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Hot Topics in Politics Women representing Rochester.

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As a Newcomer Be courageous.

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Magic Mike Comes to Rochester Our very own “Hawties for Hire.” By Jenee M. Cummings

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Grandma, Mom & Me Disagreeing. By Mariah K. Mihm

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The Male Perspective Loving a woman 20 years younger.

Healthy Living 25

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Recycled Creations Wine cork memo board.

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Women & Whiskey Becoming a whiskey woman.

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Local Author Thomas Canan “Where There’s Will There’s a Way.” By Catherine H. Armstrong

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Summer Sips Refreshing summer drink recipes.

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Hot Chef Dawn Hodapp Meet our town’s hottest and best chefs.

Alana Wilson Facing fear and fighting cancer, one free fall at a time. By Tracy Will

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Daring Transformations Looks that walk the line. By Grace Murray

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Healing Waters Soothing relief from a devastating diagnosis. By Jennifer Gangloff

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Vexed by Texts A cautionary tale.

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The BookBike offers library books, library cards, program information, assistance with digital materials, bike trail maps and fun incentives. The BookBike will be visiting parks and area events within a one-mile radius of the downtown library this summer. On Sunday, July 5, the BookBike will be at the Honkers game from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Arrive before 1 p.m. to receive free tickets to the game. Check out the schedule for more chances to see the BookBike at rochesterpubliclibrary.org/my-rpl/bookbike.

RELAY FOR LIFE OF OLMSTED COUNTY Fri., July 17 to Sat., July 18, 6 p.m.-6 a.m., Rochester Community and Technical College

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THE ENCHANTED GARDEN: AN AFTERNOON GARDEN PARTY AT ASSISI HEIGHTS CHARM SCHOOL Tues., August 18, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Wed., August 19, 12:30-3:30 p.m.

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G randma, Mom & Me BY MARIAH K. MIHM . PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMN PHOTOGRAPHY

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Me: My grandma, my mom and I, we are a tight-knit, spend-lots-of time together, huggy kind of clan. We enjoy meals and movies, plays and picnics, phone calls, shopping, cooking and doing most anything together. We are together in groups of two or three on a weekly basis. We genuinely like to be around one another. As much as we love each other and as much time as we do spend together, we still manage to overstep boundaries and annoy each other. There have been raised voices and tears. We are human beings navigating relationships to other human beings. So what do we do when we disagree? Grandma: It’s true. We do have our moments, but we respect each other enough not to be nasty or purposefully hurtful. We usually find a way to say what we need to say. We can be honest with each other and not do a lot of damage. Mom: I’m a traditional, textbook middle child. I try to keep everyone happy, so in my mind, I try to avoid confrontation. There are always going to be disagreements. A mother-daughter bond is special—sometimes strong and sometimes fragile. Me: We hug when we meet and say goodbye, even if we are upset. No matter what, I have never doubted the love and friendship I have with Mom and Grandma.

Grandma: We are not afraid to say, “I’m sorry,” or, “I love you.” I don’t agree with all the decisions my children make, but they are their own person too. You can’t go through life always agreeing. That would be lying.

Mom: Yes, there have been a few slammed phones, a couple of emails that sort of “yelled” and now there is texting, but the good thing about that, it doesn’t go on and on.

Mom: I think all three of us hold too much in, and sometimes we let it boil over. It’s better to get it off your chest than have something fester. I have seen too many instances of anger and resentment tear families apart—so much time wasted, and for what? You can’t go back and recapture those lost moments or weeks or worse yet, years. We are forgiving.

Me: Yes, short and to the point. But we all have to work on listening to the other. Anger can get in the way, and then no one wins.

Me: My family is too precious to me. It eats me up being angry and frustrated. Grandma: The truth has to be spoken once in a while. It’s good to have a heartto-heart now and then, especially when something has been wearing on you for a long time. It’s not to say we haven’t had an argument or two, but not frequently.

Mom: We let each other know how important they are to us. It sets a good example for our children and grandchildren. Me: Fortunately, the laughs and getting along far outweigh the disagreements. We don’t take our friendship for granted. It’s a very precious thing.

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F YOU WANT TO HELP IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER, YOU CAN PICK FROM DOZENS OF FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES: WALKING, RUNNING, HIKING, BIKING AND MANY MORE. BUT ALANA WILSON, FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF JUMPS FOR HOPE, OFFERS ONE OF THE MOST EXTREME. GET INVOLVED IN HER ORGANIZATION, AND YOU’LL FIND YOURSELF HURDLING OUT OF AN AIRPLANE. “My goal is to get people to step outside their comfort zone, to try skydiving and feel the power that comes from facing down fear,” says Alana. “We raise funds to support cancer research and help families impacted by cancer, but it’s not just about the money. It’s about empowering people to live fully, whether they’ve been battling cancer, have lost someone to cancer or whatever they have motivating them to join us.”

A BIGGER MISSION Alana’s enthusiasm for skydiving began when she was in her mid-40s. Soon after her first jump, she was hooked. She set a goal to make 50 jumps before she turned 50. After she had a few skydives under her belt, she met skydiving instructor Byron Stuart. The two of them talked about Alana’s goal, and they decided they could make it more than 12

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just one individual’s challenge. Working together, they started Jumps for Hope. “Turning 50 is significant for me,” says Alana. “My dad passed away from cancer when he was 49. He never got to that big milestone. Jumps for Hope honors his memory.” The first Jumps for Hope event was held June 2013 at the Rushford Municipal Airport. More than 100 people went skydiving that day, and in the process they raised over $12,000. Alana also reached her goal of 50 jumps before 50 during the event. Since then, Jumps for Hope has expanded beyond Minnesota, hosting events in Wisconsin, Illinois and Texas. But the group returns to Rushford each year. “Rushford is still my favorite place to jump, and I’ve jumped a lot of places,” says Alana. “I absolutely love the scenery. The bluffs are gorgeous. But beyond that, the people are awesome. I’ve found them to be supportive of our work and very interested in helping their communities.”

AN INVITATION TO ALL Although skydiving is her passion, Alana manages a busy schedule beyond the jumps. She works full time for Edward Jones in Winona, where she has lived for the last 16 years. Her children are grown, but she relishes her role as a grandmother.

For more information about Jumps for Hope, visit jumpsforhope.com or email contact@jumpsforhope.com. “When you think about what a skydiver looks like, you probably don’t picture a 40-something grandma like me,” she says. “I think my experience has served as a catalyst for some people to realize they can do this too. Your age and your role in life shouldn’t dictate your limitations.” To date, more than 600 people have taken up the challenge and participated in a Jumps for Hope event. The organization has raised more than $55,000. Alana would like to see Jumps for Hope continue to grow and offer opportunities for more people to get involved. “The participants just love it. You can see it on their faces. As they land, everyone has a big smile,” says Alana. “But the ones I really enjoy are the cancer survivors who skydive with us. Many have told me that if they can face cancer, they can do this. And they’re right. They are the folks who faced their fears and have been able to move beyond cancer to live their lives to the fullest. We celebrate them.” Tracy Will is a freelance writer who lives and works in Rochester. She has not gone skydiving. Yet.

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N THE MIDST OF THE EVER-CHANGING WORLD OF POLITICS, HEATED DISCUSSIONS SOMETIMES TAKE PLACE. STATE REPRESENTATIVES KIM NORTON AND TINA LIEBLING AND SENATOR CARLA NELSON REPRESENT OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY ON THE STATE LEVEL, SHARING THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND VOICES IN ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA. THESE WOMEN HAVE HAD AN IMPACT IN LEGISLATIVE DECISIONS IN THEIR YEARS OF SERVICE. Senator Carla Nelson is committed to An early goal of League of Women Voters encouraging women to pursue public office (LWV) was to convince women to vote and and empowering women who currently serve seek office. During the 1960s and 1970s, a in office. “Our government will be richer wave of consciousness resulted in women taking and better with a wide spectrum of diverse a more factive role in all levels of politics. women in elected offices,” she says. Jane A. Callahan, president of the Rochester Representative Kim Norton says, “Women Chapter of LWV says, “Between 1970 and 1990 are of critical value in the political system, Olmsted County experienced many historic just as they are in the business world or in moments as women for the first time were the familial framework.” Women offer ways elected to the Rochester City Council, the Board of thinking that help balance and improve of Commissioners and the Minnesota Senate.” decision-making. EARLY EDUCATION According to Representative Tina One of the hottest topics in politics is the Liebling, studies have shown that women importance of educational funding. “I have don’t usually run for elected office unless been a long and strong supporter of high quality they are asked, and that may be because early learning scholarships,” Senator Nelson says. women underestimate their own ability. These scholarships target resources for early But she knows the importance of women in learning, including high-quality preschools, politics. “As the percentage of women in a whether district-led, center-based, in-home legislative body grows, its culture changes or nonprofit. Targeting resources for early too,” says Representative Liebling. “It learning makes more funds available. becomes less focused on gamesmanship and According to Representative Norton, class more on solving real problems.” sizes, preschools, length of kindergarten, length Meeting people and learning about their concerns is very rewarding. For Representative of the school week academic calendar decisions Liebling, politics is about improving lives. She all require funding. Districts are highly dependent on funding from the state.  “If the feels that more women are needed to step state wants to direct more specific services, then forward and lead. “You don’t have to know everything. Help is available. Do it!” she says. they should create a formula for paying schools the actual costs to provide those services,” says

Representative Norton. The state of Minnesota has a long and proud history of having a highly educated population. Representative Liebling states, “Hardworking and well-prepared younger people are greatly needed.” Like other states, Minnesota’s’ population is aging, and young people are needed to work and pay taxes to support their elders. This will be a challenge, and we need to prepare and invest in young people from all backgrounds. “This means education and healthcare for all young people and extra support for families that need it,” says Liebling.

