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LISA SCHNEIDER Owner & Chief Creative Officer Canvas & Chardonnay 317 S. Broadway Rochester, MN 55904


CANVAS & CHARDONNAY Lisa Schneider grew up in a unique and creative community in Colorado and has retained an affinity for artistic expression as well as a flair for fun. As owner and chief creative officer of Canvas & Chardonnay, Lisa delights in creating a community gathering place for people to try their hand at painting while sharing the experience with their fellow painters. Canvas & Chardonnay emphasizes FUN: Patrons can relax and let go of their cares while sipping on wine or beer and focus on putting paintbrush to canvas. The festive atmosphere is enhanced by their entertaining staff, the ambiance of their art-laden studio setting and the energetic downtown vibe. Describing Canvas & Chardonnay’s inception, Lisa shares, “There’s not always a lot to do in Rochester for entertainment, and I had a strong feeling that this concept would do well here. I’ve always been a bit of a risk taker, so I went for it! Three short months after the idea first arose in 2012, we were open and having our first class! Everything in those three months just fell into place, like kismet—especially the location that we are in. This old building was built in 1800, and we just love it, ghosts and all.” Indeed, Canvas & Chardonnay was received well by the community: They currently have six painting class instructors and can host up to 55 painters in the studio at one time. Lisa Schneider especially loves it when ladies bring their husbands along for an evening of painting at Canvas & Chardonnay. She says, “The guys arrive with this look on their face that says, ‘There’s a million things I’d rather be doing.’” Laughing, she adds, “But by the end of the night they’ve had so much fun they are saying, ‘When are we coming back?’” While Canvas & Chardonnay has many loyal local clients who paint just about every month, they are also fortunate to entertain many folks from out of town who are visiting Mayo Clinic and looking for something entertaining to do while they are here in Rochester. A more recent option, Canvas & Chardonnay now offers “To Go” parties! Most painters think it’s more enjoyable to paint in the studio; however, sometimes painters have a special occasion and would prefer the art studio travel to them. Lisa enthusiastically shares, “Whatever works for our clients, works for us!” While the word “chardonnay” is part of her business’s name, Lisa reveals, “People are usually surprised to learn that chardonnay is probably the least popular wine we sell. The most popular by far is moscato, which is a sweet, easy to drink wine. Plus, we always have a good variety of beer for our non-wine enthusiasts.” Canvas & Chardonnay is not your typical art studio! They also have a small boutique on-site where they feature the wares of local crafters and artists. Currently, they’re featuring Cream & Sugar Candle Co., which is a local candle maker that makes high quality soy candles in charming old tea-cups. Previously, Canvas & Chardonnay has featured unique felt art by Amarama Art, wood pieces by Worker Bee Wood, silverware jewelry by Pork Chop Fork Shop, handmade soap from Geek Soaps by Natalie, and many others. Of Rochester and Canvas & Chardonnay, Lisa says, “We really do have a vibrant art culture here in Rochester—if you know where to look—and we try to do our part in supporting it and attracting more people to experience art.”

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I have been thinking about what it was like 18 years ago when I started Rochester Women magazine, what has changed and what has stayed the same. Rochester Women magazine’s mission remains the same: Help area women connect with each other and the community. However, as a result of taking the Passion Test several times, we have redefined our purpose: Empower women to live passionately. You (our readers) and the world we live in have changed. The population of Rochester has increased by more than 25,500 since 2000.* The median age in Rochester has increased from 34.3 in 2000 to 35.4. There are now 32.6 percent more housing units in Rochester, and 44 percent of them have children under 18. In 2000 there were 2,883 female householders with no husband present. In 2017, there were 4,076 female householders, 66 percent with own children under the age of 18. Of the adult (over 18 years) population, 47.9 percent (40,438) are male and 52.1 percent (43,922) are female. The African-American (8 percent) and Asian (9 percent) populations are greater in Rochester now than in 2000; although White (of European descent) still make up the majority (84 percent) of the population. Our community has been trying to become more inclusive, compassionate and welcoming as the population changes in ethnicity.   We are now more connected through technology than ever. RWmagazine.com has been making online connections since 2000 and was redesigned in 2011 to include our Facebook feed. We update RWmagazine.com with new content from each issue, which draws more than 2,000 viewers per bimonthly cycle. In addition, we now have 2,314 (and growing) Facebook followers. Like and follow Rochester Women on Facebook for more information and event invitations. I started Rochester Women magazine as a sole proprietor in 2000. In 2002, I partnered with Doug Solinger and began printing with his company, Midwest Litho. In 2017, I became the sole proprietor of Women Communications, L.L.C. DBA Rochester Women magazine again. I am proud to be a business owner. With all of the challenges, instability and risk comes pride and joy, creative opportunities, flexibility and great connections. I am grateful that Rochester businesses support this publication and our mission. You may have noticed the women in business on the cover of this issue of Rochester Women magazine March/April 2018 issue, because this issue includes Rochester Women’s Business & Resource Directory. Look for the advertorials (mini articles) throughout this issue and the Business Listings (pages 14-17) and nonprofit Resource Listings (pages 33-40). Hold on to this issue to refer back to throughout the year. Over 18 years, we have published more than 100 issues, sponsored numerous events for women, listened, learned and laughed together. In 2018, Rochester Women magazine is ready to take on more adventures with you! Sincerely,

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DESSA WITH MONAKR Weds., Apr. 4, 7:30 p.m. Rochester Art Center 40 Civic Center Dr SE Singer, rapper, and writer Dessa has made a career of bucking genres and defying expectations—her résumé as a musician includes performances at Lollapalooza and Glastonbury, co-compositions for 100-voice choir, performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, and a song on the #1 album The Hamilton Mixtape. She’s been published by The New York Times Magazine, and is set to release her first hardcover collection with Dutton Books in the fall of 2018. In March, she embarks on a world tour through the US, Europe, and Asia. Chicago-based MONAKR is largely inspired by the Peter Gabriel flavored electro-pop-rock of the ’80s, and couples dark R&B and the moody trip-hop of the late ’90s. Tickets: $18 Advance - $20 Day of Show.

LADIES NIGHT OUT Thurs., Mar. 8, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Downtown Rochester Ladies, grab your friends and get ready for a phenomenal evening of shopping, dining, and giveaways.

2ND ANNUAL BREASTFEST Sat., Mar. 24, 9:30 a.m. - Noon Peace Plaza in Downtown Rochester Join us in celebrating World Breastfeeding Week. Our mission is to cultivate and display a community that supports a woman’s right to feed her baby however and wherever she chooses. Full schedule to be announced. Free.

A VULVA AFFAIR Sat., Mar. 24, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Canvas & Chardonnay 317 S Broadway Celebrate femininity and recharge as you network, listen to our guest speaker, meditate and tap into your creative side. Gather and grow your network of powerhouse women in Southeast Minnesota. $75 includes light fare and drinks. Seeking sponsors. Register at medcitydoulas. com/vulva-affair or info@medcitydoulas.com.

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ROCHESTER TRIO Sat., Apr. 7, 7:30 p.m. Christ United Methodist Church 400 5th Ave SW Local musicians play Weber, Debussy and Brahms. Horacio Nuguid, piano, David Townsend, clarinet and Stephen Pelkey, cello. Free. 507-287-9765. rcmsociety@gmail.com. rochesterchambermusic.org

LOCAL TEACHERS RECEIVE OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR AWARDS Congratulations to Kristen Seeger (Albert Lea Schools) and Shannon Johnson (ZumbrotaMazeppa Schools) who were named Outstanding Educators from the Rochester Area Math Science Partnership. This award recognizes educators who demonstrate excellence in teaching, outstanding leadership, and focus on continuous improvement which serves to move students toward high achievement in world-class standards in math, science and technology.

WOMEN OF MAYO: LIVING THE HISTORY Sat., Mar. 24, various times Mayowood Mansion 3720 Mayowood Rd SW Join us for a delightful experience of education and entertainment at the newly renovated Mayowood mansion while celebrating the crucial early contributions women made to the creation of the Mayo Clinic while raising funds for the preservation of museum artifacts for the History Center of Olmsted County. Throughout the evening you will meet many of the brilliant and dedicated women from the earliest years of the Mayo Clinic. Enjoy tea or a formal dinner as you become an important character from Mayo’s formative years with a table of historic friends in a guided conversation. Tour the mansion at your leisure and meet several historic figures featured in as well as the author of the book Women of Mayo Clinic: The Founding Generation by Virginia M. Wright-Peterson. Also seeking sponsors, If interested, contact Joan Smith at 507287-9765 or at rcmsociety@gmail.com. $50 for the tea and $100 for the formal dinner.

WOMEN HELPING WOMEN: BUILDING LIVES Thurs., Mar. 8, 6:00-8:30 p.m. Assisi Heights 1001 14th Street NW Meet extraordinary gifted women who have made a difference by empowering others to move forward despite the odds against them. Yuliya Antopova Elder turned her own story into a philanthropic project connecting with her home country of the Soviet Union. Jo Marie Morris is executive director of Jeremiah Program, dedicated to creating a path out of poverty for low-income single mothers in Southeastern Minnesota, transforming lives two generations at a time. Teri Sanneman and Kay Anderson are members of CHAMPS (Connecting Hope and Medicine to People of Haiti) whose mission is to improve the quality of life for the Haitian people in rural villages. $24 pre-registered/pre-paid, includes a light supper. No registration at the door.

THE ART OF SEEING DINNER ON THE BLUFF: THE BWCAW WITH STEVE PIRAGIS Sat., March, 3, 5:00 p.m. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center Steve Piragis has been paddling the BWCAW with his wife Nancy for over 40 years. Always a political hotbed of controversy, the BWCA Wilderness is again in the news as big international mining interests now see profits in the copper and nickel ores found just outside its borders. We’ll outline the reasoning why we oppose this type of development in this place. Registration Required. $25/person early bird, $30 week of event.

Sat., Apr. 28, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Improve your photography. Learn how to develop a discerning eye and explore the various elements needed to compose a successful image. Discussion, project work and critique will help you develop the skill of seeing and capturing quality images. Led by Mary Ayshford. $45 preregistered/prepaid, includes lunch. No registration at the door. To register, go to rochesterfranciscan.org, select the date under ’Events’ or contact Angie at 507-280-2195.


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ADDRESSING ISSUES TO OVERCOME THEM Wendland started Journey of Hope, a group for family and loved ones of those suffering from mental illness. She also started Compassion Counseling Center, which offers free counseling to those who need it. Her newest project is a faith-based support group for those living with mental health disorders. Her work mentoring families and individuals has given her “riches.” She says, “Out of your mess comes your message,” as she helps people address their hurts and overcome them. The concept of restoration

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A PROFESSIONAL LEGACY “Her amazing gifts extend into her work realm as well,” writes Seaberg. “She has been the key player in launching many nurse-based programs in her career and is the biggest advocate for nursing as a profession. She has blessed numerous patients over the years by her care and compassion. Faye has served as mentor and encourager to her fellow nurses, and we are sincerely grateful and honored to call her friend.” At Mayo Clinic, Wendland started a triage center and worked as a case manager for recovering addicts. She developed a program for those with depression, helping to write a workbook for Mayo Clinic using real life stories of patients. She was a wellness coach back before it was all the rage, focusing on the idea of taking care of the whole person.

