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Cover Story Heidi Mestad Building her career and our community.

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Calm Kids Chersten Keillor teaches self-regulation through yoga. By Emily Watkins

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Alzheimer’s Disease Stole her love for cookies— and her love for me.

By Trish Amundsom Cover photo by Mike Hardwick Photography

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Careers for Women and Men

Let’s Get Personal I Am A Beautiful Rochester Woman Whitney Peterson.

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Photography by Dawn Sanborn and Tracey McGuire

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By Ann Noser

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Legal Planning for Parents Family members of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients need legal advice.

Home and Garden 27

Triumph through Tragedy How Rochester is working to combat human trafficking. By Tori Utley

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Dads and Grads Growlers, rock climbing accessories and timely gift ideas.

in every issue From the Editor In the Know Marketplace Calendar Events Advertisers Index

Recycled Creations Glass garden art.

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The Male Perspective Tierre Webster talks about life, love and relationships.

Healthy Living 17

What Is a Medi-Spa? Perfecting imperfections and taking care of ourselves.

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Mind Over Matter Playing mind games to get myself to run. By Kate Wallace

Food and Wine 28

Food That Makes You Feel Pretty You are what you eat.

Remodelers Corner Hidden Space Above garage becomes family gathering place By Bob Freund

Travel 50

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Girls’ Night Out Planting Parties Tapping into the roots of great get-togethers. By Kim Zabel

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Four Generations of Awesome The four generations photo of me with my grandma Ella, mother Linda and daughter Tiffany was taken two years ago on Mother’s Day. My daughter’s Facebook post says, “Four generations of AWESOME! #mothersday.” My grandma has been suffering more and more from Alzheimer’s. Though it’s my grandmother’s disease, my mom has been affected the most. She says her mom is not the mom she once had. My grandma will be moving to an assisted living apartment when she returns from Florida in May. It’s been a challenge emotionally and legally for my family to make changes for my grandma. We hope she enjoys living in a more supportive environment. With strong bipartisan and bicameral support, our region’s Minnesota Senator Carla Nelson (R-Rochester) introduced the Alzheimer’s Research and Support Act (S.F. 247) on January 21, 2015. The act consists of statewide, regional and local research grants, an Alzheimer's public information program designed to meet the needs of caregivers of persons with dementia and an Alzheimer’s research advisory council. Nelson comments, “Just like growing numbers of Minnesotans, Alzheimer’s touched my life when my father received the diagnosis we suspected and feared—a diagnosis for a disease without a cure.” In this issue of RochesterWomen veterinarian Ann Noser tells about her mother’s last 12 years living with Alzheimer’s (page 21) and the challenges she faced when her mother no longer recognized her. We give our regards to Ann, whose mother passed away just after Christmas 2015. On the other end of the caretaking spectrum, we have energetic Heidi Mestad, the successful entrepreneur and mother (page 12). She tells us about bringing the community together to build a strong foundation for Children’s Museum of Rochester. We also feature our third I Am A Beautiful Rochester Woman winner Whitney Peterson, mother of two, who is very thankful for the opportunity to get clothes and a makeover for her photoshoot (page 14). For Mother’s Day we take a look at medi-spas and how they differ from regular spas (page 17). We also feature recipes from a local restaurant that make us feel pretty. We provide some great gift ideas for dads (Father’s Day is June 19) and graduates (page 47). Thank you for reading RochesterWomen magazine. We are better together. Sincerely, jorrie@RWmagazine.com

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MEDITATION IN THE GARDEN Fri., June 10, 17 and 24, 9:30a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Assisi Heights, 1001 14th St. NW, Rochester Engage in mindful meditations to absorb the garden through its sounds, sights, textures and smells. Breathing exercises help clear the mind of its chatter and bring progressive relaxation, as you restore emotional balance, cultivate inner peace and deepen your connection to the beauty of nature. Weather permitting, class will be outside. Free will donation, preregistration requested by June 5, rochesterfranciscan.org or contact Angie@ ahsc@rochesterfranciscan.org or 280-2195.

WEED WARRIOR PROGRAM Sat., May 14, 9 a.m.–12 p.m., Quarry Hill Nature Center Invasive species such as garlic mustard and buck thorn are threatening native plants and wildflowers. By joining the weed warrior program, you will learn what the enemies look like and the tools used to fight them. This introduction to invasive species and supervised pulling of Garlic Mustard is suitable for adults and older children. This class is free. For a full listing of preschool, school-age and adult camps and classes at Quarry Hill visit qhnc.org/calendar.html.

GARDEN FAIR BENEFITS HOMELESS YOUTH AND LINK Sat., June 4, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., History Center of Olmsted County, 1195 West Circle Drive S.W., Rochester Admission is a non-perishable food item, paper product or cleaning supply to stock the pantry for homeless youth. There will be seminars and demonstrations. Garden art, plants and various (new and gently used) gardening products all related to gardening will be available for purchase. To donate items contact Barb Johnston at 2068053. For booth rental or more information contact Lorrie Alberts at 358-5680 or withluvfromlorri@msn.com. See facebook. com/GardenFair for more information.

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Mon., May 23, breakfast at 6:15 a.m., Willow Creek Golf Course The Kid’s Cup Golf Tournament, in its 20th year, has raised over $1.4 million. The local Express Employment Professionals sponsor the event, which includes green fees, carts, gifts for the golfers, breakfast, and hors d’oeuvres. Initially benefitting Mayo Clinic Children’s Center and Gillette Children’s Hospital, in 2012 Kid’s Cup decided all proceeds should stay local and has since benefitted Mayo Clinic and prenatal and infant care at Olmsted Medical Center. Golfers must raise a minimum of $500. Register at kidscuprochester.org.

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HE GIRLS BOUND INTO THE ROOM, CHATTING AND GIGGLING. THEY DON’T LOOK LIKE YOGIS. HOWEVER, THEY CLEARLY KNOW THE ROUTINE OF THIS CLASS AS THEY HELP TEACHER CHERSTEN KEILLOR TAKE MATS AND EQUIPMENT OUT OF HER LARGE TOTES AND SET THEM UP.

Photo provided by Chersten Keillor

LEARNING TO BE CALM, LISTEN AND FOCUS Chersten begins class by having the girls find a comfortable position, close their eyes and notice the sounds around them. She uses a chime to indicate when an exercise is starting and ending. The girls are still and quiet, eyes closed, focused. The girls then lie on their backs and put bean bag “buddies” on their bellies. This extra weight helps them feel their stomachs rise as Chersten has a passion for developing they focus on breathing wellness in everyone she works with. very deeply, which allows the kids’ heart rates to slow. This is a stress management technique that is very effective for kids and adults, and practicing it in class will make it easier for the girls to access these strategies when faced with a stressful situation. Next the class moves into stretching and yoga poses, and then the girls teach each other poses that they have created. The atmosphere is relaxed and unintimidating. The kids have a great rapport, helping and encouraging each other.

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TRAINING THE BRAIN

Working with children is not new to Chersten. She has a passion for helping kids be mindful and grateful. A mother of two, she recognizes that kids need to be taught how to slow down and make better decisions. Kids are told all day long to sit still and be quiet, be calm, listen and focus, but no one really teaches them how to do that. The brain is a muscle that needs BENEFITS OF YOGA to be trained to be able to improve focus and the ability • Improve balance, strength to pay attention. “Learning to and flexibility bring awareness to your thought • Improve ability to self-regulate processes, habits, reactions and • Decrease impulsivity beliefs allows you to make new • Improve motor development choices in each moment and • Sharpen brain power choose new thoughts and habits • Improve concentration that will serve you better,” and focus explains Chersten. • Increase calm Kids are surrounded by • Improve quality of sleep technology, and unfortunately • Improve ability to handle this trains brains to be distracted. normal stress and anxiety Yoga counters that. Chersten says • More emotional control a fundamental goal of yoga is to • Better brain integration “quiet the chatter, think more clearly, have more self-control and bring your attention and mindfulness to what you are doing, saying or thinking.” She says that it is a gift to learn yoga so young, and the skills will serve them well throughout life.

COMPASSIONATE PRESENCE This is the first time Chersten has offered a class like this at Assisi Heights. Part of the mission at Assisi Heights is “to be a compassionate presence for peace in our world,” and Chersten feels that yoga makes its participants “more compassionate because of the emphasis on mindfulness and the connection between yourself and others.” In yoga there are lessons about non-violence, truth, generosity, hard work, moderation, gratitude and contentment. Chersten’s vision is to impact as many children as possible “so that we raise more kind, compassionate, aware and caring children to grow into conscientious adults.” Coming in August, look for a two-day yoga and mindfulness camp at Assisi Heights for kids 9-13 year olds. If you are interested in registering your child, go to rochesterfranciscan.org/whats-happening/515-yogamindfulness-for-kids.html. Emily Watkins is the owner of Empowered Wellness & Fitness Studio.

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DAHEID “HEIDI” MESTAD IS A NATURAL FIT IN HER POSITION AS DIRECTOR OF MINNESOTA CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF ROCHESTER, WHERE SHE DRAWS UPON VALUABLE LESSONS AND EXPERIENCES TO LAY A STRONG FOUNDATION AND BUILD FOR SUCCESS.

At Minnesota Children’s Museum of Rochester, which opened in 2012, Heidi Mestad is creating an environment where 21st-century workforce skills are fostered, healthy bodies and minds are nurtured and immersive experiences are delivered. More simply, she is encouraging and enabling exploration and discovery through play.

CULTIVATING A LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

"I believe that if you connect diverse thinkers in a room, you get unique outcomes that are impactful and sustainable. It is never done by one person and is always built off those before you.“ — Heidi Mestad

Since taking the director position in December 2015, Mestad has been working toward several goals. She aims to offer opportunities that are crucial to the development and growth of youth, such as tools to draw out skills in creative and critical thinking, selfcontrol, confidence, collaboration, communication and coordination. In addition to focusing on youth, Mestad plans to increase the depth and breadth of programming with partners and to prototype new ways of experiential learning. In addition, she collaborates with various stakeholders and teams, including the museum’s board of directors, members, staff and community partners. Together they work to craft an impactful vision and exceed current and future needs of the community. “In an effort to identify future purpose, key partnerships and impactful programming, the museum will need time to strategically build and implement the vision that aligns with the region’s projected growth and impact needs of community and visitors,” Mestad says. 12

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CURIOSITY AND CHOICE Mestad, a Rochester native, reflects on the lessons of her childhood. “I was definitely more of a tomboy, with a curious and adventurous spirit,” she says. From serving as the “guinea pig“ for two older sisters to finding creative ways of problem solving, her entrepreneurial nature serves her well and motivates her to seek innovative opportunities. Her parents, with a very successful business of their own, nurtured Mestad’s inquisitiveness and instilled a strong work ethic. She recalls how they strived to balance career and family time, which was difficult to do, and exemplified the model that hard work pays off. “If you invest your skills, attributes, energy and talents, the reward is a positive experience for yourself and for others,” she learned.