HEALTHCARE Healthcare is a widely talked about topic in politics today. “Minnesota has been working on healthcare reform since 2008,” says Representative Norton. “The initial focus was on creating efficiency through medical homes, preventive care, bundled payments and electronic health records.”  Ensuring coverage for Minnesota citizens has always been sought by the state. MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance cover about 13 percent of the state’s population. MNSure started in 2014, with the beginning of the Affordable Care Act, and has helped to decrease the number of uninsured Minnesotans. “Healthcare must be accessible, affordable and of high quality,” says Senator Nelson. Healthcare challenges increase with an aging population. She is committed to ensuring patient choice in healthcare. Anne M. Scherer is a freelance writer living in Rochester. RWmagazine.com July/August 2015

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’ pe l a m r o n ‘ ins than the na Tompk n a e D ~ DRIVEN BY A DARE In 2013, Tompkins’ commitment to fitness took on a whole new meaning when several male coworkers dared her to participate in a military-based, teambuilding event called GORUCK. Led by the military Special Forces Cadre, the endurance experience requires participants to carry a rucksack loaded with four to six bricks, each weighing 20 to 30 pounds. It’s intended to bridge the gap between the civilians and the military. Fittingly, a few of her tattoos are based on GORUCK experiences. “Empowering” is how she describes her first event. “After proclaiming I’d never do another one, I did four more in 2014, including a back-to-back one with all girls in Miami,” she says. “I have two planned for 2015.”   The same year she also participated in a “ruck, walk or run” fundraiser for the Green Beret Foundation, an organization that provides support to the wounded, their families and the families of the fallen. The event was created by members of the GORUCK community and raised over $45,000. “That original foundation is the basis of our current fundraiser, Racing for Valor (racing4valor.org), which is a nonprofit organization also raising money for the Green Beret Foundation and other militarybased foundations,” says Tompkins. 

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fitness, fun and friendship. She credits the chicks for motivating her to continue to run. “The main reason we’re called the Chatty Chicks is that we talk through all of our runs, ‘solving’ the world’s (including our own) problems one mile at a time,” she says. Her self-discipline and mental toughness bring stability and structure to her life, both in and beyond her athletic endeavors, including in her 20-plus-year career as a 911 dispatcher. By being active, she is able to channel stress into constructive avenues, which results in being “a happier and more tolerable person.” She enjoys the excitement of the job, where she is now a trainer. She notes her schedule is “crazy,” and the work is ever-evolving. “I couldn’t imagine any other career,” she says. Her craze for fitness spills over into her social circles and the workplace. “My friends and coworkers all think I’m a little crazy for what I do. I have lured a few friends into doing a GORUCK event—they probably will never do another, but it was an incredible honor to do one with them,” she explains.

WHATEVER-IT-TAKES ATTITUDE When she’s not lugging bricks in a backpack, running many miles or getting inked, Tompkins and her husband enjoy home improvement projects. They’ve remodeled their basement and built a shed in their backyard. When her husband was deployed in 2009, Tompkins and her friends installed an in-ground sprinkler system

and landscaped the backyard. A few years later, she and friends renovated her home’s bathroom vanities.  “This past winter, during his last deployment, I completely remodeled our master bathroom,” she says. “All of the projects I’ve done while my husband has been deployed have been, more or less, surprises for him.”

REAPING THE REWARDS While most of us will never take on activities as challenging and extreme as Tompkins, there are benefits and lessons to be learned about building health and character and achieving success and support in all we do. But perhaps the greatest reward earned is not a medal or a patch. “My daughter, although she doesn’t do these crazy things with me, says she’s very proud of me,” beams Tompkins. Her world and her body are her prize canvases. Tompkins’ colorful tattoo sleeve includes two pin-up girls that are surrounded by various smaller tattoos in the “old-school/ Sailor-Jerry” style. Her largest tattoo, based on the facial features of Sophia Loren, is a masterpiece in itself. Deanna Tompkins contemplates her next physical challenge—and another tattoo. Maybe a little crazy but true…her dream of more continues. Trish Amundson is a Rochester-area freelance writer (with only tattooed eyeliner).


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Rue Wiegand isn’t afraid of a little color. And for those who know her, her fiery highlights match her determined personality and eye for design. Rue worked as a design director for many years on RochesterWomen magazine. While pursuing further education, she Rue before. worked full time as a project management scheduler/EPM administrator for Mayo Clinic, as well as keeping up with her family. This year, Rue earned two master’s degrees in management and project management from St. Mary’s University. Even with Mayo’s strict dress code, Rue thinks her colorful highlights can still be professional. And while the color may fade over time, Rue’s vibrant personality will not.

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Robyn Kennedy, a Pine Island native, decided to switch her platinum blond hair Robin before. for something a little more old school. That’s right, gray is not just for 60-somethings anymore. Robyn’s now gray hair is both attractive and unexpected. “I feel like I’m 80 but in a good way,” she says. “No one else I know has this.” Robyn has a rock ’n’ roll personality, which helps her pull off such a daring look. Her fashion sense helps as well, which she puts to use working at ReFashion and Lillian’s boutique. The oxymoron of a youthful gray is not only visually striking, but it exposes the societal expectations of having gray hair. Robyn’s look challenges these expectations, giving lively new meaning to “going gray.”

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Grace Murray is a writing student at Concordia College by day, and a jazz singer by night. RWmagazine.com July/August 2015

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in the United Kingdom. My husband is Northern Irish. I wasn’t sure how well I could communicate: Will an American accent be easy? Will I be understood by locals? It took me a while to put myself at ease and realize that Americans actually do like my European accent, and this is an excellent starting line. However, many are scared to ask me straight away where I am from. Asking a personal question, within reason, is very human, and it shows that one has genuine interest in the other person. That is how friendships are born.

• Start small. Just say hi to people or smile. You don’t have to share history or have the same background. You might connect because you both like Harlan Coben’s books, have kids the same age or like yoga.

FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO ROCHESTER I came to Rochester with my husband, who got a job at Mayo Clinic, and our almost 2-year-old daughter (at the time). I’ve been living here for almost 3 years now, and it hasn’t always been smooth. I have moved more than 40 times already, and I am only 36 years old. I have moved schools, houses, areas, towns, countries, continents...you name it. Currently I am a stay-at-home mum, active volunteer/fitness instructor at Rochester Area Family Y and, personally, a very social and chatty person. Initially, my biggest concern was language. I am Polish, but I lived for many years 22

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From my experience, every newcomer will meet a person that I call a “social butterfly.” Social butterflies are friendly and into hanging out. They come across as they want to be your best friend but with no intention to actually be one. It is important to recognize them and not to get discouraged about their lack of interest later on. It takes time to get to know people and to choose your friends. As we all are social animals and need other people to thrive, I thought it might be useful to share some tips that can help ease the transition and allow you to meet new people: • Put yourself out there. Join a religious organization, bring kids to the park, join a gym or go to the library.

BEWARE OF THE SOCIAL BUTTERFLY You need to prepare yourself for many social rejections. Your new neighbor, who seems to be lovely, never has time to meet you for coffee. Nice mummy in the park won’t be able to come to a play date, and the girl from pilates class just doesn’t want to hang out outside of the gym. Give yourself time and don’t take these rejections personally.

• Use social media. Stay at home mum? Advertise your need to spend time in adult company. There are mums out there who will gladly meet, so your kids can play and you two can whine about how hard potty training is. Single? Ask where local singles are gathering. Don’t expect that you will connect with the first person you meet. It might be a lengthy process, but look at the bright side: You will gain experience and have some fun searching for your new best mates.

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WEATHERING THE STORMS OF LIFE SUICIDE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION BY CINDY MENNENGA

SUICIDE. THE WORD ALONE MAKES MOST PEOPLE CRINGE AND

RECOIL. MANY OF US HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY THE LOSS OF A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER TO SUICIDE. SURVIVORS ARE LEFT WITH A GAPING HOLE IN THEIR LIVES, GUILT, SADNESS AND THE GNAWING NOTION THAT THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PREVENT THE TRAGIC OUTCOME. WHAT WOULD PUSH A PERSON TO END THEIR OWN LIFE? IS IT AN UNDIAGNOSED MENTAL ILLNESS? IS IT SITUATIONAL? SUICIDE IS FINAL, AN UNFATHOMABLE END. IF WE LOOK AT OUR LIVES THROUGH A DIFFERENT LENS, COULD WE PAUSE, REGROUP AND PERHAPS CHOOSE ANOTHER OPTION?

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Dr. Kevin Weber, clinical psychologist at Olmsted Medical Center, says suicide attempts are often the culmination of several factors that reached a tipping point where the person “wants the unbearable pain to go away.” However, he says, “Suicidal impulses are often short-term in nature and do eventually go away.”

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Dr. Weber says the age groups at the highest risk of suicide are those in the largest life transitions. People 65 and older are at a higher risk of committing suicide because they are more often isolated and lonely, possibly experiencing illness or disability, the death of a loved one or the loss of independence or purpose. Young adults, ages 18-24, are also undergoing major life changes. Many are living on their own for the first time, experiencing relationship stress, struggling with academic pressures, suffering from substance abuse issues or feeling uncertain about how to put together the jigsaw puzzle called life. If you believe a loved one may be suicidal, Dr. Weber stresses the importance of taking it seriously and not minimizing the person’s concerns. He also says it’s important to seek help as quickly as possible. This includes accompanying the affected person to see a professional. Dr. Weber indicates, “Ninety-five percent of people considering suicide don’t want to die.”

WARNING SIGNS Courtney Lawson, executive director of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Southeast Minnesota, says, “Warning signs may include threatening or looking for ways to hurt him/herself, talking about death and dying, hopelessness, acting recklessly/ engaging in risky behavior, uncontrolled anger, anxiety, feeling trapped (like there is no way out), increase in substance use, withdrawing from family/friends/activities previously enjoyed, marked changes in sleeping/eating/mood patterns or feeling no sense of purpose.” Ms. Lawson also indicates, “Studies have consistently shown that the overwhelming majority of people who die by suicide—90 percent or more—had a mental illness at the time of their deaths. Often, though, these illnesses had not been recognized, diagnosed or adequately treated.”

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IMPACT ON SURVIVORS In February 2012, Brice Currie’s 16-yearold-son, Wyatt, committed suicide. Brice says Wyatt was a happy-go-lucky kid, had applied for a job the day before and didn’t leave a suicide note. He was just gone. When his son passed away, Brice says, “[The] order of life changed in a minute.” He had to move forward, but, Brice says, “Nothing will ever be normal again.” As the oldest child, Brice Currie Jr. was 7 years older than his brother, Wyatt. He says that his brother’s death made him stronger and molded him into the person he is today. While Wyatt’s death made Brice Jr. sad, angry and frustrated, he insightfully articulates, “Someone else’s actions can’t dictate the way I live my life and how I conduct myself as a person.”

