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COVER STORY Outstanding in Her Field A young woman’s quest to turn her love of farming into a successful business.




By Amy Brase

in every issue

Cover photo by Mike Hardwick Photography

From the Editor In the Know Advertisers Index Community Calendar

Extraordinary Rochester Women Award Nomination Food 26 Chili Chow Down 38  Nominate an extraordinary Rochester woman.


Three tantalizing twists on an American classic. By Margo Stich

13 Healing Waters A donated fountain brings comfort after a difficult choice in the face of breast cancer.

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Healthy Living

60 Exercising Women’s Rights Title IX celebrates 40 years of supporting women in sports. By Pat Garry

62 Beyond “Nip/Tuck” Dispelling plastic surgery and cosmetic procedure myths.

By Jennifer M. Gangloff

By Marlene Petersen


68 Women Wanderers The benefits of and tips for traveling alone. By Danielle Allen

34 How To: Basic Homemade Pasta By Margo Stich


16 Art Imitates Life Touching Lanesboro production echoes familiar experience. 17 Seeing Purple Pursuing a cure for pancreatic cancer at the PurpleStride Walk. By Bob Freund

36 Seasons of the Vine By Margo Stich

Women in Leadership

By Debi Neville

By Tracy Will

By Tracy Will

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73 Voices from the Past Oakwood Cemetery walk honors “Fascinating Women” in Rochester History.

10 Stacey Vanden Heuvel Vice President, Marketing and Philanthropy, Olmsted Medical Center and OMC Regional Foundation. 11 Kathryn Lombardo, M.D. President, Board of Governors Chair and and Department of Psychiatry Physician, Olmsted Medical Center.



On the Lighter Side

78 Drivers Beware! Maneuvering a mother-son milestone. By C. G. Worrell



40 Delightful Townhouse Living Convenient, carefree, customized.

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line.” - Lucille Ball

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47 Remodelers Corner A first-floor overhaul transforms an outdated 1970s house into a retirement dream home. By Penny Marshall

53 2013 Fall Showcase of Homes and Remodelers Tour Entries 54 Warming Up the Great Outdoors Outdoor fire spaces to keep your fall cozy.

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Alyssa Koenig Lauren Laskowski Daniella Mora-Balbo RochesterWomen is published six times per year by Women Communications, L.L.C., P.O. Box 5986, Rochester, MN 55903 Subscriptions available for $18 per year (six issues). Send check to the address above. All unsolicited manuscripts must be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. RochesterWomen assumes no responsibility for unsolicited materials. ©2013 Women Communications, L.L.C. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. RochesterWomen magazine does not necessarily endorse the claims or contents of advertising or editorial materials. Printed in the U.S.A. RochesterWomen is a member of the Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association, Rochester Area Builders, Inc. and the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce.

successful Rochester-area women (usually over age 25). These ideas are right up our alley since that’s generally our focus. But lately, we’ve been receiving submissions about women under the age of 25 who are doing incredible things in our area. It has been fun for me to read about these driven, focused young women, but, unfortunately, we haven’t had much opportunity to present these stories yet. So to change that—and to kick off the call for nominations for our 10th Annual Extraordinary RochesterWomen Award (ERWA)–we’ve done two things. First, we added a “young woman” category to the Extraordinary RochesterWomen Award For more details, see the call for nominations (page 38). Second, we chose to feature a young woman’s story on the cover. “Outstanding in Her Field” (page 20) is about a Blooming Prairie woman who began farming her own crops at age 18 on 40 acres rented to her by her grandmother. Now, 15 years later, she farms over 550 acres, raises cattle and sells chickens and Thanksgiving turkeys. In every issue, I have the opportunity to learn something I didn’t know before, like the fact that Title IX—the federal equal rights legislation best known for giving women equal opportunity in sports—doesn’t specially mention equality in athletics (see “Exercising Women’s Rights, page 60). Sometimes our stories catch me by surprise and question how I think, like our healthy living article “Beyond ‘Nip/Tuck’” (page 62). Originally meant as a topic for our taboo issue this past July/August, this piece discusses commonly held misconceptions about plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. I volunteered to research and write this piece thinking it would be interesting to learn what a tummy tuck is. In the end, I discovered that many of my assumptions about plastic surgery are wrong …the biggest revelation being who has it done (at least in Rochester) and why. It’s not filled with hordes of vain women having needless nips and tucks like some TV drama, but often involves men and women who had major life changes that altered their bodies (accidents, diseases, major weight loss, difficult pregnancies) and were ashamed to seek help putting them back together. The article left me with a greater appreciation of plastic surgery as a way to restore dignity rather than a tool for vanity. Take a look and see what you think. On a personal note, this is my last issue as editor for RochesterWomen magazine. Although I have enjoyed this position greatly, I’ve come to realize that there are writers who edit and editors who write. For the last year and a half, I’ve been an editor who writes, but really I am a writer who edits. I’ve been writing since I was 13 years old, drumming out stories about Duran Duran on a Mead® notebook. It is part of my genetic code. Without it, I (and my family) suffer. So, I am leaving my post as editor to return to the thing I love doing most in the world: Writing fiction full-time. My sincere thanks to all who have opened their homes and businesses to me, shared their time, talents and stories with me, as well as to the writers, photographers and designers who make the magazine possible and to the readers who love the magazine as I have:

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n the know in the know in the know in the know in the know in the know in the know OKTOBERFEST Fri., Sept., 20, 5:30–9:30 p.m., Rochester Peace Plaza Grab a friend and come listen to local musicians as you sample over 100 beers, wine and different liquors in this fundraising event for ARC Southeastern Minnesota. ARC supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our area. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door ($10 dollars for designated drivers). For more information, visit apolloliquor.com.


Sat., Sept., 7, 4–8 p.m., downtown Rushford Hungry culinary fans are getting their tickets early for this year’s ExpoCulinaria. The evening promises to be brimming with sampling and strolling through participating restaurants and businesses, a wine and beer tasting, live jazz music and a Chef Challenge between two professional chefs. Purchase tickets in advance at Rushford Foods, by Paypal or visit www.rushfordchamber.com.


Thur. & Fri., Oct., 24-25, 6–9 p.m., Sat., Oct., 26, 10 a.m.–11 p.m., Golden Hill Education Center (2220 3rd Ave. SE) Get ready to freak out at this year’s spooktacular Haunted Hallways, a family-friendly fundraiser which benefits Rochester Public Schools. Crawl the halls of varying fright levels from fun to horrific. Wear your best costume and join the costume contest or help mummify the principal. Tickets are $7 at the door, $5 per person for groups 20 or more at participating schools. For more information, contact Patricia DeFrang at 507-206-8189, email: hauntedhallways@rpsf.org or visit rpsfevents.org.


Thur., Oct., 10, 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Rochester Art Center Enjoy top-notch bread and soup provided by local restaurants and bakeries while raising money for Channel One Regional Food Bank. Tickets are $10 per individual, $30 per family in advance, and $15 per individual, $35 per family at the door. For more information, contact maggieparham@channel-one.org.


Sun., Sept., 15, 9 a.m., Mayo High School Get your legs moving and help support breast cancer awareness. Walkers can travel as much of the 10 mile journey as they want. All participants will receive a t-shirt and free lunch. Please register by Sept. 12. For more information, contact info@jointhejourney.us.



Wed., Oct., 2, 5:30–7 p.m., Quarry Hill Nature Center Join family and friends this fall at the Rochester AIDS walk. Participants will enjoy raffles, refreshments and familyfriendly education about this topic. Proceeds benefit local people living with HIV/AIDS. For more information, contact professionalaidsnetwork@gmail.com.



Fri., Oct., 11, 5–9 p.m. Sat., & Sun., Oct., 12-13, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Immerse yourself in a world of wool and fiber. On Friday night, head to the sheep cheese and wine event at the B&B Berwood Hill Inn Gardens in Lanesboro with local author Catherine Friend. On Saturday and Sunday tour local sheep and fiber farms and watch the process at the Faribault Woolen Mill. For tour details, visit fiberfarmtour.com.

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SIGNATURE CHEF’S AUCTION Thur., Nov., 7, 6 p.m., Rochester International Event Center Bring your appetite to this year’s March of Dimes Signature Chef’s Auction. Guests will enjoy a delicious three-course meal from the best local chefs. Diners can also take part in a silent and live auction with all proceeds benefitting March of Dimes. For information, call 507-282-0649.



Wed., Sept., 11, 4 p.m., Kasson American Legion Honor and remember the brave men and women of our country this September 11. The Freedom Walk is part of a national tradition to remember those who lost their lives in 2001 and to honor veterans, firefighters, police officers and emergency medical personnel both past and present. For more information, contact jmeagle@charter.net.

BREAKING THE CHAINS OF MODERN-DAY SLAVERY Sept., 12, 18, 19 and Oct., 28, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Join the Sisters of Saint Francis for several awarenessraising events about human trafficking in the world, Minnesota and Rochester as they host film screenings and discussions of “Half the Sky” and “Born into Brothels” and a book discussion group on the best-selling novel “The Blue Notebook.” For more details on this event and other great events at Assisi Heights like the October Women’s Summit, visit rochesterfranciscan. org and select “What’s Happening/Events.”



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women in leadership

Stacey Vanden Heuvel Vice President, Marketing and Philanthropy, Olmsted Medical Center and OMC Regional Foundation BY TRACY WILL • PHOTOGRAPHY BY FAGAN STUDIOS HOMETOWN: Rock Rapids, Iowa AGE: 47 FAMILY: Husband, Rashid Kadir; daughter, Amanina ROOTED IN GIVING: My upbringing led me to consider a career in philanthropy. Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my grandmother. She took me all over the place to do mission work and volunteer work. My dad was also a community leader. I think that’s where I got my sense of volunteerism and giving back. I grew up with it. GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE: After graduating from Augustana College, I worked for a year. But I wanted to travel and study someplace else. I got a scholarship to study international economics in Malaysia and enjoyed it a great deal. I got to see much of that part of the world and experience it firsthand. My husband and I met while I was there.