EXERCISE FOR LIFE Exercise is a big part of Wendland’s life. She has been running with her husband since 1979, an activity that has helped keep their relationship strong. When she began running she was

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THE NEXT PHASE As she transitions away from a busy work life, she is saying “no” as she sorts through her options. She is “sleeping in” until 6 or 6:30 a.m. these days. She anticipates traveling to California and New York to spend time with her daughters and her two new granddaughters. She says, “I just want to live well and have a purpose.” As someone who didn’t feel beautiful for a long time because of her weight, Wendland realizes that “beauty is so much more” than what we see. She says, “There’s always something to be grateful for.” She also understands the power of the mind: “What you think is how you feel.” Rochester Women magazine congratulates Faye Wendland on her retirement. We encourage our readers (you) to nominate yourself or someone else who deserves to feel beautiful. Emily Watkins is a writer and editor. RWmagazine.com March/April 2018 11



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KARI DOUGLAS of Echelon Wealth Partners is a Financial Advisor who strives every day to inspire the clients she works with to help them plan to achieve all of their dreams, goals and CFP®, CRPC®, Ch aspirations by providing a comprehensive approach with creative solutions and strategies in wealth creation and preservation. She possesses the capabilities and resources to provide customized recommendations and support for tax strategies, estate planning strategies, investments and retirement income planning. Through this comprehensive approach, she helps Financial Advis her clients feel more confident in their financial future and well-being. She translates her clients’ dreams into plans with purpose. Whether you are focusing on retirement income planning, protection needs, or small business planning, she will work with you to find the right financial solutions to help you bring your own unique goals and dreams more within reach. Echelon Weal If you are the type of person seeking an inspirational, life-changing collaboration with a financial advisor please call Kari to schedule an appointment, (507) 281-4341. Ameriprise Financial cannot guarantee future financial results. Ameriprise Financial does not offer tax or legal advice. Consult your tax advisor or attorney. Investment advisory services and products are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., a registered investment adviser. Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC. © 2018 Ameriprise Financial, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Jamie Mahlberg is running for House District 25A.



Research has shown that women are significantly less likely to be encouraged to run for office than men. Self-doubt often plagues women, and despite shifting traditional gender roles, women still tend to take on a greater share of domestic management, making it more difficult for women to envision what would happen to their families through a campaign and an elected position.

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BRINGING WOMEN TO THE TABLE As the population of southeast Minnesota grows, serious issues like affordable housing, availability of child care and living-wage jobs need to be addressed. According to Olmsted County data, 24 percent of households with a female single parent are below the poverty level, and that number grows to 34 percent when there are children in the home under the age of 5. Women must be at the table to discuss economic growth, transportation, infrastructure investment, parks and public space and other important political issues. In southeast Minnesota, there are incredible women who have stepped forward, dedicating their time and making sacrifices to ensure that the perspective of women is present in discussions about important issues in our community. They serve on city councils, school boards and

at the state Legislature and lead organizations, commissions and other boards. However, women are still vastly underrepresented.

INSPIRED TO STEP FORWARD Jamie Mahlberg, candidate for House District 25A, is a political newcomer. She says, “The most encouraging part of my campaign so far has been the support of women. Women initially encouraged me to run. Individual women have stepped up to volunteer and donate, and womenled organizations have provided some of the best guidance I’ve had.” Mahlberg’s mantra is: “Show Up. Be Kind.” Her openness to new experiences has resulted in her serving on a city commission as well as building new relationships within diverse groups in the community. She adds, “The moral of this story is that all you often need to do is ask directly or through your social network and doors will open.” An educator at Rochester Community and Technical College for over 10 years, Mahlberg is well-networked and understands the people who make up the Rochester area. As she notes, “I witness every day that policy decisions affect people. I’ve built relationships with students and friends who won’t leave the country for fear of not getting back in. I’ve helped students explore options when a $100 barrier keeps them from continuing their education.”

SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGE We must encourage and support women like Mahlberg who are dedicating themselves to serving people so that their contributions aren’t taken for granted or lost in the male-dominated narrative in politics. Let’s follow Jamie’s advice, and reach out to our networks to encourage more women to share their talents and perspectives to make the community better. Then let’s make sure we support them.  nna Richey is the Southern MN A regional manager for conservation, chair of the Rochester Energy Commission and co-chair of More Women on the Move. The mission of More Women on the Move is to host networking opportunities and provide the training and tools necessary to accomplish that goal. Join us at the following events. Saturday, March 10, 12:30 - 4 p.m. Creating Your Message: The Stump Speech. Rochester Area Foundation.  Wednesday, March 14, 5:30 p.m. Practice stump speeches. Forager.  Saturday, April 14, 12:30 - 4 p.m. Learn about opponent and issue research. Rochester Area Foundation. Saturday, May 5, 12:30 - 4 p.m. Learn about direct voter contact. Rochester Area Foundation.

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WOMEN COMMUNICATIONS, L.L.C., ROCHESTER WOMEN MAGAZINE Jorrie Johnson editor@RWmagazine.com Nikki Kranebell 507-254-7109 nikki@RWmagazine.com, www.RWmagazine.com P.O. Box 5986, Rochester, MN 55903 Rochester Women magazine can help you reach more than 25,000 area women with each of its six issues published annually, the yearly Women’s Business & Resource Directory and digital marketing.

Art Classes CANVAS & CHARDONNAY Lisa Schneider, Owner 507-258-4268 lisa@canvasandchardonnay.com, www.canvasandchardonnay.com 317 S. Broadway, Rochester, MN 55904 Rochester’s original hot spot for painting, sipping and FUN! Party on, painters!

Beauty HAIR STUDIO 52 & DAY SPA Jessica Amos 507-289-2986 contact@hairstudio52.com, www.hairstudio52.com 2300 Superior Drive NW, Rochester, MN 55901 HAIR • WAXING • MAKE UP • MASSAGE • MANI/PEDIS Hair Studio 52 and Day Spa 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. 14 March/April 2018 RWmagazine.com

THE SALON ® PROFESSIONAL ACADEMY ROCHESTER Jessica Amos and Daniel Link Guest Services 507-285-3365 Admissions 507-990-2347 www.tsparochester.com The Salon Professional Academy-Rochester was opened in 2016 to carry forward our passion of excellence in the salon industry. We have high standards for our students to learn exceptional guest handling, technical, and business skills. Whether it is Cosmetology or Massage Therapy, our goal is for our graduates to be prepared for successful and satisfying careers. Come in and enjoy salon and spa services at discounted prices. All of our students are trained and supervised by our industry experienced educators.

ANEW MEDSPA CLINIC Dr. Vicky Hagstrom 507-258-6553 service@medspa.clinic, www.medspa.clinic 3135 Superior Drive NW, Rochester, MN 55901 Dr. Vicky of Anew Medspa Clinic uses her 30 years of medical experience and combinations of injectable, laser and topical treatments with little to no recovery time to obtain a natural, youthful, bright glow for every patient. Others will notice, but they won’t know--unless you tell them!

Business Services ADVANCED BUSINESS SYSTEMS Anne Schmal 507-282-4948 or 1-800-658-9431 advancedbussys@aol.com, www.advbiz.com 2003 George St., La Crosse, WI 54603 Mailing solutions providing authorized Neopost/Hasler mailing products.

Chiropractors BRENNAN FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC and Nutrition Center Dr. Melissa Brennan 507-289-3333 dr_melissabrennan@yahool.com, www.brennanhealth.com 2048 Superior Dr NW, Suite 500, Rochester, MN 55901 Our purpose is to restore your health naturally. One client at a time, we teach you to take back your own health and continue to improve and maintain it for a lifetime.

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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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NORTHWEST DENTAL GROUP Dr. Katie Post Northwest Dental Group 507-289-3921 smilessd@northwestdentalgroup.com, www.northwestdentalgroup.com 1615 14th St. NW, Rochester, MN 55901 Our goal is to ensure that our treatments consider your comfort and provide the compassionate attention you need to enjoy improved health and wellness.

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Be sure not to miss out at Real Deals because our inventory changes weekly. What you see one week may be gone the next week! Whether you are decorating your home, you’re an interior designer, or your friends you can always call on you to help make a home interiors more beautiful, we have what you need here at Rochesters’s Real Deals on Home Décor. Plus, we have affordable clothing and accessories to complete your unique look! Can’t wait to see you soon! Join our Real Deals Rochester Online Boutique on Facebook for even more clothes, and Live Sales!


Christi Jorde RealDeals.net 507-775-3724, CJorde@somerby.com Trina Thompson 507-775-3722, TThompson@somerby.com, www.somerby.com 975 Somerby Parkway NE, Byron, MN 55920 Ashley_Moberg_2018.indd 1 Somerby Golf Club is a private club offering its Members, families and guests Associates in Psychiatry and Psychology the finest golf, recreational, social and business entertaining lifestyles. Members enjoy camaraderie, impeccable service and pride in belonging. For more 3101 Superior Drive NW information, please visit Somerby.com. Rochester, MN, 55901


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Financial ALTRA FEDERAL CREDIT UNION Brittany Johnson 507-258-4500 bpjohnson@altra.org, 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!


ECHELON WEALTH PARTNERS A 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 income planning, protection needs, or small business planning, she will work with you to find the right financial solutions to help bring your own unique goals and dreams more within reach.© 2016 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. Investment advisory services and products are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., a registered investment adviser. Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC.

Dr. Patton, Licensed Psychologist began her career at APP in 1992. In 1997 she purchased the practice in 2015 and was able to expand into a brand new 6,000 sq. ft. building on Superior Drive. The practice serves children through adults with mental health issues in a kind and caring environment. Whether you are interested in medication assessment and management by one of our psychiatrists or nurse practitioners or you wish to pursue therapy with one of our psychologists, clinical social workers or marriage and family therapists we have the right fit for your needs. We also focus on integrative care through our acupuncture services and overnight sleep studies lab and on site functional medicine assessments. APP is in-network for Medicare, most major insurance networks as well as for Mayo employees. Satellite offices available in Owatonna, Faribault and Wabasha. Call 507-288-8544 to schedule an apt. with very little wait time.