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GIVE AND RECEIVE SUPPORT For those who have been affected by suicide, Ms. Lawson recommends “attending a support group, like Survivors of Suicide, which meets monthly in Rochester. Families and friends often feel stigmatized when they have lost a loved one to suicide and fear speaking out, so connecting them with a safe place to share feelings and get support is critical. No one should have to suffer alone.” Brice reveals that attending a support group helped him realize that he was not alone. Suicide has long been considered a taboo topic, and survivors often grieve in shame and silence. In recent years, suicide awareness and support groups have made their way into the mainstream. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) hosts annual walks all over the country to raise awareness about mental illness and suicide. The walk is aptly named the “Out of the Darkness Walk.” The Southeast Minnesota walks will be held in Red Wing, Rochester and Winona. This is a great opportunity to show support for anyone impacted by suicide and help shine light on this topic. If you or someone you know is suffering, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a crisis line operated 24/7/365 for people who are suicidal and those concerned about them. Their number is: (800) 273-TALK (8255). Cindy Mennenga, owner of Straight Talk Wellness, is a Health Coach and freelance writer based in Rochester.

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The Semicolon Project, a nonprofit organization, offers support for people experiencing depression, anxiety or suicidal thoughts. They encourage people to reframe their thinking and to look at their life differently. Their mantra is, “A semicolon represents a sentence the author could’ve ended but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life.” A couple of years ago, Kayla Fjelsted reached a dark place in her life. After high school, she chose to live at home and attend college in Rochester, while most of her friends went away to college and began new lives. Kayla felt as though she had been left behind. While at home, she helped care for her dying grandfather, with whom she was very close. Shortly after her grandfather passed away, she and her boyfriend broke up. Following these stressful events, Kayla noticed her behavior change. She wasn’t happy and had unsettling thoughts like, “Would my friends miss me?” and, “Can I handle this pain?” Kayla felt embarrassed that she had a wonderful life with great family and friends but felt profound pain and sadness that wouldn’t go away. After a couple of months, Kayla sought professional help. She began confiding in her friends and discovered that many were experiencing similar feelings. Talking about it helped Kayla move forward with her life. She transferred to a college out of town and has learned to see joy in her everyday life.


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Name: Dr. Bob Sanborn Age: 67 Hometown: Muncie, Indiana Family: Wife, Dawn; daughters Kristi, Samantha and Maddie Job: English professor and musician PAM: What first attracted you to your wife Dawn? BOB: Her eyes were full of life. I met her in a very strange way. I was on a date with someone else, and she was our server in a restaurant. She ended up sitting with us at the end of the night, just chatting. I thought, what an absolutely amazing person. I thought she was about 20 years old, when she was, in fact, 31. I first liked her as a friend because I wouldn’t have even imagined dating someone that young. Men have two modes. There’s the hunter mode, and then there’s all the other modes rolled together. I had my hunter mode turned off, so I was able to see her in that other way. I was able to like her just as a friend. PAM: How did you know she was “The One?” BOB: I went to her house for dinner; I opened her fridge. She was a single mom, living on a fixed income, but it was burgeoning with the finest meats and cheeses. It was stuffed with fresh, delicious food. I thought, here is somebody who’s 28

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Bob and Dawn enjoying a candid moment while relaxing in one of their favorite spots during the summer, Rochester Civic Theatre.

got her priorities in order. She had two young children, and she fed them well. She thought about freshness and quality and providing for people. She’s a nurturer. (The woman I dated before Dawn had a jar of mustard and a bottle of margarita mix in her fridge.) PAM: Is it taboo in this society to marry someone a generation older or younger? BOB: I can’t imagine why in the world it would be. To me, it’s the simplest logic in the world. I know people who are 20 years old who are mature, smart, fun. I know 50-year-olds who are idiots. It’s just as easy to be an idiot at 50 as it is at 20. Age is a number; it’s irrelevant in love. A 20-year gap is not that big of a deal. Why do we put artificial barriers in the way of other people’s happiness? There are enough barriers without creating more.

PAM: Do you have any advice about raising other people’s children? BOB: I don’t know how it should be different from raising any child. Kids are an absolute blast and are really much more complete than adults think. If you listen to them, it’s easy to relate to them. Too many people try to follow some formula. The key is to care about children and want to be around them. Figure out what they need and be that. I didn’t think of Dawn’s daughters as being someone else’s kids. When we told them we had decided to get married, Sam and Maddie danced around the room. They were 7 and 5. That same evening, the girls came to me together, and each one asked if she could call me “Dad.” Those were beautiful moments.

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PAM: What’s your secret weapon in the marriage? BOB: I give everything a chance. No matter how odd it seems to me at first, I instinctively reflect on it and think it through before I give a response. In other words, no snap judgments or knee-jerk reactions. I think about what’s been proposed, and I look at it from both perspectives. I ask, what’s my initial reaction? Why would she want to do this? This method has always worked for me. Both men and women can be combative and reactive in relationships. Sometimes the issues are really small and insignificant once you measure them against the backdrop of how long you’ve been with this person and how much history you have together. PAM: Both of you have said that you never argue or fight. BOB: There is nothing but peace. I haven’t known a time that Dawn wasn’t supportive and on my side. Maybe some of that is a choice and some is a realization on both of our parts that this is a journey we’re on together. Marriage is the long haul for me. Before we met, I was single for 20 years. During the second half of that time, especially, I believed that if you were in a good marriage, you were the most fortunate of people. But if I held out for 20 years, I must have had pretty high standards. I think I was holding out for that moment, that refrigerator door moment. Once that happened, all I could hope was that the feeling was mutual.

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OUR VERY OWN “HAWTIES FOR HIRE” BY JENEE M. CUMMINGS

LOCAL HAWTIES RIGHT HERE IN ROCHESTER? WHERE HAVE THESE MEN BEEN HIDING? AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, WHERE CAN THE WOMEN OF ROCHESTER FIND THEM? While the men may look like the next cast of “Magic Mike,” their muscled physiques are leveraged for activities far less provocative than stripping and winning female affection. As members of local model and talent agency Hawties for Hire, they are working to achieve an advanced level of health and fitness and find passion in modeling. And they’re here, in our fair town, thanks to Lori Yokiel.

Photography by Cory Wilaby Photography.

OPEN FOR BUSINESS Hawties for Hire is the brainchild of Rochester life coach and fitness enthusiast Lori Yokiel. Launched in February 2015, the new model and talent agency is hitting the town with an explosive takeoff. In an effort to provide more exposure to the talent Yokiel signs, she is organizing events across Minnesota featuring these models and giving a portion of proceeds to local charities. As the agency’s CEO and founder, Yokiel is committed to encouraging aspirations and helping to make dreams come true. And her talent can expect nothing less than 110 percent from her. In addition to marketing the “hawties” professionally, she works hard to expose them to new venues and to connect them with opportunities that meet both their short- and long-term goals. Presently the agency sponsors 19 clients, who come from diverse backgrounds but are united in their desire to live healthy lives and succeed professionally. When she signs a new client, Yokiel looks for much more than a pretty face. She is focused on individuals who have worked hard and who find passion in this kind of work. For “Momma Lori,” as her clients call her, the benefits of the business are two-fold: helping people realize their potential and achieve their goals and, at the same time, make a living.

THREE LIFE ALTERING EVENTS In 1995, Yokiel began her path to change. She entered rehab for an active addiction. This was the first step on a long journey of finding herself and making her way in the world. The next life-altering event occurred in 2008. After losing a baby and being deserted by her husband, whose infidelity ended their marriage, she found that she had lost all of the people who comprised the only support system she had known. Rather than run from her life, Yokiel turned and ran straight toward it—with purpose. She began working with a personal trainer and learned about fitness and nutrition. She became a sponsored body builder after losing 70 pounds and more than 30 percent of her body fat. The third event happened just this last year; like many who came before her, Yokiel lost her job at IBM. As a single mom with two children to support, she took a step back and thought hard about her passions and her talent. By launching Hawties for Hire, she took a leap of faith that is already paying off as she paves the way to building a successful business. Yokiel is willing to go the extra mile for others she believes in. When times are tough, she takes a deep breath and reminds herself of her favorite Martin Luther King Jr. quote: “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Jenee Cummings is a freelance writer in Rochester, Minnesota.

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After years of dangerous behaviors, Inky hit his rock bottom. He tried to end his life, but was thankfully saved. He would later experience a few more hardships before finding his way. Approximately two years ago, he started getting healthy and lifting weights. He has won numerous events including Mr. Minnesota and other men’s physique competitions. Inky states, “I strive to become a motivational speaker and share my story with others struggling. I want to make

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A proud father of two and loving husband to his biggest supporter, Jennifer, Zumwalt has spent the last 7 years focused on fitness. His hard work has resulted in several book covers, wins in the Gopher State Classic, sponsorship by Complete Nutrition and an explosion within social media. In addition to his love for fitness, Zumwalt has a passion for playing the guitar. His talent will be featured at upcoming Hawties for Hire events. “I want everyone to understand that the only thing getting between you and your goal is yourself,” says Zumwalt.

Matt Zumwalt, 36, lives in Mankato, Minnesota

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OVE OVER MEN, WOMEN WANT YOUR WHISKEY. ALTHOUGH WHISKEY IS NOTORIOUS FOR BEING A MASCULINE DRINK DEEPLY CONNECTED TO ARTISTS AND POETS, MODERN WOMEN ARE ENJOYING THE EARTHY FLAVORS OF THIS CLASSY, AMBER-COLORED LIQUOR.

WATER OF LIFE If you’re an aspiring whiskey woman, you need to pay a visit to Ari Kolas, part owner and whiskey aficionado at Apollo Liquor. “Whiskey was invented in Ireland and comes from a Gaelic word meaning ‘water of life,’” Kolas says. Kolas travels to distilleries in Ireland to learn the history and background of a variety of whiskeys. He’s always eager to share his findings with customers. Typically at a whiskey tasting, Kolas discusses the difference between bourbons and whiskeys. He teaches whiskey lovers how to make different cocktails with whiskey, like a mint julep or an old fashioned. Many of his tastings are in-home for Bunco groups, book clubs and other private parties. Kolas says that women love flavored whiskeys too. “Jack Daniels has a nice honey whiskey, as does Evan Williams,” he says. “One of the 34

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Alicia Timm and Francoise Davis, Sola Salon stylists, toast with whiskey at The Half Barrel.

