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JEANINE E. GANGENESS PhD, RN, Associate Vice President – Rochester, Academic Affairs, Dean for School of Graduate Studies 400 S Broadway, Suite 300, Rochester, MN 55904 507-535-2530

Jeanine Gangeness jokingly refers to herself as the “WSU Rochester Roadie,” but in fact, she is the Winona State University-Rochester (WSU-R) Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean for the School of Graduate Studies responsible for leading the campus. “I work with the team to develop planning documents for marketing, recruitment, enrollment, graduate programs, student services, finance and facilities,” Jeanine explains. “Through intense engagement of staff, we work together to improve local culture, increase graduate enrollment, and develop strategy for branch campus sustainability.” This year, WSU-R is offering three new graduate programs, a Master of Science in Athletic Training, a Master of Social Work, and a new Education Doctorate program. “We are really excited about the launch of these new programs in the greater Rochester community,” Jeanine explains. WSU-R also has 12 undergraduate transfer programs and over 20 high-caliber graduate programs. Annually, WSU-R serves the higher education needs of over 800 undergraduate and 450 graduate students in Rochester. Jeanine describes the WSU-Rochester culture as supportive and respectful, while honoring the variety of life experiences that bring people to the institution. Jeanine describes, “We work together to ensure our students are able to take advantage of our higher education opportunities and achieve their career dreams. This is the promise I made when I came to Rochester, and it’s been easy to keep!” What led Jeanine to a career in higher education? “The dream and the promise,” she states. “I believe higher education is the best equalizer for achieving life goals. Everyone should have an opportunity to achieve their dreams, and higher education is the best way to realize a better career, exposure to new thinking, and a life of your choosing.” WSU-R has been providing education to Rochester for over 100 years. Jeanine believes the institution provides opportunities to every student by empowering them to take the next step in their life. “That’s what makes this job so amazing,” she opines, “I’m creating an atmosphere and space for the superstars to work!” For more information about WSU-R’s new graduate programs, please contact their Recruitment and Admissions Advisor, Sammie Eckerson: sdeckerson@winona.edu


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PAM MENSIK A woman with passion and purpose. BY ERIN PAGEL

12 GET A COACH Live your best life.



19 MICRONEEDLING Enhancing skin’s appearance through collagen induction therapy.


21 MEDISPAS Improving the health and beauty of your skin.


34 HEALTHY SLEEP, HEALTHY AGING The importance of sleep.


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32 DOWNSIZING Freeing yourself from "stuff."



30 REFINANCING YOUR HOME Why refinance and the steps to take.

37 GIFT OF LIFE TRANSPLANT HOUSE Celebrating 35 years of hope and healing.




50 WIFE, MOTHER AND ARTIST Stephanie Kuglin finds her calling at the pottery wheel.


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STEPHANIE KRIENER RN, BSN Owner and Operator 4325 Maine Ave SE, Suite 100 | Rochester, MN 55904 507-208-4237

Posh Facial Esthetics Just a few years ago, Stephanie Kriener, RN BSN was working at Mayo Clinic in the Cardiac ICU unit. With over 20 years of experience in nursing, and a passion for all things beautiful, Stephanie decided to embark on a career of esthetics. In California, she trained with leading experts in the esthetic field and received her certification in Dermal Fillers and Botox. Back home in Minnesota, she began establishing herself in the esthetic community. Small is better, she thought. Stephanie started building her client base by injecting at different clinics and parties. Soon, her desire blossomed into something bigger. Officially opening in 2014, Stephanie now runs her own skincare clinic medically directed by renowned Dr. Christopher Balgobin. Posh Facial Esthetics is located in southeast Rochester at Shoppes on Maine, a quiet part of the ever-busy town. Parking is easy, you’ll always find a spot right in front of their storefront and when you walk in, you’ll always be greeted by a smiling face. Posh is made up of Stephanie, the nurse injector, an esthetician with over 20 years of skincare experience and front desk staff. After serving the women and men of Rochester for 4 years, Stephanie’s dreams continue to grow, as she announced in January of 2018 that Posh Facial Esthetics will be expanding. The specialty and focus of Posh are treatments that involve the face. They offer a variety of treatments that help clients with concerns such as anti-aging, acne, discoloration and more. Some of their services include Botox, Dermal Fillers, chemical peels, microderms, Laser Hair Reduction, micro-needling and much more! With the oncoming expansion, Posh plans on offering new services as well. One of them being a procedure called Ultherapy, this service is brand new to Posh and the Rochester area. Ultherapy is a non-invasive procedure that lifts and tightens your neck, chin, brow and improves fine lines and wrinkles on the chest. Posh has a dedicated team where customer care is their number one priority. Posh has an Esthetician and advanced Ultherapist named Chelsey Smith to perform all Ultherapy procedures. They offer complimentary consultations for clients who have questions on the services they offer and provide treatment plans. They also offer medical grade skincare lines that compliment their services nicely. In the ever-changing esthetic industry, Posh Facial Esthetics strives to bring the latest technology and techniques to their clients. Staff members never stop learning and professionally developing as they regularly attend seminars, trainings and continuing education courses. Posh Facial Esthetics would like to give a huge thank you to all that have supported them throughout the years. You can visit Posh’s website at poshfacialesthetics.com and follow Posh Facial Esthetics on Facebook and Snapchat @poshnurse for updates and discounts. CALL FOR A FREE CONSULTATION!





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WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED With this March/April 2019 issue of RochesterWomen magazine, we enter our 20th year and the 12th annual RochesterWomen's Business & Resource Directory featuring 25 women on the cover, but who’s counting? We are all thrilled we made it through the harsh winter, and it is finally springtime. In January, more than 20 women attended our Achieve 2019 event at Forager Brewery. We are hosting a private Facebook group for women who want to reach their goals this year. We invite you to be part of the private group (Rochester Women Magazine Achievers Group). In June, RochesterWomen magazine will host a follow-up gathering at Forager Brewery. Watch for more information in RochesterWomen magazine May/June 2019 issue and on Facebook. If women were flowers, I’d pick each of the women to be on the cover of Rochester Women's Business & Resource Directory 2019. Women leaders from an array of sectors – beauty, coaching, health care, law and leisure – adorn our cover. They each have an advertorial (mini article) about them in this issue along with a Business Listing (pages 15-17), so that you can reach out for more information. We are proud to provide more than five pages of updated Resource (nonprofit) Listings. In this issue of RochesterWomen magazine, we feature Pam Mensik, a woman with passion and purpose (page 10). Next, you will find out what a personal coach can do for you and what types of coaches are available (page 12). Then, get to know more about Olmsted Medical Center’s microneedling services (page 19) and local medispas who bring advanced beauty services to our community (page 21). When you read about Asian-American cuisine and sake (pages 24-25 and 27), you’ll want to grab a pair of chopsticks. Check out some of Rochester’s Asian restaurants this spring or try making the spring rolls recipe yourself. In collaboration with LuAnn Buechler, RochesterWomen magazine will be hosting a Mother <-> Daughter Experience Friday and Saturday, May 10-11, 2019 at Assisi Heights Spiritualty Center. Our keynote speaker Friday evening is Allison Loftus, owner of Flourish Consulting, dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of women and teen girls. This great bonding experience for mothers and daughters will be right here in Rochester, so you can go back to your own home or stay overnight at Assisi Heights. See pages 54 and 55 for more information about the event. You are beautiful, confident and worthy!

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Self-esteem is one such concept. Poor self-esteem is thought to be the cause of everything from childhood behavioral problems to adult interpersonal difficulties. Esteem for oneself is surely a contributing factor for a host of issues; however, many researchers are beginning to question the concept of self-esteem and the importance of it in successful adult identity and relationship formation. Instead, the idea of self-worth is emerging as a more helpful concept for explaining the sense of value in self and relationships that is so often missing in people’s lives. SELF-ESTEEM Self-esteem is considered a person’s sense of their own value or worth. It is basically one’s attitude about oneself, whether positive or negative. This sense of self-value is formed by a complex interweaving of factors including genetics, personality, life experiences, age, health, thoughts, social circumstances, the reaction of others to us and comparing ourselves to others. Self-esteem fluctuates throughout one’s life and can be influenced heavily by interactions with others with whom we are in relationships. A sense of poor self-esteem can result in a lack of value for oneself. People with poor self-esteem are often found sacrificing their own needs or seeking self-worth in relationship to others, even if that relationship isn’t healthy or mutual. They may continually compare themselves to others rather than celebrate their own accomplishments. They may claim success was a result of good luck rather than acknowledging the work that went into a project

or endeavor. They may repeatedly apologize for things that aren’t in their control or their responsibility.

SELF-WORTH Self-worth is a concept that has emerged from the understanding that self-esteem doesn’t capture the innateness of our value as humans independent of our achievements or relationships. “Self-worth is the more global recognition that we are valuable human beings worthy of love,” shares psychologist Christina Hibbert. She further explains that self-worth is “a deep knowing that I am of value, I am loveable, necessary to this life and of incomprehensible worth.” To illustrate the concept of self-worth, Hibbert shares a story about being on a field trip with a group of 5-year olds to an art museum. When the docent asked the children to raise their hands if they were an artist, all the children raised their hands. Self-worth is akin to that childlike sense of who we are; our value and potential just for being a unique person.

YOU ARE VALUABLE How do we uncover and experience that innate sense of self-worth, without the external trappings of familial, social and community expectations and judgements? Begin the practice of identifying and acknowledging your own self-worth: 1. Assess how you currently feel about yourself. What do you value or appreciate about yourself? What are the accomplishments of which you are most proud? What are your strengths? If you need help getting started, ask a trusted friend to share. Sometimes friends can help us see our true selves in a way that isn’t marred by our own judgements. Reflect upon and acknowledge all your perceived imperfections, self-judgements, selfrecriminations and disappointments. 2. Take a moment to ponder how you feel about a loved one. Do you love that person unconditionally? Why? Is there any blemish, misstep or condition under which you wouldn’t love them? For most of us, we understand unconditional love toward another. What if we allowed that same unconditional love for ourselves? Take a moment to go through your list of perceived imperfections and feel the same level of selfacceptance and compassion that you would offer your loved one. Terri Allred is SE Regional Coordinator for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

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PASSIONATE: THAT’S PAM MENSINK. She is passionate about her family. Her face beams and her eyes light up when she speaks of her grandchildren. Mensink is passionate about the Rochester community. She is a member of the Sunrisers Kiwanis Club where she is active in the club’s purpose of improving the well-being of youth and elderly people in Rochester. Mensink is passionate about her job at Madonna Meadows Assisted Living Community, where she supports residents and families during what can be a challenging transition to assisted living. PASSION TO PURPOSE

Growing up, Mensink understood the value of personalized care for people later in life. Her passion for helping people was clear, even at a young age, when her mother suggested a career in health care. Living in a multi-generational household gave her perspective on and an understanding of the positive impact that can be made when one generation cares for another with individual needs top of mind.


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With her clear passion to help the elderly, Mensink attended Rochester Community and Technical College and Winona State University, where she was able to adapt some of her coursework and tailor her psychology degree to also focus on business administration and health care. The field of assisted living called to Mensink’s passion. Mensink is also training as a docent for SPARK!, the History Center of Olmsted County’s new cultural program for adults with memory loss and their care partners. The program is sponsored by Madonna Living Communities of Rochester.


Mensink entered the field of assisted living in 2000 and hasn’t looked back. She’s spent 18 years with Madonna Living Communities, much of her work focused on marketing, including promotional materials, website development and customer relationship management. She served as marketing director on the management team that oversaw expansion of the organization, including conversion to all private rooms and building two memory care units for residents requiring special care for dementia. Mensink collaborated on planning a new campus center and the construction and opening of the Madonna Summit campus in Byron. As admissions coordinator at Madonna Meadows in Rochester, Mensink now serves as a spokesperson for the facility. She helps potential residents and their families assess the facility, making sure it is a good fit for the resident as an individual.

If the fit is right, Mensink works with both the family and resident for a smooth adjustment to the facility and a new way of life. “It’s very rewarding. The gratitude of the families is immeasurable,” she adds.


Mensink cites outstanding mentors as helping her overcome challenges in her career. She recognizes she has been fortunate to have learned from both men and women as supportive leaders, mentors and friends. Being passionate about her work has helped Mensink to overcome some of the frustrating moments in her career, allowing her to focus on the resident and their family. Persistence is also important to Mensink, as is innovation and being creative in approaching solutions. Mensink offers a bit of wisdom. “Find your passion and follow it,” she states. “Assisted living is a hard job. It’s not always fun work but if you’ve got a passion for helping the elderly, follow that passion. It’s very rewarding.” Mensink challenges all leaders to look for innovative ways to deliver health care and personal support where people need it. “Don’t give up. Support and always encourage each other.” Erin Pagel is a freelance writer living in Rochester.

WHAT IS ASSISTED LIVING? In an assisted living community, residents benefit from services like meal preparation, housekeeping and planned social activities. Assisted living staff encourage resident independence and are available to take on tasks that a resident can no longer do for themselves. When an elderly family member is no longer able to live independently but doesn’t need the full support of a nursing home, assisted living helps a resident retain some independence and gives loved ones peace of mind knowing the resident’s needs are being met.



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“HIRE AMY’S FIRE AND GET RESULTS!” Amy Lantz is a high energy, full-time Real Estate Broker with 28+ years of experience turning real estate dreams into reality for hundreds of her clients in and around the Rochester area. She purchased her own company franchise in 2010, Realty Executives Top Results-Rochester! Her ambition for selling real estate started at age 15! Growing up on a farm in rural southern Minnesota, Amy says, “I learned a terrific work ethic from my father and mother which was instilled in me from a very young age!”. “Both of my parents were self-employed and all of my siblings are also self-employed.” She is Coined as a “Go-Getter!” and she WILL SELL YOUR HOME without worry or hassles! She is a Natural! Honest and trustworthy! Amy feels it isn’t a job, but just who she is! She approaches every day with enthusiasm & dedication!“Helping people achieve their goals of home ownership as a good solid investment for their future, is definitely my life’s mission!” says Amy. “And when nearly every client I have worked with comes back for my help, time and time again, that means I am doing something right!” Amy has a burning passion every day for Real Estate, and you will DEFINITELY WANT TO “Hire Amy’s Fire & Get Results!” whether you are selling or buying, CALL AMY TODAY!!

Amber is a member of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association, the Minnesota Bar Association, and the Family Law section of the Olmsted County Bar Association. She has also been named a rising star by Super Lawyers in 2014 and 2016 as well as named a Top Woman Attorney in Minnesota in 2016. Amber’s practice includes all aspects of family law including marriage dissolution, custody, parenting time, child support, paternity, and adoptions. Amber is the mother of two children and understands the balance of work and family in addition to the stress created by any family law matter. As confirmed by testimonials from clients, Amber prides herself in devoting the necessary time and energy to strongly advocate for each client.


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After graduating from Winona State University in 2001, Amber started her legal career working as a family law legal assistant for Attorney Lawrence Downing. She was inspired to go on to law school at Hamline University School of Law. Upon graduating, Amber began serving as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Joseph F. Wieners in Olmsted County. At the conclusion of her judicial clerkship in October of 2007, Amber returned to work with Mr. Downing as a family law attorney. When Mr. Downing retired in the spring of 2010, Amber and her partner, Steven Dittrich, established Dittrich and Lawrence, P.A.

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Jenn Slifka is the owner and stylist of Chateau de Chic Salon, Spa &Boutique in Spring Valley, MN. She has been a cosmetologist for over 16 years and first opened her salon in 2006. Chateau de Chic is a full service salon and spa offering services for hair, skin, nails, waxing and tanning, along with professional product retail. While not behind the chair, Jenn travels the country as a professional educator for Moroccanoil, spreading her expertise to other stylists and salons. Just recently, she expanded her boutique into its own beautiful, historic building in downtown Spring Valley, MN. Chic by Chateau offers the latest in women’s clothing trends, accessories, gifts and home décor. With all the excitement of her career, Jenn is still able to focus on her beautiful family, with her husband and three boys. Jenn is always looking ahead for the next big adventure, whether new expansions to her businesses or working with other local businesses to create events to enhance the community. There is always something new and exciting coming to Chateau de Chic, whether it’s a Girls Night Out or Fashion Runway Show, Jenn is energetic and enthusiastic about what her business can bring to the community.

