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Cassie Hanwell is not a damsel in distress. She’s a quick-witted, athletic, driven firefighter in Texas and she worked hard to earn a top stop in the ranks. She doesn’t take grief from her male colleagues and will be the best. Cassie is well on her way to achieving her goals when an unwelcome blast from the past surfaces. While grappling with seeing a man from her past, her estranged mother reaches out with an outrageous proposal: Her eyesight is failing, and she needs Cassie to relocate to Boston to be a caregiver. There’s no way Cassie can leave behind all her accomplishments in Texas. The idea of starting over in a new fire station, with a new team of male colleagues waiting to belittle her, is unthinkable. Katherine Center’s novel Things You Save in a Fire will have readers examine how we define ourselves, the power of forgiveness and more.
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Dogs possess up to 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, compared to about six million in humans. And the part of a dog’s brain that is devoted to analyzing smells is, proportionally speaking, 40 times greater than ours. Dogs understand the world through their nose. Dogs can be trained to sniff out cancer, drugs, bombs, find lost persons and almost anything else we want to train them to find. When a dog meets another dog, they sniff each other to learn about one another. A dog’s nose is quite amazing, and we humans have benefited much from their prized asset.
Answer: Once we understand the value of the dog’s nose, it is easier to understand much of their behavior. Dog’s sniff everything to analyze if it is safe or just to learn about it. I let my dogs sniff a lot on the walks. I see it as reading their newspaper about what dogs have been walking the trail lately. A dog sniffs another dog’s urine and can tell whether that dog is stressed or happy. Dog’s hate having a blow dryer forcing hot air on their faces, but they love hanging their head out the window of the car not for the breeze in their face, but rather for the bouquet of smells they are receiving.
Pet Parent Question: “I have always wondered why my dog sniffs so much on our walks. Should I let him sniff or limit the time he spends sniffing?”
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How do we come to these decisions about beliefs when tied to such towering concepts as a meaning for life? The real cause of beliefs in a political or social position, I think, are rooted in personal history, our nature/nurture and big events in our life that truly impacted us. But as “logical” beings, we often think that if we lay out our beliefs with facts and data, then the other side will see the errors of their ways. My 91-year-old father reminds me that some of us like to hear ourselves talk, but not learn from others. The arguments come first, and the conclusion comes later; but often assumptions come first, and rationalizations come later. What seems to be disappearing is a culture of debates between diverse opinions. Many no longer see the need for the dialectic process. We could educate folks to be better critical thinkers— and would it help if educators themselves were more Socratic in their approach? Teaching the pros and cons of differing topics would be a great start—we all need to be taught to consider both sides. Find part three of What is something you believe in? in the November issue of Woodbury Magazine.
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The Heart of the Home Though I work as a culinary professional, my home kitchen is less tricked-out than you’d probably imagine.
Clear the Counter Counter space is everything to a chef. In my kitchen, anything that can be stored in a cabinet or otherwise out of sight, is. Knives go in a knife block in a drawer; spices and dry goods in the cabinet; and infrequently used appliances, like slow cookers, food processors and blenders, don’t get counter space.
Command Order Cabinets and drawers are best when organized according to how you cook. While it might make unloading the dishwasher a little more complicated, I store things near where I am going to use them. Put serving pieces close to the dining table, knives, mixing and prep bowls, and measuring cups near the prep area, cooking utensils next to the stove, etc. Control Chaos The kitchen tends to be the most shared space in a family house, and oftentimes bags, keys, mail and other non-kitchen items pile up there. I have a drop zone designated to collect my family’s castoffs before they get too far in the door. Make a place for clutter outside
the kitchen that keeps it out of sight and out of mind. Choose Wisely Most home cooks will never use all six burners on a 48-inch gas range. Similarly, dual wall ovens might only get used once or twice a year in some kitchens. Select appliances and countertops for more than their aesthetic appeal—choose according to your lifestyle. Same for cookware. Sets can be tempting and appear more economical, but most people don’t use them all. Rachael Perron is the culinary and brand director for Kowalski’s Markets, where she specializes in product development and selection, culinary education and communications.
For me, a great kitchen doesn’t require a pot filler, built-in griddle or a beverage drawer. Above all else, a true chef’s kitchen is efficient, organized and functional. No matter what size kitchen or what brand of appliances you have, these four chef-approved tips will work in any kitchen, for any cook, to make your kitchen work for you.
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Halloween isn’t nearly as spooky as it used to be. Instead of expecting visits from goblins and ghosts. We now wait for superheroes and princesses. For some senior citizens, Halloween can be scary.; it’s a night where masked strangers knock on your door. HERE ARE SOME TIPS FOR KEEPING SENIORS SAFE ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT:
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Hagen and Oats Sister duo turn creativity into a full-fledged business.
