontenac Gris and Marquette Reserve.

MAIDEN ROCK WINERY & CIDERY At our final stop, Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery in Stockholm, Wis., we walked in to a giant party. The place was stuffed full of people and everyone was having a good time. We met the owners, Herdie Basden and his wife, Carol Wiersma, who were dishing up plates of excellent food. They even had a station just for cider. Cold or hot, the hard cider was fresh and delicious, especially when you knew the orchard was just out the front door. And, wouldn’t you know, we suddenly heard the unmistakable giggles of the ladies we’d met back at the Cannon River Winery. At this point we were four wineries in, so we all exchanged hugs and compared stories from the road. I excused myself to return to the first station to jot down the name of the cider that I liked so much. Herdie saw me and said, “Jody, do you have a question?” Time truly stopped for me. In the middle of all the revelry and merrymaking, Herdie, the owner of this great party, remembered my name. I was absolutely touched. Later, Georgette, who knows the owners well, smiled and said, “That’s the way they are.” Favorite Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery choices: Somerset Still and Honeycrisp Hard Ciders. At each winery we saw the personal touches of the owners, from the wine they made and the food they prepared to watching the public enjoy the fruits of their labor and talking with their fans. The Great River Road Wine Trail shows us the big dreamers of our community, of our time. This is history in the making. And we get to witness it, glass in hand. Links to each Great River Road Wine Trail wineries can be found at great Jody Brown is a freelance writer living in Rochester and a server at Söntes Restaurant. She is the author of “Upside Down Kingdom.” March/April 2014




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pring has arrived: warmer weather, window washing, seasonal housecleaning and the promise of outdoor living. W hether it’s a plot to land a barbeque grill or an expanse to relax and entertain guests, more and more people are looking to the great out doors to increase or improve their space of living.

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MISSION IN PROGRESS The new patio, doubled in size from the previous one, is composed of Colonial pavers in Beechwood color. Complementary Colonial block were used for a tiered retaining wall. To access the new outdoor space from the house, stairs with a sizeable landing and three steps were created using Big Step, 16” x 16” concrete block. A pergola was the perfect solution for providing relief from southern exposure to the hot summer sun. Created by Jeff Neumann, the protective structure has beams running north and south, cross stringers running east and west and smaller 2 x 2s on top of those running north and south to create a grid resulting in a higher level of

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shade. Low voltage lighting illuminates from each post. “Having the pergola right outside the kitchen makes it really handy and easy for us to eat outside” says the owners. “It also affords more opportunity to use the space because now there’s some shade.”

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LIVING IN THE PERFECT OUTDOOR SPACE The homeowners deem their re-do a success for many reasons. They really enjoy the use of the fire pit and cooking area. And since they reside on a very busy street, they’re more comfortable with their children having additional living and play area in the back of their lot. When it comes to maintenance, no more sanding and painting for these folks. There’s much less upkeep for the pavers and stone compared to wood. They last longer and are more easily cleaned. “We are extremely pleased with how our project turned out and the high quality work of Custom Retaining Walls & Landscaping.” Penny Marshall is a freelance writer living in Rochester.

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A HISTORIC TREASURE BY SARAH OSLUND usy checking cell phones, changing car stereo dials or just distracted by today’s hustle and bustle, every day scores of people pass by the Heritage House Victorian Museum without so much as a glance. The museum, nestled in the heart of Central Park in downtown Rochester, sees only 200 to 300 visitors each year. But this historic gem has a story to tell…

carpets to the authentic kerosene gas lights. Some of the items originally belonged to the Whiting family. Others have been donated, collected or rescued from Victorian homes on the brink of condemnation. When Hill took on the Heritage House project, Rochester auctioneer and historian John Kruesel helped support the project by getting plumbing and lighting installed. “Preserving history provides us with a better understanding of Photo courtesy of the History Center of Olmsted County PRESERVING what brings a community HISTORY together and keeps it strong and resilient,” Kruesel says. “We know On a hot August day in 1883, the Timothy and Eliza Whiting family we can’t save everything, but we need to be stewards of stories like had just sat down to their evening meal when a tornado ripped the Whiting’s.” through their quiet Rochester neighborhood, then known as A BRIGHT FUTURE “Lower Town.” The Whiting’s retreated to their cellar to ride out a Heritage House’s historic Central Park location, with its majestic storm that would ultimately devastate nearly every home in the area. fountain and inviting Victorian gardens, has long been a gathering Miraculously, when the Whiting’s emerged from the cellar following place for the community. Preserving its history is important not only the storm, the only damage their home suffered was a handful to groups like Heritage Associates, but also to Rochester’s up-andof holes in the ceiling. Legend has it that their dinner was still on coming leaders. the table. The Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Leadership Nearly a century later, the vacant home’s existence was in jeopardy Greater Rochester (LGR) class has selected Central Park as its when it was slated for demolition. But once again the stars aligned community impact project. “As one of the last remaining green spaces for the home when Louise Hill, the wife of Dr. John Hill and a in the downtown area and Rochester’s first public park, this plot woman passionate about historical preservation, came against the of land plays a vital role in keeping Rochester’s history alive,” says wrecking ball. Samantha Duke, LGR communications chair. “She immediately did whatever she had to do to stop the Together with community stakeholders, the class has developed dismantling of the house,” explains Dorothea Fritz, a board member a plan to revitalize Central Park, creating a fun and tranquil space for the non-profit Heritage Associates, Inc., a group dedicated to the for people of all ages to enjoy. “Central Park can serve not only as a preservation of Rochester’s heritage. “Then she gathered support of reminder of where we came from,” says Duke, “but also offer a place people in the community to do the actual moving and renovation.” of tranquility as growth explodes around the rest of the community.”

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Relocating the house was no small feat. It was moved in 1971 from its original location at 523 North Broadway to the parking lot of the Silver Lake Power Plant, where it sat for a year while the site in Central Park was prepared. “Louise wanted Central Park to become a kind of a town square,” says Meellee Fish, president of the Heritage Associates board, “so she started with Heritage House.” Heritage House Victorian Museum opened for public tours in 1973. The home’s architectural elements were salvaged from many Rochester homes, with furnishings typical of the era, from the wool

GET INVOLVED Heritage House is open for tours Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m to 3:30 p.m. Volunteer tour guides are always needed. If you are interested in getting involved call Sally Hodge at 507-286-9208. Sarah Oslund is Director of Communications and Public Relations. May/June 2014


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DID YOU WAIT [9] YEARS? Mariah with her son, then 10 months old.



hy did you wait nine years?” I was asked that question many times. Mostly by strangers, mostly by women. Clearly people did not understand how rude, how invasive and how terribly painful that question was for me.

