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Against the Grain Women working in architecture, carpentry and civil engineering.
By Sarah Oslund Cover Photo of Teresa McCormack by Fagan Studios
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Face Forward February Who wouldn’t want a perfectly plumped pout just in time for Valentine’s Day?
I Am A Beautiful Rochester Woman Renee Thoreson feels most beautiful when she brings happiness to someone else.
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Changing the World One girl at a time. Uff-da! The Sons of Norway Cherishing the past while looking to the future. By Renee Thoreson
Dig Your Teeth Into Dental Health Decreasing fears for children and adults. By Renee Berg
By Terri Allred
Love Your Heart Join the movement to prevent heart disease and live a heart healthy life.
Cross-Country Skiing Learning ski techniques, embracing Minnesota winters, and discovering a sport to enjoy for a lifetime. By Holly Galbus
Guys’ & Girls’ Night Out What Do You Know? Fall in love with trivia night.
Therapeutic Benefits of Hot Tubs and Saunas Experience relaxation and healing at home. Cindy Mennenga
By Kim Zabel
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Eating Healthy Get inspired to make 2017 your year for delicious and nutritious food. By Emily Watkins
Women & Wine Villa Bellezza Winery and Vineyards Wine tasting and winter sports at a Mediterranean style winery. By Nicole L. Czarnomski
By Emily Watkins
Remodelers Corner A Couple Opens Up Their Space Enjoying the eye-catching panoramic view. By Bob Freund
Insurance Explained Who needs renters and umbrella insurance policies?
Hosting a Party Wine cork Valentine’s Day themed craft project. By Jorrie Johnson and Heather Wolitas
Local Author Amy Hahn Releases Greek mythology romance set in Minnesota.
By Catherine H. Armstrong
Home And Garden 28
Health, Wealth and Happiness Your guide to getting what you want.
A Day in Decorah With or without the kids. By Gina Dewink
On The Lighter Side 54
Hugs Are Important For your health and someone else. By LuAnn Buechler
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In December, I got to participate in the BeYou Renew women’s weekend retreat hosted by LuAnn Buechler at the lovely Holy Spirit Retreat Center about an hour west of Rochester. On that particular Friday evening, after the sun had long gone down, I drove anxiously into the darkness. The wind swirled around my vehicle, carrying me through the cold blizzardy night. At about 7:30 p.m., I arrived at the retreat center lit with warm lights. I found a blazing wood fire and a small group of women who were listening to a Sister explain the house rules. We sat in a circle, opening our hearts and minds to each other. Throughout the weekend, I became calm as I identified and prioritized my professional passions and markers for 2017. I am passionate about earning what I am worth, being creative, problem-solving, project management, work-life balance and making a difference in the world. What makes me happy are living my passions and purpose. Are you looking for your purpose and want to set some goals for 2017? Read our new Health, Wealth and Happiness column (page 11) by Emily Watkins, owner of Empowered Wellness & Fitness Studio. Now, at the beginning of the year, set your intentions and attention on what you want to achieve in 2017. You can be the difference you want to see in the world. Read Changing the World one girl at a time, about JOY and the essays they wrote for MLK Day (page 13). For the heart of it, plan your own Pinterest party (page 15), attend the Go Red For Women event (page 22), sip some wine and go cross-country skiing (page 47) or give someone a hug (page 55). Continuing our series on careers for women in RochesterWomen magazine, we are featuring women in architecture, carpentry and civil engineering in Against the Grain (page 25) by Sarah Oslund. The women we feature are leading the way for women in higher-paying, traditionally male-dominated career fields. In honor of the annual Home Show (February 10-12, Mayo Civic Center), we feature saunas and hot tubs (page 28). I remember taking my daughter to the Home Show when she was a preschooler and watching her jump in the warm bubbly hot tub (yes, she got soaking wet at the Home Show). It wasn’t long after that, we bought one for our backyard. It was a fun, year-round family activity. We inspire, encourage and empower women to Be~YOU~tiful throughout the year in RochesterWomen magazine. Happy New Year, jorrie@RWmagazine.com
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Correction: The doTERRA essential oils representatives featured in RochesterWomen magazine November/ December 2016 issue websites are Jaime Smoody www.mydoterra.com/sunshinecoast and Angel Hutchins www.mydoterra.com/angelstouch. RochesterWomen September/October 2016 issue p. 38: Foxwood Cellars is actually Foxwood Wine Cellars.
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While women march in Washington D.C. women will march in St. Paul, Minnesota. Meet at John Ireland Blvd. Bridge in front of Minnesota History Center (near the corner of John Ireland Blvd. and Kellogg Blvd.). Meet one another, form new friendships, hear a motivational speaker. March begins at 10:30 a.m., arrive at the capitol around 11:30 a.m., rally including entertainment, speakers until 2 p.m., womensmarch.com and on Facebook.
HAPPINESS: A BOOK DISCUSSION Wed., Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 15, and Mar. 8, 2-3:30 p.m., Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, Rochester
We all yearn for happiness and some search for it in fame and fortune. Others look for it in job success. Still others are driven to possessions, both expensive and numerous, all to find happiness elusive. In her book, “Happiness,” Sister Joan Chittister suggests that it is a personal quality to be learned and mastered. $20 pre-registered/ pre-paid, $25 at the door. Register for events online at rochesterfranciscan.org or call 507-280-2195.
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CHASING NIAGARA Sat., Feb. 11, 4 pm - 6 p.m., St. Mane Theatre, Lanesboro
When pro kayaker Rafa Ortiz decides to follow his dream to paddle over Niagara Falls, he sets in motion an incredible series of events that eventually takes on a life of its own.
THE ADVENTURE SET IN LANESBORO Sat., Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., St. Mane Theatre, Lanesboro
Get ready for an evening of adrenaline films. This will be an assortment of short outdoor, adventure based films.
Mon., Feb. 27, Mar. 6 and Mar. 13, 6:30-8 p.m., Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, Rochester
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Century vs. Mayo boys’ and girls’ basketball rally together to make a difference, boys’ game starts at 5:45 p.m., girls’ game starts at 7:30 p.m., silent auction, dash for cash, ceremony between games to honor cancer survivors, all proceeds go to our local American Cancer Society – Relay for Life, 507-254-4141, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bring your main squeeze and join the cool cats for a hip time, produced in cooperation with Absolute Theatre Company, written and Directed by Suzie Hansen, music provided by RavensFire, tickets available in advance to those 21 and older 507- 285-5272, elder-network.org
SHACK SHORTS Sun., Feb 12, 2 – 4 p.m., Lake Park Lodge, Winona
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HAT DO YOU REALLY WANT IN LIFE? THAT’S A HARD QUESTION. WE ARE SO BUSY TAKING CARE OF OTHERS THAT WE LOSE SIGHT OF WHO WE REALLY ARE AND WHAT WE TRULY DESIRE. ROCHESTER WOMEN MAGAZINE WANTS TO CHANGE THAT FOR YOU IN 2017. THIS SERIES WILL PROVIDE EXPERTISE FROM LOCAL PROFESSIONALS AND GIVE YOU “HOMEWORK” THAT WILL GUIDE YOU TO DISCOVER YOUR BEST SELF.
Let Your Imagination Run Wild
How do you know what you want? LuAnn Buechler, certified facilitator of the Passion Test, coaches by “helping people to reach deep inside and determine what is most important to them in their life.” She helps people identify their top five passions and then provides them with tools to stay on track. LuAnn works with individuals and organizations to do goal setting and planning. This is great for someone who needs help getting started. The S.Y.S.T.E.M. (Saving Yourself Time, Energy & Money) LuAnn uses can be used for any challenge or obstacle that you are facing. She says her coaching “comes
from the heart with love and support, to help people make the changes they want in life.”
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As you are figuring out what you want your life to look like and creating goals to get there, it’s important to keep track of your thoughts. Use an old fashioned journal, a Word or Google Doc or a notebook. At Empowered Wellness & Fitness Studio, we have a special journal for a weight loss challenge. It has prompts for determining 12-week wellness goals, as well as space to break that big goal into four-week “chunks” and then into one-week mini-goals. Then, each day, participants log what they eat, how much they exercise, how they feel, how their feelings contribute to their eating and exercise and how they spend their time. Without any restraint, start writing about what you want your life to look like. Write it like a novel, with you as the main character. Give yourself permission to write for five to 10 minutes every day for one to two weeks to make sure you think through it carefully and with as much detail as you can to envision your best self.
Your Health, Wealth And Happiness
FOR YOUR HEALTH: What will your health be like? What will you look like? How much will you weigh? What will your diet look like? What will your doctor say at your annual visit?
FOR YOUR WEALTH: What will your financial situation be? How much will you be able to spend on the things that you love? How much will you have in savings? Will you be able to donate to causes that are special to your heart? FOR YOUR HAPPINESS: What will your outlook on life be? How will you handle everyday stress? What will make you happy? How will you be making the world a better place? What will your relationships be like? How will you express your spirituality? Will you pray or meditate?
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Having this log is especially helpful for those times when it seems like you aren’t getting anywhere. Going back and reviewing old logs is concrete evidence that you are achieving something. Continue writing, even as your negative voice will tell you your goals could never be possible. Think positively and write down your hopes. The next step is to break down these goals into realistic chunks. Seeing yourself take positive steps will help you keep moving ahead to reach your goals. Stay tuned for more details about how to get the life you want. In the meantime, share your thoughts with us on the RochesterWomen magazine Facebook page. We look forward to hearing about your success. Emily Watkins is a personal trainer and owner of Empowered Wellness & Fitness Studio.
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SMALL GROUP OF THOUGHTFUL, COMMITTED CITIZENS IS WORKING TO CHANGE THE WORLD IN ROCHESTER, ONE GIRL AT A TIME. THEY ARE THE VOLUNTEERS OF JUSTICE AND OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUTH (JOY), A ROCHESTER NONPROFIT WORKING TO INSPIRE AND EMPOWER YOUNG WOMEN TO IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR COMMUNITY.
JOY was founded in 2012 as an organization dedicated to helping Rochester youth who were considered high-risk for drug use, truancy, teen pregnancy and victimization. The volunteer staff and board of JOY believe that through community support, positive adult role models and transformational relationships, every child can create an upward trajectory for her life. Research on resiliency in children shows that sometimes the only difference between a child who “makes it” and one who doesn’t is the presence of a single
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supportive adult in their life. JOY volunteers aim to be that adult.
JOY AND PEACEMAKING CIRCLES In order to offer that support to participants, JOY offers weekly meetings for participants utilizing Restorative Peacemaking Circles. Adult volunteers model positive communication skills, empathic responses and problem-solving skills to help the participants learn how to tackle issues in their lives. During the Peacemaking Circle, participants learn to take turns talking using a “talking stick” and respectfully listening when they are not talking. Each participant’s opinions are valued and contribute to the functioning of the entire group. To foster leadership, participants plan their own programming, including service projects,
NEVER DOUBT THAT A SMALL GROUP OF THOUGHTFUL, COMMITTED CITIZENS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD; INDEED, IT'S THE ONLY THING THAT EVER HAS. –MARGARET MEAD
educational speakers and field trips focusing on arts and culture. This year, JOY participants will bring in speakers to discuss finances and budgeting, healthy relationships, college preparation, and career opportunities. Several members will contact nonprofit organizations to coordinate volunteer opportunities on behalf of the entire group. Finally, with the generous support of the People’s Energy Cooperative Operation Round-Up Grant, they will take field trips to arts and cultural sites and festivals. JOY currently works with one group of 12 high school sophomore girls. A second group for middle school girls will be forming this winter. JOY leaders are Julie Ace (implementation associate in the Office of Curriculum and Instruction with Rochester Public Schools), Lisa Weber (truancy/early intervention coordinator for Rochester Public Schools), Ann Miller (instructional coach at Gage Elementary), Dawn Sanborn (Dawn Sanborn Photography) and myself, Terri Allred (owner of Third Eye Tribal).