Unfortunately, not all lessons were easy. “The loss of my eldest sister when I was 14 showed me that people have a choice on how to approach life,” Mestad says. “Although the loss was a huge void and disruptor in my family, eventually the saying that ‘life does go on’ is true. Each day is truly worth feeling and living, if you choose to.”

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GROUNDING FORCES Mestad credits her matrilineal heritage—strong females in her family, such as grandmothers, her mother, an aunt, sisters, cousins and her daughter—with inspiration that guided her through the years. “My sister, mother and daughter continue to be grounding forces in my life,” she says. “My daughter, Dasia (age 19), and I have grown up together, and she is a key driving force in my life,” says Mestad. “I wanted to be a role model to show her that you can really do whatever you are passionate about and achieve it.” This led Mestad to make the decision to leave Rochester to pursue her undergraduate and graduate degrees. “My son, August (age 5), is a constant bolt of energy and joy. He is a great reminder to have patience and to play.”

A FORMATIVE PATH Mestad’s academic path proved to be formative and essential to her current role. Her undergraduate studies at North Carolina Wilmington focused on physical anthropology and how the environment influences humans over time at a molecular level. She found fulfillment in the value and interpretation of her research and how it was useful. “That morphed my grad studies into another area within anthropology (cultural anthropology), with the focus of applying experience design (museum studies),” she describes of her education at George Washington University. “It’s the practice of designing processes, services, places and environments with a focus to enhance the quality of the experience—to create gathering places where a user can be exposed to new things.” When living in Washington, D.C., Mestad became an advocate for citizenry participation and devoted efforts at a cultural institution heavily focused on policy development. “It opened my eyes to the democratic process and truly how grassroots and organizational movement can influence change,” she says. “Our community is shaped by those who are involved.”

RETROSPECT TO GIVE BACK Mestad gained experience working at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the International Cultural Center. However, she says that at times it was difficult to see value of her work or refine experiences in relation to the massive environment. All considered, Mestad determined Rochester was the optimal size to see the impact of collective hard work, and she wanted to live close to family. “My inspiration to invest my skills, attributes and energy back into Rochester has come from an accumulation of retrospect and exposure to other communities,” reflects Mestad. “Retrospect such as: ‘Well, if only I could've had that opportunity or exposure when I was growing up in Rochester.’”

ADDRESSING COMMUNITY NEEDS Investing time and effort to better understand community needs is a familiar undertaking for Mestad. She worked with the Rochester

Dasia, Heidi and August in Peace Plaza downtown Rochester.

Downtown Alliance from 2007 to 2012 and Mayo Clinic and Destination Medical Center from 2012 to 2015. In each role she facilitated shared vision for the organization and community, which was supported by social infrastructure systems and user experience design solutions. She created scalable places, systems and products that build capacity and integration. She interacted with and learned from diverse community groups: patients; neighborhoods; start-ups, small and large businesses; individual artists; downtown employees; and visitors. Mestad also gained useful knowledge in city development and civic infrastructure. In these experiences, she served both the community and large visitor population and bridged the efforts for the benefit of all. Her past experiences impact and blend with her current position. “The museum plays a valuable role in our region’s time of growth as the impact areas are congruent with our community’s key initiatives and focus: Journey to Growth, Destination Medical Center and innovative opportunities to build capacity and quality of life for our community,” she says.

STRONG FOUNDATION FOR SUCCESS Undoubtedly, Mestad is passionate about her work to develop and expand the Minnesota Children’s Museum of Rochester for the benefit of the greater Rochester community. She recognizes many options for growth, including opportunities for the museum to age-up and incorporate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) into exhibits and curriculum. “This is the time to be innovative, maximize our services and become sustainable through the support of our community and partners,” she says. “Success will be looking back over my time in Rochester and seeing the impact and long-lasting value of the start-up organizations, places and social systems I have had the great opportunity to be a part of,” she says. Strategic and creative thinking skills, Rochester-based passion, innovative learning experiences, strong family encouragement, the power of collaboration and a growing community presence—these are the fundamental building blocks that provide Heidi Mestad with a strong foundation for success. Trish Amundson is a Rochester-area freelance writer. RWmagazine.com May/June 2016

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Good Morning, How many people will nominate themselves? That's right—I am nominating myself for this. I get told often that I need to do something for me. I would like to go to the store and not think about what someone else would want but instead what I need or want. I truthfully haven't bought a new pair of pants or even a shirt for myself for many years. I am currently almost six months pregnant, due February 1, and have gotten hand-me-down maternity clothes from anyone I know, making them into my own. Most items are too big, and I make them work to save money so I can make sure my son Tucker (age 5) can get what he needs whenever he needs it. I haven't gotten my hair, makeup or nails done since I was in high school. I figured that someone else could use the money I have if I have any extra. Most days with my hormones running on high, I don't feel the need to look "beautiful," as I watch my body go through many changes. This would be amazing for me once...to get this special treatment. (I don’t want) to worry if someone else could use what I have. (I want) to be able to look in the mirror, and be proud to call myself beautiful. I was in a relationship with Tucker’s dad, and I found out before we were to get married that he had not been faithful to me. I fell into depression and anxiety and sought therapy for help. I didn't think I was beautiful. I thought that I was the problem—me. Now, I have a wonderful boyfriend who continues to work with me to let me know I am (beautiful). However, most days I don’t try. I don’t have the extra money or materialistic things to make myself feel better. I look into my son’s eyes, and he tells me just about every day that I am beautiful. (Those are) his exact words. He is the one that lightens a dark room anywhere. This opportunity would be wonderful. I know there will be many wonderful women who all deserve this; however, I know I will take this and hold it forever, knowing that I am beautiful regardless. Thank you,

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We met with Whitney Peterson for lunch at Casablanca Creative Cuisine & Wine on Monday, February 22, just two and a half weeks after she gave birth to her baby girl. It was the first time she had been away from her newborn. She was emotional about the opportunity to look good and have photos taken. After our meeting we were able to get a new shirt from Posh Boutique for Whitney and made an appointment for her to get her hair and makeup done at r!ah Hair Studio before her photo shoot. Dr. Lucy Gores at Lakeview Dental did a clinical exam and gave Whitney a bleaching set at no charge. Dr. Gores comments, “Thank you for thinking of us and sending Whitney our way; she certainly is a very nice young lady.” Whitney told us about how athletic she was in high school and that she had been coaching the Century High School girls basketball team. We decided to do her photo shoot at Rochester Area Family Y, who contributed an annual family membership sponsored by Rochester Woman magazine for Whitney and her children. We hope she will take care of herself at the gym while her children enjoy Kid’s Care.

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ITH MOTHER’S DAY UPON US, MOTHERS— MYSELF INCLUDED—FIND OURSELVES REFLECTING ON THE SACRIFICES WE MAKE FOR OUR FAMILIES, AND WE WANT TO PAMPER OURSELVES. SELF-CARE IS ESSENTIAL TO OUR WELL-BEING, AND IT’S IMPORTANT FOR MOMS TO TAKE TIME TO TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES.

Visiting a spa is a great way to take some well-deserved time for a luxurious massage, refreshing steam bath, relaxing sauna, manicure, pedicure or even a rejuvenating facial. While at the spa, some women may want to have some alterations or corrections, like Botox® or a chemical peel. Where does that fit in to the realm of self-care? What is the difference between a spa and a medi-spa?

SPA OR MEDI-SPA The International Spa Association describes spas as “places devoted to overall well-being through a variety of professional services that encourage the renewal of mind, body and spirit.” Defining the difference between spas and medi-spas, Dr. Srdan Babovic, a plastic surgeon at Olmsted Medical Center says, “At this time, there are no regulations for using the word ‘spa.’ As a result, many salons promote their pedicures, manicures or similar as spa services, although they are not a spa. At a minimum, a spa should offer professionally administered massages, facial treatments and body treatments in a quiet, serene environment. A ‘medi-spa’ is a spa that has a medical program, operated under the supervision of licensed healthcare professionals. These spas use medical

treatments such as laser, microdermabrasion, Botox® and others, as well as providing traditional spa services.”

MEDI-SPA SERVICES If you are considering having some refinements done, you will want to do your homework to determine which medi-spa, or medspa as they are also called, offers the services you are seeking. While offering similar services, there are variations of services offered from clinic to clinic. Olmsted Medical Center does not offer spa services; however, they do offer medi-spa treatments such as Dermapen®, fractional ablative and non-ablative laser treatments, Botox®, soft tissue fillers, Kybella®—non-surgical treatment for a double chin—and cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. At Olmsted Medical Center, medical rejuvenation procedures are RWmagazine.com May/June 2016

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performed by registered plastic surgery nurses and supervised by a board-certified plastic surgeon. These services are performed in the new Women’s Health Pavilion in Rochester. Dr. Kory Tuominen of Refined Skin Medi-Spa, with locations in Rochester and Red Wing, says, “The ‘medi’ represents the medical aspects. In addition to the cleansing and relaxing facials and waxing and massages, medi-spas offer varying types of procedures that are medically prescribed/supervised: lasers to treat multiple concerns (sun damage, collagen loss/weakening, veins, hair removal, wrinkles, toe nail fungus), injectables (neurotoxins: Botox®/xeomin); fillers: Juvederm Voluma®, Radiesse®; injectable chin lipo: Kybella®; lipo: Vaser®, laser, low level laser lipo; chemical peels; micro needling: MD Pen®; microdermabrasion.” Dr. Tuominen adds that some medi-spa services have been partially reimbursed by insurance for services including “toe nail fungus, acne, rosacea/veins and psoriasis.” To sum it up, Dr. Tuominen adds, “The medi-spa is a cosmetic medical practice focusing on the health of the skin and patient as a whole, whereas the spa is more of a feelgood experience with less invasive treatments looking more at providing relaxation.”