SMILE? SURE, I’LL SMILE I wanted to scream, “It’s none of your business!” Instead, I did what I thought I should. I stood up straight, put a big smile on my face and while I held back my tears, I would muster kindly, “Life doesn’t always go as planned” or “We were waiting for the right little soul.” Sometimes I would even make a joke of it, saying, “We wanted to make sure we liked each other enough.” This satisfied most people’s curiosity. But for me, every time I was asked, it was another stab in my soul. Another reminder of the Mother’s Days I was missing, the lullabies I was not singing, the laughter I could not hear and the kisses that were not mine. This was not my choice. Did no one ever think of that?

I really could not comprehend how strangers thought it was OK to ask such things. But I learned that when it came to pregnancy and babies and kids, suddenly one becomes an open target for opinion and comments, few considered this an invasion of privacy. I was angry.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH One day it dawned on me that I didn’t have to be polite. I didn’t want to shrug it off anymore, as if it was no big deal. This is my story. If someone had the audacity to ask such a personal question, then they were going to get an equally personal answer from me in return.

BREAKING POINT I was in the grocery store the first time I said “It took me a year and a half to get pregnant the first time. I miscarried three weeks after being diagnosed with diabetes. Thirteen months to the day I had another miscarriage. A year after that (358 days, to be exact) I became pregnant with my son. It took five years, a lot of heartache and a lot of struggle

to get him here, and we almost lost him, too.” When I answered with truth, I felt liberated. The tears streamed down my cheeks. I kissed my precious child’s forehead and a drop landed on his chin. He laughed. I was no longer hiding behind how society expected me to respond. I was free. The recipient was not as thrilled with my answer as I was in giving it. I could see by the look on her face. It is the same look I have now seen many times. The same lack of words with which to respond to me. I have no problem with their discomfort. Maybe, just maybe, one of them will think before asking someone else, “Why did you wait nine years?” Mariah K. Mihm is editor of Rochester Women magazine and the proud mother of an amazing 6-year-old son. May/June 2014


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THE IMPACT OF TITLE IX ON HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ GOLF IN ROCHESTER “Golf shaped me as an athlete, a friend, a sister, a teammate, a daughter, a person, a human being.” ~ Ariana Shives


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n 1990, Juli Inkster became the first woman to win the Invitational Pro-Am at Pebble Beach — the only professional golf tournament in the world in which women and men compete head-to-head. It’s just 37 words that didn't seem to be a big deal at the time. It’s just 37 words that would change everything. “Golf shaped me as an athlete, a friend, a sister, a teammate, a daughter, a person, a human being. It provided me with qualities, skills and memories that are absolutely unparalleled. I am unbelievably grateful for Title IX because without it, I don’t even want to imagine what my life would be,” says Ariana Shives, a freshman at the University of Southern California and a 2013 Mayo High School graduate. following in the footsteps of the incredible accomplishments of legendary golfer “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias, thanks to the 37 plain and grammatically clumsy words buried within an extensive education bill, she is awarded the opportunity to make the attempt.

“At Lourdes, we currently have 20 players out for varsity golf, competing for 6 spots,” explains Lourdes girls’ golf head coach Bob Weinmann, whose coaching expertise spans 17 years. Weinmann credits the improved skill level of the girls to youth programs like The First Tee and the availability and access to more golf courses and driving ranges in the area. The Rochester John Marshall girls’ golf coach of 7 years, Andy Ollenburg, feels that in the last nine years golf has evolved like other girls’ sports. “They have been competing long enough that there are many good golfers on our teams and just as many beginning golfers.” Mark Kuisle, Century High School Athletic/Activities Director, observes the realities. “We have had some very good golfers over the years, but like with any sport, the students have to spend time, money and energy, outside the season, to get significantly better at their sport. Golf is no exception. Course memberships, tournaments, travel and fees during the summer have an impact on the dedication level.”



Mayo High School Athletic/Activities Director Jeff Whitney has witnessed the girls’ golf program grow by leaps and bounds — as evidenced by the 42-member roster last year. “Our program has really taken a positive step over the past 10 years. We had to hire an assistant coach two years ago to handle all the golfers.” The coaching staff at Mayo concentrates on promoting the sport at the middle school level. “We feel it is important to teach the sport to a large number of girls,” adds Whitney. Paramount in teaching the sport is Mayo High School girls’ golf coach Steve Myhro, who has been at the helm of the Spartans for 17 years. “Looking at the last five years, our team average has improved by 60 strokes. That’s huge growth!” In 1997, Myhro was lucky to field a full team of 12. Last year’s team was one of the largest high school girls’ programs in the state. “My goal as a coach has always been to make it fun and to help grow the game of golf.”

Courtney Hruska, a sophomore at Mayo High School says, “I love golf because it is a sport that I can play for the rest of my life and because it is unpredictable.” Hruska believes she and girls everywhere are benefitting from Title IX. “Without Title IX, we wouldn’t even have the opportunity to be out there playing on high school teams and competing with other golfers from around the state.” Former teammate of Hruska, Katrina Ruedinger, a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, played six years with the Spartans. Hruska had a very successful high school golf career and it extended to college, where she walked on to the UW-Madison women’s golf team. “Even though women golfers have become more prominent, I still think we are looked down on compared to the men. I get the feeling that men think women cannot golf, which is why I love those instances to prove them wrong.” Pat Garry is a Rochester freelance writer and retired educator. May/June 2014





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or the past 50 years, the Rochester Area Family Y has served the community as a powerful association of men, women and children. Their mantra is to nurture the potential of youth, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. “We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors,” says Talbird Lovan, operations director at RAFY. “That’s why strengthening community is and has been our cause over the last half century.”

