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The Jive Mill Connecting audience with musician. By Joy Blewett
38 North Risk Partners–C.O. Brown Celebrates 100 Years in Business Women in the company and insurance industry. By Tori Utley
BEAUTY AND FASHION 13 I am a Beautiful Rochester Woman Christine Abel, a giver who receives the gift of pampering. By Emily Watkins
15 Yes, You DO Have Something to Wear! A guide to surviving holiday fashion. By Samantha Erickson
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Gift-Giving Share gifts, make memories and shop local. By Jorrie Johnson
HEALTH AND WELLNESS 41 STRIVE to Save Lives Promising new blood test offers hope in early detection efforts for breast cancer. By Trish Amundson
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Hot Chef Forager’s female chefs talk about food and the funny side of the kitchen. By Dawn Sanborn
28 Gourmet Clubs Hosting a friends and food club. By Emily Watkins
31 Swirl, Smell, Sip Wine, cider and craft beer tastings at Feast! Local Foods Marketplace.
43 Health Wealth & Happiness Personal training for sustainable results. By Emily Watkins
45 Suffering in Silence When to ask for help when struggling with depression. By Andrea Thomas
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Our City of Rochester’s resolution to be a compassionate city was signed on September 18, 2017. On Sunday, October 22, 2017, “People of all faiths and cultures were invited to experience diverse practices of compassion for the purpose of weaving healing and peace in our fractured world.” It was gorgeous Sunday afternoon, with rays of sunshine lighting the auditorium at Assisi Heights. Young and old, men and women, police officers and citizens, students and teachers, African, Asian, Caucasian, Indian and American were gathered for discussions around compassion. It was a pleasure to be surrounded by so much hope and peace in one room. I lost a $50 Cub Foods gift card that my mom gave to my son for his birthday. I felt feelings of loss and disappointment. My 12-year-old son was silent as we walked, looking around on the ground, kicking the leaves hoping it was hiding underneath. He was really looking forward to going to the grocery store to buy whatever he wanted. I, too, was excited to have some extra funds to fill our cupboards with after-school snacks and maybe even a fine bottle of olive oil. This afternoon, I went to the grocery store to buy some ramen noodles (12 for $2.99) for after school snacks and supplies to make a huge crockpot of chili; however, I did not buy the olive oil. What I appreciate about today’s experience is being reminded of how it feels to want food, but not having the money. I am also reminded how forgiveness is a gift; he still loves me despite me losing his gift card. Beth Kosta and the crew at Community Food Response don’t ask questions when someone is in need of food (see page 21). They collect food from area restaurants to give without judgment. I have a couple of friends who volunteer with CFR regularly. In fact, Danielle Teal invited me to volunteer with her at CFR one Monday evening a few years ago. Times like those, when I am making a difference, I feel really good about myself. I love helping other people, and it makes me realize I do have so much and so much to offer. You, too, can make a difference in the lives other others through Community Food Response, The Salvation Army, United Way of Olmsted County, your faith community or service organization. In this Issue of Rochester Women magazine, we provide some ways to help you enjoy the holidays. When you are looking for the right holiday outfit, check out Samantha Erickson’s guide to surviving holiday fashion (page 15). If you’re not sure what to give someone this holiday season, read my holiday gift making and buying guide (pages 16-17). As you gather with your friends and family over the holiday season, remember to keep it simple. Try Emily Watkin’s beef brisket and punch recipes (page 28). We hope you’ll join us on the trolley for Ladies Day Out to Olde Fashioned Christmas in Mantorville on Saturday, December 2 (see page 48). May you enjoy good friends and good cheer through the rest of this year! With love,
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HE JIVE MILL IS A NEW MUSIC VENUE ON NORTH BROADWAY IN ROCHESTER WHERE I WITNESSED AN INVITE MIC—A PLANNED EVENT WHERE MUSICIANS OR SPOKEN WORD ARTISTS ARE GIVEN A THEME OR TOPIC TO WRITE AND PERFORM ON. THE JIVE MILL HOSTS INVITE MIC EVENTS ALONG WITH A VARIETY OF MUSICAL GROUPS.
THE JOURNEY The Jive Mill, which opened its doors in June, began in 2012 as a house concert at the home of Noelle Tripolino Roberts, owner, and her husband, Christopher Roberts, manager. With the help of Joshua Poencet managing the physical space of the building and Carsten Earl creating ambience with lighting and sound, this team has created an experience between musician and audience that must not be missed. For the past four years, they have been relying on family and friends to open their homes for house concerts. This intimate setting allowed for a dialogue between audience and musician and time for an artist to share more of his or her vision and experience of creating a piece. Carsten explains the mission of The Jive Mill with clarity and vision: “This intimate setting allows the musicians to take the audience on a musical journey,” he says. “The ability to share back stories and inspiration gives the audience an insight and closer look into the musician’s experience, enabling them to hear the songs in a new way.”
MUSIC FIRST The Jive Mill’s core value is “music first.” This was immediately apparent upon my first experience at the venue. When I arrived, the sound check was really loud, so I moved my folding chair to the back wall. I had some judgments until the music started. Then I got what “music first” means. There’s nothing like seeing really exceptional musicians playing live music right in front of you, without any distractions. Your whole being is engaged—all your senses, even your soul. It reminds me of the Blue Note in New York or the Dakota Jazz
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FRIDAY NIGHTS The first Friday I went to The Jive Mill I saw the D’Sievers and Root River Jam. It was impressive to see them so close up and be one with the music. That night was also the opening to Beth Sievers’ art show, her artwork adding to the living room-like quality of The Jive Mill. The Sievers’ daughters served the audience cookies, and I left with a strong sense of what it means to be part of a community, where everyone can play a part, have a role. The next Friday, The OK Factor performed, with Olivia Dierecks on cello and Karla Colahan on violin. They were the first performing musical group for The Jive Mill’s new space opening and performed again for the three-month anniversary. They have graced the stages of The Cedar Cultural Center, Stone Arch Bridge Festival and the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis. Their authentic sound of mixing classical with original music was addictive. Olivia shared during their set the challenges that family and friends give them to take historical or popular songs and create new music as a string duo. The one that struck me was “Wade in the Water,” which they retitled “Dirty Water.” It was so incredible to hear string instruments capturing my favorite spiritual song. The Jive Mill offers concerts every Friday night and hosts both local and nationally known jazz and classical musicians and singer/ songwriters. Visit thejivemill.com to keep up-to-date on who is playing there. Whether they stay in the same location or move to a larger venue, they will continue to create powerful musical experiences for the Rochester community. Joy Blewett is a local freelance writer, designer and art teacher.
The OK Factor: Violinist, Karla Colahan and Cellist, Olivia Dierecks. RWmagazine.com November/December 2017 11
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I Am Beautiful
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HRISTINE ABEL MAINTAINS A POSITIVE OUTLOOK ON LIFE DESPITE MANAGING A BUSY HOUSEHOLD, EXPERIENCING THE LOSS OF HER FATHER AND MORE RECENTLY THE LOSS OF A LOVE.
Sitting across the table from Christine Abel at breakfast the morning of her makeover, I got the impression that this is a woman who never stops moving and helping others. It was hard to get her to talk about herself, but Christine had lots to say about her children who are 18, 16 and 12 and spend a lot of their time helping others as well. Her son, who is in college for law enforcement, “should be a farmer,” Christine says, but he feels like he could best contribute to society by being in law enforcement. Her 16-year-old daughter, who is currently representing as Miss Gladiola Days Queen 2017, is passionate about cancer research. Christine and her family have watched family and friends suffer from and succumb to cancer, and her daughter is dedicating her campaign to fund cancer research.
A WELL-ROUNDED (AND BUSY) LIFE Christine was born in Rochester, Minnesota, and has lived in the surrounding area her entire life. She says, “Minnesota is a fabulous place of seasonal changes. I adore the rolling hills, streams and lakes.” She loves biking, hiking at Whitewater State Park and traveling as much as possible. She is also a history buff. Her family has a lot of history in the military, so she knows a lot about soldier etiquette at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery, as well as the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. Christine keeps very busy with work. She works at Mayo Clinic with some of the top orthopedic surgeons in the world and as an in-home cleaner, but she also spends a lot of time volunteering. She serves on the Gamblers Softball Board and the Farm to Table Community Dinner project. She helps at volleyball and wrestling tournaments and is passionate about encouraging children in sports and other activities. She says, “My passion has always been to help others.” Her home is filled with music, as her kids play a variety of instruments, and one of her daughters sings with Bella Voce. They are busy all year long with volleyball, dance, softball, wrestling and track.
On top of working two jobs and managing her kids’ busy schedules, Christine is also working on her bachelor’s degree through Winona State University, and she is projected to graduate in the spring. She enjoys being a college student alongside her son. They often commiserate about homework.
TAKING TIME FOR HERSELF The fact that Christine was able to dedicate a day to herself as the recipient of the I Am a Beautiful Rochester Woman award was a big deal. She started the day with breakfast at Five West, continued on to get her hair styled and her makeup done at Hair Studio 52 + Day Spa and finished with a photo shoot with Tracey McGuire. She says, “This is my first makeover in decades. I would highly recommend it to any of my family and friends. It is always good to get a professional opinion and try something new.” Christine sent us this note after her makeover: “I would just like to take a minute and thank everyone. What a wonderful, welcoming, inspiring group of women I had the honor of meeting through this experience. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, it has ignited a little glow inside my heart to reaffirm there are still good people out there, that I am alive and that there are women who will encourage and compliment other women.”
WE ARE ALL Beautiful Rochester Women We at Rochester Women magazine are happy to provide Christine this well-deserved makeover. If you or someone you know would like a complimentary makeover and be featured in Rochester Women magazine, please send an email to editor@RWmagazine.com. Emily Watkins is a personal trainer and writer.
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A GUIDE TO SURVIVING HOLIDAY FASHION BY SAMANTHA ERICKSON PHOTOS BY KATIE STAIGE
OW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU STOOD IN FRONT OF YOUR CLOSET CURSING THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR? ODDS ARE, IN THE 62 DAYS BETWEEN HALLOWEEN AND NEW YEAR’S DAY, YOU’LL BE INVITED TO MORE EVENTS THAN THE ENTIRE REST OF THE YEAR.
Keeping up with a great new outfit for each gathering is exhausting and unrealistic. If just thinking about the pressure to look great and keep a jolly attitude this season already has you burned out, the good news is that you’re not alone, and help has arrived. EverydayMae.com is a new Rochester-based blog to show you how planning and creativity will take you from fall family photos to ringing in 2018 with style.
