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COVER STORY Celebrating 2017 Years To Be Seventeen Again Celebrating Eryn Fjelsted’s 17th birthday.

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I Am A Beautiful Rochester Woman Megan Halland encourages being loving and seeing beauty in everyone. By Jorrie Johnson

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CAREERS FOR WOMEN

COMMUNITY Ladies Night Out Downtown Rochester on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

13 Céilí Celebrating old country style. By Alison Rentschler

Movie Night Films from around the world and Minnesota. By Gina Dewink

FOOD AND WINE 32

Haute Cuisine La Cuisine Francaise chez vous– French cooking at your house.

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Women & Wine Champagne From grapes in France to your glass in Rochester.

HEALTHY LIVING 17

The Beauty of Giving and Receiving Stylists embrace the gift of life through kidney transplants. By Trish Amundson

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The Art of Coaching Teaching life skills on the ice.

HOME AND GARDEN 39

By Terri Allred

Remodelers Corner No Halfway Solution Here A homeowner remodels his entire home. By Bob Freund

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Spring Gardening A time of renewal and rebirth. By Cindy Mennenga

LET’S GET PERSONAL 20

Local Author Sister Ellen Whelan “The Sisters’ Story” Parts One and Two.

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Health, Wealth and Happiness Take these steps to financial well-being. By Emily Watkins

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Travel Insurance Peace of mind for unexpected travel changes. By Catherine H. Armstrong

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Awkward Moments We must choose to embrace. By Amy Brase

Only Half (13.1) Crazy Journey of four non-traditional runners. By Stephanie J. Sawyer

International Table, International Friends Making friends a world away from home.

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I attended my first céilí on St. Patrick's Day eve, Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at the Rochester Art Center, in collaboration with Irish Fest of Rochester, Minnesota. Nearing the spring equinox, the late afternoon sun shone brightly through the windows on the first floor of the Art Center as folks of all ages, dressed in green, gathered. I wore the only dress I own with green on it, which happens to be one of my favorite dresses and tall black boots for the celebration. Megan Johnston, executive director of the Rochester Art Center, opened the evening with a presentation on Irish art history. Then, we all ate Irish stew and soda bread and socialized. About 8 p.m. the céilí (kay-lee) dancing started, led by Twin Cities Céilí Band, along with the adorable singing, dancing, storytelling and bodhran (Celtic frame drum) player, Máirtín de Cógáin. I paid the price of wearing those boots the next day, but I had so much fun dancing with everyone at the céilí. I plan on going again this year at Bleu Duck. See the céilí article on page 13. Rochester Women magazine celebrates National Women’s History (which we have termed “Herstory”) month in March by featuring local author Sister Ellen Whelan, Ph.D., and her books “The Sisters’ Story,” Parts Laura Ehling (left) teaches Jorrie (right) One and Two. Rochester would not be how to dance at the céili. where it is today if not for the bold, kind, compassionate, independent and strong Franciscan Sisters of Assisi Heights. Read about them on page 20. With this issue of Rochester Women magazine, we celebrate our 17th anniversary and being 17. On Tuesday, February 7, 2017 we celebrated Eryn Fjelsted’s 17th birthday at Pasquale’s Neighborhood Pizzeria downtown Rochester. See the fashion photo shoot and article in this issue on pages 27-29. We are also celebrating our anniversary with Haute Cuisine (page 32) and champagne in our Women & Wine column (page 34). For the celebratory occasions, there are a few restaurants in Rochester that serve French cuisine, but you can cook and eat French food at home, too. Thanks to personal trainer and nutritionist Emily Watkins for her insight on these fares. I hope you enjoy the international flavor of this issue of Rochester Women magazine from Ireland to France and Malaysia (International Table, International Friends on page 37). Read about and attend the Rochester International Film Festival (page 51) featuring films produced around the world and even here in Minnesota. Thank you for reading Rochester Women magazine. We appreciate you, our readers. We will be celebrating and invite you to join us on Thursday evening, March 23 for Ladies Night Out. Gather your girlfriends for a fun time in downtown Rochester! À votre santè! - To you (your health)!

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2017 SE MN DAY AT THE CAPITOL Wed., Mar. 8, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Knowing we are stronger together than we are individually, Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce will be partnering with the MN Chamber along with Chambers across SE MN for a day focusing on the need for legislative cooperation to fix the issues of crumbling transportation infrastructure, sky high business taxes and the health insurance crisis. Register at rochestermnchamber.com.

WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP & DEVELOPMENT LEAN IN TO EQUITY: THE IMPORTANCE OF TELLING OUR STORIES

NEXT CHAPTER MINISTRIES ANNUAL RESTORATION CELEBRATION Fri., Mar. 17, 6-8 p.m. Rochester International Event Center

Next Chapter Ministries, featured in Rochester Women magazine November/December 2016 issue, helps people in our community whose lives and families have been devastated by crime. This year’s celebration emcee is Betsy Singer, KAAL news anchor. Also, new for this year is a silent auction with many great items to support the ongoing work of Next Chapter Ministries. Tickets are $25 per seat. For more information and to purchase tickets visit nextchapterrochester.org/upcomingevents.

BOCK BEER FESTIVAL: A CELEBRATION OF BEER AND THE FIERY SCIENCE OF MULLED ALE Fri., Mar. 31, 7-9 p.m. Quarry Hill Nature Center

Bring your friends for an evening featuring samples of spring bock beer varieties, snacks, live music by Jeremy Jewell and some “science of the night” including a chance to “poke” your beer at the bonfire. Proceeds benefit Quarry Hill Nature Center. Must be 21+ to participate. Pre-registration required, call 3283950. More information at qhnc.org.

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CONGRATULATIONS WAVE MAKER AWARDS FINALISTS SARAH CLAUSEN AND BRENDA CARDOCK Two Rochester women were named finalists for TeamWomen MN’s Second Annual WaveMaker Awards. They are Brenda Kardock who works in sales at FOX 47 KXLTTV and Sara Clausen from the American Heart Association were both nominated for the “Community Impact Award,” given to a company or organization leader who makes giving back to the community a top priority in ways that benefit the advancement of women, either through their work or through volunteer efforts. For more information visit teamwomenmn.org.

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I Am Beautiful You Are Beautiful We Are All Beautiful RochesterWomen MEGAN HALLAND ENCOURAGES BEING LOVING AND SEEING BEAUTY IN EVERYONE BY JORRIE JOHNSON PHOTOS BY TRACEY MCGUIRE PHOTOGRAPHY

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EGAN HALLAND IS FROM AUSTRALIA. WHEN HER HUSBAND WAS OFFERED AN ADVANCED FELLOWSHIP AT MAYO CLINIC IN 2013, THEY MOVED TO THE UNITED STATES. THEY HAVE LIVED IN ROCHESTER FOR THREE AND A HALF YEARS. SHE SAYS, “(MY HUSBAND) HAS HIS DREAM JOB HERE, SO WE HAVE BOUGHT A HOUSE AND ARE STAYING HERE INDEFINITELY.” Megan explains how she met her husband, “My husband is from Norway. He moved to (Newcastle,) Australia following high school to study medicine. We met at university there.” Megan was working for the department of health and undertaking postgraduate studies. “We had an evening epidemiology lecture (where we met). Magnus waited at a friend’s house one evening to purposely arrive late to the lecture so that he could make sure he arrived after I did and come and sit next to me. He invited me on a date, and we have been happy ever after.” That was in 2003. They got married in 2005 and have three children: Isobel, 8, Lochlan, 6, and Sofie, 5.

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ADVICE FOR OTHER WOMEN “I see people who are kind as more beautiful. It is only when people are mean that they start to look ugly. I think it is true that beauty comes from within and shines out,” says Megan. One of Megan’s favorite quotes from her daughter Sofie is, "I'm not full of hate; I'm full of love." Megan explains, “Perhaps if more people were like her, being loving and seeing beauty in everyone, people may have better self-esteem.” Another one of Megan’s favorite quotes from Sofie is, “Everything in the whole wide world is beautiful.” Hopefully, we can all have her outlook and see that.

WHAT MEGAN LOVES TO DO “I love being a wife and mum, jobs of love,” explains Megan. She enjoys spending time with her family. “We have a four-seater family tandem bike my husband rides the kids to school on, and we go for family bike rides together sometimes.” The Halland family has not been back to Australia since they moved here. “We will be visiting in February 2017 for the first time since moving here, so I really look forward to that. I especially miss my mum. She visited once in December 2015, which was very special.” They also have a trip planned to Denmark, and they may visit Norway. They also have a number of domestic trips planned. Megan says, “It is looking like it will be a fun year!” I Am Beautiful. You Are Beautiful

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“CÉILÍ” OR “CÉILIDH” IS AN IRISH OR SCOTTISH SOCIAL DANCE. AVIN HONECKER SHERMAN, FITNESS AND DANCE INSTRUCTOR, EXPLAINS, “IT TENDS TO REFER TO A DANCE LIKE WE REFER TO A SQUARE DANCE, WITH FORMATIONS. SOME DANCES TEND TO BE IN LONG LINES. MANY DANCES ARE INFLUENCED BY IRISH DANCING. IT’S LIKE A BARN DANCE.”

In Rochester, céilí dances are held twice a year, around St. Patrick’s Day and during Irish Fest on Labor Day weekend. Put on your dancing shoes because there will be a pre-St. Patrick’s Day céilí hosted by Irish Fest on Friday, March 10 at the Bleu Duck Kitchen in downtown Rochester.

LOCAL CÉILÍ DANCERS AND CALLERS In céilí dances, a group of people dances together, and each dance is led by a caller. Sherman, who is often a caller for céilí dances in the area, says, “A caller teaches you and tells you what to do. With céilí dancing, you can walk this dance or do an Irish step. You can count 1-2-3, and you hop. It’s similar in different dance styles.” Sherman has been céilí dancing for about 10 years, American clog dancing, which has some Irish influence, for many years and has been Irish dancing for about 20 years. Sherman also teaches a variety of fitness classes at the Rochester Area Family Y and several types of dance classes in southeast Minnesota, including Irish dancing, ballet, jazz, tap and Maypole dancing.

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Beth Ely, an Irish Fest board member, describing a céilí, says, “It’s like an Irish square dance, with a caller. Groups of people are in lines. A person calls it out, and the band plays. It’s simple and you count, like 1-2-3. Sometimes the nature of the dance is progressive, so you do the dance over and over. It keeps you busy, and there’s a little variety.” Ely works at Mayo Clinic in IT, and she is also a yoga instructor at Anytime Fitness in Byron. Ely first tried Irish dancing about four years ago by watching Irish dancing DVDs from the library. She has been involved with Irish Fest for about six years and has attended many céilí dances. Laura McBride Ehling says, “I call it social dancing. You can be told what to do. You don’t have to go with a partner, and you keep getting mixed up with everyone. You dance with all different partners and all different ages. It’s very intergenerational.” Ehling is an elementary school librarian who first tried céilí dancing about six years ago at Irish Fest. She’s also brought her three children to some céilí dances. She has volunteered at Irish Fest in Rochester every year with her family since it began.