SPECIALIZED SKIN CARE SERVICES NEED CERTIFICATION Dr. Vicky Hagstrom from anew medspa.clinic, with locations in Rochester and Minnetonka, says, “Medspa expands on the concept of caring for the skin by actually changing it through stronger, medical/prescriptionbased products and treatments. The stronger the product, with an ability to heal damage (sun damage, scars, diseases like acne and dermatitis, are a few examples), the greater

the risk of harming it as well. Therefore, a physician must be involved. In addition, other services that reverse the natural aging processes (laser devices to heal aging skin, injectable medications, such as neurotoxins, and dermal fillers) are only available to licensed physicians and need to be administered by properly certified medical personnel.” Dr. Hagstrom adds, “All medspas are not created equal. Many have an off-site medical director who may or may not have direct supervision or oversight of staff in the office, and often, the staff performing the actual services are non-medically trained individuals.” Anyone interested in pursuing these treatments should research their potential provider for a proper medical license and experience in this highly specialized, artistic craft. She explains, “It generally takes two years for a properly certified practitioner to become proficient in this field of injectable aesthetic medicine.” Services offered at anew medspa.clinic include injectables, such as dermal fillers for facial restructuring, plus neurotoxins for expression line control; skin rejuvenation procedures; non-invasive body contouring programs; and hair restoration services (medical and surgical), including scalp and brow restoration. Dr. Hagstrom adds, “I focus on advanced innovative tools and techniques to maximize the outcome while minimizing the risk and healing/recovery time of every service I provide.” Jennifer Sanneman, owner of Essence Skin Clinic, says her clinic, which opened in 1988, was the first to offer cosmetic procedures in Rochester. She adds that Essence Skin Clinic is “rated in the top six percent in the nation by Allergan, maker of Botox® and Juvederm®, so we think that’s a pretty high honor.” Essence offers numerous medi-spa services with a focus on skin disorders and corrective cosmetic surgery, while helping clients feel better about themselves.

THERE YOU HAVE IT… Spas are places of relaxation and restoration, while medi-spas/medspas are facilities where people can have tweaks, tucks and cosmetic corrections to regain what we have lost or enhance what we desire in a medical setting. Regardless of the goal, there is a place where you can achieve your goal of health, beauty or relaxation. Taking care of yourself, renewing yourself, is a great way to show your loved ones that you cherish yourself. Having specific, targeted medical procedures done are as essential to self-care as is getting a restorative massage. Cindy Mennenga, owner of Straight-Talk Wellness, is a health coach and freelance writer based in Rochester.

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T FIRST, MY FATHER COVERED UP HER FORGETFULNESS. MOM ALWAYS HATED DRIVING AND HANDED OVER THE KEYS WITHOUT REGRETS, A BLESSING FOR OUR FAMILY. WE DIDN'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT HER HARMING ANYONE OR US HURTING HER FEELINGS BY TAKING THE KEYS AWAY.

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ALZHEIMER’S TAKES EVERYTHING AWAY Mom hid her troubles at family gatherings. I assisted her by using people's names in conversations so she wouldn't have to ask. As with all Alzheimer's patients, things got worse. We had to take away her checks and credit cards, then make excuses why I had to pay every time we went shopping. Although my father did his best, protecting her in so many ways, he lived in denial at times. "Yesterday your mom couldn't remember who Debbie was," my dad told me. "Yeah Dad, it's called Alzheimer's," I responded. "But Debbie is one of her favorite nieces," he contended. The truth is Alzheimer's doesn't let anyone keep their "favorites." It takes everything away, piece by piece, until you're left with nothing.

WHEN MY DAD DIED The phone rang as I battled my infant daughter's messy diaper, Mom's muffled voice on the recorder. Not in any real hurry, I cleaned up then

hit "play" on the answering machine. "Ann, your father's at the bottom of the stairs. There's blood everywhere, and he won't talk to me. Why won't he talk to me?" I dialed 911 and raced over to my mom's house. The road was crowded with police cars, fire trucks and an ambulance. They carried my dad out on a gurney, an oxygen mask over his cement-colored, unconscious face. I knew what was coming. Mom did not. I tried to prepare her. "Listen, Dad was so weak already from the cancer. I'm not sure he can survive this." Mom gasped, "Dad has cancer?" When they led us to his body, I balked at his caved-in, bruised face. Mom prayed with the priest near Dad's head while I hovered at the end of the bed, unable to take my eyes off his wrinkled, gray feet. Being the only child, I took care of the funeral arrangements. I brought my mom along, pretending she made all the decisions every time she turned to me with a blank smile. The funeral brought distraught relatives and lifelong friends, each one with a Peace Lily—a plant I used to love and now detest.

ASSISTED LIVING I found a nice Assisted Living apartment nearby for my mom. Things weren't too bad for about a year, except for her wandering. She loved to walk and had to be rescued from Hobby Lobby on occasion. The day we moved my mom to the locked-down memory care section, she was tearful and confused. I hated leaving her there despite the friendly staff. I hated shrinking my mom's life even further. RWmagazine.com March/April 2016

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I despised myself for the lies I told her that day—how she'd be happy with so many planned activities, her own personal (gated) garden and new people to meet (none of whom could hold a normal conversation). Mom had very little in life left to enjoy. She tired so easily that we could no longer bring her to the apple orchard for an afternoon. When we took her home for dinner, she'd head for the door after an hour. After her last birthday party, she was so confused and exhausted the next morning that we ended her small escapes from the nursing home. One winter she got sick with a respiratory infection, was put on antibiotics and started to fail. We weren't allowed to visit at first. Then I received a phone call begging me to rush her to the emergency room. The blood draws, x-rays, poking and prodding terrified my mother. When the medical staff arrived to gather a catheterized urine sample, I panicked, knowing how that burns. I asked if this was truly necessary, since my mother was already in tears. They insisted, which is probably standard protocol. I gripped my mom's hands as she cried some more, gasping as they took the sample. I questioned my honesty as I told her everything would be all right. They diagnosed my mom with an adverse reaction to the antibiotic and sent her home on a topical cream. On our return to memory care, I asked what forms to sign to avoid scaring my mother like that ever again. My mom lost even more cognition, was transferred to nursing care and confined to a wheelchair. During all this, she began to "improve"— and by that, I mean not die. She gained weight instead of losing it, so hospice care was no longer an option.

THE FINAL SEASON Two years passed. She slept most of the day slumped in her wheelchair. She hadn't known who I was for a very long time. A blank, watery stare replaced any glint of slight recognition in her eyes at my arrival. My family visited once a week. Some may think we should've visited more often. To be honest, I could barely endure the time I was present. We took her to church where I played the piano and watched her chest rise and fall. Sometimes she held her breath, and I'd hold mine hoping she'd passed. Then she would take another gulp of air. I don't know how the nurses caring for my mother performed their jobs with such sweet smiles, but perhaps it helped that it wasn't their own parents they helped feed. I used to feed my mom, but my family requested I stop because I turned into a holy terror afterwards, unable to control my anger.

ARE YOU MY MOTHER? My mother turned into a stranger. I expected her not to recognize me, not that I would no longer recognize her. About the only thing she did the same was sneeze. She didn’t dress the same. She no longer wore lipstick or did her hair. She couldn't even read the missal during mass. She just flipped pages, trying to figure her way out of the confusion in her head. Perhaps these things are superficial, but they made my mother who she was. I missed how smoothly she spread frosting on cookies. I missed shopping with her. She'd always insist I needed a white, collared shirt and there's nothing I hate more. I missed delighting her with 22

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trips to the local zoo or the apple orchard with the kids. I missed taking pictures of her holding my children's hands. She made magical dolly clothes and the most perfect baked chicken. She loved irises, marigolds and cookies. But toward the end there was nothing left of her. She would smile once every few months, a gift, usually aimed at my daughter.

I COULDN’T HELP MOM I'm amazed at the level of denial in my parents' families and friends. Don't ask someone if their family member is getting better—you don't get better with Alzheimer's. I didn’t want to hear that my mom was looking great when she looked miserable. I didn’t want people to freak out when my mom asked where my father is. She didn't always remember he was dead. Then after a while, she didn't remember him at all. I got annoyed with studies "proving" patients got Alzheimer's because they didn't read, exercise or do Sudoku. Stop implying that somehow these patients deserved this disease because they were lazy. They suffer enough, and no one deserves to get Alzheimer's. Most of all, I'm disappointed that I couldn't help her. The only thing I could do is fight for her access to pain meds. I'm a veterinarian and I discuss pain and quality of life on a daily basis, but it took a long time to access appropriate pain medication for my mom. As a veterinarian, I appreciate the grace in the act of owners choosing to euthanize their pets to end pain and suffering. I recognize that the issue in humans is fraught with selfish concerns—made clear in an Alzheimer's support group meeting I attended years ago, filled with people desperate to steal their sick relatives' money and let the state pay for their care. I stormed out of that meeting in silence; although, now I'd love to go back and tell them all to go to hell. Multiple times I woke in a cold sweat from a nightmare of myself euthanizing my mother—sometimes by injection, sometimes in a coffee cup. All I could do was pray for her to pass quickly and peacefully—more for her sake than mine, or at least that's what I chose to believe. I fear that instead of ending suffering, human medicine prolongs it. What quality of life did my mom have? The highlight of her entire last year might have been the muskmelon I fed her last Mother's Day. Her eyes were open, eager. She wanted as much as I could feed her. Somehow she remembered her love for muskmelon even if she forgot her love for cookies—and her love for me. Ann Noser is a freelance writer from Rochester, MN.


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Legal Planning for Parents FAMILY MEMBERS OF ALZHEIMER’S AND DEMENTIA PATIENTS NEED LEGAL ADVICE BY CATHERINE H. ARMSTRONG

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HE AGING PROCESS IS DIFFICULT FOR MANY PEOPLE. THROW IN A DIAGNOSIS OF ALZHEIMER’S OR DEMENTIA, AND DIFFICULT QUICKLY BECOMES TERRIFYING. THE SUDDEN REALIZATION THAT ONE’S BASIC MEMORIES WILL BE TAKEN AWAY LEAVES THE ENTIRE FAMILY FEELING BEREFT AND UNSURE ABOUT THE FUTURE.

In early 2011, my father was diagnosed with dementia. In the five years since the diagnosis, this highly intelligent man who holds three master’s degrees and was once proud of his exceptional memory has become a shadow of the man he was. He no longer consistently remembers his five children and sometimes not even his own wife of 60 years. If only we had realized earlier what we know now.