TRY IT ON Nothing is worse than mentally piecing together an outfit, only to find just hours (or within the hour) before your party that the look doesn’t come together or worse, doesn’t fit. Now is the time to try on all of your seasonal pieces. Nail down your basic “holiday look” and try any fun new trends ahead of time. The same process you use with home decor can apply to your beauty routine: check for fit and condition, and keep only what you love. Seek out a professional consultant to choose the right colors and hunker down with YouTube or invite a friend to give you feedback on which clothes in your closet look the best on you. black e grey, red and Keeping with th top a d un fo mantha color theme, Sa ue and a iq ut Bo am tre ns and hat at Mai 21. scarf at Forever
CREATE A HOLIDAY CAPSULE COLLECTION
A capsule collection is a small group of useful clothing that changes with each season. There are most likely items in your wardrobe with more versatility than you give them credit for. A blanket scarf becomes an elegant shawl when belted over a dress, and your favorite plaid button-up gets glam tucked into a skirt and topped off with a statement necklace. If you need additional inspiration, use Pinterest to search outfits by items you already own (for example, red cardigan).
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If you are in need of a piece or two to complete your capsule collection, go prepared to shop and choose wisely. Look back through your Pinterest board to see if there is anything you have pinned multiple times. Ask yourself a few questions to ensure you’re not making an impulse purchase. Is this piece wearable the entire season or just for the holidays? How does this fit in with the rest of your wardrobe? If one item can pull together at least three new outfits, it’s a solid investment. Prepare to say, “Wow, I never thought to wear it like that!” This capsule concept saves time and money, and is especially helpful if you plan to travel.
START A NEW TRADITION Host your first “friendsgiving closet swap.” It’s as easy as providing snacks and asking each attendee to bring a few items from her closet that she no longer wants. Organize clothes by category, and let the guilt-free shopping begin. This is a great no-cost way to snap up a new look and get some quality time in with your friends. Visit EverydayMae.com for full details on hosting your very own “friendsgiving closet swap” and a step-by-step tutorial on setting up a seasonal capsule collection. EverydayMae.com was created just for you, connecting Rochester women with fashion, beauty and home decor tips. The focus is on breathing new life into what you already own and making thoughtful purchases that will go the distance.
TREAT YOURSELF The holidays are meant to be a joyful time to reconnect with family, friends and your own gratitude. Whether picking out an outfit to wear to have coffee with friends or getting ready for a holiday party, take a moment to slow down and recharge to keep looking and feeling your best all season long. Treat yourself to a pedicure and manicure or an extra visit to the salon for a blowout or makeup application. Samantha Erickson, bohemian spirit with a type-A personality, is the owner of Mae & Co. RWmagazine.com November/December 2017 15
SHARE GIFTS, MAKE MEMORIES AND SHOP LOCAL BY JORRIE JOHNSON PHOTOGRAPHY BY FAGAN STUDIOS
HAT DOES GIFT GIVING MEAN TO YOU? DO YOU ENJOY GIVING OF YOURSELF, YOUR TIME AND YOUR TALENTS, OR DO YOU PREFER PURCHASING GIFTS TO WRAP WITH A BIG RED BOW AND PUT UNDER THE TREE? GIFT GIVING SHOWS SOMEONE THAT YOU VALUE THEM AND WHO THEY ARE.
The gifts we give are a reflection of what makes us feel loved. According to Gary Chapman, author of “The 5 Love Languages,” there are five main ways that people speak and understand emotional love: words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service and physical touch. For a good relationship, it is important for the giver to know how the receiver feels loved, what speaks to them.
GIFTS AND TALENTS Do you knit, garden, write or sing? No matter your talent, you can probably share that with a friend or two or the whole community. It’s fun to take a class to learn a new skill and then share your result. There are art classes, music, cooking and canning classes through community education, specialty shops or learning centers that you can take or give the class fee and supplies as a gift for any age. If you love handmade items but don’t think you’ll finish the quilt before Christmas, check out the Mayo Clinic Employee Craft Show on Saturday, November 18 or the Handcrafted Bazaar at First Unitarian Universalist Church on Saturday, December 2. If you are musically talented, then you’ve probably been practicing for weeks or months for your upcoming holiday concert. For those of us who enjoy the talents of others, mark your calendar for your favorite student’s holiday recital and concerts. Start the holiday musical season with RAACHE Choirs Harmonies Fall Concert at Zumbro Lutheran 16 November/December 2017 RWmagazine.com
Church on November 16-17 or Rochester Chamber Music Society free concert on December 2. Enjoy the Rochester Symphony Orchestra Sounds of the Season concert on December 16. Plan to get your tickets early for the annual Bella Voce Christmas concert December 15-17. And, simply enjoy the traditional music at your place of worship. Make the time you spend with family and friends memorable. Take the time to bake cookies with children and participate in a cookie exchange with friends. Give the gift of a theatre show or concert to spend time together. Plan a family vacation to a ski resort or somewhere far away to escape the harsh Minnesota winter together.
SHOP LOCAL FOR GIFTS Where and when you buy a gift can be as personal as what you buy for someone. In Rochester, we have a good selection of locally-owned gift shops to find the special gifts for everyone on your list. Shop local on Small Business Saturday, November 25 in downtown Rochester. I like to find gifts that say “I love you” for my family members and friends. I am on a budget and schedule, so I need to plan out how I spend my time and money. I spend the most on my three children, including some wants and needs. I allot for my parents, siblings, aunts/ uncles, cousins and friends. It gets to be expensive to buy for and exhausting to spend time with everyone. Last year, I told my brothers and sister I was only going to buy birthday gifts for them (their birthdays are all in November and December), but no Christmas gifts. Spending thoughtful time together has been more valuable since living away. I hope that over the holiday season, we can at least get in touch and maybe discuss plans for getting together next year. Receiving gifts gracefully can be just as much of a gift as giving. Accept the kindness of others. Say “thank you” in person with a hand-written note or even a text message. It will warm someone’s heart and make them feel loved in return.
e d i u G t f i G l Loca Get together with friends at locally owned Dunn Brothers Coffee and buy in-store roasted coffee and a mug for a teacher or caregiver.
Give locally brewed beer from a brewery or wine from a locally winery, which can also be purchased at Andy’s Liquor, Apollo Wine & Spirits or Silver Lake Wines & Liquors. Stop in to Tessa’s Office Wine Boutique for a bottle of champagne to bring to the holiday party or give as a gift.
Find gift items at Ashley’s Hallmark, such as cozy socks, Shaggies® multipurpose 100 percent cotton chenille cleaning cloths in every color and beverage cups from college and professional teams.
For your pets or pet-loving friends, shop at Rochester Feed and Pet Supply at one of their two locations in Rochester. Bird feeders are a fun gift that brings birds to your home all year long.
Buy soy candles hand-poured by Pauly at Dwell Local. And while you’re there check out all of the handmade jewelry and the edible (for the birds) garden art.
Give your man a shaving kit and treat yourself (or your mom) to a HydraFacial skin kit or smokey lip colors found at BB Makeup downtown Rochester. Old River Valley Antique Mall in Stewartville has a selection Christmas cookie cutters, baking pans and vintage Christmas tree ornaments. How about an old Coleman lamp or duck decoy the camper or hunter in your life? Invent your own scents of bath, body or home products with Bathologie. Order locally from Julianne Marie Dahlin through bathologie.com/loveyourscents. Pick out Polish Pottery, an Epicurean MN State shaped cutting board produced in Duluth or a progressive spiralizer from Cook’s Pantry.
Soul Purpose in downtown Rochester sells fair trade items, hats, mittens, jewelry and home furnishings.
Buy a book from a local author. A couple of our or Rochester Women magazine writers have recent releases: “Lost Rochester” by Amy Hahn arcadiapublishing.com and “Time in My Pocket” by Gina Dewink ginadewink.com.
Jorrie Johnson is the publisher and editor of Rochester Women magazine. Last year for Christmas, she took her 18-year-old son to a concert of his choice.
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O YOU JUNK? IF NOT, AFTER LOOKING AT ALL THE AMAZING THINGS THAT SUE WHITNEY HAS CREATED AND RESTORED FROM JUNK, YOU WILL WANT TO. WHITNEY IS A CELEBRITY IN OUR MIDST, HAVING APPEARED MULTIPLE TIMES ON NBC’S “THE TODAY SHOW,” AS WELL AS HGTV’S “COUNTRY STYLE.” SHE HAS PUBLISHED THREE BOOKS, SERVED AS EDITOR-AT-LARGE AND COLUMNIST FOR “COUNTRY HOME MAGAZINE” AND AS A CONTRIBUTING EDITOR FOR BETTER HOMES AND GARDEN’S “COUNTRY GARDENS” MAGAZINE.
SAVING THE PLANET ONE DIY PROJECT AT A TIME In short, Whitney is a trusted author, and her new book “Junk Beautiful: Furniture Refreshed” will not disappoint. Learn how to refinish antique furniture or create a unique piece out of a thrift store purchase. Whitney says, “We’re a throw-away culture,” and this book will teach you how to reuse and recycle to avoid buying cookie-cutter items from big box stores. Whitney loves to “inspire others,” and this book is an introduction as well as a refresher, geared toward everyone—those who are brand new to furniture restoration, as well as those who have been around for a while. Readers will get exact steps for projects, with step-by-step instructions.
FINDING YOUR “JUNK STYLE” If you like the “junk” look but don’t know where to start, this is the book for you. Whitney says, “People don’t think they’re creative, even though they really are. Usually they’re just nervous.” Even if you use the book to copy an exact project, it will turn out differently, with your own style. And collecting “junk” does not equate with cluttering spaces or hoarding. You can make it match your style, whether that’s shabby chic or vintage or something more modern. Whitney has some helpful tips for refreshing furniture. She says, “Only buy things that you truly love, [and] you’ll find out what to do with it. Don’t put it in the closet or garage where you won’t see it. You need to live with it for a while.” All the projects in the book take under a weekend, but lots are even less than that. Whitney wants to give people the feeling of success and accomplishment. 18 November/December 2017 RWmagazine.com
CAN I JUST PAINT IT? Whitney says, “Paint is not screws or nails. A new color might make a piece look better, but make sure the piece is structurally sound before painting,” otherwise it will still look like junk. She advises researching what should and should not be painted, and the book is a great tool for learning more. Learn about the basic tools that you need to buy, as well as basic craft materials to have around. She advises exercising restraint when making purchases, “Don’t break the bank by buying things you won’t use. If you’re not going to use it, don’t buy it.” She also provides “assemblage projects” which don’t require any tools at all.