Bonita and her husband also spend time with their joint business Post Town Winery and Studio 5. PTW is a quaint boutique winery within the Rochester city limits open on a limited basis to the public for tastings and live music, as well as providing reasonably prices rental space for all types of gatherings (up to 50 people) including intimate wedding ceremonies. Call 507 251 1946 to schedule a private tasting for 10 or more or to inquiry about renting. Upcoming events listed on our website at www.posttownwienry.com

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Somerby Golf Club 975 Somerby Parkway NE Byron, MN 55902

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Jennifer Gowin Rochester 507-285-3706 jgowin@premierbanks.com, www.premierbanks.com Premier Bank 3145 Wellner Drive NE, Rochester, MN 55906 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. Member FDIC

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SOMERBY GOLF CLUB Mix business with pleasure for a productive day away from the office. We provide everything you need to impress your colleagues and inspire your employees. The executive chef can provide personalized menus to fit your event, while our experienced team goes above and beyond to create a flawless event for you and your guests. We provide personalized service and professional accommodations for a variety of business functions, including: Formal meetings • Business dinners • Team-building sessions Corporate and client golf outings • Employee play days Think of Somerby for your Company Luncheon, Board Meeting, Seminars, and more – the public is welcome! Somerby and their professional staff will help you plan from start to finish. For a personalized quote, or more information, contact the Director of Catering Sales, Trina Thompson at tthompson@somerby.com

Healthcare ASSOCIATES IN PSYCHIATRY & PSYCHOLOGY Bonita Patton 507-288-8544 drpatton@appmn.com, www.appmn.com 3101 Superior Dr NW, Rochester, MN 55901 Private, comfortable new office space with caring, professional staff. The 1st choice for outpatient mental health, medication management, sleep studies and acupuncture. Same week appointments.


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Kristie Moore 507-285-4459 soulpurposerochester@gmail.com, www.soulpurposeboutique.com 321 S Broadway, Rochester, MN 55904 Tracy McGuire Photography Experience a variety of unique items that are locally crafted, ethically sourced and thoughtfully curated. Find items to wear & items to share for you and your home. 2/14/18 4:44 PM


Director of Membership and Marketing Somerby Golf Club 975 Somerby Parkway NE Byron, MN 55920

Ashley Moberg 507-244-0609 www.realdeals.net/rochester 525 6th Ave NW, Rochester, MN 55901 Whether you are decorating your home, you’re an interior designer, or your friends can always call on you to help make home interiors more beautiful, we have what you need here at Rochester’s Real Deals on Home Decor. Plus, we have affordable clothing and accessories to complete your unique look!


SOMERBY GOLF CLUB Somerby is a family-friendly private golf club providing a world-class golf experience with high quality services and amenities for all members and their guests. To belong to Somerby is to be a part of a warm & welcoming family that continues to grow. As a community we are committed to respecting our social responsibilities, charitable obligations, growing the game of golf and building upon a tradition of excellence. Contact Christi and come experience all that Somerby Golf Club has to offer, including: world class golf, fitness center, steam room, swimming pool, fire pit, outdoor patio, outdoor ice skating/hockey rink and cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails. However, our most important asset is the fun and friendly culture of Somerby created by our members and staff. Whether you are an empty nester or a family, there is always something fun to enjoy at Somerby. Contact Christi Jorde for your personal tour today.

Lawyers O’BRIEN AND WOLF Jill Frieders O’Brien 507-289-4041 or 800-537-3506 info@obrienwolf.com, www.obrienwolf.com Bremer Bank Building 45 28th Street SE, Suite 300, Rochester, MN 55904 The attorneys at O’Brien & Wolf are experienced and effective, both in the courtroom and out. We are a powerful legal team with broad areas of legal practice. These critical factors are the key to a strong track record of success and how we will help find solutions for you.

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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.

Doctor of Chiropractic 3411 22nd Ave. NW Rochester, MN 55901




Dr. Katie Layden, Doctor of Chiropractic,owns RAK Chiropractic with her husband Dr. Ryley Layden. The dynamic duo specializes in Sports Chiropractic, Pre/Postnatal care along with Pediatric Chiropractic.

GLK ORTHODONTICS Dr. Nellie Kim-Weroha 507-288-4427 appts@getasmile.com, getasmile.com 401 16th St. SE, Rochester, MN 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 begin your journey!

Dr. Katie’s passion is pregnancy and children. She has achieved great success helping many children with an array of conditions from colic and fussiness to ear infections and bed wetting; overall promoting a healthier and stronger immune system. Dr. Katie has helped many women achieve a successful birth through the power of the chiropractic adjustment. She is Webster Technique certified which helps position the baby for the best possible birth.

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Although Dr. Katie enjoys working with mothers and children, she is interested in helping any individual wanting to improve their overall health and obtain their nutritional goals.

HERS Brenda Dahlstrom, Owner 507-281-5585 bbdahlstrom@aol.com, www.hersclothing.com 111 S. Broadway, Rochester, MN 55904

Call Today to find out Specials RAK Chiropractic is offering!

As second generation owners, we travel the country curating our collection of beautiful jackets, tops and jeans that you won’t find anywhere else.



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SHOREWOOD SENIOR CAMPUS Angela Budensiek Katie_layden_2018.indd 1 507-252-9110 abudensiek@shorewoodcampus.com, Premier Bank Rochester www.shorewoodseniorcampus.com 3145 Wellner Drive NE 2115 2nd Street SW. Rochester, MN 55902 Rochester, MN 55906 Shorewood Senior Campus offers apartment living, assisted living, memory jgowin@premierbanks.com care and respite/short-term stays for 55+. The Club at Shorewood has a lap/ 507-285-3706 swimming pool, hydroworx pool and techno gym exercise equipment.

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BEAR CREEK SERVICES Linda Driessen 507-288-7195 info@bearcreekservices.org, www.bearcreekservices.org 3108 U.S. 52, Rochester, MN 55901 Bear Creek Services is a nonprofit organization that provides two main services for people who have disabilities or traumatic brain injury. One service is to provide group homes, and all residential support services required for 24/7 care. The second service is we provide independent living training, along with limited support services, for people to live independently in their own home and outside of group homes.

Wineries POST TOWN WINERY Bonita Patton, Tasting Room Manager 507-251-1946 bonita@posttownwinery.com, www.posttownwinery.com 4418 N. Frontage Road, Plaza 14, Rochester, MN 55901 Rochester’s best boutique winery, featuring quality wines made from locally grown grapes. Taste a range of wines in our warm and peaceful tasting room.

Premier Bank Rochester is a Minnesota based, family owned bank, rooted in community. Premier offers a full range of business, non-profit, and consumer banking products designed to save valued time and money. Premier Bankers offer 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. Jennifer Gowin has worked at Premier Bank Rochester for eleven years. Currently a Commercial Loan Officer, Jennifer works with new and established business owners, providing creative lending solutions. Jennifer is actively engaged in the Rochester community, currently serving on The Reading Center Board of Directors, and committees for the American Business Women’s Association, Rochester Area Builders, and the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce. Jennifer was voted ABWA Woman of the year in 2012 and in 2014 she was honored by Premier Bank with the Premier Partner in Service Award for her selfless dedication to her family, co-workers, and the Rochester community. At Premier Bank Rochester, our mission is to be the Premier community bank in the region, and the bank of choice in the communities we are privileged to serve. Contact Jennifer today to learn what she can do for you!


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Office Manager Altra Federal Credit Union 123 16th Ave SW Suite 500 Rochester, MN 55902

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Brittany Johnson has over 10 years of experience in the financial industry. She has worked for Altra Federal Credit Union for over 5 years as an Office Manager. Brittany’s top priority is to help Altra members live their best life. Founded in 1931, Altra is a nationwide, full-service cooperative financial institution with over 98,000 members and $1.3 billion in assets. Brittany is passionate about the Rochester community and represents Altra at various events that support organizations such as The Ronald Mc Donald House, PossAbilities, The Hope Lodge and Gift of Life Transplant House. She is also an active member of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce. For Brittany, working at Altra is not just a job, it’s an opportunity to make a positive impact in members’ lives. Because of her leadership, Altra has experienced exceptional growth in Rochester. As a result, Altra is adding a new 7,400 square foot office located at the southwest corner of 19th Street and West Circle Drive. Here, she will work with a staff of 10 to 12 employees including full business and mortgage lending teams as well as retail branch employees. The office will open the fall of 2018.


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BRENNAN FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC In 1997, Dr. Melissa was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. After years of medications and complications (kidney disease, arthritis, sun sensitivity, butterfly rash, and extreme fatigue), she was motivated to find a more natural approach to treating her disease. Becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic in 2004 started her on the road to a healthier, drug-free lifestyle. Today, Dr. Melissa’s lupus is in remission. She attributes her health to Chiropractic, Acupuncture, a Whole Food Diet, and Nutritional Supplements. She has taken what most consider an “unfortunate disease of lupus” and turned it into a blessing and opportunity to help others seek more natural ways to improve and maintain their health for a lifetime.

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BEAR CREEK SERVICES The mission of Bear Creek Services is to provide personalized community life experiences for individuals with developmental disabilities or brain injuries. We have been supporting individuals to build independence and maximize potential since 1976. Linda Driessen has been the Executive Director since 2013. As a local community non-profit, we strive to educate our community to the needs, challenges, and joys of supporting individuals with disabilities. We bring a person centered approach to our support services that encourages people with disabilities to attain their life goals and truly become contributing members of this community. Linda’s passion in life is to change the world for people with disabilities and to change the world’s perception of those with disabilities. Bear Creek Services’ vision is that Southeast Minnesota is integrated, inclusive, values each of its community members, and offers quality care options for ALL individuals. We are better together. To learn more about Bear Creek Services, contact Linda at 507-288-7195.

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Angela graduated from Winona State University in 2005 with a degree in Communication Studies. After graduation, she started her career at Shorewood Senior Campus where she now works as the Director of Marketing. Angela discusses senior living options with residents and families to determine appropriate options for each person. With Cascade Lake and Park in the back yard, Shorewood Senior Campus does not disappoint. Owned by the J. A. Wedum Foundation and managed by SilverCrest Properties, Shorewood offers Apartment Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care. The Club at Shorewood, is an 11,000 sq. ft. state-of- the-art health and wellness center. It provides residents and community members access to TechnoGym® equipment, an aerobics studio, a 91° warm water swimming pool, and the Hydroworx ® therapy pool. The Hydroworx® therapy pool is an 8 ft by 10 ft pool with adjustable water depth, resistance, and buoyancy used for water-based therapies. This pool has a treadmill and underwater camera system to assess and address issues with walking and running. All Shorewood residents have access to the facility, and it’s open to residents of Rochester who are 55 and better. A membership fee is required. Because of Angela’s patience, caring demeanor, and positive attitude, in 2015 she was awarded the Extraordinary Rochester Women Award. And, because Shorewood possesses a strong sense of community and they focus on individualized care, the Post Bulletin awarded them with the Reader’s Choice Award three years in a row.