“IF DONE CORRECTLY, IT TASTES LIKE SUNSHINE AND AN OCEAN BREEZE IN A GLASS. IT HAS A NATURAL CALMING EFFECT THAT WILL HAVE YOU REMINISCING ABOUT PAST VACATIONS, AND THOSE YET TO COME.” —FRANCOISE DAVIS most popular infused whiskeys is Red Stag by Jim Beam. It has hints of black cherry.” Kolas says Red Stag can be enjoyed neat or mixed with Coke or 7UP. “If you like a Manhattan, since cherry is already a part of the recipe, the Red Stag gives a Manhattan a little oomph.”

SUNSHINE & WHISKEY If you’re a whiskey virgin and you’re looking for a fool-proof recipe, whiskey lover Francoise Davis and her husband created the perfect drink. Davis says, “We started with a generic recipe out of a Vitamix blender book, and then experimented with different ingredients to suit our tastes.” She says all you need is a 64-ounce jar and a good quality blender with blades that can puree ice and fruit to a fine consistency. Add the following items in this order: • 1 large grapefruit, peeled and seeds removed • 1 large orange, peeled and seeds removed • 1 ripe lime, peeled and seeds removed • 8 oz. grapefruit juice (not from concentrate) • 12 oz. of your favorite whiskey (Crown Royal, Jameson, etc.) • 2 oz. of Agave syrup (you can use additional to taste) Fill remaining space in the blender with ice. Blend 2 to 4 minutes until you achieve a smooth, fine consistency. If it isn’t blended thoroughly it can affect the taste.


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IRISH FEST 2015 For the more experienced whiskey woman, add Irish Fest to your calendar. It will be held over Labor Day weekend this year at the Kahler Grand Hotel. The event begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 4. Dan VanHook, an organizer of the event, says, “This is a very classy event that is fun and educational.” VanHook says, “In the past Ari Kolas has hosted the whiskey tasting, and we hope he considers helping us again. This year the tasting is held in the Elizabethan room at the Kahler. The cost is $50 per person. Many of the whiskeys offered are in the $200 per bottle range.” To cleanse the palette, they offer Irish cheese and crackers. If you want the royal treatment, there is another tasting available for $125. This tasting is held in the Lord Essex room, where whiskey connoisseurs can sip casually while learning about each brand of whiskey. This option also includes an overnight stay at the Kahler and a traditional Irish breakfast including eggs and rasher, which is Irish bacon and black pudding. If you aren’t ready to indulge in the upper echelon of whiskey at Irish Fest, The Half Barrel, a Rochester-based restaurant offers whiskey flights ranging from $12-100. You can also sip mixed drinks and devour tasty entrees infused with whiskey.

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Summer Sips REFRESHING SUMMER DRINK RECIPES BY DAWN SANBORN

PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAWN SANBORN PHOTOGRAPHY

THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER ARE UPON US, AND ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS TO DO IN THE HEAT IS SITTIN’ ON THE FRONT PORCH AND SIPPIN’ A REFRESHING COOL DRINK. IMAGINE YOURSELF SITTING IN THAT ADIRONDACK CHAIR OR SWINGING IN THE HAMMOCK, BIRDS CHIRPING, SUN SHINING WARMTH ON YOUR FACE AND A BIG OL’ COOL DRINK IN YOUR HAND. NOW THAT’S LIVIN’!

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FROM INFUSED WATER TO SANGRIA OR CUCUMBER VODKA, WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED FOR A LONG SUMMER OF FANTASTIC, REFRESHING DRINKS. IF YOU LOVE FRUITY, SWEET, TART OR SPARKLING, THE DRINK RECIPES HERE WILL GIVE YOU A REASON FOR AN OUTDOOR PARTY. FIND YOUR FAVORITE SUMMER QUENCHER BELOW AND TAKE A LONG, COOL SIP. SKÅL! CHEERS! PROSIT!! SALUT! L’CHAIM! BOTTOMS UP! DOWN THE HATCH! HERE’S MUD IN YOUR EYE!


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You can infuse water with any number of herbs, spices, edible flowers, fruit and even vegetables! Making your own infused water is practically calorie free and gives you a refreshing way to stay hydrated. This goes beyond the classic ubiquitous lemon slice in water. It’s one of those things where you can get super creative and think outside the bottle. The possibilities are endless!

• 2 parts Prairie Cucumber Flavored Vodka • 1 part fresh squeezed lime juice • 2 tsp. sugar • 6 fresh mint leaves Muddle mint, sugar and lime juice in a glass. Fill with ice, add vodka and top with soda water. Shake or mix and garnish with a cucumber wedge or mint.

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Victoria's Sicilian Sangria.

VICTORIA’S SICILIAN SANGRIA Provided by Natalie Victoria, owner of Victoria’s Ristorante & Wine Bar located on First Avenue SW in downtown Rochester.

• 2 parts Cabernet Sauvignon wine • 1 part spiced rum • 1 part brandy • 1 part pineapple juice • 1 part orange juice Mix together. Add fresh fruit such as oranges, lemons, strawberries, and top with a dash of Sprite.

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• 4 1/2 oz. White Grenache • 1 oz. (one shot) Mango Rum • 1/2 oz. (half shot) Peach Schnapps Garnish with peach, strawberry and lime.

blossoms, hibiscus, pansies, violets (or any that are pesticide-free) • Fruit: berries (fresh or frozen), melon, tropical fruits, citrus, apples, pears • Vegetables: cucumber, celery, fennel, carrots • Water: filtered water provides the best taste. Let the water sit for a few hours to allow the flavors to infuse. The longer it sits, the more flavorful the water will be. Use thin slices or small cubes because the flavor will infuse more quickly.

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PIMM’S ON THE LAWN Provided by Gillian Manning Currie, a Rochester resident from Cowbridge, a market town in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. PIMM’S No. 1 is made in the U.K. and comes from infusing gin with herbal botanicals, caramelized orange and delicate spices. Place some strawberries, mint, orange, and cucumber slices and muddle them together in a shaker. Add crushed ice. Pour 1 part Pimm’s No. 1 and two parts ginger beer. Shake and pour back into the glass. Garnish with a cucumber slice or mint.

BLACKBERRY MOJITO Provided by Natalie Victoria, owner of The Tap House on Historic Third Street in downtown Rochester.

Blackberry Mojito Citrus is pretty quick to infuse, herbs take a little longer. Berries can take • 2 parts rum several hours and will also release color into the • Turbinado sugar to taste water. Avoid any fruit that’s bruised or overly • 2 parts blackberry puree ripe or herbs that don’t look fresh. Add the fruit, • 1 part soda water herbs, spices or whatever you want to use into • Mint a bottle of cool water. You should keep it in the • A dash of lime juice refrigerator or put ice in it if you aren’t planning Mix together and serve in a tall glass. It tastes to use it right away. great with a nice, big straw! Nicci Sylvester, owner of Tonic Fresh Juice and Local Food restaurant recommends, “Use only Dawn Sanborn is a drink aficionado fresh, organic fruits and vegetables and mineral and a front-porch sittin’ maniac. You water. This will prevent the water from tasting like a rind from the fruit.” can catch her doing this (of course with

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DAWN’S STYLE “I’m more of a purist in my craft. In baking, so much has gone into canned filling and boxed mixes. I don’t dig it. I make everything from scratch, in house, with fresh ingredients. We source local when we can find it. Good products [go in] to give people good products to eat.” That’s her baking style.

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HOT \HÄT\ (SLANG) PERFORMING WITH GREAT SKILL AND DARING When asked what Dawn’s funniest kitchen incident was, she exclaimed, “The good ones are always when the mixers explode! The mixers have speed settings—butter creams are the funniest when they explode. If you are pouring the hot meringue in and the speed [of the mixer] is too fast and the butter is too cold, it will spring meringue all over you!” That sounds like a meringue nightmare.

LAST SUPPER If Dawn doesn’t end up being murdered by meringue, what will her meal of choice be for her last supper? “It would be filet, and not just any filet, it would have to be [my husband] Christopher’s filet. He makes the best ever. I might be biased, but I don’t care. And artichokes with hollandaise. Oh, and Brussel sprouts with bacon and onions because that’s the best way to eat them. Then, probably like macaroons for dessert, but there are too many desserts to pick just one. Or wait, chocolate chip cookies. We make some bomb chocolate chip cookies. Crispy on the edges and chewy on the inside— straight-up out of the oven.”

Not only can this girl whip up a mean chocolate chip cookie; she can make an entire Thanksgiving dinner without a kitchen. “Right after we moved to Arkansas, we gutted the whole kitchen. It was just a couple weeks before Thanksgiving, and my mom and I made Thanksgiving dinner with a microwave and a hot plate. We found out we could bake brownies in a microwave, badly but [edible].”

TASTE COOKIES AT CAFE STEAM One of Dawn’s five-year plans is to own her own little bakery. When it happens, I know I will be there every morning buying her goods, and I know you will too. Go down to the Rochester Event Center and get your free wedding cake tasting (if you are planning a wedding) or go to Cafe Steam to taste Dawn’s ultimate chocolate chip cookies and other baked goods. Dawn Sanborn can make bomb chocolate chip cookies too, but she prefers to take pictures of them before eating.

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ICK AND LINDA SEIME HAD BEEN COMFORTABLE WITH THE LOOK AND WORKINGS OF THEIR KITCHEN FOR ALMOST 14 YEARS. IT FEATURED A CENTER ISLAND, WHITE APPLIANCES, MAPLE WOOD CABINETRY, YELLOW-HUED WALLS AND A NOOK DOMINATED BY A HEFTY TABLE AND CHAIRS.

Over the years, they had grown accustomed to a narrow space around the island and close clearance for the automatic dishwasher. They got used to the limited counter space next to the cooking range. They were content to maneuver chairs around the table in the dining nook, a family gathering spot. Those inconveniences now are gone. A two-month remodeling project transformed their dated kitchen area and gave it modern appeal.

TRIO OF DESIGNS At a friend’s suggestion, the couple placed their remodeling in the hands of professional designer Donna Brumm, of Donna Brumm Kitchens & Interiors in Stacyville, Iowa. When they met to explore designs, Linda brought out pictures of a cousin’s home in Norway as one starting place. She was envisioning modern comfort with Scandinavian touches. 40

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“They requested a simple, minimalist style,” says Brumm. She came back with three designs for the couple to consider. “I typically present three layout options,” Brumm says. “We can discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each and talk through how they use their kitchen and what will work best for their lifestyle.” It also narrows the field for the homeowners. They pick among a few well-thought-out concepts rather than a jumble of possibilities. Two designs were more modest changes, keeping much of the past layout. “We chose the one that was totally different,” Linda says.