WHY ATTEND A CÉILÍ Sherman notes, “(Céilí is) lots of fun. You have a good time and laugh, even if you don’t know the steps. Céilís are repetitive, so you can practice.”

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The next céilí dance will be a pre-St. Patrick’s Day céilí hosted by Irish Fest. It will be on Friday, March 10 at 6 p.m. at the Bleu Duck Kitchen, located at 14 4th Street SW in Rochester, Minnesota. The RavensFire Band will be playing traditional Irish music. Stew and soda bread will be available at the event. Tickets are $20 for a single ticket or $50 for a family. Irish Fest, held each year over Labor Day weekend in Rochester, also offers a céilí dance, along with many other activities. To find out about upcoming Irish Fest events, or to learn more about how to volunteer or support Irish Fest, check out the Irish Fest Facebook page or visit irishfestmn.org. Also, the Celtic Junction in St. Paul, an arts and cultural center, occasionally has céilí dances, as well as concerts, dance classes and other Irish and Scottish activities. Learn more at thecelticjunction.com. Alison Rentschler is a writer and editor living in Rochester.


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ASKING FOR A KIDNEY Sonja had to find a living donor but wasn’t sure where to start. She considered making a public appeal for a kidney by writing on her vehicle windows with neon markers. Then she decided to share her story at the salon where she works, where co-workers and clients are like a second family. “My husband helped put a flyer together,” she says, “and I hung it in the lunchroom.” Hi, My name is Sonja Kalis. I have been a Hair Stylist here at J.C. Penney for over 30 years. In January of 2014 I was diagnosed with a kidney disease called IGA Nephropathy that has attacked both of my kidneys. I was told that at some time in the future I would need a transplant and thought it would be something like 10 years or more down the road. Imagine my surprise when I was told at a recent checkup that I needed one very soon or could face dialysis. Most of my immediate family members are insulin-dependent diabetics and have been denied as donor possibilities. Currently the kidney transplant waiting list is three to six years. If you know of anyone that has mentioned or talked about being a donor and would like more information please write down the number and web address below and pass it on to them. This is not an easy thing for me to ask, but my options are getting somewhat limited due to the time frame. Please keep me in your prayers. Sincerely,

Three years ago, Sonja was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and told she would need a kidney transplant. “I thought it would be many years down the road,” she recalls. “But 18 months later, they told me I had to have it sooner rather than later.” The seriousness of her medical situation became more real than ever before. Her name went on the transplant list, a long list of individuals waiting for a kidney from a deceased donor. Unfortunately, many Sonja’s flyer included a Mayo Clinic website and phone number to patients with kidney failure end up on dialysis before they reach the top learn more about living-donor kidney transplant. of the list—before a transplant is possible.

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Sonja’s son and brother were tested as well as a fellow stylist, Elaine— all in hopes of donating a kidney to Sonja. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to do so because of incompatible blood types or antibodies. Coworker Katie also was tested at Mayo Clinic. “I didn’t know you could donate a living kidney,” she says. “I saw the flyer in the lunchroom and realized how urgent this was. I told my husband ‘Sonja needs a kidney, and I’m going to get tested.’” Although Katie wasn’t a match either, she learned she could still help Sonja, who would soon begin dialysis four hours a day, three days a week. Rather than a kidney donation directly to Sonja, she could donate her kidney to a compatible recipient, which would result in Sonja receiving a kidney from a compatible living donor in much shorter time. “I remember being in the lunchroom at work, and Katie came flying up the steps to tell me,” says Sonja. “We both had a bawling moment.”

KIDNEY PAIRED DONOR PROGRAM “I was most excited to make sure Sonja got a kidney, but other people got better from my kidney donation too,” said Katie. “Mayo Clinic’s Kidney Paired Donor Program began in 2007 at the urging of a patient who wanted to donate to his father but his blood type did not match,” says Mikel Prieto, M.D., Mayo Clinic transplant surgeon. “He was aware that paired donation was happening at other centers and motivated us to find a way to make it work. Transplants with living donors have shown longer patient and kidney survival outcomes compared with a deceased-donor transplant.” At Mayo, all transplant patients receive information about the program during their evaluation. “Our internal Paired Donation Program includes Mayo Clinic in Florida, Arizona and Rochester, Minnesota,” explains Dr. Prieto. “This enables us to have increased numbers of donors to match. We successfully have transplanted 241 patients with a living donor who otherwise may not have had that opportunity.” After thorough testing and planning, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center coordinated transplants for Sonja and Katie, along with several other donor-recipient pairings that became part of their kidney donor chain. Sonja received her new kidney on May 26, 2016, and Katie donated her lifesaving organ five days later. “The Paired Donation Program is amazing,” says Sonja. “It works!”

SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT In addition to tremendous help from family members, their successful transplant preparations, surgeries and recoveries were made possible

by the strong support of the stylists’ coworkers and clients. They thoughtfully asked questions and provided encouragement, and one client offered insight as a dialysis patient herself. “Our clients waited patiently for us to return to work—they are precious,” says Sonja. Other stylists covered client needs during their medical leaves. An entire month was allotted for kidney disease awareness at the salon. Stylists from a nearby store sent gift cards, and all the stores in the district held fundraisers. Moreover, a framed recognition piece was presented and is now displayed at the Rochester salon, which includes a message from both the CEO and the executive vice president of stores. In addition to raising awareness and funds, J.C. Penney shared the employee story in the salon magazine, “Expert Edge,” which inspired another stylist to be a living kidney donor. “You don’t realize how far reaching this is,” says Katie. She received a call from an associate in Kansas City, who read the article and was seeking information that ultimately would give her the confidence to donate her kidney.

LASTING BEAUTY Katie and her family are no strangers to helping others. In many ways, they demonstrate and encourage the importance of kidney, bone marrow and blood donation. Ironically, though, she admits to being squeamish about donating blood. Every day, Katie and Sonja find inspiration in the reflections of the large salon mirrors that show caring coworkers and clients by their side. The stylists reflect on the beauty and lasting impact of giving and receiving a life-saving kidney. Katie adds, “I guess we’re just kidney buddies for life.” Trish Amundson is a Rochester-area freelance writer, who first learned about this remarkable story of hope and healing during a haircut and highlights appointment.

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Hair stylist at J.C. Penney Salon for 30+ years.

Work attire embellishments: Kidney and diabetes awareness pins.

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BUILT ON TRUST AND RESPECT In 1883, a tornado ripped through the mostly rural town of Rochester, leaving the town destroyed and its people injured and devastated. 2:51 PM Among the first on the scene were Mother Alfred Moes and the Sisters of St. Francis who tended the injured alongside Dr. William W. Mayo and his sons, Drs. William J. and Charles H. Mayo. That was the beginning of an extraordinary partnership between Mother Alfred and Dr. William W. Mayo. This partnership led to one of Rochester’s earliest hospitals—what we know today as the Saint Marys Campus of Mayo Clinic Hospital. Legal enthusiasts will be shocked to know that no legal document was ever drawn between Mother Alfred, the Sisters of St. Francis, Dr. William W. Mayo or even the Mayo Clinic as it stands today. The partnership continues as it began: a professional and spiritual bond built entirely upon trust and respect.

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In her first historical release, “The Sisters’ Story: Saint Marys Hospital—Mayo Clinic 1889 to 1939,” author and Franciscan Sister Ellen Whelan details the migration to Rochester of those parties whose lives would eventually intersect and form the world-renowned Saint Marys Hospital. Explaining the importance of the mass migration of Irish immigrants to the United States, caused in large part by the devastation wrought by the Irish Potato Famine (1845-49), Sister Ellen brings to life the struggles and hopes of Sister Joseph, a Franciscan Sister who later served Saint Marys as administrator for nearly 50 years; a young Maria Moes, who would

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THE SISTERS’ STORY PART TWO In its second release, “The Sisters’ Story, Part Two: Saint Marys Hospital—Mayo Clinic 1939 to 1980,” Sister Ellen continues the partnership between the Franciscan Sisters and the Mayo Clinic. Opening with the condemnation of Saint Marys by then State Fire Marshall Henry George, Sister Ellen details the scathing 1936 letter wherein Mr. George criticized the medical wing of Saint Marys hospital for its lack of contemporary fireproofing safeguards. In the midst of the Great Depression, this could have signaled the end to Saint Marys, and the Mayo Clinic we know today might have fallen. But through the tireless efforts of the Franciscan Sisters and the Mayo family, renovation efforts were soon underway, and a new medical wing—later named the Francis Building in honor of the Sisters of St. Francis—was built.

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later become Mother Alfred; and a tenacious William Worrell Mayo. Together, they and a handful of pioneering Franciscan Sisters would combine their efforts to establish Saint Marys Hospital. Originally released in 2003, “The Sisters’ Story” (part one) was re-released in 2016 with new forwards by Sister Marilyn Geiger, community minister and president of the Rochester Franciscans, and Dr. John H. Noseworthy, president and CEO of Mayo Clinic. Of this unusual, “non-contracted” relationship between the Sisters of St. Francis and Mayo Clinic, Dr. Noseworthy writes, “Mutual respect and the willingness to work together have guided the Rochester Franciscans and Mayo Clinic for more than a century. Today, through the Mayo Clinic Values Council and other initiatives, the handshake continues.”