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GETTING STARTED The year was 1964 and the Rochester community celebrated the completion of a new building at 709 First Ave SW which housed both the YWCA and the YMCA. For the first time in Rochester history, the organizations were housed under one roof which enabled them to provide greatly expanded facilities. Just a few years earlier the YMCA and the YWCA realized that their individual programs would benefit from construction of better facilities. The thought was that the community couldn’t support two separate buildings, and the conclusion was to build a single facility, shared by the two organizations. About the same time, the Mayo Foundation donated the Balfour estate property to the YMCA. (Dr. Donald Balfour was one of the six original doctors along with the Mayo brothers who established the Mayo Clinic). The gift allowed the dream of a new major facility to be born. The endeavor to raise money was a success to the tune of $1.2 million in gifts from 3,500 families and businesses by the time the 50,000-square-foot building was dedicated in 1965.

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The two separate organizations continued to share the building and ran separate programs until 1986 when they legally merged to become the Rochester Area Family Y. The consolidation’s objective was to retain the philosophies and goals from each organization in order to better serve the community. According to Lovan, “The building itself has undergone some changes in the last 50 years. There have been three individual phases of expansion to serve the growing community. Most notable was the 4 million dollars of capital improvements in 2007 which created a water park giving us a state of the art aquatics center.” May/June 2014


WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Steve Courts, executive director and CEO of RAFY, is enthusiastically looking ahead. “We are working to connect the past to the future for our community, asking ourselves, ‘What does the second fifty years look like? What’s the big picture as we look ahead?’” The Y provides more than a place to work out. Health isn’t just counting calories and time on the tread mill, as Courts points out. “Our scope is broadening. I see a sharper, clearer emphasis on health and a return to the Y’s original principles set forth by founder George Williams back in 1841, of balance between spirit, mind and body. What the Y stands for has not changed; how we package it has. There are many people who touch the lives of our members helping them attain over-all health including emotional well-being.” Seeing a more diverse population both in age and focus, RAFY must respond with change in its programs and facility according to Courts. One example is RAFY collaborating with the University of Minnesota, Rochester. Students at UMR have a membership at the Y. “It’s an informal agreement and we operate in the spirit of cooperation. It’s mutually beneficial,” he says.“We hope to continue our partnership.” What does that mean for the building, the staff and the programs? Courts assures us they are busy working on a plan.“Within a year, we should be able to rollout specifics of a master campus plan and launch a capital campaign.” Lovan concurs, “Looking forward, we commit anew to work side-by-side with your neighbors throughout the community to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and1 thrive.” DSP_RW_1-4V-5-6-2014.pdf 3/26/2014 2:48:10 PM

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hether you are an avid or a beginner runner or biker, today’s technology can help you improve your game and keep track of your gain. Beyond the initial threat of technology to even a well-trained athlete, individual sports become more fun with immediate performance information and data upload capabilities. Bicycle Sports in Rochester recently hosted an introduction to GPS fitness devices class. Bike enthusiasts Terri Crist and Dave Hallaway led the hour-long class. They discussed what the devices can do, compared devices to cell phones, asked questions to help buyers decide on a device and showed how to use the Garmin Forerunner 10 watch.

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AS EASY AS ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR GPS watches can track and record heart rate, speed, route and even elevation for just about every sport. Athletes can view reports and create goals, routes and work-outs. For weight-management, an individual can keep track of and record calories burned. The Garmin Forerunner 10, the most reasonably priced GPS device ($140 plus tax) at Bicycle Sports, tracks your distance, pace, calories and personal records. Heart rate monitors for this device are sold separately. Tri-athlete trainer Jess Steward says, “That is a great watch. Enjoy!”

Getting started with the Garmin Forerunner 10 is as easy as one, two, three with its four-key interface. The first step: Charge your device before going for a run. Step two: Select the runner button and the device will find your location. Three: Select the runner button again to start the timer. The watch displays your time and distance. With a click of the down arrow button, your calories and pace are shown and recorded while the timer is running. Stop the timer with the runner button when you complete your run (preferably before entering the coffee shop and starting to talk with fellow runners). Select “resume” to restart the timer or “save” the run and reset the timer. Then, upload the information to the Garmin Connect website through your smartphone or via your computer when you get home.

CYCLING TACHOMETER Cycling computers are a must-have for anyone wanting to know her speed, distance and cadence while cycling on the road or off-road. Simple devices require manually inputting data into tracking websites, while more complex devices talk with smartphones and show GPS route maps, identify current location and have upload data features. The Cateye Strada Cadence is a sleek little cycle computer that is mounted on bike handle bars for ease of use and viewing while cycling. Your selected mode (cadence, average speed, etc.) displays at the bottom of the screen, while your current speed always appears at the top in big, easy-to-read numbers. An up/down arrow tells you whether you’re above or below your average speed.

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Runners can upload all of their activity to Garmin Connect (www.garminconnect. com) for comprehensive analysis. Getting started is easy! When you connect your device to the computer, it recognizes the serial number and walks you through registering with the site. Upload your runs by clicking on the Upload button at the top of the screen. Your Dashboard shows your runs. You can also Analyze your runs with more details including lap splits, time, distance and average pace and even calories burned. Weather is also tracked, so you can compare how you run during the change of temperature. The Plan section helps you plan ahead and create courses for your upcoming workouts and Explore connects runners and routes.

enjoy using Map My Run (or Ride), Strava and Bike Route Toaster. The National Bike Challenge uses for tracking workouts on a large scale. Once you take a bite and taste the sweetness of sporting technology, you’ll never go without a device. Members of the Chatty Chicks running group in Rochester use their running watches for timing running and walking intervals. They all agree that once you start using your running watch, “You’ll never run naked again.” Both training and learning new technology are less threatening and more fun with friends.

CONNECTING TECHNOLOGY Really exciting for runners and bikers today are all the mobile apps, websites and social media outlets they can connect with to share activities. Many runners and bikers

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umbrota celebrates its 15th Annual Covered Bridge Music and Arts Festival from Thursday, June 19, to Sunday, June 22. The festival schedule is packed with events to entertain one and all, with activities for all ages. Throughout the weekend Zumbrota will be bustling with live music, local artists selling their wares and concession booths peddling their delectable treats. “Ah, yes,” says Dan King, this year's festival coordinator, “They’ve got pork chop on a stick, hot dogs, fried twinkies, the whole nine yards.” Kicking off the festival is Zumbrota Rocks the Block, starting at 5 p.m. on Thursday night, where Zumbrota’s historic downtown will be filled with local business owners offering sidewalk sales, food, and entertainment. Friday night starts off with an old-fashioned Car-Hop in the United Redeemer Church parking lot: burgers, roller skates and all. The Zumbrota Area Arts Council (ZAAC) is hosting a family movie night at the Historic State Theatre at 7 p.m. Friday night, to be followed by a free street dance at the VFW. Saturday morning opens with a fresh start at the 5k Fun Run. The Men’s Softball League will pitch off their weekend tournament, while the Women’s Volleyball Tournament fires up at the Covered Bridge Park. “It's going to be a very busy area this year,” laughs King.“We’re really looking forward to it.” “We’re a tight-knit, artistic community, and we’re proud of our heritage and what we have to offer,” says King. “The festival is a good opportunity to bring people to our community to see what we’re like and what we offer.”