MLK ESSAY CONTEST Each year on Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day, the Rochester Branch of the NAACP holds a youth essay contest as part of the celebration. Contest winners receive a small, RWmagazine.com January/February 2017
cash award and get to read their essays at the MLK birthday celebration that follows the MLK march through downtown. Last year, students were asked to “name and describe one or more injustices you have seen in the last year in the United States or elsewhere.” Additionally, they were asked, “How can you pursue liberty for yourself and others in the face of such injustice? What role can you play in making our society more just?” Last winter, JOY hosted an essay writing workshop with RochesterWomen magazine Publisher and Editor Jorrie Johnson. Several members of JOY participated, and one JOY participant won the writing contest for her age group with the essay below.
Alual Mawien wrote, I am a ninth-grade student at Mayo High School in Rochester Public Schools. I feel that an important injustice that I have seen in the last year in the United States is that the media pays more attention to things like (the) Paris terrorism attack, while giving little attention to other attacks in less glamorous places. It also seems like many people group all Muslims in the same group. If you are a Muslim, you must be a terrorist. The attention should be given to all the people who suffer every day in the United States from homelessness and depression. I think it is important to speak out against things you find unjust. There are lots of places your voice could be heard if you are brave enough to use your voice. More people are dying of homelessness and depression every day in the United States than the number of people who died in the Paris attacks. And yet no one is changing their Facebook profile pictures in honor of them and their lives. People make it seem like just because a couple Muslims decide to do something bad that all Muslims must be bad too. If the people who caused the terrorist attacks are truly faithful Muslims, then they would be breaking their religious laws when they killed other people. One thing I think I could do make my country more just is by starting a group that goes out to schools to make them more aware and understanding (of) the things that are important.
STRUGGLING WITH INJUSTICE Several other JOY participants shared their thoughts and personal experiences in the essays. “People should understand that all lives matter. Black lives matter; white lives matter; Muslim lives matter; and
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JOY members Alual, Alyssa, Janeth, Kara, Whitney, Ashely, Brenda, Isabel and Karen get excited about their weekly meetings that include the Peacemaking Circle.
Hispanics lives matter,” writes Brenda, a sophomore at Mayo High School. “Everyone should be more open-minded about things and others, love each other and stop blaming innocent people for what other people are doing that has nothing to do with them.” Her thoughts are echoed by her friends Karen and Kara, who wrote an essay about the racism they experience in their daily lives. “If people would just get to know each other rather than judge and believe stereotypes, then racism wouldn’t be so powerful,” they wrote. Karen and Kara tell a heartbreaking story of racism in Rochester in their essay. “We were at Walmart and this elder woman kept looking at us. She kept pushing her kid away from my family, telling her child that he would get a disease if he came close to us. She said we should get back on the boat and go back to Mexico.” Karen and Kara wrote, “When these things happen, we often don’t know what to do. Even the teachers and school administrators don’t seem to know what to do. Sometimes they behave in racist ways to kids, for example, calling out the Mexican kids, while the white kids are doing the same thing but are not drawing their attention.” Karen and Kara want their school to educate teachers and students about racism and teach people how to respect each other. They also know that they can do things personally to combat racism. “We know that we can’t make racism go away, but we can do some important things. We can make sure we don’t tell jokes about people from other races or cultures. We can also make sure to treat all of our friends equally and not discriminate against them about their culture.” Each JOY participant who submitted an essay emphasized the importance of having adult role models to help them learn how to respond to and confront injustice. Whitney, who wrote about gun violence shares, “People deserve to live a very safe life because all lives matter. We just need a lot of good role models to show us the way.” JOY volunteers strive to be those people. If you are interested in learning more about JOY or volunteering, visit joymn.org. Terri Allred is the owner of Third Eye Tribal and a proud volunteer with JOY. She lives in Rochester with her husband, sons and dog.
WINE CORK VALENTINE’S DAY CRAFT PROJECT
BY JORRIE JOHNSON AND HEATHER WOITAS
ONITA PATTON, POST TOWN WINERY OWNER, AND JORRIE JOHNSON WANTED TO HOST AN ART/CRAFT PARTY AT POST TOWN WINERY. THEY HAD PLENTY OF USED WINE CORKS, THE PLACE AND THE DATE (SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2016). THEY HAD SOME WINE CORK CRAFT IDEAS, SUCH AS BULLETIN BOARDS AND SERVING TRAYS, BUT NEITHER MADE THEM. JORRIE SAW A PAINTED WINE BOTTLE PROJECT THAT HEATHER WOITAS, OWNER OF CHERISHED SECONDS IN STEWARTVILLE, POSTED ON THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE. SHE CONTACTED HEATHER ABOUT HOSTING THE PARTY.
CHERISHED SECONDS BLOG 12/08/2016 Quite a few of my adventures start with a piece of furniture found on the side of the road. But not always. This time it started with a great bottle of wine and the companionship of my favorite people: the girls. Enter in Pinterest and wine corks. A collection of wine bottle corks and some inspirations from Pinterest inspired Cherished Seconds’ latest adventure. The girls and I enjoyed some of the pleasures of Post Town Winery in Rochester, along with some inspirations repurposing ideas from Pinterest.
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Oh, we had so much fun! My initial design was a heart of corks with a fun ribbon. This inspired an array of ideas. A few of the girls created Christmas inspired designs, while others opted to try their hand in creating with their initials. Everyone left with a fantastic creation and new favorite bottle of wine. I cannot wait to do it again. Pinterest Party? Yes, please! Send me your ideas, and let’s plan Cherished Seconds’ next Pinterest Party. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. From cherished-seconds.com/blog
ABOUT CHERISHED SECONDS “I am a firm believer in reusing items for new purposes. This can fulfill the gaps in finances, serve needs and fulfill wants in a very satisfying, creative way. Painting, creating and reusing items past their prime is my passion,” says Heather. You can buy new and refurbished furniture and home decor at Cherished Seconds, as well as learn and be inspired. Many items in the store have been repurposed or refurbished into one-of-a-kind pieces that cannot be purchased anywhere else. Workshops are provided for those who are new to refurbishing and experienced do-it-yourselfers looking for a group environment to be inspired.
HOST YOUR OWN PINTEREST PARTY Hosting a party has become significantly easier since Pinterest came along. You can start your search for ideas by entering the items you have (such as wine corks) or find simple to complex crafts and projects with a theme in mind. Pinterest markets itself as “The world’s idea catalog.” It is a content sharing service that allows members to "pin" images, videos and other objects to their own web page or “pinboard.” The website also includes standard social networking features to see what friends are interested in. You can send messages to other Pinterest users too. For planning a party, search for the type of party you are hosting, such as a birthday or anniversary. Pictures of items available for purchase or to decorate with, projects, food and recipes to go along with your theme will pop up.
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February FACE FORWARD
WHO WOULDN’T WANT A PERFECTLY PLUMPED POUT JUST IN TIME FOR VALENTINE’S DAY? BY MOLLY GRIMM
016 WAS THE YEAR OF CHANGING FACES. WE SAW CELEBRITIES PLUMP THEIR POUTS, NIP THOSE NOSES AND TUCK TUMMIES. SOMETIMES WE NOTICED, AND OTHER TIMES CHANGES WERE DONE SO WELL THAT IT JUST LOOKED LIKE A FANTASTIC SNAPCHAT FILTER. THINGS AREN’T SLOWING DOWN IN 2017, AND WE HAVE THE RESOURCES AND EXPERTISE TO MAKE SURE WE LOOK OUR BEST RIGHT HERE IN ROCHESTER.
WHY WOMEN CHOOSE BOTOX® I sat down with Dr. Jacobson of Jacobson Plastic Surgery—the first private practice surgery center in Rochester—to discuss facial injections. Dr. Jacobson has a unique approach to aesthetics and strives to be efficient and easy and go beyond all patient expectations. He says, “Really well-performed plastic surgery doesn’t look like it happened; you just look better.” Aging gracefully on our own terms has never been easier. There are several options for people looking to boost their confidence and enhance their appearance. You can be in your 20s and want to slow down the aging process or in your 50s and want to add youthful volume. Plastic surgery enhances the features that already make us so uniquely beautiful. Many women choose BOTOX, an injection that paralyzes facial muscles, to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. BOTOX is typically used to flatten forehead wrinkles between the eyes. Look in the mirror and squint to see the “11” between your eyes; BOTOX can eradicate these lines.
JUVÉDERM® ADDS VOLUME TO FACE AND LIPS Adding volume to the face and lips with JUVÉDERM will produce a more youthful and contoured face. As we age or lose weight, our faces can start to appear fragmented. Adding volume back into the face makes it appear as one unit and gives it a youthful and smooth look. As our skin loses volume, our lips do as well. There are several different options for plumping lips. JUVÉDERM is injected in and around the lips to add fullness and contour. It lasts about 12 months. Dr. Jacobson does lip augmentation using JUVÉDERM. He explained the importance of not changing the proportions of lips. When the proportion is changed, it can look like one has lip fillers or has had work done. Lips are split into thirds. The top should be one-third and the bottom twothirds, you must fill both and keep the proportions the same as they were pre-fill. Overfilling the top lip produces a duck pout. JUVÉDERM, which is composed of hyaluronic acid, also keeps your lips moisturized—perfect for cold and dry Minnesota winters. For a more permanent solution, you can also have fat harvested and injected into your lips. This is a more subtle look that lasts forever.
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For surgical procedures or to have non-invasive procedures done by a licensed physician, Jacobson Plastic Surgery ranks very high on the list. Jacobson Plastic Surgery is located in Northwest Rochester. Dr. Jacobson is an internationally renowned expert on facial aesthetics and breast revision and reconstruction surgery. Dr. Jacobson trained under Dr. Bryan Mendelson, the world’s leading authority on facial anatomy, giving Dr. Jacobson a unique skillset that sets him apart from any other physician. Dr. Jacobson utilizes surgical facilities in Rochester and the Twin Cities. Olmsted Medical Center (OMC) offers reconstructive surgery and cosmetic surgery. Dr. Mehio and Dr. Babovic work together in Plastics at OMC and offer an array of options for women looking to enhance their features. Dr. Mehio’s professional interests include lasers, peels, fillers, fat injections and facelifts. Dr. Babovic is ranked as one of America’s Top Plastic Surgeons, according to the Consumers’ Research Council of America (Reconstructive Surgery Liposuction Facts, Tummy Tuck). OMC’s state-of-the-art facilities are used by their in-house physicians and private practice providers. Essence Skin Clinic is a MedSpa located in the heart of downtown Rochester. Jennifer Sanneman, the owner, is passionate about making women look and feel their best. Jennifer has an impressive list of credentials: She is a certified laser practitioner and has degrees in biochemistry, para-dermal science and esthetics. She is rated in the top 6 percent of injectionists in the nation by Allergan. Jennifer’s motto for Essence is to “let youth reign.” Stephanie Younguist owns Posh Facial Esthetics, located in southeast Rochester. Stephanie is a registered nurse and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Iowa. She has over 20 years of nursing experience. Stephanie was trained with leading experts
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in the cosmetic medical field, including Launa Stone, RN, who is a beauty correspondent on “The Doctors.” Stephanie is a member of the American Academy of Medical Esthetic Professionals and is a leader in the community for lip and facial injections.