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Sister Ellen is uniquely qualified to write this history that details the backbone of one of Rochester’s oldest and most respected institutions. With a Ph.D. in European History, Sister Ellen is not only an historian, but a Franciscan Sister who followed a personal call to serve God when she joined the Rochester Franciscan Congregation, following in the footsteps of four of her aunts: Sister Edith Whelan, Sister Zenobia Whelan, Sister Pascal Campion and Sister Pancretia Campion—all Rochester Franciscans. The idea to write the “Sisters’ Story” came at the suggestion of Sister Lauren Weinandt, archivist for Saint Marys Hospital, who was interested in documenting the Sister Ellen Whelan followed in the footsteps of four of her aunts: history of the Sisters and Saint Marys Sister Edith Whelan, Sister Zenobia Hospital. With Sister Ellen’s educational Whelan, Sister Pascal Campion and background and having already written Sister Pancretia Campion– a more than 300-page dissertation on all Rochester Franciscans. Benjamin Disraeli, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, for her doctorate, she was the perfect solution for Sister Lauren’s dilemma of who could best author the book. After careful consideration, Sister Ellen agreed that she could apply the

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same process for her Ph.D. thesis to writing the Sisters’ history. Shortly thereafter, a meeting was held with then Congregational Minister Sister Valerie Usher, Sister Generose Gervais, Sister Lauren Weinandt and Sister Mary Lonan Reilly, the congregation’s historian and archivist at Assisi Heights, and plans were underway. Saint Marys Hospital Auxiliary provided the Sisters with a grant to develop the content. With the assistance of many others from the congregation and Mayo Clinic, Sister Ellen meticulously researched, interviewed and documented the story leading up to the founding and operation of Saint Marys Hospital by the Sisters of St. Francis, emphasizing the impact of the political, economic and social environment of that time. The reception was so positive that Sister Ellen, not one to rest on her laurels, went on to research and write the next chapter in the congregation’s history and published “The Sisters’ Story, Part Two” in 2007. Today, Sister Ellen remains active in her ministry of writing and consulting. She serves as the liaison for offering RCTC’s monthly Learning is ForEver programs to the Sisters at Assisi Heights. Copies of the books are available at Sisters Crossing Gift Shop at Saint Marys Hospital, Mayo Gift Shop in the Gonda Building and at Assisi Heights Gift Shop. Catherine H. Armstrong holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma. Her debut novel, “The Edge of Nowhere,” was released in January 2016 under the pen name C.H. Armstrong, and was inspired by her own family’s struggles during the 1930s Dust Bowl. For more information, visit charmstrongbooks.com. RWmagazine.com March/April 2017 21


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EGARDLESS OF WHICH SIDE OF THE POLITICAL AISLE YOU SIT ON, THE DESIRE FOR A MORE BALANCED REPRESENTATION OF WOMEN IN PUBLIC POLICY-MAKING POSITIONS IS SHARED BY MANY (MEN AND WOMEN). FROM MINNESOTA TO THE MIDDLE EAST, WOMEN ARE TAKING ACTION LIKE WE HAVEN’T SEEN IN DECADES, IF EVER, TO BE HEARD AND FIGHT FOR JUSTICE.

BALANCING ACT Even though women make up more than half of the U.S. population, they remain underrepresented in Congress, holding only 20 percent of the seats. At the beginning of 2017, sources at Emerging America state that women comprise less than 25 percent of seats in state legislatures, 10 percent of all governors and 18 percent of mayors in cities with more than 30,000 residents. Research indicates that while women in political races are elected to office at the same rate as men, the recruitment rate for women is drastically lower. They often don’t even reach the proverbial pipeline. Since the election in November 2016, EMILY’s List, She Should Run and other groups that encourage women to seek public office have seen an unprecedented rise in interest. “Women need a lot more encouragement (to run) than men do,” says Sheila Kiscaden, Sheila Kiscaden 2017 vice chair of Olmsted County Board of Commissioners. Kiscaden is a former Minnesota State Senator who was first elected in 1992 to represent District 30, which includes most of Rochester and some surrounding areas. During her 15 years in the State Senate, Kiscaden saw increasing need for our elected bodies to more accurately reflect the diversity of our communities. She understands the extra nudge it takes to convince women, many of whom have careers and families, to run for office. 22 March/April 2017 RWmagazine.com

OPENING DOORS Rochester has been fortunate to have many female pioneers pave the path. Jane Campion, Carol Kamper, Nancy Brataas, Ann Lynch, Tina Liebling and Carla Nelson have made an impact on Rochester’s political environment. When Kim Norton, whose 10-year run in the Minnesota House of Representatives concluded this past January, first decided Kim Norton to run for office, she garnered support from many of these women. “Rochester had true trailblazers,” Norton says. “It’s not necessarily a large number, but it’s certainly been a steady stream.” Norton received ongoing encouragement and support, even when they didn’t see eye-to-eye on the issues. “I could pick up the phone anytime and call Nancy,” Norton recalls, even though Brataas was on the other side of the aisle. Brataas made headlines in 1975 when she became the first woman elected to the Minnesota Senate. Since then, her seat has been filled by only women, with Kiscaden succeeding Nancy and serving 14 years, followed by Ann Lynch for four years and Carla Nelson for six. These women and others paved the way for other women to feel more confident taking on a political role in Rochester. “You knew the door was open,” Norton says. “The strong women who were there before me made it easier for me to step into a role and feel like I deserved it.”

SPEAK UP The Rochester City Council has seen its share of strong women leaders as well. Nancy Selby was elected as the council’s first female president in 1988, and Sandra Means was chosen as the first black council member in 2003. In 2016, upon hearing that Sandra was not seeking reelection to the City Council, political newcomer Annalissa Johnson announced that she would campaign for the seat. Johnson says she had several reasons for running, but cites an issue with a city law that affected her small business as the catalyst that finally prompted her to throw her hat in the political ring.


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“I attended a couple of council meetings and heard a lot of ‘I think’ comments from the council members instead of ‘This is what my constituents are saying.’” Johnson says she believed people in the city’s wards had been vocal about the law but didn’t feel the council’s decision on the subject accurately reflected the wishes of the people. She also recognizes the value of having a Annalissa Johnson predecessor like Sandra. “I connected with Sandra before I decided to run,” she says, “and have found her to be a welcoming and knowledgeable resource.” Though she has only been on the job for a couple of months, Johnson has found the experience with the council and her constituents to be positive. She is currently exploring ways to engage with her constituents and echoes the recommendations of seasoned political allies, saying, “If you want a voice, you need to connect with your representatives, stand up and take action.”

GET OUT THE VOTE One of the easiest ways to be heard is to cast your vote in every election, not just every fourth November. An estimated 58 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots during the 2016 election, a number second only to the election in 2012. Organizations like the League of Women Voters (LWV) are dedicated to protecting, educating and encouraging everyone who is eligible to vote. The specific focus of the nonpartisan LWV is to get first-time voters, non-college youth, new citizens, minorities, the elderly and low-income Americans to the polls and help them understand both

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their right and obligation to vote. They also provide the platform for nonpartisan debates throughout the election cycle. “One of our values has always been that women should have the right to run on even footing as men,” says Jane Callahan, president of the Rochester chapter of the LWV. The group also works to simplify and standardize the voting process, which still varies greatly from state to state. Jane Callahan Callahan has seen many women elected from both parties over the 30+ years since she first joined LWV. “These women have served as springboards for other women to get involved and believe that they, too, can make a difference and be a part of history.”

TAKING ACTION While the 2016 presidential election may have resulted in political unrest, it is inciting women (and men) from around the globe to get involved. “What we saw in the election was democracy in action,” says Kiscaden. “Now we are seeing people use their power as citizens. It’s a wonderful time for citizen activism.” “Gaining confidence takes time,” says Norton, who encourages upand-comers to join a nonprofit or serve on a board. “It took me a lot of years to develop my skillset,” she continues. “It takes time, but it’s time worth taking.” Sarah Oslund is a freelance writer and owner of Inspire Marketing & Consulting, www.inspiremn.net.

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SAVE VERSUS SPEND Paying off bills and student debt, as well as planning for your retirement should be a priority when it comes to finances. Once those needs are addressed, then you can use any extra money to “splurge” on a treat. Sheppard and Minette urge women to avoid “retail therapy” as a way to feel better. There is a rush when you buy something new, but they advise taking time to think about it before making a purchase. Chances are that if you still want it the next day, it’s worth spending your money on. According to Time magazine, women are less prepared for retirement than men. Time reported survey findings that show women are 27 percent more likely than men to say they have no retirement savings. Two-thirds of women say they have no savings or less than $10,000 in retirement savings, compared with just over half of men. Now is the time to get your retirement plans lined up.

EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH BENEFITS Monika Lovewell says, “Understanding your financial situation clearly and learning about your planning options makes you feel better and more in control of your life. This empowerment reduces stress which improves overall emotional and physical health.” And I think we all value that! Emily Watkins is the owner of Empowered Wellness & Fitness Studio, where she teaches group fitness classes and is a personal trainer and nutrition consultant. She believes that fitness and nutrition are just a part of overall wellness. * http://time.com/money/4258451/retirement-savings-survey/ This article is meant to be general in nature and should not be construed as advice or a recommendation related to your personal situation. Waddell & Reed does not provide tax or legal advice. Please consult with a professional provide to making any financial related decisions. Cindy Sheppard and Jill Minette are Financial Advisors with Waddell & Reed, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. Waddell & Reed is not affiliated with any other individuals or entities referenced.

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ERYN’S 17TH BIRTHDAY PARTY Rochester Women magazine helped Eryn Fjelsted celebrate her 17th birthday on Tuesday, February 7 with a makeover, pizza party and photo shoot at Pasquale’s Neighborhood Pizzeria. Imagine that kind of treatment for your 17th birthday party! Eryn and her mom, Cindy Fjelstad, went to Hair Studio 52 + Day Spa to get their hair ready for the party.

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Eryn's grandmother, Jan Blattner (left), and her mother, Cindy Fjelstad, give Eryn a big birthday kiss.

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Jade at Hair Studio 52 added color and to celebrate with them. Leah with Primp highlights to Cindy’s professional hairstyle. Boutique, located downtown Rochester, Lizzie Albrecht trimmed and highlighted helped Payton and Kelly dress for the Eryn’s hair to give her an easy wash-andoccasion. They got their hair freshened wear hair style for her busy, hockey-girl up for the party by Sara Neubauer at r!ah lifestyle. Her natural Norwegian blonde Hair Studio. hair goes well with her light blue dress BEING 17 AND GROWING UP from Camy Couture. Her tall boots looked stunning on her long legs. Only a 17 yearEryn says what she loves most about being old could get away with wearing a short 17 is, “Friends and memories I've made while dress, as if Paris runway model, on a chilly being in high school. I have found a group of winter day in Minnesota. Teens don’t seem people who never get sick of making endless to have the same desire (or need) to be memories and laughing until our stomachs warm as their mothers. hurt.” She likes to spend her free time with Cindy also wore clothing from Camy friends, studying at Café Steam or playing Couture, an outfit that she can wear in hockey. She plays on the Mayo High School the spring and throughout the summer. girls hockey team and comments, “My team The fashionable is super close. It's necklace makes really cool to be I HAVE FOUND A GROUP OF a statement and able to have a group PEOPLE WHO NEVER GET SICK of 25 best friends dresses up the OF MAKING ENDLESS MEMORIES that I spend time otherwise casual AND LAUGHING UNTIL OUR outfit. Cindy’s with throughout the mother, Jan winter.” STOMACHS HURT. Blattner, and Looking to the other daughter, future Eryn says, Kayla, came to celebrate with Eryn on “I'm most excited looking forward to college, her birthday and be part of the photo figuring out where I want to go, starting shoot, too. to think more about a career and finally Eryn’s best friend, Payton Butterfield, accomplishing my goals within my and her mother, Kelly Miles, came career choice.”