THE FESTIVAL CONTINUES From 10 4 p.m. Saturday, ZAAC offers Art in the Park, a juried art fair displaying work from 30 to 50 artists, held on the north side of the Covered Bridge Park. “[We have] sculptors, potters, painters, jewelers, locals, artists from all over,” says Brenda Lerum, director of Art in the Park.“We invite artists that have made their craft by their own hand. We’re always looking for new artists to join.” Live music in the park will include performances by Patchouli, Two o’clock Jump and the Everett Smithson Band, the latter a Cajun river band who will be offering free harmonica lessons to the kids. “The festival really becomes a huge family event,” says Lerum. “I've done just about all of the events and there’s plenty of things to do. It's easy to make a whole day of it.” The highlight of the festival marches off at 6 p.m. with a parade featuring an annual marching band competition. The packed streets create an intimate setting for the excitement of the parade. Saturday evening ends with a firework show and a big street dance. “It takes a lot of volunteers to pull it off,” laughs Lerum. “It's a wonderful event and a lot of fun for everyone.”

CROSSINGS AT CARNEGIE Crossings Gallery, Gift Shop and Clay Studio is a small but vibrant space located in the historic Carnegie library, one block off Main Street in Zumbrota. The charming space is home to a rotating art gallery set in the midst of pottery, jewelry, paintings and artwork for sale by local and international artists. Crossings also provides an intimate setting for a wide variety of concerts, camps and classes in May/June 2014


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all the arts, such as Pottery Boot Camp, Precious Metal Clay jewelry-making, and Gurgle Madness, where kids create their own indoor tabletop clay water fountain. “The shapes and beautiful forms that the kids come up with are just adorable, and are amazing works of art,” says Valerie McCartney, assistant publicity director at Crossings. “The kids are surrounded by an artistic environment and the freedom to create. They’re able to go all-out for a few hours and do whatever crazy thing they want to do.” In addition to the art classes, exhibition gallery, camps and regular concerts throughout the summer, Crossings will provide free root beer floats and a sidewalk sale during the Zumbrota Covered Bridge Festival.

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s the chirping of the birds and the warmth of the sun carry us into summer, why not take the chance to escape routine and get out into nature? Minnesota’s abundance of rivers, lakes and bluffs offers endless opportunities to shelter a tent, guide your paddle or carry you lazily downriver beneath the warmth of the sun. It’s time to shake out the corners of your closet, dig out those ratty old water shoes, find the kids’ swimsuits, call up your best friend and hit the road.


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Gillian Currie started visiting Minnesota State Parks a couple of years ago as a way to get her kids out into nature. Since then the four of them have rock-climbed, kayaked, hiked and camped across 22 state parks, with a goal to someday visit them all. “It’s nice to get the kids out of their comfort zone,” says Currie.“They get to be more childlike in nature. We go hike in the state parks and as soon as they pick up a stick, they begin to relax and act more their age.” Whether it be a weekend-trip during the school year or a longer trip during the summer, Currie makes it a priority to get herself and the kids outdoors. “It took me a while to realize I could take the kids by myself,” she explains, “ but now, we’ve visited everywhere close and are working towards the parks that are farther away. Instead of planning for a day-trip somewhere nearby, you have to plan for a ten-day trip up in northern Minnesota.” “The kids tease me,” she says.“They’ll joke saying, ‘Mom, we’re in a bad mood, let’s go for a hike.’” And so they do: it brings the family closer. As a rule, the kids So are unplugged, so as evening where closes in they settle around the can fire, chill out and talk until you go they fall asleep.

“There’s a huge variety of things to do and see,” explains Currie.“In Blue Mounds we took rock-climbing classes. Lots of the parks near the Twin Cities have different classes every weekend, with things like environmental classes, monarch butterfly tagging or fishing seminars. That’s another one of my goals, I ’d love to learn how to fish!”

CHESTER WOODS, EYOTA Looking for an escape into nature that’s not too far out of town? Pack up the car, wind down the windows and make your way to Chester Woods, a 1333-acre park with a 110-acre reservoir situated on the headwaters of Bear Creek. Chester Woods offers hiking, equestrian trails, swimming beaches, picnic shelters and fishing docks, as well as canoe, kayak or paddle boat rentals. Chester Woods’ developed area makes it easy to spend a day outdoors without worries. The natural sand swimming beach has a beach house with running water, and if the kids have leftover energy they’ll happily spend it running through the prairies or playing on the playgrounds. Want to take it easy? Set up a tent or RV on Chester Woods’ campgrounds and spend the day hiking, bicycling or paddling through the great variety of Minnesota’s natural terrain. “Our undeveloped area is probably the most unique,” says Josh Drilling, park and natural resource specialist at Chester Woods.

to escape the heat and retreat into Minnesota’s beautiful outdoors? We’ve dug up the details on some local campsites, each of them with a different focus: From the natural beauty of Chester Woods, the educational experience of Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo or the outdoor waterpark at Shades of Sherwood, there’s bound to be something for you. May/June 2014


OXBOW PARK AND ZOLLMAN ZOO, BYRON For those looking for an educational day out in nature, check out Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo in Byron. Oxbow Park is located on a 650-acre park, with over 10 miles of hiking trails that cross the Zumbro River and lead into the bluffs. The area is scattered with picnic tables and is a great place to pack a lunch, hit the trails and enjoy a great day outdoors. Zollman Zoo offers environmental education classes and features wildlife native to Minnesota. “The river otters are always fun for people to see,” says Naturalist Clarissa Josselyn. “Everything you see in the zoo you would have found in Minnesota in the present or in the past.” In addition to otters, the zoo boasts cougar, bobcat, lynx and wolf exhibits, as well as porcupines, skunks, raptors, deer, elk, bison and farm animals. “The zoo has made a lot of improvements and expansions in the last couple years, including a new restroom building,” says Josselyn. “So it’s worth coming by to check us out! It’s a really family-fun area and is great for kids and adults.” Oxbow Park also offers camping on a first-come first-serve basis, no reservations, with campsites that range from $25 to $30. The park is open year-round from 7a.m. to 10p.m. daily; the zoo is open 10a.m. to 4p.m. daily.