COST OF COSMETIC ENHANCEMENTS Elective cosmetic procedures are paid for out of pocket by the patient. One syringe of JUVÉDERM® can range from $500-750. Typically one syringe is used for a lip augmentation. BOTOX® ranges from $12-15 per unit. The average number of units used per person varies extensively and can range from 10-25 units. It is important to consider not only the initial, but also ongoing costs to maintain the look you are aiming to acquire. Meet with a licensed professional for a consultation. Ask to see before and after pictures and spend time talking to them about your goals. Once you and your provider have a plan of action that works for both of you and will give you the end results you desire, go for it. Molly Dixon Grimm is from Milwaukee but has happily called Rochester home for the last five years. She has a degree in English, creative writing and communications from Arizona State University. When Molly isn’t working in the digital sales world, she writes for her blog, re-launching soon, “Marlowe & McKerihan”. Molly is obsessed with all things beauty and style. She has experimented with BOTOX® and JUVÉDERM® and is a huge advocate of doing what makes you feel beautiful.
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I Am Beautiful You Are Beautiful We Are All Beautiful RochesterWomen RENEE THORESON FEELS MOST BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE BRINGS HAPPINESS TO SOMEONE ELSE
BY JORRIE JOHNSON PHOTOS BY TRACEY MCGUIRE PHOTOGRAPHY
UR INTENTION FOR I AM A BEAUTIFUL ROCHESTER WOMAN THIS YEAR IS TO HELP WOMEN FEEL BEAUTIFUL. R OCHESTER WOMEN MAGAZINE PARTNERED WITH KATIE KIRCKOF, OWNER OF GLAM BEAUTY LOUNGE FORMERLY BB MAKEUP AND COSMETIC BAR, DAWN SANBORN PHOTOGRAPHY AND TRACEY MCGUIRE PHOTOGRAPHY TO GIVE WOMEN MINI-MAKEOVERS AND THEIR OWN PHOTO SHOOTS. WE WILL SHARE A BEAUTIFUL ROCHESTER WOMAN IN EACH ISSUE OF ROCHESTER WOMEN MAGAZINE THROUGHOUT 2017.
A BIT ABOUT RENEE Renee Thoreson is the daughter of Maxine and Orlo Thoreson. She says she was almost born in Honolulu, Hawaii, where her dad was stationed, but they made it back to Minnesota for her birth. She has lived in Minnesota since the early 1960s. Renee has been working for Mayo Clinic for 31 years. She is a prospect researcher in the Mayo Clinic Development Department. She says about her work, “I love research, writing and my wonderful co-workers. I am inspired by the generosity of grateful patients who want to make things better for others seeking healing and answers.” Renee enjoys Norwegian artisan crafts of fine hardanger embroidery and rosemaling (see “Uff-da! The Sons of Norway” on page 19 of this issue). She finds pleasure in making Norwegian desserts and attending Scandinavian festivals. She loves singing and is a member of the choir at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.
GETTING A MAKEOVER “My last makeover was when I was in the Miss Winona pageant many years ago,” says Renee. About getting the makeover in October, “I felt like a million bucks!” After getting her makeover and photo taken, Renee browsed through several stores on the way back to her car. “I think I smiled and said ‘hi’ to everyone I met (downtown that day).” On her way home, she stopped to see her parents to show them how beautiful she looked and felt. That evening she taught a hardanger class looking her very best for her students who must have been impressed. 18
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ADVICE FOR OTHER WOMEN To feel beautiful, Renee likes new makeup, a pair of great fitting jeans, nail polish or a bracelet. She explains, “But I feel most beautiful when I’ve brought happiness to someone, and I see it shining in their eyes.” Renee’s advice for other women is, “Happiness and contentment are separate from your circumstances. They are choices we make daily and sometimes many times a day. Gratitude and forgiveness are important. These are not always easy choices, but they make our lives better and free us to enjoy life more.”
THE YEAR AHEAD In 2017, Renee wants to design a hardanger piece to enter in an international competition. She has won previously and would like to win again. She hopes to publish the children’s book she has started, use her passport to somewhere and do more Random Acts of Kindness. She wants to give flowers to someone “just because.” Renee has a “cute little” dog and a cat. In 2017, she wants to create fun adventures for her dog. She says the cat is not into that. “I have a healthy love of chocolate,” Renee confesses. This year, she hopes to go out for dinner and only order dessert, try a food that she can’t pronounce and laugh more. We at RochesterWomen magazine wish Renee success in 2017. You are a beautiful RochesterWoman, Renee Thoreson. I Am Beautiful. You Are Beautiful
We Are All Beautiful Rochester Women! If you are interested in getting a mini-makeover, having your photo taken and appearing in Rochester Women magazine, contact Jorrie Johnson at jorrie@RWmagazine.com or 507-259-6362.
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CHERISHING THE PAST WHILE LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
BY RENEE THORESON PHOTOGRAPHY BY JORRIE JOHNSON
ANY WHO WERE RAISED IN SCANDINAVIAN-SETTLED AREAS OF THE COUNTRY, SUCH AS THE UPPER MIDWEST, ARE OR HAVE RELATIVES WHO ARE, MEMBERS OF THE SONS OF NORWAY. THE ORGANIZATION IS NOT JUST FOR NORWEGIANS; IT’S FOR ALL WHO ENJOY THE SCANDINAVIAN CULTURE.
HUMBLE BEGINNINGS In January 1895, a small group of Norwegian immigrants living in Minneapolis formed a mutual assistance organization much like what they had known in Norway. Members paid a weekly fee and received support when need, illness or death made personal resources inadequate. The program became known as the Independent Order of the Sons of Norway. To qualify for membership, “One had to be male, either Norwegian or of Norwegian descent, give proof of being morally upright, in good health, capable of supporting a family, at least 20 years old and no more than 50.” Within two years of its beginning, membership totaled 116, including members from north and south Minneapolis. The Daughters of Norway, a sister society, began in 1897. Most of the wives of the founders of Sons of Norway became founders of the Daughters of Norway. With the popularity of the Sons of Norway increasing, they incorporated in order to establish subordinate lodges. The articles set forth as the purpose of the Sons of Norway were to “gather Norwegians around their ancestral heritage of history, language and other cultural arts, to assist one another in sickness and need and to furnish opportunities for sociability.”
A LODGE FOR ROCHESTER Kristiania Lodge #47 in Rochester was organized in 1905 and formally chartered with 42 members. By 1919, interest waned and activities ceased. The lodge was reactivated in 1934 with 32 members and area lodges attending in support of the first meeting. Lodge meetings were held at a union hall on South Broadway and in homes. Members paid monthly dues of 35 cents and meetings were conducted in English. In 1950, the Minnesotan Daughters of Norway merged with the Sons of Norway, and women quickly became active serving in roles
Maxine and Orland Thoreson and other Sons of Norway members wear their Norwegian sweaters for the November 2016 meeting.
as president and board members. Greta Holand, Kristiania’s first of many female presidents, served as early as 1962. The lodge met at the one-room schoolhouse on Highway 52, Stones Corner School, until it was sold in 2003. The lodge now leases space at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church on Viola Road for monthly meetings. Membership is approximately 150 with members’ ages ranging from youth to 94 years old, with an average age of 74. Although many members are of Norwegian ancestry, other nationalities represented include Swedish, Danish, Finnish, German, Scottish and Irish. The Kristiania Lodge celebrated its centennial anniversary on May 20, 2005. As a whole, Sons of Norway has over 55,000 members in 380 lodges in Canada, United States and Norway. The mission of Sons of Norway is “to promote and preserve the heritage and culture of Norway, to celebrate our relationship with other Nordic countries and provide quality insurance and financial products to our members.”
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A MEMBER As the largest Norwegian organization outside of Norway, members will find a community of shared values and have access to cultural programming, philanthropic outreach and financial products. Monthly Barb Chase is learning hardanger from meetings include singing Renee Thoreson. the three national anthems of countries involved with Sons of Norway (United States, Canada and Norway), reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, announcing upcoming events, giving awards, occasionally hearing from Lars and his other brother, Lars, listening to a speaker and having a little lunch consisting of open-faced sandwiches, bars and coffee. Past speaker topics have Painted horse and plate on page 20 included: Norwegian architecture in by Dean Vigeland RWmagazine.com January/February 2017
Minnesota, Norwegian-American women, proton beam therapy, Beowulf, Norwegian antiques, Vesterheim Museum, National Eagle Center and more. Members may pursue cultural skills and take classes offered by the lodge. Classes have covered hardanger, rosemaling, Norwegian language lessons, genealogy and Norwegian cuisine. Currently, the youngest member is taking the hardanger class and making an apron for her doll. Members can earn Maxine Thoreson showing a plate and other Norwegian collectibles pins in the Cultural Skills Program, providing a framework for learning that belong to the local Sons of Norway chapter. about traditional and contemporary Norwegian culture. The Sons of Norway also offers student scholarships to children and grandchildren of members applying for college and Norwegian language camps. The lodge is philanthropic with about 20 gifts to organizations in our community including Norway House, Vesterheim Museum, Ronald McDonald House, Hiawatha Homes, Biking Vikings, Ski for Light, Rochester Nordic Ski Club and more. Sons of Norway is also active with International Day in Plainview, Festival of Trees, Salvation Army, Keyboard Club and Honk/Squeak/ Renee Thoreson makes hardanger tree ornaments for the annual Sons Scratch/Boom. of Norway Christmas sale.
LOCATION: Our Savior’s Lutheran Church on Viola Road in Rochester Time: Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m., social events are held the fourth Saturday Annual Dues for Adults: $41.50 (less for spouse and children) Future Speaker Topics: Trip on the Hurtigruten, the city of Bergen, DNA Testing and Interpretation, Greenland, Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge, Building and Carving a Swedish Warship, Coffin Ships, Hand Me a Chisel! and Tromso 20
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In keeping with the original idea of mutual assistance, Sons of Norway offers insurance products and investment plans, if members so choose. Other benefits are the monthly Kristiania Posten newsletter, Viking magazine and travel services. There’s also a monthly social event with a meal and entertainment.
ONE AND A HALF NORWEGIANS “Sons of Norway was something I had heard about Ann Romo makes fabric plates for the in conversations during my Sons of Norway annual sale. growing up years, but I really didn't know what it was all about until I joined the organization,” says Ann Romo, who is 100 percent Norwegian. She joined Sons of Norway in 1995, has served as social director and vice president and has been the president for the last several years. “The people in our Kristiania Chapter in Rochester made me feel welcome from the start,” Ann says. “After graduating from Winona State, when my girls had graduated from high school, I had the time to attend and participate more.” Ann oversees the planning for 19 speakers at the meetings and social events every year and enjoys the fellowship between members. “It's been a joy to be a member of Sons of Norway. I am very proud of our Kristiania Chapter and what it does for the community.” Darlene Stadsvold, a Norwegian of partly German descent, is also a long-time member, having joined in 1999. Darlene has served as secretary since 2006 and is the lodge volunteer coordinator. In the past, she also served as coordinator for the soup ‘n sandwich portion of the yearly Sons of Norway bake and craft sale held each November. Darlene enjoys the programs and fellowship at the monthly meetings. As a part of the philanthropic arm of Sons of Norway, she has been trimming 300-400 postage stamps every month which are then sent to Norway Darlene Stadsvold is wearing a bunad for sales to collectors and with a Trondheim pattern made by a supporting children in need. Sons of Norway member. When asked how she can cut so many, Darlene replies with her Norwegian dry sense of humor, “What else can you do while you watch the news?” Renee Thoreson is an artist, musician, lover of all things Norwegian and a card carrying member of Sons of Norway since 2007.