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Eryn is wearing a Blu Pepper denim blue tunic/dress with Aztec trim and blousy sleeves ($49) and a gold chain accent ($30) from Camy Couture.

Kelly’s versatile, dark background with floral print, long wrap dress ($68) is from Primp.

Cindy is wearing an American Able peak-a-boo cut out shoulder top ($48) and coral Dear John capris ($85) also from Camy Couture.

TO BE 17 AGAIN Cindy is a Rochester native–born and raised. She went to Holmes Elementary, Kellogg Junior High and Mayo High School and continues to cheer on the Spartans while her children participate in athletics there. When she was 17, Cindy says she enjoyed, “doing what most 17 year olds today do–shopping with friends, going to high school football, basketball, hockey games, movies and just hanging out.” When she was in high school, the main “go-to” restaurant in Rochester was Waldo’s Pizza. She says, “I still have cravings for their pizza.” In high school, Cindy says she had a great group of friends–many of whom she is still friends with today. “I am pretty happy with the choices I made and the experiences I had. Knowing what I know now, I would have

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La Dolce Vita Pastry Chef Drew Casteel studied harder and applied myself more in AKA “Tattoo Drew” offered to make mini my classes.” She would also tell 17-year-olds, canollis filled with pink frosting and designed “Don’t worry so much about what others the RW magazine birthday cake. He has think. Be yourself and if that’s not good worked around the country for high-end enough for them, then too bad.” Cindy says venues and events, including Victoria’s Secret that she was pretty quiet and shy in high fashion show in Orlando, Florida. school and worried too much about fitting Pasquale and in. She tells her Drew met at a resort daughter and other in Wisconsin Dells. teenagers, “Have THIS IS AN AMAZING Last year, Pasquale fun. Enjoy these OPPORTUNITY. I’M SO invited Drew to come years. You have your THANKFUL I GOT CHOSEN work with him here whole life ahead of FOR THIS. in Rochester. They you to be an adult. opened pizzeria and Enjoy pastry shop in November 2016. that, too, but for now, just enjoy these years Fortunately, Pasquale’s is closed on being a ‘kid.’” Tuesdays, so we had the whole place to Kelly grew up in Northfield, Minnesota ourselves for Eryn’s 17th birthday party on and went to Northfield High School. When Tuesday, February 7th. The party and photo she was 17, she loved being with her family shoot took all of about one and a half hours, and being outside on their farm. She says, “If I but hopefully the memories will last a lifetime was 17 again I would make sure to listen more for Eryn, her friends and family. to my mom and the role models around me. “I'm really thankful I got chosen for this (Now I) know how much they are there to photo shoot, having my mom and one of my help me.” best friends Payton with me. I’d like to thank PARTY PLANNING everyone that made this possible. This is an amazing opportunity. I'm so thankful I got Rochester Women magazine met with New chosen for this,” says Eryn. Yorker Pasquale Presa, owner of Pasquale’s Neighborhood Pizzeria, to plan the menu for Eryn’s 17th birthday pizza party. We agreed on Jorrie Johnson graduated from high Bianca “White Pie” pizza with olive oil, garlic, school in Duluth, Minnesota, and is ricotta cheese, mozzarella and fresh basil; a still friends with her best friend stuffed Sicilian pizza and garlic knots. from high school, Maribeth. RWmagazine.com March/April 2017 29


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HE PUCK DROPPED FOR THE FIRST TIME FOR ROCHESTER VARSITY GIRLS HOCKEY ON NOVEMBER 14, 1995 AT GRAHAM ARENA. THERE WERE TWO TEAMS IN THAT INAUGURAL SEASON, AND THE FIRST GAMES PLAYED WERE JOHN MARSHALL VERSUS OWATONNA AND MAYO VERSUS MINNETONKA.

Twenty-two years later, the game of hockey has become the sport of choice for many young women in our area. The lessons learned extend beyond stickhandling, skating and passing the puck. Gains in confidence, leadership and teamwork contribute to success on and off the ice.

COACHING PHILOSOPHIES Bob Montrose, retired John Marshall Rockets girls hockey coach, says that in coaching, “It’s about surrounding players with a culture of really trying hard.” He says success on the ice is determined by essentially two things: keeping the energy level of the players up and having a skilled goalie. Keeping the energy level of the players up is about cultivating excitement for the game. This begins at the start of every practice, he says, with a fun, competitive game. Mike McCormack has 31 years coaching experience and is in his third season as head coach of the Mayo Spartans girls hockey team. Earlier this winter, the Spartans celebrated a win in overtime over crosstown rival the John Marshall Rockets, something that hasn’t been done in five years. “I’ve never seen a happier group of kids in my life,” he says. “For many, it was the most important hockey game in their life.” McCormack has spent time thinking about the unique aspects of coaching girls hockey. He sees a significant difference from the boys

teams he has coached. “In coaching boys, you get a sense of the average of the team, the ability of the team, and you coach to that. With girls, it’s a much more individual process. You need to know their personality, their temperament, how hard to push each one. The challenge is to get to know each of them. The girls don’t care how much you know, they want to know how much you care.” Tom Aney is in his sixth year as head coach of Century Panthers girls hockey. He says that the core principles of his coaching philosophy is that success isn’t about the scoreboard but about the effort, attitude and support for fellow teammates. Aney says he has observed transformation in players, that the quieter girls, when experiencing the rigors of the game, discover they can be aggressive and strong. “The neat thing is to see them come out of their shell.”

CENTURY PANTHERS PLAYERS Maddie Leqve, senior defenseman and Panthers team captain, says playing hockey has made a difference in her life both on and off the ice. “It has helped me drastically,” she says. “(It has) taught me to be a leader and to be respectful of others.” Playing different positions throughout Leqve’s hockey career— goalie, center and defense—has taught her to believe in herself and have more confidence. She likes playing defense because she likes having the responsibility of helping out the goalie and assisting everyone else on her team. What Leqve appreciates most about Coach Tom Aney is his ability to bring out the positive in people, echoed in his oft-repeated maxim, “We celebrate our progress. We don’t give up on ourselves.” Kelsey Miller, who has been the Panthers goalie since her freshman year, also appreciates Aney’s focus on the positive, saying, “He tells us to celebrate the little things; to find the good in the bad.” Miller says the Aney’s focus on positivity and approach to setting goals have been some of her biggest take-homes from her years as a Panther. Throughout the season (November to March), practices are five days a week—unless there is a scheduled game—and typically combine analysis of recent game performance with 75 minutes of on-ice skills work and game-type play. Games are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and are played at either the Rochester Recreation Center or Graham Arena. The girls hockey players learn commitment and dedication, which will certainly help them throughout life. Holly Galbus is a Rochester freelance writer.

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HAVE A NOT-SO-SECRET PASSION FOR FRANCE. I’VE STUDIED THE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE FOR ALMOST 25 YEARS AND HAVE LIVED, GONE TO SCHOOL AND WORKED THERE FOR A COMBINED TWO YEARS. FRENCH FOOD PROVIDES VIVID MEMORIES: CREAMY BUTTER ON FRESH BREAD AND CROISSANTS ON A SLOW MORNING IN PARIS, FRESH SEAFOOD ON THE COAST OF BRITTANY, LETTUCE TOSSED WITH VINAIGRETTE, WAITING FOR THE CHEESE COURSE AFTER A LONG SUNDAY AFTERNOON DINNER WITH FAMILY.

“Haute cuisine,” according to Wikipedia, is food served at “high level” establishments, gourmet restaurants and luxury hotels, characterized by meticulous preparation and careful presentation, at a high price level, enjoyed with expensive wines. While there are many restaurants like this in France (as well as here in the U.S.), by and large, the cooking that happens in the home in France is simple and straightforward, eating to savor delicious food while enjoying time with friends and family.

FRENCH CUISINE WITH A TWIST Rochester is home to many classically trained chefs who add riffs to classic French fare. Bleu Duck Kitchen offers top-notch cuisine, wines and cocktails in a “fun-dining” atmosphere. Casablanca Creative Cuisine & Wine allows diners to get close to fine French dining without leaving the city limits, and owner and chef Youness Bojji might even teach you a little French. ZZest brings you the most amazing selection 32 March/April 2017 RWmagazine.com

of cheeses from France and everywhere else, modern dishes and fabulous cocktails. All three restaurants present incredibly creative dishes that will delight your palette. For Erik Kleven, owner and chef at Bleu Duck, “haute cuisine” means using the finest and freshest ingredients along with classic cutting and preparation techniques. They feature many dishes that are French in origin but have an “American bistro” twist, like their bouillabaisse with lemongrass. LeeAnn Zubay, owner of ZZest, is a certified cheese professional, one of the first to earn that title given by the American Cheese society. While ZZest isn’t a French restaurant, its selection of cheese rivals the finest fromagerie anywhere. You can enjoy their cheese in the American style (as an appetizer) or in the French style (after your main course or as dessert). Youness Bojji, owner and chef at Casablanca, hails from Morocco by way of Paris, where he worked at one of the restaurants in the Eiffel Tower. He spends time researching current food trends to influence the food experiences he brings to Rochester. For him, cooking is his love language, an expression of his fashion and of his personality. Eating at Casablanca is like having your own private chef because he takes such good care of his diners.


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DIVE DEEPER Both Bleu Duck and Casablanca have opportunities for learning more about cooking. Stay tuned for more information about Bleu Duck’s Farmer’s Market shopping and cooking class. Casablanca is now offering a Night in Paris, which is an opportunity to bring Chef Bojji’s cooking into your own home, complete with after-dinner espresso and music! Whether you’re going out or staying in, you can bring French cuisine to Rochester. Bon appétit! Emily Watkins in Paris, France on Avenue des Champs-Élysées with Arc de Triomphe in the background.

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You, too, can cook in the “haute cuisine” style, and it doesn’t have to break the bank. Create beautiful masterpieces using simple and inexpensive ingredients. Following are some tips from Kleven, Zubay, Bojji and moi for how to add some French flair to your cooking. • Use the freshest ingredients possible. Use foods that are in season and avoid processed foods. Take your time when shopping to explore new foods. Zubay encourages diners to step out of their comfort zones. • Set aside a bit of time each week to prep ingredients. Dice, slice and chop once a week, store these ingredients and pull them out when you need them. In French (or culinary terms), this is called mise en place. • Have fun and play around in the kitchen. Kleven says to use recipes as a guideline and work on techniques. Use the mistakes that you make in the kitchen as opportunities for learning and developing your skills. • Eat smaller portions of higher quality food and take smaller bites. Bojji says in France they say you should chew each bite a minimum of seven times so that the flavors can “explode in your mouth.” • Enjoy with your loved ones. Food is supposed to calm you down, make you happy and enhance your conversation. Food is communication, a way to share something.

