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OMC’s Joint Replacement Center uses a team approach for every step of your care. We have a great collection of highly skilled Orthopedic Surgeons, dedicated orthopedic nurses and surgical team, all devoted to your care and rapid recovery. Additionally, our Total Joint Navigator will serve as your coordinator throughout your surgical experience, to help educate and prepare you for the journey ahead. Our Joint Replacement Center team ensures you are comfortable with every aspect of your preparation, surgery, recovery, and rehabilitation. We are here to get you Back in the Game.
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Cover Story Ballerina Michaelene Karlen Dreams come true.
By Trish Amundson Cover photo by Mike Hardwick Photography
11 Hair More or less?
By Elizabeth Harris
Woman’s Christian Temperance Union Influence on the national prohibition act.
By Kim Zabel
Healthy Living 13
Local Author Mary McCarthy Autobiography attempts to fulfill God’s will.
Let's Get Personal
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Kicking Up Dust Women are changing the face of farming.
Let’s Talk About Sex Open communication builds trust.
By Caitlin Anderson
Silences Women Keep Urinary incontinence. By Laurie Simon
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By Sarah Oslund
Aphrodisiac Attack Food that makes you feel sexy. By Dawn Sanborn
By Bob Freund
Improving Health & Wellness Alternative healing modalities grow in popularity.
I Am A Beautiful Rochester Woman Amy Monson shines her light.
Nominated by Sarah Monson Photography by Dawn Sanborn and Tracey McGuire
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Careers for Women
By Catherine H. Armstrong
By Cindy Mennenga
By Amy Hahn
Girls’ Night Out Hop Aboard! Taking a trolley tour of local microbreweries.
Gettin’ Nutty for Inheritance of Hope Second annual Nut House Challenge.
North, South, East and West Cool small towns around Rochester. By Amanda Wingren
Rollin’ on the River Passion test helps women find purpose. By LuAnn Buechler
By Nicole Czarnomski
Getaway to Chicago The Paris of the prairie. By Cindy Mennenga
Home and Garden
On The Lighter Side
Healing Waters Finding calm amidst chaos. By Jennifer Gangloff
Online Dating Who, me?
By Danielle Teal
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Taboo topics can be embarrassing, true, provide too much information (TMI) or uncommon, unordinary, unspoken and unlikely. Are there topics that make you or your family, friends and coworkers squirm? There is a topic that certain friends of mine are uncomfortable talking about, and they are probably going to read this and think “Oh no, here she goes!” Yes, friends (you know who you are) we are talking about sex in this issue of RochesterWomen magazine (page 15). I am not uncomfortable talking about pleasurable experiences. But I suppose some people haven’t had pleasant sexual experiences, so I understand they aren’t eager to talk (or even hear) about sex. My aunt, who has a doctorate of nursing, researched sexuality in the aging. She has taught public health nurses from coast to coast, so we can have a conversation about sexuality in a frank, healthcare provider manner. We also talk about dating and even online dating across the generations. Speaking of online dating, Danielle Teal sheds light on the now cool dating method and gives some good advice (page 54). There are some topics almost so embarrassing for women that we can hardly talk with our friends about them, but by talking, we will reduce stereotypes and feel less ashamed. What could these be, are you wondering? One is urinary incontinence. This started happening to me in the past few years (in my mid-40s) and, to my surprise, sometimes happens when I sneeze, cough, laugh or jump on the trampoline. I have fairly good bladder control, but it “all came out” last winter when I was letting the dog out. I slipped down the icy stairs and found myself sitting in my pretty pink fleece bathrobe in the snow laughing (or was it crying?) in a puddle of you know what. OK so now you all know, I peed my pants. It is as embarrassing for an adult as a kindergartener who doesn’t make it to the bathroom in time. Read about treatments that help women recover from urinary incontinence (page 43). Taboo topics can be serious or humorous. Professionally and personally speaking, there are topics that need to spoken of with care. I recommend the “need to know” rule of thumb. When speaking to or about someone else ask yourself, “Is it kind? Is it true? Is it necessary?” Timing is also critical when discussing sensitive topics. Asking yourself these questions will prevent feelings from getting hurt and preserve valuable relationships. I hope this issue of RochesterWomen gives you something to think (and talk) about! Sincerely,
jorrie@RWmagazine.com Correction: Dr. Lucy Gores generously provided teeth whitening services for Whitney Peterson in the I Am A Beautiful Rochester Woman feature in RochesterWomen May/June 2016 Issue. She works at Lakeside Dentistry. The article incorrectly stated that she works at Lakeview Dental.
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HAMBONE MUSIC FESTIVAL Fri. and Sat., July 8 and 9 The Larry McCray Band will be headlining the 7th annual Hambone Music Festival. This affordable family-friendly event is held on the grounds of Olmsted County History Center. To volunteer or view the event schedule visit hambonemusicfestival.com.
BELIEVE IN ME BIKE RIDE Sat., July 9, Mayo High School “Believe in Me” were the words spoken by a young Rochester high school student in danger of not graduating. The proceeds of this biking event will help fund graduation efforts and other Rotary youth programs. Family rides of 7 and 15 miles along the Rochester Bike Trail and routes of 45, 65 or 100 miles routes for those riders who want to challenge themselves. To sponsor or ride visit rochesterrotaryclubs.org/bikeride/.
FIRST ANNUAL ROCHESTER CITY JAZZ FESTIVAL
RELAY FOR LIFE OF OLMSTED COUNTY Fri.-Sat., July 15-16, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., RCTC - University Center Campus/ Regional Sports Center Relay for Life is a family-friendly, signature fundraising event of the American Cancer Society (ACS) with activities for all ages, entertainment, food, inspiration, relaxation, light exercise, all in support of the many people who have been affected by cancer. The 2016 Honorary Chair is Tara Maiers and Honorary Caregivers are Tom and Liz Canan. The Survivors reception begins at 5 p.m. followed by opening ceremony at 6:30 p.m. For additional information visit relayforlife.org/olmstedcountymn.
THE SPIRIT OF THE FLUTE: MID-SUMMER CONCERT BY JONNY LIPFORD
WE ARE MORE PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT
WE BIKE ROCHESTER Sun., July 10, 1:05 p.m., Rochester Honkers Game, bike to the game to get a free ticket (100 at each location) Tues., July 12, 6-7:30 p.m., Bike Social Sat., August 20, 9-10:30 p.m., Movie in Central Park Tues., August 23, 6-7:30 p.m., Bike Social We Bike Rochester strives to create a more bicycle friendly community by providing resources and assistance. For more information about We Bike Rochester and events visit webikerochester.com.
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Sun., July 24, 12-8 p.m., Rochester Civic Theatre The first annual Rochester City Jazz Festival is sponsored by Downtown Rochester. MN and the Rochester Civic Theatre. The D’Sievers will play from 12-12:45 p.m. followed by Jazz Jam (a jazz open mic) 1-4 p.m. on the outdoor stage. Group 47will be on the indoor main stage from 4:30-6 p.m. followed by and Atlantis Quartet at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are only $10 per person. Get your tickets at rochestercivictheatre.org.
Fri., July 22 Submission Deadline We Are More (WAM) is the creation of Journey to Growth’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, whose goal is to help us fully embrace and capitalize on our southeastern Minnesota’s unique mix of races, ethnicities, cultures, faiths, and lifestyles. The photography exhibit showcasing, celebrating, and creating conversations about the benefits of diversity and inclusion in our regional economy will begin in September. Review important rules and submit entries at j2gmn. com/we-are-more/ with questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sun., August 7, 5-7 p.m., Assisi Heights Jonny Lipford is an award-winning instrumentalist specializing in music produced with bamboo and wood flutes crafted by Native Americans and other cultures. He is widely known for adding refreshing and contemporary flare to an industry saturated by a mostly meditative style of music. Preregister by August 2.
INTRODUCTION TO PLEIN AIR PAINTING Sat., August 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Assisi Heights Find new dimensions in your art experience by learning to paint on location. This class is suitable for novice and intermediate oil painters. Need to have basic drawing skills and basic experience with oil paints. Preregister by August 8. $55 per person, includes lunch. Please bring your own supplies. Register online at rochesterfranciscan.org or contact Angie at 507-280-2195 or ahsc@ rochesterfranciscan.org.
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Friday, July 15, 2016 5 – 11 p.m. Only $49 per person Includes trolley transportation from Rochester to Lanesboro, wine from Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery, locally brewed beer from 2 Rivers Brewery and appetizers from Johnny Mango’s Catering.
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BY ELIZABETH HARRIS
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AIR COMES IN ALL FORMS: THICK, DARK, FRIZZY, THIN, LIGHT, SMOOTH, THE LIST GOES ON. HAIR IS A BIG PART OF OUR APPEARANCE, AND IT CAN DETERMINE WHAT KIND OF DAY YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE.
I’m not just talking about the hair on our heads. Have you ever gotten in your car and noticed the stray eyebrow hairs you missed with your tweezers? Or what about that peach fuzz above your lip? Let’s not forget about the monotonous task of shaving legs and underarms day after day. Well, good news for all of us, there are solutions to these problems, and we have a lot of great options here in Rochester.
LASERS Dark hair can be a wonderful and terrible thing. Hair in darker shades can give a sultry or exotic look, but it also requires shaving twice as often as light hair. If shaving has worn you out, it might be worth looking into laser hair removal. Essence Skin Clinic, located in the heart of downtown Rochester, offers all sorts of laser hair removal. This treatment can be done on any part of the body where hairless skin is desired. This includes legs, arms, face, back and other areas. The best part is that it permanently reduces hair growth. Pricing varies by the number of treatments needed and the area of hair removal.
THREADING Maybe lasers aren’t for you, but you are still looking to get rid of some unwanted hair. Threading might be more up your alley. Eyebrow threading started in India and is commonly practiced in the Middle East. Lucky for us, it has found its way to the United States and more specifically, the Apache Mall, right next to Applebee’s. At Brow Art 23, a piece of thread is used to twist and pull out the individual hairs. This process takes about as long as it would to get a wax, but the results last longer and are more precise, and best of all it is better for your skin. This treatment can be done all over the body. Pricing starts at just $7.
EXTENSIONS Perhaps you’re not trying to get rid of hair but trying to gain some. Brow Art 23 offers eyelash extensions as well as lash and brow tinting to create a fuller look. Hair extensions are increasingly popular. Halo extensions are one of the most popular extensions. They are made from a thin clear wire that forms a circle with cascading hair down the sides and back. To put them in, you simply section your hair
R!ah Hair Studio Stylist Sara Lynn added the HALOCOUTURE extensions to Kassie’s hair to add body, volume and length.
into a half ponytail and place the extensions on the part. After that, you let the rest of your hair down and cover the wire with your own hair. These customizable, natural hair extensions come in 20 shades and can be colored and styled like they are growing out of your own head. Much of their popularity can be attributed to the fact that they do not damage your hair like other types of extensions would, and they can last for years. Pricing varies by length and style.