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HEALTH COACHING HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING CAREERS OF THE DECADE AND THE FASTEST GROWING SOURCE OF EMPLOYMENT IN OUR ECONOMY. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, health coaching is expected to grow 21.9 percent by 2022. The medical community recognizes the power and value of health coaching. Dr. Mark Hyman and Dr. Dean Ornish, both well-known thought leaders in the world of health and wellness, believe that “lifestyle medicine” or “lifestyle change” is the future of health care. She encourages self-care and self-love so they can better communicate, be heard and cultivate the relationships they desire. “When I became a coach, I realized that I had to quit being a fixer,” shares Hiscox. “As a coach, our main goal is to see our clients’ progress and, ultimately, success. We don’t give them the answers but ask the questions to draw the answers out of them,” Hiscox explains. “Only then, when they have that ah-ha moment will they truly be ready for change.” LUANN BUECHLER

COACHING FROM THE SIDELINES Coaching, however, extends beyond the health field. Today you can find world-class coaches in the disciplines of relationships, business, finance, empowerment, passion and happy living, just to name a few. Lifestyle intervention is the direction in which I began my own career as a coach by helping clients eat real food, make good decisions and be accountable. “Everyone needs a coach from time to time or even ongoing,” says master trainer, coach and motivational speaker LuAnn Buechler. Buechler explains an ideal coach is “someone outside your close-knit circle, who is impartial and can see beyond your self-limitations.” Buechler is a Passion Test facilitator who helps her clients discern what they are truly passionate about so they can walk the path to living those passions. Empowerment coach Jennifer Hiscox with Higher Insight Life Coaching Group (HILC) works with clients who seek self-confidence. 12

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COACHING VS. COUNSELING Is there a difference between coaching and counseling? Yes, but it’s not that simple. Coaching and counseling or therapy serve specific purposes, but they overlap a fair amount. Both coaches and counselors create a safe and positive space with the intent that it is the vehicle for change. It is important to note that coaches cannot diagnose mental health conditions.

Coaching focuses on the present and the future by helping clients set realistic goals to create the future they long for. Coaches provide support and ask evocative questions to enhance the skills, resources and creativity that the client already possesses, which allows them to function at a higher level. Counselors may spend more time than coaches examining the past, looking for solutions to emotional and mental health concerns. Unlike coaching, insurance typically covers sessions with a licensed counselor as often their role is to diagnose mental health challenges.

COACHING FOR MEN AND WOMEN When we look into who seeks counseling, according to the doctors at Gateway Counseling Center of all of the people who are in counseling, only one-third of them are men. Perhaps, it is because men tend not to seek help when they need it for fear of looking weak or being labeled. Buechler and Hiscox have both worked with men in their coaching programs. Buechler learned that, “it wasn’t until I added the words ‘for business’ to my Passion Test program did men begin to approach me and ask for help.” Hiscox’s experience working with men is a little different. She feels that the men she coaches are much readier for change than many of the women. “They are empowered to understand why they held people at a distance, which was keeping them from the relationships they wanted,” she explains. A DIFFERENT APPROACH Audrey Elegbede, Ph.D., has spent the past 15 years as a disability advocate for families with children who have autism. As a mother of an autistic child, Elegbede understands that counseling is the primary direction for families. “Counseling may not address the distinctive situation each family faces, however, and doesn't always provide specific techniques to move forward.”


Her recent move to Rochester has allowed Elegbede to try a different approach as a certified coach. Her deep understanding of autism fuels her passion to meet families where they are, and coach them to build the strategies and techniques that will help them alleviate caregiver burnout. Three things that Elegbede would like us to know about coaching are: It works, trust the process and you will get out of it what you put in.


THE HAPPY LIVING COACH As The Happy Living Coach, my clients are ready to live their dream life. Rather than focus on one random goal at a time I encourage them to discover their big picture. What is it that they would really love? Then the goals they set are more attainable and applicable to their result. Not only do they accomplish their goals, they exceed them.

FINDING THE RIGHT COACH How do you find a coach who is right for you? Here are some tips: • Get clear on your core values and what success means to you. • Consider your needs and your goals to decide whether working with a coach or a counselor right for you. • Interview a few coaches to ascertain whether there is a good “fit” with the professional’s personality, approach and values. • Visit LivingHealthyList.com. Living Healthy List is an online magazine and directory that connects you with the information and experts you seek in the areas of health and wellness, relationships, career, personal development, finance and fun.

Denise Stegall is The Happy Living Coach.

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I’ve always had a passion for helping others and maintaining a healthy lifestyle so becoming a wellness coach is a dream come true. I’ve gone through coaching as a client twice and it truly is a life-changing experience. The beauty of wellness coaching is that the client is in control - you get to decide the wellness area(s) to focus on. I will not tell you what to do, but rather ask you what you want to do and how I can support you in doing it. Together we’ll partner to explore your values, identify your strengths, and set goals to achieve your best self. I offer free initial consultations to determine if wellness coaching is good fit, plus six- or twelve-session packages. The other side of my business is offering a dance fitness class (think Zumba) focused on fun and cardio. KM Groove & Move is designed for anyone, regardless of dance experience or fitness level. The focus is literally grooving and moving! Your first time trying is free so you can try before you buy a class punch card. Please check out my website to learn more about these wellness offerings.

The Happy Living Coach Hi, I’m Denise Stegall, The Happy Living Coach. I help business women who are in that “what’s next” phase of life to build their dreams, create results, and craft richer, more fulfilling lives. I inspire businesswomen to see life in a new way, to optimize their health, find joy and ultimately love the life they live. My programs and workshops focus on three pillars of success: Eat Real Food, Make Good Decisions and Be Accountable. Within the pillars we delve into nutrition, movement, dream creation, mindset, goal setting, decision making and personal development. I am also the founder of Living Healthy List. Whether you seek answers on health and wellness, relationships, career, finance or fun our goal is to connect you with the real, honest answers and guidance you need from experts that you can trust. All in one place. Our experts providing you with the current, interesting, pertinent and fun information are leaders in their industry. Our goal is help you approach your health and wellness, relationship and personal development goals differently. No longer must you spend hours on the internet searching for answers and finding none. You’ll find the answers you seek on Livinghealthylist.com. Denisestegall.com


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Professional Business and Life Coach krista@kfgcoaching.com Krista is a professional business coach and certified trainer. She supports employees within an organization through confidential conversations about performance, growth, relationships and company culture. Krista is able to enhance the environment of each organization through employee accountability and commitment. As an experienced business owner, human resources director and marketing consultant, Krista is able to support employees on determining ways to leverage existing strengths, build productive relationships and advance their roles. Krista bridges the gap in conversations with the employee and the business. As an outside resource, she is able to offer transparent and honest support and bring to the forefront the conversations that may not otherwise be had. Krista has proven to increase the businesses productivity, workplace morale, employee satisfaction and retention. Whether you strive to maintain forward progression or are looking for improvement, Krista is able to offer services to benefit the overall future of your business. “I witnessed her add her art of coaching to what she offers her clients. She truly served her clients in reaching their goals. I strongly encourage you to have a conversation with Krista to see how she might serve you!” - Carol

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Ms. Julianne Kocer (ko/cher) is an Elder Law, Estate Planning, Disability Planning, Probate and Trust Administration attorney.  She assists families of all ages and all wealth levels and has been doing so for twenty years. Julianne began her legal career in Seattle, Washington after earning her law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Originally from Rochester, she relocated back here to be close to family. Having a strong passion to assist families with their estate planning needs and legal care needs as they age, Julianne returned to law school to earn her post-doctorate law degree in Elder Law (“LL.M.-Elder Law”), with honors, from Stetson University College of Law in May 2013, a six year Masters of law program covering all areas of elder law.    Julianne is the only attorney in the states of Minnesota and Washington to have earned this advanced law degree.  She has testified and written opposition papers against legislation negatively affecting seniors and disabled people and is a frequent speaker to professional and community organizations. Julianne was rated by Super Lawyers for six consecutive years, an award granted to only 2.3 percent of attorneys annually statewide.  She is an active member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Minnesota Olmsted County Bar Association, and Washington State Bar Association. You may learn more about Julianne at www.kocerlaw.com, or reach her at 507-218-0118, or info@kocerlaw.com


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ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN CRW ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN GROUP Alyssa Fordham, Principal 507-206-6201 afordham@crwarchitecture.com, www.crwarchitecture.com 211 11th Ave NW, Rochester, Minnesota 55901 CRW provides architectural, interior and building design services at a professional level. We focus on sustainable practices to benefit of our clients and environment.

ATTORNEYS DITTRICH & LAWRENCE, P.A. Amber Lawrence 507-288-7365 info@dittrichlawrence.com, www.dittrichlawrence.com 3143 Superior Drive NW, Suite C, Rochester, MN 55901 Amber is a team member with other attorneys and legal assistants at Dittrich & Lawrence, P.A. With more than 30 years of combined experience, Amber and her team members competently and successfully represent individuals in all areas of family law. They are not just a person’s family or divorce attorney, but a trusted companion in navigating through a difficult and stressful time. WARD & OEHLER, LTD. Alyssa K. Jerde 507-288-5567 alyssa.jerde@wardoehler.com, www.wardoehler.com 1765 Greenview Drive SW, Rochester, MN 55902 The attorneys at Ward & Oehler, Ltd. are committed to providing exceptional legal advice in the areas of estate planning and administration, farm law, elder law, guardianship and conservatorship, real estate, and business law. We understand the law, we understand you. ELDER LAW OFFICE OF JULIANNE KOCER, P.S. Juliann Kocer info@kocerlaw.com, www.kocerlawrochester.com 2434 Superior Dr. NW Ste. 103, Rochester, MN 55901 507-218-0118 Elder Law, Estate Planning, Disability Law, Probate & Trust Administration. We have been preserving & protecting client's assets and meeting their needs for 20 Years. "Asset Preservation for Every Age!"

BEAUTY CHATEAU DE CHIC Jenn Slifka 507-346-2922 www.chateaudechic.com 104 North Broadway Avenue, Spring Valley, MN 55975 Chateau de Chic is a full service salon + spa featuring hair, skin, nail, wax + tanning services performed by our professional artists. Chic by Chateau is our newly remodeled clothing boutique with accessories, home decor + gifts. HAIR STUDIO 52 Jessica Amos 507-289-2986 contact@hairstudio52.com, www.hairstudio52.com 2300 Superior Drive NW, Rochester, MN 55901 HAIR • WAXING • MAKE UP • MASSAGE Hair Studio 52 is recognized for being one of the area's favorite full-service salons. Established in 2000, we have created a reputation for having a talented and caring team of professionals. We invite you to come in and “experience the difference!”

POSH FACIAL ESTHETICS AND MED SPA Stephanie Kriener, RN BSN 507-208-4237 poshmedspa@hotmail.com, www.poshfacialesthetics.com 4325 Maine Ave SE, Suite 100, Rochester, MN 55904 Posh Facial Esthetics Medical Spa was founded in 2012 by Stephanie Kriener, RN. Professional medical staff providing laser hair removal, BOTOX®, Kybella®, microneedling, chemical peels, facials, and liposuction. REVITALIGHT THERAPY Jennifer Rebellato 507-287-0700 ReVitalighttherapy.com 1201 S Broadway Suite 42, Rochester, MN 55904 Serving Rochester for 20 years. Offering light sources such as Red-light & UV light to treat various skin conditions, and pain relief. Organic custom Spray Tans for any occasion. Lipo-light body sculpting is a non-evasive inch loss and fat burning technique offered by appointment.

COACHES THE HAPPY LIVING COACH Denise Stegall 507-202-1034 Support@Denisestegall.com, www.Denisestegall.com 2330 Hawthorn Hill Rd NE, Rochester, MN 55906 Personal coaching builds skills to tackle any goal with confidence, ease, and grace. Empower you to turn personal struggles, business challenges, and relationship transitions into something resilient, positive and impactful so you can love the life you live. KFG COACHING Krista Ryan, Professional Business Coach/ Certified Trainer krista@kfgcoaching.com, www.KFGcoaching.com Rochester, MN Krista is a professional business coach and certified trainer who supports employees within an organization through confidential conversations about performance, growth, relationships, and company culture.

CHIROPRACTOR RAK CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Katie Layden 507-208-4305 drkatie@rakchiro.com, www.rakchiropractic.com 3411 22nd Ave NW, Rochester, MN 55906-7330 RAK Chiropractic integrates pre and postnatal, pediatric, and sports chiropractic for individuals to obtain the highest levels of health naturally. Call today for specials at RAK Chiropractic.


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LAKESIDE DENTISTRY Dr. Lucy Meyer 507-282-8222 contactus@lakeside-dentistry.com, www.lakeside-dentistry.com 24 West Silver Lake Drive, Rochester, MN 55906 A Better Dental Experience. State-of-the-art Dentistry in a Relaxed and Friendly Environment. Care for the Entire Family. Enhanced Comfort and Technology.

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EVENTS AND EVENT VENUES SOMERBY GOLF CLUB Christi Jorde 507-775-3724, CJorde@somerby.com Trina Thompson 507-775-3722, TThompson@somerby.com www.somerby.com 975 Somerby Parkway NE, Byron, MN 55920 Somerby Golf Club is a private club offering its members, families and guests the finest golf, recreational, social and business entertaining lifestyles. Members enjoy camaraderie, impeccable service and pride in belonging. For more information, please visit Somerby.com.

KRISTI BARNHART 421 First Avenue SW | Rochester, MN 55902 507-285-3704 Premier Bank Rochester is a Minnesota based, family owned bank, rooted in community. Premier offers a wide range of business, non-profit and consumer banking products designed to save our client’s time and money. Premier bankers embrace the latest technology yet deliver with a personal touch. By looking at each client with fresh eyes, Premier builds sophisticated, solution-driven relationships through collaboration and teamwork. Kristi Barnhart is the Retail Manager for Premier Bank Rochester. She has worked at Premier Bank Rochester for 18 years. She works one on one with a wide variety of clients to find account solutions to best fit their needs. Kristi enjoys volunteering in the Rochester community. She has been the Bank’s Campaign Coordinator for the United Way Employee Campaign for several years. She also shares her time and talents volunteering with organizations such as Channel One, the Salvation Army, and the Von Wald Group Home. When not working and volunteering in the community, Kristi enjoys spending time with her family and friends.


FINANCIAL ALTRA FEDERAL CREDIT UNION Kristina Kovacevic, Office Manager 507-258-4500 www.altra.org 123 16th Ave SW, Suite 500, Rochester, MN 55902 Altra Federal Credit Union provides all the products and technology services you need with better rates and lower fees. We can help with auto, mortgage and business loans, checking, savings and more! BELL BANK MORTGAGE Cosette Nasiedlak, Senior Mortgage Loan Officer, NMLS 633821 507-923-4383, 651-592-8645 cell cnasiedlak@bellbanks.com, www.cosyhomeloans.com, bellbanks.com 2774 Commerce Drive NW, Suite A, Rochester, MN 55901 Facebook LinkedIn Twitter YouTube American Banker – Best Banks To Work For 2017. StarTribune – Top 150 Workplaces 2017. Minnesota Business Magazine – Community Impact Awards 2017. ECHELON WEALTH PARTNERS private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Kari L. Douglas, CFP®, CRPC®, ChFC®, APMA®, BFA™ Financial Advisor 507-281-4341 kari.2.douglas@ampf.com, ameripriseadvisors.com/kari.2.douglas 4115 26th Street NW, Suite 100, Rochester, MN 55901 Kari Douglas is a Financial Advisor who believes in putting the needs of clients first. Whether you are focusing on retirement planning strategies, investments, protection needs, small business planning, or women’s financial strategies, she will work with you to find financial solutions to help bring your own unique goals and dreams more within reach.