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JOIN THE MOVEMENT TO PREVENT HEART DISEASE AND LIVE A HEART HEALTHY LIFE BY TRISH AMUNDSON
ODAY, 8 MILLION WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES ARE LIVING WITH HEART DISEASE, AND 35 MILLION ARE AT RISK. ACCORDING TO AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION, HEART DISEASES CAUSE ONE IN THREE DEATHS IN WOMEN.* HEART DISEASE AFFECTS MORE WOMEN THAN MEN AND IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE NATION. FORTUNATELY, HEART DISEASE CAN OFTEN BE PREVENTED BY MAKING HEALTHY CHOICES AND MANAGING HEALTH CONDITIONS. DURING FEBRUARY—AMERICAN HEART MONTH— AND THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, ACTIVITIES RAISE AWARENESS AND INFORM ABOUT THE THREAT OF HEART DISEASE. 22
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Dr. Sharron Hayes with WomenHeart participants.
LOCAL SYMPOSIUM EDUCATES AND EMPOWERS WOMEN WITH HEART DISEASE Fifteen years ago, the Women’s Heart Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Rochester and WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease in Washington, D.C. developed an education and advocacy program for women living with heart disease. The WomenHeart Science and Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic is the only national volunteer training program that prepares women with heart disease to be community educators, advocates, spokespersons and support network coordinators. Each year since 2002, around 60 women from across the country are chosen through an application process to learn about heart disease and advocacy through hands-on activities and experiences. They tour treatment areas, hold stents in their hands and learn from physicians about treatments. Upon returning to their communities, these WomenHeart champions start support groups and educate others about heart disease. Including the most recent symposium in October 2016, Mayo Clinic and WomenHeart have trained more than 800 women throughout the country. Many of these women have been credited for saving someone’s life. Sharonne Hayes, M.D., founder of Mayo Clinic’s Women’s Heart Clinic, knows firsthand the stories of the women participants and the Dr. Sharrone Hayes long-term relationships that continue to develop as a result of the symposium. “Listening to hundreds of women tell their stories over the years in this intimate setting has been incredibly
rewarding, personally and professionally. The symposium has been one of the highlights of my work as a cardiologist,” she says. “My goal is to help patients lead heart healthy lives, whether they are trying to prevent illness or recover from a heart event. The symposium has enabled us to do that in a very personal way, and we are making a difference.”
NATIONAL ORGANIZATION RAISES AWARENESS AND FUNDS You can celebrate National Wear Red Day by wearing red on February 3 to bring attention to the impact of heart disease on women. In addition, the Rochester Go Red For Women Luncheon will take place on Thursday, February 23 at Mayo Civic Center. This annual event for teens, women and even men raises awareness of and funds for heart disease—and its widespread impact is heartwarming. You’ll learn the stories of local heart disease survivors—Katie Barth, Marnie Bigler, Jill Frieders and Julie Stanton—who will participate in a fashion show. Passion speaker Lola Montilla also will be featured. She is a young heart disease survivor and 15-year-old author of the book “Beautiful Scars.” Montilla was born with a rare congenital heart defect and later underwent open-heart surgery. Her life mission is to create awareness about congenital heart defects and to inspire others. Go Red For Women in Rochester began in 2004 with its first luncheon in 2005, co-hosted by Dr. Sharon Mulvagh and Rochester Women magazine Publisher Jorrie Johnson. “The event includes educational opportunities, health screenings, keynote speakers, Macy’s Diva Salon, a delicious and heart healthy lunch and much more,” explains Sara Clausen, American Heart Association regional director and director for the Rochester Go Red For Women Lunch. For more information and tickets, go to heart.org/RochesterMNGoRed.
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BY SARAH OSLUND
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T’S NO SECRET THAT THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY PRIMARILY CONSISTS OF MEN. IN FACT, ONLY 3 PERCENT OF CONSTRUCTION WORKERS TODAY ARE WOMEN. BUT EVEN WITH PROMINENT WORKPLACE BARRIERS LIKE WAGE DISPARITIES, REAL AND PERCEIVED BIAS AND A GENERAL LACK OF RESPECT FOR THEIR ABILITIES, WOMEN ARE BECOMING AN INCREASINGLY RECOGNIZED FORCE IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY—AND THEY ARE ENCOURAGING YOUNG WOMEN TO CONSIDER FOLLOWING IN THEIR STEPS.
ENGINEERING AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT According to the National Science Foundation, women make up half of the college-educated workforce in the United States but represent a mere 29 percent of science and engineering jobs. Although the number of women in science and engineering jobs has risen significantly in the past two decades, the gap between genders has
narrowed only modestly. Vanessa Hines works as a civil engineer for Widseth Smith Nolting and is hoping to see the gender gap continue to close. She has worked in the construction industry for about Vanessa Hines six years. “When I first started, I would walk into a meeting and scan the room,” Vanessa recalls. “I was typically the youngest and the only woman.” While it made her selfconscious at the time, Vanessa’s gotten over it. “I try to keep in mind that I am able and capable,” she explains, “and that is why I have the job I do.” As a civil engineer, Vanessa works with commercial and municipal clients to design the “built environment,” which includes all of the physical elements of where we live and work, from homes and buildings to streets and infrastructure. As part of her job, Vanessa collaborates with many other members of the building team to ensure the best outcome on a project. “Oftentimes I work closely with an architect on aspects of a project that reside beyond the bounds of a building,” she says. Vanessa also coordinates with regulatory agencies like the
city, the Department of Transportation and other design disciplines. “We work together to bring a project to reality,” she says.
BUILDING THE FUTURE German architect Walter Gropius once said, "Architecture begins where engineering ends." He suggests that engineering ensures that a building will have structural integrity but that an architect makes that structure visually appealing. Teresa McCormack is an architect and owner of The Urban Studio, a Rochester-based company that offers planning and design services throughout southeastern Minnesota. Teresa’s team takes over once Vanessa’s work is done, designing Teresa McCormack commercial and residential properties. The Urban Studio also works with clients to navigate the planning and zoning approval process, acquire building safety permits and develop relationships with contractors. “Architecture is not as much about producing a blueprint as it is providing consultation,” Teresa explains. “Our professional role is to take the client’s need for RWmagazine.com January/February 2017
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a place and develop the documents to frame the construction activity.” Teresa’s high school guidance counselor was the first to suggest she consider a career in architecture based on her love of drawing and building. “I also have a ‘nerd-love’ of physics and geometry,” she jokes. But love for subjects like science, math, building and construction are not the norm for most girls. Kaylyn Nygaard at Rochester Community and Technical College. Women are traditionally underrepresented KEEPING IT LOCAL: when it comes to pursuing STEM— MINNESOTA WOMEN IN Science, Technology, Engineering and CONSTRUCTION Math—education and careers. So much The responsibility for increasing engagement so that President Obama has taken of women in non-traditional careers does not action to expand STEM education and rest solely at the national level. The onus is employment opportunities for women and also on local communities. underrepresented populations. Here in Rochester, Michelle Pyfferoen is the dean of career and technical education ROCKING AND ROLLING: and business partnerships at RCTC and part THE FINISHING TRADES of a regional workgroup that is developing a At 21 years old, Kaylyn Nygaard is a graduate strategy to increase the number of women in of the carpentry program at Rochester the trades. Community and Technical College (RCTC) “The Women in Non-Traditional and is currently enrolled in the Finishing Employment taskforce is a subgroup of the Trades Apprenticeship Program. She works SE Minnesota Workforce Development as a taper and mudder for Mulcahy Nickolaus Board,” Michelle explains. Taskforce members Commercial Interiors and Exteriors, based in represent local employers, public and private Oakdale, Minnesota. agencies and higher education. The group’s Growing up, Kaylyn found herself with two focus is to increase awareness and access to very different types of role models that led her non-traditional careers, promote economic to pursue a career in the construction industry. prosperity and combat societal perceptions of The first was her grandfather, who ran an a “woman’s role” in the workforce. excavating company. The second was far less The taskforce has a goal of identifying personal but equally impactful for Kaylyn. “I key steps in bridging the employment gap. grew up watching ‘Extreme Home Makeover’ Operating from the position that “if you can’t on TV,” she says. “I cried at the end of every see it, you can’t be it,” the group is focusing show when they presented the families in need on educational curriculum to bring career with their new homes.” awareness as early as elementary school. Kaylyn loves that the work she does Community involvement is greatly desired, contributes to the joy that people experience and anyone interested in learning more can in their homes and businesses—and even contact the Rochester WorkForce Center. in local hospitals. “When I do this job, I feel And for those considering a career in great,” she says. “I do it because it’s more than construction and design, Vanessa has some just making a living for me and for my family; advice for you: “Don’t be intimidated by a it’s literally helping to build the community male-dominated industry,” she says. “You are around me.” the only one holding you back.” Sarah Oslund is a freelance writer and owner of Inspire Marketing & Consulting, visit inspiremn.net.
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AVE YOU EVER ENJOYED A SOOTHING SOAK IN A HOT TUB OR EXPERIENCED THE RESTORATIVE HEAT FROM SITTING IN A SAUNA? ASIDE FROM THE OBVIOUS APPEAL OF WARMTH AND RELAXATION, PEOPLE ENJOY USING THEM TOGETHER.