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BOND, JAMES BOND Ari Kolas, owner of Apollo Liquor, says, “Champagne goes well with seafood and salads, especially if you make your own dressing using the champagne you’re drinking.” Apollo offers a variety of champagne ranging from $40 to $120 per bottle. “We carry Bollinger champagne as featured in James Bond movies, along with other big producers like Moet and Chandon, Gaston Chiquet and Taittinger,” says Kolas. Apollo also sells Veuve Clicquot. He says, “Madame Clicquot, the producer of Veuve Clicquot, was the first female to take over a champagne house and create a wellrespected brand.”

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Shanahan at Andy’s Liquor recommends drinking champagne from a large wine glass and not a flute. He says, “Champagne has big, bold and beautiful aromas and should be enjoyed in a larger wine glass. We (Andy’s Liquor) carry luxury stemware by Riedel which is perfect for champagne.”

OUT ON THE TOWN When you’re out on the town, Five West and Chester’s Kitchen & Bar both serve champagne and sparkling wine. A few you may want to try at Five West include La Marca Prosecco, Candoni Elviana Rosé and Veuve Clicquot Brut. Chester’s serves Chandon Rosé Split and Moet and Chandon Imperial. Nicole L. Czarnomski is a freelance writer in the Rochester area and has a newfound love of champagne.

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From left to right: Suzanne Trejo, Grace Huang, Rodica Alexander, Christina Ganfield, Debbie Holecek, Linda Evans and So Yang Cho.

International Table, International Friends MAKING FRIENDS A WORLD AWAY FROM HOME

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HRISTINA GANFIELD WAS SEARCHING FOR FRIENDS—THE KIND OF FRIENDS THAT ONLY COME FROM SHARED LOVES AND LOSSES, THE KIND FROM HOME. HOME FOR CHRISTINA IS MALAYSIA, SEEMINGLY A WORLD AWAY FROM ROCHESTER, MINNESOTA. SHE TRIED TO BE A PART OF DIFFERENT SOCIAL GROUPS, BUT NOTHING EVER SEEMED TO FIT. MANY PEOPLE SHE MET GREW UP IN ROCHESTER AND ALREADY HAD WELL-ESTABLISHED SOCIAL CIRCLES AND FAMILY SUPPORT. IT WAS HARD TO BREAK INTO THAT KIND OF SHARED HISTORY WHEN TRYING TO CONNECT WITH OTHER WOMEN.

One day, while at Christ Community Church, Nancy Dockter, the women’s ministry leader at the time, approached Christina and Rodica Alexander about starting an international group for women. Nancy had come across a resource for women’s groups that offered a monthly conversation prompt. In the summer of 2013, they organized the first International Table. Over the years, the group has brought together between eight and 10 women monthly. Most of the women are from other countries, but the group has several Americans (of mixed or no strong foreign ethnicity) too. The group currently has members from Malaysia, Sierra Leone, Canada, Louisiana, Chicago, Illinois (married to an American born Japanese), China, Korea, Taiwan, Long Island, New York and Romania.

FORMAT OF THE INTERNATIONAL TABLE GATHERINGS The structure of their get-togethers is quite simple: joining together over a shared meal. The group moves around to a different member’s home each month. The hosting member provides the main dish, and other members bring side dishes and desserts. Rodica, from Romania, laughs when she confesses that although they try to bring international meals from their home countries, sometimes she runs out of time and just brings Italian because it is easiest. After the initial conversations and catching up with each other’s lives, they settle in to discuss four questions that prompt the group to dive deeper into their feelings, relationships and beliefs. Rodica says, “When your family is so far away, you have to build your own family.” Utilizing this format has enabled the group to build strong and real relationships. At first they saw each other monthly, at the dinner group, but that turned into friendships that celebrated graduations, weddings and other family events. “It takes years to develop relationships. It takes

years to develop trust. For most of us, it is hard to find a group of friends who you can be comfortable with,” Christina shares. “We are so diverse, yet we chose to come and meet despite our differences, our culture and where we come from, and make that effort to meet. We have realized that we are really not that different. We have the same issues and struggles, but still come together,” Christina reveals about the group.

START YOUR OWN TABLE GATHERING While their International Table is full, they hope that their story will serve as a catalyst for others to create similar groups, particularly for those who don’t have local family. These women encourage us to find meaningful relationships beyond the superficial social connections. First, it is important to feel safe and respect confidentiality. Create a pact that you won’t share anything important outside of the group. This commitment to confidentiality allows group members to freely express their innermost thoughts and feelings. Second, emphasize the importance of personal invitations. A personal invitation paves the way for connection. Christina wants others to know that it doesn’t take much to start a group that creates meaningful connections and relationships. An ordinary person can make a small change that has a significant impact in a community. It just begins with a small gesture, an invitation. Terri Allred is the Owner of Third Eye Tribal in Rochester. She loved attending an International Table gathering and plans to join. She lives in Rochester with her husband, sons and dog. RWmagazine.com March/April 2017 37


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Jerry made much of the transformation possible with his own expertise. He owns and operates H&H Company of Rochester, LLC, which builds custom homes, remodels residences and specializes in unique decks, porches and other outdoor structures. He spent his workweek putting up other clients’ homes and then went home to fix up his own house, located just inside the Dodge County line south of U.S. Highway 14.

MODERN WITH RURAL REMINDERS Jerry and his partner, Kim Banfield, describe the style of their home as a “modern farmhouse,” placing the emphasis on “modern.” The couple created an open design in the main living areas, featuring plenty of space and some accents reminding them of the home’s rural heritage. They tied them with a light gray color scheme and brown, rustic-looking wood laminate floors. They wanted their surroundings to be flexible for decor. “Gray is the new neutral,” Kim notes. 38 March/April 2017 RWmagazine.com

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The “farmhouse” flavor comes from decor scattered whimsically throughout the house. The headboard in the master bedroom is a barn door; a key rack hangs from a window frame filled with chicken wire glass; a wavy sheet of corrugated metal from a farm shed covers the window opening of a bathroom door; vintage post office boxes are ready to hold knick-knacks or papers in a credenza or table. Some authentic antiques are from farms. “A lot of our stuff is from Gold Rush Days,” Jerry says. Then again, “Some (furnishings) came from T.J. Maxx,” he adds.

GREAT ROOM ADDITION The interior renovation moved through the house from one section to another, allowing Jerry and Kim to stay in the house while it was being transformed. Jerry gutted a portion of the house and then rebuilt it. The great room addition on one side of the house increased the size of the home by 25 percent, approximately 4,000 square feet. Outfitted Kitchen after remodeling. with three TVs

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erry Holecek didn’t take a gradual approach in remodeling the country rambler that he grew up in during the 70s and 80s. He modernized both the house and its surrounding grounds in a year-plus remodeling binge. “It’s quite a transformation,” Jerry says. “There was updating done inside and out.”

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ranging from 50-inch to 70-inch models, the great room is the house’s main entertainment center. It features a viewing wall constructed with tile that resembles Chicago brick and a horizontal electric fireplace for atmosphere. Overhead, beams are exposed, as are rows of shiplap, a type of wooden board common in farm and other rural buildings. From the great room, there’s an uninterrupted view to the kitchen, where white cabinetry, an island with a light gray countertop and silvery metal appliances gleam. Jerry tucked his home office behind the entertainment wall on the main level. The laundry was also relocated to the main floor. A shallow flight of stairs leads down a half-floor to the house’s entry level. Jerry created one of the house’s showpieces, an unusual railing for the lower level staircase. “(Kim) showed me a picture from Pinterest. I had to figure out how to make it,” Jerry says. The railing combines rustic hardwood with supports made from sections of gray, galvanized metal pipe. The effect is modern but with a rustic wood twist. The new plan revamped the master bedroom suite to install an oversized, glass-enclosed shower with separate tub in its bathroom. Then, a large walk-in closet was located beyond the bathroom for convenient dressing. The remodel also converted a family room in the lower level to two bedrooms and a bathroom.

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Landscaped front yard (above) backyard (below) with basketball court.

The home’s exterior also received a makeover that included new siding and roof shingles, as well as a renovated front porch and rear deck. Jerry installed new landscaping around the house, but he also poured a 60-foot concrete patio for a basketball court and a brick fire pit. Family members or guests can watch the action from a revamped deck, made with boards made from high-strength, composite materials. Jerry completed about half of the work himself, saving money and indulging his personal designs along the way. The major remodeling started in October 2014 and was largely done a year later. Bob Freund is a writer based in Rochester.

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EATHER WOITAS, OWNER OF CHERISHED SECONDS, WAS RAISED BY PARENTS WHO ENJOYED DO-IT-YOURSELF PROJECTS AND HOME REMODELING. Dresser from Adourn. HEATHER’S DAD TOLD HER THAT IF SHE WANTED A NEW BEDROOM, SHE WOULD HAVE TO BUILD IT HERSELF. SO SHE DID, AND SHE LOVED THE CHALLENGE. To this day, Heather credits her father’s love of DIY for instilling her passion for refurbishing and restoring vintage and unique items. She isn’t afraid of hands-on work, either. In fact, she relishes it. “There is something to be said about a woman using power tools and using them proficiently. I used to borrow my dad’s tools, but now I have more saws than he does,” she says.

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Melissa sells her handmade pillows at Adourn.

PAINT OPTIONS Cherished Seconds and Adourn each sell and use different kinds of paint for their projects and for their workshops. Both shops sell paints that are safe for kids. Heather uses Debi’s Design Diary DIY Paint. It is mineral- and clay-based with chalk. She likes it because the paint can be distressed, meaning that crafters can create pieces that look aged or will allow for some of the original wood to show. Melissa uses milk paint. This is a paint that begins as a powder to be mixed with water. “I tell my students to only mix up what they are going to use, so it lasts a lot Repurposed wine rack longer. It doesn’t get crusty or cakey,” she painted by Heather at Cherished Seconds explains. Milk paint gives furniture a nice finish. It is lighter than other paints, and it can be made to chip or flake in various places to give it an older, finished look. Melissa says that crafters can also cleanly paint with it for a non-chipped look.