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FROM ROMANIA, WITH LOVE Foster, who grew up in Romania at a time when it was heavily influenced by Russia, was expected to learn Russian in school. She says, “I didn’t want to learn Russian, so I taught myself English. I worked really hard (at learning English) for a while, then I met two humanitarian missionaries from the States and I was able to practice my English with them. They encouraged me to come to the States to study at university, when I didn’t even know I could get out of the country.” Encouraged, Foster diligently studied and Amalia Foster works at Rochester Toyota. applied to universities in the United States. She Merriam Webster’s was accepted to a small school in Idaho called definition of je ne sais quoi: she’s a people person and really enjoys talking Rick’s College. One of the missionaries that to and helping others. She adds, “So, I took on Foster knew was a professor of nursing at the this challenge. It’s not easy because there are so school, and she helped guide Foster through appealing many aspects to it. It’s challenging and rewarding an the admissions process. Foster eventually as h uc (s Something adequately be at the same time. I taught business concepts in ot graduated from Brigham Young University nn ca at quality) th d. my classes—now I am in a position to apply and se es with a Bachelor of Science in civil and pr ex or described 1656. ca learn how those principles work in the workplace. cir environmental engineering. Of her education, e: us n First know I also really like how Rochester Toyota operates she says she really enjoyed taking science, math as a business and how they contribute to the and chemistry classes. community. It’s a great company with really, As time passed, Foster married, and she and really great people. I’m excited to be a part of the team.” her husband had four children. After her husband completed his master’s degree at Iowa State University, he was hired as a biostatistician at Mayo LIFE IS A GRAND ADVENTURE Clinic, and the family relocated to Rochester. The family has enjoyed In her spare time, Foster enjoys reading and likes to go on hikes. She living in Rochester for the past 15 years. says that she and her family also enjoy travel. Nearly every year they LIFE’S CHALLENGES go overseas for vacation, and this past summer the family traveled to Switzerland and Romania. In the summer of 2016, they vacationed in Currently employed as a sales consultant at Rochester Toyota since Italy. Of life in the United States, Foster adds, “I am happy to be here in September 2017, Foster enthusiastically helps people purchase new the States, and I consider this to be my home. We go back to Romania to vehicles. She thrives on interacting with customers and likes the variety visit, but this is my home.” the job provides. Reflecting on her life, and how it has changed from living under Prior to working at Rochester Toyota, Foster taught business and Communism to her vibrant and fulfilling life here in Rochester, Foster math classes at Minnesota School of Business for 10 years. After earning says, “Today, I tell my kids that from learning that one skill (English)— her MBA, she was promoted to the business program chair responsible look where it has brought me so far—just by doing that one thing!” for making sure the department ran smoothly until the school closed in December 2016. Cindy Mennenga, owner of MedCity WordCraft, LLC is a While she was teaching at Minnesota School of Business, Foster would freelance writer and editor based in Rochester. frequently invite business professionals to visit and speak to her classes. Over time, she got to know the team at Rochester Toyota. Foster says RWmagazine.com March/April 2018 19



Hers 111 South Broadway Rochester, MN 55904 107 1st St. SW Rochester, MN 55902

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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.

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

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.

Linda Smith has been in the optical industry since 1977. She opened Optical Vision w/ Flair over 15 years ago and loves coming to work each day to have coffee or tea with her customers, who she prefers to call friends. Stop in to see why more and more people are choosing Optical Vision w/ Flair for their eyeglasses and contact lenses.

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 clients by carrying wow factor jewelry, scarves and handbags for that finished look. Hers: Offering Unique Clothing & Accessories coupled with Personalized Service

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Linda understands that selecting the right pair of glasses is more than just a quick “pick-apair”— your eye wear is an extension of your personality. With all of the choices in brands, styles and lenses, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Linda and her staff are here to provide you with attentive, personal service and expertise to determine the best products to suit your needs. Optical Vision w/ Flair has it’s own line and many Italian designer glasses. Our selection also is available at any price range. We want everyone to be able to express themselves at any price point. Stop in today and check us out!


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UNIQUE WOMEN, UNIQUE NEEDS The truth is that we are different at different ages, and we all have unique experiences. A teenager has a completely different set of concerns than an 80-year-old. But neither one is better or worse than the other. Yes, the 80-year-old has had more years to experience things, but that doesn’t mean that she necessarily has had a wider variety of experience than an 18-year-old. For example, a teenager in a war-torn country who may have seen friends and family die at the hands of a rebel group, will have a different understanding of life than an 80-year-old who has lived a sheltered life and never traveled outside of her state. Instead of focusing just on age, let’s work on providing women with things that will help them in their current situation at their current age. For example, housing and medical care are serious issues that need our attention. There is a wide range of financial capability within and across age groups. Additionally, we have different needs when it comes to nutrition, exercise and skincare as we age.



OU LOOK GREAT FOR YOUR AGE.” HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF A STATEMENT LIKE THIS? WE’VE ALL GOTTEN USED TO HEARING THIS COMMON “COMPLIMENT.” THE TRUTH IS THAT YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL AT ANY AGE. I recently saw a video on Facebook that stuck with me. It was posted on comedian Amy Poehler’s page and was produced by AARP. The video showed a group of women gathered around a table talking about how they look at their age and how it can lead to others making generalizations about them. One woman with gray hair noted that at age 40, people often mistook her for someone much older. Another mentioned that when her mother was told, “You look great for your age,” she replied, "No matter what, I look good for my age. Whether I am skinny (or) I am fat. Whether I’m wrinkled, whether I’m gray!"

HIDDEN MESSAGES Saying “You look great for your age” usually means you look younger than you are and can be taken as a compliment. However, statements like, 22 March/April 2018 RWmagazine.com

“You may be getting a bit too old to be able to handle a job like that” can be hurtful. I remember asking my parents questions and being told, “We’ll tell you when you’re older.” That made me feel like I wasn’t worthy of knowing something. These comments usually conceal discomfort about or unwillingness to delve into a heavy topic. They may even mask unfounded prejudices. Some comments are sexist, harassing or inappropriate and others undervalue someone’s skills. One local woman who graduated early from high school says, “My grades were never enough to speak for my competency. There is a constant state of having to prove myself.” Another woman says, “Co-workers and clients grossly underestimate my experience because I appear younger than my age.”

STAY TUNED In future issues, Rochester Women magazine will delve deeper into topics that affect women of different ages in different ways. Topics will range from careers and financial concerns to makeup and shopping. In the meantime, let’s get social! AARP has a hashtag that they use to help people rethink aging. Share what’s ageless about you on our Facebook page. Let’s focus on being grateful for all the things that we have, whatever our age.

WHAT’S AGELESS ABOUT YOU? My ______________________ is ageless. FILL IN THE BLANK

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SHARING IS CARING One of my favorite things in life has been enjoying a long meal around a table in France. So when I hosted my wine tasting group recently, I planned a typical French meal. Our discovery of great cheeses paired with cabernet sauvignon appeared in the January/February 2018 issue of Rochester Women magazine. On an extended trip to France last summer, a friend taught me how to make authentic French mousse au chocolat. This elegant, make-ahead dessert with just four ingredients is a knock-out option for hosts who don’t like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen while their guests are present. It was ideal to serve at this gathering, especially since cabernet sauvignon is known for its ability to complement chocolate.

JUST DESSERTS When preparing to write this article, I assumed that those people I interviewed would jump to the red wine and chocolate recommendation. Interestingly, I got some unique and exciting options for combinations. Steve Shanahan, sommelier at Andy’s Liquor gave me the most freeing advice when I asked about good wines to serve with desserts. He said, “A lot of people put too much emphasis on pairing sometimes. The best information I have

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learned is if you like a certain food and you like a certain wine, put them together.” He says there are some dos and don’ts, though. “If a food is salty, don’t match it with a full-body cabernet. But when it comes to chocolate and desserts, the sky’s the limit. You literally can pair anything.”

SPRING PAIRINGS With spring in the air, we’ll start thinking about lighter desserts, such as carrot cake, as well as lighter wines. Shanahan recommends wines that are “not too overly sweet, like a French Vouvray.” Three other wines to try with desserts this spring are Champagne, ice wine and moscato.

Shanahan advises staying “true to the sweetness level. The sweeter the dessert, the sweeter the wine.” He suggests, “Try a moscato d’Asti or Sauternes from France.” If the sparkling wine is a demi sec, serve it with a less sweet dessert. “Match the fragility of the bubbles,” with a lighter dessert. Lynette Nash at the Chocolate Shoppe in Mantorville and I had a conversation about pairing wine with desserts. She sells delicious caramel apples all year long. I asked Shanahan what to drink with that. He says, “I’d open three different styles of wine to try including a good moscato because you get a lot of apple flavor with that.” RWmagazine.com March/April 2018 25

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I asked Shanahan for a good pairing to accompany the chocolate mousse at my French dinner. He recommends, “A good tawny port.” At the Wines of the World event every March, Andy’s Liquor presents different flavors of chocolate with different styles of port. One style is a ruby port, which is young. Shanahan says, “They stop the fermentation early, so it retains the sweetness that helps it pair well with chocolates.” Nash has provided chocolates for the annual Small Dog Rescue Wine & Chocolate Spectacular for the past four years, and she says, “People tend to prefer dark chocolate with wines.” According to Nash, deeper red wines offset the sweetness of desserts well. “Wine should be smooth and so should chocolate, and you don’t need a lot of either to make it feel like you’ve had a nice dessert.” For a home tasting, you can find many options at the Chocolate Shoppe. Nash explains, “We have pecan and cashew turtles, and chocolatecovered pretzel rods that you could put together in a nice combination to take to a wine tasting.” She says that customers love drinking wine with her special toffee bark, which is chocolate filled with toffee bits. Another popular option is her chocolate truffles, which have a dark chocolate interior with either a light or dark chocolate exterior. You’ll find chocolate Easter bunnies on her shelves these days, and you can order them and anything else online and have it sent to you. You can have your chocolate and drink it too. Shanahan says that, similar to Bailey’s Irish Cream, chocolate wines, which are found in the cordials section, are made with wine instead of whiskey. Ness says while you can find chocolate wines that don’t have lots of artificial flavors in them, you should read the ingredient list carefully.

YOU CAN’T GO WRONG If you’d rather have someone else do the work, head to Mantorville and cap off your evening at the Hubbell House. Alaina Pappas recommends their homemade bread pudding and caramel sauce with a pinot gris, their French silk dessert with a pinot noir or their seven-layer chocolate cake with their red blend. Go forth and enjoy your dessert and wine, but do it your way. Nash says, “Whether it is the proper way, it’s ultimately people’s taste buds.” Shanahan agrees, saying, “Don’t get frustrated or make it too big of a deal. Explore and have fun!” Mousse au chocolat recipe translated and adapted from Marmiton.org. Check out Rochester Women magazine Facebook page for more tips and tricks, the original recipe and stepby-step photos. 26 March/April 2018 RWmagazine.com

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ome of the best moments in life happen around the dinner table. Whether in the comfort of our own home or at one of our favorite eateries, these conversations, reunions and celebrations are formative—and some become memories that last a lifetime. For three restaurateurs, this is exactly the kind of experience they’re bringing to our community—experiences that are people-centric, memorable and unique to the heartbeat of Rochester.