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Lakeside Dentistry Dr Lucy Meyer works at Lakeside Dentistry as a third generation dentist. She moved back to her hometown of Rochester, MN after graduating from Creighton School of Dentistry. Since then, she has been working alongside her dad, Dr Jim Gores, and his long-time associate Dr Peggy Scott. Dr Lucy has a conservative approach to dentistry; she strongly encourages preventive care while planning personal, comprehensive treatment plans for her patients. Dr Lucy, and the entire staff at Lakeside Dentistry, also place a large emphasis on patient comfort and satisfaction. They’d love the opportunity to serve you and your dental needs.

PREMIER BANK ROCHESTER Premier Bank Kristi Barnhart Rochester 507-285-3704 kbarnhart@premierbanks.com, www.premierbanks.com Premier Bank 421 1st Ave SW, Rochester, MN 55902 Rochester Premier Bank Rochester is a Minnesota-based community bank offering a full range of business, non-profit and consumer banking products. We take pride in our relentless commitment to service as well as giving back to our local community.

Call Lakeside Dentistry at 282-8222 to set up your next appointment.

STERLING STATE BANK Heather Donovan, Assistant Vice President, Commercial and Home Lender 507-282-1845, 507-990-6655 cell hdonovan@sterlingstatebank.com, www.sterlingstatebank.com 102 S Broadway Rochester, MN 55904 We provide personal and business solutions such as checking and savings accounts, consumer loans, commercial loans, investment options, and cash management. As a locally-owned family business your finances are secure with us.


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HEALTH AND FITNESS KM WELLNESS, LLC Kristi Welhaven 715-379-5825 kristi@kmwellnesscoaching.com, kmwellnesscoaching.com Offers wellness coaching and dance fitness classes to help you reach your wellness goals.

HIGHER EDUCATION WINONA STATE UNIVERSITY-ROCHESTER Jeanine E. Gangeness, PhD, Associate Vice President - Rochester, Academic Affairs, Dean for School of Graduate Studies 507-535-2530 jgangeness@winona.edu, www.winona.edu/Rochester/ 400 S Broadway, Suite 300, Rochester, MN 55904 Winona State University-Rochester provides relevant and innovative life-long learning experiences to educate, enlighten and serve the needs of the communities and region.

OPTICAL OPTICAL VISION WITH FLAIR Linda Smith 507-287-8444 linda@opticalvisionflair.com, www.opticalvisionflair.com 15 1st Ave SW, Rochester, MN 55902 Optical Vision with Flair is a fully independent, locally-owned optical and vision shop featuring the latest styles from top designers around the world. We are committed to helping each customer find the frames and lenses that match their unique style.


Attorney | Ward & Oehler, Ltd. 1765 Greenview Drive SW | Rochester, MN 55902 507-288-5567 | alyssa.jerde@wardoehler.com After graduating with a degree in literature and creative writing from Winona State University in 2013, Alyssa started her legal career working as a paralegal. Having the opportunity to help families and small businesses with their legal needs and build relationships with clients inspired Alyssa to go to law school at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. In addition to her law degree, Alyssa completed certificate programs in business law, international business negotiation, and advocacy and problem solving. Upon graduation, Alyssa joined the law firm of Ward & Oehler, Ltd. as an associate attorney in 2017. Alyssa is a member of the Olmsted County Bar Association, the Third District Bar Association (President, 2017-18), and the Minnesota Bar Association. She serves on the board of directors for Legal Assistance of Olmsted County (“LAOC”) and ExcersiAbilities, as a chairwoman for the Rochester Women Attorney’s group, and volunteers as a community mediator with Mediation & Conflict Solutions in Rochester. Alyssa also volunteers with LAOC’s Volunteer Attorney Program and was named LAOC’s New Volunteer of the Year in 2018. Alyssa’s practice includes estate planning, estate and trust administration, guardianship and conservatorship, business law, and real estate. She is passionate about helping individuals, families, and business owners find creative solutions to their legal needs.


GLK ORTHODONTICS Dr. Nellie Kim-Weroha appts@getasmile.com, getasmile.com www.wardoehler.com 507 281-3121, 2717 Superior Dr. NW, Ste A, Rochester 55901 507 288-4427, 1705 South Broadway, Ste A, Rochester 55904 We specialize in beautiful smiles! We strive to make your experience comfortable and offer Invisalign and "hidden" braces (Incognito). Visit www.getasmile.com to AlyssaJerde_2019.indd 1 begin your journey!

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REALTOR REALTY EXECUTIVES TOP RESULTS-ROCHESTER! Amy Lantz, Broker/Owner 507-281-9922, 507-254-8844 cell amy@amysfire.com 521 North Broadway, Rochester, MN 55906 "Hire AMY'S Fire and Get Results!" Your local Real Estate Expert with 28+ years experience helping buyers & sellers achieve their goals for residential/ commercial/land or investments! Let’s Me help you find your New Investment in the best "Little City" in America!

RETAIL CLOTHING HERS Brenda Dahlstrom, Owner 507-281-5585 bbdahlstrom@aol.com, www.hersclothing.com 111 S. Broadway, Rochester, MN 55904 As second generation owners, we travel the country curating our collection of beautiful jackets, tops and jeans that you won’t find anywhere else.

VEHICLES CLEMENTS CHEVROLET Whitney Brandrup, Sales Manager www.clementsauto.com 507-285-4788 1000 12th Street SW, Rochester, MN 55902 Visit us today to discover why we have the best reputation in the Rochester area. Our skilled management team will ensure you have a phenomenal experience at Clements Chevrolet.

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Hers Brenda Dahlstrom is passionate about clothing and accessories—and it shows! She is the co-owner of the two Hers boutiques, along with her husband, Bruce. Hers has been helping women find unequaled clothing and accessories for over three decades. As second-generation owners, Brenda and Bruce Dahlstrom are carrying on the family tradition of offering the latest in fashion. Both of their Hers boutiques are on Peace Plaza nestled in the heart of downtown Rochester—conveniently located steps away from the world-renowned Mayo Clinic. Each store has its own personality, so be sure to visit both: One is in The Shops at University Square and the other is in The Grand Shops of Kahler. Both boutiques cater to discerning shoppers seeking fun and trendy must-have items that will be fashionable for more than one fleeting season. Hers specializes in great jackets, stylish tops and jeans you won’t find elsewhere. In addition, they delight their customers by carrying wow factor jewelry, scarves and handbags for that finished look.

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CONFIDENCE, GRACE, AND WISDOM ARE JUST A FEW ATTRIBUTES THAT COME WITH AGE. Now in my 30s, and more confident, graceful and a bit wiser (than in my 20s), I think about aging and skincare.

Tanning beds, sunbathing and acne really take their toll on our delicate skin, leaving scars, wrinkles and sun spots. Dr. Srdan Babovic, a plastic surgeon at Olmsted Medical Center, says microneedling helps patients boost confidence and is backed by science to improve the look of skin by reducing the appearance of fine lines, pigment changes and acne scars. Dr. Babovic and his team perform this treatment using an FDA-approved Dermapen. Dr. Babovic believes that using science and data are important when choosing the right treatments.

produce collagen helps the skin get thicker, and over time reduces the lines and wrinkles. Microneedling can be done with vitamin C or platelet-rich plasma (PRP). Dr. Babovic says the difference between using vitamin C versus PRP is what he is trying to achieve for the patient. He notes that vitamin C is often better for patients with acne scars. When used with microneedling, PRP can produce three- to five-times more collagen, which works better for fine lines or texture changes. Microneedling is also sometimes done in tandem with a procedure called intense pulse light (IPL) therapy, typically to reduce redness caused by rosacea.



Microneedling, also called percutaneous collagen induction therapy (PCIT), is the procedure of taking very fine needles and using them on the surface of the skin, creating micropunctures. This process aids in the production of collagen, which is a protein our bodies produce naturally. Dr. Babovic says, “Naturally, with aging, skin gets thinner. You’re losing volume from your cheeks.” Using microneedling to

Although there aren’t many risks involved, Dr. Babovic and his team ensure that each patient’s medical history is thoroughly reviewed. Since microneedling involves creating small punctures in the skin, he notes, “You have created skin injury, and that can get infected if one does not adhere to strict procedural guidelines.” Dr. Babovic and his team make sure the

equipment and the surface of the skin is sterile before beginning treatment. Once prepped, a numbing cream is applied to the face and left for about 20-30 minutes. In this time, if PRP is used, the blood is drawn from the patient and spun down in a centrifuge separating the red blood cells and leaving the PRP. After the skin is numb, the PRP is applied and the needling begins. The entire process takes about 60 to 90 minutes.

CARE AFTER TREATMENT Dr. Babovic doesn’t recommend his patients plan a night out after the treatment. Although you’ll feel like you’re glowing, your skin will be red and raw. Don’t worry, most of this goes away by the next day, apart from some slight redness and flaking. Patients should also avoid putting on makeup until the next day. As always, don’t forget moisturizer and sun block. If you’re looking for the fountain of youth in a one-time treatment, then this isn’t for you. Dr. Babovic states the typical recommendation for the best results is about four treatments—once a month for four months, then maintenance treatments every six months.

MAKING AN APPOINTMENT Dermapen or microneedling is a multi-benefit treatment, whether it’s for acne scars or fine lines. At Olmsted Medical Center this treatment costs $350 per treatment, the PRP is an additional charge. If it’s your first time being seen in the plastic surgery department, you’ll pay a $200 consultation fee that is a one-time only payment if you are seen at least once a year. To make an appointment for your consultation call 507-529-6740. Caitlin Summers is a freelance writer and an advocate for women’s health.

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Office Manager | Altra Federal Credit Union 123 16th Ave SW Suite 500 | Rochester, MN 55902 507-258-4136

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Founded in 1931, Altra Federal Credit Union is a nationwide, full-service cooperative financial institution with over 103,000 members and $1.5 billion in assets. Since joining the Rochester community in 2013, Altra has grown significantly and recently added a second, state-of-the-art office at the corner of 19 th St. and West Circle Drive.

“I love helping people pick out glasses and changing their look. I give the best personal attention.”

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and 65, have begun to turn to medispas to erase the signs of aging, repair sun-damaged skin, minimize scars, get a facial or have procedures that improve the health and beauty of their skin.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SPA AND A MEDISPA The American Med Spa Association defines a medical spa as a “hybrid between an aesthetic medical center and a day spa” with four core elements: (1) the provision of noninvasive

(i.e., nonsurgical) aesthetic medical services; (2) under the general supervision of a licensed physician; (3) performed by trained, experienced and qualified practitioners; (4) with on-site supervision by a licensed health care professional.

LOCAL MEDISPAS We spoke with the owners of four medispas in Rochester—Anew Medspa Clinic, Essence Skin Clinic, Posh Facial Esthetics and Med Spa and Slow Coast Spa—to find out about the services they provide and to understand why people come to their clinics for treatments. We also wanted to learn more about the owners’ backgrounds, how they chose this line of work and what differentiates them.


Dr. Vicky Hagstrom, founder, chief medical officer and president of Anew Medspa Clinic, says the difference between a spa and a medispa is the level of services. She explains, a medispa has “medical-grade services and a medical focus, including injections and high-powered lasers.” A longtime resident of Rochester, Dr. Hagstrom attended Mayo Medical School in the 90s and practiced family medicine at Olmsted Medical Center for several years. Dr. Hagstrom opened Anew Medspa Clinic 10 years ago. She opened the original clinic

in downtown Minneapolis and relocated the clinic to Minnetonka five years ago. Four years ago, she opened Anew Medspa Clinic satellite clinic in Rochester. Dr. Hagstrom provides direct patient care, full-time. In the Rochester clinic, she is the sole provider for injections and laser services. “The most cutting-edge techniques and products I use are Bellafill®,” shares Dr. Hagstrom. “It’s most cutting-edge because it’s long-lasting and provides a stimulus for collagen production in the deep layers of tissue.” Anew offers traditional neurotoxins, like Botox® and Dysport®. They also provide a full-spectrum laser platform for skin rejuvenation including fractionated laser resurfacing, “which is the most powerful, most results-oriented procedure we have for tightening the skin’s surface,” adds Dr. Hagstrom. Anew also offers the HALO procedure, which is a very innovative technology, currently available only at Anew’s Minnetonka location. Dr. Hagstrom explains,

“It is the most expeditious way to polish the surface of the skin with laser techniques. Most of my patients are women between the ages of 45 and 65. My signature, nonsurgical face-lifting and facial restoration approach is to use Bellafill for the short and long-term effects and facial contouring, and facial polishing with the HALO laser which provides the best results with the least amount of distress. Recovery time is very short.” Dr. Hagstrom says her patients range in age from teens to 90s for skin-related issues. She adds, “Some people have a single problem they want fixed, and others just want things improved.” “I really enjoy the tools I get to use and the artistry I get to do,” Dr. Hagstrom says. “I also enjoy the satisfaction I get from changing somebody’s life because it really is that deep. It’s not a vanity thing. Our outside really is relevant to how we feel about ourselves in general, which is why we do things like buy nice clothes and style our hair and get mani-pedis. This is just another extension of self-care.”

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Jennifer Sanneman, of Essence Skin Clinic, says, “I’ve been in the skin-care industry for almost 30 years. We were the first skin-care company to exist in Rochester. I think our education, knowledge and experience is above anything else. We are truly a laser clinic because we have 12 different lasers in our clinic. Plus, Allergan has rated us in the top six percent in the nation over 25,000 clinics, as injectionists.”

“I always wanted to be in the beauty industry,” Sanneman explains, “and I took prerequisites to go to med school because I wanted to be a dermatologist. After having children, I had to stop the education because I was driving back and forth to the University of Minnesota, and it was too much.” Eventually, Sanneman went to cosmetology school and opened a makeup and cosmetic salon in Kasson. She decided the business wasn’t for her and went back to school to get certified as a laser practitioner. When she opened Essence Skin Clinic, she says, “I hired a physician to do some of the things I wasn’t licensed for. It was a great marriage of medical and cosmetic. We have a nurse on staff. We have a surgeon who’s on the state board of medicine. We have estheticians here. We are blessed because we have Mayo Clinic here.” Essence Skin Clinic offers a vast array of services. Sanneman explains, “We can do

laser hair removal, veins, sun damage, brown spots, tightening of the skin, scars, acne—it all depends on what they are looking for. We can melt fat, we can freeze fat. There are just so many things we can do.” Each laser does different things. They also have an intense pulse light (IPL), which is not a laser. “We also do beta testing for some lasers to get FDA approval in the United States. We also educate physicians and nurses and laser practitioners that want advanced practices or laser companies that want us to help educate them,” Sanneman says proudly. “I love what I do,” Sanneman shares. “We do Botox, Juvederm®, microdermabrasions, facials, medical chemical peels, microneedling, permanent cosmetics—anything that works with the health and beauty aspects of the skin, which is a big organ. I like that people take pride in their looks. It’s not vanity; it’s about being the best you can.”


Stephanie Kriener, RN, BSN, owner and operator of Posh Facial Esthetics and Med Spa, says, “A medispa is going to have more medical grade treatments. These treatments are going to focus more on specific skin conditions such as pigmentation, acne, fine lines and wrinkles, volume loss and redness. Med spas are under the supervision of a medical director. It is definitely more results-oriented treatments versus a spa’s ‘feel good, relaxation' services.”