LOCAL INSPIRATION Whitney does not have a storefront, but her home base is in Lanesboro. She says, “It’s a great place to work and be creative.” She enjoys the “camaraderie of people in Southeast Minnesota,” saying they “had my back all the way, opening their stores for me during off hours,” so she could get what she needed for her photo shoots. Photos for “Junk Beautiful” were all shot in the Lanesboro, Rochester and Chatfield areas. All of the how-tos were shot in Whitney’s loft in Lanesboro, and every project was built in her workshop. Looking for a gift for a DIYer? Look no further than this book. It will serve as a reference for a long time. You can find it at major bookstores, Lowe’s and local vintage and antique stores, as well as online at Amazon and Target. Whitney is hard at work on her next book about she sheds, due out in 2018. She will be featuring sheds from Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Texas and California. Emily Watkins always has grand plans for turning trash into treasure, but naps are just so much easier.
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OMMUNITY FOOD RESPONSE (CFR) IS FEEDING THE HUNGRY IN ROCHESTER. WEEK AFTER WEEK, MANY FAMILIES COME ON FOOT, BY BIKE AND BUS, TO RECEIVE BREAD, FRESH PRODUCE AND PREPARED FOOD THAT WOULD OTHERWISE GO TO WASTE. THE NEED TO FEED THE HUNGRY—AND CFR’S VITAL SERVICE—CONTINUE TO GROW.
RESPONDING TO A NEED One in nine Minnesotans struggle with hunger, and one in six children do not have enough food to eat. Yet one-third of food is wasted. Locally, one in three Rochester school children qualify for free or reduced school lunches. Many people do not have enough food to lead healthy and active lives. They go to bed hungry, and they wake up hungry. Their refrigerators and cupboards are bare, and finances are low, so putting a decent meal on the table becomes a struggle. Rochester is not immune to the challenges of hunger. In 1993, local individuals responded to the increasing need to feed the hungry. After viewing a PBS program about a food rescue service, they also became aware that a downtown event had been snowed out, and over 300 meals went uneaten. They realized those 300 wasted meals could have been given to those in need, and they decided Rochester should have a food rescue program similar to what they saw on TV. They recruited food donors and volunteers, and CFR was born. On the first day of service, the organization provided meals for 34 families. Over 60 people came for food on the next distribution day, and CFR keeps growing today.
ONE MISSION, TWO LOCATIONS For more than two decades, CFR has been feeding hungry families by rescuing excess food from restaurants, cafeterias, grocery stores and bakeries, and distributing it to those in need. The food is prepared and made available for recipients to pick up at Bethel Lutheran Church, which is located in southeast Rochester. In August, a second location opened at The Exchange to address needs on the north side of the city. “Our mission is to help mitigate hunger in Rochester. We opened the second site to serve more hungry people,” says CFR Board President Beth Kosta. The second site has proven to be successful and just as necessary as the first site. This demonstrates an ongoing and persistent need for the community. Kosta explains how the process works: “Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, CFR food suppliers set aside excess food in their refrigerators. If the food is not in a to-go container, they put it into one-quart plastic containers provided by CFR. Volunteers drive to the food suppliers, pick up food in picnic coolers and take it to the distribution site. The food is then separated into containers and categories, such as entrees, salads and desserts. It’s repackaged into distributable portions. Grocery bags are filled with meals for clients based on their family size and dietary restrictions.” Clients can take as much bread and fresh produce as they would like and can take home a bag of prepared food to share with their family. “Friends, neighbors or social workers also can pick up food for registered clients who cannot get to the distribution sites,” says Kosta. The delivery aspect is very important, especially for homebound, elderly and disabled residents.
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“In 2016, CFR collected over 105 tons of food and provided 84,905 meals to 11,597 families. On each distribution day, the organization provides about 2.5 meals to approximately 250 people,” she says. “Excess food is not wasted, but it is shared with other worthy organizations like the Gage East Apartments, Cronin Home and Ronald McDonald House.” The impact of CFR is significant and expanding. In 2016, the organization also began sending food to programs that support at-risk youth: Rochester Public Library Homework Help and More Than Conquerors. The ability for children to learn and conquer problems can be less challenging with good nourishment.
GRATEFUL RECIPIENTS There are no income or residency requirements to receive food from CFR. “Our clients are very gracious about the food they receive, and we are thankful to be able to help them,” explains Kosta. Each recipient is greeted with open arms and welcome to receive the food they are given. “I’m diabetic and have been coming here for four to five years,” says a grateful recipient from a family of four. “I come at the end of the month when I run out of food. I like the soup and sandwiches, the fruit and salad. It keeps me from starving.” Some recipients share their appreciation by giving back. “We received a sizeable monetary donation from a client in early 2016,” says Kosta. “It was the largest donation we have ever received from an individual. The accompanying note simply said, ‘Thank you for being there when I needed you.’” Another grateful recipient wrote: “Thank you. If only you knew how much this helped us…I had ran out of funds to shelter us and wasn’t sure what to do anymore. You…gave me hope. I can say you gave me a reason not to give up.”
COMMUNITY FOOD RESPONSE NUMBERS 1 Part-time Staff Member 12 Board Members 900 Active Volunteers 40 Food Suppliers 105 Tons of Rescued Food* 84,905 Prepared Meals* 11,597 Recipient Families* *2016 statistics
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BRINGING IT TO THE TABLE “We are thankful for our amazing volunteers, our 40 public-spirited food suppliers, Bethel Lutheran Church and The Exchange, who share their space at no cost, and our generous financial donors,” says Kosta. Many individuals gather each week to volunteer, and they develop a strong bond while working together to fill a need that is very important and special to each of them. Roger Nolte has been volunteering at CFR for about 10 years. Why? “Just to help people,” he says, as he takes a break from sorting food. “It’s a good program and doesn’t get involved with eligibility criteria. If you want to come get it, we will give it to you.” The donations to make this program possible are generous—including the dedicated space and large freezers at the sites and the delicious and fresh food, such as meats, vegetables, soups, milk and even pizza, donated by businesses. The hours (and skills) of the volunteers are equally important. Another volunteer, Glen, says he finds it meaningful to provide service to people who need it—to accept all people. CFR operates with very low overhead. The program is staffed by only one parttime employee—and several volunteers, both groups and individuals. CFR volunteer groups are teams from 25+ area churches and service orBarb Schroede ganizations that typically carr, a member of Autumn Ridge Ch urch, is a regula ry out all the volunteer roles r volunteer for CF R. for one day each month. Some of the roles include: • Liaisons recruit and schedule volunteers for all the CFR roles. • Drivers, a role that’s especially needed, use their own vehicles and gas to collect food from a list of predetermined donors. • Food sorters unload the food from coolers and sort it for distribution. • Food distributors assemble and distribute bags of food for clients, clean coolers and put away leftover food.
VOLUNTEER NOW You can help feed the hungry by assisting in several ways. First, help spread the word to potential food recipients. Or consider volunteering at CFR, making a monetary donation or joining the board. For more information, visit communityfoodresponse.org. “I would encourage community members to get involved in whatever they are passionate about,” says Kosta, who has been president of CFR for four years and a board member for 11 years. “I got involved in CFR 24 years ago because it’s such a great cause. Who can’t love CFR?” Kosta concludes, “We don’t want anyone to go to bed hungry.” And that makes everyone sleep better. Trish Amundson is a Rochester-area freelance writer.
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ARI DAVI GREW UP IN RAWLINS, WYOMING AND MOVED TO ROCHESTER IN SEPTEMBER 2015. HER AUNT, WHO LIVES HERE, TOLD HER HOW THE FOOD SCENE HAS BEEN GROWING IN ROCHESTER, SO SHE CAME TO BE A PART OF IT. SHE INTENDS TO REMAIN HERE FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.
KARI’S ROAD TO BECOMING A CHEF Kari has known she wanted to be a chef since the time she was 18. She was already a line cook and thought, “I could spend the rest of my life in a kitchen.” She set off to get her training in line cooking, prepping ingredients and assembling dishes according to restaurant recipes and specifications. She spent two years training in Wyoming, followed by attending the Art Institute of Tucson. Kari gets most of her inspiration for cooking from her family, especially her father. “My dad has always cooked a lot. I am always trying to make food that would impress my parents.” While Kari was growing up, her parents had a garden, so fresh vegetables were always ready and available. Kari claims she was a child who ate her veggies. “Nothing is better than fresh veggies,” she states. People who cook farm-to-table meals, much like her parents, are inspiring to her as well. “I see myself doing more and more farm-to-table work.”
PB&J IS THE WAY Now that we mention fresh veggies, you would assume she still eats a ton of veggies. But being a chef and cooking all day for others tends to send some chefs to reach for the easy button, and Kari is no different. “I eat peanut butter and jelly on the regular, but I like to cook all sorts of things at home.” “The only food I don’t like that much is green bell pepper. They are a show stealer. They overpower most flavors,” Kari explains. If Kari had just one last meal, or as Anthony Bourdain calls it, “your death row meal,” she wouldn’t be able to decide. “My last dinner would have to be like 15 courses ‘cause I couldn’t choose just one thing!”
THE FUNNY SIDE OF THE KITCHEN “When I was in the seventh grade, I was doing a report on Finland and decided to cook some food from there. I cooked the worst soup of my life. It had fish in it (and) stunk up the whole house. We had a bunch of people over to try my cooking too. They all were real nice and tried it even though it smelled and tasted horrible,” Kari shares. Even if one of her first experiences with fish didn’t turn out, that hasn’t kept her from trying to master it. Her favorite things to cook with are fish and wild game. “Mushrooms are my absolute favorite. They are magical. So many tastes and textures!” she exclaims. Chefs have funny stories to tell from behind the scenes in the kitchen, and Kari has a good one. “The first funny kitchen memory that comes to mind is when one of the young guys was making pico de gallo and he tried to squeeze a whole lime. He just had no idea you had to cut it first. Everyone gathered around to have a chuckle.” You learn something new every day in the kitchen, and if you are a wannabe chef, Kari has some great advice. “Nothing is out of your reach. If you want to eat it you can make it. YouTube is great for this.” RWmagazine.com November/December 2017 25
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Jess Irhke was born in Dover, Minnesota and moved to Montana in the late 90s. She wanted to make a living working as a chef, but living in Montana during a difficult economy was tough, so she decided to “move home and make some money. I came back to Dover/Rochester after traveling and realized this was my passion while (I was) working at Famous Dave’s. All I wanted to do was cook, and everything else became less important.” Jess’ experiences as a chef include Yellowstone National Park, University of Montana and working with her father. “As a little girl my father owned a restaurant so I was peeling onions and serving coffee wearing an ‘I’m the boss’ t-shirt.” At 16 or 17, her dad made her learn how to cook. She was already doing dishes and waiting tables, so it was the last thing to learn.