REMOVING AND REMODELING The project involved more than a facelift. Crews working with Dave Reynolds Design and Construction of Rochester gutted the kitchen and adjacent laundry to bring Brumm’s designs to life. Both firms worked together as the project developed. Because of the work, the homeowners lived in the finished, lower level of their townhouse for two months. Rick, a retired Mayo Clinic psychologist, chuckles about spending the summer of 2013 downstairs. “Urban camping!” he jokes. Among other changes, a new, gas-fired range with a stylish exhaust hood was installed on one wall. It is among the new, stainless steel appliances added during remodeling.


focused on you The center island disappeared, giving way to a peninsula countertop. Sparkling over the counter are two large pendant lights with shades of clear, “seeded” glass. “By changing to a peninsula, we maintained counter space but opened up the work triangle so cooking…is easier,” Brumm says. One important ingredient also was underfoot. The kitchen floor is a light-colored, maple wood instead of porcelain tile found elsewhere. The wood is a softer, more comfortable surface to stand on than tile, says Linda. The couple installed their main dining space to function without chairs. The dining nook, where they spend much of their time, features wood bench seating extending out from the walls. “The bench has been wonderful,” Rick says. “It’s very comfortable.” The table in the nook also is comparatively narrow (36 inches) but can extend to 109 inches, or more than 9 feet. In the Seime remodeling, grey was the visual glue for the decor. “[Rick and Linda] wanted to incorporate some of the greys that are popular but not have the space seem cold or sterile,” Brumm says. A bold grey in the walls blends with grey-green backsplash and a lighter shade in the peninsula’s countertop. It works as a vivid backdrop for stainless steel appliances and contrasts a bit with the tones of cabinetry.

BEYOND THE KITCHEN At one point before construction began, “We were only going to do the kitchen,” Linda says. Nonetheless, the project spread into the adjoining rooms on the main floor. The Seimes added five overhead lights to illuminate their baby grand piano just off the foyer, where Linda teaches private piano lessons. The project also raised a fireplace several feet off the floor. That feature became a showpiece, surrounded by striped, grey tiles. The remodeling also resulted in new carpet throughout most of the main level. In addition, it refinished the ceilings, scraping away the popcorn texture and replacing it with a smoother, and more appealing “knockdown” surface, Rick says.

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ANY OF US LOVE TO DRINK AN OCCASIONAL GLASS OF WINE IN THE EVENING AFTER A LONG, STRESSFUL DAY, WHEN WE CELEBRATE WITH FRIENDS OR WHEN WE TOAST TO THE GOOD THINGS IN OUR LIVES. IF YOU ARE LIKE ME, YOU DON’T THROW YOUR CORKS AWAY BECAUSE THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT THEM THAT KEEPS THOSE MEMORIES ALIVE. THEY FILL UP YOUR FAVORITE BASKET, WINE CORK HOLDER OR DRAWER UNTIL THEY ARE SPILLING OUT ALL OVER, AND YOU SAY, “WOW, THAT’S A LOT OF CORKS. I SURELY DIDN’T DRINK ALL OF THAT WINE!” WELL, YOU DID, SO LET’S PUT THEM TO USE AND RECYCLE THEM INTO SOMETHING USEFUL.

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You can make this charming wine cork memo board so easily. Use any type of frame that is deep enough to hold the corks (the edge of the frame should come up to at least the middle of the cork). Take a trip to a thrift store and see what you can find. I found a calendar frame at Savers for only $3.99. I needed quite a few corks for this size of frame, so I had to call in reinforcements to bring me more (thank you, Jorrie). Make sure you use a good amount of glue as some corks can absorb it, and don’t worry about it getting all over because it will dry clear.

Start by laying out one row to make sure everything will fit properly. If needed, you can cut corks in half by soaking in water for 30 minutes, then cutting with a sharp knife on a cutting board. Keep in mind that they need to dry out before you glue them on, so you may need to do this ahead of time. You may also need a few smaller parts to fit into those areas where a full cork won’t fit. You can do any kind of design with your corks. I placed two corks going vertical, and two corks going horizontally, then alternated them in each row. I was able to get them all in so there were no open spaces, only having to cut one cork in half to fill a small gap. Apply pressure with your hands to make sure all of the corks are secure and that the glue is thoroughly dried before you tack your memos to the board. If you hang it without it drying, you will have corks falling off all over the place. You can use any size frame to make a variety of sizes of memo boards as table centerpieces or hot pads. Small-sized wooden frames make great coasters, too, that absorb the condensation of your drink on a warm day. Now, sit back, have a glass of wine, and admire your own recycled creation. One cork down, 100 more to go for your next memo board. Melissa Eggler resides in Rochester and is a stay-at-home mom and artist. Her Facebook group entitled “Don’t Judge A Book” Recycled Creations has over 500 fans.

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Healing Waters

SOOTHING RELIEF FROM A DEVASTATING DIAGNOSIS BY JENNIFER GANGLOFF

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n the face of a devastating diagnosis, Michelle Harris is finding ways to heal her heart and soul, especially against the now almost constant companion of fear. These days, as chemo saps her energy, wraps a scarf around her bare head and tapes her fingernails in place so that she can play another tune on the piano, Harris is comforted by the everyday gifts of normalcy with her husband and four children and the calming gurgle of a waterfall garden freshly installed through the Healing Waters Project for breast cancer survivors. “We already love having the waterfall,” Harris says. “We fall asleep to its soothing sound and wake up to it in the morning. I was so touched that there are so many in the community with such generous hearts.”

JOIN THE JOURNEY JOINS THE CAUSE The Healing Waters Project is an annual program led by Whitewater Gardens that honors a woman with breast cancer by donating and building a water feature in her yard. This year, Join the Journey was honored to become a partner in Healing Waters, says executive director Christine Fredriksen. Join the Journey is a Rochester-based nonprofit organization that supports programs and projects that promote breast cancer awareness and provide support to individuals on their breast cancer journey.

Whitewater Gardens in St. Charles, owned by Michael Otte, installed the Harris waterfall, marking its ninth garden project for breast cancer survivors. “The generosity, kindness and joy experienced during the all-volunteer installation was poetic,” Otte says, “and even more so when a Healing Waters recipient from nine years ago made a surprise visit to help with planting flowers.” Christine’s Landscape Design of Winona provided plantings and guidance, and Reinders of Rochester provided mechanicals.

GARDEN TOUR FEATURE The Healing Waters garden at the Harris home in Northeast Rochester is among six private gardens featured in this year’s annual garden tour of the Rochester Garden and Flower Club, which takes place on July 16. The garden tour showcases gardens with a variety of landscape patterns, plants and usage and also features local musicians and artists, demonstrations and learning opportunities. If you can’t make it to the garden tour, consider attending Olmsted County’s Tour with the Masters event on July 22, a fundraiser for the Master Gardener Program, featuring six gardens in Southwest Rochester. Both the Garden and Flower Club tour and the Masters tour are self-guided tours, with the option of taking each tour via trolley through the Rochester Trolley & Tour Co.

FINDING COMFORT AMID UNCERTAINTY Throughout her treatment, Harris has leaned heavily on her family, friends and faith community, who stepped up with unwavering support, providing meals, cleaning, spending hours with Harris at her chemotherapy appointments, even loaning a car to her college son so he could come for a visit. Though frightened at times about what the future may hold, Harris doesn’t harbor bitterness or anger. “No matter what happens, we know that God has always been faithful to our family, in past good times and in past hard times,” Harris says. “Nothing is going to happen to me that isn’t part of my good and loving purpose for life. That doesn’t make this less painful—the fact that, wow, I may not have long to live—but it keeps this from being random or meaningless, which would cause me to despair.” As Michelle Harris can attest, gardens boast healing powers amidst uncertainty.

GARDEN TOUR INFORMATION Rochester Garden and Flower Club: rgfc.org/index.html Olmsted County Tour with the Masters: co.olmsted.mn.us/extension/ mgnewsletters/events/Pages/default.aspx Jennifer Gangloff is a Rochester-based freelance editor and writer and a 15-year cancer survivor. RWmagazine.com July/August 2015

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WHERE THERE’S WILL THERE’S A WAY

BY CATHERINE H. ARMSTRONG

in Will’s honor soon reached students in 32 states and seven foreign countries. He was loved by all who knew him, or knew of him.

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wo words should never have to be used in the same sentence: cancer and children. Unfortunately, we too often see these words paired together. One local parent has turned the pain of his son’s cancer journey into a beautiful tribute, memorializing a vibrant young man who was taken long before his time. In his recent memoir, “Where There’s Will There’s a Way,” Thomas Canan brings to life the tenacious and loving spirit of his son, Will, whose nearly nine-year battle with cancer ended prematurely in October 2012.

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Diagnosed at age 6, Will was a devoted baseball fan and was determined to live a whole life’s worth of experiences in just 14 years. As an avid sports fan, he met sports legends Derek Jeter, Justin Morneau, Carlos Gomez and “Big Papi” David Ortiz, among others. He even attended Super Bowl XLV in Irving, Texas. In spite of aggressive treatments, Will fought hard to keep going, even rescheduling chemotherapy to be at optimal health for RYBA Majors tryouts. For his efforts, he was the first recipient of the first RYBA Player of the Year for sportsmanship, an award that has since been renamed in his honor. “[Will] tried not to let cancer define his life,” Canan says. “He loved people and he loved animals...the Green Bay Packers, and he was a huge Star Wars fan.” By the time of his passing, Will was well-known everywhere he went. In 2012, a homegrown movement to paint one fingernail blue

Among the many things Will loved, were those who extended themselves to his care and to the cure of cancer. In July 2006, Will was selected as the American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life” childhood cancer representative, an honor which led to his invitation to ride on the Relay for Life float in the annual Rochesterfest Parade. Will’s family remains dedicated to the causes that supported him through his illness. His parents founded Brighter Tomorrows, a cancer support group for families actively battling cancer and Tomorrow’s Chapter, a support group for families who’ve lost a child to cancer. Additionally, the proceeds from Canan’s memoir go to support these programs and other charities that support cancer patients and their families. Nothing can bring back Will or the other beautiful children like him, but we can remember his tenacious spirit by supporting the causes that supported him. This year, Olmsted County will host a Relay for Life Event on July 17-18 at Rochester Community and Technical College. You can get involved and make a contribution to this worthwhile cause in Will’s memory or in memory of another beloved cancer victim by visiting the Relay for Life website at relayforlife.org. A Facebook group honoring Will Canan’s life and legacy is available for those interested in learning more. Simply search “In Honor of Will Canan” on Facebook and request to join the group. Tom Canan’s memoir, “Where There’s Will There’s a Way,” is available as an e-book from all major online e-book retailers including iBooks, Kindle and Nook. Catherine H. Armstrong holds a B.A. in Journalism/News Communications form the University of Oklahoma. Her first novel, The Edge of Nowhere, will be released in Fall 2015 under the pen name C.H. Armstrong. RWmagazine.com July/August 2015

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HAPPY FEET HEALTH FOR THE SOLE BY CAITLIN SUMMERS

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THINKING ON YOUR FEET Our bodies are connected in such an amazing way that everything works together to create movement. What happens when one part is off-balance or injured? Another part is called into service to compensate, which can create more pain than some can stand (excuse the pun). This time of year, our feet see a lot of daylight, which can cause extra strain and overuse, as we spend a great deal of time barefoot. Many people also spend more time participating in outdoor sports and activities. While being active is fantastic, it can wreak havoc on our feet if proper care isn’t taken. Some common foot injuries include plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, fractures and foreign bodies.