SEEK ADVICE OF AN ATTORNEY When faced with a future with Alzheimer’s, the most important consideration is to plan ahead—plan for the worst scenario and hope for the best. In addition to planning for healthcare concerns, patients should seek the advice of an attorney to place advance directives for the future execution of legal, medical and financial affairs. Taking this initiative affords patients the opportunity to decide in advance how medical care and finances should be handled. This pre-planning is critical, as it relieves the guesswork and pressure for relatives. According to Estate Attorney Melissa Saunders of Dunlap & Seeger, P.A., the first step may be for the patient to set up a legal power of attorney. This document identifies an individual who will make legal decisions on the patient’s behalf once the patient unable to do so. The patient (or in legal terms, the “grantor”) can only establish power of attorney while still fully in control of his or her own mental faculties. Once the patient’s memory declines, it is not longer possible to declare a power of attorney. In those circumstances—when there is no advance directive or Power of Attorney—the patient’s family has no legal authority to make decisions on the patient’s behalf without court intervention.

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legal action to act in the patient’s best interest or for the safety of others. Does the family have the right to remove the car keys to prevent a dementia patient from driving? Is the family responsible for an Alzheimer’s patient’s bad decisions if it leads to injury or death? Saunders says no. While 30 states, including North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa, have filial laws or statutes making the children of elderly parents legally responsible for their care and actions in these situations, Minnesota does not. “A lot of times a doctor will say, ‘You can’t drive,’ and then will put a letter in the patient’s file,” Saunders explains. If the patient ignores the doctor’s directive, the letter may then serve as evidence for possible criminal prosecution. Saunders adds that she’s never seen that happen in Minnesota.

TAKING DRASTIC SAFETY STEPS In cases where there is no advance directive and the patient begins making decisions that put people in danger, it may be necessary for more drastic steps to be taken. “In those areas where they’re becoming a harm to themselves or others, that’s when we need to petition the courts for guardianship and conservatorship, where a judge makes the final decision based upon testimony from the family and the elderly patient,” Saunders explains. “In those proceedings, we’re taking away their civil rights, and where you can absolutely take away the keys and sell the car.” Saunders cautions that this action should be avoided. “We don’t ever want to do that if we don’t have to,” Saunders says. “Usually along the way we come to a compromise (and) the individual will agree to a guardianship and conservatorship with some limitations, which prevents the need to go to trial.” This solution preserves the patient’s civil rights while reducing the stress for families. When diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, patients should not only plan for long-term medical care, but should consider seeking the advice of an Estate Attorney on preserving their rights and wishes, as well as how best to handle assets to meet financial needs. Catherine H. Armstrong is a 1992 graduate of the University of Oklahoma where she holds a B.A. in Journalism with a minor in history. An Oklahoma native transplanted in Minnesota, she is the author of The Edge of Nowhere, a work of historical fiction inspired by her own family’s experiences during the 1930s Oklahoma Dust Bowl, www. charmstrongbbooks.com.


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FTER A VERY LONG WINTER, MOST MIDWESTERNERS ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE WARMTH AND GREEN OF SPRING AND BEING ABLE TO STEP OUTSIDE INTO OUR YARDS. MANY OF US HAVE MADE OUR BACKYARDS INTO WONDERFUL LITTLE UTOPIAS AND PLACES THAT RENEW AND CALM US. ONE OF THE WAYS I’VE ADDED FUN TO MY BACKYARD IS WITH RECYCLED GLASS GARDEN ART MADE FROM GLASS DISHES, LAMPSHADES OR OTHER GLASS SERVING PIECES. THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO RECYCLE ITEMS YOU MAY HAVE LYING AROUND THE HOUSE. If you don’t have any of these items available in your basement or storage, you can start with a fun trip to your favorite thrift store where the selections are endless. There are so many different shapes, colors and designs of glass, china and ceramics, and bringing these all together creates a wonderfully whimsical and surprising creation, at a very affordable price. Glass garden art pieces can be used as birdbaths, bird feeders or just beautiful art. They will withstand weather temperatures and changes, but it is recommended to bring them in during winter months. Have fun getting your backyard utopia ready for spring by recycling glassware.

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SHARE YOUR CREATIONS If you try making any of the Recycled Creations that I’ve shown you how to do over the last year in RochesterWomen magazine, please share your work with me. I’ll give you a shout out on my Facebook Page, “Don’t Judge A Book Recycled Creations.” Email photos to pliead1@q.com or share with me through Facebook. Melissa Eggler resides in Rochester and is a stay-at-home mom and artist. Her Facebook group entitled “Don’t Judge A Book” Recycled Creations has over 500 fans. RWmagazine.com May/June 2016

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THE SUPER FOODS Stock up on these 10 superfoods. Although there are many more, you can start by eating these regularly to help yourself feel and look better than ever. • Blueberries are the ultimate immune-boosting food, rich in antioxidants. • Brazil nuts (even just two or three a day) have a great combination of immune-boosting nutrients: Vitamin E, selenium and B vitamins. • Garlic strengthens the heart and blood, and has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. • Ginger stimulates the immune system and circulation. • Grapefruit has immune-boosting, antiseptic, wound healing and anti-bacterial properties. • Honey is a source of carbohydrates, containing natural sugar. The vitamins present in honey are B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and certain amino acids. The minerals found in honey include calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc. • Leafy greens come in tangy varieties, such as chicory and endive, and stimulate the liver, making them great detoxifiers. Kale contains a phytonutrient that appears to lessen the occurrence of a wide variety of cancers. Most lettuces contain valuable amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. • Limes are high in Vitamin C and antioxidants. 28

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• Olive Oil contains monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), which are actually considered a healthy dietary fat. • Quinoa is a grain crop that is grown for its edible white, red or black seeds. It contains protein, fiber, manganese (58 percent of the RDA), magnesium (30 percent of the RDA), phosphorus, folate, copper, iron, zinc, potassium and over 10 percent of the RDA for Vitamins B1, B2 and B6. Quinoa contains large amounts of flavonoids, substances that neutralize free radicals and are believed to help fight aging and many diseases.

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Dressing • Juice of 1 grapefruit • Juice of 1 lime • 1 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard • 1/4 cup local honey • 1/3 cup olive oil • Sea salt and white pepper 1. Whisk all ingredients, sans oil, together. 2. Slowly add olive oil, while whisking (or in food processor) in steady stream until emulsified. 3. Season with sea salt and white pepper to taste.


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POST TOWN WINERY posttownwinery.com First we explored Post Town winery in Rochester. They’ve hosted any type of gathering you can imagine including fashion shows, book signings, bachelorette and birthday parties, baby showers and small weddings. The winery is small and intimate and has a warm, cozy feel. Bonita Patton, co-owner of Post Town Winery says, “There are two separate rooms totaling about 1,400 square feet. One room is the wine tasting area for small groups, and the other room, known as Studio 5, provides privacy for painting events or Mary Kay parties. We are open every Friday afternoon from 1-4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 3-7 p.m. with live music and upon request for private tastings.” During the summer, there’s an additional 300-400 square feet outside that’s perfect for small wedding parties. Patton says, “You can rent a small tent to put outside to protect guests from the elements.” They serve gourmet pizza and garlic cheese bread, or you can bring in your own caterer.

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events. Their tasting room is open Thursday through Sunday, and they offer a variety of cheeses, breads and chocolates. On the third Thursday of every month, painters from Urban Easel bring supplies to Salem Glen for a painting party. Dustin Ebert, owner, says, “We ask participants to pre-register for painting parties to ensure a seat. This summer we’re planning to host painting parties on the deck.” There are free tours every Saturday at 1 p.m. In June, Camp Companion hosts their annual charity event at Salem Glen. In July, Ebert says they’re planning a 20s-style jazz party, and in August, there’s a Fiber Arts Fair that includes about 20 vendors complete with llamas and alpacas. There’s a new 400-square-foot pavilion perfect for small wedding parties, graduation parties, birthday parties and anniversaries. Space is limited to about 50-60 people. Ebert says they work with several caterers if you prefer a sit-down dinner.

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fourdaughtersvineyard.com Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery has an uptown feel and is located in Spring Valley. Vicky Vogt, co-owner, says they host many of their own events including a Chef ’s Dinner, Chop Dinner, movie night, a lobster boil, Dine in the Vine, a 10-course meal and sixweek cooking classes. If you’re looking to hold your next event at Four Daughters Winery, there are several areas to rent depending on the size of the party. They have indoor and outdoor areas available and can hold up to 300 people. The chef ’s dinner is every Thursday night, starting with a glass of wine and the winemaker’s tour. Vogt says, “After the tour, everyone is seated in the cocktail room, and the coursed meal begins. We usually offer five or six courses, each paired with our wine.” The Chop Dinner is a fun challenge for the executive chef at Four Daughters. This event requires pre-registration. Upon making reservations, you choose from a list of ingredients that are purchased from People’s Food Co-op in Rochester. On the evening of the event, a representative from the Co-op attends with the basket of selected ingredients. He discusses the food and where it comes from while the chef begins to prepare a meal with your secret ingredients.

Garvin Heights recently opened the Ridgeview event center. It holds about 100 people and is great for business meetings. Seppanen says, “We have a sound system and LCD screen used to project from your computer.” Ridgeview event center has several windows looking out over the vineyards and rolling hills. There is access to an outdoor deck as well. The tasting room holds about 40-50 people, so groups of 10 are encouraged to make reservations. They also offer yoga and wine once a week in the tasting room taught by Seppanen’s daughter.

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ghvwine.com Garvin Heights Vineyards has events of their own or you can rent the facility for business meetings, birthday parties, anniversary parties, reunion parties and more. Linda Seppanen, co-owner, says they offer Wine and Cheese 101, a class about wines. “We also have ‘Build Your Own Blend’ which gives guests a chance to make a unique blend of wine. If you choose to build your own wine, you’ll need to plan to stay at the winery for a few hours. Upon completion, we print a label for the bottle, and you can take it home. “

Villa Bellezza in Pepin, Wisconsin has a large banquet hall with seating for 300 people.

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villabellezza.com Although our last stop feels like we traveled thousands of miles, we only crossed the river into Pepin, Wisconsin. Villa Bellezza is like stepping into a southern European villa. It’s charming and elegant with a Mediterranean feel. They offer a private reception hall with a private courtyard. The Great Hall is a large banquet hall with seating for 300 people. It has a main level and an interior balcony overlooking the space below. Dahlen says, “It’s perfect for cocktails or dinner.” Villa Bellezza offers meat and cheese plates, along with pizza and paninis. However, if you want a formal dinner, they have a full kitchen and can recommend caterers. They’re currently expanding their facility because they are already booked one to two years in advance. Bride’s Magazine New York rated Villa Bellezza one of the top 50 venues in the nation for the last two years in a row. It was also rated in the top 10 Midwest locations for a wedding. Villa Bellezza is adding an open air pavilion in the vineyard with tall Tuscan columns. Julianne Dahlen, co-owner, says this is meant to offer flexibility during the day. It’s a protected, covered space that is perfect for birthday and retirement parties. Big or small, near or far, there are several wineries in southeastern Minnesota and just on the other side of the Mississippi River perfect for any occasion. For more information contact the wineries.