Jess says, “Morel mushrooms: This is a food that really brings a community together like no other.” When growing up she had a little aversion to pickled beets and cooked carrots. Jess loves gardening, outdoor activities, crafting and travel. She offers this advice for anyone who wants to try their hand at cooking: “Never stop experimenting; new ingredients, new recipes—explore! Food is an adventure.” And with her beloved chef knife and cutting board, “I do love the food processor/Robot Coupe too,” Jess creates amazing dishes and can work with anyone and their dietary needs with her catering choices. Try all of Jess and Kari’s creativity and delicious food at Forager Brewing Company located in the Kutzky neighborhood, 1005 6th Street NW, Rochester. Phone: 507-258-7490. Take a look at all Forager has to offer at foragerbrewery.com
IN THE LONG RUN Jess’ five-year plan is to still be “raging at Forager, throwing lots of parties!” After all, when you are a catering chef, you are the life of the party. What’s her 10-year plan? “Getting ready for the next adventure!” She really enjoys her work because of “the wonderful life it has given me. You can cook anywhere, for everyone, always! The smile and reaction you can put on people’s faces through food is the best.” She would love to retire and own a bed and breakfast someday.
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Gourmet Clubs HOSTING A FRIENDS AND FOOD CLUB
BY EMILY WATKINS PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAWN SANBORN PHOTOGRAPHY
OES THE WORD “GOURMET” INTIMIDATE YOU? IT DID ME UNTIL ALMOST 10 YEARS AGO WHEN OUR NEIGHBORS INVITED US TO PARTICIPATE IN A GOURMET CLUB WITH A FEW OTHER COUPLES. THEY PULLED TOGETHER PEOPLE THEY KNEW WHO ENJOYED EATING GOOD FOOD. AT OUR FIRST MEETING, THE ONLY PEOPLE WE KNEW WERE OUR NEIGHBORS.
OUR INFORMAL GOURMET CLUB While I was growing up, my parents participated in a formal gourmet group. The host decided on the menu and assigned specific recipes to each person. That’s what I had in mind for our gourmet group, but as we talked through things, we decided on something much more casual. The only hard and fast rule was that each person had to make and bring something that they had never cooked. We would meet as often as we could (usually every other month or so), taking turns hosting. The host would cook the main dish, and the others would bring appetizers, side dishes, salads, bread and/or dessert, along with wine or cocktails. Once the main dish was decided, the others could plan their dishes around that. It always felt very casual, with everyone contributing what they could and felt like making. We have tried many new dishes with our gourmet club including cow’s tongue, pork belly and even squirrel! We’ve had duck, Lebanese roasted fish, chicken shawarma (thinly sliced meat wrapped in pita bread with veggies and sauce), . Liz d an m marriage of Sa el & Ellie. Jo salads, different Celebrating the n, sti Ju , ily Chris, Em From left: Nina, kinds of breads and many creative vegetable dishes. We often have such great appetizers that it seems to diminish our appetite for dinner, but we always have room for our main dish and dessert. We’ve had pumpkin creme brulee, raspberry clafoutis (a French dessert) and dorayaki (a type of Japanese confection). Over the years we have shared important life events like weddings, the birth of a baby, kids going off to college and a daughter who got 28 November/December 2017 RWmagazine.com
engaged. The founding couple moved away from Rochester a few years ago, so our group lost a little momentum. We have met sporadically since then, as we are trying to find our new identity.
AROUND THE WORLD FOOD CLUB Another gourmet club in Rochester was started by Dawn Sanborn and Jorrie Johnson. Dawn wanted to combine her “love for food and friends,” while Jorrie wanted to try food and wine from around the world. They both wanted to “hang out with wonderful women, meet new friends and try real food and wine or cocktails common from other countries, almost like traveling without the airplane,” explains Sanborn. Their group decided to start with the letter “A” and choose a country that started with that letter as the “theme.” Everyone would bring food or drink that was traditional to that country. Sanborn says, “Or we would bring a chocolate cake for dessert because who doesn't like chocolate cake?” Sanborn explains that not everyone in the group loves to cook, “but everyone loves a good get-together, so some would even just buy something from a restaurant.” One time, the hostess ordered gyros from a Greek restaurant. They planned on meeting once a month and shared the hosting duties. They “went to” Australia, Brazil, Chili, Denmark, Ireland, India, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Liechtenstein and tried lots of interesting recipes and foods.
FRENCH INFLUENCE I had recently traveled to France and was eager to make some French food with my gourmet club. I found a delicious looking recipe for brisket in a French cookbook. I was hosting on a Friday, and my day was filled with appointments, so I knew I would be pressed for time. The recipe I found called for cooking the brisket at a slow temperature for three hours after searing it on the stove. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to get to that at the right time, so I searched for a slow cooker recipe. I ended up combining a couple different recipes to come up with the one that I’m sharing with you. This is a great recipe for hosting because you can make it ahead so that you can spend more time preparing for and spending time with your guests. Another make-ahead recipe for parties and events this holiday season is a punch. Try this festive red punch that looks delicious and can be made with or without alcohol.
START YOUR OWN GOURMENT CLUB Would you like to start a gourmet club? You can make the group however you like it. You could cook or go out to eat and try different restaurants. You could have a formal club where everything is planned, or you could have a casual, potluck-style club. You could focus on a different type of food each time or maybe even a particular time period for your inspiration. Choose whatever you want the focus to be: social time, food or maybe wine. Gather a group of friends and enjoy food and time together.
Slow Cooker Beef Brisket with Red Wine and Cognac Reduction
Holiday Party Punch
4 cups cranberry juice 1 bottle sparkling cider 1 liter ginger ale Âź cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons) 12 ounces vodka (optional) 1 orange, sliced
1 beef brisket, 4-5 lb. salt pepper garlic powder onion powder 2-3 Tbsp. olive oil beef stock to cover brisket in slow cooker 4 slices thick-cut bacon, diced 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped 2 cups baby carrots 1 lb. red potatoes, cut in quarters 2 stalks celery, sliced 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped 2 cups dry red wine Â˝ cup cognac chives, optional
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DIRECTIONS In a large bowl, over ice combine all of the liquid ingredients. Float the orange slices on top, for garnish and serve.
DIRECTIONS Season brisket generously with salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder. Heat a large pan over medium-high heat and add olive oil to the pan. Add brisket and sear on each side, 2-3 minutes or until dark brown. Transfer to slow cooker. Add beef stock to cover brisket. Cook at low heat for 6-8 hours. About an hour before eating, fry the bacon in a large pan. Once crispy, pour off bacon fat, leaving 1 Tbsp. in the pan. Add onion, carrots, potatoes and celery to pan and cook over medium heat until onions are soft. Add garlic and saute 1 minute. Transfer vegetables to a bowl with the bacon and keep warm. Pour wine and cognac in the pan. Add 2 cups of broth from the slow cooker to the pan. Stir to remove bits from the pan. Cook over medium high heat for 30 minutes or until sauce has thickened, stirring frequently. Remove brisket from slow cooker and put on a platter, surrounding it with the vegetables and bacon. Sprinkle with chives if desired. Serve reduction sauce on the side.
Recipe courtesy of Sandra Lee (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/holiday-party-punch-recipe-1949392) Emily Watkins is personal trainer and freelance writer and editor.
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WINE, CIDER AND CRAFT BEER TASTINGS AT FEAST! LOCAL FOODS MARKETPLACE BY MARLENE PETERSEN
OU’VE DONE THE GREAT RIVER ROAD WINE TRAIL AND THE ROCHESTER CRAFT BEER EXPO AND MAYBE EVEN A CIDERY TOUR OR TWO. BUT HAVE YOU EVER GONE TO A TASTING THAT INCLUDES ALL THREE TYPES OF BEVERAGES FROM OVER A DOZEN DIFFERENT MAKERS UNDER ONE ROOF, RIGHT IN DOWNTOWN ROCHESTER, FOR ONLY $25?
If not, check out Feast! Local Foods Marketplace, the region’s largest local food festival, now in its fourth year. Unlike wine trails, this tasting doesn’t involve a long bus ride to Wisconsin or congestion in the Twin Cities. Instead, Feast! brings the best local wine, craft beer and cider to you at the Mayo Civic Center, Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Plus, the ticket price includes a multitude of culinary treats, everything from farm-sourced cheddar to mouthwatering confections, all made by food artisans in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin.
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HISTORIC BREWS First stop: Stagecoach Brewing Company, where fascinating stories, golden ales and smoky porters are on tap for Feast! Owned by local brew master Tod Fyten, Stagecoach will be serving up the brewery’s distinguished history, dating back to 1857 in Mantorville, as well as a tipple of their Smoked Porter, award-winning Honey Golden Ale and their flagship brew, Stagecoach Amber Ale, now celebrating its 20th anniversary. “My lifelong passion is keeping beer local,” says Tod, who will be attending Feast! for the fourth year in a row. “Small, local breweries are what’s going to be growing in the future, and Feast! fits right into that philosophy. If you’re a person who likes local food and meeting local producers, there is nothing else like it.”
A CIDER HOUSE THAT RULES If hops aren’t your thing, check out the Hoch Orchard Hard Cider & Winery booth where Harry and Jackie Hoch will be pouring samples of their best-selling hard ciders—Purple Reign and Honey Honey. These easy-drinking, semi-sweet concoctions are just two of the many items made on their organic family farm in La Crescent, Minnesota. Producing five different wines, 13 carbonated ciders, two ice ciders and two still ciders—all from estate-grown, organic fruit—the Hoch family exemplifies the ability of local farms to meet local needs. “We’ve been at Feast! since 2014,” says Jackie, whose company started out as a food vendor at the festival, selling applesauce, vinegar and other items produced on the farm. “We keep coming back because it’s important for people to realize that our area of Minnesota is very bountiful. It’s an abundant source that can provide for them. Feast! is a great place to try things that are in your own backyard and you didn’t even realize it.”
WINE WITH A TWIST Looking for something a bit more exotic? What about elderberry, rhubarb or cucumber wines? Then venture over to the booth for Aspelund Winery from Kenyon, Minnesota, where owners Bruce and Dawn Rohl will tantalize your taste buds with unique blends like High Country Spice, a fan-favorite tomato wine that peps up chili and pairs well with pepperoni pizza, and Liquorice Dream, a fennel wine they describe as “that after-dinner brandy.” You’ll also get a chance to sip on one of their latest offerings: Lady Cara-Mel, which incorporates caramel and apples. With new exhibitors, chef demos and kids activities, the 2017 Feast! Local Foods Marketplace promises to be the biggest and best yet. Tickets are available at the Mayo Civic Center on the day of the event, Saturday, December 2. Adults are $5, kids ages 2-12 are $2. Beer, wine and cider tasting is an additional $20. Pick up 2-for-1 coupons in advance at People’s Food Co-op, Rochester Children’s Museum or participating Restaurant Week locations. For more information and a complete list of exhibitors, visit local-feast.org. Marlene Petersen is a St. Paul-based freelance writer, editor and novelist. RWmagazine.com November/December 2017 31
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Remodelers Corner A ROOM UNDIVIDED
BY BOB FREUND
YAN AND SUE NESS ENVISIONED AN OPEN FLOOR PLAN WHEN THEY DECIDED TO REMODEL THE MAIN FLOOR OF THEIR ROCHESTER HOME LAST YEAR. “WE KNEW GOING IN, IT WAS GOING TO BE A BIG JOB,” RYAN SAYS.