A COMMON THEME: I’ve done a lot of things, from managing a museum and art gallery to working in fundraising for higher education to my role at Olmsted Medical Center (OMC). But wherever I was, as I thought about my career, I knew I needed to be in a place where I could make a difference. HEARTFELT CONNECTION: OMC is the workplace I’ve felt the most affinity for and where I’ve felt most connected. That’s mainly because they saved my daughter’s life when she was born. The people in obstetrics, the birth center and pediatrics did a phenomenal job. After I was discharged, I was writing thank you notes, and in the back of my head I thought, “I need to work there somehow.” I wanted to be able to serve this organization. BEST PART OF YOUR JOB? Every day is an interesting opportunity to touch somebody’s life in a different way. WORK ETHIC: My parents taught me from a very early age not to be above any type of work. What might look to someone on the outside as a job that doesn’t have much importance may be very important. The details are significant because they matter to those we serve. For example, it matters that we get people’s names right in print. That type of work is noble because it is part of making sure people feel valued. FOCUS ON WOMEN’S HEALTH: We’re adding a hospital addition called the Women’s Health Pavilion. It will include a new birth center and clinic space for comprehensive women’s health services, as well as a new imaging area. I find this project particularly meaningful because that’s how I came to this organization. I’m excited that OMC is bringing a new level of service to others in that area. BEYOND THE OFFICE: The most important volunteer work I do involves my daughter’s activities. She’s in 4-H and has a horse that she shows. It’s a great life lesson. Things don’t always work perfectly. The animal doesn’t always cooperate. It’s not all glamorous, and at the shows I’m usually sweaty and dirty. But we love it. On the side: I love to cook. We often eat Malaysian food at home. I learned to cook many of the dishes from a neighbor when I lived in Malaysia. I still have the handwritten recipes that she helped me put together many years ago. WHY ROCHESTER? Our family is rich in the wide array of friends we have from different walks of life here. We value that a great deal. We probably wouldn’t find that in a smaller town, and we may not benefit from it as much in a larger city. There’s an element of diversity here for the size of the community that we truly appreciate. Tracy Will is a freelance writer who lives and works in Rochester.


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Kathryn Lombardo, M.D. President, Board of Governors Chair and Department of Psychiatry Physician, Olmsted Medical Center BY TRACY WILL • PHOTOGRAPHY BY FAGAN STUDIOS HOMETOWN: Brookings, S.D. AGE: 53 FAMILY: Husband, Phil; sons, Christopher and Matthew; and daughter-in-law, Nadia ROOTS: I grew up in South Dakota. My dad was a physician and had a family practice in Brookings. A CONFIDENT START: My parents encouraged me to do whatever I wanted to do. It was never implied that my choices should be based on my gender. As a child, I was with my dad many times when he went to the hospital. I always thought I would be a physician, too. They always supported that. THE ROAD TO OMC: After our oldest son was born, I decided to take a break from medicine. That was a huge decision for my husband and me. Within several months, I began thinking about what I wanted to do instead. The Bureau of Prisons had just opened the Federal Medical Center in Rochester. I worked there for three years as assistant hospital administrator. When I decided to get back into medicine in 1991, I entered a psychiatry residency at Mayo Clinic. I completed it in 1994 and joined Olmsted Medical Center. WHY PSYCHIATRY? I’m with patients all the time, working directly with them and helping them with their treatment plans. I was never really interested in a field that didn’t have a lot of patient contact. ON BEING OMC’S FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT: When women reach a top leadership position, I think it is worthy of note. At OMC, many of our leadership roles are filled by women. But for me the biggest issue is not that they are women. It is instead that they provide capable, competent leadership. FRESH OPPORTUNITIES: I’ve always had an interest in leadership and administrative work. I’ve been involved administratively in our organization for many years as a department chair. I love being with my patients. But now as OMC president, I’m working within the organization at a whole new level. We’re growing, building and changing, and that’s exciting. TOP PRIORITIES: We’re looking at how OMC can continue to provide excellent care to our patients and continue to be a good place to work for our employees.

MEDICINE IN SE MINN.: Working in Rochester is fairly unique. Our patients are used to receiving top-level, coordinated care that you don’t see in many other communities. We communicate between OMC and Mayo Clinic readily. Almost all my patients have primary care physicians. That’s not very common, but it is so important. OUT OF OFFICE: Saturdays and after hours, I spend time doing clinical outreach work in nursing homes and making house calls with some of my patients who are terminally ill or who cannot leave home. LITTLE-KNOWN TALENT? For my job at the Federal Medical Center, I had to do security training with the Bureau of Prisons that included self-defense and shooting. I received an award for that. I still have the plaque. BEYOND THE COMFORT ZONE: Our family has been involved in the volunteer organization Appalachian Service Program through Christ United Methodist Church. We traveled to Kentucky on four trips to repair homes with a team of about 40 high school students. We were totally out of our element. It’s a completely different place than Rochester. But we left knowing we made a difference. Engaging kids in something outside of their usual world was powerful. WHAT KEEPS YOU HERE? Rochester has been good to our family. It has provided solid employment for both my husband and me. We had our kids in the public schools, and they enjoyed an excellent education. Plus, in Rochester we have found wonderful, lifelong friends. Tracy Will is a freelance writer who lives and works in Rochester. RWmagazine.com September/October 2013



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A donated fountain brings comfort after a difficult choice in the face of breast cancer BY JENNIFER M. GANGLOFF PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAWN SANBORN PHOTOGRAPHY

Mary Cady is the 2013 recipient of a water feature through the Healing Waters Project.

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Photo Courtesy of Lauren Laskowski.


hen Mary Cady’s breast cancer was discovered incidentally during the golden years of her life, Mary opted to skip treatment. It was a decision her daughter Gayle Kall initially couldn’t understand. “The first thing out of my mouth when my mom told me was, ‘Oh my gosh, Mom, it sounds like you’re giving up,’ and I didn’t like it,” Gayle recalls, “and I said, ‘Mom, you have granddaughters. What kind of message are you sending them?’” Now, three years later, Gayle understands the message. It’s one of bravery in the face of adversity, of quality over quantity, of thriving instead of enduring.

Mike Otte, owner of Whitewater Gardens in St. Charles, took great care in designing and installing the fountain at Mary’s home in Winona this summer, along with a volunteer crew.

Mary was no stranger to illness or pain when she discovered she had breast cancer HEALING WATERS, at age 82. For years she had endured spinal SOOTHING SOULS stenosis and arthritis, which left her reliant When her daughter Gayle understood the on wheelchairs and walkers for mobility. It bravery behind her mother’s decision, she was the pain of those diseases that led to her wanted Mary at least to enjoy the twilight. unexpected breast cancer diagnosis when So she nominated her for the Healing Waters X-rays for a possible shoulder replacement Project, a gift through RochesterWomen revealed a dark spot. magazine and its partners which honors a Mary consented to taking oral woman with breast cancer by donating and chemotherapy for a few months but chose to building a water feature in her yard. forego a lumpectomy, mastectomy, radiation Gayle thought the patio at her mother’s or any other measures to treat her house would be a perfect spot for a Healing breast cancer. Waters fountain—where the gently gurgling “I didn’t have the stamina to do all that,” water, luscious plants and the birds they Mary explains. “I decided to take the attract would provide the comfort and medication because I could just do that at soothing calm that are often elusive as Mary home. I didn’t want to be in a hospital and struggles with her health. have all kinds of tests run.” The fountain, designed and installed by Mary is intimately familiar with the health Michael Otte, owner of Whitewater Gardens care system. She is a graduate of the Kahler in St. Charles, features a bubbling urn with School of Nursing in Rochester and was a longtime registered nurse, only letting her license Our special thanks to our partners and contributors in the Healing Waters Project: lapse when she turned 70. She was the first industrial Michael Otte, Whitewater Gardens: nurse in Winona, tending designed and built fountain with no chemicals and minimal upkeep. whitewatergardens.com to factory workers who were sick or injured on the Reinders: supplied materials. reinders.com job, and she later served as Christine’s Landscape Design: designed, director of nursing at two donated and installed the plants. nursing homes. From her lifetime of caring for others and coping with her own chronic pain and congestive heart failure, Mary knew that her body just couldn’t endure the rigors of breast cancer treatment. Now 86, she still doesn’t regret her decision to forgo treatment; it was the best choice for her personal situation. 14

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Mexican beach stones and complementary plantings, perfect for turning an ordinary patio into a private sanctuary. “It is compact, but Mary is able to hear the water and see the flowers from her favorite chair, and she seems to enjoy it very much,” Mike says. Mike launched the Healing Waters Project over eight years ago after one of his own friends was diagnosed with breast cancer. He still finds it touching every time a new fountain is installed. “It means I got to meet Mary and her caretakers and loved ones and see how she is inspiring all of us,” Mike says. “Sometimes in the presence of someone really facing their mortality there is an aliveness and warmth— love. I have found these moments again and again in the Healing Waters Project. They keep drawing me back.” Mary continues to soak up all of life, including time with her children, 14 grandchildren and many visitors, as well as moments watching her fountain, which she was surprised to receive. “I was quite honored,” she adds. “To think that there are people who would do this for us! Usually when somebody is old and on their last few legs, they don’t get something like this to appreciate,” she says. “I’ve never won anything before in my life, although I’ve had a darn nice life. Every day, I have more enjoyment than not.” Jennifer Gangloff is a managing editor at Mayo Clinic, a freelance writer and editor, and a cancer survivor. In the March/April 2014 issue of Rochester Women, you’ll find out how to nominate a breast cancer survivor or current patient for the Healing Waters Project.