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ABLES ARE SET TO SEAT SIX AND DECORATED WITH GREEN TABLECLOTHS. IN THE CENTER OF EACH TABLE ARE TWO CLAY-COLORED WINDOW PLANTERS. ONE IS FILLED WITH SOIL; THE OTHER CONTAINS DECORATIVE ROCKS AND SEVERAL GARDENING TROWELS. EACH TABLE SETTING INCLUDES A WOODEN WINDOW PLANTER, DRIED MOSS AND WATER SPRITZER BOTTLES. THE HOSTESS OF THE PARTY, VIVIAN ARONSON, IS ORGANIZING GROUPS AT VARIOUS TABLES AND MAKING SURE EVERYONE IS WEARING AN APRON BEFORE STARTING THEIR PROJECTS. A FEW FRIENDS CURIOUSLY PEEK INTO THE WINDOW PLANTER PACKED WITH SOIL AT THE CENTER OF THE TABLE. “IT SMELLS LIKE SUMMER,” ONE FRIEND SAYS, SMILING.

GERMINATION The idea for container planting parties stems from painting and wine parties that have been so successful as girls’ night out activities. The organization, Plant Nite, just began reaching into the Rochester area in early March, with Vivian Aronson as the hostess. Vivian lives in Minneapolis and hosts planting parties in the Twin Cities as well. Container parties are not a completely novel idea to Rochester, however. Viola Nursery holds private container parties throughout the year, and Sargent’s Nursery also hosts classes and planting parties. I was sitting at a table where eight friends had decided to get together to attend the Plant Nite event at the Wicked Moose. Kari Berns found the information about the party and decided it would be a fun night out with her friends. “I just told everyone ‘Let’s do this,’” she says.

LAYERING The party is organized in steps—or layers—of soil, rock, plants and decorations. Our first assignment was to layer a 2-inch base of rock at the bottom of our planters. Then, we placed the second layer, which was the dried moss, on top of the rocks. Our host, Vivian, was attentive to each table and came around to provide more of each item if it was needed. We then layered a third time using the summery, fragrant soil. Next, we were able to choose from a plant assortment of succulents in different colors, shapes and textures, as they were passed around on a large tray. After planting, we layered the top of our planter with brightly colored rocks, moss and figurines. We also received a care card that told us where to place our planters (in bright, direct light) and how to water them (sparingly, using a mister). “If you don’t have a green thumb, succulents are perfect for you,” Vivian tells us. “You don’t have to water them very often.”

SURPRISE UPSHOOTS Some of the unexpected perks of the Plant Nite party included reciting aloud The Planting Oath, which begins with a promise to keep our plants alive and “not spray my neighbor with water or drop dirt in my drink.” We also sang a song, listened to music as we planted and had a quick runway modeling show of our finished planters. “You came here to relax and have fun,” Vivian tells us.

INTERESTED IN PLANTING PARTIES? Viola Nursery and Greenhouse 3120 100th Avenue NE (in Viola) | (507) 259-3272 | violanursery.com Contact expert gardener Phillip Nicklay to schedule an event. Viola Nursery and Greenhouse offers both public and private container/planting parties for groups up to 30 people. Sargent’s Nursery1811 2nd St SW | (507) 281-2496 | sargentsgardens.com Sargent’s hosts container, planting, and hanging basket potting parties. A native plant festival will take place at the north location in August. Check Sargent’s event page on their website for more information. Plant Nite–Hosted at the Wicked Moose Bar and Grill 1201 Eastgate Dr SE | (507) 208-4088 | plantnite.com Contact Vivian Aronson. Check the website for upcoming dates.

Kim Zabel, a Plainview-based freelance writer and photographer, is a musician, artist, Zumba instructor and lover of the land here in Minnesota. RWmagazine.com May/June 2016

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A work space is just inside the door of the room, easily accessed even for short tasks. “Paul and I always have work to do,” Shannon says. It contains two computer workstations, along with some dark wood bookshelves on the opposite wall. “We wanted some shelf space, but we didn’t need a lot,” the homeowner says. Almost all references and professional subscriptions, such as medical journals, now are online, she explains.

The floor is a thin carpet with a palette of bright colors from gray to orange; some sections are broad with rounded lines and others are compact with straight lines. Taken together, the floor ushers occupants through the three zones and ties them together. “I wanted it to be fun and be vibrant . . . with BEFORE pops of color,” Shannon says. Blissenbach’s firm drew the floor design in-house, and the carpet pieces were cut and assembled by a flooring contractor on site. Shannon cites that contemporary color coordination as one advantage of working with Blissenbach on the project. “It made me be more adventurous than I could have been on my own,” Shannon says. Once she chose a style or color scheme, Blissenbach searched out matching furnishings to bring it to life. “I had confidence that everything would work together,” Shannon says. From Blissenbach’s vantage point, “This project and these clients were a blast!”

MIDDLE GROUND A few steps deeper into the room, the wall color changes from light gray to a muted turquoise, marking the middle zone. The color change breaks up the view so the extended room “doesn’t feel like a tunnel,” Shannon observes. The zone revolves around a heavy square table, which is the family’s come-together place. It also can be an activity platform or simply a desk for homework when children need to study. Lined along one wall is an art gallery of sorts, featuring 14 pieces by the children. “While the kids are young, I wanted to showcase their work,” Shannon says.

MEDIA CENTER The farthest zone in the room held the biggest design challenge: concealing a heating/air conditioning unit mounted at the end wall. Blissenbach settled on a two-layer solution. The first was a wooden screen with thin horizontal slats to mask the equipment. The second was much more stunning. It is a design of circles done in blue glass, which Shannon calls the blue mushroom sculpture. The third zone is the entertainment and media center, where the family can view a movie or catch a show on the room’s wide-screen TV.

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N A CITY COINED AS “DESTINATION MEDICAL CENTER” AND “AMERICA’S CITY FOR HEALTH,” IT SEEMS THERE WOULD BE AN ABUNDANT NUMBER OF PEOPLE WORKING IN HEALTHCARE; HOWEVER, THERE IS A NURSING SHORTAGE IN THE MED CITY. ROCHESTER OFFERS UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPLORE MULTIPLE DISCIPLINES WITHIN HEALTHCARE TO FIND THE PERFECT FIT AND GREAT PROMISE FOR CAREER PLACEMENT UPON GRADUATION.

With more than three million nurses in America today, this population comprises one of the largest segments of the U.S. workforce as a whole. It is also one of the fastest growing occupations in the U.S., and yet, the demand for nurses continues to grow faster than new workers are entering the healthcare field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be more than one million vacancies for registered nurses alone between 2014 and 2022. The demand for healthcare workers in southeastern Minnesota echoes the needs of the nation as a whole. Ruth Borsheim is a career counselor with Rochester’s Workforce Development, Inc. “The lack of healthcare professionals is most definitely being felt in our region,” Ruth says. She and others are making efforts to bring more attention to this important Ruth Borsheim and rewarding occupation.

EXPLORING AND ENTERING THE FIELD Nurses have a unique scope of practice. They can collaborate with a team, or they can operate independently. They can work in a clinical setting, or they can work in a home. They can provide care to the same patients day-after-day, or they can meet a patient for only a few moments before moving on to the next. From an entry-level Personal Care Assistant (PCA) to a doctoral-level researcher, there are hundreds of opportunities to engage in a meaningful career in nursing and hundreds of career paths to take you there. Many, though certainly not all, nurses get their first experience working in healthcare by becoming a PCA. PCAs provide support to persons with disabilities, helping them to live independently in the community. No formal training is required, so it’s a great opportunity to determine whether healthcare is a good option without extensive time or financial commitment. Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), provide care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, personal care homes, and similar settings. It is preferred that CNAs hold a high school diploma or GED, and they must attend a state-approved nursing assistant training program. Richard Holland, a CNA with the Madonna Living Community, has Richard Holland worked in healthcare for 20 years and takes pride in serving Madonna’s elderly population. “I get to serve the ‘greatest generation,’” he says. “They are the people who built this country and community.” RWmagazine.com May/June 2016

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But the job is not without some challenges. “Healthcare work is an ever-changing environment,” Richard explains. “Some days can be both physically and emotionally demanding.” But the reward comes from the gratitude he gets in return. “When a patient thanks me for the work I do, I take great satisfaction in that.” CNAs provide patient care under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). To work as an LPN in Minnesota, you must pass the state’s Board of Nursing exam, which typically follows one to two years of education in a practical nursing program. LPNs provide a wide range of healthcare services and is the sector in which perhaps the greatest shortage of nurses in Rochester occurs. RNs typically hold an associate degree, if not a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES NEED LPNS Sheila Erickson is a nursing assistant coordinator at Samaritan Bethany. She explains that, years ago, there was a push in the healthcare industry encouraging organizations to hire RNs rather than LPNs. “Training institutions followed suit, and education available for LPNs became rather limited,” she says. “Unfortunately, long-term care types of facilities need LPN-level nurses to operate efficiently and affordably and are Kathy Richie now finding themselves short-staffed.” “In a community rich with healthcare workers, people often refer to nurses and think only of RNs,” says Kathy Richie, program director for Allied Health Continuing Education at Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) and the primary curriculum developer and monitor for the online nursing courses. “There are a lot of rungs on the nursing career ladder, like PCAs and LPNs, that should not be overlooked as viable options,” she says. The Nursing Shortage Solutions taskforce of employers and educators from 10 counties has been created to address the shortage of LPNs, PCAs and CNAs in southeastern Minnesota. According to Ruth, the taskforce functions as a collaboration “to attract talent to the career ladder for the benefit of all.”

PATIENCE IN PUBLIC HEALTH Marty Aleman works as a nurse for Olmsted County Public Health. Born into a family of healthcare workers, Marty has always wanted to help others. “I’ve always wanted to improve the lives of larger groups of people, not just Marty Aleman one person at a time, but it seems like there is never enough time or resources to get everything done,” she says. Patience is truly a virtue where public health efforts are concerned. “Our work isn’t measured in eight- or 12-hour shifts,” Marty explains, “but rather in months and years.” And while resources can be scarce in government work, receiving 40

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recognition for your work is often even sparser. “We work in public health to prevent problems from occurring,” Marty says, adding jokingly, “and it isn’t very dramatic to talk about what didn’t happen.”