THE VISION Standing in the way was a long, load-bearing wall that separated their kitchen from the living room. It had to disappear without a trace of its prior place. Overhead, the homeowners also envisioned a single ceiling stretching across their two rooms. That meant hiding the main beam holding up much of the home’s interior. A year later, the Nesses enjoy a renovated kitchen and living/entertainment space. In addition, the decor throughout the main floor is new, and the master bathroom has been redone, along with other touches.
rooms. Elias and his crews looked in the rafters and found a solution: They could insert a 20-foot-long beam into the attic and support the ceiling frame from above rather than propping it up from below. “Instead of a wall under (the ceiling structures), there is an engineered beam on top of them,” company owner Mickey Elias explains. The joists for the ceiling “now are . . . hung underneath the beam” using mechanical fasteners. “This was the first large-scale beam we’ve built in like that,” says Elias. “It’s much more time-consuming, but certainly is a cleaner look,” he says. The technique hid the large beam and, at the same time, gave the Nesses a level ceiling throughout both parts of their large living area. It’s as if the rooms had been designed as one living space.
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“GINORMOUS” GRANITE COUNTERTOP While that big beam did its job out of sight, another large structure is a central feature of Ryan and Sue’s remodeling project that’s meant to be seen. The couple installed a “ginormous” 8-foot-long island in their kitchen, Sue says. Able to seat as many as 10 people, the granite top on the island acts as the house’s main dining table and gathering spot. In daily life, it’s used for chores ranging from food preparation to paperwork.
Photography by Mary Heise with Elias Construction
The wall stretching down the center of the Ness’ 1960s-era house was not just a room divider. It also was holding up the ceiling overhead. Last year, the couple turned to Elias Construction of Byron to figure out how to demolish the wall and, at the same time, support the ceiling and its frame. (The home’s roof is braced independently.) The sim plest solution, a single beam in place of the wall, would prop up the frame from below, but it also would interfere with creating an open living area from the adjoining
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The new kitchen cabinets predominately are white, but Ryan and Sue also added different textures and splashes of darker color in both the kitchen and the living room. For example, three wooden lamps suspended over the island lend an interesting retro element and, Sue says, they serve to “offset the hard look of granite.” The Nesses replaced the kitchen’s tile flooring with oak, tying it into the hardwood floor in the adjacent living area. Down the hall, the house’s main bathroom was extensively remodeled with wood-look tile and a combination bathtub/shower. Elias Construction also found space for a pocket door for direct access from the master bedroom.
Cramped and outdated, “Our kitchen was in need,” Sue says. The remodeling project gutted and rebuilt it from the frame up. The Nesses also replaced major appliances. Among innovative solutions, they installed a microwave oven at one end of the island. The couple and the contractor also coordinated the decor to complement the other improvements. New granite countertops along the kitchen walls matched the “sienna beige” pattern and coloring in the central island’s top. The backsplash on the walls also was kept simple with a “straw-colored” tint of ivory to avoid any clash with the countertops.
Last year’s renovation was the most extensive fix-up of several that Ryan and Sue have made to their rambler. The previous work was a revamp of the lower, walk-out level. After seeing those results, “It kind of motivated us to do the upstairs,” Ryan says. Elias Construction started the remodeling in August 2016. The work was completed in 11 weeks. The Ness project was among 10 remodeling projects featured in the Rochester Area Builders 2017 Remodelers Tour in September. Bob Freund is a Rochester-based writer who is a regular contributor to Rochester Women magazine.
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MAKING PERSONALIZED DECISIONS BASED ON INDIVIDUAL CIRCUMSTANCES BY CINDY MENNENGA PHOTOGRAPHY BY FAGAN STUDIOS
S OUR POPULATION AGES, SENIORS TODAY ARE BLESSED WITH MANY HOUSING OPTIONS FROM WHICH TO CHOOSE. PREVIOUSLY, SENIORS HAD ONLY A HANDFUL OF CHOICES FOR WHERE TO LIVE: AT HOME, WITH FAMILY OR AT AN ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY OR NURSING HOME. MANY OF TODAY’S SENIORS ARE MEMBERS OF THE BABY BOOMER GENERATION, AND THE BOOMERS HAVE NOTORIOUSLY DISRUPTED EVERY PHASE OF LIFE AS THEY HAVE ENTERED IT, INSISTING THAT THEY LEAVE THEIR MARK AND FORCING LONG-STANDING INSTITUTIONS TO BEND TO THEIR WILL. SENIOR HOUSING IS JUST ANOTHER STOP ON THE BOOMER GENERATION’S OUTSIDE-THE-BOX THINKING.
NOT YOUR PARENTS’ SENIOR HOUSING OPTIONS Part of what is driving these changes is the fact that today’s seniors have seen their parents cast aside by society and wither away in nursing homes, and they don’t want that to be their fate. Most folks want to remain independent for as long as possible. As a result, a very popular type of senior housing which has emerged in recent years is called aging in place. That means that a senior’s home is modified, as needed, to accommodate the resident so that he or she can remain in his or her home as long as possible. For some folks, it means widening doorways to allow a wheelchair to pass through, reinforcing walls to support
graspable hand bars in bathrooms and hallways, along with renovating kitchens and bathrooms to include adjustable-height countertops. It often will also include adding zero entry doorways or wheelchair ramps to allow access into the home without steps. An aging in place expert can help determine which changes would be beneficial to help improve safety and functionality. For some individuals, it means moving to a retirement community where they can add home care or other assistive services as their needs change. Retirement communities are popular and growing very quickly as the population ages. These communities are great for helping seniors get to know their neighbors and reduce isolation. Forced social interaction can sow the seeds of friendship and add happiness and contentment through activities organized by the staff at the retirement community. This type of environment is ideal for people who need a nudge to meet others or those who appreciate a higher degree of socializing. Another popular trend in recent years is the advent of “granny pods” which are small pre-fabricated cottages that can be assembled in a caretaker’s backyard. They allow for privacy, with the convenience of proximity to caretakers, without actually living in a family member’s home. Much like a tiny apartment, granny pods are small, high-tech cottages equipped like a hospital room that can monitor the person’s vitals and remind them to take their medicine. Special RWmagazine.com November/December 2017 35
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built-in sensors can even notify caregivers if the person falls. Granny pods are relatively inexpensive, and the pod’s utilities are simply hooked up to the main house’s sewer, water and power.
arrangements. It helps preserve independence, self-worth and dignity, and in many cases, it allows for a healthier and more active lifestyle. As one ages and the challenges of the activities of daily living become more significant, an option like Country Cottage Senior Living may be an attractive alternative.
ENVISIONING A BRIGHT FUTURE
IN-HOME AND LIVE-IN CARE There are also many in-home health care options which allow seniors to remain in their homes and receive specific home health care services tailored to their needs. Nursing and other home health care (physical therapy, speech therapy, skilled nursing, independent living services and home health aide services such as eating, bathing and dressing) can be delivered in the home. There are a variety of providers in southeast Minnesota who offer these services, enabling seniors to remain in their homes much longer than in the past. For those seniors who require medical care and can no longer live independently—but would prefer to live in a home-like setting—there are also live-in home care options like Country Cottage Senior Living in Plainview. Owner Jamie Ratz, RN, and her staff provide care customized to each client’s needs in a home-like setting. Ratz explains that Country Cottage Senior Living offers a “bridge from living at home until they need a higher level of care.” Live-in home care Ratz says, “provides a homier environment.” Services provided at Country Cottage Senior Living include: continuous supervision, RN case management, medication management, personalized care, health monitoring, day-to-day participation with everyday tasks and three meals plus a snack each day. Live-in home care is often an enormous relief to family members who can take comfort in knowing that their loved one is being cared for in a safe and peaceful environment by well-trained staff. There are many advantages of pursuing alternative senior living
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Deciding how you will live your later years requires advanced planning. Because this topic is one that many folks are uncomfortable discussing, it can easily become a back-burner item. Making your own decisions—rather than having them made for you—can give you peace of mind about the future. If you haven’t planned how you intend to live your remaining years, or if you have a parent who has not decided how they want to live out their days, there is no better time than the present to envision the future on your terms. Of course, you will need to factor in several considerations accounting for how long you expect to live, your financial situation and your dreams and goals for the rest of your life. Each day, people are reimagining their futures and considering options that were not available to previous generations— looking forward to their senior years. Cindy Mennenga is a freelance writer, health coach and along with her husband John, owns Conspectus Home Inspection Services, LLC based in Rochester. Visit conspectusmn.com for more information.
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OT ALL BUSINESSES SUCCEED, AND FOR THOSE THAT DO, THERE ARE LESSONS TO BE LEARNED FROM THEIR LEGACIES. FOR ROCHESTERBASED INSURANCE AGENCY, NORTH The women of N RISK PARTNERS – C.O. BROWN, orth Risk Partners -C.O. Brown. THIS LEGACY OF SUCCESS IS ONE SPANNING 100 YEARS. THE FIRM CELEBRATED A CENTURY IN BUSINESS IN SEPTEMBER. BREAKING THE GLASS CEILING The agency was founded by Clarence O. Brown in 1917. While the C.O. Brown story started with a male founder, the future is bright for women in leadership at the company and throughout the insurance industry as a whole.
WOMEN IN THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY The insurance industry has been historically male dominated. Acknowledging this, it remains an industry-wide priority to create more worked for C.O. Dorothy Cooper opportunities for women in management, sales s. ar n 50 ye Brown for more tha and beyond. According to one study, only 15 percent of insurance companies are led by female executives. Beth Morris, operations manager at North Risk Partners – C.O. Brown, says the local firm is an inclusive, affirming place for women in management. Since she started working for the company 28 years ago, she says, "We've grown and changed. We've had new positions and growth opportunities open up for women in roles that weren't available 20 years ago.” Dorothy Cooper began working at C.O. Brown in 1945 and spent her career working in a variety roles from reception to bookkeeping to account management until she retired in 1996. During her tenure of more than 50 years, she says, “It's always been a great place to work with a supportive, inclusive spirit from the top down.” Despite the company’s supportive culture, she remembers feeling like there was a glass ceiling for women in the insurance industry when she retired in the late 90s.