Rochester Restaurant Scene Rochester’s dining scene has continued to grow, steadily bringing in new talent, tastes and experiences. Women are leading the charge as owners, managers, servers, bartenders, bakers, chefs and behind-the-scenes gurus making it all happen. Whether it’s managing staff or thinking up new menu creations, it’s apparent that women play a valuable role in the restaurant industry. For a viable career opportunity with variety and excitement, the dining scene is an exciting way for women to thrive. Meet three women from local restaurants and learn what inspires them to stay healthy and hustle in an industry that never sleeps.


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Any Rochester native knows of Mr. Pizza–the family-owned restaurant that’s been a local staple since 1963. Heather Jacobson is a family member, manager and baker at Mr. Pizza North, a role she’s held for the past 12 years. According to Jacobson, who was a server in the family business growing up, cooking and baking had always been a passion of hers. After attending Le Cordon Bleu with her brother, she ventured to France for an externship and traveled across Europe learning new baking and cooking techniques she would later bring to Rochester. In the late 2000s, alongside her father and brother, Jacobson helped open a second Mr. Pizza location–Mr. Pizza North–with an expanded menu where she has since served as the lead baker. According to Jacobson, watching people enjoy her creations is something that keeps her coming to work every day. “There’s a lot of love in what we do, and seeing people

come back and enjoy what we’re creating keeps me motivated and inspired to try new things,” she says. Working in such a busy environment isn’t without challenges, Jacobson says. It’s important to remember that behind every favorite eatery is a group of people trying to create the best food possible, but it’s not always perfect. “In an industry as fast-paced as this, it’s important to realize we’re still human and mistakes happen,” she says. “Like any good restaurant, our goal is to provide a great experience and if a mistake has been made, we’ll work hard to fix it.” Jacobson, a wife and mother of two, says work-life balance is often a challenge. She makes her family a priority, despite the long hours. “Restaurant hours can be challenging, but I would still rather be doing this than anything else,” she says.


Natalie Victoria

Natalie Victoria owns Victoria’s with her husband. The duo, who originally got their start in Wisconsin, came to Rochester in the 90s. Victoria says the restaurant industry wasn’t on her radar before meeting her husband, but today, she says it’s an industry she loves working in. According to Victoria, there have been many challenges in the establishment’s more than 20 years in business. “In the beginning, you’re worried about resources and becoming profitable,” she says. “But over time, you’re concerned about staying on the cutting edge and giving customers a fresh, unique experience.” While the challenges can be difficult, Victoria shares that it’s the lessons learned that have shaped the business to become what it is today. While the joys of the job are many, according to Victoria, her favorite part of the business is the people–a view shared by Jacobson and Foster.

“We meet so many people here and it’s one of the most rewarding aspects of this industry. Everyone has a story and we’re grateful to be a part of it,” she says, speaking of the restaurant’s unique clientele of locals, visitors and Mayo Clinic patients. “We have the best employees,” she says. “And I know everyone says that, but there’s just something special about our people. They work so hard and I’m proud to work next to them.” Victoria says it can be easy to get overworked. For her, the key has been finding balance and enjoying moments with her family whenever she can. “The longer I’m in this business, the more I appreciate the simple things, like sleep and quiet time at home with my family,” says Victoria. “It’s not always a glamorous life, but at the end of the day, it’s all worth it.”


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Gina Foster is the director of brand and marketing for Nova Restaurant Group. With locations across Minnesota, the Nova Restaurant Group has brought local dining favorites including Pescara, Terza, La Vetta and Chester’s to Rochester. According to Foster, who joined the family-owned company in 2012 after a long career in corporate marketing and advertising, her favorite thing about the business is the people–both the guests and the staff. “The passion of the people working in our restaurants is inspiring,” she says. “The passion they have for our customers, the love they have for their work and the way they deliver a great experience day in and day out is what keeps me going–and keeps us all going.” According to Foster, one of the challenges of her job has been learning to say no. For ambitious people working in such a fast-paced

industry, it’s easy to take on too much. Between the marketing needs of each business and new opportunities that emerge each day, her greatest lesson has been learning to strike a healthy worklife balance, whether it means 15 minutes of meditation, hitting the gym or taking a vacation. “As much as I’m motivated to grow each brand and restaurant, it’s important to remember you can’t do it all and you need boundaries,” she says. “The key is taking time for yourself so you can be your best on the job.” All she needs to do to get energized is walk into one of the Nova Group’s establishments. “You walk into a restaurant and sense the energy and excitement and it motivates you,” she says. “I want people to know how much our servers care and how hard they work to create a memorable experience. We truly care about our guests more than anything else.”

Remembering to Reenergize For Victoria, Foster and Jacobson, the rewards of the industry far outweigh the challenges of such fast-paced, demanding work. With intentional effort to pursue self-care, they reenergize for their work. “It’s like they tell you on an airplane–put on

your own oxygen mask first. You won’t be able to take care of everything or everyone else if you’re not taking care of yourself first,” says Foster. “Don’t try to be perfect all the time. You’re human, you’re going to make mistakes. At the end of the day, in this business it’s

important to work hard, take care of yourself and remember the humanity of others.” Tori Utley is a Rochester-based writer and entrepreneur. RWmagazine.com March/April 2018 29



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The dream for creating SP was to provide marketplace for local artisans, causes that empower women, and brands with a greater purpose. We believe that every life matters. You matter and they matter. When you shop with us, you can be confident that your purchases are impacting lives. You are making a difference for the single mom in Peru supporting her family, the at-risk teen in Arizona who now has an opportunity to graduate from college, a marginalized woman in India restoring hope for her future after being rescued from human trafficking, a local furniture artisan making extra income to pay for music lessons for her son, a woman in Denver recovering from addiction given a second chance. We celebrate every purchase made!

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THE JOURNEY TO GIVING Jennifer Woodford, president of Rochester Area Foundation (RAF), says that as part of her college major she was required to do a practicum. She ended up at a nonprofit, working with a major company sponsor, where she continued to work during college. Fast-forward to her arrival in Rochester, as the executive director of Channel One Food Bank. Stacey Vanden Heuvel is vice president of marketing and philanthropy for Olmsted Medical Center. Her education includes business, accounting, economics and foreign language as well as a family history of giving. She earned a master’s degree in philanthropy and development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota with a focus on creating a culture that fosters giving. Cheryl Hadaway, chief development officer and chair of the Department of Development at Mayo Clinic, has been serving in her current position for six years and working in fundraising at Mayo for 23 years. She says her

professional journey has been “serendipitous.” Her undergraduate degree is in human resource management, and she also has a master’s degree in development and philanthropy. She says many people “fall into the profession, and develop skills through experience, coaching and mentoring.”

A PASSION FOR THE MISSION “You need to have passion for your organization otherwise it’s just a job,” Woodford says. One thing that she loves about philanthropy is that everyone can participate, whether it’s giving millions or just a few dollars. At Channel One, Woodford repeatedly heard about the need in the community for affordable housing, transportation and quality, affordable child care. Through First Homes, a joint effort with RAF, she is working to make home ownership much more affordable. “If we can (provide) stable housing, (it can) make a difference in the family for generations.” Vanden Heuvel loves her job, which she views as a vocation, and thinks of it as “working

with people to help further their goals” as they align with the organization’s goals “to make the community better and serve others.”

AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE Mary Ann Remick, a Rochester woman who donates to many causes, says that giving “has been a lifelong habit.” She and her husband, Jack, have focused on supporting educational causes “because we believe that is the key to making a difference in everyone’s life.” She advises women, “Start today, even though you may not think you can give a lot. What’s important is that you start giving and it becomes an ingrained part of your life. It’s good to be aware of others’ needs. All of us have been given talents and abilities, and we’re here on this earth to share what we have to make a difference for someone else.” Woodford says, “Everybody can make a difference,” and that each gift, no matter how big, is appreciated. She encourages more women, especially younger women to become involved in philanthropy. To learn more about the Association of Fundraising Professionals, go to afpmnsouthern.afpnet.org. Emily Watkins is a writer and editor. RWmagazine.com March/April 2018 31

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ARTS ABSOLUTE THEATRE 507-722-2731 730 2nd Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901 info@absolutetheatre.org, www.absolutetheatre.org Producing new works, recognized greats and text otherwise overlooked, all which offer intense, intimate explorations of humanity. CHILDREN’S DANCE THEATRE Sheila Sullivan 507-281-3335 rochester.cdt@gmail.com, www.childrensdancetheatre.org P.O. Box 6655, Rochester, MN 55903 The Children’s Dance Theatre mission is to promote the artistry and enjoyment of dance for children through quality dance productions and dance experiences. GREATER ROCHESTER ARTS AND CULTURAL TRUST Bari Amadio 507-424-0811 bari@rochartstrust.org, www.RochArtsTrust.org 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Suite 200, Rochester, MN 55904 Celebrating, promoting and advocating for the arts and humanities in Rochester and SE MN. ROCHESTER ART CENTER 507-282-8629 info@rochesterartcenter.org, www.rochesterartcenter.org 40 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, MN 55904 Contemporary art exhibitions, art education programs for all ages, and rental space for community and private events. ROCHESTER CIVIC THEATRE 507-282-8481 info@rochestercivictheatre.org, www.rochestercivictheatre.org 20 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, MN 55904 Rochester Civic Theatre produces and presents live professional and community theatre, dance, music, as well as a full schedule of theatre arts classes. ROCHESTER DANCE COMPANY Aimee Lake 507-722-1036 alake@rochesterdancecompany.org, www. rochesterdancecompany.org PO Box 7262, Rochester, MN 55903 A pre-professional dance company that provides unmatched training and performance opportunities for dancers and exceptional productions for our audience.

ROCHESTER REPERTORY THEATRE 507-289-1737 boxoffice@rochesterrep.org, www.rochesterrep.org 103 7th Street NE, Rochester, MN 55906 Providing quality classical and contemporary theatre productions. ZUMBRO RIVER FIBER ARTS GUILD Anne Black-Sinak 507-269-1172 ZumbroRiverGuild@yahoo.com, www.ZumbroRiverFiberArtsGuild.com Rochester, MN Monthly meetings and workshops for people interested in fiber arts, weaving, spinning, knitting, etc. Meets at Oronoco Community Center 4th Wed. of the month, 11:45 a.m. 12:45 p.m. weavers study group, 1 p.m. business meeting.