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Art Imitates Life Touching Lanesboro production echoes familiar experiences


emories…sibling rivalry… life choices…are some of the universal themes explored in the Commonweal Theatre’s production “The Memory of Water,” a heartfelt, inspiring comedy that runs Sept. 13 to Nov. 10 in Lanesboro. Amidst the details of funeral planning and packing, three sisters—Mary, Theresa and Catherine—have returned home to celebrate their mother’s life and honor her passing. As they begin to plan for a future without their mother, the women examine their life choices and shared memories—which diverge in places despite the commonalities of time and place. Each strong and vibrant, the sisters sometimes disagree as they reminisce, showing that memory is a fluid notion—or as one sister states, “All memories are false.” The issues that drive the play are familiar to many of us. “As the baby boomers age, their children are dealing with serious responsibilities,” says lead actress, Adrienne Sweeney, who portrays the oldest sister Mary. “And as we learn to cope, we have the opportunity to examine our own lives and consider our own futures. Watching my own mother struggle with my father’s Alzheimer’s, I relate strongly to this play.” Written by English playwright Shelagh Stephenson and first staged in 1996, “The Memory of Water” is a touching and honest play, full of humor and heart. 16

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urple will be the color of the day on Sept. 21, when hundreds of walkers, runners, supporters and cancer survivors gather at the Regional Sports Center at University Center Rochester. It’s not a fashion statement; it’s a rallying color against pancreatic cancer. Tens of thousands of lives each year are devastated by cancer of the pancreas: 73 percent of patients die within a year of diagnosis and only about 6 percent survive for five years. It is seldom detected in its early stages because it often grows without obvious symptoms and its location in the body can hide the cancer from routine body scans, making it one of the most challenging cancers to treat. Yet, it is the most underfunded, under-recognized and least-studied of all major cancer killers. A group in Rochester is working to change that.

PURPLESTRIDE DAY The fourth annual PurpleStride walk Rochester is one of many fundraisers nationwide to benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, a national charity based out of Los Angeles which has awarded $17.6 million in medical research grants to study the disease since 2003. It also lobbies for government funding and raises awareness. “Last year we had close to 900 people [participating],” says Kim Downs, a Rochester volunteer for Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, who coordinates the local event. Participants can stride along either a 1-mile or a 3-mile (5-kilometer) course circling through the campus and nearby neighborhoods and are welcome to race or take their time crossing the finish line. Teams such as “Diamond’s Dashers,” “Theresa’s Angels” and “Rootin’ for Roger” raise money for PurpleStride each year. Last year the event raised nearly $72,000.

“My goal this year is six figures [$100,000],” says Downs, who learned about pancreatic cancer’s grim odds firsthand when her mother was diagnosed with late-stage pancreatic cancer in 2008. “When she was diagnosed, it was a lost cause; it really was,” Downs recalls. Her mother was expected to live six months or less. With chemotherapy and radiation, she lived another 18 months before succumbing. “We were given time,” adds Downs, who has faced her own battle with cancer but whose experience was far different from her mother’s. “I was given so many options [for treatment] as a breast cancer patient,” she says. “It frustrated me that Mom had very little to no options. If I can eliminate that pain for other families, then my time [working with the cancer network] is well spent.”

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THE LUCKY ONES Not many people are grateful for persistent diarrhea and digestive disorder, but Fritz Breitenbach feels lucky. The 58-year-old Rochester man today is a 4-year survivor of pancreatic cancer because his digestive system malfunctioned. He remembers his physician saying he was “lucky that [his] cancer presented the way that it did.” Breitenbach had gone to the doctor after being disturbed by two weeks of digestive problems. A computerized tomography [CT] scan finally found PurpleStride organizer Kim Downs hands flowers to pancreatic cancer survivors a tumor. Fritz Breitenbach (left) and Sharon Nagel (right). “It had plugged the duct at the head [end] of the pancreas,” Breitenbach recalls. The crucial enzymes couldn’t drain from the THE PANCREAS organ, so he underwent a surgery called the Whipple Located behind the lower end of the stomach, the Procedure to remove the tumor, part of the pancreas pancreas is the body’s main factory for enzymes that and nearby organs and restore digestion. After eight break down foods into proteins, fats and carbohydrates months of recovery, Breitenbach was able to return to used by our bodies. It also secretes some hormones, PURPLESTRIDE work and has been in remission since. including insulin, which are vital for assimilating sugar. SCHEDULE Sharon Nagel, a 58-year-old Stewartville woman, The organ largely contains glands that make the fluids is now 11 years past her bout with pancreatic cancer. and tiny ducts that allow them to flow into the body. DATE: Saturday, “Mine was caught very, very early,” she says. Sept. 21, 2013 PANCREATIC CANCER Unlike Breitenbach, she experienced no symptoms. REGISTRATION Cancerous cells often originate in the tissues that line Physicians found her cancer when routine medical BEGINS: 7:30 a.m. the ducts of the pancreas. Rare are cells in hormonetests reflected elevated liver enzymes and a follow-up (or online until Sept. 18) producing glands. CT scan revealed a small tumor in the bile duct where OPENING the pancreas drains. Prevalence: The American Cancer Society estimates CEREMONIES: “I went from doing great to a Whipple surgery—not more than 45,200 people will contract the disease this 8:30 a.m. knowing what they were going to find—in a week,” year and 38,400 patients will die from its effects. RUN/WALK START: recalls Nagel, who has worked 39 years for the Symptoms: Typically none in early stages. In later 9:00 a.m. Mayo Clinic. The quick surgery has been a stages: Upper abdominal pain that can radiate to the CLOSING long-lasting success. back; jaundice; loss of appetite and weight; blood clots. CEREMONIES: “It’s not that you don’t fear it [cancer] every day,” 10:30 a.m. Causes: No clearly established cause known. she says, “but actually I’m considered very much ENTRY FEES IN a survivor.” Some risk factors: Overweight or obese condition; ADVANCE: $25 for Both Nagel and Breitenbach are volunteer diabetes; family history of pancreatic cancer; smoking; adults, $10 for ages 3-12 organizers working with Downs on African-American descent. PurpleStride Rochester. FOR MORE Treatments: Surgery, if confined to pancreas; INFORMATION: Visit “I really have a sense of needing to give back,” radiation therapy; chemotherapy; targeted drug therapy. purplestride.org; click Breitenbach says. “You know there are so many people on “Find an Event” then Current status: “Pancreatic cancer often has poor that wish that their outcome was as good as mine, and click on Minnesota on the prognosis, even when detected early,” Mayo Clinic the reality is, it’s usually not the case.” reports. It spreads rapidly and surgery often is not possible.

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n a farm named 7 Hills in a nook near Blooming Prairie live 30 cows, a donkey,

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HEARTY ROOTS Michelle had grown up on her family’s crop farm during the recession of the 1980s. From the time she was 11, Michelle picked rocks, drove the tractor and did chores alongside her twin sister, another sister and a brother. The desire to farm began somewhat as a joke (since it was assumed that the farm would be saved for her brother). But in high school, Michelle found herself quitting sports and getting out of school early to help with field work. A crucial question began to surface: Why couldn’t a woman be a farmer? “I always believed that women should be allowed to do what they want to do,” says Michelle’s grandmother, Barbara O’Connor, who has been deeply involved with WIFE (Women Involved in Farm Economics) for many years. “Back in 1986, WIFE sued the USDA for women’s rights to farm on their own, obtain loans and be in government programs,” adds Barbara. “We won. Michelle and her daughter, Mariah, are benefitting from our actions now.” With that determined philosophy, Barbara loaned 18-year-old Michelle her first 40 acres to farm on her own. Michelle had the support of her family as she enrolled in an online distance learning program through Iowa State University, earned a degree in Professional Agriculture and joined the traditionally male-dominated farming industry. “Michelle was determined,” recalls Barbara. “She was thoroughly capable of driving the big tractors.”

A FIRST CROP The manual portion of Michelle’s first year farming on her own was similar to work she had done previously, but the business end of farming 40 acres—the paperwork and planning and selling of her crops—was now 18-year-old Michelle’s responsibility. “All the manual work was the same but the paperwork was added,” she recalls. “I spent spring and fall in the tractor tilling the land. During the winter I completed paperwork such as income taxes, government paperwork and financial statements. I do all the planning for my fields, and I have always sold my crops myself.” This meant long hours and financial risks uncommon for most young adults: “Our days in the field were planned around the rain and frost, and we usually worked from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m or later in the fall. It isn’t uncommon to work 80 hours a week during harvest. I try to sell a good portion [of her crops] on a forward contract though a local elevator or ethanol plant when the prices are profitable. I hold back some projected production just in case the crop is short. Sometimes we just plant and hope for good prices.” A year after she began farming the 40 acres she rented from her grandmother, Michelle married Mike—an electrician by trade who grew up a mile north of Michelle’s grandparents’ farm. “Mike didn’t do much on the farm for several years,” says Michelle, who stayed at the reins of farm management and in the seat of the tractor. “I was out in the field all hours. I did a lot; most farmers do.” Women have always played an integral role in keeping a farm running, but they weren’t necessarily the owners. Society has typically viewed women as housewives or assistants to their husbands. Michelle broke that mold by assuming all the responsibilities of running the farm even after marriage. It was a busy but adaptable role until Michelle became pregnant in her fifth year of farming at age 22, and time management became more complicated. “You have this duty to your child, but you’re supposed to be farming,” explains Michelle. “It’s not a 9-to-5 job.” RWmagazine.com September/October 2013


Michelle (middle) on her farm with her daughter, Mariah, and grandmother, Barbara O’Connor. Far right: Michelle and Mariah’s heifer, Miss Foxxy Valentine.

