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S’More Art Adventures

Three Amazing Art Camps for Kids
By Joy Blewett

This summer, provide your child with a hands-on arts experience. More and more research is surfacing on the benefits of creating and engaging with art. Art-making opportunities can build skills in self-expression, critical thinking and creative problem-solving. Here are three organizations that open their spaces to kids during the summer to explore a wide variety of art experiences.   Continue reading

This entry was posted in Community on May 1, 2019 by By Joy Blewett.

Cradle to Career Initiative

Ensuring Rochester youth succeed
By Gina Dewink

Cradle to Career creates access to resources that kids need, when they need them, to be successful from cradle to career. Julie Brock, executive director of the Cradle to Career initiative, says this is done by aligning community resources to shared outcomes, as well as using data to drive the decision-making through the lens of equity. “It takes all of us doing something positive to create a community committed to equitable success of all youth,” Brock states.   Continue reading

This entry was posted in Community on May 1, 2019 by By Gina Dewink.


Get to know local golf pro Kari Phenix and learn about Rochester’s ladies leagues
By LuAnn Buechler and Cindy Jo Dickson

“Gentleman Only, Ladies Forbidden” used to be the perception, or myth, of the meaning of the word “golf”. Historically, women might have believed it to be true. However, women’s golf is alive and well in the Rochester area. Continue reading

This entry was posted in Community on May 1, 2019 by By LuAnn Buechler and Cindy Jo Dickson.

Gift of Life Transplant House: Celebrating 35 years of hope and healing

Gift of Life Transplant House, a beacon of hope, was established 35 years ago. It serves as a home away from home for approximately 4,500 patients and their caregivers who stay there while going through the transplant journey. They may be receiving or have received a life-saving organ transplant (such as heart, heart-lung, pancreas, liver or kidney), stem cell transplant or bone marrow transplant. The house also welcomes patients receiving CAR-T therapy, which is a procedure that helps treat certain types of cancers, such as leukemia and lymphoma.  

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This entry was posted in Community on February 20, 2019 by Cindy Mennenga.

Blues, Brass and Bravery: Hear authentic sounds from three female musicians

We welcome you to Rochester Women Magazine’s artist column, our first in an ongoing series featuring women in the arts. There’s nothing like good music that vibrates your bones, moves your soul, makes your heart beat faster or raises the hair on the back of your neck. This issue’s arts column highlights three must-see female musicians from Rochester who do just that. Check out the local live theatre scene this winter as well.

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This entry was posted in Community on January 2, 2019 by Joy Blewett.

Banks, Credit Unions and Lenders: More than 60 locations in Rochester

THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A BETTER TIME TO FIND A CONVENIENT BANK, CREDIT UNION OR LENDER IN ROCHESTER. Check out the map (on page 19) to find a convenient location near you*, or browse the bank or credit union websites to evaluate your options. 


National banks generally provide all the financial services you may need, plus they have many convenient branches and ATMs wherever you may travel. However, local banks and credit unions offer competitive rates and fees and tend to be more involved in the local community.

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This entry was posted in Community on January 2, 2019 by Scott Brue.

Ringing in the Holidays: Rochester Area Handbells in concert

HANDBELL CHOIRS HAVE LONG HAD A PLACE IN CHURCH SERVICES OF MANY DENOMINATIONS. The goal of Rochester Area Handbells (rah) is to bring the art of handbell performance out of a church setting and into the greater Rochester community. The ensemble plays music that ranges from classic favorites to contemporary and will be kicking off a concert series in late November.

RAH is a fairly new ensemble—it officially launched in August 2017. Founder and musical director Paul Kingsbury, who moved to Rochester in 2015, was surprised to learn that there wasn’t a community handbell group in a city this size, especially with so many fantastic choral groups and other music ensembles already in existence. Fast-forward a couple of years, and the groundwork was laid to organize a handbell group.

RAH’s inaugural season was marked with five concerts, including a Christmas concert in the Rochester Public Library auditorium that maxed out room capacity. The city of Rochester also had the good fortune of hosting the 2018 Area 7 Handbell Musicians of America Festival Conference in June, which brought ringers from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Manitoba into the city for three days of ringing and workshops. Along with performing in the massed ringing event, RAH had the honor of opening the festival with a concert and reception. 

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This entry was posted in Community on November 1, 2018 by Jen Jacobson.

Overtures: SEMYO women Conductors’ musical beginnings



Rochester native and Mayo Clinic employee Sarah Gifford started out playing piano. She came to enjoy playing accompaniments with other musicians, rather than doing solo pieces. “My journey with the clarinet was a little more thorny,” she says. While not her first choice of instrument, she stuck with playing and found she enjoyed it. “I love music and playing with a group,” she explains. She also plays clarinet in local ensembles and teaches private lessons. 

Susan Oftedahl’s music journey began with her father, a former music college professor. It was his job at Minnesota State University in Mankato that moved her family to Minnesota. He took Oftedahl and her brothers to see a variety of student and professional musical performances. She plays cello in the Rochester Symphony with a cello that was a gift from her father and was made by David Folland, a luthier (a maker of stringed instruments such as violins or guitars) in Northfield. “The enriched sounds deepen my enjoyment of playing,” she says.

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This entry was posted in Community on November 1, 2018 by Anna Matetic.

MN ADULT & TEEN CHALLENGE WOMEN’S CENTER : Finding strength in the struggle

MN ADULT & TEEN CHALLENGE ROCHESTER–WOMEN’S CENTER IS A PLACE OF HOPE AND HEALING. While laughter echoes through the hallways and children enjoy visits with their mothers, profound life-altering changes take place in a safe environment. A cocoon of love and respect envelops these women, sheltering them from the storms of daily life while they face down their demons and do the hard work of freeing themselves from addiction. 

Faith-based Mn Adult & Teen Challenge, headquartered in the Twin Cities, has been helping adults and teens break free from drug and alcohol addictions since 1983. A few years ago, Mn Adult & Teen Challenge recognized a need in southeast Minnesota and opened a men’s facility in Rochester in January 2014. The men’s facility is located in the old Samaritan Bethany nursing home near Assisi Heights. Nearly from the beginning, there was a vision for a women’s center in Rochester. Center Director Tom Truszinski, who oversees both the men’s and women’s campuses, says having the opportunity to build the women’s facility is a prayer answered.

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This entry was posted in Community on November 1, 2018 by Cindy Mennenga.

Happy to Help Others: Why help out during the Holidays?

HELPING OUT DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON HAS ENDLESS BENEFITS FOR YOU, YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR COMMUNITY. There is no better time to begin good habits of giving for the year to come, than during the season of giving. In the Rochester area, there is a great array of opportunities for you and your group to give. Volunteering is an especially great opportunity for families and friends to spend time together, stay active during the cold winter months and feel good about improving the lives of others.


Donating items and volunteering takes more time than giving money. But being more involved increases the fun, and you can more easily see the direct impact of your contribution. In the words of Anne Frank, “No one has ever become poor by giving.” The “Journal of Health and Social Behavior” found over 90 percent of people report volunteering improves their mood, makes their community a better place and enriches their sense of purpose in life. 

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This entry was posted in Community on November 1, 2018 by Tiffany Hansen.