EAGLE CLIFF CAMPGROUND AND LODGING, LANESBORO Great for family reunions or a fun weekend out with friends, Eagle Cliff is a family-owned and operated campground situated east of Lanesboro on the Root River, just off the paved 60-mile Root River Trail. Eagle Cliff offers canoe, kayak and tube rentals, as well as a shuttle service up-river. A two or four-hour float downriver will land conveniently back at the campsite, where a quick wash in the clean restrooms will leave you refreshed and ready to relax beneath the shade of the trees. The Root River is also a designated trout stream and offers a great opportunity to fish for supper. The campsites are settled in the valley, and across the river are beautiful rolling hills and bluffs. Eagle Cliff also offers bike rentals, allowing for a day biking the trails and relaxing in the beauty of nature. Or, why not make it a fun weekend out with the girls? The close proximity of Eagle Cliff to Lanesboro opens 56

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up the option of visiting art galleries, challenging yourself to a high ropes course, shopping in historic downtown Lanesboro or taking an Amish tour during the day. After that you could treat yourself to a night out at the theatre before wrapping up the day gathered around the campfire. Eagle Cliff offers 225 campsites by reservation, electric and non-electric, ranging from $25 to $35, as well as an on-site 5-room motel. Every Saturday there is a beanbag tournament.

SHADES OF SHERWOOD CAMPGROUND & WATER PARK, ZUMBROTA Looking to celebrate a birthday party somewhere out of town? Located on 77 acres of woods, Shades of Sherwood offers themed weekends, tube rides down the Zumbro River, horseshoe tournaments on the weekends, wagon rides every Saturday night and a newly-opened water park and pool. Shades of Sherwood also offers cabin rentals, for those who might not have all the necessary camping gear but still want their weekend retreat in the woods. The adorable wooden cabins are made to house four people and are fashioned with all the modern amenities: a fully furnished kitchen, bathroom, TV, picnic table, fire pit and two double beds with two bunks. The water park opens Memorial Day weekend and wristband entrance includes tubing, a jumping pillow, pedal carts, a space ball and mini-golf. Shades of Sherwood also has a basketball court, sand volleyball and two large playgrounds. Shades of Sherwood offers 150 sites ranging from $39 to $46, electric and non-electric. Add fees for extra persons. Fees for the water park range from $10 to $25. Cabin rentals are $140/night for 4 people, 2-night stay minimum.

BLUFF VALLEY CAMPGROUND, ZUMBRO FALLS Located in the bluffs tucked along the Zumbro River is Bluff Valley Campground, offering 275 camping sites. Bluff Valley offers tubing on the river, hiking trails, rock climbing, a driving range, karaoke, an arcade, ceramics, movies, a skate park and daily activities to keep you busy. Bluff Valley offers electric campsites priced $44 to $51. The skate park pass, tubing arm band and rock climbing day pass each cost $10.

RENTALS AT KANZ KAMPERS If camping in a tent seems too exposed to the elements, check out Kanz Kampers in Pine Island. They offer new and used RV and travel trailer sales, rentals, service and consignments. If you’re new to camping, RV rental can ease you gently into the freedom of the outdoors.

FINAL WORDS OF ADVICE In terms of advice, Gillian Currie offers this: Make sure to get headlamps for the kids! They love going off to the bathroom and to explore in the dark. It’s much easier with a headlamp. Take lots of board games, make lists, and be organized. Take extra clothes for every occasion, as you can never tell with the weather. Amanda Wingrin is a freelance writer.

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“There’s so much out there that people don’t realize. The 15 miles of trails lead you through a lot of landscapes: through native prairies, oak savannas, woodland valleys and along the edge of the bluffs.” Worried about how you’ll find your way on the trails? Don’t be! A stop at the visitor’s office will equip you with free trail maps and the confidence to get exploring. Chester Woods is excited to announce the construction of a camper cabin, fitted with electricity and running water and fitted to sleep six. “This is a first for Olmsted County,” explains Drilling.“The cabin is for folks who don’t have the experience or gear to go camping, they’ll only need to bring bedding and food.” Look for the cabin to be available summer 2015. Chester Woods is open daily from 7a.m. to 10p.m., beach and rentals from 6p.m. Vehicles are required to display an entrance permit: $5 daily or $25 annual. There are 50 campsites available by reservation: prices from $25 to $30.

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Margaritas for Charity South of the Border Soiree, the third annual margarita-tasting fundraiser for the southeast Minnesota chapter of the American Red Cross Rochester International Event Center, 7333 Airport View Drive SW, Rochester Thursday, May 22, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. $30 per person or $500 for a table

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Now in its third year, the South of the Border Soiree — formally known as the Margarita Tasting Fundraiser — is the local Red Cross Muddle the lime wedge and mint leaves chapter’s signature event. It’s a festive evening in the bottom of a glass. Add sugar then for adults 21 and older filled with food, games, fill the glass with ice. Add 1.5 to 3oz. of a silent auction and, of course, margaritas. your favorite silver tequila, 3 oz. of club The inaugural benefit, held two years ago soda and 3 oz. of sweet and sour mix. Roll another mint leaf between your hands for at the Ramada Event Center, drew a sell-out 5 to 10 seconds (to release it flavors), then crowd of 300 and raised $13,000 for local place it on the top of the finished drink. Enjoy! disaster relief. The second year required a new venue to accommodate the 300-plus attendees and raised $20,000. This year’s goal: $30,000. “It’s a come-as-you-are event after work where people don’t have to get dressed up,” says Melanie Tschida, CEO of the southeast Minnesota chapter of the American Red Cross. “It has a fun, comfortable feel to it, and people love that it’s something different.” Culinary delights, provided by long-time sponsor Joe Powers, Sr. and Powers Ventures and Catering, include a hot and cold Mexican buffet featuring a loaded nacho bar and homemade churros with Mexican chocolate dipping sauce. Traditional margarita flavors like lime and strawberry are available all evening with more exotic concoctions introduced every half hour. Non-alcoholic margarita options and a cash bar are also available. A silent auction offers the chance to get some great prizes while sipping on samples. Last year’s highlights included diamond earrings from Hight and Randall, a gourmet dinner for ten by Johnny Mango, and Somerby Golf Club packages. This year’s offerings promise to be just as unique.