WORKSHOPS Both Cherished Seconds and Adourn offer workshops on painting and refurbishing, including a Bring Your Own Piece workshop in which participants bring a small piece that can be easily carried. Adourn also hosts a Paint Your Own MN workshop, which is a beginning painting class. Cherished Seconds will be hosting Rustic Fence workshops throughout March and April. A full list of workshop dates and times are available on the shop websites. Regardless of which workshop you attend, plan for your own day of restoration and renewal.

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Heather’s store, Cherished Seconds, opened in Stewartville in 2015. “When I first opened the shop, I needed the trifecta: a place to sell, a place to teach and supplies for people who want to do Recycled materials made into it themselves.” flowers at Cherished Seconds. About half of her refurbishing work is done for private clients to restore nostalgic and antique pieces. Heather loves the discovery and creative process. “I love refurbishing dressers. They are so universal, yet with so many different styles and shapes. It might be used for the same purpose, but it won’t be the same. I can take a drawer out, add a shelf, and then add lights,” she says.

filled up with all the pieces I painted,” she says. “It was crazy!” Melissa now works full-time at Adourn, her interior design and DIY store in Chatfield. Most of her clientele are people looking for custom painting projects to refresh their homes or even redo entire rooms. Her previous work as an interior designer makes this idea a reality for her clients. She continues to create other products as well. “Everything in my shop is handmade. My jewelry is sold here. I make my own candles and pillows. My shop has a variety of items, not just painted furniture.”


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T’S ALWAYS A SURE SIGN THAT SPRING IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER WHEN THE SEED AND FLOWER CATALOGS BEGIN ARRIVING IN THE MAIL. SPRING IS SUCH A HOPEFUL TIME OF YEAR, AND THE PROSPECT OF SEEING YOUNG SHOOTS BREAK THROUGH THE SOIL CAN HELP PASS THOSE SEEMINGLY ENDLESS WINTER EVENINGS. LEAFING THROUGH COLORFUL CATALOGS HELPS PEOPLE DREAM ABOUT SPRING, WITH ITS LONGER DAYS AND THE AWESOME FLOWERS AND EDIBLES THEY MAY WANT TO PLANT.

GARDEN TRENDS Spring is, of course, the busiest time of the year at area garden centers. Nina Sargent, co-owner of Sargent’s, says, “There is definitely a shift toward more folks growing their own veggies.” She shares that people want to control what they are eating and know how their produce was grown. She adds that the availability of organic products that really do work has contributed to this growing trend. Container gardening has also become very popular. One of the things that has driven the popularity of container gardens is the fact that they are approachable for all gardening skill levels. If you live in a house or an apartment, you can easily grow plants, flowers or vegetables in a container on your deck, balcony or patio. An added bonus: Planters that are nestled on the deck or balcony are usually safe from deer, rabbits and other furry woodland creatures. Another trend right now is straw bale gardening. The seemingly endless benefits of straw bale gardening have converted many long-time traditional gardeners and newbies alike. Plants are easier to grow and maintain, plus the yields are frequently higher than for those plants grown in soil.

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If you like fresh herbs, you may want to plant a variety of versatile herbs in a beautiful flower pot in your kitchen. Freshly plucked herbs are a nice addition to nearly any meal.

GET THE KIDS INVOLVED Getting kids interested in plants and understanding how their food is grown from an early age can influence a child for a lifetime. Knowing that, Sargent’s offers Wee Wednesday for the pre-kindergarten crowd on the third Wednesday of the month from April through December. Wee Wednesday introduces kids to gardening and helps kids to see that gardening is fun. It’s also fun for kids to help plant the garden at home. Of course, it depends on the child’s age and interest level, but most kids get a kick out of digging holes for the plants, handling the delicate seedlings and watering the babies once they have been transplanted into the soil. Seriously, what kid doesn’t like to play in the dirt?

GETTING STARTED Nurseries, plant sales, sharing with friends and starting plants from seed are all great ways to add plants to your garden. Perennials are awesome because they come back year after year. Most perennials can be divided, which allows you to increase the number of plants in your garden or share with friends and neighbors for no additional cost. Nina Sargent also says that succulents are exceptionally popular right now. She says, “One of the main attractions of succulents is that they are super easy to care for. They require very little water and can be planted just about anywhere or in anything.” Eagle Bluff Skills School in Lanesboro offers food, farm and garden and sustainable living classes. They are offering a seed planting class on March 11. If you prefer plants that are ready to be transplanted, the Rochester Garden and Flower Club will be holding its 78th annual plant sale May 17-18 in the Horticulture Building at the Olmsted County Fairgrounds. This is a great opportunity to purchase unique and hardy plants that have been lovingly tended by a fellow plant lover. Spring is truly just around the corner, and now is the time to start plotting your plant plans for the upcoming growing season. Cindy Mennenga, owner of Straight Talk Wellness, is a health coach and freelance writer based in Rochester.

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FTER LOSING A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF WEIGHT, EXTRA SKIN CAN MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO MANAGE A HEALTHY, ACTIVE LIFESTYLE OR A MORE SLEEK AND TONED APPEARANCE. BODY CONTOURING CAN REMOVE EXCESS SKIN AND FAT TISSUE FROM ONE OR MORE AREAS OF THE ABDOMEN, HIPS, BUTTOCKS, THIGHS, CHEST, ARMS OR BREASTS.

BODY CONTOURING CHOICES Body contouring involves many choices. One of the most important is choosing a surgeon you can trust. There are several options here in Rochester. Olmsted Medical Center (OMC) offers reconstructive and cosmetic procedures. Dr. Srdan Babovic and the newest member of the OMC plastic surgery department, Dr. Ghassan Mehio, share a passion for helping people look their best. Dr. Babovic has been a practicing plastic surgeon since 2000 and is named one of America’s Top Plastic Surgeons according to Consumers’ Research Council of America (Reconstructive Surgery Liposuction Facts, Tummy Tuck). OMC cooperates with other doctors and specialists in many medical groups, including Mayo Clinic and private practitioners. Mayo Clinic has a number of skilled physicians who perform a wide range of cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries. Mayo Clinic surgeons are all boardcertified in their specialties, and many have earned national reputations for their expertise. Jacobson Plastic Surgery, the first private practice surgery center located in northwest Rochester, opened in November 2016. Dr. Steven Jacobson is boardcertified in both general and plastic surgery and is the current president Dr. Steven Jacobson of the Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Jacobson is experienced in facial rejuvenation, as well as aesthetic and reconstructive breast and body surgery. He is well-known internationally for his progressive techniques and, more importantly, his patient-centered approach.

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BODY CONTOURING RESULTS Body contouring is often performed in stages. Your health condition and goals, as well as your plastic surgeon's best judgment, will all influence your surgical plan. An initial consultation can be completed in about two hours. During the consultation, patients meet with a surgeon and talk about expectations and desired outcomes for the surgery. At OMC, Vectra XT® 3D, an imaging system, is used during the consultation to help patients visualize the effects of face, breast and body procedures. Plastic surgery is not just an operation to Drs. Mehio and Babovic; it is about the journey with the patient. Dr. Babovic explains that it could take up to two years to achieve the desired body contouring results, depending on the number of procedures necessary. Typically, the first body contouring procedure is a circumferential body lift which consists of a tummy tuck and back tuck to remove excess skin and fat tissue from the midsection. Healing from the circumferential lift takes an initial two weeks until the inflammatory chemicals released by the body have cleared. You can Dr Babovic and Dr. Mehio are on the fully resume normal Olmsted Medical Center plastic surgery team. activities and exercise six weeks post-surgery. The next body contouring procedure can be performed approximately six months later. Depending on your surgical plan, secondary procedures include breast lift, arm lift, thigh lift and facelift. Body contouring procedures will always leave a scar because of the large incisions required to remove excess skin. However, Dr. Babovic says, “It is our job to hide it well.” At OMC, a radio frequency surgical technology system called a PEAK PlasmaBlade® is used to make the incisions. Benefits include reduced blood loss, minimal internal damage to the skin and a significantly reduced healed scar width.

COST AND BENEFITS OF BODY CONTOURING Body contouring procedures are highly customized to the individual patient, and costs can vary. Many insurance companies consider body contouring surgery cosmetic and do not cover the procedure, making it an out of pocket expense. An important factor in deciding whether to have a body contouring procedure is to have an understanding of what will happen before, during and after the procedure. Meet with a surgeon for a consultation, so you know what results to expect. Consultations can range from $150-$300. Cosmetic surgery is often done to improve physical appearance, but for some, the benefits are more than cosmetic. Imagine you have lost 100 pounds and your body no longer matches the way you feel inside because you still feel “flabby” due to excess skin. Getting rid of that extra skin can improve your quality of life, self-esteem and improve self-confidence. These added benefits can be more dramatic than any physical improvement. Dr. Mehio explains, “There are so many ways to help patients, but this is one of the few surgery professions where you get to give back to the patient.” RWmagazine.com March/April 2016 45


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Body contouring is also done non-invasively utilizing laser technology. Dr. Vicky Hagstrom provides VASER® Shape non-invasive body contouring services through anew medspa.clinic in Minnetonka and Rochester. According to American Health & Beauty website, the Vaser Shape device is an alternative to current non-surgical contouring devices that use laser power. Vaser Shape uses two ultrasound heads that are positioned next to each other and the ultrasound energy converges like a V below the surface of the skin. Through this process, the fat tissue dies and the body passes the fat out naturally. VASER Shape is not for those who have a lot of loose skin or are very overweight. It is recommended for those who have a small area of fat to lose in areas such as the abdomen, arms, legs, back of legs and more. For patients who want to avoid surgery, VASER Shape is a viable option; however, it is not a replacement for liposuction or skin tightening procedures. Essence Skin Clinic offers SculpSure, another non-invasive body contouring treating areas of fat to help you achieve the shape you want. SculpSure® is a laser fat

removal system that works by directing laser energy into your treated areas. This laser energy heats the fat cells, permanent destroying the fat. Depending on your needs and degree of body sculpting, consult your physician or medspa professional for a consultation today. You could be wearing your dream swimsuit this summer. Brittney Marschall works for Olmsted County and is a freelance writer.

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RENDA SHAMBLIN, MANDY WANZEK, KATHY JOHNSON AND I WERE ALL ACQUAINTANCES, AND WE HAVE BECOME VERY CLOSE FRIENDS OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS. OUR JOURNEY STARTED IN 2012 WHEN WE MET AT MOMS ON THE RUN, A RUNNING GROUP FOR MOMS OF VARYING FITNESS LEVELS. THE PROGRAM’S SUPPORT SYSTEM OF COACH AND TEAM COMMUNITY HAS BEEN LIFE-CHANGING FOR MANY MOMS WHO SAID, “I COULDN’T RUN AROUND THE BLOCK,” AND ARE NOW RUNNING HALF MARATHONS. THIS WAS TRUE FOR US, AND OUR GROUP CATAPULTED US INTO A WORLD WHERE WE DIDN’T THINK WE BELONGED.