In recent years, saunas and hot tubs have expanded beyond health clubs, upscale hotels and chic spas. As saunas and hot tubs designed for home use have increased in popularity, enthusiasts have begun to realize the benefits of having access to a sauna or hot tub (or both) in the comfort of their own home.
one of the best things about the evolution of the hot tub is the fact that users no longer need to travel to natural hot springs.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF SAUNAS AND HOT TUBS In our society, saunas and hot tubs have long been thought to be luxuries. But, with a seemingly endless list of health benefits that saunas and hot tubs are known to provide, should they possibly be prescribed for medical treatment or therapy? The therapeutic benefits of saunas and hot tubs are well documented. A session in a sauna may help with detoxifying the body, improving circulation, lowering stress, improving skin quality, lowering blood pressure and aiding wound healing, and they may even help with weight loss. Given the vast array of health benefits one may experience from using a sauna, it is easy to see why they are gaining popularity. Paul Ehling, along with his father Frank’s help, built a sauna in their backyard in southeast Rochester about three years ago. The Ehling
SAUNAS AND HOT TUBS HAVE BEEN USED FOR MILLENNIA The word “sauna,” which means bath or bathhouse, is the only Finnish word to make its way into the English language. Frequently mispronounced, the correct pronunciation of the first syllable is “sow,” which rhymes with “wow.” Saunas have been in use in Finland for over 2,000 years, and sauna use in the United States has been traced back to 1638 in what is now known as Delaware. The restorative benefits of hot springs spas have long been cherished by those who had access to their healing therapy for over 4,000 years. Egyptians, Greeks and Romans utilized the therapeutic mineral-rich hot water for relaxation, bathing and healing. The modern selfcontained hot tub has only been in use for the past 75 years. Possibly 28
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family uses it regularly and loves the healing and detoxifying benefits of the sauna. Laura Ehling says, “Our family has been sick less since we got the sauna.” She adds that the thing she likes most about the sauna is, “In winter, it Interior of Ehling sauna. is complete warmth.” Christa Close, originally from Stewartville, echoes these sentiments. She and her husband purchased a sauna in September, and she says they have used it every day since they got it. Christa says, “The sauna is very relaxing and a great way to relax after a workout.” She also says that the heat is not stifling, and the entire family enjoys sitting in the sauna. Christa adds that one of her children has asthma, and since using the sauna, his asthma symptoms have improved significantly. Hot tubs also provide amazing healing qualities. Studies show that people who use hot tubs experience relief from knee, back and
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arthritis pain. Hot tubs can also promote relaxation, improve sleep and circulation, reduce blood sugar and relieve headaches. Not to mention– they are fun! Every time I sit in a hot tub, I feel like I am truly indulging myself, rather than simply relieving aches and pains. In addition to the numerous health advantages that hot tubs and saunas offer, people who regularly use them cite that they simply love how they feel after a session. Some say they feel relaxed and calm, while others say they revel in the self-indulgent nature of hot tubs and saunas.
GETTING STARTED There are several businesses in the Rochester area that sell hot tubs and saunas. If you are thinking about purchasing one or both, you may want to visit their showrooms or displays at the Rochester Area Builders Home Show (February 10-12). Familiarize yourself with the many features and models available so that you select the model that best suits your unique needs. Cindy Mennenga, owner of Straight Talk Wellness, is a health coach and freelance writer based in Rochester.
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AN OPEN AND SOCIAL KITCHEN The centerpiece of the Currys’ renovation is an expansive kitchen. Dominated by its large, L-shaped island, the kitchen is designed not only for making meals, but also for gathering guests. The island— which stretches 9 feet long and is 7 feet at its widest spot—was built to accommodate a half-dozen chairs along its outer edge. Early in the project, the demolition removed a peninsula counter with overhead cabinets, freeing up space for the island. It also repositioned the sink in the island for easier food preparation. The area is part of what Certified Kitchen Designer Jessica describes as a work triangle. For example, the refrigerator, sink and range cook top
are close to each other for efficiency. Improvements also included a double oven built into a wall, granite counters, appliance garages, a wine rack in the island and multiple cabinets. Their kitchen occupies a central spot in the Curry home because it’s more than a place for mealtime. “I spend a lot of the day in my kitchen,” Nancy says. Now retired, she enjoys “That’s where all the magic cooking as a hobby. Her favorite happens,” Nancy Curry claims of appliance is the natural gas cooktop, the natural gas cooktop. which is topped by a gleaming metal exhaust hood. While designing the kitchen, Jessica took a creative opportunity. Instead of using a single pattern, “We use two different countertop colors and two different cabinet colors,” she says. Both countertop designs contain gray tones, while the dark and light grays were reversed on the island. They compliment each other but are not the same.
GRAY—ANYTHING BUT DRAB IN THIS HOUSE Color plays a large part in the townhouse’s indoor-outdoor feeling. A hickory wood floor with a grayish-taupe color (marketed as “ember”) spreads throughout their great room. It ties together the four contributing spaces. The gray floor complements the traditional dining area with elegant wooden chairs and table, along with a credenza for storage.
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Curry’s enjoy the panoramic view through the floor to ceiling windows around the great room.
From the exterior wall, a single line of flames jumps up from a bed of round stones, bursting from the natural gas fireplace. The fireplace is surrounded by hand-set stone, which “pulls in all those colors of the kitchen,” Jessica explains. A few steps away, attention turns outdoors. They can relax and enjoy the view from a curved, white sofa that faces toward the tall, exterior windows. The revamp of the main living floor likely won’t be the Curry home’s last project. There also are two separate bedroom suites on the same floor, and the lower level contains other finished spaces. They’ll eventually get their turn. “This (main floor) is just phase one,” Nancy says. Phase two will bring a laundry room upstairs for convenience and perhaps an auxiliary living suite downstairs. Bob Freund is a freelance writer based in Rochester.
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T COULD BE ARGUED THAT WE ALL KNOW THAT THE LAW REQUIRES CAR INSURANCE FOR ALL DRIVERS AND THAT HOMEOWNERS MUST MAINTAIN INSURANCE FOR ANY HOME FOR WHICH THERE IS STILL AN OUTSTANDING LOAN. BUT WITH SO MANY OTHER POLICY OPTIONS AVAILABLE, HOW DOES THE AVERAGE PERSON KNOW WHAT IS REALLY NEEDED AND WHAT IS AN EXTRAVAGANCE?
Throughout this year, Rochester Women magazine will run a series of articles related to general insurance needs to help educate and remove some of the unease associated with understanding which policies are, if not mandatory, strongly recommended and how to get those policies for the best price. We start with renters insurance and umbrella policies.
WHO NEEDS RENTERS INSURANCE? Who needs renters insurance, and what does it cover? Do college students renting their first apartments need or benefit greatly from renters insurance? The easy answer to both questions is no. According to State Farm agent Sue Madden, college students who are still claimed as dependents on their parents’ taxes do not usually require additional renters insurance, as they should still be covered under their family’s homeowners insurance. However, once no longer considered a dependent, the new adult should seek at least minimal coverage to protect their belongings against damage or theft, as well as the liability against injuries. Like homeowners insurance, renters insurance provides the peace of mind that your belongings can be replaced and that any financial responsibility incurred due to accidental injury is covered. “Sometimes lawsuits don’t just go after one party (such as the landlord),” Madden explains. “If someone came to your apartment and you left something out and they tripped and fell down the stairs, you could be named in a lawsuit.” Renters insurance can alleviate the worry of being left paying out of pocket for the replacement of personal belongings due to theft or damage and also assures financial protection in the event of a lawsuit due to an injury at your rental home.
UMBRELLA COVERAGE MAY BE MOST VALUABLE The phrase “umbrella insurance” is familiar to most, but what is it exactly? Madden explains that this low-cost add-on option may be the most valuable insurance available to policyholders. As the name
implies, the umbrella policy is purchased in addition to any other type of insurance policy you have already purchased. This extra insurance provides an “umbrella” that shields the insured from claims that surpass the limits of the typical insurance policy. Madden explains, “It works as a safety net to prevent financial ruin in the event of a very serious accident where one reaches the limits of what a particular policy will pay. In situations that become threateningly expensive, the umbrella policy may be your safeguard from losing most of your assets. According to attorney Doug Boese with Dunlap & Seeger, P.A., “Your house, land, cabin, boat, business, life insurance policies, savings and checking accounts, and retirement accounts are all at risk if you do not have an umbrella policy.” The umbrella policy offers one more safeguard for the policyholder. Madden explains, “It protects your assets if you’re sued, and it kicks in after all of your other policies reach their limits. And, for most people, that umbrella policy can be a very minimal cost,” coming in as reasonable as $100 to $200 per year. While all of these insurance options are relatively reasonable by themselves, they can become expensive when added together. By “bundling” your insurance policies together with the same insurance agent, you can often find price break incentives. Additionally, loyalty programs offered by many insurance companies offer discounts to policyholders who stay with the same company for an extended period of time. Catherine H. Armstrong holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and is the author of The Edge of Nowhere, released in January 2016. For more information visit charmstrongbooks.com
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GET INSPIRED TO MAKE 2017 YOUR YEAR FOR DELICIOUS AND NUTRITIOUS FOOD
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AM A BUSY WORKING MOM, AND LIKE EVERYONE, I WANT AND NEED TO EAT GOOD FOOD FOR HEALTH, ENERGY AND WELLBEING. AS A PERSONAL TRAINER AND FITNESS INSTRUCTOR, I ALSO WANT TO SET A GOOD EXAMPLE FOR MY MEMBERS AND CLIENTS. BUT I ALSO REALLY LOVE TO EAT. I LOVE TO TRY NEW FOODS AND SHARE FOOD WITH OTHERS, AND IT’S ONE OF THE WAYS I SHOW MY FAMILY THAT I LOVE THEM.
Gone are the days of leisurely grocery shopping and sipping a glass of wine while chopping and sautéing. Now I work until 5:30 p.m. or later most nights, and then the kids have sports, which means we have a very small window in which to prepare and scarf down supper. Like most families, we are on a budget, which means that eating out every night just isn’t in the cards. So how can we feed our families healthy food with time and budget limitations?
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HEALTHY FOOD ON THE GO I discovered the Pantry at Catering By Design a couple of months ago. They have fresh as well as frozen foods, including salads, entrées, hors d’oeuvres and even dessert options. They are perfect for busy families, young professionals and empty nesters who don’t need to cook for a crowd anymore. Owner Kathy Windt says that some favorites on the menu are their soups (tomato soup was flying off the shelves when I interviewed her), RWmagazine.com January/February 2017
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HEN WE ARRIVE AT FORAGER BREWING COMPANY, TRIVIA NIGHT IS WELL UNDERWAY. THE KUTZKY MARKET ROOM IS FILLED WITH SMALL GROUPS BELLIED UP TO TABLES, PENS AND ANSWER SHEETS READY. THE WAIT STAFF IS BUSTLING BACK AND FORTH WITH DRINKS AND FOOD. A SECOND ROOM HAS OPENED UP TO HANDLE THE OVERAGE OF TRIVIA ENTHUSIASTS WAITING TO FIND A SEAT. THE AIR IS AWAFT WITH ANTICIPATION AS OUR TRIVIA MASTER HURRIES BETWEEN ROOMS ANNOUNCING EACH QUESTION.
“What is a monophobe fear?” he asks. I smile at my teammates and grab the pen. I know the answer to this one.
TRIVIA MAFIA The idea of hosting a trivia night at brew pubs and bars began in 2006 in Minneapolis. It originally took place on Sunday nights, and the event enticed so many participants that it grew into the largest bar trivia company in the Midwest. Trivia Mafia uses the basic essentials for play: pen, paper, wits. No touchscreens are used. Cell phones are strictly forbidden. Anyone caught glancing at Google on their phone is immediately disqualified. Even the answer sheets boldly state that participants should, “Use your noodle, not your Google.”
Trivia Nights in Rochester The Tap House: Sunday at 7 p.m. Forager Brewery: Monday at 7 p.m. Grand Rounds Brewpub: Tuesday at 7 p.m. LTS Brewing Company: Tuesday at 7 p.m. Crooked Pint Ale House: Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Not all trivia nights are using the company Trivia Mafia, however. Some places venture out on their own, developing their own questions, challenges and answer sheets. So what does it take to win at trivia? Tamara Berg, who finished in first place, says, “The questions were eclectic and covered a lot of ground. It helped that we were a group of women with diverse interests and professions.”