TAKING EVERYTHING IN STRIDE If you are new to exercise and outdoor activities, it’s important to take it slowly and listen to your body. Overuse injuries like

plantar fasciitis, which typically affects the sole of the foot, can happen over years or just a short time after being sedentary. Dr. Loring Stead, podiatrist treating foot and ankle conditions and board certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery at Olmsted Medical Center and former runner, has been treating patients’ feet for about 30 years. His sees feet as the body’s ground floor, and if the foundation is shaky, the rest of the building won’t last. Dr. Stead states, “As our physical abilities become less, our judgment has to get better.” Picking up on subtle differences can make all the difference in diagnosing the underlying issue. Dr. Todd Buchanan of Northgate Chiropractic states that proper foot care includes wearing appropriate shoes, icing after activities, general massage and reflexology. If you spend a great deal of time on your feet, try freezing a bottle of water and rolling your foot over it at the end of the day. If you have been sedentary, Dr. Buchanan advises


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“I have had plantar fasciitis, eliminated it, and believe there are many ways to keep it from recurring,” comments Tom Williamson, mechanical engineer and long-distance runner. “I take Feldenkrais Method® consultations from Lisa Walker at Hermitage Farm.” The Feldenkrais Method uses gentle movement and directed attention to improve movement, flexibility and coordination.

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Watkins says, “We are the only gym in Rochester with BARE® trainers certified through Evidence Based Fitness Academy, and we are continually training to know more of the science behind training barefoot. We offer help to anyone looking to strengthen their feet and learn more about the connection between strong feet and a strong body.” You can learn more about this specific barefoot training or even become certified as a BARE instructor. Barefoot expert Dr. Emily Splichal will be at Empowered Wellness and Fitness Studio from July 24-26. More information about these trainings can be found at evidencebasedfitnessacademy.com/ us-canada-workshops.html. By Caitlin Summers, a local certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition and Wellness Consultant.

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Get Your Fitness On FUN WAYS TO GET FIT THIS SUMMER

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BY MELISSA MCNALLAN

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RE YOU LOOKING FOR SOME FUN WAYS TO STAY IN SHAPE THIS SUMMER? TRY ZUMBA ON THE PLAZA, POLE FITNESS OR CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO RUNNING.

Photo at top of page courtesy of Tracy van Eijl.

FREE ZUMBA ON THE PLAZA Every Monday at 5:30 p.m. on Peace Plaza, a crowd—mostly of women (but some men too)—dance to a mix of Latin and pop music, following the steps of instructors who have taken the stage. The party doesn’t stop until around 7 p.m. If it rains, the dancers keep dancing, unless the weather is too dangerous and the sound guy says, “No.” “The energy, the smiles, the fun,” says Sara Pennington, the force behind this free workout offering in downtown Rochester, “and they’re all exercising. They’re smiling and they’re laughing, improving their coordination and their cardiovascular health.” Classes in studios tend to slow down in the summer, so Pennington felt she should bring Zumba to where the people want it: outdoors. Free Zumba on the Plaza regularly draws between 50 and 100 participants. “Come watch. It’s entertaining. The music—it gets you,” says Pennington.

This year Free Zumba on the Plaza will have a longer run, with dates extending to the end of September. “The summer goes by so fast. Cooler temps might draw even more people. I want to do it longer,” said Pennington. She also hopes that the longer timeframe will open the stage up to more instructors.

POLE FITNESS CLASS Music on, doors locked, lights dim. There’s a pole for each woman in class to spin around and climb on. First, learn how to walk around the pole, then how to spin and then how to climb. “Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast,” says Catherine, the instructor. “Beautiful. That’s beautiful.” She’s quick to point those moments out, focusing on the beautiful moves of the participants. “This was not on my agenda at all,” said Brittin Wanger, owner of Freestyl Fitness, which offers pole dancing lessons for fitness and RWmagazine.com July/August 2015

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empowerment in Rochester, Mankato and Minneapolis. Wanger was finishing her doctorate program and teaching classes at the University of Washington when her mom insisted she watch Jenyne Butterfly’s 2011 “BEST Pole Dance Ever” video. She admired the completely complicated but graceful moves in the video. “My mom bought pole classes for me,” said Wanger. “When I got to the studio there were no mirrors, no men.” Wanger was able to really pay attention to how her body moved, how it felt. “I didn’t do it for fitness. I did it for stress relief,” said Wanger. “I gained 4 pounds and lost 3 pant sizes.” “Wear something you’ll be comfortable in,” advises Wanger. “When you’re climbing you’ll need shorts for sure.” Drop-ins are on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. To reserve your space, visit polefitnessrochester.com or call or text 507-351-7805. There are private group classes available as well.

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In July, August and beyond, from 5Ks to adventure racing, there are opportunities for all skill levels to get their race on. Don’t feel you’re ready? On Independence Day, the ID7K4K race will be held at Silver Lake in Rochester. “The 7K will give 5K runners a chance to push themselves a little bit farther,” said race Director Dion Chapman, “and for those who do the 4K, they have a chance to push themselves a little bit faster.” “Let me get in shape before I join you,” is something triathlete Cathy Sell, part of the team putting on the Nut House Challenge ( July 10, 11 and 12) in Rochester has heard people say. “The whole point of joining is to get in shape. There are lots of different clubs you can join, training groups and, of course, there’s an app for that.” One to check out is From Couch to 5K. The Nut House Challenge allows racers to participate in their choice of a 5K, 10K and/or a half-marathon. “It’s off-road,” says Race Director Steve Dawson, of the Rochester Eco-Tri Adventure Races (August 9). The Adventure Triathlon allows participants to choose from three races: 5K, 10K or the triathlon, which includes running, kayaking and mountain biking. Melissa McNallan is a freelance writer.

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Vexed by Texts A CAUTIONARY TALE BY C.G. WORRELL

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jumped to 25 percent. By comparison, OU’RE CRUISING alcohol rated 30 percent. DOWN BROADWAY Unfortunately, people under the age of 30 accounted for a third of Minnesota traffic WHEN YOUR CELL fatalities, a tragedy the family of Deej Logan PHONE BLEEPS WITH A of Byron understands all too well. NEW TEXT. YOUR BRAIN STARTS RACING: DID BILLY FORGET HIS LUNCH? DOES SALLY NEED A RIDE? OR IS IT A JUICY TIDBIT FROM COUSIN MARGE? YOU WAIT UNTIL GONE TOO SOON THE NEXT RED LIGHT In September 2012, 17-year-old Deej was BEFORE GRABBING THE texting while driving when her car crashed into a bus. She lost consciousness and died PHONE. THAT’S GOOD hours later. ENOUGH, RIGHT? “Our family has been incomplete since

Wrong. Under Minnesota’s “No Texting” law, it is illegal for drivers to read, compose or send texts and emails, as well as access the web, while the vehicle is in motion or part of traffic—this includes sitting at a red light or stopped in traffic.

THE RESTLESS ROAD Anything that takes your attention away from the road falls under the umbrella of distracted driving. This includes texting, tuning the radio, gobbling hamburgers, etc. Between 2009 and 2013, distracted driving was the main factor behind 25 percent of reported crashes in Minnesota, resulting in approximately 86,000 crashes, 1,750 serious injuries and 350 fatalities. In 2012, distraction was a contributing factor in 20 percent of traffic-related deaths. In 2013 that figure

leaving the hospital,” says her mother, Megan Logan. “Deej loved nothing more than wearing bright tights and a tutu, rollerblading with friends and singing Lady Antebellum—loud. We all miss her joyful spirit and infectious laughter.” Deej’s parents joined forces with Minnesota’s Toward Zero Deaths program to speak out against texting and driving. “Live by example and put the phone away,” Megan implores. “Please don’t take a life for a few words that can wait. My daughter was minutes from home when she crashed. Her text wasn’t that important; it could have waited. And she’d be here with us today.” “No family should have to endure a tragedy like this,” says Megan. “If sharing Deej’s story saves lives, then that eases our pain.”