WOODBURY LOCAL ANNA HAGEN SAYS SHE AND HER SISTER NIKKI HOLLERICH have always been crafty;
“We like to joke that we’ve made every craft in JOANN Fabrics,” Hagen says. With a creative streak like that, it’s no wonder that when the sisters encountered a band saw for the first time, they became enthralled. After an internet search to learn the basics of woodworking with a band saw, Hagen and Hollerich created their first piece—a sign featuring a deer silhouette—which they proudly put on social media. “From that post our friends were like, ‘Hey that’s pretty cool, could you make me one?’ or, ‘Could you make a Minnesota?’” Hagen says.
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These commissions resulted in more posts, which spread the word even more. “It kind of evolved from there,” Hagen says. Now, the sisters run their own custom wood décor shop, Hagen and Oats, and sell their wares in a number of makers shops around the Twin Cities. Originally, Hagen and Hollerich didn’t expect their woodworking hobby to develop into a thriving business. The name itself speaks to how casual their original intentions were; half is Hagen’s last name, the other half is the name of Hollerich’s cat, Sir Oatmeal the third, Hagen says with a laugh. Part of their success, Hagen believes, is thanks to the Minnesotan ethos of supporting local businesses as well as
local businesses supporting each other. “We had other makers who had been in the game for a lot longer than we had and could steer us in directions based on their trials and tribulations,” Hagen says. “And then we were able to do that for other people along the way.” Over a six-year period, the sisters pivoted from developing the business, while working other jobs, to working on Hagen and Oats full time. “I think slow and steady was just comfortable for us,” Hagen says. “We didn’t want it to feel like it was a make or break, sink or swim kind of thing.” Now, their Newport-based workshop is in full swing with a team of part-time women and an ever-expanding repertoire of exclusively hand cut designs. “As far
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as the creative process goes, we have our classics pieces like the cribbage board or the beer opener, but it really just evolves with the customer,” Hagen says. On a number of occasions, a customer has inspired a new series of décor, such as the custom pup portraits the workshop produces. Other times, happy accidents supply the creative spark that catches light. Hagen and Oats also specializes in custom projects, which can often strike a sentimental tone. One project memorialized a grandmother by capturing her hand-written grocery list in wood and it’s pieces like these they tend to love best. For a list of retailers carrying Hagen and Oats, go to woodburymag.com.
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We Need to Talk ADULT CHILDREN between the ages of 30 and 50 can find it daunting to navigate the conversation minefield that is end-of-life care with their parents. So, we asked Jae-Woo Kim, M.D., for tips to help empower aging parents who wish to maintain a sense of autonomy while also providing some peace of mind to concerned family members. Kim trained at the University of Minnesota and works as a hospitalist at a Twin Cities hospital. He notes it is not uncommon for people to avoid discussions of death and dying; when
you’re healthy, the topic seems irrelevant. But open communication is always key, and if a loved one becomes unhealthy, it is definitely time to ask their primary care doctor about how to have those important conversations. What to watch for:
“Our function slowly declines over time,” Kim says. “Falls and fractures can take someone from 95 percent down to 75 percent with other complications down the road. Assess [your loved one’s] mobility by observing how
well they get around the house. Is there clutter that could cause a potential trip and fall? Observing the overall living situation can be less confrontation. You’re just observing.” Depression is under-recognized in the elderly. Kim says, “Isolation and hearing loss is a huge unrecognized factor in depression.” Those with poor hearing may be embarrassed and begin to shut down, communicating less and less. Pay attention to whether mom and dad are still being social, and help them to remain engaged.
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Some folks love their homes and don’t want to leave. “But you need a sense of if it’s manageable,” says Kim. “As much as they can stay in their home is good,” because it forces movement, to the kitchen and to the bathroom. That said, community living may not “feel” like home but can provide much needed socialization opportunities with peers.
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Adult children should seriously think about how many encounters they likely have left with their parents over the next 20–30 years. Kim says, “Parents want some connection even if it’s brief. Try to stay engaged and be willing to be the one to reach out first; and keep other siblings in the loop.” Metaphorically speaking, Kim says, “Siblings who live farther away may know ‘there’s fire,’ but assume mom and dad are still doing okay. It’s the siblings who are taking care of mom and dad who ‘feel the heat'; they understand what’s happening.”