(NOT A) TRIVIAL MATTER At Grand Rounds Brew Pub, we enjoy several different trivia challenges. We begin with the visual round where 10 small photos depicting different scenes from movies and TV shows are presented. Our job is to fill in what the image represents. After that, three rounds of five trivia questions are asked. The trivia master then collects the sheets and “grades” them. Once sheets are returned, we embark upon three more rounds of questions. Other interesting game challenges include the “sound round,” where brief snippets of music are played. The goal is to name the song and the artist. There is also a “lightning round,” where we are asked to rate our answer based on our confidence in its correctness for extra points. Our trivia master announces that winners will receive prizes including gift cards and growlers. “We’re not just playing for fun-zees,” he says. In the end, it comes down to a tie for first place between two teams, which is broken by a quick game of Rock, Paper, Scissors.
TRIVIAL PURSUIT Trivia Mafia night at Crooked Pint is hosted by Deb Cannon, and the questions are serious brain-benders. In the lightning round, for example, we are given the name of a state, and we have to write a surrounding state with a name as close to the beginning of the alphabet as possible. The competition for first place and prizes is fierce. Trivia Mafia night at One of the teams in attendance has recently competed Crooked Pint is hosted by in the Trivia Mafia Tournament of Champions. “It’s Deb Cannon. hard tonight, but it is always good to have challenging ways to entertain yourself,” my friend Mary tells me. Deb, our trivia master, asks another question. “Name the state closest to the beginning of the alphabet that touches Nevada.” Our team verbally runs through the surrounding states: “Idaho, California, Utah, Oregon,” and then I see the knowing smile on one of my teammate’s face. “It’s Arizona!” We are all quickly learning to love this game. Kim Zabel is a writer and photographer. She also works with cancer survivors as a Livestrong instructor at the Rochester Area Family Y. RWmagazine.com January/February 2017
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S WE HEAD INTO NATIONAL CHILDREN’S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH IN FEBRUARY, IT COMES TIME TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT ABOUT DENTAL HEALTH. KATIE POST, DDS, OF NORTHWEST DENTAL GROUP SAYS ONLY 60 PERCENT OF THE POPULATION GOES TO A DENTIST ON A REGULAR BASIS. WITH THE REMAINING 40 PERCENT UNINFORMED, THERE ARE SOME DENTAL HEALTH MYTHS TO CORRECT. Those teeth-whitening toothpastes? Not the answer, Post says. Duration of brushing your teeth, two times per day? Two minutes each session. Gatorade? Worse for your teeth than Mountain Dew. As for when kids should start brushing, Post says the earlier the better so children get accustomed to “you being in their mouth.” Once older, there’s no great time to introduce teeth brushing. “As soon as they can run from you, they will,” Post remarks.
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toothpaste, with fluoride, for kids 2-8 years old. She also says for parents to sing the “ABCs” while they brush kids’ teeth—that way they’ll know they’re brushing for the recommended duration.
NO SWEETS BEFORE BEDTIME “Don’t be fooled by foods that appear healthy but are sticky and high in sugar,” says Dr. Matt Penz, dentist at Penz Dental Care. He says prime examples are raisins, dried fruit, whole grain crackers and granola bars. And that pre-bedtime juice or even milk for younger kids? Post and Penz both say that this common bedtime ritual is an enormous no-no. The liquid sits on kids’ teeth all night and can rot them. Penz says, “Never put your baby to bed with a bottle or fill the bottle with juice. Prolonged exposure to sugars, especially at night when saliva flow is decreased, creates an environment for cavities to develop.”
DON’T DELAY GOING TO THE DENTIST Kids should enter the dentist chair by age 1. “The reason I recommend that is that when they get to know the dentist, they feel safe with the dentist. If their first experience is us pulling an abscessed tooth, they will never get over their fear of the dentist. They never will,” Post says. Penz says a common mistake is waiting for that first dentist visit. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children be seen by a dentist once their first tooth comes in and no later than their first birthday. “During this visit, we check for cavities and development, as well as discuss how to care for your child’s teeth. It should be a fun, positive experience and a great way for your child to get comfortable seeing the dentist.”
Post promotes Children’s Dental Health Month by Dr. Katie Post of Northwest Dental Group. going to several elementary schools and daycares to talk to kids. She tells them how to properly brush their teeth, talks about the “mean” sugar bug that causes cavities, and allows kids to play with dental instruments and tools. She also discusses what path kids should follow if they’re interested in the dentistry field. These visits decrease fear among kids, Post says. “Kids get to know me, and then I think they feel safer coming to see me. They feel comfortable and safe knowing I can help them.” One major shift in children’s dentistry came in the last year, with the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation to use fluoridated toothpaste. With the rise in popularity of bottled water, the population has experienced a decrease in exposure to fluoride. Part of Post’s callouts to kids is to fill their water bottles at their school water fountain rather than drink bottled water. As for how much toothpaste to use, Post recommends a rice grain-size of toothpaste for kids up to age 2 and a pea-size amount of RWmagazine.com January/February 2017
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drinks is a rule that holds true for adults too. “They are high in sugar and quite acidic,” he says. “It’s best to stick with water and milk.”
INVISALIGN® SURGES IN POPULARITY Invisalign—a series of clear retainers that help straighten teeth—is a great option for patients who are looking for a way to enhance their smile but aren’t interested in traditional braces. Post says her office can handle 70 percent of the cases that come in and refers the remaining 30 to expert, local orthodontists. Invisalign has become immensely popular in recent years. “Over 20 percent of patients over the age of 50 have Invisalign done,” she says. Patients seek out Invisalign because they never had their problematic bite corrected, which causes teeth to crack more easily, so they end up spending a thousand dollars on a crown. By aligning their bite, dentists protect the patient’s teeth, Post says. “It’s become more affordable than doing veneers or crowns,” Post says of Invisalign. “You’re not doing anything permanent to the tooth structure, either. I think it looks really nice, and more importantly, people value their teeth and don’t want to see them chipping and breaking.” Penz says the popularity of Invisalign is on the rise. The American Academy of Orthodontists saw a 14 percent increase in the number of adult orthodontic patients from 2010 to 2012. “More adults appear to be seeking ways to improve their smile and function of their teeth than ever before,” Penz says. “I believe a big reason for this is advances in technology.” Renee Berg is a Rochester freelance writer.
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Kids aren’t the only ones battling a fear of the dentist. Adults have anxiety too. Some might have a fear of needles. Others are challenged with overall fright. Dentists have lots of tricks for reducing the fear factor, Post says, so it’s important for patients to be honest with their dentist about what their fears are. Headphones can reduce the pain of hearing a drill. Needles can be incredibly small. Cable TV is available for distraction. “Nothing personal, Doc, but I hate coming to the dentist!” Penz says he hears this remark nearly daily. “It’s not everyone’s favorite place to be,” he says. “At Penz Dental Care, our mission is building relationships with our patients and community through quality dentistry. I want to get to know my patients on a personal level and build a trusting relationship with them as their dental care provider. I believe that if you can build trust, this will lead to decreased patient anxiety.” Penz says the dentist office also plays a role in increasing or decreasing patient anxiety. A comfortable waiting room, with a living room feel, helps people relax. The massaging dental chairs at Penz Dental are popular, too, Penz says. Adults, like kids, should use a plain toothpaste with nothing added— no whitening, no Scope. Post likes Colgate Sensitive. “It’s an awesome toothpaste, good flavor, good texture and good cleaning score,” she says, noting that regardless of what toothpaste you select, you should choose one that’s approved by the American Dental Association. Look for their seal on the box. As for mouthwash, use Listerine, she says. Penz recommends flossing once daily, using a mouth rinse at night to help reduce plaque and gingivitis and eating a healthy, balanced diet with limited snacking between meals. He says limiting pop and sports
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PASSIONATE LOVE STORY The idea to write a love story between Pandora and Prometheus came easily to Hahn, whose interest in Greek mythos led her to take a mythology course in college. She thought, “What if these two tragic characters were passionately in love and had been for centuries? How would that relationship be tested? After all, Pandora nearly destroyed mankind by opening The Box and unleashing evils onto the world, and Prometheus loved mankind so much he gave humans the gift of fire, defying Zeus, the king of the gods, in the process.”
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HE LEGENDARY PANDORA’S BOX MAY BE ONE OF THE MOST RECOGNIZED SAGAS FROM GREEK MYTHOLOGY. PANDORA OPENED THE FORBIDDEN BOX GIVEN TO HER BY ZEUS AND, IN DOING SO, UNLEASHED COUNTLESS ILLS AND CATASTROPHES UPON THE WORLD.
What if the worst and final devastation still remained within The Box and, together with Pandora, had survived the generations? Such is the premise of Rochester author Amy Hahn’s newest novella, “Pandora’s Passion.” With this unique premise, Hahn imagines a world where Pandora has survived to modern day and lives out her days in northern Minnesota cursed to guard the last contents of The Box. When the safety of The Box is threatened, she is visited by her immortal love, Prometheus, and together they join forces to protect mankind from the evil-doers who would release its contents.
Hahn is no stranger to the publishing world. As a member of both Romance Writers of America and Midwest Fiction Writers, she has released six full-length novels and a short story, three of which were published within a just few short months of each other. Her latest release, “Pandora’s Passion,” is certain to appeal to romance readers who enjoy the fantasy of Greek Mythology. Growing up in nearby Harmony, Hahn says that she’s always been a writer, so it was a natural progression for her to major in a writing-related field when she attended college. A graduate of Winona State University, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication/Journalism and has furthered her studies to receive her master’s degree in Mass Communication/Media Management with an emphasis in higher education from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She complements these degrees with a certificate in historic preservation. “I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, (and) I always dreamed of being a published author. Writing has always been part of who I am,” Hahn says.
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Villa Bellezza Winery and Vineyards is located in Pepin, Wisconsin. “Bellezza” is the Italian word for “beauty,” which aptly describes Villa Bellezza’s architecture and the surrounding valleys and scenic bluffs. The sprawling southern European-style building includes the tasting room, piazza, catering kitchen, reception hall, generously sized foyer, great hall or ballroom and luxurious apartments, perfect for pre-wedding preparations.
DAHLENS CREATE A LEGACY Eighteen years ago, Derick Dahlen, owner and winemaker at Villa Bellezza, met restaurant owners Rosette and Maria in Minneapolis. Rosette and Maria, originally from Calabria, Italy, loved creating savory meals for their customers at Sorrento Cucina. Over the years, the Dahlen family developed a friendship
with Rose and her husband, Umberto. Through Rose and Umberto, the Dahlens met the owners of a small farm and vineyard in Zagarollo, Italy. They experienced the delight in handmade things and wanted to create their own legacy.
CASA DELLA PANTERA Derick is one of two winemakers at Villa Bellezza and is the visionary behind the classical architecture. Julianne Dahlen is a marketing aficionado who is in charge of sales and marketing at Villa Bellezza. The Dahlen family planted vines at their vacation home in Stockholm, Wisconsin more than 10 years ago. The vineyard is named Casa Della Pantera, after their home outside Stockholm. The literal translation is “House of the Panther.” According to the Dahlen family, the bluff area has been known for its sightings of a lone yellow mountain lion for many years. Frontenac, St. Pepin and Prairie Star grapes are grown at Casa Della Pantera. The Dahlen family has since planted more vineyards known as the Villa Bellezza vineyard. Today, Villa Bellezza is much more than vineyards; it’s a relaxing place for families and friends to create special memories and enjoy good conversation. Villa Bellezza is open year-round and hosts events throughout the year. It’s perfect for weddings and receptions, birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, corporate events, winery tours and private parties. Invite your
VILLA BELLEZZA WINERY AND VINEYARDS HOURS OF OPERATION: Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Thursday11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
family, friends or association to host an event there. They will cater to all your needs.