TOWARD ZERO DEATHS (TZD) Kristine Hernandez is the program coordinator for TZD—Minnesota’s traffic safety initiative established in 2003. “Our goal is to create a culture of safe driving by integrating the ‘4 Es:’ Education, law Enforcement, Emergency medical and trauma response and Engineering for safer roads,” she explains. “We stage mock crashes at local high schools to raise driver safety awareness. TZD recently partnered with AT&T for the It Can Wait campaign: a no-texting-and-driving competition between 14 schools and businesses. We accumulated more than 1,600 pledges.” Each month, TZD’s media campaign spotlights one of the top four bad driving behaviors: texting, DUI, no safety belt and speeding. Law enforcement issues extra tickets for the targeted offense. Since Minnesota’s no-texting ban started, citations have skyrocketed from 388 (in 2009) to more than 3,200 (in 2014). The cost for a texting-and-driving citation is $150 for the first offense and up to $300 for a second. Hernandez reflects upon 11 years of TZD’s progress: “From recycling and anti-smoking campaigns, we knew it would take about 10 years to change culture. Currently seatbelt usage has risen to 95%, and Minnesota traffic fatalities have dropped from 655 in 2003 to 361 in 2014—a 45% reduction. But this is still too high. TZD can only go so far. The rest is up to the fifth E—Everyone Else. So buckle up, drive sober, don’t speed and minimize distractions.” Are you ready to accept the TZD challenge? C.G. Worrell is a writer and part-time veterinarian at Heritage Pet Hospital. RWmagazine.com July/August 2015

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A Glimpse of Decorah WINNESHIEK COUNTY, IOWA BY AMANDA WINGREN

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HE GREEN, ROLLING FARMLAND AND GORGEOUS LIMESTONE BLUFFS OF NORTHERN IOWA IS A PEACEFUL SETTING FOR THE ARTISTIC, BUSY, HARD-WORKING POPULACE THAT LIVES HERE. SETTLED IN THE HEARTLAND, JUST AN HOUR-AND-A-HALF DRIVE SOUTH OF ROCHESTER, WINNESHIEK COUNTY VIBRATES WITH PROGRESSIVE, DOWN-TOEARTH VALUES AND A STRONG NORWEGIAN HERITAGE. JUMP AT THE CHANCE TO TAKE ROAD TRIP DOWN TO DECORAH, IOWA.

sights, check out the waterfalls at Dunning’s Spring, enjoy the scenic overlook at Palisades Park or take the family camping for the weekend at Pulpit Rock Campground. Be sure to visit the Winneshiek County Farmer’s Market, held every Wednesday night and Saturday morning. The market features all things homegrown and homemade, including krumkake, breads, jellies, wines, flowers, fresh and pickled vegetables and artist’s handicrafts. “You’ll really need to come and visit!” laughs Charlene.

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IN AND ABOUT DECORAH Downtown Decorah is bustling with local businesses, bakeries, coffee shops and restaurants featuring everything from steaks and hamburgers to traditional Norwegian food. “The downtown is pretty moving,” says Charlene Selbee, executive director of the Winneshiek County Visitors Bureau. “And the shopping is excellent!” All it takes is a quick stop at the visitor center to get outfitted with maps, brochures and friendly information about local entertainment and events. If you want to spend the day outdoors, take the self-guided historic architecture walking tours downtown or follow the paved, 11-mile Trout Run Trail

that circles the city. Decorah also boasts 25 miles of mountain bike trails that lace through the many different parks and along the river. It’s easy to find a place to rest and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. One of the local favorites is Phelps Park. Settled right in the bluffs, the Phelps hiking trails are lined with scenic stone work from the early 1900s. “There is nothing flat around Decorah,” chuckles Andy Nimrod, Decorah Parks & Recreation director. “We’re settled on the banks of the river, and all the limestone bluffs are valleys that lead down into Decorah.” For more interesting natural

Vesterheim is the National NorwegianAmerican Museum and Heritage Center. The museum tells the story of 18th-century pioneer immigration to America. With 12 buildings and over 24,000 artifacts including furniture, folk art and tools, it is the most expansive collection of its kind in the world. “You don’t have to be Norwegian or American to visit!” says Becky Idstrom, Vesterheim’s editorial assistant. “People come from all over the world to visit Vesterheim. It really is an amazing collection.” Vesterheim offers classes in their Folk Art School, where instructors come from all RWmagazine.com July/August 2015

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over the country and Norway to offer classes in rosemaling, woodworking, weaving and knife-making. This summer the National Exhibition of Folk Art in the Norwegian Tradition will be held from June 12 through July 25, and final judging will take place at Nordic Fest. “It’s an exciting time!” says Becky. “It is a really beautiful exhibition of contemporary folk art working in the Norwegian tradition.” During Decorah’s annual Nordic Fest, held from July 23-25, the whole downtown area will celebrate its Scandinavian heritage with Norwegian food, traditional crafts, a canoe race, a lutefisk eating contest, a competitive rock throw, Viking re-enactments and a genuine Viking ship, as well as music, entertainment and fireworks. For more information visit nordicfest.com or for information on the Folk Art School visit vesterheim.org.

OUTSIDE AND AROUND DECORAH

The Bily Clocks Museum in Spillville and the oldest one-room school house in Iowa, the Locust School, built in 1854 and still set with the original desks, maps and books. Between the antique stores and the museums, there’s plenty of history to be found in Winneshiek County. The rich steeping of history and culture runs parallel to the progressive, homegrown attitude that Winneshiek projects—an attitude that can be found deeply rooted at Seed Savers Exchange, just 6 miles north of Decorah. This 890-acre heritage farm and nonprofit organization is dedicated to the tradition of preserving and sharing heirloom seeds. Their extensive gardens and historic apple orchard are open to the public, and they offer educational workshops, dinners and lectures. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get down to the Decorah area this summer. For more information and to keep up on events go to visitdecorah.com. Amanda Wingren is a freelance writer.

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BUNNELL HOUSE OF WINONA There’s something new at one of the oldest homes in Winona. An original play, “The Hired Girl Gets Married,” will bring history back to life through collaboration between Winona County Historical Society and Theatre du Mississippi. “Some have never been to the Bunnell House, and others have had no reason to return. We are changing that this summer,” says Mark Peterson, director of the Historical Society. Jennifer Weaver, assistant director, agrees, “This is a new movement, the realization we must reinterpret history.” The play, written by Winona resident Lynn Nankivil, focuses on a real event in 1856—the marriage of the Bunnells’ hired girl, Rachel. “I’ve been intrigued by the story of Willard and Matilda Bunnell and how they came to build the Carpenter Gothic-style house,” explains Nankivil. Nankivil uses five real-life characters to tell her story. “Although the action of the play revolves around a secret from Willard’s past, I enjoyed recreating Matilda’s character. She was the quintessential pioneer woman,” she says. Willard and Matilda made their way from Green Bay, Wisconsin to the area in a canoe loaded with 4,000 pounds of fur, trading with the Native Americans as they went. Chief Wapasha, a Dakotah chief, gave Bunnell permission to build on indigenous land. Around 1850, the three-story home was constructed of Northern White Pine. It has never been painted and remains without significant alterations. The lower level, built into the hill, houses the kitchen and pantry. The second level contains parlor, dining and office. Three small bedrooms are located in the third story. The play will be performed on Saturdays and Sundays between June 27 and August 4 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are $8 for Winona County Historical Society members and $10 for non-members and

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are available at Winona County History Center (507-454-2723) or the Bunnell House. The Bunnell house is located along U.S. Highway 61, 3 miles south of Winona in Homer. This project has been financed in part by the State of Minnesota through the Minnesota Historical Society from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

MASONIC TEMPLE The imposing red-brick building on the corner of Fifth and Main Streets in Winona was built in 1908-1909 in Beaux-Arts tradition of the neoclassical style. The flourishing Masons were highly regarded in Winona and a center for the Scottish Rite Valley, one of the most complex orders of Freemasonry. Their intention was not only to house a number of Masonic organizations but to serve as a social and community center. The large, third-floor ballroom hosted balls, banquets and civic events. In 1978, the city purchased the temple. According to Julie Fassbender, recreation program director, many organizations benefit from the building. “This includes the Senior Center, Frozen River Film Festival, Theatre du Mississippi and, of course, the Masons,” she says. “We rent space frequently for weddings and parties.” Its most significant feature is a large proscenium-arch, fully functional stage, which houses an outstanding collection of 98 hand-painted scenic drops. The walls are decorated with original stencil designs of Masonic and Egyptian motifs. Recently, it was discovered that the riggings were deteriorating. “They are now stored in a hermetically sealed area. With a structural assessment of the building inside and out, we discovered it needs substantial updating and maintenance,” Fassbender says. “Friends of the Masonic” citizen’s group was formed to preserve and restore the Masonic Theatre building and historic scenery. “We have work to do, but we are looking forward,” Fassbender says, hoping the Masonic Temple will be filled to the brim with activities benefiting Winona citizens for decades to come. For more information go to facebook.com/groups/279822072207056 or call 507-457-8258. Debi Neville is an admirer of historic buildings and an avid theatre enthusiast. RWmagazine.com July/August 2015

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Calendar Events GATHERED BY SARA ALBERTELLI, PINE ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL

Check out our Community Calendar online for additional listings at RWmagazine.com Deadline for submitting events for RochesterWomen September/October 2015 issue is July 31, 2015. Send events to calendar@RWmagazine.com Events in purple are sponsored by RochesterWomen magazine. *(507 area code unless stated) TUESDAYS Terra Loco Tuesday 5k’s, Terra Loco $ 5 Dollar-”themed” 5K’s take place on most Tuesday evenings. All proceeds go to the local charity of choice for that week. Runs begin at 6 pm, 289-5626, runterraloco.com

JUNE 28 – JULY 19 Minnesota Beethoven Festival, various locations, Winona, delicate refrains of history’s most important classical works, performed by some of its most celebrated names, mnbeethovenfestival.org

JUNE 24 - AUG 2 Great River Shakespeare Festival, Winona State University, Winona, classes, plays, programs and workshops for learners of all ages and backgrounds, grsf.org

JULY JULY 3-12 Quiet Retreat, Holy Spirit Retreat Center, a retreat with a peaceful lakeside setting, prayer, meditation, liturgy, and relaxation, Fri. 5 pm – Sun. 1 pm, 234-5712, rochesterfranciscan.org

JULY 8-12 Winona County Fair, St. Charles, variety of fun activities, free admission, varied times, 932-3074, winonacountyfair.com

JULY 10 Swing Street Concert, Rochester Civic Theatre, free admission fun for the whole family with food, drinks, and music, patio and grill opens at 4 pm, live music from 5:30-9 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

JULY 10 – 11 Hambone Music Festival, History Center of Olmsted County, educates the public about the blues and general music through performance, for a complete schedule visit hambonemusicfestival.com

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JULY 18 ARF in the Park, Rochester Eagles Club, a BACB signature event featuring canine-themed artwork and merchandise, 11am-4pm, 612-816-7366, rochestermneaglesclub.com

JULY 18 Pine Island Saturday Nights, Pine Island City Park, free event featuring live music, classic car drive-ins, food, and kids games, 5-9 pm, 356-2957, pineislandmnchamber.com

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Stockholm Art Fair Trolley & Flower Valley Vineyard, Olmsted County Government Center, visit the Stockholm Art Fair and the Flower Valley Vineyard for wine, 9 am-5:30 pm, 421-0573, rochestermntours.com