THE CAUSE Need another reason to go? All the proceeds raised at the South of the Border Soiree provide direct relief to families affected by disaster in Olmsted, Dodge, Fillmore and Steele counties. “We respond to a house fire every 7 to 10 days,” says Tschida. “Fires are particularly devastating in the winter because whatever isn’t destroyed by the fire is destroyed by water and ice.” When these disasters occur, the southeast Minnesota chapter dispatches volunteers immediately to help victims fill four basic needs: shelter, clothing, food and prescription or emergency medications. Countless times, the local Red Cross has provided a warm coat to victims of a winter or fall house fire, a place to sleep during spring flooding, and meals after a summer tornado. “The funds raised [at the Soiree] support the significant need for emergency assistance to our local communities,” says Paul Tieskoetter, president and CEO of Eastwood Bank, the Soiree’s presenting sponsor three years running. “Eastwood Bank is proud to help the American Red Cross reach their goal of $30,000 this year.” Marlene Petersen is a Rochester freelance writer and editor.


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ADVERTISERS INDEX About Face........................................................................................9 Ameriprise Financial Ehleringer, Douglas, Stolz & Assoc....................................... 57 Anew Aesthetic Medical Center............................................ 13 Ansara Laser & Cosmetic Medical Center......................... 64 Apollo Liquor................................................................................. 34 Bella Pellé Wellness Spa........................................................... 40 Bicycle Sports................................................................................ 48 Bittersweet Boutique.................................................................. 48 Blades to Ballet............................................................................. 54 Budget Blinds................................................................................ 37 Cascade Animal Medical Center........................................... 54 Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.................................................. 59 Chesters Kitchen & Bar and Pescara................................... 30 Chocolaterie Stam....................................................................... 10 City Looks Salon & Spa................................................................6 Comfort Health.............................................................................. 21 Coram Specialty Infusion.............................................................2 Cottagewood Senior Communities....................................... 21 Creative Hardwood Flooring.................................................... 47 Crossings at Carnige.................................................................. 50 Dawn Sanborn Photography.........................................40 & 46 DeGeus Tile & Granite............................................................... 37 Dentistry for Children & Adolescents.................................. 10 Dunn Bros....................................................................................... 44 Elmaro Vineyard........................................................................... 30 Excelsior Group............................................................................. 63 Family Service Rochester Meals on Wheels...................... 46 First Alliance Credit Union....................................................... 54 Foresight Bank.............................................................................. 10 Garden of Massage..................................................................... 42 Gerhards, The Kitchen & Bath Store.......................................3 Hair Studio 52................................................................................ 27 Hank & Purl's Creative Nook and Knittery......................... 59 Heartman Insurance................................................................... 47 Hermitage Farms.......................................................................... 40 HOPE Ranch................................................................................... 47 Hunt Drug....................................................................................... 21 Intrigue Hair Studio..................................................................... 38 King Orthodontics........................................................................ 48 Le Jardin European Style Floral.............................................. 40 Luxury Bath.................................................................................... 23 Madonna Meadows and Madonna Towers...................... 19 Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery................................................ 34 Mary Kay Cosmetics - Brenda Hahn.................................... 42 Mary Kay Cosmetics - Sara Vix.............................................. 42 Mayo Employees Federal Credit Union............................... 27 Mike Hardwick Photography................................................... 53 MLT Group..................................................................................... 40 Mr. Pizza North............................................................................. 34 Northern Lights & Furnishings..................................................9 Odyssey Resorts........................................................................... 59 Olmsted Medical Center..............................................................4 Opa Opa/El Carambas .............................................................. 42 Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning....................................................... 52 Posh Facial Esthetics.................................................................. 24 Premier Banks............................................................................... 13 Reiland's Hair Clinic.................................................................... 13 Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce Women in Leadership................................................................ 19 Rochester Area Family Y........................................................... 23 Rochester Art Center.................................................................. 52 Rochester Greeters...................................................................... 42 Rochester Trolley & Tour Company, Winery Tours......... 57 Rochester Women's Business & Resource Directory 2015...................................................... 30 Women & Wine Wine Tasting ................................................ 38 Sargent's Garden Center........................................................... 38 Schulz Organic Fertilizer........................................................... 42 Seasons............................................................................................ 52 SEMVA................................................................................................9 Silhouette Shoppe....................................................................... 44 Sisters of Saint Francis............................................................... 47 Squash Blossom Farm............................................................... 42 SureMichelle Instruction........................................................... 42 The Woods...................................................................................... 47 TownSquare Media Baby & Kids Expo ............................... 16 Trade Secret................................................................................... 27 Treats & Treasures....................................................................... 48 Tyrol Ski & Sports......................................................................... 44 United Way of Olmsted County Power of the Purse...... 54 Victoria’s Ristorante & Wine Bar...............................................6 Villa Bellezza Winery & Vineyards......................................... 34 Vintage Treasures Market........................................................ 42 Visiting Angels.............................................................................. 23 Waseca Area Tourism & Visitor Bureau.............................. 40 Whitewater Wines........................................................................ 34 Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe.......................................................... 10 Zumbro River Cafe...................................................................... 44 May/June 2014


Calendar Events Check out our Community Calendar online for additional listings at Deadline for submitting events for Rochester Women July/August 2014 issue is June 1, 2014. Complete form at Events in purple are sponsored by Rochester Women magazine. *(507 area code unless stated)

MAY MAY 2- 4 100 Mile Garage Sale, extends from Winona north to Red Wing on the Minnesota side of the River and Fountain City north to Prescott on the Wisconsin side of the River

MAY 3 Vintage Dreams by Julianna and the Blue Lotus Dancers, Rochester Civic Theatre, 7 pm, a delightful dance show showcasing the eager attempt of a humble cleaning woman to join a vintage dance cabaret, tickets $20, 358-3330, email for tickets

MAY 3 20th Annual Paws and Claws Pet Walk Fundraiser, Paws and Claws Humane Society, 9 am registration, 10 am start, fun activity for people of all ages, walkers raise pledges to support the animals of Paws and Claws, 2887226,