RESTORATION Nobody wants to talk about hair loss, but it is not as uncommon as you might think. Fortunately, there are some very effective solutions that can be found at Reiland’s Hair Clinic on Seventh Street in Rochester. Whether the cause is stress, aging or medically related, hair loss among women is increasing. Female hair loss no longer needs to be a taboo topic. Reliand’s offers customized treatments ranging from shampoos and conditioners to laser treatments. They also offer their own line of hair care products that were created by owner, Jennifer Reiland-Meath. Reiland’s offers free consultations and will work to come up with the most effective and cost-efficient treatment options. Whether you are looking for more hair or less, there are plenty of options to guarantee a good hair day for all. Elizabeth Harris is senior at University of Minnesota, Crookston and interning with Rochester Women magazine. She is also a dance instructor. RWmagazine.com May/June 2016
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Health Wellness ALTERNATIVE HEALING MODALITIES GROW IN POPULARITY BY CINDY MENNENGA PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAWN SANBORN PHOTOGRAPHY
HERE ARE NUMEROUS ALTERNATIVE HEALING MODALITIES TO HELP HEAL, REDUCE STRESS AND ANXIETY, RECHARGE MIND AND BODY AND FIND BALANCE IN LIFE. MOST PEOPLE WHO EXPLORE ALTERNATIVE HEALING HAVE A SPECIFIC ISSUE THEY WANT TO ADDRESS IN A NATURAL AND HOLISTIC MANNER, WHILE OTHERS ARE SEEKERS, ALWAYS EAGER TO EXPERIENCE NEW WAYS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THEMSELVES AND GROW.
Being able to pull yourself into a state of mindfulness or meditation brings you to that oh-so-quiet and sacred space to commune with your higher self and allow true healing to happen. Many different options are available in Rochester.
BODYSOUND CHAIR LuAnn Buechler, transformational trainer and life coach, offers the BodySound chair to her clients to help them achieve a profound state of relaxation and stress reduction. The BodySound chair pipes in
LuAnn Buechler offers the BodySound chair to her clients to help them relax and reduce stress symptoms.
layered music with synchronized sounds. There are also vibrations and electromagnetic fields which elicit physical, emotional and spiritual responses. “During a session,” according to Buechler, “clients typically experience a sense of extreme relaxation, much like meditation.” After a 55-minute session in the BodySound chair, clients are empowered to view their life objectively and make more effective decisions with the support of professional coaching. I have had several sessions in the chair and can attest, along with Buechler’s coaching, that the chair helped me identify areas of my life that I wanted to improve. Another client comments, “My experience with the BodySound chair session that LuAnn offers was amazing. I really wasn't sure what to expect other than hoping for some deep relaxation and calm. The music/sound that goes with the vibrations of the chair put me in a deep state of calm. I have never felt so free.” If you are interested in learning more about the BodySound chair, visit luannb.com.
NALU FLOAT Nalu Float is a new business that recently opened in Rochester. As its name implies, clients float in a floatation tank filled with 10 inches of water and 800 pounds of Epsom salt. The flotation chamber itself is a dark, soundproofed, sensory deprivation tank where clients float in the salt water. Sessions last for 90 minutes. Just the thought of 90 minutes of silence is enough to make most people want to experience floating. Owner Jon Maki says that during a session many people find that day-to-day “hindrances seem to melt away.” He adds, “During the RWmagazine.com May/June 2016
Float tanks are filled with 10 inches of water and 800 pounds of epsaom salt, allowing people to float without effort.
first 20 minutes of a float session clients get used to the silky smooth sensation of the solution as their minds settle down.” Frequently, Maki says, floaters will experience visions, dreams or flashes of childhood memories long forgotten. Because the float tanks are dark and quiet, many people who float report a feeling of rebooting their mind. They look inward, much the same as one does while meditating, and in the silence, people can hear blood flowing through their veins and the life-affirming rhythmic beating of their heart. Maki recommends trying three sessions to see if floating is for you. If you decide to float, allow yourself some time to adapt to this unique therapy. Maki says that people experience relief from fibromyalgia and depression, sharpened eyesight and hearing and improved creative thoughts for several days after a float. For more information, visit nalufloat.com.
HEALING TOUCH Healing touch is a modality that helps restore and balance a person’s energy. The body’s energy can get out of sync due to illness, injury, stress, grief, surgery or medications used for various medical conditions. Healing touch practitioners offer clients energy healing by either touching or not touching a client, depending on the client’s preferences. Val Willis, a healing touch practitioner, says that healing touch is beneficial to people who are in a lot of pain because “it alters the way people deal with the pain.” People who have experienced healing touch report a variety of sensations from feeling tingly and relaxed, to a deep sense of relief from stress and anxiety. Others describe having vivid dreams or thinking about things they wouldn’t normally think about. For more information on healing touch or to schedule an appointment, call Val Willis at 507-319-3963.
GIVE IT A WHIRL There are numerous alternative healing modalities available to explore. I encourage you to approach alternative healing with an open mind and heart. Be willing to experiment and see what works for you. You may be surprised to find that these so-called “alternative” healing therapies are actually truly healing, restorative and life-enhancing experiences. Cindy Mennenga, owner of Straight-Talk Wellness, is a health coach and freelance writer based in Rochester.
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We've seen our culture grow and adapt to technology, and we've evolved into a society that's becoming more accepting of individual differences. Women are more empowered to embrace themselves and their sexuality, and men are quickly following suit. We are living in a new age of acceptance and tolerance. Controversy surrounding sex and sexuality has come forefront time and time again. It's a popular subject in politics, religion and activism, leading to disputes about what is right and wrong. Changing the way we view sex and sexuality opens the door for us to learn and become educated, thus having more positive experiences. Leading the way for sex education is Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit that's recently been in the line of fire in the media. They believe that educating everyone about sexuality, instead of looking at it just as an act of sex, helps us to have conversations that we aren't typically comfortable having.
OPEN COMMUNICATION BUILDS TRUST BY CAITLIN ANDERSON
"HUMAN SEXUALITY, UNLIKE CALCULUS, IS SOMETHING YOU ACTUALLY NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE," SAID POLITICAL SATIRIST AND COMEDIAN JOHN OLIVER ON HIS HBO TELEVISION SHOW, “LAST WEEK TONIGHT.” That’s just one perspective into the current standard of sex education in America. Society has changed a lot over the past several decades.
EVERYBODY'S DOING IT The majority of humans will encounter sex at some point in their lives. Building a positive connotation around the word "sex" is important for educators trying to move people to have a more scientific view of sex. Ehryn Barthelme is the education manager for Planned Parenthood in Rochester. She advocates on the side of promoting education. Her priority is providing open communication for people to learn about something that will probably affect their lives at some point. Right here in Rochester, Planned Parenthood runs several programs, including outreach at local fairs and festivals, Parent Programming, Peer Education and a Women's Health Night. For adults, they have an Advisory Committee. "All of our programs are comprehensive sex ed.," says Ehryn.
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OPEN COMMUNICATION BUILDS TRUST It's difficult to find the right time to have the “sex talk,” but it’s important. Consider how the average teenager learns about sex: social media, the internet, television and their friends. It’s easy to see how misinformation spreads. Ehryn advises people to find someone they trust: a friend, parent, other family member or partner. She says, "Talking about a relationship between characters in a movie or dissecting song lyrics can be a fun way to examine healthy traits or possible red flags that appear in everyday relationships." The point is to just start talking.
YOU'RE NEVER TOO YOUNG OR OLD Ehryn says her dream for the future of sex education is to have a standard of teaching set across the country. According to the National Conference of State Legislature, 24 states mandate public schools to teach sex education, 33 states mandate students receive instruction about HIV/AIDS and 20 states mandate that if provided, sex and/or HIV/AIDS education has to be medically, factually or technically accurate. That means there are possibly 13 states that are providing medically inaccurate information and 17 states that aren't required to teach students anything about sex and sexuality. Ehryn wants people to know that it's never too late to start the conversation, even if you have kids in college. She says, "Knowledge builds confidence." Confidence is sexy, so when you give someone the power of knowledge and build their confidence, they pass on that information. If you want to help shape minds and become more informed, become a part of the local Planned Parenthood Advisory Committee. If you have or know young teens who would make great leaders and educators amongst their peers, they can become Peer Educators. If you or someone you know would like more information on educational programs from Planned Parenthood or would like to volunteer, visit PlannedParenthood.org.
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OCAL GIRL MICHAELENE KARLEN DANCES AS A PROFESSIONAL BALLERINA ON THE NEW YORK STAGE AND PROMOTES NATURAL WELLBEING THROUGH ORGANIC, HOLISTIC SKIN CARE THAT REACHES BEYOND THE STAGE.
Pretty pink tutus, silky pointe shoes, sparkling tiaras—these are what little girls dream of, and for Michaelene Karlen, these dreams came true. With focused dedication, practice, physical stamina and natural dancing ability, Michaelene is living her dream as a contemporary ballet dancer who stays fit by taking care of herself from the inside out.
EMBRACING HER CALLING Michaelene is from the greater Rochester area, a 2012 graduate of Kasson-Mantorville High School. “I grew up as an only child and have a very strong relationship with my parents,” she says. “My mom drove me hours each day to attend dance classes in Minneapolis and pursue my passion for ballet and other forms of dance. Being a professional dancer was something I always knew was my calling.” Her parents, who are marathoners, modeled a healthy, take-care-of-yourself lifestyle. Her health-driven upbringing was the basis for Michaelene’s interest in the physical aspect of dance. She went on to attend Fordham University and The Ailey School in New York City, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance and communications in May this year. 18
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BALANCE AND PRECISION With a pre-graduation schedule as fast-paced as a New York minute, Michaelene balanced her responsibilities as a student, dancer, model and dog owner with great precision. Typical days were busy and long. “I usually wake up at 6 a.m. to take my puppy, Nina, out for a walk in the park before I rush off to dance,” she says. A 35-minute commute by train took her to Arch Contemporary Ballet, where she practiced and performed. “I usually had to leave a little early to rush back into the city for academic classes and more rehearsals at The Ailey School,” she says. “Those rehearsals usually would go until 9:30 p.m., and then I would get to go home for the night and rest up for the next day.”
SAFE AND HOLISTIC SELF-CARE The demands of ballet are similar to many athletic pursuits and may result in injuries or inflammation. With a rigorous schedule and strains on physical health, the lifestyle of a dancer requires persistence, strength and the ability to maintain a healthy body. To address her inflammation and asthma, which were not getting better with prescribed medications, Michaelene and her mother, Michelle, began making their own care products. “My mother and I have made homemade skin care products for ourselves for a long time, and we now use essential
oils, cultured foods and a raw diet to treat our bodies,” says Michaelene. “We think of what we put in our bodies as nutrition. We also wanted holistic products that were safe to put on our skin. We could never find simple skin care products in any store that didn't contain parabens, plasticizers and toxic chemicals.”