MOTIVATION Last year, we decided to set a lofty goal. We signed up for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Las Vegas, Nevada. We followed the Hal Higdon training plan for half marathon training. We did short runs during the week and long runs on the weekend. Time constraints were definitely the biggest challenge for us. We are all working moms, and carving out the time for training was difficult. We ran three mornings a week at 5:30 a.m. It wasn’t easy, but I can speak for all of us when I say it was well worth it. We arrived in Las Vegas with a mixture of nervous anticipation and newfound confidence. Before the marathon, there was a large expo with various race sponsor booths. At the Toyota booth, you could sit in a car, and record inspiring messages. We got to watch the messages while running along the route, which was really awesome. We wore buttons that explained why we were running. We all had different reasons, but mostly we wanted to run for the people who

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couldn’t. Kathy lost her boyfriend, Jeff Gravon, to cancer, and she had promised him before he died that she would run a half marathon. For her, the race took on a personal goal of fulfilling that promise. The Las Vegas strip was completely closed down, and people were cheering in front of all the beautiful hotels. Bands along the route kept us distracted from what we were doing. From the volunteers to the police presence, everyone was encouraging and kind. Some of the proceeds of the race went to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. We met people who were pushing kids with cancer in strollers. One fellow runner was being treated for stage four breast cancer. The stories were so inspiring and fueled our energy as we ran the race.

BENEFITS We have met wonderful people on this journey. We have walking friends along West River Parkway, Betsy and Alison, who cheered for us and encouraged us every morning we were out there training. The staff at Hy-Vee North call us the crazy ladies with the dog. On our birthdays after our run, we each get a coffee and split a donut four ways. The ladies in the bakery say we are the only ones who ever make that request. Our friendships have grown through this journey. We have held each other up through some stressful life experiences. Running certainly helps cope with the curve balls life throws at us. We have learned the running community is full of positive, motivated people, and it has been great to be a part of it. This experience definitely stretched all of us beyond what we ever thought we could do. It has been empowering and has opened our eyes to new experiences. All of us would say don’t wait until you’re the perfect weight or in the best shape to do something like this. We are not what you would call your “typical” runners. Don’t wait or think about it too much. Your body can do amazing things right where you are at. So dream big, work hard, have fun and reap the rewards that come from accomplishing your goals, even the ones you thought were impossible. Stephanie Sawyer is a wife and mom and works at Sunset Terrace Elementary School.

Mandy Wanzek, Stephanie Sawyer, Kathy Johnson and Brenda Shamblin of Rochester celebrate running their first half marathon in Las Vegas.

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PRING BREAK IS FAST APPROACHING, SO FAMILIES AND STUDENTS MAY BE LOOKING TO ESCAPE THE BLUSTERING COLD OF MINNESOTA IN FAVOR OF MORE MODERATE TEMPERATURES. BUT WHAT HAPPENS IF WEATHER OR OTHER PERSONAL FACTORS CREEP UP AND YOUR TRAVEL PLANS ARE DELAYED OR CANCELLED COMPLETELY? THE SOLUTION FOR ALL THINGS IS TO TAKE ADVANCE PRECAUTIONS, AND TRAVEL IS NO DIFFERENT. BY CONSIDERING THE ADVANTAGES OF TRAVEL INSURANCE, YOU CAN REST EASY THAT ANY CHANGE OF PLANS CAN BE ONLY TEMPORARY.

Marcy Jacobson, owner of Adler’s Travel, is a strong proponent of travel insurance. “Clients buy insurance on themselves, their homes and cars; they need to insure their vacations, as well,” she states.

PLAN FOR THE UNEXPECTED According to Jacobson, travelers sometimes save a long time for expensive vacations and getaways, and unexpected events can and do come up, which prevent the execution of those travel plans. Without travel insurance, in most cases that money is gone. But with travel insurance, the money already spent can often be recovered. “It honestly takes a lot of worry and burden off of the client when they have the peace of mind that it will be taken care of. We think of it as: I would rather have insurance and not need it, than need it and not have it,” says Jacobson. Insurance benefits and costs vary, and there are different types of plans based on your coverage needs. Jacobson explains, “Some are just for medical during your trip; some cover pre-existing medical conditions; some even cover if you have to cancel for a work reason.” The rates for these policies are on a per person, per trip cost and are usually based upon the traveler’s age at the time the policy is purchased.

Additionally, many policies offer family coverage, which includes, at no additional charge, children age 17 and younger who are traveling with and related to the primary adult on the policy.

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS OF TRAVEL INSURANCE Some benefits of travel insurance kick in after travel has begun. Among these are emergency medical coverage, emergency medical transportation (which, according to Jacobson, can cost thousands of dollars), baggage protection, baggage delay, trip interruption, coverage for a missed connection, 24-hour hotline and sometimes, overnight hotel accommodations for missed flights. Jacobson states, “It’s bad enough to need medical assistance while away from home. The insurance company has contacts and can recommend the best facility for your needs.” The best part is that these plans can usually be tailored to your specific needs. You can even exclude any members of your travel party who wish not to take out the extra travel insurance.

DO YOU NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE? According to Jacobson, it may depend upon your trip. If your travel is in an easy day-trip by car with only an overnight hotel stay, then it may not be necessary. On the other hand, Jacobson says, “There is that instance where you might be out network (and) require medical attention. Then it would be invaluable.” Jacobson’s best advice is to weigh the out-of pocket expenses. “I would suggest purchasing insurance for any component that would be non-refundable after a certain deadline. For example, some hotels state if you cancel within 72 hours of arrival you will lose one night deposit. You would have to weigh out the cost of the insurance versus that penalty to see if it is worth it.” Catherine H. Armstrong holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma. Her debut novel, “The Edge of Nowhere” was released in January 2016 under the pen name C.H. Armstrong and was inspired by her own family’s struggles during the 1930s Dust Bowl. For more information, visit charmstrongbooks.com RWmagazine.com March/April 2017 49


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HE ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (RIFF) IS A ONE-WEEK EVENT, SCREENING APPROXIMATELY 20 FILMS NOT OTHERWISE AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE IN SOUTHEASTERN MINNESOTA. THE FESTIVAL RUNS FROM APRIL 21-27, 2017 AND IS HOSTED BY THE ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FILM GROUP (RIFG). Jan Behrens, RIFG board member, explains, “Our basic goal is to provide a local opportunity to see world cinema. And, movies are always better in a theater.” In addition to international films, one or more Minnesota filmmakers attend the showings to answer audience questions. “Two years ago,” Behrens recalls, “we showed a Minnesota-made film called ‘Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile.’ The filmmaker talked afterward about how she happened to make a movie about a young gal living in the Twin Cities who traveled all the way to India to be in the Miss Tibet contest. Fascinating!”

FILM SELECTION The 2017 schedule is not yet available because so much is yet to be discovered. Behrens explains, “The experienced and talented film programmers of the Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul help us book our program of movies, many of which are also included in their film festival. The rest of the RIFF offerings are selected by members of the board, based upon award-winners from other international festivals and international movies in the press.” The film schedule will be finalized around April 1 and will be available on rifg.org. Though the exact films have not yet been selected, the recipe is clear. Each year the program includes documentaries with a world viewpoint, the winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and other films nominated in that category and one or two family-friendly movies, shown midday on Saturday or Sunday of the festival week. Behrens ensures that at least some of the festival will be appropriate for all ages. “I think it is important that younger audiences, including young adults, have a chance to enjoy movies from all cultures of the world,” Behrens says. In most cases, younger viewers should be able to read subtitles for the best experience. Dr. Alan Hoffman, director of RIFG, adds, “These are a unique group of films that have not and generally will never be shown in Rochester and southeast Minnesota again. Many of the films will not be available on DVD or even through Netflix.”

RIFF’S 22ND YEAR In 1996, Hoffman helped found the festival. The group defines themselves as film enthusiasts interested in world arts and culture, as well as promoting Minnesota-made films. Because these are current films—many of which are shown consecutively at film festivals throughout the country—the opportunity for RIFF to

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have these high-quality films is limited to when the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival is held, which is also in April. Hoffman opines, “We really want people in southeastern Minnesota to have the opportunity to see these excellent films without having to travel out of the region.”

ATTENDING THE FESTIVAL The group aims to keep the cost lower than the theater charges for its other screening to encourage young people to try out the festival. Opening night is Friday, April 21. Before the first film begins, attendees can join the opening night reception featuring food, beverages and music. Behrens says, “We typically sell out the theater on opening night. Everybody has a good time. And if it's a comedy, you always laugh harder when it's a packed house!” This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund. Gina Dewink is a Rochester writer with a passion for storytelling and cinema.

WHEN: Friday, April 21-Thursday, April 27 For more information, visit rifg.org Children $5.50 all times | Students (with ID) $6.50 all times Seniors (60+) $6.50 all times Adults $7 before 6 p.m., $8.75 after 6 p.m.

