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Rochester Women magazine received the “Media of the Year” 2011 Award from NAMI (National Association on Mental Illness) at the 18th annual NAMI SE MN Walk for continuing coverage on mental health related stories and articles.

The Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of Olmsted County awarded Rochester Women magazine the inaugural 2009 Maude Finch Award for its business achievements.

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Rochester Women magazine is published by a team of independent contractors in sales, editorial, design and distribution. There are currently no contract openings in our core team.

Rochester Women magazine considers freelance writers and article submissions. Please provide with information about yourself and your writing experience. Articles submitted may be considered, but are subject to being edited.

If you are interested in a college internship for credit or non-credit in publishing, marketing or editing a magazine, feel free to contact Rochester Women magazine at

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Our Team


jorrieJorrie Johnson

Publisher and Editor, MBA, PMP


I started Rochester Women magazine nineteen years ago with a passion for helping women connect with each other and the community. I enjoy knowing area women and telling about their successes, challenges, needs and wants, and helping them make connections to better their lives. I’m also passionate about supporting non-profit organizations in the community by working with them and helping them communicate with area women. I’m happy to be a part of a thriving community.



Nikki Kranebell 

Marketing Account Manager


“I am excited to promote a product I believe in. As a small business owner, I have advertised in Rochester Women magazine and have seen the impact of advertising first-hand. I am very proud to be with an organization that empowers women.” I was born and have lived my entire life in southeast Minnesota.

I have a degree in retail management and interior design and have been a small business owner for 15 years. I have two children and I’m one of “those” (crazy) hockey moms!



dawnDawn Sanborn

Photographer and Writer


For Rochester Women I have the privilege of sharing two of my passions with our readers: food and photography. I own a small hobby farm, have sold my wares at the farmer’s market and served on their board. I also have years of experience working in fine dining establishments. I enjoy preparing healthy meals with locally bought produce and meats. Sustainability is important to me. I am a commercial and family photographer with 24 years of experience and a B.A. in Photography from Columbia College. I believe photography is real life art and I enjoy capturing it.



Tessa Slisz

Graphic Designer


I am an ad graphic designer for Rochester Women clients. I grew up in Rochester and received my degree in Art and Graphic Design at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. I studied color theory abroad in Paris, France, lived in Japan for one year, and have worked as an ad designer at print publications in California and Arizona. I love working together with clients to turn their ideas into reality.



Kate Brue

Graphic Designer


I am the layout designer for Rochester Women magazine. I grew up in Prior Lake, MN and moved to Rochester in 2002. I have been in layout design for over 20 years and it is what I really love to do.



This entry was posted in About Us on July 7, 2011 by Scott Brue.


Rochester Women is a regional home and healthy living magazine for Rochester, Minn., area women to help them grow personally and professionally and connect with each other and the community. The goal is to develop stronger, healthier and happier women, families and community.

Rochester Women is a local approach to the women’s market used by successful national magazines. Rochester Women is about Rochester area women, for Rochester area women, and organized by Rochester area women. The magazine features Rochester area women, their lives, homes, health, hobbies, careers and interests.



In November 2011 at the Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association Excellence Awards banquet, Ellington Miller Starks won a silver award for her “from the editor” letters in Rochester Women and Margo Stich won a silver award for her food column “contemplating the food we eat.” 
2011: The Best Year Ever | Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association

In 2006, Rochester Women magazine was awarded for a how-to summer crafts for children article by MMPA at the Excellence Awards.

In June 2009, the United Way of Olmsted County Women’s Leadership Council [WLC] honored Maude Finch and the three recipients of the first annual The Maude Finch Award. Rochester Women magazine was recognized for the hope, inspiration, encouragement and fun the publication brings to countless women-and men in our community. And for its work in recognizing women’s accomplishments as family members, business women, artists, workers, friends and all the other roles women take on inspires people throughout the community and advances the common good.

In October 2008, PossAbilities of Southern Minnesota recognized Rochester Women magazine for providing employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

In August 2002 the Rochester, Minnesota, Mothers & More Chapter (#203) presented Women Communications, L.L.C./Rochester Women magazine the Mothers & More Business Award for highlighting working moms and offering a work environment conducive to balancing work and family life.

In 2001, Jorrie Johnson (Hansen), Rochester Women publisher, was awarded Woman of the Year by American Business Women’s Association Rochester Charter.


Rochester Area Builders, Inc.

Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce

Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association


AAUW – American Association of University Women
American Heart Association Go Red for Women
A Place to Call Home
Boys and Girls Club of Rochester
Castaways for Caleb Fundraiser

Century High School Goal Line Club

Citizens League

Gamehaven Boy Scout Council
Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys
Join the Journey
Lace Up Against Breast Cancer
Olmsted County Historical Society
Riverside Concerts
Rochester Area Family YMCA
Rochester Community Education
Rochester Downtown Alliance
Rochester Downtown Farmers Market
Rochester Pond & Garden Tour
Sacred Survivors Retreat
Sisters of Saint Francis
The ALS Association
United Way of Olmsted County
Women of Faith, Christ United Methodist Church
And many other organizations and events throughout the year


This entry was posted in About Us on July 7, 2011 by Scott Brue.


In 1999, Jorrie Johnson (Hansen) was working as the director of marketing for a computer hardware, software and services company. There were many changes happening in that industry and challenges she faced working as an employee for a company she didn’t own. She had two young children at home and wanted to be more connected with her family. She started looking for a business opportunity of her own. After researching the success of a women’s magazine in Duluth, Minnesota, the Women Today magazine ( She took the leap in January 2000 and left her regular full-time position to start Rochester Women magazine.

In the beginning Rochester Women was produced by a lean crew. The publisher herself handled accounting, sales and distribution of 15,000 copies of Rochester Women magazine. There was one editor who took most of the photos needed for editorial and ads, one graphic artist and a handful of freelance writers.

After a couple of years in business and success printing at Midwest Litho, Johnson (Hansen) partnered with Doug Solinger. Together they also started Coulee Region Women magazine in La Crosse, Wis.

In 2006, to have a more competitive advantage, Rochester Women magazine increased its circulation from 15,000 to 25,000 copies. In 2018, we recognized an increased number of online viewers (over 2,000 per issue) and reduced the printed distribution to 20,000.The magazine is distributed in a 45-mile radius of Rochester. See Distribution.

In 2018, Jorrie Johnson regained sole ownership of Rochester Women magazine. The magazine is produced by a team of independent contractors who work remotely from their own homes as a virtual business. Read about Our Team.

Rochester Women magazine publishes six bi-monthly issues per year. The annual  Women’s Business & Resource Directory is now combined with our March/April issue and released in the spring.

Rochester Women Magazine has participated in The Passion Test for Business strategic planning sessions for five years. Rochester Women magazine sponsors the annual Renew Women’s Retreat and other Passion Test workshops led by LuAnn Buechler to encourage women and businesses to pursue their passions.

As we look into the future, Rochester Women is considering how to best accomplish and serve it’s mission by utilizing various means of communication to help women connect with each other and the community. Our website is one of the ways Rochester Women magazine helps women connect with each other and the community. We hope to hear about what you like to read in Rochester Women and how we can help you connect with Rochester area women and the community.  Connect with us via email, facebook, or community events

This entry was posted in About Us on July 7, 2011 by Scott Brue.