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Staying active, picking up new hobbies and being engaged with peers are vital to healthy aging according to Kim. For example, he says, “My 65-year-old mother picked up cello and golf! She knows she’s not going to be good at it, but wanted to try something new.” Also, “weight gain or health issues can lead to the temptation to do less,” Kim says. “But, that’s the opposite of what we should do. We should encourage our parents to stay mentally engaged with things like puzzles, reading and volunteering.” Managing healthcare:
Kim acknowledges there is a power imbalance in healthcare. “It’s like going to a mechanic. I don’t know if what he says is right. Fortunately, in Minnesota, we have great systems and an abundance of access to care.” He suggests choosing a primary care physician who isn’t necessarily fresh out of school, not because they aren’t qualified, but like with many first jobs, there’s more potential for young doctors to move around. You also don’t want a doctor who’s going to retire before you. Kim says it’s ideal to choose a doctor with five to 10 years’ experience and is likely to age with you.
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Elizabeth Kriel has designed, thrifted and found DIY Halloween costumes for her daughter Lilly for over five years now, all without touching a sewing machine. "I don’t have any ability to sew, still don’t,” Kriel says. “None of the costumes are a bought pattern.” Although she’s not an experienced seamstress, Kriel is still creative in her own right. From her position as a marketing manager for Jerry’s Foods to a photography hobby, Kriel’s eye and skill at design still add to the success of her homemade costumes. “I’ve always loved the dress-up part of Halloween,” Kriel says. While the spooks and haunts of the holiday never much appealed to her, fun costumes have always been a highlight. Kriel says it was a creative aunt that started the family tradition of creating homemade costumes, a tradition Kriel hopes to pass down to her own kids. “I still have all the costumes,” Kriel says. “My mom saved my costumes—my son has worn a lot of the things my brother had worn when he was little—so I’m hoping to do the same for my kids.” For Kriel, the thrill of costume creation is twofold; the hunt for the costume itself at various thrift stores around town, and the costs she can cut along the way. “Nothing gets me more excited than finding the perfect piece or finding a piece I can make my own,” Kriel says. The process of creating DIY Halloween looks can be just as fun as wearing them on the holiday. Whether your little one wants to dress up as something that isn’t available in stores, or you simply enjoy the creative challenge of making something yourself, Kriel shares some of her tips and tricks for creating your own homemade Halloween look.
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decided what Lilly’s costume is going to be. “It changes each year but generally, I give her three or four different options that I think, based on whatever age she is that year, are appropriate and that she thinks are fun,” Kriel says. Other times, Lilly pitches her own ideas based on something that has captured her imagination that particular year. Whichever way inspiration strikes, Kriel notes that it’s important to let your child have input and be included in the creative process. Have A Plan Once Kriel and her daughter have decided on a costume, they start brainstorming what different elements and pieces they need to find. “I definitely [shop] with a cos-
tume in mind; I don’t wander, I don’t have time for that, ” Kriel says. Sometimes Kriel will see something in a shop that sparks inspiration for that year’s costume. Other times she’ll take to Google for ideas; “I’ll brainstorm on the internet and think, ‘Oh, I can get this here,’ or, ‘I need to wait to find something like this piece,’” Kriel says. Go Often Next, Kriel starts visiting local thrift stores like Savers and Goodwill as frequently as possible, often with Lilly tagging along. Not every visit is a success, but the hunt can be part of the fun. “It’s very hit or miss,” Kriel says, “One day it could be there, one day it won’t be or something new will be there instead.”
Usually, Kriel says that finding the elements they’re looking for isn’t very hard. Most thrift stores gear up early for Halloween, she explains, so lots of unique items start appearing on the racks in early autumn. Improvise Along with thrift stores being hit or miss, Kriel notes that she’ll often find something close, but not quite right, while searching store aisles or even the closets of her own home. In these instances, it’s helpful to find creative fixes. “A good example is that the Mary Poppins hat. It was originally an Easter bonnet in Lilly’s closet,” Kriel says. “We roughed it up to look tattered, like Mary’s, spray painted it black, and added daisies
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Story by Claire Swenson The past year, we’ve spent much more time at home, making kitchens even more of a focal point. This year’s kitchen is more intuitive, cleaner and a greater reflection of who we are. Jason Fabio, owner of Ispiri DesignBuild, says, “White kitchens are popular and are always very timeless. They stand the test of time. But I think there is a trend to move away [from all white] and we are seeing more colors introduced and different materials and textures mixing.” Fabio says that in 2021, cool and calming tones have been coming into play, highlighted by minimalistic designs and lots of contrast. Angela Warner, appliance specialist at Warners’ Stellian, says they’re underscoring the importance of designing your kitchen for 363 days of the year and not trying to accommodate the volume of a couple holidays at the expense of everyday function. “We are seeing this organic design style with calming earth tones and textures like unstained wood,” says Warner. CO N N E C TI V I TY I S K E Y
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One of the most popular tech highlights for on trend kitchen design is Wi-Fi connectivity, making every appliance in your home more accessible. “You can start your oven or dishwasher or even your washer and dryer from your phone,” Fabio says. Busy schedules, whether you’re working from home or not, mean that