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Today, 20 years into her retirement, Cooper notes, “Women have been taking their place in the business world more than they did 25 years ago.” As women are playing a more integral role in the workforce, Morris is confident in the opportunities that exist at North Risk Partners – C.O. Brown and the spirit of teamwork present between both men and women. She shares that there are a number of women in management positions at the company, and she attributes the company’s success to a collaborative culture between men and women across all aspects of leadership. “We keep a good balance. The men and women support one another, and we make a great team,” Morris comments.
THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT As C.O. Brown embarks on the next chapter, the focus is on the next generation of future insurance professionals. Creating opportunities in the insurance field for both men and women remains one of the company’s top priorities. To young people starting in the field, Morris says, "Get your education, and start building a solid network.” Like any career, being successful takes hard work and determination. “The field moves quickly,” Lisa Ratgen, manager at North Risk Partners – C.O. Brown, shares. “The industry is changing, and the company is changing. You have to be open to learning and growing in order to keep up with the fast-paced momentum.” And while education and networking are important tools for success, according to Cooper, to be successful in this industry, it's critical to have strong people skills above all else. It's a person-focused, service-oriented culture that C.O. Brown has valued for the last 100 years. “We're grateful to be a part of the Rochester community, and for the last 100 years we've tried to stay involved and play a big role in giving back,” Cooper says. “Our agency’s leadership and employees have always been a huge part of the community and we are proud to carry on that tradition.” Tori Utley is a Rochester-based writer and entrepreneur.
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MAMMOGRAM IS AN IMPORTANT SCREENING TOOL FOR BREAST CANCER. UNFORTUNATELY FOR SOME WOMEN, SOME EARLY CANCERS CAN BE MISSED BY CURRENT SCREENING METHODS AND ARE ONLY DETECTED ONCE SYMPTOMS OCCUR. THE STRIVE STUDY IS NOW UNDERWAY AT MAYO CLINIC IN AN EFFORT TO CHANGE ALL THAT—AND DEVELOP A NEW TEST TO GIVE CANCER PATIENTS THE TIMELY DIAGNOSES THEY NEED.
RESEARCH FOR A CURE According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in 2017, and about 40,610 women will die from it this year. The earlier breast cancer is found, the higher the chance of a cure. The blood test being evaluated in STRIVE, a study by the company GRAIL, uses high-intensity DNA sequencing to analyze blood samples for genetic material released by tumors—and find breast cancer early. “The primary goal of the STRIVE Study is to determine whether a blood test can effectively facilitate the early detection of clinically relevant cancers that may have been missed by conventional screening methods, including mammography,” says Minetta Liu, M.D., of Mayo Clinic, who serves as research chair in the Division of Medical Oncology and associate professor, Department of Oncology and Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology. Dr. Liu, along with Celine Vachon, Ph.D., and Fergus Couch, Ph.D., is a principal investigator who contributed to the study’s design and oversees the conduct of STRIVE at all participating Mayo Clinic sites. “The test would be used in conjunction with mammography to improve early detection efforts for breast cancer,” explains Dr. Vachon, Mayo Clinic professor of Epidemiology, Division of Epidemiology, in the Department of Health Sciences Research. “One goal of STRIVE is to inform where the test could best be used in the clinical setting—which could be in routine breast screening or at the time of an abnormal finding on a mammogram.”
PARTICIPANT ENROLLMENT “Recruitment to STRIVE began in April 2017. Mayo Clinic will enroll a total of 40,000 women at its campuses in Minnesota, Florida and Arizona and at Mayo Clinic Health System sites in La Crosse and Onalaska, Wisconsin,” says Dr. Liu. “Our current target for the completion of accrual is the end of July 2018.” You could be asked to participate. The study is currently open to those who are scheduled for a screening mammogram at the participating sites. Invited patients should allow approximately 30 minutes to complete the process: • Read and sign a consent document. • Complete a questionnaire. • Provide a blood sample.
EARLY, INDIVIDUALIZED TREATMENT—AND HOPE “Participation in STRIVE represents a larger effort. Mayo Clinic places a high priority on being a leader in the development of blood tests to facilitate the detection, monitoring and treatment of breast and other cancers,” says Dr. Liu. “A new test that can improve the ability of mammograms to detect early cancers and/or can reduce the number of patients who need further evaluation, due to unclear findings on mammograms, should be of great benefit to many patients,” says Dr. Couch, the Zbigniew and Anna M. Scheller Professor of Medical Research and chair of the Division of Experimental Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. This study would not be possible without the thousands of volunteer participants and an enthusiastic research group. “We also have an incredible team of radiologists, statisticians, managers and coordinators who have all contributed to the STRIVE efforts at Mayo Clinic,” said Dr. Vachon. “The goal of medicine is to tailor tests and treatments to patients as individuals instead of a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach,” she continues. “The development and validation of a blood test for early cancer detection will allow for more individualized screening and treatment strategies.” STRIVE offers the possibility of a new test to detect breast cancer— and more personalized health care. Moreover, it provides more HOPE for patients with an early diagnosis of cancer. For more information, contact a Mayo Clinic study coordinator at STRIVE@mayo.edu. Trish Amundson is a Rochester-area freelance writer. She dedicates this story to breast cancer awareness and those affected by breast cancer. RWmagazine.com November/December 2017 41
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GET EMPOWERED I do not tell my clients what to do at all times or dictate a strict diet. Clients are better off learning how to make their own decisions within guidelines that we discuss together. We figure out what works best given your unique circumstances. Kara Short of Fit Personal Training says, “You have to start where you are....meaning, nail the basics (exercise and eating habits) before trying to progress to something harder.” She and her clients “celebrate all successes, big or small. We work together to develop a positive mindset.” Halfman says, “Strength plus cardiovascular exercise plus flexibility plus nutrition equals success for optimal metabolism, hormone balance, strength, bone density, balance, avoiding injury and heart health.” A trainer can help develop your personalized program for success.
RE YOU OVERWHELMED BY ALL THE INFORMATION THAT IS OUT THERE ABOUT EXERCISE AND NUTRITION? WHAT EXACTLY DOES IT MEAN TO “EXERCISE AND EAT RIGHT?” HIRE A PERSONAL TRAINER TO GET A HEALTHY LIVING PLAN THAT IS TAILOR-MADE FOR YOU.
FEEL BETTER Men and women come in all shapes and sizes and are looking for a variety of results. In my initial consultation with clients, I spend a lot of time listening so that I get to know their personality. A trainer should discover where you are and work with you to find the best plan you can continue for life. Shelly Halfman of ShellyG Fitness says, “I believe in meeting people where they are at, and building on daily successes.” She has a degree in social work and psychology and knows that understanding a person's mindset and background and what they want to accomplish is part of her role in working with them. Katie Peterson of PT with KT says, “Most clients have a goal in mind but don't know how to achieve their goals or have tried by themselves and didn't reach what they were looking for. They need reassurance and accountability to stay focused.”
FOR LIFE Be in it for life. You don’t have to pay for a trainer for life, although it can be a long-term relationship that changes and develops along with you and your life. But the key is to find and develop habits that can be sustained. The very best weight loss is maintained by finding healthy habits and continuing to do them for a lifetime. Short says, “Losing weight and changing your habits isn't easy, and it takes time. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” Halfman encourages people to try many different types of exercise to find out what is the best fit. The same is true for nutrition. What works for your neighbor or your spouse might not be the best fit for you. Keep trying different things to find what is best for you and what you can stick with for a lifetime. You will find success with something. Peterson’s motto is, “No Problems, Only Solutions! It's not about having the time; it’s about making the time! Women are always giving, and this is an investment in yourself and a chance to refresh your mind and feel amazing.” Emily Watkins is personal trainer, freelance writer and editor.
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OR YEARS I SUFFERED IN SILENCE, A SILENCE THAT ALMOST KILLED ME. I WAS EXHAUSTED BY THE DAILY GRIND OF TRYING TO HIDE THE PAIN AND SUFFERING THAT WAS CONSTANTLY STIRRING WITHIN ME. LYING IN BED, UNABLE TO SHUT OFF THE FAUCET OF NEGATIVE THOUGHTS AND TRAUMATIC IMAGES, I MADE THE CHOICE TO HOP BEHIND THE WHEEL OF MY CHEVY BERETTA IN AN ATTEMPT TO PUT THE ULTIMATE END TO THIS BATTLE. I WAS DONE FIGHTING.
NIGHTMARES AND FLASHBACKS I was in my second year of undergraduate study and unaware I was living with severe depression and ongoing trauma symptoms which were interfering with my ability to function on a daily basis. I was very sick with an illness I knew nothing about. I felt alone and hopeless. I was determined to figure everything out on my own. In that moment driving down that dark highway, I did not want to die, I wanted my pain to end. My life had become a series of ongoing nightmares and daytime flashbacks from traumatic events. I couldn’t explain my pain; I viewed myself as a strong person and therefore, I thought I did something wrong to deserve the overwhelming darkness. I figured the only way I could end my pain was to take my own life. Hopelessness had begun to control my life and overwhelm me at my core. Like so many others that are suffering, I was not aware I had a biological brain disorder that was treatable. I blamed myself for my life experiences and for “allowing” the hopelessness into my life.
TAKING A TURN FOR TREATMENT My path toward mental health wellness has been long and often challenging. Looking back through my experiences I can now recognize the necessary steps I had to take in order to get where I am today. My battle with depression has left me with invisible scars that I am eager to share with others in hopes that by telling my story, others may find a voice to share the battle they are secretly fighting. I was blessed to find therapists who helped me put what I was feeling and thinking into words. Today, I have the opportunity to return that support for others serving as a clinical counselor. I am now using my own experiences and education to walk alongside others who are trying to better understand their own illness and who are seeking clinical support.
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first coming to grips with my illness. Individuals lose their lives due to untreated mental illness; we need to continue the conversation regarding mental illness treatments and encourage people affected by these illnesses to ask for help. As I reflect on my experiences, I know I have been given a purposeful understanding of how difficult the road to wellness can be when living with a serious mental illness. It was 20 years ago this December when I took off down that road to end my life; I was saved for a purpose. I will continue to share my story and use my education and experiences to assist in supporting individuals and families going through the darkness of illness. It is my hope that if you or a loved one is struggling, you ask for help today. A great place to start is with your primary care physician; he or she can offer you helpful resources. I waited too long, and I almost lost my life. Seek treatment. Andrea Thomas, MS, LPCC is the owner of Peaks of Hope Counseling, LLC and resides in Rochester with her husband and two daughters.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU NEED PROFESSIONAL HELP? When you see a drastic change in behavior, whether it is in yourself or a family member, this often signals something is out of balance. If that change in behavior is persistent and hard to control you may want to talk to a mental health professional. Seeking professional help can be overwhelming and difficult, as I can personally attest to when I was RWmagazine.com November/December 2017 45
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AN ADVENTURE—AND A FRIENDSHIP—FOR A LIFETIME
BY JEN JACOBSON
’VE ALWAYS BEEN A BIT IRELAND-OBSESSED. I SOAK UP EVERY MOVIE OR BOOK I CAN FIND THAT’S PLACED THERE, ENGROSS MYSELF IN CELTIC MYTHOLOGY AND ALWAYS SEEM TO BE ADDING NEW IRISH ARTISTS TO MY PLAYLISTS. WHEN I WAS 17, I BOUGHT MY FIRST IRELAND CALENDAR AND REVELED IN THE PICTURES OF THE CLIFFS AND COUNTRYSIDE. EACH YEAR AFTER THAT, I BOUGHT A NEW VERSION, SAYING I WOULD STOP ONCE I FINALLY BOOKED MY TRIP.