HISTORY OF FEMALE FARMERS n Although the Agricultural Census (a federal census) has been taken in America since 1850, there was no option to include women as farm owners until 1978. Today, the census shows that women run 121 farms in Olmsted County as principal operators and owners. n Miss Ada M. Schultz (born September 29, 1894) is one of the only documented women to manage a farm in Olmsted County before the census began recording females. On weekdays, Miss Ada was governess to Charles W. Mayo’s children. She managed her family’s farm on weekends. n Typically, women farmers have greater variety than their male counterparts. While men tend to farm grain, oilseed and cattle, women are more likely to run an “other livestock” or “other crop” farm, such as a horse or hay farm. Sources: History Center of Olmsted County and the Agricultural Census; writing contributed by Lauren Laskowski


As a result of their growing family, Michelle found herself spending less time on the tractor as Mike took over more of the manual labor so she could spend more time with her daughter, Mariah. She continued doing “the dirty work: bookkeeping” for her farm and took over bookkeeping for her father and brother who also farm their own land. “It’s the same for any married farmer,” says Michelle. “If their family isn’t helping them, it doesn’t work. It’s not just your grandfather who farmed. Your grandmother farmed, too.” Mariah is now 10 years old, active in 4H, picks rock, bales hay and owns her own Red Angus heifer with the assistance of a USDA Rural Youth Loan (a loan of up to $5,000 at 1.5% interest for youth farming projects). “She just loves cattle,” says Michelle. “A few years ago I asked if she wanted to see the horse show, but she wanted to go to three local county fair beef shows instead.” Each year, for the next five years, Mariah will breed her heifer, Miss Foxxy Valentine, and sell the calves to pay her loan payment. After five years, she will own the cow herself. In the meantime, Mariah is busy washing, blow drying and brushing Miss Foxxy Valentine in preparation for the Freeborn County Fair. “She’s feisty,” says Mariah, who says cattle are just like big pets. “It’s scary to show cows at the fair, but I have a lot of fun.” Mariah hopes to be a nurse or veterinarian when she grows up, but is quick to add that she also wants to farm and have a family.

HOLDING HER OWN Over the last 15 years, Michelle has expanded the original 40 rented acres to 550 acres of soybeans and

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corn (95% of which goes to making ethanol), along with registered Charolais, Black Angus and some commercial cattle. She also raises and sells broiler chickens and Thanksgiving turkeys. A lot has changed in farming over the last few decades—from the price of land and selling price of crops to the new technology available. “We started using GPS Variable Rate Technology,” says Michelle. “It spreads fertilizer only where we need it so that we don’t waste resources. Everything is more computer-based now. We’ve had tractors that won’t move and we have to call someone from the John Deere dealership to have someone work on the computers in order to fix them.” This past year has been difficult for farmers because of the extremely wet planting season. Insurance will provide for the acres unable to be planted at 7 Hills. “It will cover rent and some expenses,” says Michelle, “but by no means do we make any money from it. Everything will be late and yields will be lower. We’re hoping for a late freeze.” In spite of the challenges, Michelle loves the variability of farming, has no regrets and is thankful for her family’s assistance. “I hope that other young farmers have family to help them. It’s nearly impossible otherwise,” says Michelle, who paid no attention to naysayers when she entered the field as a young, single woman. “Once I make a decision, I’m onboard for the duration. Some people call it stubbornness.” Amy Brase is a writer who was raised on a dairy and crop farm near Westgate, Iowa. On Bakers’ Acres lived her parents and brother, her grandparents and aunt, a dog, many cats, two rabbits, and a barn full of cows. Her son dreams of becoming a farmer like his papa.

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Chili Chow Down! Three tantalizing twists on an American classic BY MARGO STICH PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAWN SANBORN PHOTOGRAPHY


earty, flavor-packed chili can be an all-season pleasure and just the right dish on many occasions. No two chilies—or chili powders—have the same flavor profile. The three dishes that follow are distinctly different, as reflected in the wine and beer pairing suggestions, yet each is comforting, easy to prepare and simply satisfying. With crisp fall days leading us to winter, it’s the perfect time to try all three. Perhaps one of these unique chilies will become a favorite in your household.


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Yellow Squash and White Bean Chili Ground turkey can be substituted for the pork called for in this delightful chili with cumin notes complimented by oregano and cinnamon. For a Midwestern touch, add cooked corn. 1 pound ground pork 2 cups chopped onions 1 cup chopped yellow bell pepper 2 tsp. minced garlic 2 tsp. cumin seeds 1–2 Tbsp. olive oil

2 small summer squash, cubed (yellow or green Zucchini or 1 each)

1 tsp. dried oregano leaves

Two 15-oz. cans great northern beans, rinsed and drained

2 tsp. chili powder

2 cups chicken broth 1/2 cup dry white wine, optional

1/4–1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper Chopped tomato and cilantro, as garnish

In medium skillet, cook pork over medium heat, until brown, about 10 minutes; drain well. Sauté onion, pepper, garlic and cumin seeds in oil in a large soup pot for 5 minutes. Add cooked pork and remaining ingredients, except garnishes. Heat to boiling, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, until vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes. Simmer uncovered until thickened, about 5 to 10 minutes. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper. Serve garnished as desired. Serves 6. Suggested wine pairing: Bliss Schoolhouse Red Blend or a California medium oak Chardonnay; Suggested beer pairing: Deschutes River Ale.


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Pumpkin Turkey Chili Incorporating canned pumpkin makes it suitable for anytime preparation. 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil 1 cup chopped onion 1/3 cup chopped celery 1/2 cup chopped yellow bell pepper 1 clove garlic, minced 1 pound ground turkey 2 cups pumpkin pie filling mix (spiced pumpkin puree)

2 tomatoes, diced 1 cup chicken broth 2 tsp. chili powder 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper 1/8 tsp. salt One 15-oz. can black beans, drained 1/2 cup sour cream fresh cilantro, snipped

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat then sautĂŠ the onion, celery, yellow bell pepper, garlic and turkey sausage, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender and meat is browned. Add the tomatoes. Cook another minute. Stir in the pumpkin, broth, seasonings and beans. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 20 minutes. Adjust seasonings to taste. Serve with sour cream and cilantro. Serves 6. Suggested wine pairing: Alexander Valley Sin Zin or other California Zinfandel; suggested beer pairing: Schell Oktober Fest.

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Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili This hearty veggie-filled chili is a staple during football season at Editor Marlene Petersen’s house where her husband does most of the cooking, including creating and preparing this family favorite. 2 Tbsp. olive oil 1 cup each diced celery, carrot, green bell pepper and onion 1/4 tsp. salt 3 cloves minced garlic (approx. 1 Tbsp.) 1/4 cup dry white wine 1 heaping Tbsp. tomato paste Two 8-oz. cans crushed tomatoes

One 14.5-oz. can no-salt added diced tomatoes

1 Tbsp. chili powder or chili powder blend

One 4-oz. can diced green chilies, drained

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

One 15-oz. can each tomato sauce, pinto beans, black beans and red kidney beans (drain and rinse beans in cold water) 1 tsp. black pepper

1 Tbsp. each ground cumin and ground paprika 1 tsp. each dried basil and dried oregano 2 tsp. each sugar and salt

Heat oil in heavy, deep pot, then add all vegetables except the garlic. Add 1/4 tsp. salt to the vegetables (to release moisture). Sauté vegetables over medium heat for approximately 5-10 minutes until carrots are al dente. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, approximately 15 seconds. Add white wine and cook until wine is mostly evaporated. Add tomato paste; stir to evenly coat the vegetables. Add the remaining ingredients, incorporating thoroughly, especially the dried spices. Heat on medium-low to a simmer, then turn back heat to low. Gently simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring periodically. Season to taste. Serves 6 to 8. Suggested wine pairing: Apothic Red; suggested beer pairing: Sierra Nevada Autumn Tumbler.


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Laying noodles flat on a clean, floured cloth is an alternative to hanging to dry.


Equipment required: Heavy duty mixer Dough hook Cutting tool Wood cutting board Rolling pin Drying rack


2 ¼ cup semolina flour 2 eggs ½ cup water (approximately)

1 Mstanding easure the semolina into the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle 

attachment. Add eggs.*

2 Bcrumbs eat until mixture begins to form moist then just begins to come together, 

drizzling in the water a bit at a time.

3 Ccrumb ontinue beating until the dough is a coarse consistency or what Jodeen Wink 

8 Cbefore ut the dough to specified lengths feeding through the machine. 9 Fpasta eed dough through a mechanical sheeter, either a hand-cranked or 

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10 Cthenhange attachment to cutting blade 4 Sbeating witch over to the dough hook. Continue feed attened dough through to until dough comes away cleanly from refers to as “large curd texture.”

the side of the bowl forming a single mass.

5 Ua sing both hands, pick up the dough; pack to rounded ball; transfer to a wooden surface 

dusted with a thin layer of semolina.

6 Kcutneadinto afourths. couple times if necessary; 7 Rrolling oll each into a ball then roll at using a pin. Bear in mind it’s the mixer 

attachment or the hand-crank machine which will do most of the rolling. At this stage rolling is meant simply to get the dough thin enough so that it won’t be hard on the machine.

cut into strips (dough stretches as it dries so cut strips shorter than you want).

11surfaces Hang strips to dry; air-dry until all are no longer moist before a:

packaging or freezing. b: Alternate to hanging: lay strips at

on a clean, oured cloth being sure strands aren’t touching. *Moisture is critical when making fresh pasta. Ambient temperature, humidity and egg size impact dough formation. The higher the moisture ratio in your final dough, the more brittle the final pasta will be.

Kari Dunn’s “rule of thumb” for cooking pasta: Using the largest pot you have, boil plain pasta in water with a bit of oil; boil herbed pastas in water liberally sprinkled with sea salt. Separate strands well as you add them to the boiling water. Once water returns to a boil, cook 5 minutes for fresh pasta and 12 to 15 minutes for dried fresh pasta. Margo Stich, food editor for RochesterWomen, wishes to thank the team of Jodeen Wink, Sophie Mueller and Kari Dunn for their assistance. You can visit them at the Saturday Rochester Downtown Farmers Market where a variety of their pastas are always available.

Making Artisan Pasta: How to Make a World of Handmade Noodles, Stuffed Pasta, Dumplings, and More Aliza Green, Quarry Books, 2012, $24.99 (pbk.) There is no need to settle for store boxed pasta when your next pasta craving strikes. In her recently released cookbook, “Making Artisan Pasta,” Aliza Green provides a comprehensive, user-friendly guide to mastering the art of making noodles, ravioli, lasagna and more. Green begins with tips for selecting the best ingredients then takes the reader through various mixing and rolling methods, different ours and a variety of avored dough. In the pages that follow, she prepares three dozen dishes in a step-by-step manner with accompanying illustrations throughout. Though most of the techniques she presents come from Italy—including chapters on hand-formed pastas like cavateilli and stuffed pasta—Green also explores dishes from Poland (pierogi), Greece (trahana) and China (pot stickers). With brilliant photography that profiles each dish and style of noodle, this inspirational book is one that all pasta lovers should have on their shelf. RWmagazine.com September/October 2013



Seasons of the Vine BY MARGO STICH

Margo Stich, food editor

Join the Club? The benefits and drawbacks of wine clubs


hile you can always count on finding enjoyable wines at your local liquor store, joining a wine club has plenty of perks. Considering the following benefits and drawbacks may help you decide if membership is right for you.