BALLERINA BOTANICALS Together, the mother-and-daughter team promotes the motto: "Let's nourish your body from the inside out to get timeless skin." The duo shared products with family members and friends and then started selling them. Now, through the recently established Ballerina Botanicals, others can enjoy the benefits of their quality, organic skin care line. The company name represents Michaelene’s profession, as well as her fascination with flowers and herbs. With firsthand knowledge of their merchandise, Michaelene handles the public relations and marketing activities for Ballerina Botanicals. Michelle creates and packages the products, which are organic and made with 100 percent pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils. Glass containers are used, because the essential oils ingredients are rich and robust and can slowly dissolve plastic. Ingredients are selected based on the purpose of each product. For example, lavender is great for treating acne, and grape seed oil fights the effects of aging. “We come up with our ingredients together, and I love to help make the products whenever I'm back in Minnesota,” says Michaelene. From Mother Earth Mask to Forever Young Face Wash, Ballerina Botanicals’ products detoxify the skin, leaving it smooth and supple. Other products include Vitamin E Complex Eye Serum, Kiss Me Vanilla Lip Scrub and 12 flavors of Ballerina Lip Balm. Every ingredient is listed, so consumers never have to question what they are applying to their bodies. “Everyone benefits from using our simple, organic and holistic skin care,” says Michaelene. “It will help anyone with skin issues—people who want a natural and safe skin care routine and people who want help with fine lines and wrinkles, both men and women.”
REVITALIZATION FOR EVERYONE The Karlens are true believers that everything has a purpose, not only in what is consumed but also in what is applied to the skin. “It is important to use essential oils in your daily skin care, like we do, to detoxify your body and prevent it from any ailments,” says Michaelene. “Every ingredient we use has a distinct purpose in the product. Essential oils have become our very own pharmacy and the closest we've come to the Fountain of Youth.” Ballerina Botanicals’ Fountain of Youth Eye Cream is good for everyone. “You can see where the Ballerina Botanicals’ magic happens,” explains Michaelene. “Fine lines and wrinkles will go away, skin will tighten, dry skin will no longer be a problem and your body will feel revitalized by using our products.” Feel revitalized, youthful and as beautiful a ballerina as Michaelene. Her dreams came true, and dreams can come true for you. Ballerina Botanicals products are available on Etsy and are also sold at Thursdays on First and Third in downtown Rochester. Product prices range from $3.99 to $38.
HEALING CHARCOAL MASK Ballerina Michaelene Karlen wears Ballerina Botanicals’ Déveopé Detox Mask, which is formulated with detoxifying, cleansing and healing benefits. The mask strips the skin of any harmful toxins and activated charcoal draws out toxins and pulls every impurity out of the pores, making it effective for treating acne and blemishes. Bentonite clay absorbs and rids all the toxins that have been drawn out by the charcoal. The mask, which is healing and reduces inflammation, has an abundance of vitamins and minerals to nourish the skin.
Trish Amundson is a Rochester-area freelance writer.
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AMY MONSON SHINES HER LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAWN SANBORN AND TRACEY MCGUIRE
ATHERED AROUND SARAH AND AMY MONSON, AS WITNESSES TO THEIR FRUITFUL LIVES TOGETHER, WERE SARAH’S MOTHER KATHY HANSON, THEIR DAUGHTER LYNNEA LEHMEIER, AND TREASURED FRIENDS. SARAH’S ADMIRATION FOR AMY BECAME A RENDITION OF THEIR LOVE STORY AS SHE READ THE I AM A BEAUTIFUL ROCHESTER WOMAN NOMINATION LETTER ALOUD, NOT HOLDING BACK, LETTING TEARS FLOW BETWEEN THE LINES OF LOVE AND LAUGHTER.
NOMINATION LOVE LETTER I am writing to nominate Amy Monson because without question, she is the most beautiful woman I have ever known. Despite years of trying to help her see what I see, Amy still struggles to see her true and undeniable beauty. Amy doesn’t really see herself as beautiful but is grateful that I think she is. She wishes to be a prism, so that when people see and know her, they will see God’s light and love reflected because of who she is. If this isn’t beautiful, I am not sure what is. When she was young, she was told she was smart when she asked her mom if she was pretty. She isn’t the typical pretty kind of beautiful in the way we are taught girls are supposed to be. Amy is so much more beautiful than that—she is strong and possesses an incredible presence that is difficult to describe. Amy has long arms and broad shoulders that have held babies, hugged kids and worked well to carry the weight of the load she carries in life. (Her arms) have also limited some of her fashion choices, because Amy doesn’t always fit into prescribed boxes or roles, and broad shoulders don’t always fit nicely into small places. Why should we make ourselves small, or something else we aren’t, in order to fit into someone else’s definition of beauty? Amy’s eyes sparkle and dance, and her asymmetrical smile lights up the room. Her laugh is infectious! She is kind, generous and has the biggest tender heart. Every day she gives her whole self to her kids—the kids of this community—spending countless hours working and re-working lessons and working on ways she can reach kids where they are. She works to teach them lessons that reach beyond text and time. Among other things, Amy is an English teacher and the artistic director for the theater program at her school. But Amy will tell you, “I don’t teach English; I teach students.” Amy’s approach to life is about “growing living things.” Sometimes that looks like passionately teaching a lesson about a literary question or growing tomato plants or guiding actors, musicians and crew members to create a community capable of making magic on stage. Amy has given so much to this community and to her friends and family. At this point in her life, she has the opportunity to make some choices about where she will use her talents and how she will shine her light on the next thing she chooses. I would like Amy to have the opportunity see just how amazingly beautiful she is. My hope is this might be a chance for her kind of beauty to be honored, recognized, and celebrated.
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When she heard the nomination letter read aloud at the reveal party, Amy’s beauty shone through her like a prism, displaying the colorful person she is, redirecting the light to others, giving them the credit. In a thoughtfully written email prior to her photo shoot, Amy acknowledged her friend and photographer Dawn Sanborn and the sponsors who provided her clothing, hair and makeup services. “Dawn is a long-time friend, so that alone helps me to feel more comfortable and assured,” explains Amy. “I felt that all too familiar cautiousness going into Knight’s Chamber Clothiers, but Svaar Vine was respectful and helpful. He didn’t shame me for wanting to find a professional jacket that actually fit ‘me,’ which was one of my fears. He paid attention to me, to my body shape, to my concerns about looking as though I was ‘masquerading’ in men’s clothing and to my apprehensions about even being in his store to look around. I felt respected as a customer and as a person, which is not my typical shopping experience. I’m really happy to have been introduced to a clothier who understands my clothing struggles. Mostly, I want to thank you for your vision to celebrate beautiful women of Rochester. The idea is an important one. As a teacher, I encounter hundreds of young women and men every day who wrestle with the social concept of beauty. They don’t want to have to fit into a concept or manifest themselves in a way that doesn’t ‘fit’ them but is ascribed to them, leaving little choice but to fit themselves somehow Sarah’s admiration for Amy became a rendition their love story as she read the I Am A Beautiful Rochester Woman nomination letter aloud.
into confines of socially Thank you for being prescribed beauty. willing to showcase a I’m sort of allowing myself to variety of beauty in women get excited about (seeing) the in Rochester, and thank photos—the physical images, yes, but also what’s visible from you for providing this my inward transformation. incredible celebration of my Thank you for being willing to beauty—what an amazing showcase a variety of beauty in and novel concept to me!” women in Rochester, and thank –Amy Monson you for providing this incredible celebration of my beauty—what an amazing and novel concept to me!”~Amy Monson In addition to our I Am A Beautiful Rochester Woman program gift sponsors and Svaar Vine at Knight’s Chamber, we recognize the Richard Wendt and Rocco Altobelli team for the special treatment they gave Amy. We thank Richard for the haircut, Cheryl Scranton for hair color, Michelle Hilsman for makeup and Kendra Kruse for the pedicure. They graciously offered their services and met our scheduling requests.
CONGRATULATIONS AMY The Med City Beat, an independent online news source, announced 2016 Rochester's Finest people and places on Saturday, May 21. Winners were selected following two rounds of voting, in which more than 7,000 total votes were cast. Amy Monson (Mayo High School) won Educator Making an Impact in our community.
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WOMEN ARE CHANGING THE FACE OF FARMING BY SARAH OSLUND PHOTORAPHY BY FAGAN STUDIOS
VERY INDUSTRY HAS ITS STEREOTYPES. FARMING IS NO DIFFERENT. JUST TURN ON YOUR LOCAL COUNTRY MUSIC RADIO STATION AND YOU’LL HEAR SONG AFTER SONG ABOUT FARMER BOYS WOOING LADIES WITH THEIR TRUCKS AND TRACTORS.
But the demographics of the farming industry are shifting. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service says the number of men operating farms is on the decline, and women are playing an increasingly active role in the management of farms and ranches across the nation. While statistics on paper may indicate that the number of female farmers has increased over the past few decades, generations of stories about those growing the food that fuels our nation clearly describe the pivotal and often underappreciated roles that women have played in the farming industry for centuries.
MAKING A NAME FOR ANNIE When Annette “Annie” (Kohlhagen) Fleck was growing up in the 1950s, she dreamed of marrying a farmer—and she did. Annie and her husband faced many challenges and made many sacrifices, but Annie was determined to make it work. “An ex-school teacher, Annie ran that farm like she had a gradebook,” explains Amy Durand, AgStar Project Manager and Coordinator for Annie’s Project in Minnesota. Annie managed deadlines. She handled tax issues. She kept the farm business running and made decisions based on the detailed records she kept. She also dealt with the criticisms that any woman running a business might face, but she stuck
Monica Schafer(right) and her daugher Maddie are sixth and seventh generations of Schafer Farms specializing in beef and pork production.
to her guns. Annie was married to her farmer for 50 years, and in 1997, she died a wealthy woman. Annie’s daughter, Ruth Hambleton, followed in her mother’s agricultural footprints but did so by working for the University of Illinois Extension Office as a farm business management and marketing educator. When Ruth retired in 2009, she wanted to continue working to educate and inform female farmers, so she started Annie’s Project. Annie’s Project is a national organization with a mission to empower women in agriculture. “Annie’s Project focuses on connecting women through learning and networking,” says Amy. The women who are part of the group meet one night each week for six weeks. They learn about risk management and skill building through presentations and hands-on activities. “It’s very interactive and fun,” says Amy. “The women often learn as much from one another as they do from the speakers we bring in to present.” Monica Schafer attended the six-week Annie’s Project session last winter. “Bringing women farmers together and creating environments where they can share their struggles and successes… that’s what Annie’s Project is all about,” says Amy.
FROM P.E. TO PIGS Not every woman grows up dreaming of life on the farm. When Monica Haggerty started college at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, she was majoring in physical education and working at the local YMCA. Monica didn’t grow up on a farm, but when she met and married
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fifth-generation farmer Brandon Schafer, she married the farm life too. Established in 1886 and nestled in the bluff country of southeastern Minnesota, Schafer Farms is a sevengeneration family farm that specializes in beef and pork production. Not long after marrying, Monica and Brandon set off to start the sixth generation of Schafer farmers, and Monica wanted to be home to raise her children. “Farming lends itself well to raising a family,” Monica says. Instead of entering the workforce, Monica began helping out in various capacities around the farm. From hands-on work with cattle and pigs to administrative work in the office, Monica has become more and more involved throughout her marriage. “I’ve learned as I’ve gone,” she explains. “Having five generations behind us is a big driver. There is so much pride in that.”