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“One of the best things about working in the esthetics industry is being introduced to new technologies and modalities,” Kriener shares. “One of those is a treatment called Ultherapy®. Ultherapy is the only noninvasive FDA-cleared procedure that lifts and tightens your neck, chin and brow and improves fine lines and wrinkles on the chest. Posh is the only clinic in Rochester to offer this service.” Posh Facial Esthetics and Med Spa offers multiple services. Kriener adds, “Whether you want to get ready for an event, prevent fine lines and wrinkles, treat acne, etc., there is truly something for everyone here.” Posh offers Botox, dermal fillers, microderms, facials, microneedling, chemical peels, laser hair removal, Ultherapy®, BBL (broadband light) and medical-grade skincare and lash products. Kriener says, “My education started at Northeast Iowa Community College in 1995, where I attained my associate degree in

nursing. I then attained my bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Iowa. I worked as a pediatric cardiac ICU nurse at Mayo Clinic for 16 years, but I always had a passion for beauty and esthetics. Once I started to inject, fill and sculpt my clients I knew it was something I loved and wanted to take to the next level and open my own business. I have been injecting for six years now and I continue to be passionate about each person I work with.” “My passion for nursing has carried over to my children,” Kriener shares, “my son Kyle (19) is a freshman at Mankato State University in the nursing program, hoping to become a nurse anesthetist. My daughter Kaitlyn (17) is a senior at Mayo High School and wants to start Rochester Community and Technical College in the fall for nursing. She has already attained her certified nursing assistant certificate through the PSEO option at her high school.”

SLOW COAST SPA Andria Booth-Kowalczyk, APRN, CNP and owner of Slow Coast Spa, says, “The most obvious difference is that a medical spa offers medical-grade treatments (requiring a medical license) to correct deep-lying skin concerns (rosacea, acne, capillaries, sun damage, birth marks/port wine stains, etc.) volume loss and etched-in facial lines.” “Just do your homework, because at a certain point a surgical procedure will yield a better result,” Booth-Kowalczyk shares. “Work with someone who knows the difference and respects your wallet.” When asked what’s unique about Slow Coast Spa, Booth-Kowalczyk says, “I never wonder how I stack up against others in town. I have a unique approach, I tell the truth because I know the truth, I don't offer smokeand-mirror treatments, I work in the deeper layers of skin and subcutaneous tissues, and I suspect the biggest difference is that I work alone. It's just me. I handle all communications, all scheduling and provide every treatment I offer. I own my results. I take pride in offering only corrective treatments that provide sustainable results.” Slow Coast Spa’s specialties include: laser resurfacing, IPL laser treatments, NdYag vessel

treatments, laser hair removal, Botox, Juvederm, dermal fillers, Kybella®, suture/thread lifts, medical-needling, scar remodeling and medicalgrade skin care products. Booth-Kowalczyk says people typically choose to visit Slow Coast Spa because, “I see people of all ages, ethnicities, genders, orientations, etc. I'm culturally sensitive and am honored to join every client on their journey toward a brighter glow. I'm in my 40s and don't wear makeup, ever. That seems to be a big draw for clients—the idea that I can personally showcase healthy, glowing, naked skin—and provides credibility and hope that they too can conquer their quest for a streamlined, makeup-free life. Most of my clients are striving to ‘pump-the-breaks’ on aging. The treatment plan looks a little different for every client, but typically involves rebalancing a noisy complexion, softening lines and restoring angles.” Booth-Kowalczyk is a nurse practitioner with a tenured career in hospital-based plastic surgery since 2002. “Back as a burn and trauma nurse at Stanford (in California),” Booth-Kowalczyk shares, “I was inspired by lasers when we started using them to remodel traumatic scars (yes, the talent of plastic

surgery teams extends far beyond cosmetic augmentations). I know skin at a cellular level and understand how it behaves in the setting of light physics and dermal manipulation (a necessary foundation when handling and providing dermal treatments using big equipment).” Booth-Kowalczyk has some tips and recommendations for a do-it-yourself glowstarter. She advises women to “smile, it's the freest facelift.” She also encourages women to wear sunscreen every day, and her last recommendation for a healthy glow, “Sex. Seriously, when have you not been glowing after sex?”

IS A MEDISPA FOR YOU? While each of these medispas offer slightly different services, each one wants to help their clients fix imperfections and be more satisfied with their appearance. If you haven’t visited a medispa yet, but you’d like to bolster your appearance in one way or another, consider reaching out to a local medispa clinic and see how they can help you address areas of concern. Cindy Mennenga, owner of MedCity WordCraft, LLC is a freelance writer and editor based in Rochester.

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American population evolves, the transformation of Asian ethnic cuisine continues to blend traditional and contemporary styles and flavors into Asian-American cuisine. While there is a great deal of variety from one regional cuisine to another, the overriding commonality is that Asian cuisine is simply delicious. With an explosion of flavor in every bite, it’s always fun to dine at an Asian restaurant—whether it’s the

food, the chopsticks, interior decor or the personable wait staff—it always seems like a special occasion.


Asian cuisine comes from the vast regions of Asia—China, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Korea and Mongolia to name a few. Each of these regional categories of foods have numerous sub-categories that further define the region or district from which the food originates. Chinese food has eight main regional cuisines, known as the Eight Great Traditions: Anhui, Cantonese, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shandong, Sichuan and Zhejiang. There are even further sub-categories of Chinese within the Eight Great Traditions.


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with a clever quote or ambiguous prophecy. Have you ever wondered where the fortune cookie came from? It wasn’t China—in fact, fortune cookies are not even served in China. Fortune cookies originated as a JapaneseAmerican confection known as a “fortune tea cake.” During World War II, JapaneseAmericans were placed in internment camps on the West Coast after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and Americans feared every person of Japanese descent. Enterprising Chinese business owners jumped into the void created by the detained Japanese-American fortune tea cake manufacturers and began making “fortune cookies.” The popular sweet treat has been associated with Chinese food ever since.


In the January/February 2019 issue of Rochester Women magazine, “Celebrate Chinese New Year,” I wrote about our


Spring rolls are the vegetarian super-light, crispy and tender vegetarian appetizer cousin of the traditional egg roll. Spring rolls are usually eaten during the Spring Festival in China, hence their name. Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes INGREDIENTS • 1/4 cup canola oil, divided • 8 cups napa cabbage, sliced thinly • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 2 carrots sliced, thinly • 8 oz. bamboo shoots, sliced thinly • 2 Tbsp. mirin

• 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce • 2 tsp. sesame oil • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch • 24 8-inch square spring roll wrappers • Canola oil for frying

INSTRUCTIONS Add half of the canola oil to a large heavy skillet. On medium high heat, add in the napa cabbage cooking 8-10 minutes while stirring until almost all the liquid it releases has cooked off. Next, add garlic, carrots and bamboo shoots and cook for 1 minute while stirring. Then add mirin, soy sauce and sesame oil while stirring. Let filling cool completely. Mix cornstarch with two tablespoons of water. Roll out the spring roll wrapper, brush cornstarch slurry around the edges to moisten and add about 2 tablespoons of filling in a long rectangle shape, folding in from the sides and rolling the wrappers closed tightly. Heat 3 inches of oil in a Dutch oven to 325º and fry the spring rolls until golden brown (about 2-3 minutes).

Makes 24 spring rolls. Recipe adapted from dinnerthendessert.com.

visits to Asia Fusion and Hunan Garden. Continuing our exploration of Asian restaurants, my husband and I dined at Pho Chau in Rochester. This wildly popular Vietnamese restaurant on north Broadway was a bustling hive of activity and the guests were clearly enjoying their meals. We ordered a couple of appetizers which magically arrived moments later. The cheese wontons were crispy on the outside and hot and creamy inside. They were prepared perfectly and to say they were delicious is an understatement. The pork and shrimp spring rolls were also cooked to perfection and contained generous portions of shrimp and pork. We thoroughly enjoyed both appetizers and appreciated the prompt and polite service. For entrees, we ordered the beef stir-fry and the shrimp stir-fry with mixed vegetables. The beef stir-fry arrived with plentiful portions of meat and the crisp-tender

veggies were wonderful. The shrimp stir-fry was fantastic: the jumbo shrimp were cooked perfectly, and the veggies were also cooked just right. Both entrees were sizable portions, enabling us to bring some home for the next day’s lunch. Pho Chau is a relatively small restaurant, but because the staff is so efficient, they were able to serve customers quickly— accommodating both dine-in and takeout— with ease. As soon as one table of guests left, it was quickly cleared, and new guests were seated immediately. We never felt rushed, which we appreciated. We definitely enjoyed our visit to Pho Chau and plan to return soon.


is an adventurous spirit and a willing palate. There are numerous amazing Asian restaurants to explore in Rochester. While they are similar in nature, each is unique and special in its own way. The owners and menus reflect their unique history and experiences. If you have time and interest in cooking Asian cuisine, experiment with this tasty spring roll recipe. Get creative and add shrimp or pork or any ingredient of your choosing—that’s the fun thing about Asian food, you can create numerous variations to one basic dish—and it’s like a new dish each time. Cindy Mennenga, owner of MedCity WordCraft, LLC is a freelance writer and editor based in Rochester..

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Sake has three main ingredients—rice, water and koji mold spores. Although it’s mistakenly referred to as a wine, it’s brewed like beer. However, sake experts are known as sommeliers or wine stewards. Robert Riggs, store manager at Apollo Liquor, says, “To create sake, rice is polished or milled in a hopper to remove the outside portion known as the bran. The outer layers of rice have impurities, so the higher quality sake is polished longer than the lesser quality.” The polished rice is soaked in water, and then steamed to bring out starch molecules. Koji mold spores are massaged into the rice to convert the starch to sugar. The yeast is added to consume the sugars which produce alcohol, thus creating a mash known as moromi. The moromi then ferments for 18 to 32 days.

White lees or unfermented solids are pressed away, and the clear sake runs off. The liquid is filtered, pasteurized and aged about six months. Afterward, the sake is bottled with an alcohol content of about 12 to 18 percent.


“Sake served cold is of higher quality and displays many delicate flavors. The flavors naturally occurring in sake are apricot, peach and pear. The basic flavors exhibit acidity, tartness, sweetness, dryness and bitterness. Here at Apollo, we also carry infused sake, like coconut with lemongrass flavors,” adds Riggs. Although hot sake is lower quality, heating it alleviates the bitterness and enhances its bold flavors, becoming drier than cold sake. Heated sake also increases the effect of the alcohol. Hot sake complements cold foods like sashimi and sushi and dishes flavored with soy sauce. Chilled sake pairs well with sweet and sour dishes and hot pot which is a steaming soup stock. To make hot sake, pour the sake into the ceramic flask, and then place the flask in a bath of hot water for two to two-and-a-half minutes. When the sake reaches about 110 to 120 degrees remove from the bath and enjoy. It’s important not to boil the sake. If you fancy yourself a mixologist, try whipping up a sake cocktail.


Sake is served in larger ceramic carafes and poured into smaller vessels for drinking. It is considered proper to pour sake for others. Place two hands on the tokkuri, or flask: one hand goes on the neck part of the bottle and the other hand is placed at the bottom and used to tip the flask so the liquid pours into the drinking cup (this is mostly when drinking in work or business-related gatherings). When drinking with your friends, it’s acceptable to pour the beverage with one hand. When cups are full, it’s time for a toast. Raise your glass and shout “Kanpai!” This is the Japanese term for “Cheers!”


Apollo Liquor has a small selection of sakes ranging from lower quality that can be warmed up to 110 degrees and premium sakes that are served cold. Check out the following bottles: • Gekkeikan Sake $8.99/bottle • Junmai Sake $12.99/bottle • Nanbu Bijin $22.99/bottle • Junmai Ginjo $41.99/bottle Nicole L. Czarnomski is a regular Rochester Women magazine contributor.

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some local experts about why you should consider refinancing, when might be a good time and where to go for more information about refinancing. WHY REFINANCE Andrea Eickhoff, vice president of real estate lending at Olmsted National Bank in Rochester, says, “There are multiple reasons why a client would consider a refinance.” Eickhoff explains the three most common types of refinances are refinancing for a lower interest rate, for a different term (either shorter or longer), or to receive cash-out. To receive cash-out, she notes the homeowner taps into the equity of their house to use the funds for debt consolidation, home improvement or college expenses. “There are two main reasons people will consider refinancing their mortgage loan,” notes Alan Holtan, real estate lending adviser at First Alliance Credit Union in Rochester. “One reason is to reduce their monthly payment to improve their cash flow through refinancing to a lower interest rate. Another reason is to reduce the term of the mortgage so the home will be paid in full sooner. For example, typically someone with a 30-year mortgage will refinance to a 15or 10-year term.” 30

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WHEN IS A GOOD TIME TO REFINANCE? “Whether it is a good time or not to refinance could honestly be a different answer for every client. That is why it is important to sit down with your loan officer to review your personal scenario, calculate the costs versus benefits and determine if the refinance is a good fit for you," Eickhoff adds. Holtan notes, “A good time to refinance is when the current interest rate is lower than the interest rate you are currently paying on your loan. A helpful rule-of-thumb is if you can reduce your interest rate by 1 percent, refinance. The size of your mortgage will impact that decision too, so check with a trusted mortgage professional about how refinancing will impact your financial situation.”

INTEREST RATES “Interest rates are still very good in today’s market, absolutely,” says Eickhoff. “The anticipation of what the rates may do in the future is an unknown factor and all depends on the economy.” Holtan points out, “Interest rates are very good right now, generally around 4.5 percent. If you took out your mortgage 10 years ago, you’re probably sitting at an interest rate of around 6 percent, meaning you could be a good candidate to refinance. Unfortunately, there is no crystal ball to tell us if interest rates are going to increase or decrease at any given time. So if you’re considering refinancing, it’s

best to make an informed decision quickly, since there is no guarantee the rates will stay favorable to your specific situation.”

WHERE TO GO FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT REFINANCING “If you are considering a potential refinance, or have questions on refinancing, I would recommend reaching out to your local real estate lender or loan officer,” suggests Eickhoff. “They specialize in home financing and will be able to guide and direct you with your specific scenario.” Holtan suggests that if you’re unsure about whether or not refinancing is a good option for you, it’s a good idea to talk with a trusted mortgage professional. He says the majority of financial institutions in Rochester offer mortgage services, including First Alliance Credit Union. “A trusted mortgage professional should be willing to explore all your refinancing options to help you meet your goals,” Holtan adds. Keep in mind that you will likely have to pay closing costs again when refinancing your mortgage loan, because you are essentially taking out a new mortgage. It’s important to take these additional costs into consideration when deciding to refinance your mortgage. Alison Rentschler is a writer and editor living in Rochester.


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downsizing is often thought to be a daunting task, it’s easy to procrastinate and put it on next year’s to-do list, which will quite possibly slide onto the following year’s list of projects. Making decisions is difficult, and it takes courage to face your discomfort and move forward.

GETTING RID OF THE CLUTTER People downsize for lots of reasons, but most frequently they begin the process to reduce the quantity of things they drag around with them from home to home, year after year. The book “The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter,” written by Margareta Magnusson, describes “döstädning,” which is the process of getting rid of the clutter in your life, especially as you approach your later years. Magnusson is Swedish and promotes the concept of embracing minimalism and clearing out those items that no longer serve you—it’s also a way to get rid of many of your possessions, thereby saving your family from having to go through your belongings after you pass away. You don’t have to wait until you are approaching your golden years to begin living a more calm and ordered life—Swedish death cleaning can be done at any stage of life.

WHY PEOPLE DOWNSIZE Professional organizer, Sara Lohse, owner of The Rescued Room, says, “Life transitions seem to be the common denominator for downsizing. The children have moved out, and the big house sits ‘too empty.’ Retirees want less home maintenance and more travel/life experiences. Downsizing is an obvious solution to so many of these situations.”


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People frequently downsize in preparation for a move to a smaller home. Realtor Laurie Mangen is a senior citizen real estate specialist at Keller Williams. She teaches people about the process of downsizing and helps them get started. Mangen says the people who attend her classes are “going to be moving eventually. It could be six months to three years.” She advises clients who want to begin downsizing to “pick one out-of-the-way room—the attic or a spare bedroom, for example—to start out with and work for three hours tops.”