After Dublin, we headed clockwise in a big loop—around castles and through coastal villages with charm for days. The B&Bs were all cozy and comfortable, some set on horse pastures or sheep farms, others in quiet villages or bustling cities. The food was consistently good, with stews and shanks and the best smoked salmon I’ve ever had from a smokehouse at the edge of a village in the Burren. From Cork to Dingle to Limerick to Galway—and finally back to Dublin—we hit every highlight we could.
After almost 20 years of dreaming and watching flight costs, I decided last fall that 2017 was the year to make that dream happen. As a single mom, that wasn’t the easiest call to make. Work and child schedules had to be negotiated; money had to be tucked away. But I was determined. I even picked up a second job solely to make sure money would be earmarked for the trip.
The smell of the wind blowing in from the sea as we stood at the edge of the Cliffs of Mohr. The green of the foliage we plowed our poor Mini Cooper rental into to avoid getting sideswiped by tour buses on narrow country roads. The feast at Bunratty Castle, in all its Renaissance-festival tourist trap glory, that left us laughing until our sides ached. The tears of joy when my friend unexpectedly met a native relative of his and that sweet elderly man dropped everything to sweep us up into a whirlwind trek to where the family homestead stood generations ago. Back in Dublin the last evening we tried to soak up all of the energy we could—so much so that we slept with the windows open to the courtyard pub below so we wouldn’t miss a sound. We took turns hanging out at the window that night, looking over the city and not wanting it to end.
TAKING THE LEAP I was finally going! Now the big decision: Did I have the guts to go alone? Sure, why not? Solo travel can be a blast, and some tour groups cater specifically to those going it alone. Bringing the kids along just wasn’t in the budget at this point. Cut to me, at Christmas, wrapping a guide to Ireland and an invitation for a guy friend of mine who I knew had the same trip at the top of his own wish list. (And let’s be honest, I may have had a little crush on the guy at the time.) Looking back on this it probably wasn’t normal person behavior, but not once did I think he would actually take me up on the offer. So imagine my surprise, a few months later, when he dropped a “let’s go” on me. A package bought through a tour agency gave us flights, a rental car and vouchers for bed and breakfasts (close quarters—bonus!) throughout the country. In the months leading up to the trip, we roughed out an itinerary that put us in a different city or village every night. Other than knowing where we’d rest our heads, we decided to leave plans open and just explore.
“WE’RE REALLY HERE!” My friend and I spent nine amazing days in Ireland in August—not nearly enough time, but we covered a ton of ground. We arrived in Dublin and spent two days roaming the city. We dove into our first authentic Irish stew, learned how to pour the perfect pint at the Guinness Storehouse and sang along to countless renditions of “Galway Girl” with Temple Bar buskers. I don’t know how many times we turned to one another and said, “We’re really here!” in disbelief those first days.
JUST LIKE THE MOVIES? Did we fall in love while exploring the castles or getting drenched in an Irish rain? No, that rom-com plot is not for us—more like a buddy caper, as we’re probably too alike for our own good. But what we did fall into was a tight friendship that I wouldn’t trade for the world. And I can’t think of anyone I would have rather shared the laughter, the many pints of Guinness and all the incredible sights and memories with. Now we just need to figure out where we’re going next. Someday, Ireland, I’ll be back. Yes, there are many places in the world to be explored (and I’ll get to those too). But you still call me. Jen Jacobson is an editor, baker and passport stamp enthusiast. RWmagazine.com November/December 2017 47
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HRISTMAS—A TIME FOR COMPASSION, CONNECTIONS WITH LOVED ONES AND THAT EVER-IMPORTANT SENSE OF COMMUNITY. MANTORVILLE’S OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS FEATURES WOMAN-OWNED BUSINESSES THAT HAVE SECURED THEIR FOUNDATIONS, AND THEIR SUCCESS, IN PARTNERSHIPS AND A GENEROUS COMMUNITY SPIRIT.
COUNTY SEAT COFFEEHOUSE Co-owners Kristin Alexander and Adrianne McNiff have been nearly inseparable business partners since 2007. But it hasn’t always been that way. rianne McNiff Ad d an r Both wanted to open a de an Kristin Alex traditional coffee shop, and both saw a need for one in the Mantorville area, so they decided to combine their talents. Adrianne has a degree in the culinary arts, and Kristin has a degree in marketing. Both spent years in their fields before joining forces. “It was like fate,” Kristin says. “We were both taking a risk. We didn’t really know each other very well, but we both had the same dream so we decided we were going to do it, hoping it would work.” The traditional coffee shop model quickly expanded to include all-day breakfast, gourmet coffees, homemade desserts and an ever-expanding menu. Kristin and Adrianne have felt supported and accepted by the Mantorville community. “There are a lot of women business owners in Mantorville. The local paper in Kasson used to have a huge section devoted to them,” Kristin says. Much of their success is formed through the combination of Kristin’s marketing know-how and Adrianne’s culinary skills. “I am a pretty darn good baker,” Adrianne says. “We have really good pies and desserts here.” 48 November/December 2017 RWmagazine.com
CREATIVE CHANGE HAIR STUDIO Karrie Berg and RaeLynn Mattick became business partners three years ago. RaeLynn worked as a stylist at Creative Change and was renting her styling chair there but was looking for more. Karrie wanted to expand the business, so they became partners. In addition to hair, the salon also features spa services such as manicures, pedicures, massage, waxing and Karrie Berg and RaeLynn Mattick dermaplaning. Unlike Kristin and Adrianne, Karrie and RaeLynn had been friends for years before the partnership. “Karrie actually did my hair when I was a kid,” RaeLynn says. “She did my first highlight!” “We are very approachable and friendly. I think one of the biggest stigmas with salons is that it’s intimidating to walk into them, but we get complimented all the time on how welcoming and homey it feels here,” she says. That welcoming attitude is evident throughout the Mantorville community as well. “No one is really in competition with one another. Everyone wants everyone else to succeed,” RaeLynn says.
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“Can you keep him until tomorrow, Mom?” THE PELICAN THAT SPENT THE NIGHT IN OUR GARAGE BY CJ FOSDICK
NOTHING SURPRISES ME ABOUT ANIMALS. THEIR INSTINCT IS INFALLIBLE. THEY FERRET OUT HARBORS FOR HELP OR HANDOUTS, AND THEIR RADAR DRIVES THEM TO RELIABLE SOURCES. OUR ACREAGE ON A HILL SURROUNDED BY TREES IS ONE OF THOSE HARBORS.
THEY ARE WELCOME Four grown children repeat this “welcoming” stamp. All of them have several pets in their own homes. As a teenager, our eldest daughter, who now teaches third grade at Riverside Central Elementary School in Rochester, once lured a shaggy, golden-eyed Airedale home, thankfully stopping short of inviting him into the car, as he smelled like a skunk. After a tomato juice bath, he happily joined the family. My youngest daughter, who manages Paws and Claws Humane Society, once brought home a rejected foal in the back of a covered pickup driven by our farrier. When the rear door swung open, she and the colt nearly rolled out at a sudden stop. Too young to feed from a bucket, the colt sucked formula from seven daily baby bottles for months. Tanya also rescued a pup left by railroad tracks with a “Please take care of me” note in her collar. “Daisy” is now the cherished fourlegged sister of granddaughter Zoey. Tanya has become a rescue agent for dogs and cats that end up at her shelter; other species, she graciously refers to her list of other humane agencies.
TANYA’S LATEST RESCUE I wasn’t surprised when we got a call last fall about Tanya’s latest rescue, a disoriented pelican found waddling along a highway median. The plan was to deliver him to the Wildlife Rehab Center in Roseville the next day. He greedily ate a store-bought fish and seemed content in the cage that was hauled into our garage. Later that night, a storm had me checking on our guest. Unfamiliar with pelicans, it came as a surprise to find a feathered body with no visible head, neck or long bill. My gasp awoke the bird and one large eye and long neck slowly emerged from a nest of white feathers. He took one gander at me, and neatly twisted neck and bill back into his attached featherbed.
PELLY GOES TO ROSEVILLE At Roseville, “Pelly” was examined by vets and treated for lethargy, parasites and beak abrasions. Blood work was normal. No injuries showed on the x-rays, and he was soon eating live fish. I kept in touch with the Rehab Center over the next month, and after attending a Minneapolis Writer Conference, stopped to visit Pelly. He had just been retrieved from an unsuccessful release on the Mississippi River and was being kept in a dark room to calm down—no visitors allowed. It was his second unsuccessful release in a flock of other pelicans ready to fly south. Poor Pelly was the only one left behind. I worried he would miss the last migrations before winter. He passed with “flying” colors when the vets tested him attached to a tether/creance. Wings flapped symmetrically, and he walked with purpose. Baffled by his release failures, the vets nevertheless offered assurance. “We have placed pelicans in the past at licensed facilities, even flown them on airplanes to rehab centers down south to be released there.” After treating some new kidney and anemia issues, Pelly was eventually pronounced “stable.” His final release was successful.