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being able to run your dishwasher or prep for dinner before you even get to the kitchen makes all the difference. “People use their mobile devices to preheat their ovens or check the cooking progress whether they’re on a Zoom call or away from home,” says Warner. MA KING A STAT EM EN T
“Expert” appliances are becoming more and more popular in this new decade. “A professional gas range is the statement piece of the kitchen,” Warner says. “We’re seeing customized metal appliance hardware to create drama and interest instead of just sticking to the same metal finish throughout. This makes it easier for people to be adventurous and use a mixture of metals in not just their appliances but in their [other kitchen fixtures] and pulls as well.” Fabio believes home design is personal, whether that’s a bold statement or all in the details. “It all depends on the design,” Fabio says. “[Your statement piece] could be a handmade tile backsplash, gold finishes for plumbing, hardware and lighting fixtures, a waterfall or a built-up edge countertop at the island in large pattern.” N EW WAYS OF COOKIN G
No longer are countertops crowded with
appliances, hauled from the pantry and shuffled around to access outlets. Many are now opting to build their go-to cooking gadgets right into their kitchen layout. Fabio says luxury coffee makers are top choices for coffee connoisseurs. Ovens are adapting with new ways of cooking. Air fryers, now a feature on many ovens, are becoming increasingly popular as a quick, easy and healthier way to prepare favorite meals. Warner also suggests considering a speed oven rather than a double oven. “Speed ovens combine microwave speed and convection performance for lightning-fast, superior results, like a roasted chicken in 20 minutes,” Warner says. IN V E STI N G I N H O M E
If you are thinking of making updates to your kitchen, there are a few key things our experts recommend you address first to ensure your home is cared for in the long run. Both Warner and Fabio emphasize the importance of installing a ventilation hood over your stove. “The best investment a family can make is an actual hood over your cooktop or range because it will keep your kitchen cleaner than an over-therange microwave,” says Warner. “A hood helps with removing the smells and odors out of your house.
When you cook and you don’t have ventilation, you’re putting grease into the air of your home and it’ll layer your furniture and window treatments and get on all the surfaces over time,” Fabio says. “When you ventilate and have a proper hood over your range, you can basically suck all those particles out of your house and keep your home cleaner.” Along with range hoods, Fabio has seen a turn toward induction stoves, rather than a gas or electric version. “It’s the same look as an electric [stove], but it takes a certain pan to activate it. It has the same responsiveness as a gas cooktop, which people love,” Fabio says, explaining that even when the induction stove is on, you can pull the pan off and touch the cooktop without being burned. It’s a great choice for families with children whose little hands may accidentally touch hot surfaces. Whether you regularly host family dinners or heat up your favorite restaurant take-out, your kitchen is an integral part of your home. Investing in it can make cooking easier, safer, cleaner and simply more enjoyable. For even more kitchen tips from Warner and Fabio, go to woodburymag.com.
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K I TC H E N
Mary and Dan Webb had always wished for a larger space to entertain guests, friends and family. Perhaps a larger kitchen, a bigger living room or a more spacious entryway would fit the bill. The couple decided to bite the bullet at the end of February 2020 with a kitchen remodel, only to be caught off guard by COVID-19. “This was a COVID renovation. We signed on before COVID … But it was a little different when COVID hit five days later,” Mary says. She recalls the challenges of trying to balance a kitchen remodel with their kids Norah (13) and Claudia (10) shifting to distance learning and Dan transitioning to a work-from-home lifestyle. “Working around our schedule was difficult, but everything else was all good things,” she says. The Webbs worked with Affordable Kitchens as their general contractor and Twigg + Lu for the interior design to create their mix-andmatch, vintage/farmhouse kitchen. Prior to the renovation, the kitchen featured dark cherrytoned wood, a colorful and busy backsplash, and darker green-graywalls. “[Mary and Dan] didn’t want any clutter, wanted high-ceiling cabinetry and wanted it to feel fresher,” says Twigg + Lu Design Co. co-owners Brittany Meidinger and Shannon Knutson. But the beginning of the renovation didn’t come without challenges for the Webbs. “It was challenging at times and there were delays due to contact tracing or people who [tested positive]
for COVID. It led to delays,” Mary says. Another challenging aspect of the remodel was being able to decorate—home furnishing and decorating stores were closed, so Mary and the Twigg + Lu Design Co. team were unable to shop at the preferred stores, such as HomeGoods. At the end of the renovation, six months later, Mary and Dan’s dream kitchen truly came to life. Although most of the cabinetry was simply refinished, Jim Michaelson of Affordable Kitchens added in taller cabinets to create a grander feel. Affordable Kitchens also added the unique detail to the ceiling, which Mary says is one of her favorite parts. Meidinger and Knutson brought in creative design elements, including new pendant light fixtures, restored vintage barn wood and contrasting details, from the differing tile and countertops to distinct hardware and pulls. A gas stovetop, double oven and beverage space were also added. Both Mary and the Twigg + Lu Design Co. team says inspiration came from Pinterest and magazines, and Meidinger says Instagram was a big help, too. “We were looking on Pinterest for inspiration and we saw another designer did a [different tile] on the entire range wall,” Meidinger and Knutson say. “We sent that to Mary and said, ‘Hey, what if we get a different tile and put it on the back wall as a statement?’ and we think it turned out really well.”