BENEFITS OF DOWNSIZING There are numerous advantages to downsizing. Lohse explains, “The benefits of downsizing are clear... saved time, money, energy and fewer headaches. After downsizing, there are fewer bulbs to replace, faucets to fix and rooms to vacuum. Property taxes go down, and free time goes up. Less time maintaining ‘stuff’ equates to more time to do something meaningful!” It can be difficult to part with items that have sentimental value. That’s what keeps people stuck—they don’t know what to do with those items they hold dear. Mangen adds, “It all comes down to the guilt. The reason people keep those things is they hold the memory. I tell people to take a picture…that really releases the guilt and they feel good about it.” Taking a picture allows people to still see the item, show it to others and enjoy the memory without having it take up precious space in their home. After a thorough purging, a very significant benefit for folks, Mangen says, “People feel cleansed.” Most people, after getting rid of their many possessions, often feel lighter and wish they had done it sooner. Getting over the emotional hurdle of starting the process is often one of the biggest challenges. In an upcoming issue, we will explore more tips from the experts, walk through the process of downsizing and meet some people who have already gone through the downsizing process. Cindy Mennenga, owner of MedCity WordCraft, LLC is a freelance writer and editor based in Rochester.



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24/7, sleeping can seem like a low priority. Yet, around the world, there are researchers, physicians, mental health workers and even dentists who regularly see the effects of poor sleep. The sleep medicine community is hoping we will all place sleep at the top of our priority lists.

Rochester is home to World Sleep Society, an international nonprofit that aims to better sleep health worldwide by connecting sleep researchers and practitioners from around the world to push research forward. World Sleep Society routinely joins people from more than 70 countries to compare and communicate the current research in the fast-paced field of sleep medicine.


Friday, March 15, 2019, the world will unite for a one-day awareness event aimed to put a spotlight on healthy sleep and its overall importance. World Sleep Society hosts this day to help the public understand that sleep is not something that should be overlooked.

Angie Granum, who has been working at World Sleep Society since 2013, says, “In the past six years, I have watched World Sleep Day grow from a couple participants to literally hundreds. If you search the news, you will find articles about sleep in every major news source. We have loved watching the sleep field’s growth. We hope by bringing awareness to the benefits of maintaining healthy sleep, more people will realize it’s just as important as what you eat or how much you work out.”

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In Rochester, we are fortunate to have two accredited sleep centers, as well as other nonaccredited sleep sites. The Center for Sleep Medicine at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota is one of the largest sleep medicine facilities in the United States. The staff at the Center for Sleep Medicine treat around 6,500 sleep disorder patients each year. The center offers a 24-bed facility for overnight sleep studies (polysomnograms).

One common, treatable sleep disorder is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA can be treated, yet many sufferers do not seek medical assistance for this common disorder. Dr. Melissa C. Lipford says of her sleep research at Mayo Clinic, “Most of my research involves the intersections between sleep and neurology. One of my research studies involved investigating the relationship between breathing problems during sleep and strokes. We found that irregular heart rhythms are implicated in most people with sleep apnea who suffer strokes. This finding might help us in learning why people with sleep apnea are at a higher risk for having a stroke and may even help us toward preventing recurrent strokes in patients with sleep apnea.” Another recent Mayo Clinic news release noted that hot flashes and night sweats could be connected to a higher OSA risk in middle-aged women. Olmsted Medical Center (OMC) also has an accredited sleep program that includes a sleep lab. OMC’s sleep medicine program assesses and diagnoses patients though sleep studies or wearable devices to track sleep. World Sleep Society notes that of the 94 classified sleep disorders, most are preventable or treatable yet only one-third of people seek treatment. World Sleep Day is the perfect time to celebrate the importance of healthy sleep. Gina Dewink is a communications specialist and writer devoted to spreading awareness about the importance of sleep.

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World Sleep Day Committee. Dr. Lipford has been on staff at Mayo Clinic since 2012, spending most of her time in the Center for Sleep Medicine. These are very treatable disorders, and taking action can result in huge improvements in quality of life,” Lipford concludes.

During medical school, Lipford fell in love with neurology. Within her neurology training, she had the opportunity to spend time working in a sleep clinic. Within a few weeks of learning about the relationship between sleep and various aspects of health, she was able to narrow down her career path further.


ASK AN EXPERT “I wish the general public knew that the vast majority of sleep problems are treatable,” Lipford states. “I can’t tell you how often I see patients who have struggled for years with poor sleep and low daytime energy levels. My female patients, especially, are so busy in their professional activities, caring for their families or serving as a caregiver for an elder parent or ill spouse that they wait until symptoms have become severe before taking the time to care for themselves.” Lipford also points out that for women, worsening of sleep in the perimenopausal period is common. “There are many measures which can improve sleep during this phase in our lives, such as treating hot flashes and screening for and treating sleep apnea. Insomnia and restless legs syndrome are also common in women, but these problems are not always asked about during a general physical.

Lipford wasn’t always a sleep expert. In fact, her career path had a very different beginning. Though she had interest in becoming a doctor, she graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. Lipford explains, “I moved to Kansas City and worked for several years as a software developer for a large company that creates electronic medical record systems for health care organizations. Later, I transitioned to a medical device development firm.” “While I enjoyed my work, I found myself wanting to be on the other side—using technology to directly care for patients.” At that point, Lipford’s husband, Brian, had graduated from law school after deciding to leave his career as a newspaper editor. “Seeing his hard work translate into satisfying career opportunities was inspiring,” Lipford recalls. After a lot of consideration, Lipford decided to pursue medical school. “I enrolled in evening classes to complete the prerequisite courses for medical school and took the entrance examinations,” she explains. She was accepted to the University of Kansas School of Medicine, where she approached medical school as a job. “I would show up to the library at 6 a.m. and study, go to my classes, and then go back to the library to study until 6 p.m.,” she says of her medical school experience. It didn’t take long to realize it was the right path for her.

WORKING AT MAYO CLINIC “When I matched at Mayo Clinic, I knew I had to take the amazing opportunity,” Lipford says. “Brian agreed to close his law practice and is now a supervising attorney with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services.” They had their first child shortly after Lipford started her neurology residency at Mayo Clinic and their second after she joined on as staff. “I feel incredibly fortunate to be at an institution that is very supportive of families,” Lipford shares. Their children, Malcolm, 9, and Alexander, 5, understand that sleep needs to be a priority in their household. Because the field of sleep medicine is relatively new, there are many unanswered questions that translate into research possibilities. Today, Lipford is able to use her engineering background toward researching new technologies to help patients with sleep and neurologic disorders. Gina Dewink is a communications specialist and writer devoted to spreading awareness about the importance of sleep.

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GIFT OF LIFE TRANSPLANT HOUSE, A BEACON OF HOPE, WAS ESTABLISHED 35 YEARS AGO. It serves as a home away from home for approximately 4,500 patients and their caregivers who stay there while going through the transplant journey. They may be receiving or have received a life-saving organ transplant (such as heart, heart-lung, pancreas, liver or kidney), stem cell transplant or bone marrow transplant. The house also welcomes patients receiving CAR-T therapy, which is a procedure that helps treat certain types of cancers, such as leukemia and lymphoma.

MISSION AND VISION Executive Director Mary Wilder brings lots of experience and enthusiasm to her position. In 2017, after holding leadership roles with increasing responsibility, Wilder relocated from the Twin Cities to take the reins at Gift of Life Transplant House. Having donated a kidney to her father several years ago, she says it seemed like providence when she learned of the position. Thirty-five years ago, Rochester resident Ed Pompeian had the idea for Gift of Life Transplant House to aid transplant patients in their recovery, as he himself is a recipient of two kidney transplants. “I believe my primary responsibility is to carry forth the mission and the vision of Gift

of Life Transplant House,” shares Wilder. “Ed Pompeian had the vision of creating a home away from home for people who were here experiencing transplants and going through that process. He realized that a home-like atmosphere, with support from others experiencing their own journey, would promote recovery.”

STAYING AT GIFT OF LIFE TRANSPLANT HOUSE Wilder wants to “uphold what he (Pompeian) started and to provide affordable, high-quality accommodations for transplant patients and their caregivers in a supportive, home-like environment. We charge only $30 a night for guests to stay here. Guests prepare their own meals, and we offer fully equipped kitchens with refrigerator, freezer and dry goods space. Guests can enjoy their meals in our communal dining rooms and long-term friendships are made over a cup of coffee or bowl of soup.” “We are the first and the largest transplant house in the nation,” Wilder says. “We have 84 bedrooms, while most transplant houses in other parts of the country have only 6-8 rooms. A stem cell transplant stay is typically 100 days, so that limits the number of people they (smaller transplant houses) can serve.”

DONATE LIFE MONTH April is National Donate Life Month. The main objective of National Donate Life Month is to raise awareness and encourage people to become organ donors. Throughout the month, there are a number of events planned here in

Rochester. Some highlights are The Walk of Remembrance, to commemorate donors and recipients, which starts at Saint Marys Hospital and ends at Gift of Life Transplant House. The Timmay 5K—in honor of Tim Rasmusson, a young local man who passed away at 26 years old, ultimately donating several organs— is always held the last Saturday in April. Funds raised from the 5K help support Gift of Life Transplant House. Another highlight will include the unveiling of a Donor Honor Wall at the Gonda Building.

CELEBRATING 35 YEARS OF HOPE AND HEALING On Dec. 10, 1984, Gift of Life House opened its doors to transplant patients in Rochester. Thirty-five years is a long time to make an impact in the lives of transplant survivors around the world. In honor of this milestone, Gift of Life Transplant House has events planned for nearly every month in 2019. In July, the 35th Annual Golf Tournament will be held at Rochester Golf and Country Club. Gift of Life Transplant House will cap off the year with a special celebration planned for Dec. 10, 2019, the official anniversary date. For more information about Gift of Life Transplant House and the numerous exciting events planned for 2019, visit gift-of-life.org/ calendar-events. Cindy Mennenga, owner of MedCity WordCraft, LLC is a freelance writer and editor based in Rochester.

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ADULT EDUCATION ADULT AND FAMILY LITERACY PROGRAM Julie Nigon, Adult Literacy Manager 507-328-4440 junigon@rochester.k12.mn.us, www.rochesterce.org Hawthorne Education Center 700 4th Avenue SE, Rochester, MN 55904 Hawthorne Education Center is open year round and offers a variety of programs. Anyone 17 or older may chart a personalized education path by entering an adult literacy class. AUGSBURG UNIVERSITY Kaycee Rogers 507-288-2886 rochinfo@augsburg.edu, www.augsburg.edu/rochester 810 3rd Avenue SE, Rochester, MN 55904 We offer bachelor degrees in business, education, and RN-BSN completion; master degrees in business (MBA), education, and nursing; and DNP-Transcultural and DNPFamily Nurse Practitioner in Rochester. THE COLLEGE OF ST. SCHOLASTICA Teresa Ipina 1-888-298-4723 tipina@css.edu, www.css.edu 221 1st Avenue SW, Suite 100, Rochester, MN 55902 CSS supports higher education in Rochester with degree and certificate programs in business, education and healthcare. . EAGLE BLUFF SKILLS SCHOOL Jennie Dieterman 507-467-2437 skillsschool@eagle-bluff.org, www.eagle-bluff-skills-school.org 28097 Goodview Dr, Lanesboro, MN 55949 The Eagle Bluff Skills School is an educational venture focused on adult learning opportunities. ISD 535 COMMUNITY EDUCATION ADULT ENRICHMENT Chrisanne Pieper 507-328-4000 chpieper@rochester.k12.mn.us; sucyr@rochester.k12.mn.us rochester.thatscommunityed.com 201 8th Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901 Providing adult enrichment activities and classes. ROCHESTER COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE Michelle Messenger Herber 507-285-7557 Michelle.MessengerHerber@rctc.edu, www.rctc.edu 851 30th Avenue SE, Rochester, MN 55904 More than 300 online courses; 21 programs online; 70 programs and 120 credential options including Associate in Arts, Associate in Fine Arts, Associate in Applied Science, Associate in Science, Diplomas and Certificates. For weekly updates, like us on facebook.com/MyRCTC. ROCHESTER COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE – LEARNING IS FOREVER (LIFE) Chrisanne Pieper 507-280-3157 chrisanne.pieper@roch.edu, www.learningisforever.net 851 30th Avenue SE, Rochester, MN 55904 Providing adult education, insight, and engagement. Daytime classes at Heintz Center. A Health Club for Your Mind.


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SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA-ROCHESTER CENTER Krissa Bedsted, Rochester Center Coordinator 507-285-1410 klbeds12@smumn.edu 851 SE 30th Ave, RCTC Coffman Center #CF102, Rochester MN 55904 Adult-friendly, relevant bachelor completion, graduate and doctoral degree programs in Rochester. Exceptional academic value. UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA ROCHESTER 507-258-8000 umrinfo@umn.edu, www.r.umn.edu 111 S Broadway, Ste 300, Rochester, MN 55904 Seamlessly connecting the strengths of the biomedical assets of southeast Minnesota with the international reach of the University of Minnesota system, the University of Minnesota Rochester is proudly leading the way to better learning in the health sciences. WINONA STATE UNIVERSITY – ROCHESTER rochscs@winona.edu, www.winona.edu/rochester 507-285-7100, 859 30th Avenue SE 507-535-2555, 400 South Broadway Avenue Rochester, MN 55904 Through the “Path to Purple” Program and in partnership with Rochester Community and Technical College, WSURochester students can complete baccalaureate and graduate degrees in a significant number of programs – entirely in Rochester. Doctor of Nursing Practice is also available.

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RESOURCE LISTINGS BUNDLES OF LOVE Elaine Oldenburg 507-208-6325 eedna126@charter.net, www.bundlesoflove.org We make newborn clothing and blankets for families in need. DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION – ROCHESTER CHAPTER Janel Kaster 507-251-2474 rochesterdar@gmail.com, joinrochesterdar@gmail.com https://sites.google.com/site/rochesterdar The mission of the DAR is to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. FRIENDS OF MAYOWOOD RESIDENCE AND HISTORIC SITES www.friendsofmayowood.org PO Box 404, Rochester, MN 55903 Supporting the preservation and enjoyment of Mayowood and other historic sites. FRIENDS OF OXBOW Ruthann Yaeger 507-775-2451 friends@friendsofoxbow.org, www.friendsofoxbow.org PO Box 6552, Rochester, MN 55903 Supports the educational, environmental and recreational goals of Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo. GAY LESBIAN COMMUNITY SERVICES OF SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA www.glcsmn.org PO Box 454, Rochester, MN 55903 A community resource for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community, and allies. GIRL SCOUTS OF MINNESOTA AND WISCONSIN RIVER VALLEYS 800-845-0787 girlscouts@girlscoutsrv.org, www.girlscoutsrv.org 4228 8th Street SW, Rochester, MN 55902 Builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Girls in grades K-12 welcome. Financial assistance available. HISTORY CENTER OF OLMSTED COUNTY Aleta Maccini 507-282-9447 events@olmstedhistory.com, www.olmstedhistory.com 1195 West Circle Drive SW, Rochester, Minnesota 55902 Event Planner and Marketing/Communications Specialist. Contact Aleta for rentals and events. NEXT CHAPTER MINISTRIES 507-529-5799 Info@nextchapterrochester.org, www.nextchapterrochester.org PO Box 9321, Rochester, MN 55903 Building lasting relationships with people who have been impacted by crime, restoring them to God, family and community with the Gospel of God. OPTIMIST CLUB OF ROCHESTER MN www.optimistclubrochestermn.org PO Box 485, Rochester, MN 55903 The Optimist Club’s motto is “Friend of Youth.” Its mission is to promote the philosophy of optimism as a way of life. QUILTERS SEW-CITY www.qsrochester.org PO Box 6245, Rochester, MN 55903 A group of individuals who love to make and/or admire quilts. Meetings held monthly.