SIP AND SKI If you’re looking for adventure, Villa Bellezza has partnered with a local farm for the third year in a row to offer snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Kim Beebe, Villa Bellezza advertising coordinator, says, “Once again we've teamed up with our neighbor Tom Brockman and his Lucky Dog Farms to offer rustic cross-country ski and snowshoe trails for our guests.” Beebe recommends checking in at the tasting room to purchase glass or bottle(s) of wine, then explore the trails. “We’ll provide you with a map, and signs along the trail will keep you on track. Ski on the left, snowshoe on the right. The trail is 2.6 miles long, with a shorter 1.4 mile course available. There are also several optional cut-throughs to shorten the distance,” says Beebe. The trail is available when snow is on the ground and before sundown during tasting room open hours. Make sure to bring your own gear to enjoy the trails. Villa Bellezza doesn’t rent snowshoes or skis.
APRÈS SKI After you’ve had your fill of fresh air and powdery snow, head back to the tasting room to relax with another glass of their award-winning wine and sample some of their savory dishes. They offer baguettes and Italian meats and cheeses every day. On the weekend, indulge in paninis, salads, flatbread pizzas and dessert. Nicole L. Czarnomski is a freelance writer.
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SKIING LEARNING SKI TECHNIQUES, EMBRACING MINNESOTA WINTERS AND DISCOVERING A SPORT TO ENJOY FOR A LIFETIME
BY HOLLY GALBUS
ARTICIPATION IN THE SPORT OF CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING HAS INCREASED FOR HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS IN THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS. OF THE 178 STUDENTS REGISTERED WITH THE ROCHESTER NORDIC SKI TEAM (RNST), 110 ARE FEMALE.
Paul Ehling, district representative of RNST, says most girls on the team pursue lettering with their high school athletics department, a symbol of commitment and hard work for students. Cross-country skiing is one of the sports a high school girl may letter in after meeting requirements, which include attending practices and competitions, participating in community service and demonstrating proficiency in ski techniques.
TEAM BEGINNINGS AND SEASON SCHEDULE With RNST, students from Rochester area schools in grades 7-12 learn a form of cross-country skiing known as skate skiing. Along the trail they often develop a love for the sport that can be enjoyed for a lifetime. RNST was founded in 2001 by Henry Walker, Darald Bothum and Michael O’Connor. It was originally a community
education offering, but because interest in the sport grew, the team is now hosted by Rochester Active Sports Club. The season begins the week following Thanksgiving and runs through the end of February. Practices are three times each week at Quarry Hill or Essex Park, if there is snow cover, or at the Heintz Center for dry land practice. Meets are scheduled Fiona Ehling hopes to ski in the Berkebeiner on Saturday, February 25, 2017. throughout the season with both Winona and Red Wing. The team also participates in the Rochester Invitational each January, and Maplelag Ski Camp allows students an opportunity to more intensively train during a three-day weekend.
AMBITIOUS GOALS FOR HIGH SCHOOL SOPHOMORE Fiona Ehling, a Mayo High School sophomore, is in her third year with RNST. She does not aspire to letter in the sport but rather, has set her sights on participating in the Birkebeiner, the largest cross-country ski marathon in North America. Fiona says that at first, she had a fear of racing and that the idea created a lot of stress for her. But last year she decided to race in a competition in Winona. She was happily surprised with the results. “I placed second,” she says. “Just to place in a Nordic race was really exciting. It was the most amazing feeling ever.” Fiona loves the feeling of being on skis. She says racing feels like flying through the snow. She enjoys the cold in her face and how she has to use her entire body to push herself through the snow. “At the end of it, I feel accomplished,” she says. “Tired but so ready to do it again.”
ONCE A STUDENT, NOW A COACH Leah Karsten is one of 46 volunteer coaches for RNST, but her story is unique. She came to the program first as a student and skied as a member of the team from eighth grade through her senior year. She lettered in the sport as well. She appreciated her Leah Karsten at the 2011 Kortelopet American Birkebeiner in Hayward, WI. experience in RNST and wants to give back to the community that fostered her love of skiing. Leah, who loves endurance sports and the feeling of accomplishment in having traveled a long distance on skis, says she considers herself a lifetime skier. “It’s a great way to embrace the winter,” she says. “I love that it’s a silent sport, a time to connect with nature.” For Leah, it is the sense of community in being a member of RNST that has remained in her memory and has inspired her to coach. She says becoming more involved with the community and getting to know students from other high schools was rewarding. Also especially meaningful was seeing the coaches’ dedication to the sport and their love for skiing and their community.
Holly Galbus is a Rochester freelance writer. RWmagazine.com January/February 2017
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Fantastic fiber arts in 2017 Needle Felted Norwegian Nisse or Troll Coral Berge, June 19-20 Weaving for the Very Beginner Laura Demuth, June 21-25 Billedvev (Picture Weaving)— Norwegian Tapestry Techniques Robbie LeFleur, Sept. 14-17 Intermediate Nålbinding Kate Martinson, Oct. 13-15 Twined Knitting Arnhild Hillesland, Oct. 25-27 Danskbrogd Weaving Jan Mostrom, Nov. 2-5
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WITH OR WITHOUT THE KIDS
BY GINA DEWINK
UST 70 MILES SOUTHEAST OF ROCHESTER SITS AN ALLURING TOWN WITH HERITAGE SO RICH THAT IT’S GAINED NATIONAL NOTORIETY. THANKS TO ITS NORWEGIANAMERICAN CHARM, “FORBES” MAGAZINE NAMED DECORAH, IOWA ONE OF “AMERICA’S PRETTIEST TOWNS.” WHETHER YOU’RE INTERESTED IN ITS NATURAL BEAUTY OR ITS THRIVING ART SCENE, PACK UP THE FAMILY (OR LEAVE THEM AT HOME) AND SPEND A DAY IN DECORAH.
DOWNTOWN DECORAH “When I’m asked to describe Decorah, I tell visitors it’s vibrant, historic, quaint and filled with energy,” says Charlene Selbee, executive director of Winneshiek County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Selbee’s admiration for the town of BARNELØPET February 4, 2017 This is a non-competitive ski around 8,000 residents is clear when or walk event for children age asked to name her favorite thing about s 3-13. Decorah. “The art community,” she replies immediately. Decorah’s main street, Water Street, is lined with local shops. Agora Arts features fine crafts and art created by over 250 American artists. Ace Kitchen Place is a proud supplier of Scandinavian heritage cookware made in Iowa. As their website explains, “If you need help with kransekake, krumkake or lefse, head to Ace Kitchen Place.”
VESTERHEIM MUSEUM The most renowned art attraction in Decorah is Vesterheim, the National Norwegian-American Museum and Heritage Center. Becky Idstrom, communications and marketing manager, explains, “Because Norwegian immigrants started collecting their history after immigrating, you see the complete story of a people as they left their homeland, adapted and found success. We also offer classes through our Folk Art School.” The current exhibit, “50 Years of Folk Art,” runs until April 2017 at Vesterheim. It explores folk art as a window into heritage. Idstrom shares, “The thing people don’t expect to see is the ship. The TradeWind is a 25-foot sailboat built by two Norwegian brothers who sailed it across the Atlantic. It’s in a gallery that spans three floors!” If it is at hib ex t Ar you’re traveling with preschoolers, come lk Fo of Fifty Years until April Vesterheim museum
Vesterheim mus eum winter class sche and gift shop is located downt own Decorah, Io dule will be avai wa. The lable beginning January 3 at ve sterheim.org.
to Barnetimen (children’s hour) from 10-11 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month for hands-on art projects and museum tours.
TAKE A (COFFEE) BREAK Art and coffee unite at the local coffee shops. Java John's Coffeehouse has an event calendar filled with visiting artists. Painters, writers, quilters and photographers all exhibit at the coffeehouse. With organic roasts such as Uff da Espresso and Nicely Nordic, you can count on a uniquely Iowan cup of coffee. To set your sights globally, Impact Coffee offers a unique experience. On any day, stop in to discover over a dozen coffees from around the world. Go ahead, try the Haraaz from Yemen or the El Rosal straight from Colombia. If you love it, you can order more online. If you prefer your coffee with a side of freshly-made food, go for breakfast, lunch or fresh pastries at Magpie Coffeehouse. Magpie doubles as a market for take-home goodies. If your family is less interested in caffeine and more interested in sugar, visit Pinter's Candy and Gifts. Pinter’s carries candy from every decade, including jams, fudge, oldfashioned candies and more.
RECREATION AND ROMANCE
s hour is at 10 a.m. on the “The local place I most recommend to third Tuesday of ea ch month at Ve people is Dunnings Springs,” Selbee says. sterheim museu m “Beautiful scenery and friendly people are what we’re known for.” Dunnings Springs Park is home to a 200foot waterfall. Year-round hiking, exploring and enjoying the natural beauty make this Decorah's top ranked destination on TripAdvisor (followed closely by Vesterheim). Selbee adds, “I also highly recommend a visit to Phelps Park.” While the kids are enjoying one of the playground areas, you can enjoy the fountain and a view of the brick walking bridge. “I think it’s the most romantic spot in Decorah,” Selbee says. With so much to do and see, you may need more than one day. Hotel Winneshiek & Opera House, opened in 1905, offers the perfect end to a perfect day. From the three-story rotunda with stained glass ceiling to high-amenity, lush suites, you may need to extend your stay.