The Schafers’ enthusiasm for farming and the animals they raise has been evident to their four children, especially their daughter Madi. Now a sophomore at South Dakota State University (SDSU), Maddie Schafer started showing cattle and pigs in 4-H in the first grade. “I was in early elementary school when I started to farrow and care for baby piglets,” Maddie says. As she got older, her desire to learn more about the industry grew. In ninth grade, Maddie had the opportunity to work with the Minnesota Pork Board as part of Oink Outings, which are pop-up booths around the state that connect the community with farmers and give them a look inside Minnesota pig farms. “I fell in love with the idea of being able to promote and share our story of agriculture,” Maddie says. Like Maddie, an increasing number of women are pursuing agricultural-related degrees in college, advocating for agriculture and the life of the farmer and taking on leadership roles in many agricultural organizations. They are also helping the matriarchs in the field to learn about the new technologies that can help increase the industry’s efficiencies and ultimately make them more money. The passion that grew out of Maddie’s experiences as a child that led her to choose both communications and agricultural leadership as her majors at SDSU. “I want to be able to have conversations with the consumers,” she says. “I want to bridge the gaps that exist between the farmers and their communities.”
BEYOND THE BARNS AND THE BOOKS Farming is much more than a career. “It’s a lifestyle,” Monica explains. “You don’t ‘go to work’ or ‘come home from work;’ work is your life.” And it’s a life she wouldn’t trade for any other career. Urban or rural, large or small, farming is a 24/7 job. Dedication is a prerequisite for this line of work. “There has been someone on our farm seven days a week since 1886,” says Monica. “Regardless of whether there is a wedding or a death or a vacation, the animals still need to be cared for.” 26
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For the past few years, Maddie Schafer has shown sheep and beef cattle as her 4-H projects
The Schafer kids knew this growing up, and they learned from it. “On Christmas, we would get up and do chores before we opened our presents,” Maddie explains. “All of us would help out so Dad wasn’t out working all day. As a child growing up on a farm, you learn patience, responsibility, dedication and commitment. Those are qualities I can pass down to my own children someday.” “The mornings when 5 a.m. came around a little early, I thought about the ways my family is supporting our community,” Maddie says. Putting food—healthy, sustainably-grown food—on the table of your neighbor seems like a pretty great motivator. “Farming isn’t just a way to make a living,” she says. “It’s a way to make a life.” Sarah Oslund is owner of Inspire Writing & Consulting, inspiremn.net.
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NOUN: A FOOD, DRINK OR DRUG THAT STIMULATES SEXUAL DESIRE
Sparkling Strawberry Provided by Sam Smith at Five West • muddle one fresh strawberry • 1 oz. St. Germaine elderflower liqueur • 1/4 oz. simple syrup • 1/4 oz. lemon juice Shake. Pour into champagne flute. Top with Elviana Rosé (semi-sparkling rosé wine). Garnish: Strawberry.
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• Oysters, one of the most notorious aphrodisiacs, are high in zinc and have a reputation for being great for love and fertility. Oysters contain amino acids that trigger production of sex hormones. • Chocolate is sensual, from its taste to its aroma, but dark chocolate contains small amounts of a compound called phenylethylamine, which acts like an amphetamine, stimulating your brain cells to release dopamine which induces feelings of pleasure. • Served with champagne and fed to each other, strawberries are a healthy, vitamin C-packed dessert that help keep blood flowing to all regions of the body. • Decadent, yet light as air, it just isn't dessert without whipped cream. While there's no evidence that whipped cream will boost libido, it's sure to put you in the mood. The above ingredients are starters for a good time, but feel free to explore and find personal, fanciful favorites of your own to try in the privacy of your own home. If you want to go out, there are places in Rochester to help you get in the mood with food and atmosphere. Oysters in the half shell at Pescara.
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White Satin Sheets
From Josh Kral at Pescara • 1 1/2 oz. Hendrick’s gin • 3/4 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur • squeeze of fresh lemon juice • 1/2 oz. simple syrup • 1 oz. white cranberry juice Shake with ice in shaker and strain into a martini glass. Garnish: Edible orchid.
WHERE THE FEELING IS RIGHT Cozy on up to the beautiful bar at Pescara for a round of oysters and the White Satin Sheets cocktail. You’ll find yourself floating away to happy land with a little white cranberry juice and some elderberry liquor all settled in with a beautiful edible flower, frozen in time and floating in your drink. Stop for some sexy food and drink at ZAest Cafe. Saying “ZZest” sounds sexy. As you walk in you are surrounded by beautiful light, artwork and incredible smells emanating from the open kitchen. Turn to your left for the best in plein air seating, with the soft lapping of water from the nearby river, the birds chirping happily, overhead strings of rustic lighting and a nice little warm breeze on your face. I guarantee there will be some romance (day or night). Let’s not forget dessert. Now that you have your juices flowing from a round of oysters, a wonderful dinner and a sweet breeze, make your next stop Five West, where the atmosphere reins in romanticism. The outdoor seating lends itself to honor a sensual feeling: fire within the tables facing west for that picturesque sunset. Dessert of Rocky Road Brownie Sundae with Carmelicious ice cream, toasted marshmallow fluff, toasted almonds, chocolate sauce and whipped cream, and an after dinner drink of Sparkling Strawberry will finish out your date night with some sincere pleasurable experiences. The rest of the evening is up to you!
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INFLUENCE ON THE NATIONAL PROHIBITION ACT BY AMY HAHN HE NATIONAL PROHIBITION ACT OF 1919 MAY HAVE RESULTED IN 13 YEARS OF WIDESPREAD, ORGANIZED CRIME, BUT FOR THE WOMAN’S CHRISTIAN TEMPERANCE UNION (WCTU) IT WAS A MORAL VICTORY, PROVIDING FAMILIES PROTECTION FROM ALCOHOL ADDICTION THAT HAD RESULTED IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND LOSS OF EMPLOYMENT, LEAVING MANY WOMEN AND CHILDREN DESTITUTE.
CREATING A NATIONAL ORGANIZATION By the 1800s, women were fed up with their lack of civil rights. They couldn’t vote, own property or have custody of children. They witnessed rampant alcohol consumption with detrimental societal effects. Instead of sitting quietly, they created an organization that supported various social reforms focusing on prohibition, education, public health, better working conditions and women’s suffrage. The WCTU became an official organization at its first national conference in Cleveland in 1874. Two years later, the International Woman’s Christian Temperance Union formed. At one time it was the largest women’s organization in the world, boasting over 370,000 members.
MINNESOTA’S ACTIVE CHAPTER Minnesota had one of the largest and most prominent WCTU chapters. Harriet Bishop, for whom Bishop Elementary School in Rochester is named, was influential in the growth of the state’s temperance movement.
Bishop moved to Minnesota in 1847 for a teaching position, founding the state’s first schoolhouse. A strong activist, especially in temperance and suffrage, Bishop traveled the state, encouraging women to organize local temperance clubs. The first local clubs were established between 1875 and 1877, leading to the creation of the WCTU of Minnesota in September 1877. Because of her efforts, Bishop is credited as the first organizer of the state’s WCTU chapter.
ROCHESTER TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT While Bishop helped lay the groundwork for the WCTU and its progressive agenda, it took people like Cora Ella Abernathy to carry on its mission. Abernathy moved from Iowa to Rochester in 1907 when her husband opened a private dental practice. She found her passion, spending 20 years as president of Rochester’s WCTU. Rochester WCTU members protested outside saloons and were often yelled at and threatened, even drenched with alcohol. They held rallies and protests and hosted annual state conventions. They used the power of the press to their advantage, writing articles about their cause in local newspapers. Abernathy had the support of Rochester Mayor Julius J. Reiter in her group’s temperance endeavors. Reiter passed and enforced several strict saloon and dance hall ordinances. According to the “Rochester Daily Post & Record” from December 17, 1917, “Dances are forbidden on Sunday and on weekdays except between 8 and 11 p.m. Unmarried girls under 18 are not allowed to be at the dance. Intoxicated persons…and drinking of intoxicating liquor in or around the dance hall is forbidden.” Reiter hired the city’s first policewoman to make sure his laws were followed. Mrs. Minnie Bowron watched the dance hall patrons with an eagle eye, arresting anyone who broke the rules.
PROHIBITION LAW AND LOCAL BUSINESSES During 1916 and 1917, Abernathy and other WCTU members participated in the state chapter’s effort to fill state legislature seats with politicians who supported their cause. Their dedication and hard work paid off. In January 1919, Minnesota became the 36th state to ratify the 18th amendment, making the production, sale and transport of alcohol illegal. The headline in the local paper the following day read: “Dry act now law, Rochester dry advocates intoxicated with joy at news.” The Rochester WCTU hosted a large celebratory event at a local church to mark the historic occasion. While Abernathy and other WCTU members were elated to see their dream become reality, the passage of the measure impacted local businesses. The 1919 “Rochester Directory” listed 16 saloons, but by the following year not one saloon remained. And Schuster’s Brewery, one of Rochester’s largest employers, shut its doors and never reopened. Owner Fred Schuster was quoted as blaming his company’s demise on the “women of the country.” Amy Hahn is a freelance writer.
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TAKING A TROLLEY TOUR OF LOCAL MICROBREWERIES BY KIM ZABEL PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIM ZABEL
S OUR GROUP GATHERS FOR OUR MICROBREWERY TROLLEY TOUR, WE NOTICE THAT OUR TROLLEY HAS A NAME. WE ARE ABOUT TO BOARD THE TROLLEY CHARLIE. IN FACT, ALL THE TROLLEYS, INCLUDING CHARLIE, AT THE ROCHESTER TROLLEY AND TOUR COMPANY ARE NAMED AFTER THE MAYO FAMILY AND PARTNERS: WILL, ALFRED, W.W. MAYO, AND HENRY.
Historically, many streetcars were often named after locations and/or famous leaders (Louisiana, Napoleon and Jackson, for example), and, yes, there was even a streetcar named Desire. Whether it is trolley cars, microbreweries or beers, a good reason exists for every name.
FIRST STOP: FORAGER BREWING COMPANY Forager Brewing Company derives its name from the process used to forage ingredients in their hand-crafted brews from local growers. Simply put, foraging is the act of searching for food or provisions. While at Forager, we are able to sample several different beers, from lightest to darkest, the first being a brew named Minnesota Uncommon. Christine Grams Gilk (left) and What is uncommon about Nikki Kranebell (right) taste beer in the Minnesota Uncommon? pop up room at Forager. Owner Sean Allen says, “There is a style of beer called California Common, but our brewers are doing our version of the same style of beer. Because it isn’t common here in Minnesota, we call it Minnesota Uncommon.”