RNEIGHBORS - ROCHESTER’S NEIGHBORHOOD RESOURCE CENTER Rene Halasy 507-361-1738 rene@RNeighbors.org, www.RNeighbors.org 125 Elton Hills Drive, Room 240, Rochester, MN 55901 Provides information and assistance to Rochester neighborhoods, and offers a variety of programs and services that encourage neighborhood involvement and citizen participation. ROCHESTER GARDEN AND FLOWER CLUB 507-252-9781 rgfc@rgfc.org, www.rgfc.org, Rochester, MN Promotes interest in gardens, flowers and beautification in Rochester and the surrounding area. SHADES OF GREEN HOSTA SOCIETY OF SE MN Cindy Tomashek 507-289-2614 prestonplants@aol.com, www.soghs.org 1288 Wicklow Lane SW, Rochester, MN 55902 Dedicated to gardeners who appreciate hostas, providing educational resources to help grow attractive, healthy plants. Come join the fun! SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE SUPPORT GROUP Gloria Krause 651-253-6615 glo_mikey@hotmail.com Meets at Evangel United Methodist Church 2645 North Broadway, Room 221, Rochester, MN 55906 Peer support group for survivors of suicide loss. Meets 3rd Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m. THE ROTARY CLUB OF ROCHESTER 507-252-0085 romnrotary@charter.net, rochesterrotaryclubs.org/trcr PO Box 7566, Rochester, MN 55903 Rotary is a service club offering leadership and support to our community and beyond.

ETHNIC ORGANIZATIONS ACHLA-ALLIANCE OF CHICANOS, HISPANICS, AND LATIN AMERICANS Rebeca Sedarski achla2004@gmail.com Facebook and Twitter 1504 13th Avenue NE, Rochester, MN 55906 Serving the Hispanic community through educational programs, resources, and community events. Our mission is to create an inclusive and welcoming community through education for youth and adults. ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION 507-289-5960 ext. 116 webmaster@ria-minnesota.org, www.ria-minnesota.org 2500 Valleyhigh Drive NW, Rochester, MN 55901 Celebrates cultural diversity and provides opportunities for multicultural education and exchange. Membership in RIA brings the world to you and will keep you informed of multicultural events in the community. DIVERSITY COUNCIL 507-282-9951 info@diversitycouncil.org, www.diversitycouncil.org 1130 1/2 7th St NW, Suite 204, Rochester, MN 55901 Providing diversity education for youth and adults and consulting for businesses, government and nonprofits.

IMAA (INTERCULTURAL MUTUAL ASSISTANCE ASSOCIATION) Armin Budimlic 507-289-5960 armin.budimlic@imaa.net, www.imaa.net 2500 Valleyhigh Drive NW, Rochester, MN 55901 Provides bilingual support services for people of all cultures, connecting them to community resources that assist their pursuit of the American Dream. GREATER ROCHESTER AREA DAKOTA SUPPORTERS (GRADS) Betty Smith diversitygrads@gmail.com, gradseducate.wordpress.com Connecting and educating our Rochester community with Dakota and other surrounding area Native communities relating to our history, culture, and ways. NATIVE AMERICAN CENTER OF SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA, INC. Kim Macken or Jim Wilson 507-272-0846 or 507-732-5941 kamacken@charter.net, www.nacsm.org Strives to bring Native Americans together in our community and preserve our traditions. Members need not be Native American.

FAMILY ORGANIZATIONS ALDRICH MEMORIAL NURSERY SCHOOL Jessica Paolini, Assistant Director 507-289-3097 aldrich@aldrichnurseryschool.com www.aldrichnurseryschool.com 855 Essex Pkwy NW, Rochester, MN 55901 Over 65 years of excellence in early childhood education. We provide a developmentally based half-day program for the preschool child, which fosters the child’s social/ emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development. ARCH TO PHILANTHROPY Matthew Fatehi, Founding Director 507-261-0209 3102 Appleton LN NW, Rochester, MN 55901 matthew.fatehi@archcharity.org, archcharity.org Our organization challenges extreme poverty and saves the children, especially within drug addicted poor families. BIRTHRIGHT, PREGNANCY SERVICE Alicia Hunt-Welch 507-288-9374 birthright_rochmn@yahoo.com, www.birthright.org 830 South Broadway, Soldiers Field Plaza, Rochester, MN 55904 Free pregnancy testing, maternity/baby clothing, diapers, layettes, referrals and more to those in need. Donations accepted. CATHOLIC CHARITIES PREGNANCY, PARENTING, AND ADOPTION PROGRAM Valerie Strauss Cunningham, MS; LICSW 507-287-2047 24 hour Pregnancy Information Line 1-800-222-5859 valerie@ccwinona.org, www.ccwinona.org 903 West Center Street, Suite 220, Rochester, MN 55902 Assists those facing an unplanned pregnancy make a parenting or adoption plan. Serving all faiths. FAMILIES FIRST Marlene Jehnke 507-287-2020 (OR) 1-800-462-1660 marlenej@familiesfirstmn.org, www.familiesfirstmn.org 126 Woodlake Drive SE, Rochester, MN 55904 Ensuring positive beginnings for all young children and their families by offering the following programs: Child Care Aware, Head Start, Crisis Nursery, Early Learning Scholarships and School Readiness. RWmagazine.com March/April 2019


RESOURCE LISTINGS CHILDREN’S PLACE NURSERY SCHOOL Brenda Parshall 507-289-0811 childrensplacenursery@yahoo.com www.childrensplacenursery.com 3703 55th Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901 A licensed preschool offering 2- or 3-day programs, enrichments and a 5-day Pre-K program. MINNESOTA CHILDREN’S MUSEUM – ROCHESTER Beth Sherden, Director 507-218-3100 bsherden@mcm.org, roch.mcm.org 1643 N. Broadway St., Suite A River Center Plaza Rochester, MN 55906 Throughout our hands on exhibits, families have fun together and kids take the lead, explore their interests and build brains through play. Ages 0-101, open Wednesday – Sunday. CIVIC LEAGUE DAY NURSERY 507-282-5368 execdir@cldnmn.org, www.cldnmn.org 427 6th Avenue SW, Rochester, MN 55902 Established in 1930, Rochester’s oldest childcare center caring for children ages 16 months to Kindergarten. FAMILY CHILD CARE, INC. Jessica Tukua, President fccimn@gmail.com, www.fccimn.com PO Box 7012, Rochester, MN 55903 An organization of licensed family child care providers committed to high quality child care. FAMILY SERVICE ROCHESTER Scott Maloney, Executive Director 507-287-2010 office@familyservicerochester.org, www.familyservicerochester.org 4600 18th Ave. NW, Rochester, MN 55901 Strengthens and supports families: counseling, family violence programing, parenting, mental health, services for older adults. GOOD NEWS CHILDREN’S CENTER, INC. Barb Mathias or Sue Edge 507-285-1167 info@goodnewschildrenscenter.org www.goodnewschildrenscenter.org 2645 North Broadway, Rochester, MN 55906 We support families by providing care in a safe, nurturing, creative and diverse environment. MARCH OF DIMES June Howard 507-990-8624 jhoward@marchofdimes.org, marchofdimes.org 1530 Greenview Drive SW Suite 114, Rochester, MN 55902 The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit health organization that champions the needs of moms and babies in our community and across the nation. MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS (MOPS) Church Office - MOPS at Christ Community Church 507-282-5569 MorningMOPS@cccrochester.org or EveningMOPS@cccrochester.org 4400 55th Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901 Offering support & connections to mothers of children, birth–Kindergarten. Morning, evening, and teen MOPS groups, meeting twice a month, September–May. PARENTS ARE IMPORTANT IN ROCHESTER – ECFE 507-328-4020 www.rochesterce.org/paiir 201 8th Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901 Join us for fun workshops, classes and events for families with young children. 42

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READING CENTER - DYSLEXIA INSTITUTE OF MN Cindy Russell, Executive Director 507-288-5271 Read@thereadingcenter.org, www.thereadingcenter.org 847 5th Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901 Serving people with dyslexia through testing, specialized tutoring, pre-school screenings, summer school and teacher training in the Orton-Gillingham approach. ROCHESTER AREA MOMS Brynn Boyd 715-379-7218 moms@rochmoms.org, www.rochmoms.org 5109 Palmer Place NW, Rochester, MN 55901 We empower, educate, provide opportunities for connection and remind you that you are more than just a mom! ROCHESTER CATHOLIC SCHOOLS 507-218-3028 advancement@rcsmn.org, www.rcsmn.org 2800 19th Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901 Rochester Catholic Schools is a unified school system that provides high-quality Catholic education to students in preschool through graduation. RCS is comprised of three grade schools: Holy Spirit Catholic School, St. Francis of Assisi School and St. John the Evangelist/ St. Pius X School, and one secondary school - Lourdes High School. ROCHESTER CENTRAL LUTHERAN SCHOOL 507-289-3267 www.rcls.net 2619 Ninth Avenue NW, Rochester, MN 55901 RCLS is an elementary school (PS - 8th grade) providing quality education in a Christian environment. Rochester Community Education Youth Programs ROCHESTER COMMUNITY EDUCATION Melissa Fredin, Enrichment Program Manager 507-328-4000 mefredin@rochester.k12.mn.us, www.rochesterce.org/youth Northrop Education Center, 201 8th Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901 Enriching the lives of Rochester’s Youth: Education · Recreation · Service ROCHESTER MONTESSORI SCHOOL Dr. Paul Epstein 507-288-8725 reception@rmschool.org, www.rmschool.org 5099 7th Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901 Toddlers through 8th grade; Spanish, Art, Music, PE, Ecology, International Travel. SCHAEFFER ACADEMY Gretchen Steer 507-286-1050 steer.gretchen@schaefferacademy.org, www.schaefferacademy.org 2700 Schaeffer Lane NE, Rochester, MN 55906 Excellent Christian, classical college preparatory education for grades K-12.

CITY OF ROCHESTER Kim Norton, Mayor 507-328-2900 www.rochestermn.gov 201 4th Street SE, Rochester, MN 55904 Provides resources for Rochester residents and visitors. LEGAL ASSISTANCE OF OLMSTED COUNTY Virginia Merritt 507-287-2036 info@laocmn.org, www.laocmn.org 1700 North Broadway, Ste 124, Rochester, MN 55906 LAOC provides legal representation in civil matters to lowincome residents of Olmsted County. OLMSTED COUNTY 507-328-6001 adminweb@co.olmsted.mn.us, www.co.olmsted.mn.us 151 Fourth Street SE, Rochester, MN 55904 Provides the foundation of a great community by protecting and improving the health, safety, and general well-being of residents while improving economic and environmental conditions and promoting equality of opportunity. ROCHESTER AREA FOUNDATION Jennifer Woodford, President 507-282-0203 jennifer@rochesterarea.org, rochesterarea.org 12 Elton Hills Drive, Rochester, MN 55901 Dedicated to building and improving the quality of life in the greater Rochester area through philanthropic leadership and community partnerships. ROCHESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY Audrey Betcher, Library Director 507-328-2300 www.rochesterpubliclibrary.org 101 2nd Street SE, Rochester, MN 55904 Rochester Public Library is dedicated to providing the community access to information, literature and ideas. ROCHESTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS FAMILY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Julie Ruzek 507.328.4354 juruzek@rochester.k12.mn.us, www.rochester.k12.mn.u Educate parents and the community about the value of parent and family involvement and to provide strategies to support these efforts throughout the Rochester Public Schools.

HEALTH AND FITNESS 125 LIVE CENTER FOR ACTIVE ADULTS 507-287-1404 info@125LiveMN.org, 125livemn.org 125 Elton Hills Dr. NW, Rochester, MN 55901 Programs, fitness classes, warm water pool, event rental space and café. Join, volunteer or give.


ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION Debbie Eddy, Community Engagement Manager 507-289-3950 or 1-800-272-3900 deddy@alz.org, www.alz.org 3224 6th Ave. NE, Unit A, Rochester, MN 55906 To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

BYRON AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 507-775-3400 (844-924-2623) info@byronmnchamber.com www.byronmnchamber.com PO Box 764, Byron, MN 55920 Meets the 4th Thursday of each month at a different member host business. Businesses and individuals are able to join.

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY 1-800-ACS-2345, 507-287-2044 www.cancer.org 2900 43rd Street NW, Ste 350, Rochester, MN 55901 If you or someone you know has been affected by cancer, we can help.


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RESOURCE LISTINGS AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION 612-756-0342 www.heart.org 2750 Blue Water Rd, Ste 250, Eagan, MN 55121 Building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. AMERICAN RED CROSS – SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA CHAPTER Melanie Tschida, Executive Director 507-287-2200 joyce.talbot@redcross.org, www.redcross.org 505 Alliance Place NE, Rochester, MN 55906 Adult, infant and child CPR, first aid, swim lessons, youth classes, and much more. BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP Sue Whitcomb or Cyndie Kahn 507-358-6376 or 507-534-3866 seawhit@aol.com or bigwheeler10@aol.com Hope Lodge, 411 2nd Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901 A group for breast cancer survivors and their caregivers who meet the first Wednesday of each month from 7 – 8:30 p.m. A program of Join the Journey. CATHOLIC CHARITIES COUNSELING PROGRAM David Lewis, LICSW 507-287-2047 www.ccwinona.org 903 West Center Street, Suite 220, Rochester, MN 55902 Providing help, creating hope. Individual, marriage, and family counseling. Most insurance accepted. Sliding fee available. BRIGHTER TOMORROWS, INC. Sherrie Decker 507-254-3952 info@brightertomorrowshope.org, www.BrighterTomorrowsHope.org P.O. Box 126, Rochester, MN 55903 An outreach of emotional, spiritual, and educational support for families touched by childhood cancer. COMPASSION COUNSELING CENTER 507-208-8822 counseling@calvaryefc.org, compassioncounseling.org Hosted at Calvary Evangelical Free Church 5500 25th Avenue NW, Rochester, MN 55901 CCC exists to assist people struggling with life issues to discover freedom in the Truth, without legalism or condemnation, regardless of their ability to pay. CROHN’S & COLITIS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA Brandy Allen brandyrallen@gmail.com, www.CCFA.org Support group for those touched by Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis. Dedicated to patient education and research. FERTILITYCARE SERVICES OF STEWARTVILLE Pamela Mueller, RN, BSN, FCP 507-254-9478 fertilitycare4u@gmail.com www.fertilitycare.org or www.naprotechnology.com 3210 105th Street SE, Stewartville, MN 55976 Meeting women’s gynecological and reproductive health needs through the Creighton Model FertilityCare System and Naprotechnology.


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JOIN THE JOURNEY 507-206-3212 info@jointhejourney.us, www.jointhejourney.us 1530 Greenview Drive SW, Suite 212, Rochester, MN 55902 Mission: to promote breast cancer awareness in our community and to provide support to individuals on their breast cancer journey. MAYO CLINIC 507-284-2511 www.mayoclinic.org 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905 Mayo Clinic comprises an integrated multispecialty clinic and two hospitals, staffed by more than 1,500 physicians. NAMI SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA (NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS) 507-287-1692 nami-semn@namisemn.org, www.namisemn.org 1700 Broadway Avenue North, Suite 104, Rochester, MN 55906 Improves the lives of individuals affected by mental illness through education, support, and advocacy. OLMSTED COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES 507-328-7424 healthweb@co.olmsted.mn.us, www.co.olmsted.mn.us 2100 Campus Drive SE, Ste 100, Rochester, MN 55904 Health education and health promotion activities to groups of all ages and businesses. Home visits related to pregnancy, birth and parenting. Clinic services for: WIC, immunizations and HIV/STD testing. OLMSTED MEDICAL CENTER 507-288-3443 foundation@olmmed.org, www.olmstedmedicalcenter.org 210 Ninth Street SE, Rochester, MN 55904 Olmsted Medical Center is a non-profit dedicated to providing exceptional healthcare. ROCHESTER ACTIVE SPORTS CLUB Michael O’Connor 507-287-6358 mkoconnor@mayo.edu, www.rasc-mn.org 3128 Lake Vista Drive NW, Rochester, MN 55901 RASC is a multi-sport club primarily supporting Nordic skiing and cycling (MTB and road) in Southeast Minnesota. YMCA ROCHESTER Virginia Kaczmarek, Director 507-287-2260 www.ymcamn.org/locations/rochester_ymca 709 1st Avenue SW, Rochester, MN 55902 The Y has provided activities and programs based on the community’s needs since 1964. The Y is more than a facility: it’s a movement. ROCHESTER FIGURE SKATING CLUB 507-288-7536 info@rochesterfsc.org, www.rochesterfsc.org 21 Elton Hills Drive NW, Rochester, MN 55901 Ice skating instruction for beginner through competitive skaters of all ages. ROCHESTER TRACK CLUB Lin Gentling 507-288-2851 info@rochestertrackclub.com, www.rochestertrackclub.com PO Box 6711, Rochester, MN 55903 Club for runners of all ages and abilities. Youth All Comers’ Track Meets at Soldier’s Field for six weeks each summer.