MAY 3 Structural Movements Seminar, Structural Body Systems Studio, 1-4 pm, spend a fun afternoon learning therapy techniques and exercise techniques to strengthen your movement patterns, cost $30, contact (585) 398- 3035,

MAY 4 “How Can I Keep from Singing” Spring concert by Bella Voce, Bella Fiore and the The Bellettes! Christ United Methodist Church, 1:30 pm & 5 pm, come join nationally acclaimed Bella Voce Young Women’s Choir, Bella Fiore Choir and the Bellettes to hear inspiring music at their spring concert, AUDITIONS are also being held this spring for Bella Voce (open to young women in 9-12th grades) and for Bella Fiore (open to girls in 6-8th grades) who have a passion to sing and form a foundation of musical skills, tickets $10 available now, 269-7114,

MAY 4 Walk MS: Christopher & Banks 2014, Soldier’s Field Memorial, 10 am, walk to create a world free of MS, pledges required, 800-582-5296,

MAY 7- 11 The Prim Barn Spring Fling, Lake City, MN, times vary, A big old barn on the farm packed full of primitives, junk market, home and garden décor, vintage, farmhouse, lots of unique handmade items, soaps, candles, garden art, old and new finds for everyone! Free admission, 696-6863,

MAY 9 7th Annual Evening of Hope “Margaritaville”, Doubletree Hotel, 6 pm, dinner, live auction, and live music! Theme attire encouraged, funds raised supports the Sandra J. Schulze American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, $125/ ticket, contact Mallory Olsen for more information at 651.255.8146 or, 60

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MAY 14- 15

Rochester Garden & Flower Club 75th Annual Plant Sale, Olmsted County Fairgrounds- Horticulture Building, times vary, annuals & perennials grown for Minnesota Gardens, Most plants donated by club members, very reasonable prices, 281-2591,

MAY 16 Annual Ironwood Springs Benefit Auction, 5:30 pm, tours, silent/ live auctions, 533-4315,

MAY 16 9th Annual Stay Out of the Sun Run (SOS), Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 6:30 pm, to support melanoma research and education, 282- 4576,

MAY 16- JUNE 1 “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” By Neil Simon, time varies, inspired by the playwright’s youthful experience as a staff writer on Sid Caesar’s "Your Show of Shows," with all the attendant comic drama as the harried writing staff frantically scrambles to top each other with gags while competing for the attention of star madman “Max Prince,” viewing age: 16 & up, tickets $22 adult; $19 senior; $17 student, 282-8481,

MAY 17 Cronin Home’s Annual Blues and BBQ, Silver Lake West Pavilion, 4-10 pm, join us for our Annual Blues and BBQ event, all you can eat BBQ, live blues music, live and silent auctions, a dunk tank, balloon artist, hair coloring and a grand prize drawing worth $1,200! Tickets $10, 282-1204,

MAY 18 Great River Road Wine Trail “South” Trolley Tour, Rochester Trolley and Tour Company, 10 am – 6 pm, $69 Includes all wine-tastings and trolley tour. Advanced reservations required 421-0573 or See ad on page 57.

MAY 18 Take Steps Walk for Crohn’s & Colitis, Silver Lake Park East Shelter, 3 pm registration, 4 pm walk, 651-917-2437,

MAY 18 Roll & Stroll for JDRF, Soldier’s Memorial Field, 12- 3 pm, run or ride to raise funds for Juvenile Diabetes Research, 952-851-0770,

MAY 21 Civic Live: Americana Showcase, Rochester Civic Theatre, 7:30 pm, Americana music concert featuring Farewell Miwaukee and Six Mile Grove, tickets $17.50 in advance, $22 at the door, 282-8481,

MAY 23- 25 Med- City Marathon, 5/23 kid’s registration, 5/24 kid’s race & fitness expo, run/walk, and Happy Hour! 5/25 Marathon, half marathon, relay, and 20-mile, 254-2703, register online at

MAY 30 Third Annual “City of Joy 5K Run/Walk”, Soldier’s Field, 6:30 pm, Rochester Rising, a group of local activists, will be holding its 3rd annual event to raise money for female victims of sexual warfare in the DRC, City of Joy provides a revolutionary community for survivors of sexual warfare to receive emotional healing, learn a trade, and become empowered to go into the communities of the DRC as proud leaders, $30 for adults, $20 for students, 269-6266, email for more information.

MAY 30- JUNE 1


Mindfulness Retreat: An Invitation to the Journey, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, Friday at 6:30 pm – Sunday at Noon, The retreat will be a silent space for mindfulness practice that will include at least six 30-minute periods of meditation, talks, journaling and just being with yourself in nature, $225 per person, includes accommodations and meals,

Rochester Hangar Dance, Hangar C-Rochester General Aviation Airport, 6 pm open, 7:45 pm Dance, re-live a WWII Swing Dance, 40s attire encouraged, Generation II Big Band, Food, Cash Bar, Free Dance lesson, a RochesterFest event, 280-9970,

MAY 31 Twin Cities Tour de Cure, Minnehaha Falls Park, Tour de Cure is more than just a cycling event, it's a life-changing event, fundraising minimum, register online at


JUNE 22 Rochesterfest Triathlon, Foster Arend Park, 8 am,

JUNE 23 PossAbilites Ice Cream Social, Central Park, 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.,



5th Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, 4-7 pm, 2851938 x 105,

“Thursdays on First & Third” opens, Downtown Peace Plaza, 11 am- 8:30 pm, every Thursday through Aug 28, Summer markets, vendors, food, and music festivals! 424-2866,

Family Fun Night, Civic Center Drive Stage, 5:30-8:30 pm,

JUNE 6 Free Fridays Concert, Rochester Civic Theatre, free summer music concerts on the patio at the Civic Theatre, every Friday June – August, 282-8481,

JUNE 7 Chester Woods Trail Run, pre-register, 10-mile or 5K,

JUNE 7 Tour de Pepin, non- competitive bike tour of Lake Pepin area, registration now open,

JUNE 15 Great River Road Wine Trail “North” Trolley Tour & Johnny Mango’s, Rochester Trolley and Tour Company, 10 am – 6 pm. $69 Includes brunch, wine-tastings and trolley tour. Advanced reservations required 421-0573 or See ad on page 57.