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CLUBS & GROUPS AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN (AAUW) Sara Staab, Branch President 507-261-9803 aauwrochmn@gmail.com, www.aauwrochmn.org 1172 Grey Fox Ave SW, Rochester, MN 55902 Service organization that advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. BEGINNING EXPERIENCE OF SE MINNESOTA 507-261-8248 beminnesota@gmail.com, www.beminnesota.org Rochester, MN International non-profit ministry open to all faith to assist those in a relationship loss of widow, separation or divorce. Spring and Fall. Coping with Life Alone classes available. BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF ROCHESTER 507-287-2300 info@bgclubroch.org, www.bgclubroch.org 1026 East Center Street, Rochester, MN 55904 A safe place for kids to learn and grow. Programs for ages 6–18. Open weekdays. BUNDLES OF LOVE Elaine Oldenburg 507-208-6325 eedna126@charter.net, www.bundlesoflove.org We make newborn clothing and blankets for families in need.

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DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION – ROCHESTER CHAPTER Patty Arndt 507-287-8713 rochesterdar@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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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) 507-289-5960 ponloeu.chim@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. 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.

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MINNESOTA CHILDREN’S MUSEUM – ROCHESTER Heidi Mestad, Executive Director 507-218-3100 HMestad@mcm.org, www.mcm.org/visit/rochester 1643 N. Broadway St., Suite A River Center Plaza Rochester, MN 55906 Try your power-generating hand at this simulation. It’s one of three new exhibits from Rochester Public Utilities that are opening in January 2017. 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.

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.

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AMERICAN RED CROSS – SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA CHAPTER Joyce Talbott 507-287-2200 joyce.talbot@redcross.org, www.redcross.org 310 14th Street SE, Rochester, MN 55904 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 John McGuire, MSW; 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 5072543952 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. 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 38 March/April 2018 RWmagazine.com

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) Courtney Lawson, Executive Director 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, research 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 507-287-2260 https://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 ROCHESTER AREA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY 507-252-0849 volmgr@rahh.org, www.rahh.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! 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.

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MUSIC BELLA VOCE YOUNG WOMEN’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 jillwellik@charter.net, www.rochestercommunityband.org PO Box 754, Rochester, MN 55903 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. ROCHESTER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA & CHORALE 507-286-8742 info@rochestersymphony.org, www.rochestersymphony.org 400 South Broadway, Suite 302, Rochester, MN 55904 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 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.

NATURE 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.

PETS CAMP COMPANION Michele Quandt 507-951-7801 questions@campcompanion.org, www.campcompanion.org PO Box 7478, Rochester, MN 55903 In collaboration withww area veterinarians, Camp Companion coordinates a large-scale trap/neuter/return program for area untamed or farm cats. It offers adoption for homeless cats and dogs.


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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. OLMSTED 25 DEMOCRATIC FARMER LABOR PARTY Diane Hellie 5075369785 dhellie@juno.com, www.dfl.org/olmsted25 1500 1st Ave NE Suite A, Rochester, MN 55906 Democratic Farmer Labor Party for northern Olmsted County. 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. REPUBLICAN PARTY OF OLMSTED COUNTY Aaron Miller 507-258-5295 info@olmstedgop.org, www.olmstedgop.org 1530 Greenview Drive SW, Ste 105A, Rochester, MN 55902 Conserving our Founders’ vision. Equal opportunity. Free markets. Limited government. Property rights. Rule of law.

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. 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. 40 March/April 2018 RWmagazine.com

SENIORS ELDER NETWORK Laurie Marreel, Executive Director 507-285-5272 lauriem@elder-network.org, www.elder-network.org ELDER NETWORK 1130 1/2 7th Street NW, Suite 205, Rochester, MN 55901 Serving those 55 and older 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+.

SOCIAL SERVICES THE ARC SOUTHEASTERN MINNESOTA Elisabeth Hennessey, Executive 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. 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. CHANNEL ONE REGIONAL FOOD BANK AND FOOD SHELF Jennifer Woodford 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. 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 5072858400 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 ganginvolved 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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Winona State University Expands to Downtown Rochester BY BOB FREUND



The latest footsteps now come from hundreds of students from Winona State University who climb the staircase to the third floor regularly. “It’s kind of a coincidence,” says Jeanine E. Gangeness, associate vice president and dean of Winona State University’s School of Graduate Studies. “(Both) the building and Winona State University Rochester have been here for 100 years.”

CONTEMPORARY PLACE At the top of the stairs, students are greeted with a modern skyline of Rochester drawn in bright purple, the school’s color. They 42 March/April 2018 RWmagazine.com

circulate through large, open spaces and meet professors in glass-enclosed offices. There’s a soundproofed studio for podcasting. It has an ingrained history, but WSU-Rochester’s center atop the Riverside Building today is an engaging contemporary place. When WSU remodeled the third floor in late summer and fall of 2016, Gangeness and the designers opened up the space. Now you can look through most walls; many are glass. In fact, “You can stand at the front desk and you can see actually (out the windows) all the way across the street,” says Travis Lange, manager of the project for general contractor Alvin E. Benike,

Inc. and an architect by profession. Adding to the airy feel of the 6,300-square-foot space is an overhead skylight that beams into an atrium in the center of the building. “The remodeling is designed to give students and faculty choices about how and where to do their work,” says Kathy Goodman of Schmidt Goodman Office Products, which supplied furnishings.

WSU-ROCHESTER The new Riverside site, which opened to students for the spring term early in 2017, is one of two WSU campuses in Rochester. WSU selected the massive building largely because of convenient access for many students and for its location near Rochester’s core, Gangeness says. Winona State University teaches graduate courses in majors such as nursing and education at the Riverside Building, as well as a number of professional certificates and other adult learning programs. Many classes are scheduled for working adults. “You’ll see this place hopping after 5 at night,” says Gangeness, the top WSU administrator for Rochester.

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1 WSU selected the massive building largely because of convenient access for many students and for its location near Rochester’s core. ~ Jeanine E. Gangeness EQUIPPED WITH TECHNOLOGY Faculty members essentially share a pool of five glass-enclosed offices, and there are a couple of similar workrooms set aside for students. Classes, group brainstorming sessions or even community meetings might fit into the “boardroom.” A 24-foot-long desk dominates the room, and it’s big enough for 18 chairs. The room is equipped for video conferencing, which allows students to join in from their own homes. They can ask questions and participate through an interactive, two-way feed. That remote access is a key feature built into the boardroom, the main classroom, and another smaller classroom in the WSU center, Gangeness says. On any day, perhaps half the class will be present on site, with the remainder logging in remotely. The technology is so important that WSU keeps a technician on duty during classes to troubleshoot any problems, she says.

past.  The large ductwork for air handling was refurbished and painted white to brighten the large space. Even the air handling overhead works to give an open atmosphere around students and faculty.   Lange, who previously worked as an architect for former third-floor tenant Holabird

& Root, says the open ductwork, glass walls and large spaces all work together: “It feels like it’s an active space. It’s got energy to it,” he says. Bob Freund is a Rochester-based writer and regular contributor to Rochester Women magazine.

MEETING AND SOLO SPACE The main classroom, which seats about 40, is equipped for flexibility. For example, its chairs are movable on rollers, which allows for quick switches from a lecture setting to small groups. Then, after the formal class ends, students might flow out into one of three small group areas where they can work on projects or brainstorm. Also available either for gathering or for solo study are two banks of high-top tables where students can sit on backless seats called “perching stools,” Goodman says. For real privacy, they can slip into a Brody WorkLounge, a personal pod with an ergonomic chair surrounded on three sides with a privacy screen. The chair also contains an adjustable table for a computer, plug outlets and a floating footrest. The cubicle is like a “little cocoon,” Goodman says. WSU-Rochester has two, and they are popular, Gangeness says.

HISTORIC PRESERVATION While the renovation created a thoroughly modern look, the renovation architect–Adam Ferrari, who has since moved out of state–also kept some reminders of Riverside’s historic

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Handy Gal’s Guide to Home Maintenance

home protected by a well-maintained gutter and downspout system is invaluable as a defense against water damage or moisture intrusion in your home. Donna Wurl, of All Craft Exteriors, recommends having 3-inch by 4-inch commercial grade aluminum downspouts installed on your home. She says, “With the storms we’ve been getting lately, it helps keeping up with the amount of rainfall and helps keep the water away from the house.” She also adds that houses without gutters can experience deteriorating foundations and damaged siding. To manage rainwater properly, it’s important for water to have someplace to go, rather than into your basement. An underground drain tile system that carries water away from your home will help protect your home from a wet basement or a damaged foundation. Ryan Hegland, owner of Hegland’s Creative Landscapes says, “A great way to control rainwater is to turn a low, wet area in your yard into a rain garden.” Additionally, landscaping near your home’s foundation needs to slope away from the building—a minimum of 6 inches drop in grade within the first 10 feet—so the rainwater naturally cascades away from the structure.





If you have a great moisture intrusion management system already in place, then you can sit back and welcome spring and all its attendant glories. However, in the event your moisture intrusion management system is not up to snuff, you may be taking a hold-your-breath-andwait-and-see approach. That tactic is tantamount to playing roulette.

DOWNSPOUTS AND RAINWATER MANAGEMENT When winter’s snow begins to melt quickly or there is a rain event that drops a large amount of rainwater in a short period of time, having your

Even with high-quality gutters and downspouts, drain tile and landscaping designed to direct water away from your home’s foundation, you could still experience a breach and water could enter your basement. A good way to protect yourself from this possibility is to install a highquality sump pump. This is not an area to cut corners: After all, once you have water coming into your basement, the sump pump is your last line of defense to help keep your home dry on the inside. Mark Nelson, owner of Service Pros Plumbing and Heating shares, “Better built sump pumps will typically last longer, and you want your sump pump to work when you need it to.” Indeed, for anyone who has a sump pump that runs nearly nonstop after a rain event, the sound of it discharging its contents is both troublesome and comforting at the same time. Troublesome because it’s always concerning when you know that there is water trying valiantly to enter your home, and comforting because you know the sump pump is doing its job and helping to keep your home dry.