SALVATION ARMY’S GOOD SAMARITAN MEDICAL CLINIC 507-529-4100 doug_coop@usc.salvationarmy.org, www.rochestersa.org 120 North Broadway Suite B, Rochester, MN 55906 The Salvation Army and Mayo Clinic teaming up to assist the underserved of Olmsted County. SEASONS HOSPICE Beverly Haynes, Executive Director 507-285-1930 bhaynes@seasonshospice.org, www.seasonshospice.org 1696 Greenview Drive SW, Rochester, MN 55902 Seasons Hospice provides individualized and compassionate care, education and support for the dying and those who have experienced loss. TRAVERSKI SKI, SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB Tim Troxel 507-250-5152 member@traverski.org, www.traverski.org PO Box 7094, Rochester, MN 55903 Meetings at Cooke Park from May - September and at the Elk’s Lodge from October - March the first and third Thursday. Also: skiing, bicycling, camping, kayaking, canoeing, socializing and FUN! ZUMBRO VALLEY MENTAL HEALTH CENTER 507-289-2089 www.zvhc.org 343 35th St SE, Rochester, MN 55904 Restoring hope...one life at a time by enhancing the understanding and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders.

HOME COMMUNITY HOUSING PARTNERSHIP Judy Plank, Homeownership Program Coordinator 507-282-7529 judy@rochp.org, www.rochp.org 903 West Center Street, Suite 204, Rochester, MN 55902 Providing homebuyer education, pre-purchase counseling, budget counseling and foreclosure prevention counseling. HIAWATHA HOMES, INC. & HIAWATHA HOMES FOUNDATION Teresa Thompson 507-226-0700 tthompson@hiawathahomes.org, www.hiawathahomes.org 1820 Valkyrie Dr. NW, Rochester, Minnesota 55901 Raising funds to provide quality support services to people with disabilities at home and in their community. ROCHESTER AREA BUILDERS, INC. Rebekah Nielsen 507-282-7698 RAB@RochesterAreaBuilders.com www.RochesterAreaBuilders.com 108 Elton Hills Lane NW, Rochester, MN 55901 Professional organization of commercial and residential builders, developers, remodelers, and associated businesses dedicated to the advancement of the building industry in Southeast Minnesota RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE OF ROCHESTER, MN Marit Williams 507-282-3955 mwilliams@rmhmn.org, www.rmhmn.org 850 2nd St. SW, Rochester, MN 55906 A home-away-from-home for families with children receiving medical care in Rochester.

RESOURCE LISTINGS TWO RIVERS AREA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY 507-252-0849 ryankp@tworivershabitat.org, www.tworivershabitat.org 1530 Greenview Dr SW, Suite 107, Rochester, MN 55902 We build strength, stability and self-reliance through housing. Volunteers of all skill levels are welcome!


BELLA VOCE YOUNG WOMENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CHOIR Bella Fiore Choir Shelly Winemiller, Director 507-269-7114 cindy@singoutloud.org, www.singoutloud.org PO Box 6205, Rochester, MN 55903 An inviting and safe community for young women in grades 9-12 and 6-8 to share in musical excellence, build confidence, and gain perspective about the world through the gift of music. CHORAL ARTS ENSEMBLE Barbara Depman, Music Administrator 507-252-8427 info@choralartsensemble.org, www.choralartsensemble.org 1001 14th Street NW, Suite 900, Rochester, MN 55901 Providing outstanding choral music to Rochester and Southeastern Minnesota since 1985. HONORS CHOIRS OF SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA Jayne Rothschild, Executive Director 507-252-0505 hc@HonorsChoirs.org, www.HonorsChoirs.org 1001 14th Street NW, Suite 920, Rochester, MN 55901 Four auditioned choirs for singers in grades 3-12 from throughout the region, plus an introductory class for children in grades 1-2.

ROCHESTER CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY Joan Smith 507-287-9765 rcmsociety@gmail.com, rochesterchambermusic.org P.O. Box 834, Rochester, MN 55903 "Lovely music is our gift to you." Free chamber music concerts of the highest artistic quality performed by professional musicians. ROCHESTER COMMUNITY BAND Jill Wellik 507-285-9915 jillwellik@charter.net, www.rochestercommunityband.org The Community Band is open to musicians of all ages and playing levels without audition. ROCHESTER MUSIC GUILD Linda Edd, President 507-261-8175 pres@rochestermusicguild.org, www.rochestermusicguild.org PO Box 5802, Rochester, MN 55903 Promotes music appreciation, education and performance in Rochester and surrounding area.

1001 14th St. NW Suite 450, Rochester, MN 55901 SEMYO is dedicated to the artistic and personal development of young instrumental musicians. ZUMBROTA AREA ARTS COUNCIL Bill Marx 507-843-4320 info@zaac.org, www.zaac.org P.O. Box 45, Zumbrota, MN 55992 Promoting and facilitating the arts in the Zumbrota area. ZUMBRO VALLEY CHORUS OF SWEET ADELINES Jill Wellik 507-285-9915 www.zumbrovalleychorus.org Women sharing their love of 4-part a cappella harmony and providing friendship, music education and performance opportunities.


ROCHESTER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA & CHORALE 507-286-8742 info@rochestersymphony.org, www.rochestersymphony.org 1530 Greenview Dr, Ste 120, Rochester, MN 55902 Professional orchestra and chorale performs live music and provides unique educational programs for kids. SOUTHEASTERN MINNESOTA YOUTH ORCHESTRA (SEMYO) Amy Wright 507-282-1718 info@semyo.org, www.semyo.org

QUARRY HILL NATURE CENTER 507-358-3950 quarryhill@QHNC.org, www.QHNC.org 701 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester, MN 55906 Surrounded by 329 acres of forest, prairie, and oak savanna, the hands-on Nature Center is open to the public 9-5 Mon.Sat, 12-5 Sun. Summer Hours: 8:30-4:30 Mon.-Fri., 9-5 Sat., 12-5 Sun. Free admission. Live animals on site! ZUMBRO VALLEY AUDUBON SOCIETY Joel Dunnette 507-269-7064 jdunnette@gmail.com, zumbrovalleyaudubon.org P.O. Box 6244, Rochester, MN 55903 Connecting people with nature through programs and field trips. Open to the public.

I Love my volunteers and patients at the Good Samaritan Dental Clinic. I Love taking care of the under-served in our community who have dental pain. I Love to foster this same love to college students who are learning how much it means to help those in need. I Love the wonderful dentists in our community who make Good Samaritan Dental Clinic a sustaining clinic. I Love that our patients get to see and feel our compassion. Submitted by Pam Lawrence

Pam Lawrence, LDA, Clinic Coordinator Good Samaritan Dental Clinic 120 North Broadway, Suite B, Rochester, MN 507-529-4100

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CAMP COMPANION Michele Quandt 507-951-7801 questions@campcompanion.org, www.campcompanion.org PO Box 7478, Rochester, MN 55903 In collaboration with area veterinarians, Camp Companion coordinates a large-scale trap/neuter/return program for area untamed/farm cats. It offers adoption for homeless cats and dogs. PAWS & CLAWS HUMANE SOCIETY 507-288-7226 info@pawsandclaws.org, www.pawsandclaws.org 3224 19th Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901 Provides protection & shelter to lost, unwanted and abandoned animals until they can be adopted or reunited with their family. When thinking of your next pet, please consider a shelter animal. SAFE HAVEN PET RESCUE Dona Fisher 507-529-4079 safehavencat@yahoo.com, www.safehavenpetrescue.org PO Box 733, Rochester, MN 55903 Rescues unwanted dogs and cats. Provides a safe haven until a permanent home is found.

POLITICAL LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS ROCHESTER Jane Callahan lwvrochester@lwvmn.org, lwvmn.org/local-leagues/rochester A non-partisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government.

MIRACLE LODGE AT IRONWOOD SPRINGS CHRISTIAN RANCH Jaimi Stejskal 507-533-4315 jaimi@ironwoodsprings.com, www.miraclelodge.com 7291 County Road 6 SW, Stewartville, MN 55976 The Miracle Lodge Conference and Retreat Center has 27 hotel-style private rooms and suites, along with meeting space. It is 100% handicap accessible.

SENIORS ELDER NETWORK Laurie Marreel, Executive Director 507-285-5272 lauriem@elder-network.org, www.elder-network.org 1130 1/2 7th Street NW, Suite 205, Rochester, MN 55901 Helping seniors and their caregivers in Olmsted, Wabasha and Winona counties. SOUTHEASTERN MINNESOTA AREA AGENCY ON AGING 507-288-6944, Senior LinkAge Line 800-333-2433 semaaa@semaaarochestermn.org, www.semaaarochestermn.org 2720 Superior Dr. NW, Suite 102, Rochester, MN 55901 Helping older persons and their families with services, education and planning for long-term independence. Your link to experts in services for the 60+.


OLMSTED 25 DEMOCRATIC FARMER LABOR PARTY 507-536-9785 dhellie@juno.com, www.dfl.org/olmsted25 1500 1st Ave NE Suite A, Rochester, MN 55906 Democratic Farmer Labor Party for northern Olmsted County.

THE ARC SOUTHEAST REGION MINNESOTA Elisabeth Hennessey, Regional Director 507-287-2032 or 888-732-8520 mail@arcse-mn.org, www.arcse-mn.org 6301 Bandel Road NW, Suite 605, Rochester, MN 55901 Provides support, education and advocacy to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Olmsted, Rice, Wabasha and Winona counties.

OLMSTED COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY (DFL) 507-536-9785 www.olmsteddfl.org 401 16th Avenue NW Ste 105, Rochester, MN 55901 Dedicated to building strong communities through grassroots activism, where everyone can help make a difference.

BEAR CREEK SERVICES Pam Alberts, Volunteer Coordinator 507-288-7195 pama@bearcreekservices.org, www.bearcreekservices.org 3108 Highway 52 North, Rochester, MN 55901 Provides community-based homes for individuals with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries.

REPUBLICAN PARTY OF OLMSTED COUNTY 507-258-5295 info@olmstedgop.org, www.olmstedgop.org Conserving our Founders’ vision. Equal opportunity. Free markets. Limited government. Property rights. Rule of law.

CHANNEL ONE REGIONAL FOOD BANK AND FOOD SHELF Virginia Merritt, Executive Director 507-287-2350 info@channel-one.org, www.helpingfeedpeople.org 131 35th Street SE, Rochester, MN 55904 Provides food assistance to low-income individuals and families.

RETREAT FACILITIES ASSISI HEIGHTS SPIRITUALITY CENTER 507-280-2195 ahsc@rochesterfranciscan.org, www.rochesterfranciscan.org 1001 14th Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901 Located on the grounds of beautiful Assisi Heights, the spiritual facility and residence of the Sisters of Saint Francis, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center provides a unique setting for meetings, retreats, seminars and banquets. GOOD EARTH VILLAGE Dianna Parks 507-346-2494 info@GoodEarthVillage.org, www.GoodEarthVillage.org 25303 Old Town Drive, Spring Valley, MN 55975 Outdoor ministry and retreat center. Located about 30 minutes south of Rochester. Perfect for a business or personal retreat.


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EXPERIENCE WORKS Nancy Hoffman 612-718-1765 nancy_hoffman@experienceworks.org www.experienceworks.org 903 West Center Street, Suites 206 & 208, Rochester, Minnesota 55902 Assisting 55+ Older Workers to get back to work with training and paid community service. Serving Carver, Dakota, Goodhue, Hennepin, Olmsted, Rice, Wabasha, Winona Counties. INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK OF GREATER ROCHESTER 507-281-3122 director@ihngr.org, www.ihn-greater-rochester.org

811 7th Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901 IHN helps families with children under the age of 16 who find themselves homeless by providing them food, shelter and a caring environment while they get back on their feet. MEDIATION & CONFLICT SOLUTIONS (MCS) Wendy Moore 507-285-8400 info@mediationconflictsolutions.org, www.mediationconflictsolutions.org P.O. Box 6541, Rochester, MN 55903 Mediation & Conflict Solutions provides affordable and accessible alternative dispute resolution services MISSION 21 507-208-4600 www.mission21mn.org PO Box 6393, Rochester, MN 55903 An anti-trafficking service provider. Providing services to victims of domestic minor sex trafficking and prostitution. Also community education presentations and prevention programs both adults and youth. POSSABILITIES Eileen Wallace 507-281-6116 posm@possabilities.org, www.possabilities.org 1808 3rd Avenue SE, Rochester, MN 55904 PossAbilities creates opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to contribute to and connect with the community. PROJECT LEGACY Karen Edmonds, Co-founder and Executive Director 507-254-3387 karenedmonds.mn@gmail.com, www.projectlegacymn.org 2928 20th St NE, Rochester, MN 55906 Providing hope, connections and support to youth of color ages 17-24 who are refugees, homeless, formerly gang-involved or recently incarcerated allowing them to transform their lives and become contributing members of our community. UNITED WAY OF OLMSTED COUNTY 507-287-2000 uwoc@uwolmsted.org, www.uwolmsted.org 903 West Center Street, Suite 100, Rochester, MN 55902 We connect people and resources to improve lives in Olmsted County. Give. Advocate. Volunteer. VICTIM SERVICES Office: 507-328-7270, 24-hour Crisis Line: 507-289-0636 victim.services@co.olmsted.mn.us www.co.olmsted.mn.us/cs/victimservices Third Floor Government Center, 151 Fourth Street SE, Rochester, MN 55904 Providing free and confidential services to victims of crime. 24-hour crisis line for victims of sexual assault. Support groups, community education presentations and volunteer opportunities available. WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, INC. 507-292-5152 or 800-543-5627 www.workforcedevelopmentinc.org 2070 Collegeview Rd E, Rochester, MN 55904 Private, non-profit agency dedicated to developing and advancing the workforce of Southeast Minnesota. WOMEN’S SHELTER Crisis line 507-285-1010 Business Line 507-285-1938 www.womens-shelter.org PO Box 457, Rochester, MN 55903 Assists female victims of domestic violence and their children by providing safe temporary housing, assistance in writing Orders for Protection, advocacy and referrals, and support/information groups.

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TRAVEL TO SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA AND YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF IN HISTORIC BLUFF COUNTRY WHERE BEAUTIFUL ROLLING HILLS SURROUND SMALL QUAINT TOWNS. Venture there the weekend of April 26-28 and a host of artists will be opening up their studios for a tour showcasing their artwork. This month’s Women in Arts column features Rochester ceramic artist Stephanie Kuglin, who will be part of the Bluff Country Studio Art Tour, representing Hilltop Clay at Lanesboro Community Center.