PATIENCE FOR PATIENTS Jana McNeil, a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) with Olmsted Medical Center, greets her patients upon arrival and remains with them until they are discharged, usually a window of 30 minutes to four hours. Jana always knew she wanted to be an advanced-practice nurse, but she wasn’t sure what area she wanted to specialize in. Then, during a summer internship at Mayo Clinic during college, Jana had a chance to shadow a CRNA in action. “I was hooked,” she recalls. “The CRNA was able to remain completely focused on the patient during the whole process.” According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, nurses comprise the largest single component of hospital staff. They are the primary providers of hospital patient care, and they deliver most of the nation's long-term care. For some, like Jana, doing hands-on direct patient care is what they love most about their job. For others, like Julie Modjeski and Kimberly Such, the joy of being a nurse comes from the work done behind-the-scenes.

BEYOND THE BEDSIDE Julie Modjeski is an RN with Coram CVS Specialty Infusion Services, which helps to provide patients who require IV antibiotics, tube feedings and other specialty infusions with a more seamless transition from the hospital back to the home. Having spent more than 28 years in nursing, Julie has worked in cardiology, public health, pharmaceutical sales and case management. When she joined Julie Modjeski Coram, she was looking forward to her new role as an account manager. “Working outside of direct care has provided me with a deeper understanding of the patient process,” Julie says. “There are so many


opportunities as a nurse, from the business side to direct care to research.” Kimberly Such, owner of Nursing Analysis & Review, L.L.C., also explored several areas of clinical patient care before becoming a legal nurse consultant and patient advocate. “I wanted more autonomy,” Kimberly explains. “I have an entrepreneurial spirit that I was able to tap into that.” In her current role as a patient advocate, Kimberly runs her own business and spends each day helping patients in a less hands-on way. “I can help decrease Kimberly Such the stress of the journey that the patient is going through,” she says, “and help them become stronger advocates for themselves while overcoming whatever injury they’ve had.”

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COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION In Rochester, anti-sex trafficking organization Mission 21 provides direct services to youth survivors of child sex trafficking. Now in its sixth year of operations, the organization helped 17 youth and their families and educated over 3,000 people in southeast Minnesota in 2015 alone. Along with direct services, Mission 21 is one of the first organizations in the United States to pilot a specialized foster care program for youth survivors. Though there are many elements to Mission 21’s success, co-founder and Executive Director Stephanie Holt states strong community support has been vital. “Mission 21 would not have the impact it has

VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS In its 2015 National Legislative Progress Report, Shared Hope International gave Minnesota an “A” grade for the state’s legislation and approach towards combatting human trafficking. Much of this can be attributed to the passing of the Safe Harbor Law in 2011, which stated youth who have been involved in prostitution are not criminals; they are victims and survivors. This foundational change in thinking has been critical. It has led to harsher laws on offenders, statewide awareness and the creation of the “No Wrong Door” model that set Safe Harbor Legislation into full effect in August 2014. Stephanie Holt and others in the Rochester community have been critical to the passing of these legislations that are bettering the lives of survivors on a state level.

ROCHESTER FRANCISCANS Since Mission 21’s opening in 2010, the Rochester Franciscans have been right alongside the S. Anne Walch (left) and agency sharing in collaborative S. Christine Stanoch (right). effort to educate the community. On January 16, with over 225 in attendance, the Sisters held their eighth community awareness event entitled “Breaking the Chains of Modern Day Slavery.” The program included a deep dive into the ways our local law enforcement are cracking down on offenders and included presentations from Mission 21 and other community providers. RWmagazine.com May/June 2016

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UMAN TRAFFICKING, THE BUYING AND SELLING OF HUMAN BEINGS, HAPPENS IN ROCHESTER. THOUGH DIFFICULT TO BELIEVE, WE CANNOT DENY THE TRUTH. REPEATING THE POWERFUL WORDS SPOKEN BY WILLIAM WILBERFORCE, “YOU MAY CHOOSE TO LOOK THE OTHER WAY, BUT YOU CAN NEVER AGAIN SAY YOU DID NOT KNOW.” IF THERE IS ONE THING THAT THE ROCHESTER COMMUNITY HAS DONE WELL, IT IS THE REFUSAL TO LOOK AWAY. ROCHESTER IS FORTUNATE TO HAVE A NUMBER OF ORGANIZATIONS EDUCATING OUR COMMUNITY, ADVOCATING FOR CHANGE AND PROVIDING DIRECT SERVICES TO SURVIVORS OF THIS HORRIFIC CRIME.

had without the amazing support of our local partners and citizens,” she says. “It is encouraging to our staff to see how fast our community mobilizes when we have a tangible need for the youth we serve. We are very grateful to everyone who has made Mission 21 the community agency that it is.”


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The Rochester Police Department-Street Crimes Unit has been running sting operations on Backpage since 2010. At Breaking the Chains, Investigator John Swenson and Sergeant John Fishbaugher stated they receive approximately 50-100 calls per ad they post on the site. In December 2015, the group held a two-day operation targeting buyers, or “johns,” and made 18 arrests in Rochester. Investigator Swenson explained that though law enforcement is cracking down on offenders, they continue to keep a victim-centered mindset; “We try to treat every woman we’re encountering as a victim first.”

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Stephanie Holt (center), with Mission 21staff and volunteers at the Open Your Eyes Banquet.

Sister Anne Walch, member of the Human Trafficking Awareness Raising Events Committee states, “We want to help the Rochester community know it happens here. We want to network with other community groups and support what already exists—we want to be a whole community.”

LAW ENFORCEMENT In many communities, a bottleneck in fighting for social justice can often be found in the inability to find balanced collaboration with law enforcement. Fortunately, that is not the case in Rochester.

With providers, advocates and law enforcement working together to make Rochester safe for all, significant outcomes are being seen— children rescued, offenders arrested and traffickers behind bars. In October 2015 at Mission 21’s Fifth Annual Open Your Eyes Banquet, the Rochester Franciscans and the Rochester Police DepartmentStreet Crimes Unit were both honored with awards recognizing the groups’ collaborative efforts to end sex trafficking in Rochester. Through continued commitment to educate and act in the community, Rochester groups will continue in their rigorous fight to abolish the trafficking of children. Though human trafficking exists in our community, there is one thing that is clear: Rochester will not look the other way. Tori Utley is a freelance writer.

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Hometown: Minneapolis, MN Age: 40 Family: Wife, Marcia, and eight children Vocation: Program supervisor at Family Service Rochester, associate pastor at Word of Life Church, & executive director of Life Community Development Corporation PAM: You’re really busy. How many things do you do? TIERRE: At Family Service Rochester (FSR), I supervise three child welfare programs. Two look specifically at families of color, and the third is a truancy diversion program. I founded the Father Project, a parenting program at FSR, but it’s currently on hold due to lack of federal funding. And I preach at Word of Life Church. I come from an entrepreneurial lineage. That’s my blessing and my curse. I’m a social entrepreneur. I’m always building with other people, but then I miss out on time with my wife and family.

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PAM: How did you meet Marcia? TIERRE: I was living in the Twin Cities; she was living in Rochester. I had my eye on her. So many people that we had in common had told me great things about her family. So I went first to her father. He said, I’ll talk to her and see if she is interested in pursuing this [courtship]. That was on a Thursday night. He called me back on Sunday and invited me to a family gathering. But three years before we started courting, I was in a horrible mental state. I came to Rochester for a softball tournament with my sister on a Sunday morning and asked her to drop me off at a church of our same denomination. I was sitting in the service and saw Marcia’s mother dancing. God spoke to me. He told me, “She’s dancing because I just told her that you’re her daughter’s [future] husband.” Three years later, when we started courting, Marcia said to me, “Remember when you were here three years ago? My mother told me that you were my future husband.” So we knew it was God’s plan for us to be married. PAM: What advice would you give men about relationships? TIERRE: Take the time to address those three key questions that humanity has asked of us. Who am I? What is God? What is my purpose? If a person can confront those three questions, then they can become successful. Personally, I’m contending with the purpose question. PAM: What do you mean? TIERRE: Do I go out and market myself as part of a for-profit organization or do I fulfill the demands of my heart? Marcia has a master’s degree in education. She works extremely hard too. She’s the director of Seeds of Wisdom, the private school and daycare that she and her family founded.

That said, I’m seeing pieces of the puzzle coming together and starting to work together. My core value is family. I have realized that if you build your family, your family will build your ministry. That’s been a paradigm shift for me.

I believe spiritually that if you’re going to do something for God, there is a price that you’re going to pay. I’ve paid a price in terms of unemployment, a blended family, a medical scare with a big price tag.

PAM: Tell me about Conquerors, your latest venture.

PAM: You have amazing energy. What’s the secret to your marriage?

TIERRE: It started in my garage as an outlet for kids and young adults. It’s a program of Life Community Development Corporation. We use boxing as an activity, but it’s more than a boxing program. We have four focus points: fitness, faith, family and future. Right now, we work with youth at two locations: the Rochester Area Family Y and Oak Terrace. At the Y, we’re already completely booked. My hope is to take this model to different neighborhoods in the community. I want to take the program to where the kids live. Ideally, we’d like to have one going on weekly in targeted areas.

TIERRE: I have an amazing wife who is very gracious to me. The unfortunate thing is that my wife has had to teach me how to be a father and husband. She’s been able to discern my heart. My heart is always turned toward her and my children. Maybe the secret is being totally committed to my marriage, committed to my children and growing through it all. I’m not perfect, but hopefully we have a story to tell, and it will be a story of victory.

PAM: You have eight kids, ages 2 to 23? TIERRE: I’ve parented an array of kids. I’ve been the absent father to my 23 and 21 year olds. I’ve been the single father to my 20 year old. I’ve been blessed to have this transformational opportunity to be married to my wife, Marcia, and we have five kids together, ages 2 to 10.