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The diverging elements create a warm and welcoming atmosphere, leading Mary out of her comfort zone. “Brittany [Meidinger] and Shannon [Knutson] were very innovative and always gave us lots of suggestions,” she says. When it came to decorating, Mary recalls Meidinger and Knutson dropping items off at their front porch, so the Webbs could touch, feel and see what elements might look like. Regarding the renovation, Dan says, “It makes it feel larger, bigger and wider. Brighter and more inviting [and] definitely more updated.” Mary adds, “It’s a lot nicer for cooking. There’s a bigger island, so the space is utilized a lot more.” The Webbs have been unable to host events in their new kitchen, due to COVID. But Dan, who enjoys cooking, and Mary, who enjoys baking, says creating their last year’s Thanksgiving meal in the new kitchen has been most enjoyable. For their daughters, who enjoy creating different food concoctions, having the extra kitchen space has been helpful. “Claudia has a December birthday and she made two cakes for herself last year,” Mary says, noting how the entire space has been great for their family. Although the renovation began in the kitchen, it snowballed to the remainder of the first level. “We ended up doing the whole main level, putting new carpet upstairs and doing knock-down ceilings all over,” Mary says. Each renovation has made the Webb’s home feel more open, bright and welcoming.
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Brittany Meidinger and Shannon Knutson of Twigg + Lu Design Co. says mixing and matching elements isn’t just a personal style—it’s a trend. “Mixing hardware will be a trend … The mixing of elements and the customization really makes [a space] pop,” Meidinger and Knutson say. To elevate your space, consider mixing and matching hardware; for example, the Twigg + Lu Design Co. team mixed black, round, smaller knobs with larger, wooden pulls in the Webb kitchen. The duo also used white subway tile with a cross pattern tile, and a quartz countertop on the perimeter
with a granite slab for the island. Both trends can be recreated in the kitchen, bathroom or inlaw suite. Contrasting light tile with dark grout (and vice versa) is another way to make a space pop. Adding in warmer tones to a coolertoned palette, such as the vintage barn wood in the Webb kitchen, will create add warmth and contrast to the space, too. “That’s a lot of what Brittany [Meidinger] and I do with all of our designs,” Knutson says. “Mixing styles, for example rustic with modern. It’s not all farmhouse or all one style.”
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the power in community
IN LIGHT OF BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH, WE SHARE THE STORIES OF THREE MOTHERS WHO OVERCAME ONE OF LIFE’S BIGGEST CHALLENGES.
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Three young mothers in Woodbury, all diagnosed with the most aggressive type of breast cancer, will mark their individual anniversaries this year for completing treatment for triple-negative breast cancer. The rare form of cancer unexpectedly brought Charissa Bates, Mindy Mayday and Ashley Wolf together to share their experiences—many of which are hard for others to understand. Despite their hardships, these women have made a connection that will last a lifetime. “Everyone hears breast cancer and thinks it’s an easy surgery and done, but this [cancer] typically means the most aggressive chemotherapy is used with two other types of intravenous (IV) chemotherapy,” Bate says. She was only 33 years old when she was diagnosed with cancer in 2019. Her kids were only 2, 5 and 7 years old, and Bates says she was challenged with the thought of “not making it at the end for my kids.” Being so young, Bates did what she had to do: begin treatment. Depending on the person, Bates says standard chemotherapy includes 12 weeks of Taxol and doses of a drug called AC (Adriamycin and Cyclophosphamide) for six months. All three women call AC the “red devil” because it’s “bright red like Kool-Aid,” Wolf says. Bates says it’s the harshest form of chemotherapy out there. While these treatments are standard for most people that are diagnosed with triple-negative, Bates had a mutation in her BRCA1 gene that gave her a 45 percent chance of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Two weeks after she began chemotherapy, Bates had a hysterectomy. “I don’t want cancer again, I didn’t want to deal with that,” Bates says. Two weeks later, and four weeks after beginning chemotherapy, she had a double mastectomy. Only a few days before Christmas in 2019, Bates found out that there was residual cancer remaining. “I thought that I was going to die,” Bates says. After speaking with her doctor, she ended up doing another six months of oral che-
motherapy, but Bates says she did not respond well. She received a lot of help from her family, friends and neighbors, as she was unable to get out of bed. “I always say I have the best neighbors in Woodbury because all my neighbors and friends fed me for a whole year,” Bates says. Her neighbors did a meal train for an entire year so her family could get hot meals. In addition to the hot meals, they also set up a GoFundMe page, which allowed Bates, a full-time stay-at-home mom, to a hire a nanny for all she needed. “Everyone made sure I could focus on my health without worrying about everything else,” she says. At the age of 33, Bates would hear of “success stories” of people in their 50s and 60s that survived breast cancer, but this was “extremely unrelatable” to her because no one had heard of triple-negative. “I knew that I got the ‘bad’ cancer,” Bates says. She found it difficult hearing that people survived because, “I thought, ‘They don’t have what I have and they’re not the age that I am,” she says, noting her doctor said it wasn’t to her advantage that she had gotten cancer at a young age. Despite feeling alone in the beginning, Bates found a group on Facebook called