MEMBER BENEFITS Joining: Typically there is no joining fee, though some have a cancellation fee if you withdraw before a specified time period. Some clubs are loosely set up, while others require a written contract. Some are in such demand that they have a waiting list. Releases: Each club has a specified release schedule and delivery/member pickup schedule. Often there are different levels or club offerings in which members can participate. Detailed winemaker notes often accompany the wines.

Special reserves: Wineries may set aside special reserves, estate-grown wines and vintage wines for their club members. These wines are released sporadically in regular club shipments. Special treatment: Perks may include complimentary tastings (for you and a specified number of guests), access to VIP sections of the tasting room (where applicable), free tours of the winery which may include parts not open to the public, wine pairing dinners for members only or at a reduced price, and discounts on wine purchases and/or other merchandise in the tasting room. Building relationships: This works in both directions as winery staff reach out and demonstrate that they value getting to know their club members.

MEMBER DRAWBACKS Unexpected shipments: New varietals and blends, which aren’t quite to your tastes, may be released and automatically shipped out to you. In addition, vintage differences can arise. If you get a bad bottle, returning it can be a bit of a hassle if the winery is not nearby. Paying more: A local liquor store may offer a wine of equal quality at a better price­—as well as a wine shop consultant who comes to know your tastes and can steer you toward a wine you will like at a moment’s notice. Often the rewards are worth the risks. For the best of both worlds, choose a favorite local wine shop while still maintaining membership in a wine club or two. Be sure to check with individual Minnesota and Wisconsin wineries you may be interested in, as more are adding club memberships.


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Sept. 7-8, Fourteenth Annual Grape Stomp Saint Croix Vineyards, Stillwater. Open to families with fun events for all including grape stomping competitions for both kids and adults and vineyard/winery tours both days. Enjoy live music from noon–5 p.m.; tasting room hours 10 a.m.–6 p.m. No charge. For a complete schedule, visit scvwines.com. Sept. 13, Beers of the World Mayo Civic Center, 6–9 p.m., a beer tasting event featuring more than 100 different brews. This event, with fun exhibits and raffles, supports the mission of Bear Creek Services, which provides group homes and support services for people with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. For further details, visit bearcreekservices.org or call 507-288-7195. Grape Harvest Time! September is harvest time for Minnesota vineyards. Several area wineries invite volunteers to help pick grapes and enjoy a fun-filled day. If interested, inquire directly about 2013 needs. Oct. 4, OAKtoberfest Canadian Honker Events at the Ramada Inn (1517 16th St SW), 6–9 p.m., food, live music and a silent auction highlight an evening’s entertainment at this fundraising event to support RNeighbors, which supports community building projects. Tickets are $30. For more information, visit RNeighbors.org or call 507-529-4150.

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estled amongst the peaceful landscape of northeast Rochester, Stonehedge Townhomes offer everything you would expect from a traditional home—privacy, peace and quiet and ample space—with the convenience of low-maintenance townhome living.

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QUALITY AND FUNCTION THROUGHOUT Outside, Countryside Builder’s model townhouse in the Stonehedge development looks identical to the others on the block. But inside, unique design options make the spacious 1,678-square-foot townhouse feel like a home. “Several standard and custom choices accommodate different age groups, accessibility needs and personal preferences,” says Tammy Sternberg, marketing manager at Countryside Builders, a family-owned business established in 1976, which prides itself on quality work. “No two townhomes turn out the same.” With steel siding, a stone finish and generous windows delivering abundant light, the townhouse makes a welcoming first impression. Superior quality and lots of functional amenities flow throughout the exterior and interior. Ten-foot ceilings add expansiveness to the great room—where a fireplace is a cozy addition—and to the sunroom, a favorite gathering spot. A decorative soffit creates ambiance and defines the dining area. “[The soffit] offers a lot of room definition without closing off the area,” explains Sternberg of the unique dining room design. “The dining space is a ‘flex area’ and can also be used as a library, study or music room.” Upgraded kitchen amenities include stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and cherry cabinetry. Luxury vinyl tiles resemble wood flooring and are warm, quiet and easily repairable. The kitchen island is a popular feature, and a bright, spacious dinette overlooks the patio. The one-level townhome has two bedrooms with a luxurious master suite large enough for a king bed, dresser, armoire and two nightstands. The master bath features a double vanity and optional zero-clearance shower. Sound and privacy elements have also been added. “A hidden ‘party wall’ exceeds industry requirements and provides added sound privacy,” says Sternberg. “Quality, functionality and energy efficiencies are incorporated all the way through, along with an abundance of closets and storage space.”

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A well-designed, spacious townhome offers several advantages, including reduced maintenance obligations. “We don’t think we lost anything by moving to our two-level townhome. It’s the same size as the house we had,” says townhome owner Sharon Dunford referring to her 3,200-square-foot home. “We more or less gained some freedom by leaving the outside work to someone else.” She and her husband enjoy the friendly neighborhood and feel right at home. Whether you’re considering downsizing to the relaxed atmosphere of a townhouse now or in the future, start by exploring Countryside Builder’s model at 2348 Coral Ridge Place NE during the 2013 Fall Showcase of Homes. Trish Amundson is a Rochester-area freelance writer.


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2013 FALL SHOWCASE OF HOMES Sept. 14–15 and 21–22 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. • Tour new homes • See new trends • Visit with builders • Admission is free! For more information, visit: rochesterareabuilders.com/public-events/fall-showcase/


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A first-floor overhaul transforms an outdated 1970s house into a retirement dream home.

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he decision to embark on a top-to-bottom home remodel isn’t made overnight. For Charlie and Pam Bollig, it was a dream they discussed for nearly 20 years. Their 1970s four-bedroom colonial—quietly situated on almost three acres of land they love—no longer met their needs. “Our two children are grown. We have grandkids, and when they came to visit, along with their puppies, the house was just too small,” Pam explains. “So we made the decision to invest in our house and make it beautiful, up-to-date, more modern and to stay here in our retirement. This is home for us.” So the Bolligs put together a list of goals for the remodel in a kind of mission statement, which included widening hallways, rearranging the floor plan, adding a main floor laundry (to eliminate climbing up and down stairs as they aged), updating cabinetry, flooring and appliances and relocating and expanding their garage.

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after After visiting with Master Builders at a home show, they knew they had found the right contractor: “They were very good listeners and seemed to understand what we wanted,” recalls Pam. The end result? Master Builders reconstructed the entire main floor of their home—moving and updating the bathroom and kitchen for increased size and flow, adding a great room with a cathedral ceiling, and relocating the garage and expanding it to accommodate three cars and a workshop.


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“It’s important to keep the big picture in mind as you’re doing a remodel of this size,” explains Tom Gommels, president and owner of Master Builders. “Like considering how you plan to use the space and also how it will function as you age. It also helps the project go more smoothly if the contractor is part of the design project, working with the designer or architect.” To accomplish this massive remodel, the Bolligs had to move out of their house for about five months and didn’t recognize it when they returned: “We felt like we were renting a house in Rochester


and that we had to take really good care of it for the owners,” recalls Pam. The Bolligs appreciate the added space and open feeling the house has now. Pam cites the enlarged kitchen as her favorite change (with the added great room ranking a close second). Charlie appreciates the enlarged dining room, which accommodates seating for the entire family, but he beams with joy in sharing the view of his sizeable new workshop. Penny Marshall is a Rochester freelance writer.


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Stay toasty warm nestled up in your favorite chair next to this ultra-compact table top fire pit. The Allure Table Top Fire Pit by The Outdoor Great Room can be used indoors or out, comes in seven styles and burns clean isopropyl alcohol gel (not Sterno). $199, Energy Products and Design.


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Durable, yet portable, the 41”x41”x23” LP Fire Bowl by Uni Flame runs efficiently on a 20-pound LP gas tank and kicks out plenty of heat for long conversations outdoors this fall. $1,100, Brekke Fireplace Shoppe.

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For a firepit that doubles as a coffee table, check out the Grand Colonial Fire Pit Table by The Outdoor Great Room. This beautifully functional piece uses natural or LP gas and has a 48” granite top with a Lazy Susan for entertaining when the fire is not in use. $2299, Energy Products and Design.


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Portable enough for tailgating but elegant enough for the garden, the Tri-Pod Fire Pit by The Outdoor Great Room burns natural or LP gas and is a bargain at $449, Energy Products and Design.

Add light and visual interest to your patio as the days get shorter with the Tempest Torch by Travis Industries. It uses natural or LP gas and is a slim 9”x9”x26”, so it fits anywhere. $699–$999 (each, depending on setup), Brekke Fireplace Shoppe.

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The heating elements in this stunning custom build by Haley Comfort Systems include an 8’x6’ wood-burning fireplace with a glow box and a 54”x15” Harpes Product Controls natural gas firepit. This combination of fuel sources provides the ease of gas with the ambience of wood. Custom prices vary, Haley Comfort Systems.