JUNE 17 9th Annual Power of the Purse, Rochester International Event Center, 10:30 am, silent auction, Luncheon and Keynote speaker, presented by the United Way of Olmsted County’s Women’s Leadership Council to raise support of the early childhood program, Imagination Library, 287-2000,

JUNE 19- 20 Grandparents University, Winona State University, times vary, Six Exciting Majors to check out including: My Grandparent’s Living History, Outdoor Learning Adventure, Crime Scene Investigation (CSI), Japanese Culture: Customs, Traditions, and Language, contact the Winona State University Retiree Center at (507) 457- 5565,



JUNE 26- 29 “The Music Man”, Honor’s Choir of SE MN, Autumn Ridge Church, seventh fully-staged musical featuring area adults and youth of all ages, tickets on sale May 1, 252-0505,

JUNE 27 Pick up Rochester Women July/August 2014 issue beginning June 27, 2014!

JUNE 27 RAVA – 1st Annual Volunteer Fair, Rochester Public Library, 10 am- 2 pm, The Rochester Area Volunteer Administrators is hosting their 1st Annual Volunteer Fair, come and discover offered volunteer opportunities, ask questions, gather information and explore the many volunteer opportunities that Olmsted County has to offer, 273-5495,

JUNE 28 Zumbro River Community Festival, Camp Victory, Zumbro Falls, 4-10:30 pm, Free live music, dunk tank, giant slide, Bungee jump, and more! Plus Silent auction to benefit camper scholarships, Sponsor Rochester Ford Motor Company, 843-2329,

JULY JULY 5 Free Family Day, Rochester Art Center, 1-4 pm, on the first Saturday of each month, the Art Center offers an array of free family-friendly activities, for more details visit

JULY 11-12 Hambone Music Festival, Olmsted County History Center grounds, Friday: 5 pm- 12:30 am, Saturday: 12:30- 9 pm, for a complete schedule visit


9th Annual Ribbon Challenge Golf Benefit, The Bluffs at Coffee Mill Golf Course (Wabasha), 11:30 am – 7:30 pm, 18-hole, join in for a best shot Golf Benefit to raise local support for cancer prevention and early detection, entry fee, for more information call 651-565-5596,

Featured Music & Interlude Open Mic, Creative Salon, reoccurring weekly on Tuesdays, gives opportunities for artists and creatives to gather and network, work, socialize, and perform. BYOB!

JUNE 20- 29

Relay for Life of Olmsted County, University Center Rochester, 6 pm, an inspiring opportunity to honor cancer survivors, promote how individuals can reduce their cancer risk, and raise money to help end cancer, sign up today at

30th Annual Rochesterfest, for a complete schedule visit

JULY 18 May/June 2014


on the lighter side


Lost in [tranz-ley-shun] MY AMERICAN YARD SALE THROUGH PERUVIAN EYES BY C.G. WORRELL ’ve had a love affair with garage sales since childhood. My Nana and I spent countless weekends rummaging for Depression glass. I still remember the joy of snagging my first piece: a pristine Shamrock sherbet amid a jumble of coffee mugs. For ten cents it was mine and I was hooked. Forty years later, I still love yard sales — shopping at them and hosting them. Every spring, I get the urge to de-clutter my closets and basement. When I informed my Peruvian exchange student Alejandra that we were going to haul my used stuff outside and sell it, her jaw dropped. “Are you crazy? Who will buy it?” “Gobs of people,” I said. “Americans love garage sales.” Her eyes lit up. “So it’s just like in the movies?” “Oh, yes!”

THRILL OF THE HUNT I advertised our sale for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on a Saturday. Mr. Early Bird rang my doorbell at 6:15 a.m. “Hey, lady. Got any antiques for sale?” I yawned and stretched. “Not unless you brought me some piping hot coffee.” Our first customer drove away empty-handed. Before 8 a.m., a dozen shoppers combed the merchandise Alejandra and I had displayed on card tables in the front yard. Oddly enough, the first thing to sell was a used shower curtain for 50 cents. I was afraid to ask why anyone would want such a thing, but Mr. Fixit volunteered the information. “These make great drop cloths for painting.” “There’s a gallon of varnish over there for a buck,” I said. “Sold!” He whipped out another dollar. “I can use it at my lake house.” By 9 a.m., our yard sale buzzed with activity. Pop music blared on the radio. Kids hovered around the toy table. Ladies inspected the houseware island. Middle-aged men circled the handyman stand of tools and lumber scraps. My exchange student sat with me, observing the clientele. It fascinated her that a woman would spend five minutes deciding between a 50 cent spatula and a one dollar colander. Alejandra nudged me. “Why doesn’t she buy both?” “Good question,” I said. “Perhaps you should suggest that to her.” 62

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WORKING THE CROWD At one point, a mother perusing the one dollar clothing bin failed to notice when her child wandered off. The kid promptly lifted my Diet Coke from the cash table and guzzled it. Since mom was busy shopping, I redirected Junior to the toy table. A minute later, he struck gold. He tugged his mother’s sleeve. “Can I have a dollar for this Pokémon game?” “No,” mom said. I had to intervene. “That toy will keep him entertained for at least two hours,” I called out. “You can’t hire a babysitter for a dollar.” Three bucks later, mom left with two pairs of jeans, and Junior skipped down the sidewalk with his Pokémon game. Throughout the morning, we sold the larger items — a bike, a Nordic Track, an Oriental rug — but the greatest draw was the quarter table. Customers flocked to it like gazelles at a watering hole. For a buck, one lady left with an evening of fun: red nail polish, a romance novel, scented candles, and a wine glass. Three hours into the sale, our cash box jingled with at least 50 dollars in quarters. By noon, my exchange student haggled with customers like a pro. When a woman offered one dollar for an iron marked three dollars, Alejandra said, “Any self-respecting Peruvian would be happy to buy this iron for three dollars.” Ms. Cheapskate set it down and wandered over to the quarter table. Alejandra didn’t get mad, she just marked the iron up to five dollars and sold it an hour later. My student placed the five dollar bill in the cash box and grinned. “This American yard sale business is fun.” “Will you have one after you return to Peru?” I asked. She glanced at a grandma clomping around in a pair of my used cowgirl boots. “Probably not,” she said. “Something this ridiculous just gets lost in translation.” C.G. Worrell is a freelance writer who loves wearing the $1 silver & turquoise ring she unearthed at a yard sale.

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