Pam Whitfield is a teacher, writer, horse show judge and spoken word artist. In 2011, she won the Minnesota professor of the year award from the Carnegie Foundation. RWmagazine.com May/June 2016

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“WELL, SHE’LL NEVER BE A SPRINTER.” MY FATHER’S INSIGHT WHEN I WAS 3 YEARS OLD WAS SPOT ON. I NEVER DID BECOME A SPRINTER. I THINK I SURPRISED HIM, THOUGH, WHEN I DECIDED TO BECOME A RUNNER AT AGE 32. Oh, I had dabbled a little bit. The summer after my sophomore year of college, my younger sister and I took up running in the evenings. I don’t think we ever ran more than two miles at a time, and it was always an easy walk-run pace. Then it slipped from my routine, and I didn’t think to take up any sort of sport for a long time. My lazy ways caught up to me, and exercise was something I just didn’t care about.

COUCH TO 5K MIND GAMES Something clicked in 2011. I can’t pinpoint a specific moment, but I was frustrated with how clothes didn’t fit well and how certain chairs were not comfortable. I started looking for something I could do to feel better wearing a button-down shirt. At the same time, my former-running-buddy sister had mentioned something about a program called Couch to 5K. In theory, you could get off the couch with no exercise experience and run a 5K (or 3 miles) in nine weeks. I figured I could try it out, and if anything, I could quit. I’m not going to say the program was easy, because it wasn’t. It was difficult and hard and more than once I wanted to stop. My knees wigged out and my hip cramped up and my breathing took a long time to normalize. What they said would take nine weeks actually took me about 12. The first time I ran 3 miles without stopping for a walk or break was beyond exhilarating. I’m not talking about the so-called runner’s high; this was a personal pride high. Running is a mind game you only play with yourself, and the only competition and person to let down is you. After I reached my goal, it was another long few months until I actually enjoyed a run. Even after five years of doing this, I’ll admit that most of the time I’m on a treadmill or out running through the streets, I am not enjoying myself 100 percent.

THE REAL REASONS WHY I RUN The times I am enjoying myself, however, I realize why people do this. It isn’t the sore muscles or the labored breathing, the money spent on shoes and the blisters. It’s the thought of lacing up shoes, opening your front door and taking a break from the world for half an hour. It’s listening to a queued podcast or inspiring music or just the sounds of the world around you. It’s running along a residential street and wondering what people are doing inside their houses. It’s waving to the neighbors and getting a small wave and nod of acknowledgement from every other runner or walker on the road. It’s the smell of springtime growth and fresh air after a long winter of making do on a treadmill (or worse—running in sub-zero temps!). It’s plugging away in summertime humidity and catching a whiff of just-cut grass. It’s kicking through piles of orangey-red maple leaves that have migrated to the edges of the road and inhaling the scent of autumn. It’s the final half mile when you can see your destination in the distance and push yourself a little bit more to get home a little quicker. You power through because maybe this will be a good final running time or you’re tired and want to collapse on the grass or you know there’s a giant bowl of ice cream waiting for you. But really, the only real reason you power through it is because you can. Kate Wallace lives in St. Charles with her husband and three cats and is training for the Rockin' Robin Run half marathon in May. RWmagazine.com May/June 2016

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F YOU ENJOY TRAVELING AND YOU ARE AGE 55 OR OLDER, YOU MAY BE DELIGHTED TO KNOW THAT HOME FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK RECENTLY CREATED ITS OWN TRAVEL CLUB AND WHISKED MEMBERS AWAY ON ITS FIRST REGIONAL ADVENTURE LAST FALL. THE TRAVEL CLUB IS VERY POPULAR ALREADY, AND THEY’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN.

Home Federal’s Jubilee Travel Club offers members a variety of travel options: day trips, regional trips and extended trips. Many members go on several trips each year because they love the diversity of trips offered. Home Federal’s travel club attracts a variety of travelers: singles making new friends on the trip, girlfriends enjoying a vacation together and couples enjoying time with each other. One thing all of the travelers have in common is their eagerness to have a great time and make amazing memories.

THE PERSONAL TOUCH One of the main reasons Home Federal’s Jubilee Travel Club has been so popular from the beginning is that Home Federal’s Jean Jech plans and leads all of the tours. Since January, Jean has driven over 3,000 miles visiting attractions, hotels and restaurants that she is considering including in upcoming tours for 2016 and 2017. Admittedly, Jean has very high standards, and because she personally visits each place before bringing a group to the location, she says, “I kiss a lot of frogs, before finding the ‘prince’ for our trips.” Not surprisingly, it’s this level of service and attention to detail that brings travelers back over and over again. As a result, most trips sell out very quickly.

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Tollefson had never traveled with Home Federal but thought she would give it a try. She has been on several tours with other tour operators, but she and a girlfriend decided to go on a Jubilee trip to Omaha this past fall. Sue says the trip was “just absolutely fantastic.” She also adds that Jean is “very outgoing and always adds in surprises and thinks of every teeny, tiny thing” to make the trip amazing for all of the travelers. Sue says she definitely plans to travel with Jean on several more trips in the future. Another traveler, Betty Ronnigan, says that she and her husband love traveling with Jean. Betty says that they love the fact that they can go on vacation and they don’t have to drive or find hotels or attractions themselves. They are simply delivered to the front door, and everything is taken care of for them. Betty also says that traveling with Home Federal has become a big part of their lives, and they have met many new wonderful friends while traveling together. Betty adds, “Jean entertains us so well, and we never know when she is going to surprise us!”

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Upcoming fantastic regional trips include a three-day mystery trip Join us for a from August 15-17, and a fiveday/four-night trip to Branson, Missouri from November 7-11. This tour includes eight shows, several meals, lodging at the Radisson and free time for exploring this unique area. Jubilee - Five Days Eigh - Radisson Lo t Shows – Eleven Meals magazines, announcing new dging - and mo re! upcoming events, are available at Home Federal branch locations. Regional trips, all led by Jean, include motor coach transportation, lodging, several meals, entrance to attractions and lots of juicy surprises. If you are considering taking a trip with Home Federal, be sure to make your reservation as soon as possible as several trips have sold out very quickly. For more information, contact Jean Jech at Home Federal Jubilee at 507-535-1231 or visit JustCallHome.com.

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Healthy Kids Day, Rochester Area Family Y, creative, challenging, smart, healthy fun day, 10 am-3 pm, 287-2260, rochfamy.org

APRIL 30 March of Dimes March for Babies, Rochester Community and Technical College Fieldhouse, 1:30-3:30 pm, register at marchforbabies.org, Suzanne Trejo 990-8626 or sleetrejo@marchofdimes.org

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100 Mile Garage Sale, Minnesota side of the Mississippi River, 651565-4158, exploreminnesota.com

MAY 6 Riverside Concerts presents A.J. Croce, Mayo Civic Center, A.J., son of Jim Croce, 7:30 pm, 328-2200, rochestermn.gov May 7 Rockin Robin Run, Graham Arena, several runs incorporated into an all-day music festival, 9 am, 250-4133, tritoneventsraces.com

MAY 7 Choral Arts Ensemble: Diverse Voices, Century High School, celebrating our cultural tapestry with music inspired by farflung countries of origin, 7:30 pm, 2528427, choralartsensemble.org

MAY 7 Paws and Claws Humane Society 22nd Annual Pet Walk, at Paws and Claws shelter located at 3224 19th St, benefits the shelter, 9 am, 288-7226, pawsandclaws.org

MAY 7 Mother’s Day Salad Luncheon, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, bring your mother or another to hear some wonderful mother-daughter stories, 12:30-2 pm, 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org

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Joe Bonamassa, Mayo Civic Center, one of the greatest guitar players of his generation, 8 pm, 328-2220, mayociviccenter.com

MAY 10

Meet and Greet with a Bunch for Lunch, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, light lunch while discussing several lifechanging books, 11:30 am-1 pm, 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org

MAY 13-15 Gold Rush, Graham Park, annual antique show and flea market, FriSat: 8 am-6 pm; Sun: 8 am-4 pm, 269-1473, iridescenthouse.com

MAY 14 Art on the Avenue, Slatterly Park Neighborhood, annual spring art fair showcasing local artisans and musicians, 9:30 am4:30 pm, 421-2903, slatterlypark.org/art-on-the-ave

MAY 15 ROCKchester, Wicked Moose Bar and Grill, festival showcasing the growing youth music and art scene in Rochester, 12:30-9 pm, 251-3919, rockchesterfestival.com

MAY 15 Ovation, Lourdes Chapel Assisi Heights, musical talent of solo and small group vocalists and instrumentalists, 7 pm, 252-0505, honorschoirs.org

MAY 15 Roll and Stroll for JDRF, Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial Park, walk to fund life-changing research for the millions of people with T1D, 12 pm, (952) 851-0770, www2.jdrf.org

MAY 18 Americana Showcase presents: Six Mile Grove, with Reina Del Cid, Rochester Civic Theatre, hear songs influenced by America’s founding fathers of music, 7:30 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

MAY 18-19

Rochester Garden & Flower Club 77th Annual Plant Sale, Olmsted County Fairgrounds-Horticulture Building, annuals and perennials grown for Minnesota Gardens with over 150 plant varieties, Wed: 4-7 pm; Thurs: 8 am-12 pm, 259-7230, rgfc.org

MAY 19-21 Uncorked JUNKMARKET Style Spring Edition, Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery, vintage, art, craft and organic shopping experience, Thurs-Fri: 9 am-6 pm; Sat: 9 am- 4 pm, 456-5151, junkmarketstyleevents.com

MAY 20 11th Annual Stay Out of the Sun Run, Lourdes High School, promote awareness of sun exposure’s dangers and support melanoma research and education, 6 pm, sosrun.org

MAY 21 Cronin Home’s Annual Blues & BBQ, Olmsted County Fairgrounds, silent auction, raffle drawing, pie sale, music, and kids’ activities, 4-9 pm, 282-1204, thecroninhome.org

MAY 21 Root River Triathlon, Houston Nature Center, a non-swimming triathlon set in scenic Bluff Country for all ages, 8:30 am, 896-3436, rootrivertriathlon.org

MAY 22 Jazz Jam, Rochester Civic Theatre, an evening of live jazz and open mic hosted by The D’Sievers, 5:30-8:30 pm, 2828481, rochestercivictheatre.org

MAY 23

Kid's Cup Golf Tournament, Willow Creek Golf Course, support Mayo Clinic Children’s Center and OMC’s prenatal/new infant care, 6:15 am, 421-5493, kidscuprochester.org

MAY 25 Women on Wednesdays: Politics of Beauty, Part II: Advertising Messages – What Are We Really Buying?, Rochester Civic Theatre, a discussion of the documentary Good Hair by Chris Rock, 5-7 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org


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Multigenerational Women’s Workshop, First Unitarian Universalist Church, compare and contrast life in different stages and learn from wiser women, 6:30-8:30 pm, uurochmn.org