The Young Survival Coalition, a nonprofit organization that focuses on women ages 40 and under who are diagnosed with breast cancer. She connected with them online, but was unable to connect in-person with the Minnetonka-based group because she was “too tired and too sick to drive there,” she says. So, she started her own support group in Woodbury that meets every other month to connect. “It’s nice to know that you’re not alone. It’s nice to see people at different stages, too,” Bates says. Besides the group meetings, Bates made another connection with Wolf through a mutual friend. Bates says Wolf messaged that mutual friend and told her that she also had triple-negative breast cancer. Wolf invited Bates to her house and when she arrived, she says, “Ashley [Wolf ] opens the door, she is completely bald … She’s smiling, and she answered the door with her 1-year-old and she tells me how she handled everything ... Instantly, just connecting with Ashley, made me feel like I can do this, I can get through this.” After meeting with Wolf, she suddenly had hope. Like Bates, Wolf too was in her early 30s when she was diagnosed with triplenegative in December 2018 when her
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daughter Emery was 11 months old. Before her diagnosis, Wolf thought she had mastitis from breastfeeding, so cancer wasn’t on her mind. “Not even thinking I was going to get cancer, it came back as triple-negative,” Wolf says. The disease, which is the most aggressive form of breast cancer, is also a grade three—meaning it’s the fastest growing. After her diagnosis, the only thing on Wolf ’s mind was to have more children. Wolf ’s oncologist told her that it was possible the chemotherapy wouldn’t completely ruin her reproductive system. So, Wolf and her husband jumped right into fertility treatments, uncovered by medical insurance. “The insurance company told me because I’m choosing to have chemotherapy, which is the drug that’s ruining my reproductive system, that’s why they would not cover it,” Wolf says. At the end of 2018, she and her husband harvested her eggs, did in vitro fertilization (IVF) and had egg retrieval surgery. The couple didn’t implant the eggs, because she began cancer treatment instead. Wolf says she experienced one of her most heartbreaking moments when she was sitting planning her daughter’s birthday party during Christmas, thinking it might be the first and last birthday she would plan. The same month, Wolf was accepted
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into a trial through Rochester’s Mayo Clinic, where she was given treatment typically used for lung cancer. In addition to the trial, Wolf completed 12 weekly Taxol treatments, along with other drugs like AC, describing treatments as “horrific,” because you lose your hair and get neuropathy in your arms, fingers and toes. Following treatments, Wolf also had a double mastectomy. “Just knowing that you’re losing a part of the women’s body that makes you feel feminine was pretty rough,” Wolf says. However, because of COVID-19 and “luck” canceling one of her reconstruction surgeries, Wolf became naturally pregnant with her son, Ethan. “He’s our miracle baby,” Wolf says. “My daughter is my hero–she found the breast cancer for me and gives me a reason to fight every single day. Now, I have Ethan who we didn’t think we would ever see.” Her kids help keep cancer-related thoughts out of her mind, including the looming thought of the cancer returning. Wolf was nearing the end of her treatment when Bates, who was just getting started on her treatment, came to her house. Through Bates’ Facebook group, Wolf met Mayday. A day before Mayday was diagnosed in October 2020, she saw a post on the Woodbury neighborhood page about Bates’ support group. Two days later, Bates came over to Mayday’s house and talked to her about cancer
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and what treatment was going to look like. “She scared the crap out of me,” Mayday says. Looking back, Mayday says she is glad that Bates shared her experience, because it prepared her for what was going to happen to her. The following month, Mayday started AC chemo for eight weeks. All the while, Mayday had a 7-year-old son at home who was doing online school because of the pandemic. Between her parents and finance, they helped take care of her during treatment and her son. Bates set up a GoFundMe page and meal trains for Mayday since she and her fiancé had just bought a home, and Mayday was self-employed. Mayday describes herself as being “so weak” to the point of not being able to cook anything for her son. “When I was first diagnosed, I thought I was going to die,” Mayday says. After a couple of weeks, she prepared herself for a conversation with her son. After one of his hockey practices, Mayday talked with her son while he was playing in the bathtub. “I just took that time when he was relaxed to tell him that I was sick,” Mayday says. She told him that the doctors were going to give her medicine that was going to make her sick. “And then I told him the medicine is going to make my hair fall out and that caught his attention,” Mayday says. While she was bedridden, Mayday says her son would sit beside