PLANNING FOR RAINY DAYS Home maintenance is a learning experience; however, managing rainwater on the fly is not a fun or effective way to gain that experience. Implementing a home moisture intrusion management system is pretty straightforward and an important concern for all homeowners. Take steps now to be prepared in advance. It will help give you peace of mind and confidence when you hear those first big, fat juicy raindrops drip, drip dropping on your roof at the beginning of a downpour.  indy Mennenga is a freelance writer and along with her C husband John, owns Conspectus Home Inspection Services, LLC based in Rochester. Visit conspectusmn.com for more information. RWmagazine.com March/April 2018 45


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FINDING BIG FUN IN NATURE Pack some snacks and hit the road. No need to go far to find big fun in the outdoors. Head to Whitewater State Park in neighboring St. Charles, urges interpretive naturalist Sara Holger, and check out the flowers coming up. Grab a flower ID sheet at the visitor center and hit the park on your very own treasure hunt, finding a variety of flowers as you go. Hiking is another big hit at Whitewater in the spring, as is trout fishing and morel mushroom hunting. You can even help plant trees at Whitewater sometime in April. Check out the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website (dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/ whitewater). Even closer to home is Chester Woods Park near Eyota. “It’s a good time to get out and look at waterfowl if you’re into birds,” says Celeste Lewis, staff naturalist at Chester Woods. The lake 46 March/April 2018 RWmagazine.com

is 112 acres and the park itself is 1,330 acres, so there is plenty to discover here–and much of it often goes unseen. “Most people only see about 200 acres of the park. But if you cross the iron bridge, there is another thousand acres that is basically all preserved.” Bird feeding is another option at Chester Woods ,but it’s wise to reserve a spot ahead of time. If you want to camp, it’s also a good idea to reserve now. Call the park at 507-287-2624 or go on-line. (co.olmsted.mn.us/pw/parks/ chesterwoods).

GET JUMPING IN LA CROSSE Go a little farther to La Crosse, Wisconsin and visit Jump Start Adventure Park, a brand-new trampoline park that was converted from a large warehouse. There are trampolines, a ninja course and free fall jumps. Parents, please note: You can jump too, so wear your

workout clothes and squeeze in some cardio with your kids! Or head to the Children’s Museum of La Crosse where a brand-new climbing structure has been unveiled. It’s the state’s first ever unique climbing gym that’s also a work of art. Ever climbed on eyeballs before? No? Well, now you can.

GET HISTORICAL IN NORTHFIELD Northfield is another day trip option with plenty of history. Learn about the downfall of Jesse James and the James-Younger Gang at the Northfield Historical Society, where you can tour the original bank. If the weather is nice, head to Carleton College to walk around the school’s Japanese garden, which has been recognized as one of the best such displays outside of Japan. Try breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Tavern located in the Archer House. A fun lunch spot known for hoagies is Hogan Brothers. If you’re on the go, grab a cup of joe at Goodbye Blue

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GET BIKING IN LANESBORO Another option is a day trip to famed Lanesboro, Minnesota. Rent bikes and head out on the Root River State Bike Trail or take an Amish Backroads Tour. Have your kiddos ever heard of, or seen, a telephone booth? Check that out at the Lanesboro History Museum. Enjoy an afternoon pick-me-up at the Granary, which serves ice cream, coffee, wine and beer. Home Sweet Home Cafe and Cakery, a brand new cafe, offers home-style lunches, pies, cookies and brownie and cakes by owner and pastry chef, Liz Mason. Near Lanesboro is the National Trout Center in Preston and the International Owl Center in Houston. Niagara Cave in Harmony offers underground tours.

STAYCATIONS ARE NICE TOO If staying in town is more your game, head to the Kahler Apache, where the water park is “obviously a great option for families,” says marketing Manager Matt Elliott. More indoor ideas include Rochester’s two climbing gyms, Prairie Walls and Roca. There is also a lot of buzz about Air Insanity, an indoor trampoline park set to open in 2018. Stay tuned for more information about that. With our own History Center of Olmsted County, family-friendly public library, Minnesota Children’s Museum, Quarry Hill Nature Center, and countless city parks to discover, who needs complicated and expensive spring break travel plans? Enjoy our local treasures. Renee Berg is a local freelancer who loves taking day trips to surrounding communities with her two teens.

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BY JOY BLEWETT idea of slowing her poetry down and backing it with music, she was apprehensive. She doesn’t regret taking the risk because it developed her love for collaboration and performance through spoken word. Whitfield has created and performed original work in collaboration with Assisi Heights symposiums, Rochester Diversity Council and Arts Council, Faith Talk Show, local theaters, as well as many other events and poetry slams in Rochester. She has performed her work with accompanied music, film, dance and in costumes. As a trained journalist, Whitfield is also interested in storytelling. If she isn’t telling her story, she is telling another’s story. “Everyone has a great story to tell. Every type of experience, dreams and aspirations, hurts and regrets, vulnerabilities and moments of great beauty.” As a teacher, she encourages her students to tell the story that scares them, pushing them to take outside adventures to experience new things, meet new people, and do things they have never done before. These encounters and activities encourage their growth as writers and help them tackle their own stories with courage. Whitfield doesn’t shy away from controversial or difficult topics in her writing either. She has written about politics, human trafficking and human rights, diversity and inclusion and polarization in this country. Whitfield believes that, “Spoken word is a powerful tool to share a social or political message.” Whitfield and her children performed at the MN Renaissance Festival last year.



The District Arts Board of STEM Academy is no stranger to how powerful the spoken word can be. With an award-winning and published team of spoken word poets, local communities are no stranger either to what these high school students can deliver onstage. Their resume of performance venues includes Augsburg College in Minneapolis, High School for Recording Arts in St Paul, Rotary Club in Golden Valley, and locally at Café Steam and Rochester Civic Theatre, participating in Women on Wednesday’s events and poetry slams. Over the past five years STEM Academy students Nasro, Ekhlas, Faiso, Omar, Najma, Amina, Nafiso, Osman, and Sagal have worked with poets through the nonprofit arts education organization, COMPAS, to build their craft. They are now leaders and teachers to their peers, as well as to other schools guiding the development of spoken word teams. Collaboration with the Rochester Alternative Learning Center, Apex Program, and Rochester Boys and Girls Club has been a start. This year they will work with youth at the YMCA teaching spoken word and seeking more connections. As a voice for young people and the Somali community, they are looking not only to express today’s problems in the world or controversial issues that make people uncomfortable, but offer a message of hope, change and unification through poetry.

Spoken word isn’t merely just reading a poem from a written page. It is much more dynamic, moving energy in and out to an audience by way of voice and inflection. Pam Whitfield, an award-winning poet and teacher, is most interested in spoken word performance when it comes to poetry. When a colleague first approached her with the

When Cloey Walsh, a local filmmaker, first heard about the poem, “Femme Fatal” by Psychedelic Saint, she thought “the poem portrayed a really simple message of feminism that could unite women across all



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1 different backgrounds and belief systems.” Her vision then turned into a four and half minute film that brought together women from around Rochester using the poem. The film features women of different ages, professions and ethnicities. The original take of the film was shot at Forager Brewery, where 75 women showed up in response to a call for readers. They each picked a line from the poem that spoke to them and were filmed reciting it. More footage was captured later around Rochester with more women reading before it was finally pieced together. Ironically, this moving film was created right before the #MeToo movement began and now has an even more impactful meaning. The film “Femme Fatal” can be viewed on YouTube and features music from Thelma and the Sleaze.

PUBLICATION Your shadow is a footprint on the forest floor. Visually inspired poetry moves the reader through the writing of Kim Zabel in her book, “Shadowprints.” Zabel is a local freelance writer, photographer, poet and health and wellness coach, interested in the mystery of poetry, getting beneath the layers and solving the riddle. Inspired by nature and the outdoors, her book captures the hidden messages within the landscape photography work of Gary Alan Nelson. The words she uses to dissect the photographs create a new visual language for the reader.

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PERSONAL ENJOYMENT When Renee Thoreson hit a wall in finding an appropriate spring Easter-themed poem for an event at her church, she decided to make use of her own writing experience. A writer in philanthropy, she explores the layers of people’s stories and business successes. Reflecting on her own story, memories of her grandmother tending a garden, planting seeds and caring for each flower, made her realize that we are all like flowers and God cares for us in the same way. She was inspired to write “God is in My Garden,” a rhyming poem of a few stanzas that she read at the event. This began Thoreson’s personal journey with poetry, writing when inspiration hits. She enjoys the work of Shel Silverstein and writing about the lighter side of life, weaving in humor and lessons. She is currently writing a children’s book. Joy Blewett is a visual and media arts teacher and local freelance writer and designer.



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BETTY SUE’S BETTER BREW CAFÉ Betty Sue’s Better Brew Café is a bustling coffee shop in the heart of Pine Island. On a Saturday morning, it is filled with people chatting, having a hearty breakfast and drinking coffee or espresso drinks. The cafe offers homemade meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as homemade desserts such as pies and cakes. Owner Bobbi Jo Kennedy says she bought the cafe in July 2017. “My husband is from Pine Island, and my girls are getting older, and it seemed like a good time. We wanted good food for Pine Island people.” Kennedy has lived in Pine Island for more than 20 years and her family–including her husband, their three daughters and her mother–also work at the cafe with her. “Everything is homemade,” Kennedy explains. 50 March/April 2018 RWmagazine.com

She says she tries to buy local and that most items are from Pine Island. When describing the food, Kennedy says, “It’s home-cooked comfort food…I wanted to offer things your grandma made.” To find out about the daily specials or to learn more, check out Betty Sue’s Better Brew Café on Facebook.

FIREFLY FARM AND CATCHING FIREFLIES RETREATS Just outside of Pine Island, right off Highway 52, sits Firefly Farm, a store located in a renovated house. It offers items including a large variety of scrap booking, stamping and card-making supplies, jewelry, seasonal decor, repurposed items, candles, DIY craft projects and more. Trisha Studer bought the house about a year ago and renovated it, opening in June 2017. “I

wanted to have a store that was a destination,” explains Studer. “I’ve been wanting to do this since college.” The basement, called the Cellar, has tables and work spaces for a variety of classes. Studer explains that Firefly Farm “fills a need for scrap booking and card-making. There aren’t any other options in southeast Minnesota.” She hosts craft retreats at Catching Fireflies Retreats, which is about an hour away. For more information, check out Firefly Farm and Catching Fireflies Retreats on Facebook.

SEASONS HOME ACCENTS & IDEAS Located near Oronoco, not far from Highway 52, Seasons offers home decor, seasonal items, repurposed furniture, prints, clocks, tabletop items and gifts. Jodi Hart, who opened Seasons five years ago, says, “I was decorating in people’s homes part-time, and I decided to take the plunge and start my own business,” Seasons is opened occasionally through the year. “I decorate according to the season,” Hart explains. “The store is transformed every season. It gets totally cleared out and reset.” Hart says that when it reopens on April 4, “It will be filled with spring and summer decor, stems and everyday items for your decorating needs.” In addition to offering a variety of home decor for sale, Hart explains that the store is set up to give people decorating ideas for their own homes. “I decorate the store how you’d decorate your house,” Hart says. “It gives people a visual concept of decorating.” For more information, check out the Seasons Home Accents & Décor Facebook page or their website at seasonsbyjodi.com.

TAKE A DRIVE Grab some friends or head out for a drive, and go check out these and other businesses in Oronoco and Pine Island. You just might find your new favorite shop or cafe!  lison Rentschler is a writer and A editor living in Rochester.