SECOND STOP: LTS BREWING COMPANY LTS Brewing Company gets its name from the adage, “Life’s too short to drink bad beer.” And good beers also come with good names. During the tour, we are able to sample a flight of four beers, namely Karma (a light, easily palatable beer), Fun (a bit more on the hoppy side), Inspiration (an IPA that is really on the hoppy side), and Ctrl-Alt-Del (a dark beer with caramel and coffee flavors). Brandon Schulz, engineer by day and LTS brewer by night, says, “Ctrl-Alt-Del was named because it was a reboot of the northern German Altbier style.” 32
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THIRD STOP: KINNEY CREEK BREWERY Kinney Creek Brewery was the first brewery to open its doors in Rochester since Prohibition over 90 years ago. The brewery was named for a creek just south of Rochester where it was originally planned to be located before the laws changed. “Prior to 2011, tap Chad Kranebell (left) and George Eckman (right) rooms weren’t allowed play Hammerschlagen at Kinney Creek. in Rochester,” owner Donovan Seitz says. “We began with a beer named Lady Liberty and then were offered three more beers of our choosing.” Kinney Creek offers a variety of games to ease interaction with friends and other beer aficionados at the brewery. For the daring at heart, Jenga stands tall, beckoning you from the center of the room. They also offer board games, cards and a game called Hammerschlagen, which in German means “hammer striking.” Although the games were engaging, the beer is named the real winner in our group.
FOURTH STOP: GRAND ROUNDS BREW PUB The name Grand Rounds was chosen carefully based on creating both a sense of community and a learning environment. The term “grand rounds” is used in the medical community as a gathering where learning can take place. Today, medical grand rounds are oftentimes meetings and discussions that occur in auditoriums and lecture halls. Historically, however, medical grand rounds took place at a patient bedside. At Grand Rounds, we are provided with four different brews. We sample Kraus Anderson Minnesota-Kolsch, Hop Bollocks Session IPA, Freedom Strong Scotch Ale, and Hawaii 507 Coconut Stout, named for the coconut and bourbon vanilla bean flavors added to the brew. The lesson we learn at Grand Rounds—and throughout the tour—is this: No matter what your favorite beer is called, and no matter what trolley you ride in, a Rochester microbrewery tour is a hopping good time. Kim Zabel, a Plainview-based freelance writer and photographer, is a musician, artist, Zumba instructor, and lover of the land here in Minnesota.
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BY JENNIFER GANGLOFF PHOTOGRAPHY BY MIKE HARDWICK PHOTOGRAPHY
ICHELLE BRANDENBURGER IS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAD MANAGED TO AVOID THE HOSPITAL MOST OF HER LIFE. SHE GOT REGULAR CHECKUPS AND MAMMOGRAMS AND ADMITS TO HAVING A LOW PAIN TOLERANCE. "MY SISTER CALLS ME A WIMP," BRANDENBURGER JOKES.
So it was an especially harsh blow last October when Brandenburger, now 49, was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma, the most common type of breast cancer, and hospitals and pain became her new normal. She underwent a bilateral mastectomy and several months of chemotherapy. "The surgery was bad, but the chemo was even worse," she says. "The fatigue, the nausea, the neuropathy—it's been pretty bad."
CALM AMIDST THE CHAOS One bright spot is a waterfall garden, installed through the Healing Waters Project, a partnership between Whitewater Gardens, Join the Journey and Rochester Women magazine to benefit breast cancer survivors. Tucked alongside the Brandenburger family's backyard deck at their home in Rochester, the waterfall offers a calming retreat from the medical chaos. Brandenburger says, "It's just gorgeous. We can sit in the living room and hear the waterfall. We are so looking forward to summer, when I can spend some time outside enjoying it."
Michelle Brandenburger was surrounded by her family and friends on the day of her Healing Waters installation.
The waterfall was installed in May by Michael Otte, owner of Whitewater Gardens in St. Charles, and his crew, with Reinders of Rochester donating mechanical pieces to operate the water feature. This marks the 10th water feature that Otte has donated for Healing Waters. Dedicated to the cause, Otte and his crew hand-pick the field stone boulders, some of which weigh hundreds of pounds, and spend hours tweaking the design and installation every year. "There's always lots of discussion about the perfect way to fit the rocks together," he says. "Each water feature we do is a new challenge."
GARDEN TOUR FEATURE The Brandenburger waterfall is among five private gardens that will be featured in the Rochester Garden and Flower Club 2016 Annual Garden Tour, on Thursday, July 21, for $15 per person (18 and under free). "Mike does amazing work and is a creative, caring and compassionate person," says Connie Parrett of the Garden Club. "It has been wonderful to have the garden featured in the Rochester Garden Tour," says Christine Fredriksen, executive director of Join the Journey, a Rochester-based nonprofit organization that supports survivors and promotes breast cancer awareness. "We hope that this program will continue to bring hope and healing to local breast cancer survivors. We are grateful for the partnerships and the many hardworking volunteers who make this program possible." A week later, on Wednesday, July 27 from 4-8:30 p.m. is Olmsted County's 2016 Tour with the Masters, a private garden tour for only $5 per person. Both the Garden and Flower Club and the Master's tours are self-guided tours, with the option of touring via trolley with the Rochester Trolley & Tour Co.
HOPE FOR THE FUTURE For Brandenburger, the future does bring hope, even if it also comes with a hint of fear and more surgery on the horizon. "It's been difficult for everybody," says Brandenburger, who with her husband, Wes, has two children, Sophie, age 9, and Nicholas, 11. "My husband has really stepped up to do everything around the house and has taken lots of time off work. It's been very hard on my kids, especially my daughter, and they wonder why I'm so tired and can't do things with them. But it's getting better now." Brandenburger, a teacher at Hawthorne Education Center, has been able to work more since finishing chemo, which she chose to stop a bit ahead of schedule because of intolerable side effects. She's also been a frequent volunteer in Sophie's classroom. "I've had amazing support from my family, friends, students and colleagues," she says. "I've missed a lot of work, and to come back to work again and be supported has really been helpful through this process. It's been an amazing last seven months despite my diagnosis."
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Jennifer Gangloff is a Rochester-based freelance editor and writer and a 16-year cancer survivor. RWmagazine.com July/August 2016
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hen Jonathan and Tricia Torrens-Burton crave a pint of foamy ale or a rousing game of darts, they always can frequent “The King George.” Their favorite pub is never more than a few steps and a few stairs away. Descending down stairs past the picture of the Union Flag, they enter their private pub, passing under the most British of cheers overhead “God Save The Queen.”
The Torrens-Burton family has an authentic connection to the Queen’s realm. Jonathan is a true Brit. Born in Southampton, England, he came to America 22 years ago and now holds dual citizenship in the United Kingdom and the United States. Jonathan returns to England every year to see his British relatives. “For him, England is home,” says his Minnesota-born spouse. When they found remodeling specialist Elias Construction, L.L.C. of Byron through a friend in the construction industry, their lowest floor was used merely for storage space. During a five-month period from late 2014 to the following spring, the Torrens-Burtons and Elias Construction built the pub-themed room and a guest bedroom/bathroom.
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The King George’s freestanding bar, the centerpiece to the pub, stretches 9 feet long and is parallel to another 9-foot wet bar, where drinks and food are prepared. The most unique features in the oakwood bars are the countertops. They gleam with hundreds of British and American pennies, all sealed into a bed of clear epoxy. From the right angle, a viewer can spot the Union Flag—the flag of the United Kingdom—drawn out in pennies.
The King George fills much of the lower level in the Torrens-Burton home in rural Oronoco. The couple indulged British roots when, after a dozen years in their home, they decided to finish their walk-out basement. They figured “If we’re going to finish it, let’s do something different and fun down there,” Tricia says. 36
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UMMERTIME IS A FINE TIME TO GATHER WITH GAL PALS FOR A SUCCULENT BRUNCH, A BOX LUNCH OR AN HERBILICIOUS TAPPA TIME. IF IT’S YOUR TURN TO DO THE ENTERTAINING, PLAY YOUR CLEVER CARD WITH UPCYCLED CONTAINERS PLUCKED FROM THEIR USUAL ABODE AND PLACED CENTER STAGE UPON YOUR TABLE. PREVIOUSLY PLANTED VINTAGE VESSELS CAN EASILY BE TRANSFORMED FROM GARDEN GOODS TO CHIC CENTERPIECES WITH A FEW SIMPLE ALTERATIONS.
SUCCULENT SHOW STOPPER Succulents are a favorite of mine for a variety of reasons. They’re exquisite, thrive on neglect and almost impossible to kill. It’s hard not to love a low-maintenance beauty. I spotted two little vintage lovelies at TaDa! Consign in Rochester and knew instantly how to put them back to work. Succulents are arid plants so a strainer is an ideal receptacle for my pretty friends. I originally planted the enamel strainer and added the cute little milk glass creamer as a candleholder to provide ambient evening porch light. For my brunch table I replaced the candle with a summertime bouquet. Delicate white napkins, pretty plates, juice and an egg bake complete the brunch ensemble.
PUT THIS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST If lunch is what you’re serving I have a perky centerpiece idea for you. Shopping at Rustic Bloom in Stewartville yielded an adorable vintage lunch bucket. The container’s daily purpose is to grow wheat grass for my smoothies. Wheat grass is super simple to plant and germinates in just a few days. Look for seeds at your local greenhouse or your neighborhood health food store in the bulk section. The lush green grass provides the backdrop for a quick and easy centerpiece solution. I placed my flowers in floral water tubes and stuck them in the dirt. After your tabletop center of attraction is ready to go, gather some additional dining components that play well in the sandbox with your main attraction to complete your table presentation. What’s for lunch? I’m feeling like a salad fresh from the garden, a baguette and a tall, cool glass of freshly squeezed lemonade fit the bill.
HAPPY HOUR HERBS Tappa time is my favorite time of the day to gather with my girls. A glass or two of wine is typically up for grabs. A small plate menu, fine wine and a gathering of friends calls for a fragrant, sweet-smelling herb bouquet for the table. I like to think of myself as a chef so I have a wide variety of herbs growing in the kitchen windowsill for easy access. During one of my many shopping excursions to Adourn in Chatfield, I purchased a well-worn aluminum cone strainer and wooden pestle. I gave it a just-right for the kitchen makeover with a coat of white paint, a lining of moss and trio of herbs. The wooden pestle came back to its former gorgeous self with a quick coat of gel stain and was added to the mix. I opted not to add any fresh floral to the arrangement as the herbs stand alone nicely. From windowsill to tabletop, this garden great is a true master of the multitask. The repurposing of vintage wares for your entertaining ways is fast, affordable and fun. The next time you head out shopping for your home, put your creative cap on and look at items with a different eye. It’s a wonderful way to add individuality to your decor inspired by your own imagination. Byline: Sue Whitney is a best-selling author, “Better Homes & Gardens” editor, nationally renowned public speaker, founder and owner of JUNKMARKET Style and the nation’s leading expert in the vintage re-design industry. To learn more about Sue visit junkmarketstyle.com.
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WRITING ON CARINGBRIDGE McCarthy utilized CaringBridge, a free blogging website for patients, to post updates about her condition for family and friends. It was through these initial writings that her readers encouraged her to translate the writings into a book that might inspire others. In December 2011, McCarthy successfully completed her final treatment and was declared cancer free just in time for her planned pilgrimage. When she returned, she devoted her efforts to writing her story.