Gina Dewink is a freelance writer who loves roadtrips (with or without her husband, precocious preschooler, and fearless toddler.) RWmagazine.com January/February 2017
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Wedding Extravaganza/ SE Minnesota’s Bridal Expo, Mayo Civic Center, over 100 vendors and industry professionals will showcase their products and services, 9 am-3 pm, 876-0199, weddingxtravaganza.com
JANUARY 7 Polar Bear Prediction 5K Run, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, includes a luncheon with door prizes, 9:30 am, rochestertrackclub.com
JANUARY 7, 21, FEBRUARY 4, 18 Rochester Downtown Winter Farmers Market, Olmsted County Fairgrounds, variety of locally grown produce available for purchase, 9 am-12 pm, 273-8232, rochesterdowntownfarmersmarket.org
JANUARY 10 LIFE Program at the History Center of Olmsted County, History Center of Olmsted County, U.S. WWII fighters through an aeronautical engineer’s perspective, 2-3:30 pm, 282-9447, olmstedhistory.com
JANUARY 12 17th Annual Beat the Odds Scholarship Celebration, Rochester International Event Center, 281-7771, rctc.edu
JANUARY 13-14, 19-21, 26-29 4000 Miles, Rochester Repertory Theatre, an award-winning dramatic comedy, Thurs, Fri. & Sat. 7:30 pm; Sun. 2 pm, 289-1737, rochesterrep.org
JANUARY 13-29 The Lion in Winter, Rochester Civic Theatre, an award-winning story about Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, Thurs, Fri, and Sat: 7 pm; Sun: 2 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org
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Bring the Sing Rochester, day of music-making designed for singers of all abilities, Lourdes High School fine arts auditorium, 10 am- 1 pm, classicalmpr.org/choral
JANUARY 14 16th Annual Wit, Wisdom & Wine, Rochester Public Library, Annual fundraiser featuring entertaining speakers, fantastic wine, delicious food, and great conversation, 328-2300, rochesterpubliclibrary.org
Townsend Flea/Vintage Market, Mayo Civic Center, be dazzled by vintage finds, antiques, collectibles, and repurposed items, 10 am-4 pm, 269-1473, mayociviccenter.com
JANUARY 25 Women on Wednesdays: Feminism 101: Where Do We Go From Here, Rochester Civic Theatre, discussion on feminism and its role in society, 5-7 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org
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Music of Soviet Russia, Christ United Methodist Church, politically and emotionally charged music will be performed by a small ensemble, 7:30 pm, 287-9765, rochesterchambermusic.org
Rochester WinterFest XV, wintertime activities while raising awareness and funds for nonprofit organizations, various times, 261-6708, rochesterwinterfest.com
The Power of Telemann, Zumbro Lutheran Church and Sundin Hall at Hamline University, music of Georg Telemann with David Ross and Sungyun Cho, 7:30 pm, 651-321-2214, lyrabaroque.org
22nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Celebration, Mayo Civic Center, celebrate Dr. King's legacy and be inspired to live out his dream, 8-10 am, 424-5663, rochestermnchamber.com
JANUARY 17 Women and Moral Leadership: A Webinar, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, award-winning author and international speaker, Joan Chittister, 6:30-8 pm, 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org
JANUARY 19 Parkside Gallery, Charter House, art exhibit opening featuring artists Patricia Dunn Walker and Anne Black-Sinak, 4:30-7 pm, 266-8572, charterhouse-mayo.org
JANUARY 21 The Art of Meditation, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, finding God’s mysterious presence in our most silent self, 9-11 am, 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org
JANUARY 21-FEBRUARY 18 Candlelight Snowshoe at Eagle Bluff, Eagle Bluff, snowshoe on a lighted trail, snowshoes provided, 5-9 pm, 467-2437, eagle-bluff.org
JANUARY 28 We Love Our Seniors, Mayo Civic Center, Riverview Suites, adult fundraiser for Century High School senior class 2017 party, 7-10 pm, appetizers, wine and beer tasting, silent auction and raffles, $35, eventbrite.com
14th National Wear Red Day, Raise awareness and fund the fight against heart disease and stroke, 800-242-8721, honor.americanheart.org
FEBRUARY 3 Riverside Concerts Presents - Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Mayo Civic Center Arena, multiple Grammy Award winning South African a cappella group will perform, 7:30 pm, 328-2200, rochestermn.gov
15th Annual Frozen Goose Walk-Run, University Center Rochester Atrium, Proceeds will benefit Brighter Tomorrows and childhood cancer research at Mayo Clinic, 12 pm, 250-4709, optimistclubrochestermn.org
SocialICE – Rochester Minnesota's Ice Bar, Peace Plaza Downtown, Peace Plaza transforms into an outdoor ice bar experience, Thurs. 5-9 pm; Fri. and Sat. 4- 10 pm, 216-9882, downtownrochestermn.com
14th Annual Hearts and Diamonds Spectacular, Somerby Golf Club, dinner, dancing, and diamonds supporting Rochester’s Ronald McDonald House, 282-3955, rmhmn.org
2017 Coaches vs. Cancer, Century High School gymnasium, Century HS vs. Mayo HS boys and girls varsity basketball teams, silent auction, ceremony, benefitting American Cancer Society – Relay for Life, 5:45-9:30 pm, 507-254-4141, email@example.com
FEBRUARY 4-5 From Death to Life, Lourdes High School, Pianist Andrew Staupe will perform a program filled with life’s deepest emotions, Sat: 7:30 pm; Sun: 2 pm, 286-8742, rochestersymphony.org
FEBRUARY 5 Nordic Choir Midwest Tour, The Church of St. John the Evangelist, free admission performance by The Luther College Nordic choir, 2:30-4:30 pm, 288-7372, sj.org
FEBRUARY 10-12 38th Annual RAB Builders Home Show, Mayo Civic Center, newest trends in home building, Fri. 3-8 pm; Sat. 9 am-6 pm; Sun. 11 am-4 pm, 282-7698, rochesterareabuilders.com
FEBRUARY 11 Polar Plunge, Foster Arend Park, raise funds for more than 8,000 athletes statewide, 1:30 pm, 612-604-1280, plungemn.org/events/rochester
FEBRUARY 11 A Singing Valentine Annual Benefit, Rochester International Event Center, evening of music, romance, fine food, and warm company, 6 pm, 252-8427, choralartsensemble.org
FEBRUARY 11 Murder Mystery Fundraiser, Plummer House, benefitting Elder Network, produced in cooperation with Absolute Theatre Company, music by RavensFire, 6 & 8:30 pm, tickets available in advance to those 21+, 507-285-5272, www.elder-network.org
FEBRUARY 19 Jazz Jam, Rochester Civic Theatre, Bring your instrument or voice and play along with a rhythm section, 5:30-8:30 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org
FEBRUARY 19 Rochester Pops Orchestra, Lourdes High School, "At the movies" theme, 3 pm, 318-0801, rochesterpops.com
FEBRUARY 22 Women on Wednesdays: Growing Up Muslim in Rochester, Rochester Civic Theatre, discussion of experiences relating to Islamophobia, 5-7 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org
FEBRUARY 26 Voices-Celebrating Minnesota, Bethel Lutheran Church, featuring four Honors Choirs ensembles, 4 pm, 252-0505, honorschoirs.org
Wines of the World, Rochester International Event Center, 200+ wines from around the world, assorted beers, spirits, and more, 6-9 pm, 288-7195, bearcreekservices.org
MARCH 3 Pick up Rochester Women March/April 2017 issue or read online at RWmagazine.com
FEBRUARY 12 Unison Piano Duo, First Presbyterian Church, free concert performance by Luther College faculty Du Huang and Xiao Hu, 4 pm, 282-1618, fpcrochester.org
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What is a Cojourner, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, explore what it’s like to share your life, prayers, and missions, 6:30-8 pm, 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org
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on the lighter side
FOR YOUR HEALTH AND SOMEONE ELSE BY LUANN BUECHLER
HERE IS SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE THAT A HUG A DAY CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE. “SCIENTISTS ARE INCREASINGLY INTERESTED IN THE POSSIBILITY THAT POSITIVE EMOTIONS CAN BE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH. SUPPORT FROM A PARTNER, EVEN IN A HUG FROM A LOVED ONE, CAN HAVE BENEFICIAL EFFECTS ON HEART HEALTH,” DR. MANNY ALVAREZ WROTE FOR FOX NEWS. HUGS MAY (OR MAY NOT) BE YOUR NORM WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY, BUT EVERYONE COULD USE A HUG FROM TIME TO TIME.
I AM A HUGGER Everyone I meet knows that I am a hugger, more so now than ever. For the last three years, I have been wearing a pin that says iHug™. It is an experiment to see how people react. Some look at it like it is promoting some type of technology. You can see the wheels turning in their mind…iPad, iPod, iHug? As they say it to themselves, it hits them, and they will throw out their arms with a big “I hug too” for a warm embrace. In other er.
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cases, it is a warning to people that I am coming in for a hug. If you wish to avoid it, you’ll need to stop me. I have found that people want and desire more hugs than they are getting. I had one woman say, “I never get hugs unless I come to events like these,” referring to the transformational events I attend and create. As human beings, we seek human contact and even need it for our health. That’s why when someone is in pain, we naturally reach out to hug them. So be a giver of hugs to share that connection. Think about doing it more often because even when we are unable to physically see someone’s pain, they may be suffering a great deal.
WE NEED 4 HUGS A DAY FOR SURVIVAL, 8 HUGS A DAY FOR MAINTENANCE, 12 HUGS A DAY FOR GROWTH, 16 HUGS A DAY FOR TRANSFORMATION. –JACK CANFIELD, author, “Chicken Soup for the Soul” tell you many more delightful stories of how hugging has changed my life. Make someone’s day today by giving them a hug. You’ll be surprised at their reaction and how much better it makes you feel. “A hug given is a hug received,” which means you, too, benefit from giving hugs to others.
MAKE SOMEONE’S DAY I was suffering once at an event I was managing. It had failed to turn out as I had hoped. Mistakes were made, and it was less successful in many ways than I desired. A dear friend of mine was the emcee for the event. He read my body language and could see that something was wrong. Without a discussion of any kind, every time our paths crossed, he would give me a hug. It got me through the three-day event. Now, whenever I see him, it is our tradition to come in with arms outreached to come into a big wonderful hug, embracing one another. It makes my day. When traveling, I have a tendency to sleep on airplanes, and this one trip, I slept the whole flight. I was in the back of the plane, so I decided to wait for all the others to get off before I disembarked. I had completely forgotten I was wearing my iHug button. As I walked down the aisle the flight attendant looked at me and said “I hug too.” I said, “Do you need a hug?” She responded, “Yes, I do!” So of course, you know what happened. I could
LuAnn Buechler is a transformational trainer, coach, author and speaker. Her book “iHug Diaries” is due to be released on January 21, 2017, National Hug Day.
National Hug Day Also known as National Hugging Day, this is an annual event dedicated to hugging. It was created by Kevin Zaborney and occurs annually on January 21. The day was first celebrated on January 21, 1986 in Clio, Michigan, USA. The holiday is also observed in many other countries. The idea of National Hug Day is to encourage everyone to hug family and friends more often. Zaborney cautions to ask first if one is unsure of the response.
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Look Great for the Holidays! ANew Medspa Clinic CHOOSES BELLAFILL® Bellafill® is the only dermal filler FDA approved for the correction of nasolabial folds (smile lines) and moderate to severe, atrophic, distensible facial acne scars on the cheek in patients over the age of 21 years. It is also the only dermal filler established safe and effective through 5 years in the largest and longest prospective dermal filler study ever completed.* Bellafill® is a smooth, collagen gel based dermal filler that immediately adds volume to the skin.1
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Data on file. Suneva Medical, Inc.; 2015. Bellafill® is indicated for the correction of nasolabial folds and moderate to severe, atrophic, distensible facial acne scars on the cheek in patients over the age of 21 years. Patients who have had a positive reaction to the Bellafill® Skin Test, have a history of severe allergies, have known bovine collagen allergies, are allergic to lidocaine, have bleeding disorders or are prone to thick scar formation and/or excessive scarring should not receive Bellafill®. The safety of Bellafill® for use during pregnancy, breastfeeding, or in patients under 21 has not been established. You may experience temporary swelling, redness, pain, bruising, lumps/bumps, itching, and discoloration at the treatment site. These side effects are usually transient and typically resolve within 1–7 days. You may experience lumps/bumps/papules that may occur more than one month after injection and that may persist. Less common side effects include rash and itching more than 48 hours after treatment, persistent swelling or redness, lumps/bumps, acne, and increased sensitivity at treatment sites. Infrequently, granulomas may occur and may be treated by your licensed physician provider. Be sure to call your licensed provider immediately if you notice any unusual skin reactions around the treatment area. *Based on the 5-year Post Approval Study on nasolabial folds with 1008 patients, long-term safety of Bellafill® for up to 5 years has been established. For more safety information please visit our website www.bellafill.com. Toll-free call (U.S. & Canada): 844-Bellafill (844-235-5234). Local calls: 858-550-9999. International calls: ++ 858-550-9999. Suneva Medical, Inc. does not author and is not responsible for the content of any third party website(s) linked hereto. ©SUNEVA MEDICAL, INC. SM2332 REV00
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