MAY 28-29 Fitness Expo/Med City Marathon, Mayo Civic Center, running events and information, 254-2703, medcitymarathon.com

JUNE 13-17 & 20-25

Education Department: Summer Theatre Academy Rochester/ STAR 2016 One-week Drama Session, Rochester Civic Theatre, use imaginations to create characters and explore new worlds, 10 am- 12 pm or 1-3 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

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Power of the Purse, International Event Center, Raises funds for Imagination Library with Erin Gruwell of "The Freedom Writers," 10:30 am-1:30 pm, 2872000, uwolmsted.org/pop

Thursdays on First & 3rd, First Avenue SW / Peace Plaza, live entertainment and over 100 art, craft, and food vendors, 11 am-8:30 pm, 216-9882, downtownrochestermn.com

There's No Place Like Home Gala, Somerby Golf Club, entertainment and a silent auction will help provide services to homeless families, 6:30-9:30 pm, 281-3122, familypromiseroch.org

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Dreamy Night Wear White to benefit Women’s Shelter Inc., Rochester Assembly church main lawns, beauty bar, fashion show, balloon release, boutique, raffle, swag bags and surprises, register at www.dreamynight2016.eventbrite.com

Rochester Hangar Dance, General Aviation Field Rochester Airport, dance to support veterans and active duty military and emergency services members, mvesm.org

JUNE 4

Rochesterfest, explore everything that Rochester has to offer with a variety of events, varying times and locations, 285-8769, rochesterfest.com

Chester Woods Trail Race, Chester Woods Park, wonderful views and challenging hills during this trail experience, varying times, tritoneventsraces.com

JUNE 4 Walk Around The World 2016, RCTC-UCR Regional Sports Center grounds, celebrating the accomplishments of refugees and immigrants in our community, 11 am-2 pm, 289-5960, imaa.net

JUNE 10-26 Nightwatch, Rochester Civic Theatre, an outstanding Broadway success that builds steadily in menace and suspense, Fri and Sat: 7 pm; Sun: 2 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

JUNE 11 Cycling for Cindy, Bike MS Fundraiser, Kinney Creek Brewery, support the riders biking to raise money for MS research and services, 4-8 pm, 282-2739, kinneycreekbrewery.com

JUNE 13 Pilgrimage of Hope: A Story of Faith and Medicine, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, hear Mary McCarthy’s inspiring story chronicling the challenges of radiation and chemotherapy, 6:30-8 pm, 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org

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JUNE 19 Rochesterfest Triathlon, Foster Arend Park, for the newbie triathlete or for the seasoned veteran, 8 am, 664-9438, finalstretch.com

JUNE 23-26 Fiddler on the Roof, Autumn Ridge Church, fully-staged musical featuring area adults and youth of all ages, 252-0505, honorschoirs.org

JUNE 26 OMC Regional Foundation’s Croquet Field Day, support Emergency Medicine Services at Olmsted Medical Center, register at www.omcregionalfoundation.org

JULY 8-9 Hambone Music Festival, History Center of Olmsted County, educates the public about blues and general music through performance, hambonemusicfestival.com

this issue of RochesterWomen magazine possible. A Child’s Kingdom................................................................. 10 Allegro School of Dance and Music.......................................6 Altra Federal Credit Union..................................................... 19 Alzheimer’s Assocation.......................................................... 23 Ameriprise, Nancy Emerick................................................... 42 Anew Medispa Clinic............................................................. 56 Bicycle Sports..........................................................................41 Budget Blinds.......................................................................... 37 C.O. Brown Insurance Agency..............................................41 Camp Victory.......................................................................... 42 Chanhassen Dinner Theatres................................................. 46 Commonweal Theatre...............................................................9 Continential Properties........................................................... 44 Creative Hardwood Floors, Inc............................................. 42 Dawn Sanborn Photography..................................................15 Degues Tile and Carpet......................................................... 44 Dentristy for Children and Adolescents, Ltd......................... 10 Design Studio B...................................................................... 37 Deutsch Furniture Haus.......................................................... 34 Dunlap and Seegar, P.A........................................................ 25 Empowered Wellness............................................................. 46 Essence Skin Clinic..................................................................16 Forager Brewery and Kutzky Market................................... 33 Foresight Bank......................................................................... 34 Fred Astaire Dance Studio..................................................... 51 Garden of Massage..................................................................9 Garvin Heights Winery.......................................................... 33 Girl Scouts Over the Edge..................................................... 38 Helping Hands........................................................................ 33 Home Federal............................................................................4 Jason McKenzie Singer/Songwriter........................................9 Katie Marie Kirckof...................................................................3 Kemps.........................................................................................9 Lakeside Dentistry, Dr. Lucy Gores........................................ 30 Le Jardin Floral........................................................................ 46 Madonna Living Community of Rochester........................... 20 Mayo Employees Federal Credit Union............................... 10 Meadow Lakes Senior Living................................................ 23 Med City Marathon............................................................... 48 Mike Hardwick Photography................................................ 51 Mr. Pizza North...................................................................... 30 Nursing Analysis, Kimberly Such.......................................... 38 O’Brien and Wolf, L.L.P.......................................................... 26 Olmsted County Historical Society....................................... 51 Olmsted County Public Health.............................................. 48 Olmsted Medical Center....................................................... 55 Peoples Food Co-op............................................................... 30 Pepin Cottages........................................................................ 51 Post Town Winery................................................................... 33 Prairie Meadow Senior Living............................................... 23 Priority Construction............................................................... 33 R. 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Highlands and Hundred Acre Woods...................................................6 Refined Medi Spa, Dr. Nicolas Maragos............................ 20 R!ah Hair Studio........................................................................6 River Bend Assisted Living.........................................................6 Rochester Area Family Y...........................................................9 Rochester Assembly of God, Dreamy Night...........................9 Rochester Greeters....................................................................9 Rochester International Airport.................................................2 Rochester Lapidary....................................................................3 Rochester Trolley & Tour Company, Commonweal Theatre.25 Sargent’s Landscape Nursery............................................... 34 Seasons by Jodi...................................................................... 38 Shorewood Senior Cottages................................................. 25 The Urban Studio.................................................................... 26 The Woods.............................................................................. 25 Townsquare Media.................................................................41 Tracey McGuire Photography..................................................9 Tyrol Ski & Sports................................................................... 46 United Way of Olmsted County........................................... 38 Villa Bellezza.......................................................................... 30 Waseca Area Tourism & Visitors Bureau.............................. 51 Wells Fargo, Jenny Randall......................................................9 Zumba on the Plaza............................................................... 46

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T’S CONFESSION TIME. FOR MY HUSBAND’S 40TH BIRTHDAY, OUR FAMILY WENT TO DISNEY WORLD. FOR MY 40TH BIRTHDAY, WE WENT AGAIN. WHILE YOUR MIND WRESTLES WITH THE WEIRDNESS OF ADULTS CHOOSING A DISNEY PARK OVER AN ALL-INCLUSIVE BEACH VACATION, I’LL ALSO CONFESS THAT WE HAD ALREADY VISITED BOTH DISNEY WORLD AND DISNEYLAND.

DON’T LIKE DISNEY? There are people who DON’T think Disney World is the happiest place on earth. Some of them don’t even think it’s happy. In fact, some have zero desire or intent on taking their children to meet Cinderella and ride Dumbo the Flying Elephant. Understandably, there are many people who can’t afford a Disney vacation. But, it’s the ones who can and choose not to that intrigue me. What’s not to love about roller coasters, fireworks, musicals and sunshine? It’s the ultimate, harmonious family experience at a place that smells like cinnamon.

WHEN TO DO DISNEY There’s definitely a good way and a very bad way to do Disney. July or August in the blazing sun? NO WAY. You couldn’t pay us to stand in hour(s) long queues with thousands of sweaty people just to discover, “It’s a small world after all.” There’s nothing magical about the sickening realization of how much you’re spending per minute to stand in line for a stinky restroom. The absolute best way to experience zip-a-dee-doo-da is to go during “green light” weeks. Sure, you might have to sacrifice a little school. You might even have to pack a jacket. But, there’s no education quite like the Hall of Presidents or a whirlwind trip through 11 countries at Epcot. And when it rains? Matching ponchos make a great photo opp! An uncrowded park is the best way to preserve the wonderment 54

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of mingling with a mermaid. It’s the ONLY time you’ll meet Elsa and Anna without a coveted FastPass.

OUR DISNEY MEMORIES One glorious morning we arrived early enough to walk behind the rope and open up the Magic Kingdom. The jubilant music swelled, and our kids were downright giddy as we approached the magnificent castle. I looked into their bright eyes, and for just a moment, all was right with the world. Not a lick of sibling rivalry in sight. Dare I say there was hand holding? There may have even been skipping. And I didn’t even know my husband could skip! Our son was 3 years old when he first spied the real-life Tigger. He took off, waving both arms wildly and exclaiming, “TIGGER! Hi, Tigger! It’s me! It’s ME!” We all died of cuteness. Because OF COURSE Tigger recognized him from their lifelong friendship. The toddler story we love to retell about our youngest involves her obsession with that certain boat ride that features a bazillion singing dolls. She was so caught up in the song that it wasn’t until the end when she noticed the boat in front of us was empty. (Green light week.) With sincere fret, she exclaimed, “Oh, NO! The people fell out of that boat!”

CALL US GOOFY It’s easy to be cynical. Disney is expensive. (But so is a gym membership). Disney is cheesy. (But so is television). The kids might not remember it at such a young age. (Then why do we take them to baseball games? Or parades? Or play with them at all?) There’s no other place that completely seals you off from reality. Where else do you find strangers so eager to make your wishes come true? Go ahead and call us goofy. We’ll take the eye rolls and “let it go.” Amy Brase is a writer who loves to travel to National Parks and Disney Parks. Her very favorite ride is Soarin’, and her husband’s is the Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover. She’d like to dedicate this column to her Disney-loving parents, the best travel companions around.


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Olmsted Medical Center encourages families to become active participants in the entire birth experience. Offering family-centered care from early pregnancy to baby’s arrival, our BirthCenter’s facilities and caregivers work hard to provide the best possible care for you. We know your birth experience is one of the most important events in your life. Our OMC staff will walk with you on your journey, providing exceptional medical care, support, and understanding. For a free tour of our BirthCenter, call 507.529.6759. Visit olmstedmedicalcenter.org to learn more about our Women’s Services and the BirthCenter.

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