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ROCHESTER WRITERS GROUP New to the publishing industry, and with no idea where to begin, McCarthy looked for assistance from Rochester Public Library. There she was introduced to the Rochester MN Writers Group, led by local author Mike Kalmbach. This group of writers and authors meets twice monthly and offers objective critiques of each other’s writing, as well as helpful information related to navigating the publishing industry. McCarthy became an active member and credits its members for helping shape her manuscript into the final draft of her book. For guidance on publishing, she turned to friend and author, Emily Cavins, who recommended self-publishing through Author House. After nearly three years of rewrites and edits, the autobiographical account of McCarthy’s journey was finally released. McCarthy says the HEN YOUR DIAGNOSIS IS BRAIN CANCER title, “A Pilgrimage of Hope: A Story of Faith and Medicine,” is a delibAND THE LOCATION IS INOPERABLE, THE erate play on words that represents not only her nine-month journey FUTURE CAN FEEL DAUNTING. ROCHESTER RESI- through cancer treatments, but the importance of faith, which gave her DENT MARY MCCARTHY LIVED THESE FEARS AND courage, and the long-awaited pilgrimage to the Holy Land. McCarthy sees the book as her “attempt to fulfill God’s will” and WROTE ABOUT THEM IN HER AUTOBIOGRAPHY, hopes it will provide encouragement and hope to others embarking on “A PILGRIMAGE OF HOPE: A STORY OF FAITH their own cancer journeys. “Trust God. He has a plan for everyone,” is AND MEDICINE.” the message McCarthy hopes readers will take away from her story. The story of McCarthy’s illness began in March 2011 with what she “A Pilgrimage of Hope: A Story of Faith and Medicine” is available for assumed was a fainting spell. “I was healthy that morning,” she remempurchase online through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and at Hunt’s bers, but by mid-afternoon she experienced the first of many seizures Drug and Gift located in Rochester’s Silver Lake Shopping Center. that were later diagnosed as Grade Three Oligoastrocytoma, a low-grade McCarthy and her book will be available at Thursdays on First and form of brain cancer. Third through a booth provided by the Rochester MN Writers Group. For more information on McCarthy’s novel or to discuss a speaking NOT ON MY TO-DO LIST engagement, email email@example.com. “Brain tumor was not on my list of things to do,” McCarthy jokes. “I had mailed a deposit (that morning) for a trip to a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in January of 2012.” Catherine H. Armstrong holds a degree in Journalism from Over the next six weeks McCarthy’s seizures continued, requiring the University of Oklahoma and is the author of The Edge many overnight stays at Mayo Clinic. “Nights in the hospital were loneof Nowhere, a fictional account of her family’s survival ly, and I shared my fears with the Lord and was consoled,” McCarthy during the 1930s Oklahoma Dust Bowl. For more says. She explains that these devotionals helped her information, visit her website at charmstrongbooks.com.
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ICTURE THIS: HAPPY HOUR WITH YOUR CLOSEST GROUP OF GIRLFRIENDS. THE DRINKS ARE DELIVERED, AND THE MOOD IS CHEERY. A NUMBER OF TOPICS OCCUPY THE CONVERSATION AS YOU CATCH UP ON THE RECENT EVENTS OF EACH OTHER’S LIVES, FROM PROMOTIONS TO PARENTING, ROMANCE, EXERCISE ROUTINES, VACATIONS AND…URINARY INCONTINENCE? HOLD THE MARGARITAS. WHO’S TALKING ABOUT BLADDER PROBLEMS? DON’T THESE ISSUES ONLY AFFECT WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE?
In a word, no. Urinary incontinence (UI) is a common problem that affects women of all ages, from collegiate athletes to new moms to women transitioning into menopause. According to the National Association for Continence, one in four women over age 18 experience episodes of leaking urine involuntarily—altogether, a total of approximately 18 million in the United States. Do the math, and it’s very likely the face of UI is sitting across the table enjoying a half-priced drink and contemplating an order of bruschetta.
IDENTIFYING THE CAUSES OF UI UI isn’t a disease; it’s a symptom. According to experts at Mayo Clinic, there are several types, and identifying each correctly is important in order to address the potential causes.
Stress urinary incontinence
UI type and cause table information provided by Niki Cookson
Leakage of urine when there is increased pressure on the bladder, which can happen with cough, sneeze, and laugh or during exercise.
CAUSES Lack of support and weakness of the pelvic floor muscles. Potential contributing factors include: pregnancy, childbirth, injury or trauma to the lower back/hips or tailbone, pelvic surgery and deconditioning Hip strength is also an important factor.
Urge urinary incontinence
Leakage of urine when a person feels a sudden urge to urinate.
Weak or ”under active” pelvic floor muscles, OR “Overactive” pelvic floor muscles, where the muscles are chronically held tight resulting in the shortening of the muscle and development of trigger points in both the muscle and fascia.
Mixed urinary incontinence
Varied depnding on type.
DEFINITION Includes symptoms of both stress and urge urinary incontinence.
Mixed urinary incontinence
Contributing factors include: joint pain, general muscle weakness, difficulty with mobility and dementia/confusion.
Occurs when the person cannot physically get to the toilet in time.
DEBUNKING THE MYTHS Many women believe that it is normal to have incontinence. “They think it is just an accepted part of aging,” says Laura Meihofer, PT, DPT, ATC, a pelvic floor physical therapist and certified athletic trainer who treats women in Mayo Clinic’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. “But this is entirely not true. Just because you delivered children or are of a certain age does not mean you have a life sentence of wearing incontinence pads.” Understanding the myths of UI is key to addressing it comprehensively. Myth 1: Incontinence is just a normal part of aging. Women are not destined to have urine leakage once they reach a certain age. Pelvic floor muscles can be strengthened, just like biceps or quadriceps. Myth 2: Childbirth causes irreversible problems "down there." While women often do experience a loss of bladder control after pregnancy, it's usually temporary and can be resolved with therapy and other interventions. Myth 3: You just have to live with it. In most cases, urinary incontinence can be greatly reduced or eliminated through therapies, medications or, in a few cases, surgery. Unfortunately, many women choose to suffer in silence. Not only must they contend with the physical symptoms of UI, they also bear a great deal of emotional pain. According to the experts, it is important to seek treatment for both sides of the issue. “Many women feel a loss of control and a great deal of embarrassment,” says Meihofer. “But they benefit greatly from addressing their issues in safe space where they feel comfortable to share, and from receiving education and tools to feel empowered and encouraged about their outcomes.”
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of interventions, including physical therapy, behavioral techniques, medications, medical devices and, in some cases, surgical procedures. Pelvic floor physical therapy is a common, non-invasive treatment for UI that includes evaluation and treatment of joint dysfunction, URINARY muscle tightness, weakness and INCONTINENCE AND muscular imbalances of the pelvis. According to Niki Cookson, PT, THE “PEE” ACRONYM DPT, an instructor of physical Promotion: Awareness therapy at Mayo Clinic trained of the issue is key. specifically in pelvic health, “The most important goal for women Education: Prevalence is suffering from UI is to optimize common: One third of the health of their pelvic floor women will experience a muscles. This can be done with pelvic floor disorder in targeted exercises to improve their lifetime. muscle strength and reduce faulty Empowerment: Tools patterns of muscle recruitment.” like exercises and Meihofer concurs. “I employ behavioral bladder researched-based methods to retraining strategies improve or resolve the effects instill confidence toward of UI,” she says. “Beginning a resolution. with hip, stomach and gluteal strengthening, which works in conjunction with the pelvic floor muscles, then typically transitioning to behavior modification.” Behavior modification can include monitoring or modifying the amounts and types of fluid and food we consume each day. According to Meihofer, “Eating and drinking certain things can irritate the bladder,
and when bladder lining is irritated it will give us the urge to urinate. I liken it to squeezing a lemon in your eye; you have no other choice than to blink to get the irritant out of your eye.” For some women whose symptoms don't respond to conservative treatment, surgery may be an option. While UI surgery is invasive and has a higher risk of complications than many other therapies, it can also provide a long-term solution in severe cases. Jack Perrone, MD, is a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist at Olmsted Medical Center, specializing in urogynecology, pelvic organ prolapse surgery, incontinence surgery and minimally invasive gynecological surgery, among other procedures.
RESOURCES AND RECOMMENDATIONS In the process of addressing UI, knowledge is empowering. Knowing the statistics and scope of their issues helps women normalize their condition, experts say, giving them confidence to open the conversation with others and discover they are not alone. If UI is seriously impacting your life, talk to a qualified expert who will provide an unbiased review of your options. Above all, experts say, find someone with whom you feel comfortable and who will develop a comprehensive solution or program to address your goals. To start your research, Cookson recommends the following resources: • voicesforpfd.org • hermanwallace.com • womenshealthapta.org Laurie Simon is a freelance writer living in Rochester, Minnesota.
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IVING WITH A TERMINAL ILLNESS CAN BE AN ISOLATING EXPERIENCE ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAVE YOUNG CHILDREN. ACCORDING TO THE HIGHMARK CARING FOUNDATION, ONE IN EVERY 20 CHILDREN AGE 15 OR YOUNGER WILL SUFFER THE LOSS OF ONE OR BOTH PARENTS. CHILDREN OF AILING PARENTS MAY FEEL ISOLATED OR HAVE TROUBLE EXPRESSING THEIR EMOTIONS, WHILE PARENTS MAY FEAR THEIR LEGACY WILL BE LOST. Inheritance of Hope is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity helping young families cope with the loss of a parent. This organization was established by the Milligan family. Kristen Milligan and her husband, Deric, had three young children when Kristen was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. Kristen’s goal was to leave a legacy for her children while helping other families in the same situation.
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Inheritance of Hope believes in making memories. Betsy Ogren, Legacy Retreat coordinator says, “We host retreats for families with life-threatening illnesses and children under the age of 18. These all-expenses paid retreats are held throughout the year in popular destinations like Orlando and New York City." Ogren says, “At Legacy Retreats, each family member participates in group sessions with their peers. We recognize that each family member is uniquely touched by a parent's diagnosis. Children's sessions focus on expressing and managing feelings, while adult sessions include intentional legacy building activities such as creating videos to leave for their families."
GETTIN’ NUTTY The Nut House Challenge (NHC) is a race created by Triton Events, a Rochester-based company that manages 5ks, 10ks, half marathons and triathlons. Last year, Cathy Sell, the race coordinator, came up with the name of the race and designed the NHC logo, as well as Nibbles, the NHC mascot engraved on each medal. Jason Fischer, owner of Triton Events says, “We wanted something that was unique, so we came up with the NHC idea. The only other race like this is the one at Walt Disney World.” The NHC offers individual 5k, 10k and half marathon races, along with “Half Cracked” and “Totally Nuts” races along the scenic Rochester trail system. “Half Cracked” includes a 5k on Friday, July 8 and a 10k on Saturday, July 9. If you’re feeling “Totally Nuts,” you can run the 5k on Friday, the 10k on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday. “The NHC kids’ race is new this year,” says Fischer. Children can run one mile on Friday, Saturday or Sunday or on all three days. Anyone can sign up to participate in the NHC. There are no time limits, so you can run or walk at your own pace. The races start and finish at Soldiers Field Park.