Mayo Annual Transplant Picnic, Soldiers Memorial Field, picnic for Mayo Clinic transplant patients and families, 11 am – 3 pm, 284-2511, gift-of-life.org

Cannon Falls Wine and Art Festival, banks of the Cannon River, 11 am – 5 pm, cannonfallswineandartfestival.com

JULY 13-19 37th Annual Eyota Days, Eyota, fun activities, varied times, eyota.govoffice.com

JULY 16 A Garden Tour with Festive Flair, Rochester Community and Technical College Heintz Center S.M.A.R.T. Gardens, take the trolley to view beautiful gardens, enjoy art and more, 5-9 pm, 421-0573, rochestermntours.com

JULY 16-19 GLCS Pridefest, Rochester Peace Plaza, a celebration of the LGBT community featuring potlucks, movie night, and more, varied times, glcsmn.org

JULY 16-19 Spring Creek Motocross, Springcreek MX Park, Spring Creek Motocross events featuring the Lucas Oil Championship, various times, 753-2779, springcreekmx.com

JULY 17 Lost Faculties Concert, Rochester Civic Theatre, free event with fresh food, cold drinks, and music, patio and grill opens at 4 pm, live music from 5:30-9 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

JULY 17 RT Autism Awareness 13th Annual Golf Benefit, Willow Creek Golf Course, charity golf event dedicated to raising awareness about Autism, 8 am, 261-6950, rtaaf.org

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Relay for Life of Olmsted County, Rochester Community and Technical College, honor survivors by raising money to end cancer, 6pm-6am, 424-4604, main.acsevents.org. Rochester Women magazine will be sponsoring a Relay for Life team. If you would like to join us or sponsor, please contact Margo Stich at missmargo@charter.net

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JULY 19 Firefall, Down by the Riverside Concert, Mayo Civic Center Park, free concert featuring all of their hits, 7 pm, 328-2200, rochestermn.gov

JULY 22 Olmsted County Master Gardeners Garden Tour, Heintz Center, Rochester Community and Technical College, tour six beautiful private gardens while learning about gardening through educational displays, 4-8:30pm, 289-5662, co.olmsted.mn.us

JULY 24 Annie Mack Concert, Rochester Civic Theatre, free concert featuring food, drinks, and music from Annie Mack, patio and grill opens at 4pm, live music from 5:30-9 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

JULY 26 Eric Paslay Concert, Down by the Riverside Concert, Mayo Civic Center Park, free concert showcasing original, famously covered music, 7 pm, rochestermn.gov

JULY 26 15th Annual “The Cruise” Motorcycle Benefit, University Center Rochester, A motorcycle ride where all proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House, 8:30 am, 282-3955, rmhmn.org

JULY 27 – AUG 2 Olmsted County Free Fair, Olmsted County Fairgrounds, exhibitions, competitions, entertainment, Goldstar Amusements on the Midway, and a wide variety of fair food, 282-9862, olmstedcountyfair.com

JULY 31 LP & the 45’s Concert, Rochester Civic Theatre, free Friday concert featuring music from LP & the 45’s, patio and grill opens at 4 pm, live music 5:30-9pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org


JULY 31

AUGUST 14-16

37th Annual “Swing Your Birdie” Golf Classic, Willow Creek Golf Course, support the Ronald McDonald House with silent auctions, course contests, and more, 11 am, 285-0305, rmhmn.org

Gold Rush, Graham Park, outdoor/ indoor antique show and flea market, Fri.-Sat. 8 am-6 pm; Sun. 8 am-4 pm, 269-1473, townsendantiqueshows.com

AUGUST

Lucius, Down by the Riverside Concert, Mayo Civic Center Park, Chart Show Hall of Famers will perform a free concert, 7 pm, 328-2200, rochestermn.gov

AUGUST 2 Rochester Concert Band & Choir, Down by the Riverside, Mayo Civic Center Park, Rochester's own 50-piece symphonic wind ensemble and 50-voice concert choir, 7 pm, 328-2200, rochestermn.gov

AUGUST 3 Earth Tour, Assisi Heights, a walking tour in the Umbrian Garden with Dr. Louis Wilson, 7-7:45 pm, 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org

AUGUST 6 Annual Peace Lantern Ceremony, Silver Lake Park, Lanterns are lit and floated to commemorate the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, dusk, 282-9951, diversitycouncil.org

AUGUST 6-10 Kasson Festival in the Park, Veteran's Memorial Park, food vendors, craft vendors, a free performance by "Home Free" (winners of NBC's Sing-Off), kassonfestivalinthepark.com

AUGUST 7 KnuFunk Concert, Rochester Civic Theatre, Free-admission fun with food, drinks, and music from KnuFunk, Patio and Grill opens at 4pm, Happy Hour 4-6pm, Live Music from 5:30-9 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

AUGUST 7 Glow 2 Haiti, Rochester Running Room Store, after dark race with glow in the dark accessories and face paint, 8:30 pm, rochestertrackclub.com

AUGUST 8 Movies on the Plaza, Peace Plaza Downtown, Bring your lawn chair or blanket and watch Into the Woods, 9 pm, 216-9882, downtownrochestermn.com

AUGUST 8-9 Days of Yesteryear, History Center of Olmsted County, Enjoy fun activities like how to make butter, wash clothes, and more, 9 am, 288-2790, mhrt.org

AUGUST 9 Sonny Knight & the Lakers with the opener Suite, Down by the Riverside Concert, Mayo Civic Center Park, free concert, 7 pm, 328-2200, rochestermn.gov

AUGUST 14 Jazz Jam, Rochester Civic Theatre, free concert featuring food, drinks, and music from the D’Sievers, Patio and Grill opens at 4pm, live music from 5:30-9 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

AUGUST 16

AUGUST 18-19 The Enchanted Garden: Charm School, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, girls ages 9-12 can learn about etiquette, manners, decorum, and more, Tues. 10am-3:30 pm, Wed. 12:30-3:30pm, 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org

AUGUST 20 Painting, Women & Wine, Cambria Studio, Art on the Go painting class, wine and snacks provided, $40/person, 6 pm - 8pm., register at LuAnnB.com

AUGUST 21 Parks & Kleist Band, Rochester Civic Theatre, free concert showcasing the band Parks & Kleist, patio and grill opens at 4 pm, live music from 5:30-9 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

AUGUST 23 America, Down by the Riverside Concert, Mayo Civic Center Park, Grammy winners in the band, America, will perform a free concert, 7 pm, 328-2200, rochestermn.gov

AUGUST 24 Do you tattoo?, Zzest Café & Bar, come celebrate 15 years of RochesterWomen magazine, show your tattoos and tell about them, free pizza, male models, 6-8 pm, RWmagazine.com

AUGUST 28 LP & the 45’s Concert, Rochester Civic Theatre, Free friday concert featuring music from LP & the 45’s, Patio and Grill opens at 4pm, Happy Hour 4-6pm, Live Music from 5:30-9 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

AUGUST 28 52nd Annual Rochester GreekFest, Greek Orthodox Church grounds, a celebration of Greek heritage featuring authentic food, dancers, and live music, Fri. 5-8 pm; Sat. 11am-8 pm; Sun. 11am-6pm, 282-1529, rochesterorthodoxchurch.org

AUGUST 29 Rochester Walk to Defeat ALS, Soldiers Field Park, three mile walk that helps raise money for a cure, Check-in at 8:30 am; walk at 10 am, 612-672-0484, webmn.alsa.org

AUGUST 29 Scheels Hunting Expo, Scheels store in Rochester Apache Mall, Family event including the Super Retriever Dog series, kids activities, and more, times to be determined, 281-2444

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went to my senior prom with a guy named Stan. Twenty-one years later, my father still talks about him. “What a fine, upstanding man Stan has become,” my father tells me. “He’s a successful accountant.”

FORGETTABLE GEORGE AND SUCCESSION My father also liked the boy who escorted me to my junior prom. George was a senior and captain of the golf team. He spent prom evening gallantly opening doors for me and offering to fetch more ginger ale punch. He kept checking his watch during the after party at Beth’s house. When I teased him about it, he claimed to be watching my curfew. His good-night kiss showed effort but was utterly forgettable. Dad met a succession of pimply, sweatypalmed, underachieving boys during my high 62

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PREDICTABLE STAN I have never told my father that I only went to prom with Stan because we both were dateless, and the crowd we ran with would not allow either of us to bow out of the Single Most Important Night of High School Life. I could see then what Stan would become. After dinner, he removed a calculator from an inner pocket of his tuxedo and proceeded to divide the check evenly between the five couples we had dined with, allowing for a modest 12 percent tip. “She wasn’t that good,” he said when I suggested that 20 percent was the norm. He smiled too much and never missed a Sunday in church. He was utterly predictable.

school years. He chatted up each one, effusive in his attentions, pronouncing them all “upstanding young men.” Maurice, the waiter from Colombia, was well-mannered and humorous. Grant, with the beady eyes and fast hands, was said to have lots of potential. Darren, the petty thief with a truck-driving mother, was deemed youthful and high-spirited, but upstanding.

MEETING COLLEGE MEN Once I got to college, I could go on dates without my father inspecting each one individually and pronouncing him sound dating material. I could go to keggers, road-trip to Myrtle Beach and party with the baseball team. Yet I still felt compelled to bring my guys home, to honor Dad’s patriarchal right to inspect, converse with, pontificate to and inevitably pronounce them decent human beings. The first week of sophomore year, Mike and I met Dad for dinner. We had been dating for only four months, and already, I was bored. Mike was pre-law, but I could see his destiny—used car salesman, just like his dad.

It turned out that Mike wanted to be my father or at least to replace him as top male in my life. He spent dinner sucking up to Dad like a scholarship candidate meeting the dean and rebuffed me when I tried to change the subject to something other than his many meritorious qualities. The next day, when I unceremoniously dumped him, the best he could do was sputter, “But I thought you would make a great mother.” That was the moment that I decided to get a Ph.D. Between undergraduate and and graduate school were at least a dozen men that had the privilege of meeting my father.

GAUGE COURAGE I finally found a way to make my Father Approval Program pay off. After the fated meeting with Dad, I would look my guy in the eye and say, “My father really likes you.” If the guy looked uncomfortable, I figured I had about a month left. If he winced, I was looking at a week. If he grabbed his shoes and ran, I wouldn’t have to see him again. This system wasn’t meant to gauge commitment; it was meant to gauge courage. And it worked every time. Thanks, Dad!


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