AT OUR HOUSE We have deer grazing our horseless pasture, birds of every size at our feeders, turkeys pecking on ground-level windows, woodpeckers tapping on cedar siding, gophers tunneling the lawn, chipmunks breaking into the garage and one white Schnauzer gleefully “protecting us” from this wild kingdom. But over the last 30 years, we’ve also had 19 horses, eight dogs, four cats and a pygmy goat, half of them rescues. All of them with a story—not unlike this “Pelican Brief ”—yet to be written. Cj Fosdick is writing her third novel in the series that began with “The Accidental Wife.” Her story, "Hot Stuff," is on Audible and another featured in “Distant Echoes,” a new anthology by Corazon Books of London, featuring award-winning historical fiction by 19 authors, only two Americans, both coincidentally from Minnesota. She also presents about the novel journey to Book Clubs. cjfosdick.com
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NOVEMBER 3 The Sound of Bowls: An Evening of Calm and Clarity with Tibetan Singing Bowls, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, relax into meditation guided by instructor Thomas Roberts, 6:30-8 pm, 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org
NOVEMBER 3-5 29th Annual Polka Party, Kahler Grand Hotel, enjoy polka bands, food, fun, and dance, Varying Times, 1-800-533-1655, thekahlerhotel.com/meetings/polka-party
NOVEMBER 4 Home-Based Business Pop-Up Show, Apache Mall, from makeup to cookware to jewelry, you can find something for everyone, Mall Hours, 288-8056, apachemall.com
NOVEMBER 8 Hanna Hughes - Winter Olympics on the Horizon, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, learn the meaning of resilience, steadfastness and fortitude with speaker Hanna Hughes, 6:30-8 pm, 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org
NOVEMBER 8 Women on Wednesday Presents: Love & Marriage for LGBTQIA Couples, Rochester Civic Theatre, explore social issues in an environment of inclusiveness, acceptance, and diversity, 5:30-7 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org
NOVEMBER 10 Rock for Recovery Through the Ages, Somerby Golf Club, dress in the style of your favorite rock era and raise funds, 6-9:30 pm, 259-7570, exercisabilitiespt.org
NOVEMBER 11 Simplifying Your Life and ReNegotiating Your Purpose in Retirement, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, tips for simplifying and setting the direction for a happily-focused retirement, 9-11:30 am, 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org 52 November/December 2017 RWmagazine.com
Holiday Harvest Wine and Food Festival, Great River Road Wine Trail, travel and enjoy featured wines and ciders paired with delicious holiday foods, 10 am-5 pm, greatriverroadwinetrail.org
Festival of Music Concert, First Presbyterian Church, 27th annual free concert featuring organist Rachel Laurin, 4 pm, 282-1618, fpcrochester.org
NOVEMBER 16 Give to the Max Day, Statewide, support statewide charities of your choice on this day of selfless giving, givemn.org
NOVEMBER 16-17 Harmonies Fall Concert, Zumbro Lutheran Church, RAACHE Choirs Arioso, Cantabile, Con Brio, and Staccato will perform, 7-8:30 pm, 356-8248, raachechoirs.org
NOVEMBER 17-19 Renew Women’s Retreat, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, support, guidance, and skills to help create the meaningful life you deserve, Varying Times, 951-1468, renewwomensretreat.org
NOVEMBER 18 Mayo Clinic Employee Craft Show, Mayo Civic Center- Ballroom, hundreds of beautiful hand-crafted items for sale open to the public, 8 am-4 pm, 328-2222, mayociviccenter.com
NOVEMBER 18 Glass Bead Creation, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, learn how to make your own glass beads with instructor Laremy Ellsworth, 1-4:30 pm, 467-2437, eagle-bluff-skills-school.org
NOVEMBER 18 12th Annual A Live and Love Affair Gala, Rochester International Event Center, this year’s theme is Fete de Paris and benefits Seasons Hospice, 5 pm-12 am, 285-1930, seasonshospice.org
NOVEMBER 18-19 Sinfonietta Extraordinaire, Lourdes High School, featuring cherished composers and some of the best repertoire for chamber music, Sat: 7:30 pm; Sun: 2 pm, 286-8742, rochestersymphony.org
NOVEMBER 23 Rochester Turkey Trot 5K, Soldiers Memorial Field Park, join the Thanksgiving tradition and receive a commemorative fleece hoodie, 9 am, (224) 757-5425, mnruns.com/rochesterturkeytrot
NOVEMBER 24-NOVEMBER 26 Festival of Trees A Celebration of Giving, Mayo Civic Center, daily activities, live entertainment, and shopping to benefit Hiawatha Homes Inc., Fri and Sat: 11 am-7 pm; Sun: 11 am-5 pm, 289-8683, hiawathahomes.org
NOVEMBER 24-25, 30-DECEMBER 2, 7-10 Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some), Rochester Repertory Theatre, actors perform every Christmas story ever told, Thurs, Fri, Sat: 7:30 pm; Sun: 2 pm, 289-1737, rochesterrep.org
NOVEMBER 25 Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, Mayo Civic Center Auditorium, magical props, a growing Christmas tree, and Russian-made costumes and sets, 3 pm, 328-2222, mayociviccenter.com
NOVEMBER 25 What Women Want Shopping Expo, Mayo Civic Center Auditorium, 100+ businesses offering items for you, your home, and more, 10 am-4 pm, 421-7911, mayociviccenter.com
NOVEMBER 25 Small Business Saturday, Downtown Rochester, shop local to support local businesses, All day, 216-9882, downtownrochestermn.com
NOVEMBER 28 Bird Tech by the Bird Chick, Quarry Hill Nature Center, Birder Sharon Stiteler will share her career experience bird watching, 7-8 pm, 328-3950, zumbrovalleyaudubon.org
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PULSE Event: The Reason Christmas Tour, Mayo Civic Center, a night of music, storytelling, and a message of hope, 7 pm, (612) 248-8080, thereasonchristmas.com
Tonic Sol-Fa and The Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience Holiday Tour, Lourdes High School - Fine Arts Auditorium, TSF favorites & new holiday songs, 7:30 pm, 289-3991, tonicsolfa.com
An Andy & Bing Christmas, Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall, a night of Christmas classics with a 19-piece orchestra, 7:30 pm, 328-2200, rochestermn.gov
DECEMBER 1-2 FEAST! Local Food Marketplace, Mayo Civic Center, farmers and foodmakers will showcase, sell, and demonstrate their products and recipes, 9 am-4 pm, 405-4045, local-feast.org
DECEMBER 1-17 The 1940’s Radio Hour, Rochester Civic Theatre, Travel back in time to the 1940’s with this award-winning show, Thurs, Fri, and Sat: 7 pm; Sun: 2 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org
DECEMBER 2 Ladies Day Out, Mantorville, depart on the trolley from Five West and experience Olde Fashioned Christmas in Mantorville, 9 am–12 pm, 421-0573, rochestermntours.com
DECEMBER 2 Sourdough Bread Baking, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, learn to make naturally-leavened sourdough bread using traditional methods, 1:30-4:30 pm, 467-2437, eagle-bluff-skills-school.org
DECEMBER 2 Rochester Chamber Music Society String Orchestra, Christ United Methodist Church, concert featuring Bach, Finzi and Mendelssohn, 7:30 pm, 287-9765, rochesterchambermusic.org
DECEMBER 2-3 Holiday Themed Glass Bloc Mosaics, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, advanced mosaic techniques, materials, and ideas, Sat: 9 am-5pm; Sun: 11 am-4 pm, 467-2437, eagle-bluff-skills-school.org
DECEMBER 8 Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Mount Olive Lutheran Church, holiday performance presented by Lyra and the Bach Society of Minnesota, 7:30 pm, (651) 321-2214, lyrabaroque.org
DECEMBER 9 Santas on the Run 5K, A Child’s Kingdom, walk/run your way into the holiday spirit & win prizes, 8 am, 6649438, finalstretch.com/santasontherun
DECEMBER 15-17 A Bella Christmas 2017, Christ United Methodist Church, enjoy the holiday season by joining the Bella tradition, singoutloud.org
DECEMBER 16 Sounds of the Season, Mayo Civic Center Auditorium, annual holiday music with a community sing, 7:30 pm, 286-8742, rochestersymphony.org
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JANUARY 6 Wedding Extravaganza Bridal Expo, Mayo Civic Center, wedding vendors and resources, 9 am-2 pm, 876-0199, weddingxtravaganza.com
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Lessons in Bat Catching FROM AN EXPERT HERSELF
BY KATHRYN LENN
BEGAN MY BAT CATCHING APPRENTICESHIP RIGHT OUT OF COLLEGE. I LIVED WITH MY COUSIN CORINN, AND WE HAD A LITTLE BIT OF A BAT PROBLEM. IN THE SIX MONTHS I LIVED WITH HER, WE SUCCESSFULLY CAUGHT SIX BATS. OUR FIRST ONE WAS CAUGHT ABOUT FOUR MONTHS INTO OUR ROOMMATE-SHIP. YOU DO THE MATH.
MY FEARLESS LEADER Corinn was my fearless leader, and I was her trusty sidekick. After our very first catch-andrelease, we came up with a plan. The plan was executed in nearly every hunting endeavor (except the time we found the bat in the washing machine), and it worked beautifully. I’ll let you in on our secret. You need four things to successfully catch a bat: a broom, an empty garbage can, a broken-down cereal box and courage. When the broom has successfully knocked the flying rodent to the ground, gather your courage and cover it with the empty garbage can. From there, slide the cereal box underneath the can to trap the little monster, then release it into the wild. Did you know that it’s frowned upon to kill bats? Keep this in mind when living your own personal nightmare.
BAT-CATCHING EXPERIENCE AT WORK Years after my first adventures in bat catching, I was holding my little baby and rocking her in our room when I heard the all-too familiar sound of something scurrying up the wall. It was fall and very reminiscent of the first sounds I heard the fall I lived with my cousin—a kind of a scratching sound. I turned over my left shoulder and saw something brown scurry up the wall by the rocking chair. My daughter was close to falling asleep, but I had to quietly get up and tell my husband Casey that there was a bat in our bedroom. I decided Cecelia’s bedtime had to wait; it was time to execute the ever-trusted bat-catching process. Casey closed the bedroom door so we could contain the beast. We collected the broom, a garbage can and a broken-down cereal box (courage was being worked on at this point). We had our hoods on and we 54 November/December 2017 RWmagazine.com
stood at the bedroom door. This time, I stood with Casey and not Corinn. I was the one with ample experience in this situation, and Casey was now my sidekick. It was time. We gave each other a nod and slowly opened the door. We went to turn on the light, but, of course, we had the ceiling fan on and the light off. The remote for the light/fan was somewhere by our bed on the other side of the room. We had to reassess.
FIFTH THING TO SUCCESSFULLY CATCH A BAT We closed the door and sought out a flashlight. We needed to get in the room and find that remote so we could flip the lights on. We wouldn’t be able to appropriately capture our furry friend without light. When were back at the door, we gave each other another nod and quietly and carefully opened the bedroom door. With the help of the flashlight, we found the remote control and turned on the lights. We didn’t see a bat. I told him where it had been, and upon closer examination, we found the bat. Well, not a bat. What we found was a Hershey bar wrapper static-clung to the wall. Ripped right down the middle, it was split perfectly to give the illusion of two wings, and as I rocked the recliner it climbed up the wall making a little scratching noise the whole way. “Why on earth would there be a Hershey bar wrapper in our bedroom?” I asked Casey. “Because I ate it in here,” he replied. Katie Lenn is a mother, wife, graduate student and has a full-time position. She is roughly navigating through her transition to adulthood and finds it very therapeutic to write about it.
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