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ON THE TOWN things to see and do in and around Woodbury
EXCITED FOR THE EXPO There’s something for everyone at the 2021 Woodbury Community Expo! HOSTING 175 BUSINESS VENDORS, live entertainment and
food, the Woodbury Community Expo offers excitement and use for the entire community. We spoke with the president of the Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce Laurie Staiger about what the upcoming event entails. Woodbury Magazine: Tell us more about the Woodbury Community Expo. Laurie Staiger: It’s great exposure for businesses to build connections and develop new clients. [For attendees], if you’re new to the community, if you’re looking to keep your kids busy or an empty nester looking to repair the house that your kids destroyed, we have vendors for all areas of the community. WM: What are you most looking forward to about the expo? LS: Our community believes in the value of shopping local, so it will be really fun to see the consumers get re-engaged with our business owners and operators in our own community. WM: Will there be any event adaptations made due to COVID? LS: We moved to HealthEast Sports Center for more space. We intend to have a one-way exit to keep people going in one direction and [vendors] will be a little further spaced out than in the past.
WOODBURY COMMUNITY EXPO Recommended for all ages. Free to attend. Oct. 2, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. HealthEast Sports Center, 4125 Radio Drive; 651.578.0722; woodburychamber.org BY HILARY KAUFMAN
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Join the Woodbury community for the 10th annual “Together It Gets Better” 5k Walk/Run for suicide prevention organized by the Suicide Prevention Collaborative (SPC). The 5k is a wonderful opportunity to honor 10 years of suicide prevention and awareness in Washington County. Register online for tickets in advance. All ages. Ticket prices vary. 5k
begins at 10 a.m. Colby Lake Park Pavilion, 9715 Valley Creek Road; 612.616.2607; suicidepreventioncollaborativemn.org
5 Book Club R.H. Stafford Library is back to hosting in-person book clubs! The group will be reading Giver of the Stars by Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You. All ages. Free. 6:30–8 p.m. R.H.
Stafford Library, 8595 Central Park Place; 651.731.1320; washcolib.org
5 Washington County Library Virtual Social Justice Book Club If social justice issues interest you, join this virtual book club in discussing Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. The non-fiction book investigates the racism, classism and ineptitude. All ages. Free.
1–2 p.m. R.H. Stafford Library, 8595 Central Park Place; 651.731.1320; washcolib.org
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Get to network with and know members of the Woodbury Chamber of Commerce during this informal event. Taking place before business hours, the event is a great way to get to know your community and fellow business professionals. Free to
attend. 8–9 a.m. Lifeline Chiropractic, 2165 Woodlane Drive Suite 102; 651.578.0722; woodburychamber.org
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$25 for members of the Woodbury Chamber of Commerce, $35 for non-members. 11:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Sheraton St. Paul Woodbury Hotel, 676 Bielenberg Drive; 651.578.0722; woodburychamber.org
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1–31 Celebrating Trees This long-term project, currently in its fourth year, documents the hundreds of plant and animal species that live in the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum through scientifically accurate artwork.
All ages. $15 entry fee for non-members. Times vary. Skyway Gallery, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska; 612.301.1239; arb.umn.edu
8–9 Twin Cities Oktoberfest The two-day festival celebrates German culture and community with performances of traditional German dance, music and food.
All ages. Free to attend. Times vary. Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1621 Randall Ave., St. Paul; tcoktoberfest.com
22 Heather Land: The Age Gap Tour Sharing stories about failed diets and raising teenagers in her blended household, Heather Land takes her frustrations and turns them into funny anecdotes in A Quarantine Christmas.
All ages. Ticket prices vary. 8 p.m. The Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls.; 612.338.2674; thecedar.org
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Taking Stock Punch up the protein in your favorite recipes. BY ANGELA JOHNSON
THE OLD ADAGE, AND ONCE POPULAR BOOK TITLE, Chicken Soup for the
Soul, is no joke. Turns out chicken broth truly is a restorative food. Dieticians claim that broth can help keep you hydrated, clear congestion and ease cold symptoms. Bone broth, commonly referred to as stock, may be even more beneficial for health-conscious consumers; and local business owners of Freak Flag Organics and Taking Stock Foods are making bone broths that are a tasty and convenient source of nutrition.
