Nov/Dec
2014

Saturday Noon Meals Provide More Than a Simple Meal

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Written by Catherine H. Armstrong

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During a time of year that is filled for many with an abundance of food and family time, it is important to remember that not everyone has a meal to eat or a home where they can celebrate. Many in the Rochester community will not have the luxury of participating in a traditional holiday feast this year.

 

Jul/Aug
2014

Boundaries in Relationships

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Written by Shelly Winemiller, LFMT

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Have you ever offered to do something for someone else but ended up depleted and resenting them? If so, this may be a sign that your relationship boundaries are blurred. Lack of emotional and physical space between you and another person can foster confusion, disillusionment, and resentment. However, setting healthy boundaries puts you on track to psychological, physical and emotional well-being. Think of your boundaries as a critical safety net for your health. 

 

Jul/Aug
2014

When Love Doesn't Meet the Status Quo

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Written by Mette Greising

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Q: CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR EXPERIENCE OF LOSING A LOVED ONE THROUGH INCARCERATION?

I was just nineteen years old living in Rochester when the father of my ninemonth-old son was arrested for drug possession and sent to prison. His arrest came just two days after moving into a new apartment together. The police took all his money as well as our car, so I had to go to court and legally assert his rights to “win” his car back. At that time, we sold the vehicle since we were not able to get any of the money back that they took, but the financial gain was short-lived. 

 

Jul/Aug
2014

The Pursuit of Happyness

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Written by Jody Brown

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In our daily lives, we typically strive to be polite and even discrete. But when it comes to relationships, our curiosity tends to get the better of us. We read tabloids and trashy novels, listen to stories about first dates and sometimes ask personal questions of strangers without realizing we’ve overstepped our Minnesota nice. This happens especially in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community where, as a friend put it, “People equate gay with sex and think asking about it is fine. Do you want me to ask you personal questions about your sex life?” With the one-year anniversary of Minnesota Marriage Equality Bill approaching fast, RochesterWomen sought out members of the LGBT community and asked them to open up about what’s really going on in life, love and their pursuit of happiness.

 

May/Jun
2014

Karen Light Edmonds Lifts Kids Out of Poverty

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Written by Courtney

Karen-Light-EdmondsStashed in Karen Light Edmonds’ garage are black garbage bags that hold all the belongings of a homeless teen. They represent the striking dichotomy in Rochester that Karen can’t sweep into the dark corners of invisibility. No matter how uncomfortable it may make others feel, in a city known for its world-class medical care, the opportunity gap widens. Karen counts eight children as her own, but in reality, some of those are children of other mothers.

 

Mar/Apr
2014

Creating Success

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Written by Tracey Will

umrCREATING SUCCESSWomen in leadership at UMR reflect on what it takes to craft a fulfilling career

With more than 700 students enrolled at the University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR), the institution’s campus in the heart of the city is now a bustling place, filled with students, faculty and staff. UMR’s impressive growth since its designation as a full and official coordinate campus of the University of Minnesota system in 2006 has been overseen by a talented group of dedicated leaders. 

RochesterWomen talked to three women in leadership roles at UMR to learn about the paths that led them there, discuss what it takes to make a successful career in academia and glean their insights on what success really means.

 

Nov/Dec
2013

Extreme Entertaining

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Written by Courtney

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Extreme Entertaing - With Sharon Tuntland

She calls it “entertaining for a cause,” but that seems too simplistic when looking at the long list of impressive events Sharon Tuntland has held at her home or organized as a community event. Her name is synonymous with fundraising. Her private parties are legendary. Her energy seems endless.

 

Sep/Oct
2013

Outstanding in Her Field

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Written by Amy Brase

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A Young Woman's Quest to Turn Her Love of Farming Into a Successful Business

On a farm named 7 Hills in a nook near Blooming Prairie live 30 cows, a donkey, a flock of laying hens, a man named Mike, a girl named Mariah and a woman named Michelle Miller. As a teenager, Michelle had dreamed of becoming a farmer. In 1998—the year Michelle turned 18—her grandmother helped her transform that aspiration into a reality.

 

May/Jun
2013

Single Motherhood

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Written by Amy Brase

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To be a mother is to be intimately involved in something bigger than oneself. Mothers are often attributed as being the supportive arms that encourage a child to grow and the gentle strength that holds a family together.

This is a story of three single moms: Rosemary Ptacek, Darcy Buntrock and Jennifer Gangloff. Each has a unique reason for parenting solo—whether by adoption, divorce or tragedy—but all three have overcome adversity and mothered their children exceptionally well through difficult trials.

 

Mar/Apr
2013

March into Reading

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Written by Amanda Wingren

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Learning with Minnesota Reading Corps

Nikki Anglin holds a soft spot in her heart for Minnesota Reading Corps—a state-level branch of the national AmeriCorps program which tutors students in reading. As her son entered elementary school, he struggled with reading at grade level.

“My daughters didn’t have trouble with reading, but for some reason, it was much more difficult for him. We weren’t sure what to do to help,” remembers Nikki.

 

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