MORE NUTTY ACTIVITIES Load up on carbs at the pasta dinner at Soldiers Field Saturday night. The dinner is $12 per person and free for children 5 and under. Fischer says, “At 5 p.m., Omar’s Kitchen from Kasson is providing the pasta dinner and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Inheritance of Hope.” “This year’s Presenting Sponsor is Thatcher Pools & Spas. They were also a sponsor last year and brought a pool where runners could cool off after each run,” says Fischer. There is also an inflatable bounce house for the kids to enjoy provided by Rochester Inflatables. Grand Rounds Brew Pub is also supporting the event. “Last year they came to every race and provided one free beer to each finisher. Every day was a different flavor,” says Fischer. Come join the fun July 8-10. Use the discount code RWIOH for 10 percent off your registration, inheritanceofhope.org/nuthouse. Nicole L. Czarnomski is a freelance writer. RWmagazine.com July/August 2016
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COOL SMALL TOWNS AROUND ROCHESTER BY AMANDA WINGREN
F YOU'RE LOOKING FOR ENTERTAINMENT THIS SUMMER, WHY NOT EXPLORE SOME OF THE ECLECTIC SMALL TOWNS AROUND ROCHESTER? THERE ARE TOO MANY TO MENTION IN JUST ONE ARTICLE, SO TAKE A DAY TRIP OR WEEKEND AWAY, AND LET US KNOW WHAT YOU FIND!
DUE NORTH Zumbrota stands out as a fantastic small town only a half-hour drive north of Rochester. Zumbrota is notable not only for being the home of Minnesota's last authentic covered bridge, but also for the quaint downtown area, numerous historic buildings and wide array of great independently-owned shopping opportunities. In the background of the many art festivals, fashion shows and other exciting annual events that Zumbrota hosts is a stronghold of locally-owned shops. A trip to Zumbrota promises no end of tempting handcrafted, heirloom-quality goods, from the gorgeous shoes and handbags at Luya Shoes and Other Fine Things, to the handmade jewelry, paintings and other artisan goods at Crossings at Carnegie. While you're visiting, check out the historic State Theatre and the History Center or book a night for camping in the Covered Bridge Park.
DOWN SOUTH A short 15-minute drive south of Rochester, Stewartville offers a great escape from the city. Check out the miles of hiking and biking trails that connect Bear Cave Park along the Root River to Meadow Park, or spend the afternoon picnicking in the pavilions, playing sand volleyball or fishing in the pond at Florence Park. Pack a few blankets and lawn chairs and be sure to catch an outdoor movie in the park held once a month throughout the summer. The Stewartville Farmers Market is held every Wednesday on Main Street from May 25 to September 28, and offers delicious goods from home-based businesses and food vendors. All products are sourced locally to support local families and businesses.
Looking for a challenge for yourself or for your kids? Look no further than Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch, where you'll find the thrill of a zip line, multiple challenge courses, a bouldering wall, archery, trail rides and more.
GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE A half-hour drive to the east of Rochester, St. Charles is widely known as the gateway to Whitewater State Park, yet also offers a unique variety of fun summer activities. If you're looking to catch some rays, the Mel Brownell Aquatic Center is open from June 4 to August 21, 1-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., every day. If you're looking for something completely new, participate in the St. Charles GeoCaching Adventure, an open activity that involves using a GPS to find hidden containers. There are three caches hidden within the city limits, and the challenge is to find and collect a card from each cache, which can be subsequently cashed in to purchase a commemorative St. Charles medallion. The challenge is hosted throughout the summer. St. Charles' Gladiolus Days is a unique festival held August 2128, a festival of flowers that compliments the natural beauty of the picturesque limestone bluffs and deep ravines of the area. Be sure to check out the schedule of events online.
RIDE OFF INTO THE SUNSET A half hour to the west of Rochester, Mantorville is home to one of the best places in SE Minnesota to watch live theatre at the Mantorville Theatre Company in the historic 1917 Opera House. Whether you're looking to get involved and want to audition for a role in the melodramas or are happy enough just to go and watch, the theatre welcomes all. Charming, historic downtown Mantorville also offers the Mantorville Art Guild, an art gallery and classroom space, the Mantorville Brewing microbrewery, the Milton House and canoeing, fishing or camping at Riverside Park. Or, if you're just looking for an easy day out, take a stroll along Main Street and enjoy the many independent restaurants and shops along the way. When you are out exploring this summer, take pictures and send them to editor@RWmagazine.com or post on the RochesterWomen magazine Facebook page. You may be featured in a future issue! Amanda Wingren is a freelance writer. RWmagazine.com July/August 2016
Rollin’ on the River
PASSION TEST HELPS WOMEN FIND PURPOSE
BY LUANN BUECHLER
ATER SKI DAYS ARE JUST ONE OF THE SUMMER OF WATER ACTIVITIES AN HOUR EAST OF ROCHESTER ON THE WIDE SPOT OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER KNOWN AS LAKE PEPIN. FLOAT ON A BOAT (RAFTS NOT RECOMMENDED) TO FEEL AS FREE AS HUCKLEBERRY FINN ON THE MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI RIVER.
There are floating and flying options galore around Lake Pepin. The Pearl of the Lake paddleboat out of Lake City is great for groups or a romantic sunset cruise. Brand new to the area is exhilarating Eagle Hang Gliding where you and an instructor take to the thermals to glide above the water. Sailing is a long-time favorite, and both WIMNSail and Sail Pepin will take you sailing out of the Pepin, Wisconsin marina. Further down the River, in Alma, Wisconsin, docks Fun ‘N The Sun houseboats. You can rent the houseboat and spend a few days or a week on the water exploring and relaxing. This is one of a numerous ways to explore the river without having to own a boat.
MEET CAPTAIN BETH Fifteen years ago a web designer from Minneapolis got on a sailboat in Pepin, Wisconsin and never left. Ten minutes after the captain asked, “You wanna drive?”, she was hooked. It was a great hobby for her and anyone who meets Beth Anderson quickly learns of her passion for sailing. She eventually bought a boat and started badgering her friends to go out on the water with her. When people said she should make it her business, she said she kept it a hobby because when you turn what you love into a business you lose the attraction.
FOLLOWING YOUR PASSION Then Beth was introduced to the Passion Test, a tool for finding your passions and life purpose. What ended up on the top of her list? Sailing and all it brought with it. After a time of reflection, she got her U.S. Coast Guard Captain’s license and now takes people on
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say that only 20 percent of us are living a passionate life. Imagine a life where you are motivated and inspired to choose in favor of your passions. Living your life where everything that you care about is happening right before your eyes and living your dreams is a reality. Captain Beth owns a boat “The difference from and sails 70-plus days a year because of the personal where I was last year insights gained by doing the when you facilitated the Passion Test. What messages Passion Test for me and are you speaking to yourself that are holding you back where I am today—miles, from living a passionate life?
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miles, and miles apart. I can’t thank you enough for helping me find my passions and showing me it not only was okay to go for them, but that my life would have more meaning.”–Sonja
In September, Captain Beth and I are teaming up for a River Trek where we will take six women on a luxury houseboat for four days of JOY—a Journey of YOU. Come along and relax, think, share and enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds us while floating on the Mississippi river. Soak up the sun, take a dip, eat great food, enjoy the sunset with a glass of wine with your new friends. Along the way you will discover what you are passionate about. This trek also includes personal coaching throughout our journey. You can see more information at transformationaltrek.com.
MISSISSIPPI RIVER WEBSITES Eagle Hang Gliding (eaglehanggliding.com) Fun ‘N the Sun Houseboats (funsun.com) Pearl of the Lake Paddle Boats (pearlofthelake.com) Red Wing Environmental Learning Center (redwingelc.com) Sail Pepin (SailPepin.com)
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ITH THE RELEASE OF HIS POEM “CHICAGO” IN 1916, CARL SANDBURG PUT CHICAGO SQUARELY ON THE MAP. THE POEM CELEBRATES THE PROUD WORKING CLASS RESIDENTS OF CHICAGO AND THE IMPACT THE CITY HAD ON THE GROWTH OF THIS COUNTRY. THE POEM ALSO VAULTED SANDBURG TO CELEBRITY STATUS IN CHICAGO.
Chicago is commonly known as the “Windy City,” and most folks assume the nickname refers to the epic winds that blow off Lake Michigan and whistle through the cavernous skyscraper-lined city streets. But, in fact, the moniker was a result of the many brash and long-winded politicians of yesteryear. Chicago is also lesser-known as the “Paris of the Prairie,” as city planners, a century ago, had great plans to design the city similar to Paris. However, when the Great Depression hit, much of the plan was abandoned. Chicago itself is a study in contrasts—a metropolitan oasis nestled between the aquamarine beauty of Lake Michigan and the corn fields of the Midwestern plains. Chicago is an amazing city, truly a world unto itself.
PUT YOUR PLAN IN MOTION Chicago is designed for getaways, with multiple ways to get there. From Rochester, you can drive the 350 miles and arrive in about six hours, or you can fly or ride the train. American Airlines offers direct service to Chicago from Rochester, and with a flight time of just over an hour you can arrive fresh and ready to take in the sights. Depending on when you go to Chicago, roundtrip tickets typically cost approximately $275-$300 per person. Board the Amtrak train in Winona to view the countryside and small towns along the journey; however, switching and sharing tracks with freight trains may cause delays. The National Park Service Trails & Rails program provides passengers activities to connect with historic and natural resources seen between Winona and Chicago. You can bring food and beverages or purchase from the train cafe.
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A WHIRLWIND OF ATTRACTIONS Marcy Baker, owner of Adler’s Rochester Travel, offers some suggestions for sights to see and things to do in Chicago, depending on the type of getaway you want to plan. Girlfriends getaway: Go shopping on Magnificent Mile, view a comedy show, visit one of the many hotels that feature deluxe spa services or explore the city with a bicycle rental. Romantic getaway: Visit a spa, enjoy the plethora of dining options, walk the lakefront trail along Lake Michigan, attend a free concert at Millennium Park or see a headliner at the iconic Chicago Theatre. Family getaway: Visit “The Bean” at Millennium Park, watch a Cubs game at Wrigley Field, tour 360 Chicago (formerly the John Hancock Observatory), visit the Willis Tower SkyDeck or explore the Art Institute of Chicago, Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium. Other popular attractions include Navy Pier, Museum of Science and Industry, Adler Planetarium and Grant Park, including a visit to Buckingham Fountain. Because Chicago is well-known for its daring and eclectic architecture, a walking tour is not to be missed.
WHY GO? WHY NOT! Chicago is a very popular destination for vacations because so many of the attractions are near one another, and there’s truly something for everyone. Plus, Chicago is very visitor friendly. Amy Brase, of Oronoco, says of her visit to Chicago last August, “Every family should visit Chicago at least once. From the towering skyscrapers of the city skyline to the clever sculptures at Millennium Park and the endless attractions under the night lights at Navy Pier, our kids were enamored with the Windy City. One of their favorite attractions was the Museum of Science and Industry. We also celebrated a birthday at the flagship American Girl store and were thrilled with our experience at the American Girl Cafe. Overall, the city was much more kid-friendly than we guessed it would be.” If you’re looking for a fun getaway this summer or fall, Chicago’s non-stop attractions and entertainment are for everyone. It’s perfect for a getaway with the family, girlfriends or that special someone. Cindy Mennenga, owner of Straight-Talk Wellness, is a health coach and freelance writer based in Rochester.