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Exercising Women’s Rights Title IX celebrates 40 years of supporting women in sports BY PAT GARRY


arly feminist crusades measured equality in sport as one of the fronts by which women could validate their equality to men. While the collective population proclaimed that women were incapable of coping with the rigors and physicality of competitive sport, 19th-century women’s rights activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton quashed this myth by arguing, “We cannot say what the woman might be physically, if the girl were allowed all the freedom of the boy in romping, climbing, swimming, playing hoop and ball.” In 1972 women finally got the opportunity to explore Stanton’s theory with the passage of Title IX, a landmark federal law included in the 1972 Educational Amendments. This vital piece of women’s rights legislation guarantees gender equity and equal access to education for women including equal opportunities to participate in high school and college athletics. Authored and introduced to Congress in February 1972 by Senator Birch Bayh of Indiana and subsequently signed into law by President Richard Nixon in June of that year, Title IX is best known for its impact on women’s high school and collegiate athletics—even though the law makes no specific mention of sports. Prior to Title IX, women’s athletic opportunities were limited or non-existent and scholarships for college women were few and far between. “Growing up within that time period, the only athletic opportunity to participate in a sport was cheerleading,” recalls Janet Timmerman, Executive Director of the History Center of Olmsted County. One of Rochester’s own residents, Sister Joyce Rowland of the Sisters of Saint Francis at Assisi Heights, was instrumental in the law’s formation. She was a member of a distinguished group who drafted Title IX and worked diligently with Senators Hubert 60

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1974 Mayo High School women’s basketball team. ­—Photo courtesy of the History Center of Olmsted County Archives.

In 1971, the year before Title IX became law, fewer than 300,000 girls in the United States participated in high school sports. Now, that number is nearly 3.2 million, according to a recent survey by the National Federation of State High School Associations. Humphrey, Al Quie and George McGovern and Dr. Bernice (Bunny) Sandler—the “Godmother of Title IX”—to make it a reality.

EAGER TO PARTICIPATE Former teacher, counselor and administrator for Rochester Public Schools Diane Ilstrup taught during the law’s enactment. “Public school districts had to perform a self-evaluation, with obligations to modify practices that did not comply with Title IX,” Ilstrup recalls. “I remember being part of the process in Rochester. From the beginning, our philosophy in Rochester was to get as many girls to participate as possible.” Ilstrup remembers a large female population at both Mayo and John Marshall High Schools who were eager to play. There

was no problem getting girls to participate; the issue, often, was how many to cut. “It is my belief that the Mayo High School twins Kelly and Coco Miller put the icing on the cake for girls’ sports in Rochester,” she says. “Through their example, the general public in Rochester became much more aware of the skills of and success of Rochester girl high school athletes. Some of my very best students were female athletes.” Bob Koerner, former area teacher and women’s high school sports coach, offers views from the perspective of coaching well after the influx of Title IX. “I had the opportunity to experience the results of Title IX as a coach after it had been enacted for 9-10 years. Most of the groundwork had been done by area high school coaches and school districts to assure opportunities for female athletes.” Opportunities for women’s involvement in sport within education were almost non-existent for centuries. Since the enactment and 40-year tenure of Title IX, women have truly found a place as equal participants in the world of sport and in the public arena. Pat Garry is a Rochester freelance writer and retired educator.

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“Nip/Tuck” Dispelling plastic surgery and cosmetic procedure myths BY MARLENE PETERSEN



lastic surgery. The term conjures visions of frozen foreheads, distorted celebrities and glossy TV dramas. But what is it really? Is it the quick and painless beauty of a television makeover? Is it a weight control solution? Is it self-care or extreme vanity? The answers might surprise you.


MYTH: I’ll be in and out and on my feet in no time. REALITY: “It is important to understand at the beginning of the process that [plastic surgery] does not occur overnight,” says Donna Hochberger, BSN in Olmsted Medical Center’s plastic surgery department. “You cannot expect your results in a week. The results on makeover TV shows probably took three months, if not longer, to achieve. This is real surgery—pain, recovery, blood and stitches—and the body must go through the healing process.” Most common plastic surgeries take one to four hours to perform, involve swelling and bruising for weeks with final results six months to a year after the operation. Liposuction—the most common plastic surgery in the US—takes two to four hours to perform (depending on the amount of work done) and 6-12 months for final results. A face lift, circumferential body lift and nose alteration also take two to six hours on the surgical table and a year of waiting for results. MYTH: Plastic surgery is filled with vain, shallow women. REALITY: Of the hundreds of patients Dr. Steven Jacobson sees every year as a plastic surgeon at Mayo Clinic only 15% are purely aesthetic (OMC reports about a 50/50 split). The remaining 85% of Dr. Jacobson’s patients seek various forms of reconstructive surgery including breast reconstruction for congenital defects, asymmetry and cancer treatment; facial reconstruction to repair damage from accidents or aging (such as an eye lid lift necessitated by sagging skin obstructing the patient’s vision); and body reconstruction like the tummy tuck performed on a fit, active patient whose abdomen had been so distorted and distended by pregnancy she looked perpetually six months pregnant long after giving birth. For Dr. Jacobson, all of the above are reconstructive plastic surgery (even if insurance companies disagree) because they all restore dignity: “Augmentation is the same whether it’s for reconstruction or aesthetic purposes. All surgery is reconstructive—just a matter of what we are reconstructing—image or body parts. This is not a celebrity having her fifth surgery; this is about people who look in the mirror and struggle with what they see because it’s not how they feel and say, ‘I want to look how I feel.’” 62

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Breast Augmentation vs. Lift: Augmentation increases breast size; a lift improves position. Lift (face, arm, buttock or inner thigh): A lift tightens and repositions tissue and skin and removes excess fat and skin in one or more regions. Circumferential Body Lift: This major surgery makes incisions around the entire circumference of the body to remove excess fat and skin at the waist, abdomen and hips. Eyelid Rejuvenation (blepharoplasty): Repairs droopy eyelids by removing excess skin, muscle and fat. It is only considered reconstructive if an ophthalmologist confirms that the sagging skin is impairing vision. Facial Contour Alterations (not a facelift): A variety of procedures that include chin augmentation, reduction or implants; cheek or cheekbone implants or augmentation. Rhinoplasty (aka nose alteration): This procedure can shorten or lengthen the nose, straighten the bridge, reshape or define the tip or narrow the nostrils and can repair birth defects, injuries and breathing problems. Tummy Tuck (aka abdominal reduction or abdominoplasty): This major surgery takes three hours to complete and involves incisions to remove most of the skin and fat between the bellybutton and pubic hair line, as well as stitching together connective tissues over the abdominal muscles to tighten them. Sources: Department of Plastic Surgery at Olmsted Medical Center and Mayo Clinic websites found at olmmed.org/plastic/procedures/body.html and mayoclinic.org/cosmetic-surgery/


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MAJOR MISCONCEPTIONS MYTH: Liposuction is for people too lazy to lose weight by exercising and dieting. REALITY: Designed to remove localized fat that is resistant to diet and exercise, liposuction is not a weight-loss method. “Liposuction is not a diet solution. It is not for weight loss and does not remove significant fat. Eight pounds is on the border [limit] of what we will do,” explains Donna Hochberger, BSN in Olmsted Medical Center’s plastic surgery department. It can be an incentive for getting in shape, though, since candidates need to be at their ideal weight and maintain it for six months before the procedure. MYTH: Anyone can have anything done, as many times as they want to. REALITY: “Patients with the highest satisfactory rate are ones who are already confident and maybe just want one thing done,” says Jennifer Sanneman, owner of Essence Skin Clinic in downtown Rochester. “When I sit down with a new patient, I ask, ‘If there is one thing that you could change about your appearance today, what would it be? What is one thing I can do for you today?’ If they can get it down to just one or two, then that is a healthy attitude. If the list is too long to narrow down, that can be a red flag that they are experiencing other problems, and I cannot help them.” OMC’s plastic surgery department takes a similar view in counseling patients: “We steer the patient back to what is bothering

them and we will talk about if we can make a difference,” says Hochberger. “But there shouldn’t be any expectation that we can make you look like Jennifer Aniston. It comes down to meeting the person where they are at and finding out more about them so we can come up with a plan of care and seeing if we fit.” MYTH: Spas and salons offering non-surgical, minor cosmetic procedures don’t need to use doctors. REALITY: There are a range of cosmetic services offered at spas and salons in Rochester, and many are performed by or under the direction of a doctor. Specifically, Botox must be done under a medical director’s or doctor’s care, as should all injections, laser resurfacing, and significant dermabrasion or deep chemical peels. Essence Skin Clinic, Ansara and Hair Studio 52 Salon + Day Spa keep a doctor on staff for these purposes. “If it is a medical procedure, look for a medical professional who is properly certified to do the procedure,” advises Dr. Victoria Hagstrom, a doctor with 20 years’ experience as a family physician who now owns ANew Aesthetic Medical Center (in Minneapolis) and performs services at Hair Studio 52 Salon + Day Spa. “Listen to your own intuition when it comes to someone providing a service that can change your health or your skin and make sure the person has the credentials to perform the service and that you know their background.”

COMMON NON-SURGICAL COSMETIC PROCEDURES Chemical Peels: Chemicals applied to the face that remove varying layers of skin—depending on the peel’s strength—to treat fine wrinkles, minor skin discoloration and scars. Botox Injections and Facial Fillers: Hypodermic needle injections made in facial skin to reduce wrinkles. Botulinum toxin injections (i.e., Botox®, Dysport®, Myobloc® and Xeomin®) temporarily relax the facial muscles that underlie and cause wrinkles. Fillers fill in wrinkles (and lips) with various substances including collagen; hyaluronic acid (brand names: Juvederm®, Perlane® and HylaForm®); synthetic microspheres (Radiesse®) or fat collected and refined from other parts of the body. Dermabrasion: Procedure utilizing a rapidly spinning disk which “sands” the outer layers of skin to remove acne scarring, wrinkles, scar tissue, tattoos and lesions. Laser Resurfacing: Intense laser heat destroys the skin’s outer layer (epidermis) while heating the underlying layer (dermis) to remove aged or damaged skin. New skin forms which is smoother and tighter. Thermigen: Radio frequency used to tighten the skin by inserting a cannula (thin, hollow tube) under the skin and heating it from the inside.


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FACING HAIR LOSS MYTH: Only men suffer pattern baldness. REALITY: 30/40% of all people, including women, have genetic hair loss. Female pattern baldness, a genetic condition, generally causes an overall thinning of hair rather than a receding hairline. Hair loss can also occur because of certain medications, hormonal fluctuations (i.e. pregnancy, birth control pills or menopause) or a medical condition.