BROTH VS. STOCK
Basically, traditional broth is a thin liquid made from boiling meat and/or vegetables. Stock, or bone broth, is thicker because it’s made from boiling bones, and it contains a power punch of protein due to the collagen released from the bones during cooking. That’s why lots of people who follow high protein paleo, keto or intermittent fasting diets have gravitated toward drinking bone broth as a meal or snack. Amino acids and other vitamins and minerals like potassium, calcium and vitamin D are also sometimes found in bone broth.
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The trouble with trying to incorporate bone broth into at-home dishes is that it takes
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so long to make. Fred Haberman, a founder of Freak Flag Organics, says, “I have a passion for soups in the cold of winter and I’m known in the family to make soups on Sundays.” A good bone broth is the base for many soup recipes, but Haberman says making stock takes a fair amount of time. He says, “I made some [bone broth] after Thanksgiving, using the turkey carcass. [Cooking bone broth] takes a minimum of four-to-five hours, but I did it for seven hours to make it more robust. I added celery, carrots and garlic. It was very good.” But Haberman envisions people being able to have a bone broth that already tastes great, but doesn’t take that long. That’s what inspired Haberman and Freak Flag Organics chef Mary Jane Miller to create their brand of bone broths that are ready to heat and eat. The pair experimented a lot with flavors because plain chicken is just not that “freaky.” “Lots of bone broth tastes medicinal to me,” says Haberman, who knew there must be a better way to create flavorful bone broth that is still organic. The flavors Freak Flag Organics came up with are coconut chicken, chicken tortilla and lemon pepper chicken. “We’re getting rave reviews for the coconut chicken,” Haberman says. “It tastes great sipped, and you can also make simple recipes by adding protein like chicken and a few
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other ingredients like scallions. With our lemon pepper chicken broth, you can have chicken noodle soup in minutes by simply adding chicken and noodles. You can also use our bone broths as a base for something more extravagant like using our chicken tortilla broth for enchiladas or our coconut chicken broth for a phenomenal Thai food dish; adding things to ‘freak up’ your dish or soup.” Another local business also features high-quality broth—Molly Clark and Maddy Kaudy of St. Paul started Taking Stock Foods with their 25 years of combined culinary experience. They wanted to create a restaurant quality stock for at-home use and began selling their slow simmered signature bone broth recipe at local farmers markets. Clark says bone broth fits in perfectly with the popular Whole 30 and other low carb, high protein diets, noting that it seems more people have been on diets during the pandemic than ever before and people are also cooking from home more and looking for performance foods, not just a typical ingredient, for flavor, but something that is also nutritional. “[Bone broth] is a convenient food if buying premade or making and storing,” Clark says. “It’s clean and easy.” Clark agrees with Haberman that some store-bought bone broths can have a less than pleasant flavor profile, but Clark and Kaudy’s approach is to create a clean tasting signature profile that is more typical of traditional broth. Clark says, “When people experience it, it smells like Thanksgiving or chicken soup because it’s made with real ingredients.” The Taking Stock Foods bone broth flavors include classic chicken, low-sodium chicken and ginger turmeric. Freak Flag Organics Bone Broth and Taking Stock Foods Bone Broth are certified organic and can be found at Whole Foods.
Overnight Savory Oats from Taking Stock Foods Ingredients: • 2 cups Taking Stock Classic Chicken Bone Broth (one package) • 1/2 cup steel cut oats
Instructions: Combine oats and broth in a saucepan or smaller container. Place in
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refrigerator overnight, or at least eight hours. After soaking, bring the oats and broth to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Simmer for five minutes, until oats are tender. Serve immediately. ___
Find the recipe for Chicken and White Bean Chili from Freak Flag Organics at woodburymag.com.
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EACH MON T H, we feature a photo from our Focus on Woodbury photo contest. This month, we asked Laila Masoud to tell us about Broken Class, which took third place in our City Landmarks category in 2020.
Tell us the story behind the image. This image happened in the older Potbelly’s of Woodbury. I hadn’t known about the photography contest then, nor did I walk into the restaurant looking for art. We just wanted some sandwiches and soup … The lamps did catch my eye. What’s your favorite thing about the image, or what struck you about the scene and inspired you to take it? There’s something intriguing about the differences in
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the lamps—they share identical bases and are hooked up to the same source, yet only one is lit and dressed in fancier cloth. The other is seemingly broken and unkept. What’s your photography background? I don’t have much experience in photography besides an introductory class I took in high school, and using my phone for many years to pursue this hobby—both in travel and in isolation.
The winners are in! Focus on Woodbury 2021 photo contest winners are announced. Go to woodburymag.com to see the winning photos.
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