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MARCH 3 Wines of the World, Rochester International Event Center, A wide selection of 200+ wines plus additional beers and craft spirits, 6-9 pm, 288-7195, bearcreekservices.org

MARCH 4 Choral Arts Ensemble Presents Singing For Life: High School Choral Festival Concert, Assisi Heights Lourdes Chapel, A high-quality performance of choral and orchestral masterworks, 7:30 pm, 252-8427, choralartsensemble.org

MARCH 4 Riverside Concerts Presents: Run Boy Run, Rochester Art Center, Come listen to revived music inspired by the traditional, Appalachian South, 7:30 pm, 328-2200, rochestermn.gov

MARCH 4, 18 & APR 1, 15, 29 Rochester Downtown Winter Farmers Market, Olmsted County Fairgrounds, A variety of locally grown produce along with meats, dairy, and more, 9 am-12 pm, 273-8232, rochesterdowntownfarmersmarket.org

MARCH 5 33rd Annual Taste of the Town, Rochester Event Center, Vendors, guests, and volunteers join in for a night of delicious fun, Time TBD, 288-3663, salvationarmynorth.org

MARCH 5, 26 Townsend Flea/Vintage Market, Mayo Civic Center, Come and be dazzled by vintage finds, antiques, collectibles, and repurposed items, 10 am-4 pm, 269-1473, mayociviccenter.com

MARCH 7 - APRIL 25 Beginning Experience: “Coping with Life Alone" - a program offering support and encouragement for the divorced, separated or widowed to help renew hope toward a fulling future, 507-261-8248 www.beminnesota.org

MARCH 10-12 54th Townsquare Media Home, Vacation, and RV Show, Olmsted County Fairgrounds, A wide variety of exhibits and displays for interested home buyers, Fri: 3-8 pm; Sat: 10 am-6 pm; Sun: 10 am-3 pm, 2861010, krocam.com/category/vacation-rv-show/ 52 March/April 2017 RWmagazine.com

MARCH 10-11, 16-18, 23-26

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Rochester Repertory Theatre, A comedy by Christopher Durang that will have you laughing out loud, Thurs, Fri, and Sat: 7:30 pm; Sun: 2 pm, 289-1737, rochesterrep.org

MARCH 11-12 RSOC’s An Opera Affair, Lourdes High School, Top area soloists will join the Chorale for a night of opera, Sat: 7:30 pm; Sun: 2 pm, 286-8742, rochestersymphony.org

MARCH 12 Singsation Children's Choral Festival, Century High School, Featuring Children's Chorus & Treble Choir, guest choirs and singers from area schools, 4 pm, 252-0505, honorschoirs.org

MARCH 12 Festival of Music Concert, First Presbyterian Church, Featuring Lee Afdahl on organ and piano along with a full ensemble, 4 pm, 254-6862, fpcrochester.org

MARCH 15 An Inspirational Lenten Concert, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, A Christian/folk performance by songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist Luke Spehar, 6:30-8 pm, 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org

MARCH 17-APRIL 9 The Drowsy Chaperone: the Musical, Rochester Civic Theatre, A parody of the 1920s American musical comedy that’s sure to delight, Thurs, Fri, Sat: 7 pm; Sun: 2 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

MARCH 18-19 Choral Arts Ensemble Presents: Messiah, Parts II & III, Assisi Heights Lourdes Chapel, Come listen to Handel’s Messiah that has thrilled and inspired the world, Sat: 7:30 pm; Sun: 4 pm, 252-8427, choralartsensemble.org

MARCH 18, 25 & APRIL 1 Fashionable Recycling, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, Learn to make and recycle your food bags into fashionable handbags, 1-3 pm, 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org

MARCH 19

The Passion of Christ Lyra Baroque Concert, Christ United Methodist Church, A grand collaboration to explore the music of Carl Heinrich Graun, 4 pm, (651) 321-2214, lyrabaroque.org

MARCH 19 Chanhassen Dinner Theater "Grease" Trolley Tour, Government Center Lot, Prime seating will include dinner as you enjoy a spectacular show, 1:3010:30 pm, 421-0573, rochestermntours.com

MARCH 23 Downtown Rochester’s Ladies Night Out, Downtown Rochester, A fun night for women to partake in shopping, dining, and giveaways, Time TBD, 216-9882, downtownrochestermn.com

MARCH 24 Southeastern Minnesota 2nd Annual Toast & Taste, Rochester International Event Center, Raise funds for a community amphitheater, arts and entertainment, and family destination, 6-10:30 pm, 533-4745, stewartvillefoundation.org

MARCH 25 Women of Mayo: Living the History, Mayowood Mansion, An evening of education and entertainment with the brilliant, historical Mayo women, Varying times, 282-9447, olmstedhistory.com/mayowood-mansion/

MARCH 25 Rochester Microbrewery Trolley Tour, Government Center Lot, Visit four different brew pubs and sample craft beers at each stop, 1-6:30 pm, 421-0573, rochestermntours.com

MARCH 25-26 41st Annual Rochester Woodcarvers Show, Graham Park, Come see a wide variety of carving styles performed by club members, 10 am-4 pm, rochesterwoodcarvers.com

MARCH 29 Women on Wednesdays: Our Experiences Raising a Son, Rochester Civic Theatre, Participate in a profound discussion and share your experiences with other women, 5-7 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

APRIL

APRIL 2 39th Annual Fools Five Road Race, Lewiston, MN, Help raise funds for cancer research by making and collecting pledges, 9 am, 523-2024, foolsfive.org

APRIL 7-8 20th Annual Valley Featherlite's Bull Riding Challenge, Graham Arena, Featuring some of the best cowboys and bulls in the country, 7:30 pm, rochesterbullriding.com


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The Original Harlem Globetrotters, Mayo Civic Center Arena, Witness ball-handling magic, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment, 7 pm, 328-2222, mayociviccenter.com

APRIL 20 Studs, Struts & Stilettos, Mayo Civic Center Auditorium, A benefit for Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity showcasing building industry professionals, Time TBD, 282-7698, rochesterareabuilders.com

APRIL 22 Dancing for the Arts Take VI, Mayo Civic Center, Celebrities and professional dancers will perform to raise money for art programs, 5:15 pm, 424-0811, rochartstrust.org

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Wine, Roses, and Craft Beer, Canadian Honker Events at Apache, Dinner, dessert, drinks, and silent auction items to support PossAbilities programs, 5:30-10 pm, 281-6116, possabilities.org

APRIL 28 Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos Lyra Baroque Concert, Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Featuring all six of Johann Sebastian Bach’s beloved Brandenburg Concertos, 7:30 pm, (651) 321-2214, lyrabaroque.org

APRIL 28-29 Mid West Music Fest, Winona, Featuring over 100 acts, quality music, artist collaborations, and special events, Varying Times, midwestmusicfest.org

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Introduction to Weaving: A Spiritual Experience, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, Learn various techniques with instructor Nancy Ellison to create woven art, 10 am-4 pm, 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org

Bluff Country Studio Art Tour, Southeastern MN, Treat yourself to a weekend of art in galleries and artist studios, 10 am-5 pm, bluffcountrystudioarttour.org

APRIL 22-23

RIA World Festival, Mayo High School, Cultural and non-profit organization displaying food, stage performances, activities, and more, 10 am-4 pm, 316-3114, ria-minnesota.org/worldfestival/

RSOC’s Journey Through Space, Lourdes High School, RSOC’s season finale reaches to the stars with a symphonic, celestial celebration, Sat: 7:30 pm; Sun: 2 pm, 286-8742, rochestersymphony.org

APRIL 23 Spring Finale, Bethel Lutheran Church, Showcasing all five Honors Choirs ensembles for a spectacular spring finale, 3 pm & 5 pm, 252-0505, honorschoirs.org

APRIL 27-29 Peer Gynt, RCTC’s Hill Theater, Norwegian Epic relaying a man’s journey to seek the meaning of life, 7:30 pm, 285-7210, rctc.edu/studentlife/theatre/

APRIL 27-30 The Children's Dance Theatre presents: The Jungle Book, Rochester Civic Theatre, Come see an artistic twist on this cherished story for all ages, Thurs, Fri, Sat: 7 pm; Sun: 2 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

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APRIL 29 March of Dimes March for Babies, RCTC Fieldhouse, Walk to raise money for babies and affected families in the community, 1:30 pm, 282-0649, marchforbabies.org

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MAY 4-6 Just Between Friends Spring Sale, Graham Arena, A community consignment sale that offers everything children and parents could need, Thurs: 7 am-7 pm; Fri: 8 am-7 pm; Sat: 8 am-1 pm, 990-7668, rochester.jbfsale.com

MAY 6 Walk MS Christopher and Banks Rochester Walk, Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial Park, Walk, raise funds, and change the world for everyone affected by MS, 10 am, (855) 372-1331, main. nationalmssociety.org

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Awkward Moments WE MUST CHOOSE TO EMBRACE

BY AMY BRASE

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ACKRUBS ARE MY LOVE LANGUAGE. FLOWERS ARE NICE. LETTERS ARE SWEET. HELP WITH THE DISHES IS GLORIOUS. BUT THE KEY TO MY HEART? THE SECRET TO MY SWOON? A GOOD OLDFASHIONED SHOULDER RUB FROM MY HUBBY. ADD A FOOT RUB, AND IT’S AN EXTRA SPECIAL NIGHT. IF A LITTLE HEAD MASSAGE COMES INTO PLAY? MELT!

Men, roll your eyes and groan if you must, but you have got to trust me on this one. Women, you know it’s true. A massage without expectations? Tenderness just because? Priceless. Maybe it’s the comfort level. There’s no one who knows me as well as my man, and there’s nowhere as comfy as our own living room. Or maybe my aching body just needs the attention. After all, hundreds of research studies boast of the health benefits of massage. Or maybe, I just sort of like to be pampered.

GOING PRO Regardless of why, my hubby has faithfully met my massage needs. On special occasions, he even books professional massages for me. (Not for him, to be clear. He has no interest in the couple experience.) There’s nothing quite like disrobing in a small, dark room and lying mostly naked under a 54 March/April 2017 RWmagazine.com

sheet as a stranger kneads muscles that have been sorely neglected. There’s great potential for awkwardness, but awkward is a choice. What if this person is creepy or excessively chatty? What if I have to pee? In moments like these, we must simply choose to embrace the experience (figuratively, not literally, of course).

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS A standard massage is typically performed in a tranquil, private room on an extremely cozy bed with a padded donut hole for the face, making it possible to lie comfortably face-down. This alone is a treat. A quiet room where nobody needs me for 30 or 50 minutes is the bonus. It’s only natural for doubts to creep in as the oil is warmed and you stare down at the massage therapist’s shoes. Alas, the worries of the world fade away with the dissolving of each kink and knot. Most massage therapists know how to move seamlessly from one muscle to the next and skillfully drape the sheets to make the experience as modest as possible. Except for that one unavoidable moment known as the flip over where one side of the sheet is held high and the massage therapist turns her head to allow for a graceful roll. In my case, it’s more like a clumsy,

three-point turn in which I tangle myself in the blanket and acquire a rug burn on my knee.

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE TRANQUIL I’ve had some beautiful spa massages, like the one in a sunlit room overlooking a pristine white beach in Jacksonville, Florida or the one in Scottsdale, Arizona that was so relaxing I almost cried. Some people find massage so euphoric that they drool or even fall asleep. I’m usually too distracted by the various degrees of body contortion and trying to avoid any possible reflex kicking. I’ve had a few less than cloud-nine experiences. Like the time I had a cold and my entire focus was preventing my nose from dripping onto her shoes. Or the time I mixed it up with a little Thai flavor. The incense and tinkling bells should have tipped me off. But nothing really could have prepared me for the assisted yoga poses and abrupt beating of the gong. Without fail, even when the massage feels a bit bungled, I still float away with crazy hair, an indented face and a blissful smile. Nobody can argue that hot rocks and bamboo canes are the stuff that dreams are made of. But given a choice, I choose my hubby behind me on the couch any day. Amy Brase is a writer who considers a good massage to be worth every penny.


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