COMMON HAIR RESTORATION PROCEDURES Medication: Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a chemical produced by the body which is the major genetic cause of hair loss in women and men. Medications like prescription finasteride (Propecia) block DHT to help regrow hair. Minoxidil (Rogaine®) stimulates follicles by applying topically. Surgery: Surgically removing and transplanting part of the scalp (and its hair follicles) from one part of the head to another. NeoGraft: Hair transplantation device which removes hair follicles from the back of the head (without removing parts of the scalp) and transplants them to thinning areas, reputed to involve less pain and downtime than traditional surgical or grafting options. Hair Stimulating Laser Treatments: Utilizes lasers to increase blood flow to the scalp to stimulate hair follicles. These treatments can be done at home with a hand-held unit or with a more powerful machine at a clinic like Reiland’s Hair Clinic, Inc. (Rochester) and ANew Asthetic Medical Center (some services offered at Hair Studio + Day Spa in Rochester, others in Minnetonka). Requires repeat visits (2-3 times per week for a year). Prosthetics: Unlike commercial wigs or toupees that are often machine made of synthetic hair, custom-made hair enhancements and replacements are soft, light-weight prosthetics made with human hair that are designed to be worn all the time, even while sleeping. Reiland’s Hair Clinic specializes in analyzing and fitting hair enhancements to fit all stages of hair loss. Topical Solutions: From Nioxin® to Aveda’s Invati System™, there are many non-prescription topical solutions designed to help stimulate hair growth, control hair breakage or increase fullness. Sources: Reiland’s Hair Clinic, Inc. and Dr. Victoria Hagstrom at ANew Aesthetic Medical Center.

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raveling alone can be an incredibly liberating experience, especially for women. Many women focus their lives on taking care of others and meeting the community’s needs and forget the freeing feeling of an independent excursion. As a solo-traveler, you have total control and flexibility over your trip, allowing the journey to take you wherever you want to go. Prefer to sleep in late? There’s no one demanding an early start. Want to stop and check out that kooky local museum? The day is yours!


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This golf tournament is a fun, four person best shot with 100% of the net proceeds going to member, program, and camp scholarships for those with a proven financial need who want to live healthier lives. The Y has served more than 14,000 people in 2012 from diverse communities within the Rochester area. The Y provided over $216,275 in direct financial assistance for memberships and programs in 2012. 26 community groups utilize the Y’s facility for program space and recreation.

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WHERE SHOULD I GO? Laura D’Ambrosio, who runs a travel blog, loves traveling alone and has gone on solo trips in the U.S., Europe and Africa. “I especially prefer traveling alone when I’m going to remote places,” D’Ambrosio says. “I like to let nature nurture me; I value the solitude.” Solitary journeys can be particularly rewarding, especially when designed to get away from the hectic pace of everyday life. Popular destinations for solo travelers are ones known for their relaxing qualities like private beaches or rural towns you can explore on your own. Road trips are also well-liked because of their spontaneous nature. When was the last time you were on a road trip and got to put on whatever music you wanted and play it at the volume you liked? Try a loose travel plan. It allows adventure to determine the itinerary—like hitting all the best ice cream shops between Rochester and California! For urban destinations, travel agent Peggy Nixa recommends New York City and Chicago because they offer a wide variety of accessible hot spots like museums, shopping and fine dining, are relatively easy to navigate and are safer than they used to be.

BUT WHAT IF I GET LONELY? One of the doubts women have about solo travel is all that time spent alone. But traveling independently gives you the chance to enjoy your own company, reflect and meditate or just appreciate the silence. Your inner voice can speak to you more clearly when it isn’t competing with the rest of the noise in the world. “When I immerse myself in the quiet, I can really get creative,” says D’Ambrosio. If you’re still feeling lonely, talk to someone! One of the wonderful things about traveling unaccompanied is the opportunity to immerse yourself in different cultures and places and meet interesting people. If you want to travel alone (but not in solitude), try a cruise, guided tour or destination spa. Looking for a little solitude but not an entire vacation alone? Take a long road trip that leads to time with a friend. The day or two on the open road there and back might be just what you need to recharge your batteries. While venturing out alone can be challenging, the benefits are many. It’s a remarkable opportunity to get to know yourself more intimately, open up to new people and break through your comfort zone. Danielle Allen is a freelance writer who loves collecting stamps in her passport.


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TRAVEL SAFETY TIPS Safety is a big factor that can hinder women from traveling alone. When striking out on your own, follow these safety precautions: n Be aware of your surroundings and listen to your gut. If a situation makes you feel uncomfortable, remove yourself from it. Listening to your own instincts is one of the best ways to keep yourself safe. n Keep your cell phone charged. n Keep money hidden, and don’t carry large amounts of cash. n Take pictures of your luggage so they’re easily identifiable if misplaced. n Lock valuables out of sight. n Don’t leave out maps or brochures indicating you are a tourist and making you a target for theft. n If traveling at night, park in well-lit areas and avoid stopping on side roads. n If you are traveling abroad, blend in with your host culture and carry yourself with confidence. Research other cultures before you leave so you are aware of the laws, expectations of tourists and local customs. Sources: Rochester Police Department and U.S. Department of State.




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Voices from the Past Oakwood Cemetery walk honors “Fascinating Women” in Rochester’s history



ou are guaranteed to hear voices if you are walking among the gravestones of Oakwood Cemetery on Sunday, Sept. 22. Seven women, long dead, will come to life and tell their stories during the 16th Annual Oakwood Cemetery Walk hosted by the History Center of Olmsted County.

A century and a half of history Every year, the History Center brings history alive with guided tours through Oakwood Cemetery that highlight notable—and sometimes notorious—people among the 19,000 buried there. Costumed actors stand near their character’s final resting spot telling their tales. Each dramatization lasts 5-6 minutes, then guides escort each group to the next portrayal. “This year’s theme, ‘Fascinating Women,’ was chosen from a list of suggested topics by those attending last year,” explains Linda Willihnganz, chair of the event. “In all, I think there are 22 women highlighted.” Among the women you will meet are Dr. Gertrude Booker Granger (1867-1928)—an 1897 University of Minnesota graduate, the first woman to join the Mayo Clinic team, assisting in areas of eye, ear, nose and throat and a full-time health officer for the city of Rochester—and Miss Marion L. Sloan (1846-1942) who lived in a log home on the site of Saint Marys Hospital, attended Rochester’s first school, became a

teacher at 15 and received national recognition for her leadership in the women’s suffrage movement.

Speaking from the grave “It’s an honor to bring these women to life,” says Coralee Grebe, who will portray Dr. Granger and who has been part of the living history portrayals at Oakwood for years. “Rather than just reading facts from a book, interaction makes the past memorable.” Karen Masbruch is also a repeat performer who will be portraying Miss Sloan this year. “I am an actor at heart, and I love history, so I am drawn to the cemetery walk,” Masbruch says. “It’s a challenge to learn a lengthy monologue and stay in character through repeated presentations. I do additional research to add my own touch to the character.” An interesting way to provide an afternoon’s entertainment, the Oakwood Cemetery Walk promises to entertain and enlighten those who step into the past. Guided tours for the Cemetery Walk begin at 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 22 (last tour begins at 3 p.m.). Tickets are available in advance at the History Center: adults, $6 ($7 at the gate); 18 and under, $2.



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September 13 Beers of the World, Mayo Civic Center, 6–9 pm, sample over 100 different brands and brews, benefits Bear Creek Services, 288-7195, bearcreekservices.org September 13–October 6 Les Miserables, Rochester Civic Theatre, tickets on sale now at 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org


September 13–November 10 The Memory of Water, Commonweal Theatre, Lanesboro, MN, 800-657-7025, commonwealtheatre.org

August 31–September 2 Rochester MN Kennel Club Annual Agility trials, Olmsted County/Fairgrounds, times vary, 252-9018, rmkc.8m.com

September 13–15 The 10th Annual Great Dakota Gathering & Homecoming, Unity Park, Winona, everyone welcome! dakotahomecoming.org

September 1 Irish Fest—Traditional Irish Breakfast, Rochester Civic Theatre, 8–9 am, followed by the live broadcast of an All-Ireland GAZ sporting event, tickets available at brownpapertickets.com/event/433236

September 13–October 27 SeptOberfest, Wabasha, fall celebration showcasing artistic displays, entertainment, delicious food, and all things pumpkin, for details visit exploremississippibluffs.com/wabasha

September 5 Boys and Girls Club 5th Annual Chili Challenge, Peace Plaza, downtown Rochester, 4–8 pm, bgcchilichallenge.org

September 14 USA Dance, “Formal Ball”, Rochester Senior Center “Castle,” 8:30–11 pm, all welcome, 843-4665, somnusadance.org

*(507 area code unless stated)

September 6 Pint for Paws, The Elks Club in The Hillcrest Shopping Center, BBQ fund raiser for the Paws and Claws Humane Society, 6–9 pm, 282-3243, pawsandclaws.org September 7 Walk to Defeat ALS, Soldier’s Field Park, 8:30 am registration, 10 am walk, 612-672-0484, alsa.org September 7 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s-Rochester, UCR Regional Sports Center, 9 am registration, 10:15 am walk, 289-3950, alz.org September 7 “A Taste of Rochester,” returns to Soldier’s Field Veterans Memorial, 11 am–10 pm, restaurant tastings, local music, family fun zone & more! tasteofrochestermn.com September 7 3rd Annual 5k Walk/Run & Rally for Recovery, 8 am Registration, 9 am start, YMCA, recovery CAN, WILL, and DOES happen with your support! recoveryishappening.org September 7-8 Farming of Yesteryear Threshing Festival, Kiester, MN, all day (both days), explore antique farm machinery, old-time farmhouse/church/school, sawmill & blacksmithing demonstrations and more, call 525-2345, farmingofyesteryear.com September 11 America Supports you Freedom Walk, Kasson American Legion Hall, cookout 4–6 pm, 7 pm start, register at Fire Hall at 6:30 pm, 269-9639 76