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Deadline for submitting events for RochesterWomen September/October 2016 issue is July 31, 2016. Send events to calendar@RWmagazine.com Events in purple are sponsored by RochesterWomen magazine. *(507 area code unless stated)
JUNE 25-OCTOBER 22
Riverwalk Market Fair, Bridge Square Northfield, artists, performers and organic farmers, Saturdays, 9 am-1 pm, riverwalkmarketfair.org
JUNE 25-JULY 17
Minnesota Beethoven Festival, Winona, celebrate the legacy of Beethoven in an unequaled environment of performance, 474-9055, mnbeethovenfestival.org
JULY 4, 11, 18 & 25 AUGUST 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
Free Zumba on the Plaza, The Peace Plaza, free, fun event that will give you a workout, 5:30-7 p.m., sarapennington.zumba.com
The Ultimate Tribute to Johnny Cash with Terry Lee Goffee, State Theatre, Goffee, a renowned Johnny Cash impersonator, will perform Cash’s cherished classics, 8 pm, 732-7616, crossingsatcarnegie.com
JULY 8 AND 9 7th Annual Hambone Music Festival, affordable family-friendly event is held on the grounds of Olmsted County History Center, hambonemusicfestival.com.
Go for the Gold 5K Run, 3K Walk and Kids Races, Silver Lake, fundraiser for Brighter Tomorrow's to help those dealing with childhood cancer, 8:30 am, goforthegoldrochester.com
Greater Rochester Rotary ‘Believe in Me’ Bike Ride, Mayo High School, proceeds help fund scholarship efforts and other Rotary Youth Programs, 7 am, 250-3726, grrbikeride.org
Movies in the Park-Jurassic World, Central Park, bring your lawn chair or blanket for this free, family-friendly outdoor event, 9 pm, 216-9882, downtownrochestermn.com
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Rochester FCA Youth Sports Camp, RCTC Field House and Stadium, a camp for young athletes wanting to develop their skills and character, 9 am-3 pm, 398-9894, minnesotafca.org
Sacred the Land, Sacred the Earth, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, explore the 60-year history of this sacred piece of earth, 6:30-7:30 pm, 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org
GLCS Annual Pridefest, a celebration of the LGBT community with parades, movie nights, and more, various times, glcsmn.org
Summer at The Civic Patio Concert Series presents: KnuFunk, Rochester Civic Theatre, free concert along with available food from Grand Rounds Brewing Company, 5-10 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org
Relay For Life of Olmsted County, Rochester Community and Technical College, 5 pm-2 am, 264-4834, main.acsevents.org
The 39 Steps, Rochester Civic Theatre, acclaimed, theatrical riff on Hitchcock’s film, Fri. and Sat.: 7 pm; Sun.: 2 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org
Living History Fair, History Center of Olmsted County, weekend of 1800s interactive events including demonstrators, vendors, and reenactors, Sat. 9 am-6 pm; Sun. 9 am-3 pm, 282-9447, olmstedhistory.com
Rochester Women Magazine Sweet 16 Party, Free Zumba on the Plaza, The Peace Plaza, free, fun event that will give you a workout, 5:30-7 p.m., sarapennington.zumba.com
JULY 21 Rochester Garden & Flower Club Annual Trolley Tour, Rochester Community and Technical College Heintz Center S.M.A.R.T. Gardens, six private gardens along with musicians, artists, demonstrations, and learning opportunities, 5-9 pm, 421-0573, rochestermntours.com JULY 22
Movies Under the Stars-Kung Fu Panda, History Center of Olmsted County, family-friendly event with a pre-movie performance from the Rochester Community Band, 9 pm, 282-9447, olmstedhistory.com
Summer at The Civic Patio Concert Series presents: Dianna Parks, Rochester Civic Theatre, Dianna Parks will perform a concert that is free to the public, 5-10 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org
The “Cruise” Motorcycle Benefit Ride, University Center Rochester, motorcycle ride where all proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House, 8:30 am-5:30 pm, 282-3955, rmhmn.org
The first Rochester City Jazz Festival, The D'Sievers 12-12:45 p.m., Jazz Jam (open mic) 1-4 p.m. on the outdoor stage, Group 47 at 4:30 and Atlantis Quartet at 6:30 p.m. indoor main stage, $10 per person, rochestercivictheatre.org
Olmsted County Free Fair, Olmsted County Fairgrounds, exhibitions, competitions, entertainment, amusement rides and fair food, day and evening, 282-9862, olmstedcountyfair.com
JULY 25-AUGUST 6, AUGUST 8-20 Summer Theatre Academy Rochester Two-week Musical Sessions, Rochester Civic Theatre, Students will be introduced to dance, music, and basic acting techniques, 10 am-3 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org
Tour with the Masters, Heintz Center, showcasing conifers, a rain garden, and sample foods made from garden produce, 4-8:30 pm, 254-0357, co.olmsted.mn.us
Gold Rush, Graham Park, features an annual antique show and flea market, Fri.-Sat. 8 am-6 pm; Sun. 8 am-4 pm, 269-1473, iridescenthouse.com
Summer at The Civic Patio Concert Series presents: LP & the 45s, Rochester Civic Theatre, free concert with available food from Grand Rounds Brewing Company, 5-10 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org
Scheels Healthy Human Race Half Marathon/Half Marathon Relay/5k, Soldiers Field Finish, join the fun for this 32nd annual running event and win prizes, 7 am, 254-0529, healthyhumanrace.com
What Boys Need to Know: How to Become a Gentleman in Today’s World, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, boys (11-14) will learn the qualities and characteristics of becoming a man, 4-7 pm, 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org
Miracles Happen Festival, Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch, Christian music and fun activities for everyone to enjoy, Friday night, Saturday all day, Sunday morning, 533-4315, mhfest.com
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Annual Swing Your Birdie Golf Classic, Willow Creek Golf Course, support the Ronald McDonald House with silent auctions, course contests, and more, 424-3216, rmhmn.org
Mayo Annual Transplant Picnic, Soldier’s Memorial Field, picnic for Mayo Clinic transplant patients and families, time TBD, 284-2511, gift-of-life.org
AUGUST AUGUST 7
Dogs Downtown, Peace Plaza Downtown, canine-centric event that will have activities, performances, games, and giveaways, 11 am-3 pm, 216-9882, downtownrochestermn.com
Yakov Smirnoff, Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall, Nationally acclaimed celebrity Yakov Smirnoff will perform various comedic acts, 7 pm, 328-2222, mayociviccenter.com
Rochester Blues & BBQ Festival, Peace Plaza Downtown, indulge in quality barbeque from various restaurants and music from Brothers Curtis, 4-10:30 pm, 2884331, rochestermnarts.com
Caregiver Connections Kickoff Dinner & Speaker, Events at Kahler Apache, dinner with internationally recognized keynote speaker, Jeanie BrindleyBarnett, 5:30 pm, 285-5272, elder-network.org
The Spirit of the Flute: MidSummer Concert by Jonny Lipford, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, Jonny Lipford, an award-winning flutist, will perform a variety of music, 5-7 pm, 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org
Caregiver Connections Expo, Events at Kahler Apache, community resources, vendor exhibits and informational presentations for family and professional caregivers, 9 am-3 pm, 285-5272, elder-network.org
53nd Annual Rochester GreekFest, Holy Anargyroi Church grounds, Greek food, music, a kids carnival, silent auction, and church tours, Fri: 5-8 pm; Sat: 11 am-8 pm; Sun: 11 am-6 pm, 282-1529, rochesterorthodoxchurch.org
Rochester Walk to Defeat ALS, East Silver Lake Park, bring hope to people with ALS and raise money for a cure, 8:30 am, 612-455-8330, web.alsa.org
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RE YOU ONLINE DATING? YES, I’M ASKING IF YOU ARE ONLINE DATING. I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE THINKING: THERE ARE A LOT OF CREEPS OUT THERE. SO, NO ONE REALLY WANTS TO ADMIT TO DOING IT.
The reality is people have been searching all over the world for a love connection on different mediums for decades. According to Lee (2016), finding love many moons ago existed through personal ads and even further back in history, lonely shepherds would carve works of art into tree bark to communicate their longing for human contact. It was inevitable that through the creation of internet, online dating would become one of the most popular attractions (literally) to browse on the internet. Match.com capitalized on the interest and debuted their site in 1995.
MOBILE DATING APPS In a 2016 survey, the Pew Research Center discovered that 15 percent of U.S. adults use online dating sites or mobile dating apps. The survey shared that the negative stigma of online dating has dwindled, and people are saying it’s a good way to meet someone. If you’ve been hesitant, it’s now totally cool to build that last resort desperate profile to find the last fish in the sea. But what you’ll discover with online dating is that there’s plenty of fish…maybe too many.
GOOD AND BAD EXPERIENCES I’ve had my fair share of good and bad online dating experiences. I’ve tried Match.com, eHarmony and Tinder (mobile app). I have discovered that there is a real difference between online dating versus meeting someone at an event, such as a friend’s Christmas party. Online dating opens the horizon a bit more and expands options. It fits with a busy lifestyle, helping to streamline the dating process. However, online dating comes with ambiguity and uncertainties. When you meet someone at a friend’s party, you at least know that your friend probably knows them or someone does and you can do some recon on them before you even commit to a date.
CONFUSED WOMAN Melanie Reitz, a 45-year-old single mother from Minnesota, authored “Confused Woman: Tales & Advice on Love, Dating & Relationships,” a candid book of experiences and advice with online dating that all women can relate to. In the first chapter, she minces no words 54
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describing an experience of dating a “friend of a friend.” She goes on to share that he “looked good on paper and seemed nice enough. But after a few dates, the red flags started flying.” It turned out he liked his Iron Butterfly drinks and left a lasting image of puking all over a yard. This story reminds me of one of the guys I went on a date with who slammed some fancy whiskeys down the hatch (you do not disrespect whiskey like that). That date ended quickly with me driving safely home….alone.
ONLINE DATING ADVICE With all the above said, here’s some online dating advice: 1. Always meet in public. 2. Let your friends know all the details of your date. 3. Google your prospective date’s full name. 4. Get to know their friends and family. 5. Actions must meet words. Most importantly, Reitz states “Be patient. Don’t settle.” I agree. It’s easy to get lost in the sea of dating but have faith—a keeper is out there. Danielle Teal recently graduated with her associate’s degree from RCTC and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree while working full time, parenting and coordinating Random Acts of Kindness. References Lee, S. (2016). The History of Online Dating From 1695 to Now. The Huffington Post. Retrieved 9 May 2016, from http://www. huffingtonpost.com/susie-lee/timeline-online-dating-fr_b_9228040. html Reitz, M. (2015). Confused Woman: Tales & Advice on Love, Dating & Relationships. Hopkins, MN: Confused Woman, LLC Smith, A. & Anderson, M. (2016). 5 facts about online dating. Pew Research Center. Retrieved 9 May 2016, from http://www. pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/02/29/5-facts-about-onlinedating/
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