INSPIRATION For over a year, Kuglin has been building her own pottery studio within her home located at the top of a hill in Rochester, thus the business name Hilltop Clay. Her pottery wheel sits in front of a large window: inspiration for an artist. Inspired by Heesoo Ceramics in Montana, Kuglin experiments with glazes, seeing what happens when they heat together in the kiln where magical things can take place. From rice paper and laser transfers to using new tools like a slab roller, she welcomes all this new path entails, even the possibility of


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growing by wordof-mouth, as well as social media. She is excited to try new things and keeps broadening her skills and knowledge. teaching it to someone else in the future. Her advice to Rochester Women magazine readers is, “You are never too old to start something new.” Pottery is another interest tied to the many she has of working with her hands, giving function and purpose to something innate. Hilltop pottery is experimental but functional. From plates to mugs, Kuglin finds that pottery is a practice of patience with both failure and success. As a visual thinker, her process is diving right in, working with mistakes and learning through the process. “It doesn’t have to be perfect,” she advises. "It can be messy first, then figure it out later. Don’t wait until it’s perfect. Failure is only when you quit.”

NATURE Kuglin never envisioned herself starting her own pottery business; however, looking back she can see where she always possessed an entrepreneurial spirit. As the oldest child in a single-mother family, a natural inclination to take care of things, do things herself and contribute to the whole developed inside her. As a child she would look for pretty rocks to sell to people, and she built her own candy store in a dresser drawer for the neighborhood kids. Now as an adult, living a self-supporting life is important to Kuglin through gardening and raising animals for food. Additionally, Kuglin has embraced the challenges of business ownership and is walking through them fearlessly. From following the leads provided by others, she has participated in the farmers markets and pop-up markets, and is accepting custom orders from her website. Her business is

NURTURE Kuglin is a wife, mother to three and now a working artist. When I asked her about balancing all these things in everyday life she contemplated, “Balance is a nice idea, but isn’t something that can done every day. Balance comes in chunks of time. For example, this chunk of time we’re going to have easy meals so mom can focus and get work done for a pottery show coming up or an order that’s due. Then we’ve got some slow time, let’s do some family stuff, cook some meals together, go do something fun.” Even with this idea of chunking life balance, it appears Kuglin has found a good balance, even in the everyday. Joy Blewett is a local freelance writer, designer and art teacher.

Bluff Country Studio Art Tour Friday, Saturday & Sunday April 26-28, 2019, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. bluffcountrystudioarttour.org

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Women’s History Month, nwhp.org/events/march/

MARCH 7 Daughters of the Revolution, History Center of Olmsted County, the theme of this year’s meeting is “Saving Seeds; Preserving Our Heritage,” 9:30-10:30 am, 282-9447, olmstedhistory.com


Witter presents "Civil War in Minnesota, The Dakota War of 1862,” 6:30-8:35 pm, 282-9447, olmstedhistory.com

MARCH 14 Olmsted County Genealogical Society Presents: Tragedy and Scandal, History Center of Olmsted County, an evening of encountering and uncovering Family Tree Mysteries of Adoptions, 7-9 pm, 282-9447, olmstedhistory.com

MARCH 15-16, 21-23, 28-31

Ladies Night Out, Downtown Rochester, gather your friends for a night of shopping, dining, and giveaways, 5-9 pm, 216-9882, downtownrochestermn.com

Avenue Q, Rochester Repertory Theatre, a musical where puppets are friends and life lessons are learned, Thurs., Fri., Sat. 7:30 pm; Sun. 2 pm, 289-1737, rochesterrep.org

MARCH 7 Honoring the Journey of Another, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, join this program where you will explore life through another’s shoes, 5:308:30 pm, 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org

Choral Arts Ensemble Presents: Bach’s Passion, Lourdes Chapel at Assisi Heights, a program collaborating with the splendid Bach Society of Minnesota, 7:30 pm, 252-8427, choralartsensemble.org

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Workshop Weekend: Homesteading, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, learn new homesteading skills and become better stewards of your land, 467-2437, eagle-bluff.org

2nd Annual Table Inspirations, Gift of Life Transplant House, Kahler Apache, brunch and workshops, 10am–2pm, gift-of-life.org

MARCH 9, 23 & APRIL 6, 20 Rochester Downtown Winter Farmers Market, Olmsted County Fairgrounds, locally grown and homemade products for sale, 9 am-12 pm, 273-8232, rochfarmmkt.org


MARCH 17 Divine Bach and Handle, Christ United Methodist Church, the Lyra Baroque Orchestra will perform Bach’s Mass in A Major, 3 pm, (651) 321-2214, lyrabaroque.org

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Night in Monte Carlo, Olmsted County Bar Association fundraiser for Legal Assistance of Olmsted County, doors open at 6:15 pm, gaming begins at 7 pm, $90, tickets at loacmn.org

Auditions for Don't Talk to the Actors, Rochester Repertory Theatre, a comedy by Tom Dudzick about actors in the NY theatre scene, 7-9 pm, 289-1737, rochesterrep.org




The Rochester Symphony Presents: Brahms Requiem, Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall, come experience the cherished selection of the Brahms Requiem played by strings, 7:30 pm, 286-8742, rochestersymphony.org/medicine

MARCH 13 Civil War Round Table, History Center of Olmsted County, Lanny 52

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China & Tibet: A Journey to Find Where Compassion is Revealed, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, a discussion of the gifts and culture Tibetans give to the world, 6:30-8:30 pm, 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org

MARCH 22-APRIL 14 Jesus Christ Superstar, Rochester Civic Theatre, telling the story of

biblical Jesus in the days before His crucifixion, Fri. and Sat. 7 pm; Sun. 2 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

MARCH 23 Mercy Me’s Imagine Nation Tour, Mayo Civic Center, award-winning group featuring contemporary Christian songs that are climbing the charts, 7 pm, 328-2220, mayociviccenter.com

MARCH 23-24 Rochester Woodcarvers 43rd Annual Woodcarving Show, Olmsted County Fairgrounds, carvings, tools, blanks, and wood for sale with a People's Choice competition, 10 am-4 pm, 254-5445, exploreminnesota.com

MARCH 24 Townsend Flea/Vintage Market, Mayo Civic Center, vintage finds, antiques, collectibles, and repurposed items for sale, 10 am-4 pm, 269-1473, iridescenthouse.com

MARCH 24 Festival of Music: Bemidji State University Concert Choir, First Presbyterian Church, a performance by well-renowned singers and musicians, directed by Dr. Dwight Jilek, 4-6 pm, 282-1618, fpcrochester.org

MARCH 26 There Will be a Thousand Years of Peace and Prosperity, and They Will be Ushered in by Women, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, a book discussion on the challenges women face with contemporary culture, 6:30-8 pm, 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org

MARCH 27 Women on Wednesdays: The Opioid Epidemic: Big, Bad & Deadly, Rochester Civic Theatre, exploring issues impacting our community and promoting inclusiveness for a healthy society, 5:30-7 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org


Dinner on the Bluff: Dr. Marla Spivak, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, a discussion on honey bees and how we can help them survive, 5-8:30 pm, 467-2437, eagle-bluff.org

APRIL 7 Fools Five Road Race, Lewiston, MN, 8K and one mile race where pledges are donated to cancer research, 1 pm, 523-2024, foolsfive.org




Sleeping Beauty, Rochester Dance Company, Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., $18, rochesterdancecompany.org

Spring Finale, Bethel Lutheran Church, two performances featuring all five Honors Choirs ensembles, 3-4:15 pm; 5-6:15 pm, 252-0505, honorschoirs.org

APRIL 13-14 The Rochester Symphony Presents: The Titans, Lourdes High School, selections from Bernstein and Mahler, Sat. 7:30 pm; Sun. 2 pm, 286-8742, rochestersymphony.org

APRIL 14 Mamma Mia! Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, luxury minicoach will transport you to Chanhassen for dinner and Mamma Mia! performance, 3 – 11:30 pm, $115 includes transportation, dinner and show, reservations required RochesterMNtours.com or 507-421-0573

APRIL 17 Women on Wednesdays: Talking Gender: Diverse Perspectives on Femininity/Masculinity, Rochester Civic Theatre, providing a stage to showcase the richness of our shared cultural heritage, 5:30-7 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

APRIL 18 Studs, Struts & Stilettos, Rochester Area Builders benefiting Two Rivers Habitat for Humanity, Mayo Civic Center Auditorium, construction fashion exposé showcasing the creativity and resourcefulness of building industry professionals, 282-7698, rochesterareabuilders.com

APRIL 20 Annual RIA World Festival, Mayo High School, a celebration of cultural diversity with ethnic food, music performances, and more, 10 am-3 pm, 316-3114, ria-minnesota.org

APRIL 26 German Giants, Mount Olive Lutheran Church, a concert by the Lyra Baroque Orchestra led by violinist Marc Destrubé, 7:30 pm, (651) 321-2214, lyrabaroque.org

APRIL 26-28 Bluff Country Studio Art Tour, weekend of bluff country art in galleries and artist studios, 10 am-5 pm, bluffcountrystudioarttour.org

APRIL 27 Spring Fever, Elder Network Fundraiser, Rochester Golf & Country Club, $75 per ticket, elder-network.org

APRIL 27-28, MAY 4-5 Rochester Area Builders’ Annual Spring Showcase of Homes, featuring homes, townhomes, and subdivisions in various stages of completion, 12-5 pm, 282-7698, rochesterareabuilders.com


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Just Between Friends Spring Consignment Sale, Graham Arena, save money when shopping for children’s products, varying times, 990-7668, rochester.jbfsale.com

MAY 3 Pick-up Rochester Women magazine May/June 2019 issue beginning Friday, May 3, 2019

MAY 3-4 Mid West Music Fest, Winona, showcasing over 100 acts of quality music, collaborations, and special events, 494-8079, midwestmusicfest.org

MAY 4 Choral Arts Ensemble Presents: Closest Distance, Zumbro Lutheran Church, partnering with the actors of Great River Shakespeare Festival for comedic entertainment, 7:30 pm, 252-8427, choralartsensemble.org

MAY 5 Women’s Ride Day, Bicycle Sports, learn, ride and connect, 12:30 pm bike maintenance clinic, 1 pm trail ride or road ride, bicyclesportsinc.com

MAY 10-11 Mother <-> Daughter Experience, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, bonding opportunity for mothers and daughters, Fri.: dinner and speaker Allison Loftus, Sat.: breakfast, yoga, workshops, lunch and time to connect, $100 per person or $150 for mother+daughter, luannb.com

MAY 10 A Night of PossAbilities, New Hilton Hotel, an evening of wine, roses, and craft beer to benefit PossAbilities, 5:30 pm, 281-6116, possabilities.org

MAY 10-12 47th Annual Gold Rush, Olmsted County Fairgrounds, antique show and market featuring pottery, jewelry, glassware, collectibles, and more, 269-1473, iridescenthouse.com

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EIGHT YEARS AGO, I HOSTED A ONE-DAY CONFERENCE FEATURING JANET BRAY ATTWOOD, CO-AUTHOR OF THE BESTSELLING BOOK, “THE PASSION TEST.” My daughter, just 16 years old at the time, was helping me with the event. Being her sweet self, she asked Janet how she could serve her. Janet, in turn, asked my daughter, Ashley Hallett, to sit down so she could practice her process. My daughter got a 45-minute coaching session with Janet Bray Attwood who invited her to become a certified facilitator for Passion Test for Kids & Teens.

interact with our peers. There were only three teenagers in a course of 40 adults. The teenagers were so powerful that the adults were stepping up their game, getting over their fears of public speaking and sharing more deeply. If these young adults could do this work and present in front of a room full of people, we surely could too. We do a lot of appreciation and recognition of one another in these courses. At one of those moments, my daughter stood up and in front of the whole room and said, “Thanks, Mom, for getting me this message at 16, instead of waiting until I am 40 or 50, like the rest of you.” We laughed and we cried together, it was so poignant. By the end of this training, I knew the Passion Test was something I wanted to share with the world, because I wanted to live the philosophy, every day, of following my passions. Throughout her high school years, Ashley was a counselor to her friends and used the philosophies she learned at training. She is now 25 years old, has a master’s degree in counseling and is in private practice in the Twin Cities. She uses the Passion Test process where appropriate with her clients.


Janet Atwood and LuA

If you have experienced a 16-year-old in your life, you know most often Mom is the dumbest person on the planet from their perspective. So, it occurred to me, what a great bonding experience it could be for the two of us to go through personal development training like this together.

TRANSFORMATION HAPPENS During the four-day certification training, we spent every day together, working on assignments and watching each other 54

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“Going through the Passion Test at a young age taught me that prioritizing myself is healthy, being intentional in life is necessary and, most importantly, dedicating my life to something I am passionate about is perhaps the single most empowering choice I could make for my future,” shares Ashley. She explains that being at an event almost exclusively with older adults provided her a unique perspective that she could have ended up as an adult seeking answers and learning (late) to prioritize her happiness. She thought, “Limiting the number of years in which I was actually able to live my passions is scary!” This helped create a sense of urgency for her to do it then and be better for it later. “I think the Passion Test process is helpful

for mothers and daughters to experience together because it promotes vulnerability, authenticity and empowerment. What great qualities for a mother to model, prioritizing herself for her daughter. It truly helped me learn the importance of valuing myself,” says Ashley.

LuAnn Buechler and

her daughter Ashley


EXPERIENCE THE PASSION TEST Over the eight years I have been sharing this work in our community I have worked with men, women, moms and teens as well as whole families. The communication that opens up between parents and children is amazing. Ashley and I are excited to be presenting together as a part of the Mother <–> Daughter retreat Rochester Women magazine is hosting May 10-11, 2019 at Assisi Heights Spirituality Center in Rochester. This experience will help women bond with their daughters and change lives by opening up their minds and hearts to one another. By the way, there is no test. We hope to meet you there. LuAnn Buechler is a certified facilitator of the Passion Test and Passion Test for Business. She will be facilitating the Passion Test at SMILE Leadership Summit (For Parents & Teens), April 12-13, 2019 at Elks Club, Rochester. www.SMILESummits.com.

Mother Daughter EXPERIENCE MAY 10-11, 2019

Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, Rochester, MN FRIDAY EVENING: Dinner and Speaker Allison Loftus of Flourish Counseling Center LLC

Allison Loftus Friday Keynote Speaker

Allison is a licensed professional counselor who is committed to inspiring in every woman’s heart the fundamental life value that she is love-able, worthy, & significant. Her witty and genuine personality inspires audiences to embrace their inner beauty and courageously step into their individual uniqueness.

SATURDAY: Breakfast, yoga, workshops, lunch and time to connect

LuAnn Buechler Saturday Workshop Leader

LuAnn Buechler, CMP, is a Passionate Business Owner, Author, Transformational Speaker, Certified Facilitator of the Passion Test and Passion Test for Business. LuAnn uses her unique personality and experiences to relate to her audiences in delivering passionate presentations that inspire people to achieve the success they desire in business and in life. Painting supplies provided by:

Sarinna Fischer Saturday Workshop Leader

Sarinna Fisher is a yoga instructor in Rochester at Urban Yoga MN and Roca Climbing & Fitness. Sarinna’s preferred teaching style is Hatha Vinyasa, a balanced flow with both active and restorative elements all of her classes support all levels of experience.

Dr. LaChelle Wieme Saturday Workshop Leader

Doctor Wieme is a doctor of anesthesia practice, certified registered nurse anesthetist, professor, nationally recognized public speaker, and virtual franchise owner with Rodan + Fields. As a self-proclaimed “personal growth junky,” Dr. Wieme has noticed one common thread that links growth and leadership. Whether you call it personal accountability, personal responsibility, or simple making no excuses – the concept is the same. What is it that you need to see, own, or do to rise to your potential? YOU have the power!

Mother <-> Daughter Experience is a Rochester Women magazine event created in collaboration with PMC Events and LuAnnB.

ONLY $100 Per Person or $150 Per Mother + Daughter

Optional overnight accommodations at Assisi Heights are $40 per person. To reserve your room, call 507-282-7441 or email info@rochesterfranciscan.org.

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