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September 14 6th Annual “Out of the Darkness” Community Walk Fundraiser, East Silver Lake Park, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 8–9:30 am check-in, 9:30 am–1 pm walk, 273-0165, register now, outofthedarkness.org, afsp.org September 14 & 15 9th Annual “Remodelers Tour,” Remodelers Council, 11 am–5 pm, rochesterareabuilders.com September 15 2013 Fall Showcase of Homes and Remodelers Tour Trolley Tour, $25, see ad on page 57, rochestermntours.com September 14–15, 21–22 2013 Fall Showcase of Homes, Rochester Area Builders Inc., free admission, 11 am–5 pm, rochesterareabuilders.com September 14 & 15 Rochester’s Annual Fall Festival, Quarry Hill Nature Center, 11 am–5 pm, 281-6114, free admission, qhnc.org September 15 9th Annual Join the Journey Breast Cancer Awareness 10 mile Walk, Mayo High School, 7 am shirt pick-up/walker registration, 7 am–1 pm, money raised here stays here, register online at jointhejourney.us September 21 Harvest Potluck, Grace Lutheran Church, attendees are asked to bring two gluten free dishes, 11:30 am, 282-8584, for more info visit sites.google.com/site/semnceliacs September 21 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s–Colvill Park, Red Wing, 9 am registration, 10:15 am start, alz.org

Fall Showcase of

September 21 8th Annual Zumbro River Art Splash, 10 am–4 pm, self guided tour of local artist studios in the Zumbro River Valley area, zaac.org September 21 3rd Annual TreadMan Duathlon, Pine Island, 6:30 am registration, 8 am start, finalstretch.com/races September 21 PurpleStride Rochester 2013, 5k Walk/10k timed run, RCTC, activities, music, and food all to benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 7:30 am registration, 9 am start, 218-6569, purplestride.org September 22 The Memory of Water Trolley Tour, Rochester Trolley and Tour Co., 12:30–5:30 pm, art therapy, dessert and coffee, advanced registration is required, rochestermntours.com, 421-0573 September 28 13th Annual Lupus Walk for Hope/5KWalk/Run, Essex Park, 9 am–12 pm, 952-746-5151, lupusmn.org September 28 4th Annual New Leash on Life, 5k Run/ 3k Fun walk, sponsored by Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center and Paws and Claws, register at 8:30 am, 9:30 am start, 535-5750, zumbromhc.org September 28 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s–Winona, Joycee Shelter, 8 am registration, 9 am 2-Mile/1–Mile walk, 289-3950, alz.org September 28 Southern Minnesota Mothers of Multiples Bi-Annual Clothing and Equipment Sale, Olmsted County Fairgrounds Bldg. 40, 8 am–1 pm, 261-1410, somnmoms.org September 29 Great River Road Wine Trail, Rochester Trolley & Tour Co., 10 am–6 pm, visit three wineries south along Apple Blossom Scenic Drive, $69, advanced reservations required, rochesterMNtours.com, 421-0573 September 29 Calling all animal lovers! Blessing of the Animals, Canticle Park, Assisi Heights, 2–3:30 pm, 280-2195, register at rochesterfranciscan.org

OCTOBER October 2 AIDS Walk, Quarry Hill Nature Center, pre-registration, 5:30–7 pm, free admission, donations accepted, professionalaidsnetwork.com October 3 Jumpstart’s “Read for the Record,” “Otis” by Loren Long. Help bring national attention to the importance of reading to children and raise funds for childhood literacy projects. Community-wide! One day – one book, readfortherecord.com

October 4 Art Bash 2013, Rochester Art Center, rochesterartcenter.org October 4 Oaktoberfest, celebrate our unique neighborhoods with RNeighbors, sponsored by City Auto Glass, Canadian Honker Events at the Ramada, 6–9 pm, for tickets call 529-4150, rneighbors.org October 4-November 2 (Fri. & Sat.) Fright at the Farm, History Center of Olmsted County, 7-11 pm, haunted attraction at the historical George Stopple farmstead to benefit History Center, www.rochesterhorror.com October 5 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes–Winona, the International Men’s March To Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence, Windom Park, Winona, facebook.com/WinonaWalkAMileInHerShoes October 5 Total Wellness Expo, Mayo Civic Center, 10 am–4 pm. Discover wellness for your mind, body and soul. 612-867-3184, free to attend, totalwellnessexpo.org October 5 Brains Together For a Cure, 7th Annual Walk, RCTC Fieldhouse, pre-register by Sept. 20, 9 am registration, 10 am walk, donations benefit Mayo Clinic brain tumor research, brainstogetherforacure.org October 5 & 6 Fair Trade Market, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 2124 Viola Rd NE, Sat. 8 am–4 pm, Sun. 9 am- 2pm, foods & handmade crafts from around the world, 289-3021, rochesteroslc.org October 17 –20 6th Annual Flyaway Film Festival 2013, Pepin & Stockholm Wisconsin, 10 am–10 pm, critically acclaimed films and filmmakers, local, regional & international cinema, freshart.org, flyawayfilmfestival.org October 24 Gluten Free Lunch, Southeast Minnesota Celiac Support Group, Wong’s Restaurant, 11:30 am, Call 261-2366 by Oct. 22 for reservations, sites.google.com/site/semnceliacs October 24–October 26 Haunted Hallways 2013, Golden Hill Education Center, fright levels for all ages, proceeds benefit Rochester Public School Foundation, www.rpsfevents.org

NOVEMBER Pick up RochesterWomen November/December 2013 issue beginning November 1, 2013! November 7 75th Anniversary of March of Dimes Signature Chef’s Auction, marchofdimes.com November 7 Ladies Night Out, Winona Mall, 4–7 pm, winonaradio.com November 15–17 Renew Women’s Retreat, Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch, a relaxing yet fun filled weekend providing you guidance to give you back to you! 951-1468, register online at renewwomensretreat.com RWmagazine.com September/October 2013


on the lighter side




Maneuvering a mother-son milestone


’m a prisoner. My cell is a crusty old Subaru Forester. Since becoming a parent in 1998, I’ve been prisoner to many things: a breast pump, play dates and homework to name a few. So far, I’ve repeated elementary school, junior high and ninth grade. This is all fine. I enjoy learning and could probably get a higher score on the SAT now. But nothing…nothing…could have prepared me for the latest milestone. My son, Sam, turned 15 this year. With a herd of other 15-year-olds, he attended two weeks of driver’s education through EDI with Mr. Adam Newbloom (who is awesome). Beyond teaching the rules of the road, the instructor showed many videos of horrific accidents to impress upon the students the importance of safety. When I drove Sam home from class each day, he began saying things like: “You didn’t come to a complete stop, Mom.” “You’re supposed to signal when you change lanes.” “You really shouldn’t text and drive.” At the completion of the course, Mr. Newbloom held a mandatory meeting for the parents. His take home message: You need to log at least 100 driving hours with your kids after they get a permit. Clean up your own sloppy driving habits and set a good example. The very next Monday at noon, I drove Sam to the Rochester DMV to take the test for his permit. Unfortunately, the line of people snaked out the door. My son swallowed his disappointment. We left and returned the next day at 8:30 a.m. We were the first in line. While Sam took his test, I read a book, but I couldn’t concentrate. I kept wondering how I’d handle the situation if he didn’t pass. I finally decided that pass or fail this experience would be a valuable life lesson for him. Of course, he passed—86%. The clerks filled out the permit and snapped his picture. As soon as we stepped out the door, Sam reached for the keys. “Mom, can I drive home?” I blinked. My mouth went dry. How could I possibly let him drive? 78

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The last time I relinquished control like that—Sam’s first day of kindergarten—he had broken his arm on the playground. I couldn’t go through trauma clinic again. My grandfather’s voice echoed in my mind: Raising kids is like fishing. You gotta give ’em a little slack, and then reel ’em back in. But then my brain rebelled: Yeah, while Grandpa was out fishing, Grandma was home raising the kids. I bit my lip. “Sam, let’s just start in the parking lot.” “We’ve done that for months,” he replied. It was true. During the past year we’d “bent the rules” and practiced in lots all over town. “How about driving through an easy residential neighborhood?” I suggested. “We’ve done that, too,” he extended his hand once more. The boy had a point, but could I give up the keys? Actually trust my son? Was I nuts? I gulped and set the keys in his open palm. On shaky legs, I climbed into the passenger seat. The reversal of roles felt freakishly weird and backwards. Sam grinned from the driver’s seat: “Buckle up for safety, Mom.” He started the car, and we lurched out of the parking lot. I gripped the sissy bar the entire way home. In my 15 years of parenting, this was the most out of control I’d ever felt, but my son drove with a confident smile. Currently, Sam and I have logged over 10 driving hours. His jackrabbit starts and whiplash stops show signs of improvement, but if you pass a crusty silver Subaru with a teen behind the wheel and a frazzled woman in the passenger seat screaming “STOP!” and pumping an imaginary brake pedal, that would be us. Please be kind and give us wide berth. Oh, and by the way: Make sure to renew your auto insurance. I did. C. G. Worrell is a freelance writer and veterinarian at Heritage Pet Hospital.

Photo courtesy of C. G. Worrell


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Wo m e n ’ s H e a l t h P a v i l i o n We ’ r e

Building t o b e t t e r Serve You.

Expanded Healthcare Services For Women • 80,000 square feet over three floors • Total value of the project: ~ $25 million • Opens to patients in late 2014 • Obstetrical and gynecological care: routine physicals, pap smears, counseling, menopausal conditions, urinary concerns, and corresponding gynecologic surgeries • BirthCenter: personalized child-birthing in private rooms, education including lactation services, certified nurse midwife and doula services, and prenatal ed/birthing classes • Diagnostic radiology: breast, mammography, biopsies, bone density scans, ultrasounds

In response to the growing healthcare needs of women in Southeastern Minnesota, Olmsted



is building for the future. The Women’s Health Pavilion is



facility that will be located immediately to the west of OMC’s current hospital in Rochester. The facility will double the hospital’s size and will open to patients in late 2014.

• Life Enhancement: anchored by cosmetic/reconstructive surgery services and including psychological counseling, urinary incontinence training, weight loss, and more

Follow our construction progress at www.olmmed.org/womens-services

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