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The Addams Family, Rochester Civic Theatre, a musical comedy featuring a ghoulish American family, times vary, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org


Local Author Book Discussion, Forager Brewing/Fiddlehead Coffee library room, discuss “Time in My Pocket” by Rochester author Gina Dewink, hosted by Emily Watkins, 6:30-8 p.m., empoweredwellness1@gmail.com

Six Appeal, Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall, performance by an award-winning a capella ensemble group spanning decades of music, 7:30 p.m., 328-2200, rochestermn.gov

Ladies Night Out on the Trolley, Casablanca Creative Cuisine & Wine, visit three shopping districts, 6:309:30 p.m., 421-0573, rochestermntours.com




Townsend Flea/Vintage Market, Mayo Civic Center, vintage finds, antiques, collectibles and repurposed items for sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 269-1473, mayociviccenter.com

Three Dog Night Concert, Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall, celebrate the hits of this favorited American rock band, 8 p.m., 328-2222, mayociviccenter.com


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Ladies Night Out, Downtown Rochester, shopping, dining and giveaways, 5-9 p.m., 216-9882, downtownrochestermn.com/events/LadiesNightOut

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Medicine Behind the Music, Lourdes High School, a lecture and concert exploring the role of music in healing, Sat. at 7:30 p.m.; Sun at 2 p.m., 286-8742, rochestersymphony.org

The Memory of Water, Rochester Repertory Theatre, a comedy relaying a story of sisterhood and remembrance, Thurs., Fri., Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m., 289-1737, rochesterrep.org

Rochester Woodcarvers 42nd Annual Show, Graham Park, variety of carving styles performed by club members, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., rochesterwoodcarvers.com

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In the Footprints of Francis and the Sultan: A Model for Peacemaking, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, a two-part film examining issues of interfaith interaction and understanding, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org

Desire Map Urban Retreat, Yoga Tribe, discover how you want to feel, 8 a.m. 5 p.m., 251-1596, yogatribemn.com

MARCH 10, 24 & APRIL 7, 21 Rochester Downtown Winter Farmers Market, Olmsted County Fairgrounds, locally grown and homemade products, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 273-8232, rochfarmmkt.org

MARCH 11 Choral Arts Ensemble and the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, Zumbro Lutheran Church, featuring choral and instrumental music, 7:30 p.m., 252-8427, choralartsensemble.org

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MARCH 18 Singsation Children’s Choral Festival, location TBD, featuring Children’s Chorus, Treble Choir and guest choirs from area elementary schools, 4-5 p.m., 252-0505, honorschoirs.org

MARCH 20 Casting Crowns, Mayo Civic Center Arena, a performance of Christian contemporary and rock music, 7 p.m., 328-2220, mayocivic.centerrochester.com

MARCH 21 Women on Wednesdays, Homelessness in Rochester: When You Have Nowhere To Call Home, Rochester Civic Theatre, a discussion on homelessness in our community, 5:30-7 p.m., 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

MARCH 22-25 Children’s Dance Theatre, Cinderella, Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall, a twist on a classic tale, Thurs., Fri. & Sat. at 7 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. at 2 p.m., 328-2220, childrensdancetheatre.org

MARCH 24 Horacio Lavandera in Concert, St. John the Evangelist Church, Lavandera will perform piano selections by Beethoven, Schubert, Gershwin and others, 7:30 p.m., 288-7372, sj.org

MARCH 27-28 A Man and his Prostate, Rochester Civic Theatre, a comedic one man show starring performing artist Ed Asner, 7 p.m., 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org



Daughters of the American Revolution, History Center of Olmsted County, MN Supreme Court Judge, Anne McKeig First Native American elected to the bench, 6 p.m., 251-2474, rochesterdar@gmail.com

APRIL 5 Women on Wednesdays, All in the Family: Generations Living Under One Roof, Rochester Civic Theatre, stories about the diversity of age, 5:30-7 p.m., 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

APRIL 6 Music for a King, Mount Olive Lutheran Church, the Lyra Baroque Orchestra will perform repertoire by C.P.E Bach, 7:30 p.m., (651) 321-2214, lyrabaroque.org

APRIL 7 Daughters of the American Revolution, History Center of Olmsted County, awards ceremony and program: DNA testing, 10 a.m., 251-2474, rochesterdar@gmail.com

APRIL 7 Rochester Trio, Christ United Methodist Church, a combination of clarinet, cello, and piano performing classical favorites, 7:30 p.m., 287-9765, rochesterchambermusic.org

APRIL 8 Annual Fools Five Road Race, Altura High School, raise funds for cancer research, 9 a.m., 523-2024, foolsfive.org

APRIL 9 The Beguines: Modern Phenomenon in a Medieval World, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, history and culture of the Beguines, 2:30-4 p.m., 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org

APRIL 15 Festival of Music Concert, First Presbyterian Church, annual performance by pianist and organist Lee Afdahl and ensemble, 4 p.m., 282-1618, fpcrochester.org

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The Happiness Project, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, identify strategies that can improve and enhance your happiness with Barb Schroeder, 2-4 p.m., 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org

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


Bluff Country Studio Art Tour, Southeastern MN, a weekend of bluff country art in galleries and artist studios, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., bluffcountrystudioarttour.org

Women on Wednesdays, Let’s Talk: Boomers & Millennials Compare Notes, Rochester Civic Theatre, come explore differing social perspectives, 5:30-7 p.m., 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

APRIL 19 2018 Studs, Struts & Stilettos, Mayo Civic Center Auditorium, benefit for Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity, a construction fashion exposé, evening, rochesterareabuilders.com

APRIL 20 The Del McCoury Band: Del and Woody, Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall, Del McCoury performs music by Woody Guthrie, 7:30 p.m., 328-2200, rochestermn.gov

APRIL 21 Poetry Writing Workshop, Forager Brewing/Fiddlehead Coffee, pantry room. We will write and present poetry with images, honesty, attitude. This is a chance to find your voice and write your own truth--in verse. led by Pam Whitfield, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., $30 per person, includes coffee and pastry, pre-register by April 15, send email to jorrie@RWmagazine.com or call 507-259-6362

APRIL 21 Dancing for the Arts Take VII, Mayo Civic Center, local celebrities and professional dancers go toe-to-toe to benefit youth arts education, 5 p.m., 328-2220, mayociviccenter.com

APRIL 21-22 MLK and the American Dream, Lourdes High School, explore themes of immigration, patriotism, and democracy through music in MLK’s honor, Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m., 286-8742, rochestersymphony.org

APRIL 22 Spring Finale, Bethel Lutheran Church, featuring all five Honors Choirs of Southeast MN ensembles, 3-4:15 p.m.; 5-6:15 p.m., 252-0505, honorschoirs.org

APRIL 22-23, 29-30 Rochester Area Builders Spring Showcase of Homes, homes, townhomes, and subdivisions in various stages of completion, 12-5 p.m., 282-7698, rochesterareabuilders.com


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APRIL 27-MAY 13 Suite Surrender, Rochester Civic Theatre, a comedy relaying classic farces of the 30’s and 40’s, Fri. & Sat. at 7 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m., 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

APRIL 28 RIA World Festival, Mayo High School, a celebration of cultural diversity with ethnic food, music performances, and more, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., ria-minnesota.org

APRIL 28 Southern Minnesota Mothers of Multiples Spring Sale, Olmsted County Fairgrounds, quality children’s clothes, equipment, and household items for sale, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m., somnmoms.org


MAY 3 Daughters of the American Revolution, History Center of Olmsted County, drug addiction - substance abuse presentation by Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center, free, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 5072512474, rochesterdar@gmail.com

MAY 3-5 Just Between Friends Spring Consignment Sale, Graham Arena, save money when shopping for children’s products, varying times, 990-7668, rochester.jbfsale.com

MAY 5 Walk MS, Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial Park, raise funds for MS research, 9 a.m., 1-800-344-4867, main.nationalmssociety.org

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Wine and Roses, Canadian Honker Events at Apache, an evening of wine, roses, and craft beer to benefit PossAbilities, 5:30 p.m., 281-6116, possabilities.org

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A FUN FUNDRAISER Rochester Go Red Gala – A Night at the Derby is Friday, May 4, 2018, at Mayo Civic Center. The event will begin with a reception at 4:30 p.m. then dinner and a program at 6:30 p.m. Sara Clausen, regional director of the American Heart Association, oversees the American Heart Association’s fundraising events in southeast Minnesota, including the annual 54 March/April 2018 RWmagazine.com



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Rochester Go Red event. She works with a wide array of volunteers to bring heart health education and awareness to our community. Clausen says, “We are making it a unique, fun event with a Kentucky Derby theme.” The Rochester Go Red Gala exists to educate community members in southeast Minnesota about heart disease and stroke, as well as raise awareness for vital research in the fight against heart disease. The Go Red Gala is an opportunity for donors to engage and celebrate the mission of the American Heart Association. 

GO RED MOVERS AND SHAKERS “The Rochester Go Red Gala is a unique event with year-long planning provided by a group of passionate individuals,” Clausen continues. “The Executive Leadership Team, a group of 20 professional women in Rochester, brings much needed education and awareness to our community.” Heart disease is the number one cause of death of both men and women. One in three women will have a major heart event in their lifetime. Yet, 80 percent of heart disease is preventable. Clausen says, “We are fortunate to have the generous contributions of Mayo Clinic Cardiovascular Services and RE/MAX Results in Rochester to support our mission in the fight against heart disease.”  When asked how the Go Red movement began, Clausen explains, “The Go Red movement was a campaign started by the American Heart Association in 2003. Since the start of the Go Red movement, the resulting awareness, education and additional research has led to a decrease of 300 deaths per day.” 

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A NEW EXPERIENCE “The Go Red Gala,” Clausen says, “formerly known as the Go Red for Women Luncheon, is a new, exciting event that will now take place in the evening with a new experience for community members. The Go Red Gala is not exclusive to women—men are encouraged to attend and learn their risk factors as well. We want to educate and raise awareness for as many people as we can.” By moving the event to an evening venue, Clausen expects to reach a larger audience. She adds, “The event will have a new ’vibe’ with a social reception along with dinner and program in the evening all with a theme of Night at the Derby. Guests are encouraged to wear derby attire.”

LIFE-SAVING FUNDS Money raised from American Heart Association events are utilized to fund life-saving techniques and medications. The American Heart Association supports a variety of heart-related initiatives that help those affected by heart disease and stroke. Make plans now to attend the Rochester Go Red Gala – A Night at the Derby on Friday, May 4, at Mayo Civic Center to help support the American Heart Association in its efforts to raise awareness about heart health. Tickets are $75 per person and are available for purchase at heart.org/rochestermngored.  indy Mennenga, owner of MedCity C WordCraft, LLC is a freelance writer and editor based in Rochester.

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POSH 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. 10/2/201

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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. 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.


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