Nov/Dec
2015

From Work To Wine

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Written by By Jorrie Johnson, Photography By Fagan Studios

For many of us the holiday season means more to do but lots more fun too! RochesterWomen magazine is excited to bring you our first holiday beauty and fashion guide (pages 19-22). We partnered with Katie (Makeup) Kirckof and Urban Sanctuary to get our models looking fabulous. Our models found functional and stylish fashions at numerous area retail stores. And then we took them to one of Rochester’s newest hot spots—Kutzky Market and Forager Brewing Company—to show off their wears. You, too, can go from work to wine easily with a little help from area businesses.

Dawn Sanborn suggests a smorgasbord of restaurants (page 32) who offer catering or so you don’t have to mess with food preparation, serving and clean-up but can enjoy yourself and be more present with your family and friends while entertaining. Sue Whitney provides some splendid holiday decorating ideas (page 35). And Melissa Eggler shows us how to make beaded flatware for serving or giving as gifts (page 37). 

 

Sep/Oct
2015

What did you do this summer?

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Written by By Jorrie Johnson

What did you do this summer? It’s the time of year when teachers are asking students this age-old question. 

I always try to make sure my children have some summer stories to share with their classmates in the fall. At the end of June, we took a road trip to Colorado to visit family and friends. For three nights we stayed so deep in the Cache la Poudre River Canyon that we didn’t have cell phone reception. 

I don’t know if going without phones or computers was harder on me, my mom or my children. We survived that trip and three more days in August without technology (running water, electricity or wine) in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. That was a bit rougher and, no doubt, made us tougher. 

While growing up in northern Minnesota, most of the time I spent with my dad was fishing, hunting, gardening or outdoors. When I became a teenager, I wanted to spend more time with my girlfriends and doing other sports (such as chasing boys). Now, I regret not sticking with the outdoors sports. I hope to get back into them and maybe even meet an outdoorsman. My friend Alison Streiff also lived in northern Minnesota when she was younger but didn’t get into hunting and fishing until she got divorced. She hunts and fishes and is teaching her daughters to embrace the outdoors too (page 22). Alison’s daughters should have lots of stories to tell their classmates when they are in school this fall.

 

 

 

 

Jul/Aug
2015

Letter From The Editor: Hot Hawties

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Written by By Jorrie Johnson

Rochester Women magazine lets loose every year with the July/August TABOO issue. This year we decided to have some fun, go to the extreme and address some frightening topics.

Our cover woman, Deanna Tompkins, and Women in Leadership feature, Alana Wilson, both participate in extreme sports. They do it not only for themselves, but for others: Deanna runs for military foundations, and Alana runs Jumps for Hope. 

A new business opened in Rochester this year called Hawties for Hire. They aren’t the Chippendales; they are better. Hawties for Hire are real men who live and work in our community and through hours of effort at the gym, have beautiful, buff bodies. Our RochesterWomen magazine team had the opportunity to meet and dance with a couple of the Hawties at a Cowboys at the Barn event in June. Read Magic Mike Comes to Rochester (page 31) and then turn the page for your own Hawties for Hire pull-out poster.

 

May/Jun
2015

From The Editor: Dear Reader

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Written by By Jorrie Johnson

Are you a mother, daughter, sister, friend, teacher, coach or mentor? We, women, tend to define ourselves by our relationships. Sometimes these roles can be demanding and leave us with little time or energy for ourselves. This issue of RochesterWomen magazine is about taking care of yourself so that you can be the best that you can be. You are worth it!

 

Mar/Apr
2015

From The Editor: Mixing Cultures

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Written by By Jorrie Johnson

I am one-quarter Swedish and one-quarter Portuguese, along with some Finish, Polish and, I think, German. I was your typical mixed-culture American kid growing up in Duluth, Minnesota. Swedish is the culture with which I most identify. My grandfather was born to Swedish immigrants (from the province of Dalarna, Sweden) in 1911. When I was a young girl, he took me to a maypole festival that I remember fondly. I also remember visiting the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis for the Midsommer Celebration. When I asked him what he and my grandmother did to survive the winters in Minnesota, he told me they would dance. He loved to polka, and he would dance with me in his little living room. When he passed away in March 2013, I stated at the funeral that if you see me dancing at a festival (alone), I am dancing with my grandfather.

 

Sep/Oct
2013

From the Editor: September/October 2013

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Written by Marlene Petersen

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As editor, I receive story ideas every day which highlight inspiring, enterprising and successful Rochester-area women (usually over age 25). These ideas are right up our alley since that’s generally our focus. But lately, we’ve been receiving submissions about women under the age of 25 who are doing incredible things in our area. It has been fun for me to read about these driven, focused young women, but, unfortunately, we haven’t had much opportunity to present these stories yet.

So to change that—and to kick off the call for nominations for our 10th Annual Extraordinary Rochester Women Award (ERWA)–we’ve done two things. First, we added a “young woman” category to the Extraordinary Rochester Women Award For more details, see the call for nominations (page 38).

 

Jul/Aug
2013

From the Editor: July/August 2013

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Written by Marlene Petersen

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What's Taboo to You?

In addition to our regular features this special issue of Rochester Women explores a few “taboo” topics. Consistent with our mission to connect women with each other and the community in a positive way, our taboo subjects aren’t bawdy or vulgar, rude or disparaging. They’re simply subjects that can be difficult (or embarrassing) to talk about. They’re things that should be discussed but often aren’t, subjects that are food for thought, help us plan or make us laugh.

Right off the bat, we tackle the toughest discussion you’ll ever have with a family member (assuming you’ve already covered the birds and the bees): how to prepare yourself and your family for the end of life. In “End-of-Life Arrangements” (pg. 11) we consulted with local attorneys and financial advisors to bring you advice and a glossary of key documents you and your loved ones should be aware of regardless of your current health or age.

 

May/Jun
2013

From the Publisher: May/June 2013

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Written by Jorrie Johnson

from-the-publisherI am blessed!

Almost every morning, my youngest son wakes up, puts his long thin arm around me and says, “I love you.” A bit later, my teenage son calls out that he’s leaving for the day and waits for my hug before he goes. When he comes home after school, he seeks me out to help him find a snack. Most evenings, my beautiful teenage daughter plays her guitar and sings, lullabying me to sleep.

 

Mar/Apr
2013

From the Editor: March/April 2013

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Written by Marlene Petersen

marlene-petersenMarch marks my first anniversary as editor with RochesterWomen. This year, I’ve edited over 100 articles for publication, read thousands of emails and over 400 story ideas, seen hundreds of incredible photos and had a dozen cups of coffee with the editorial staff while planning each issue—all of which I expected and enjoyed.

But two things have surprised me. First, I never thought people would actually read my “from the editor” letters. I always assumed everyon—except my immediate family and closest friends who are bound by blood and other oaths—would just skip my prattle and dive right into the articles. So, many thanks to everyone (and anyone) who reads this, especially my friend Sherry who says she likes my letters because I write the way I talk. Second, I’ve never had a job where I enjoy phone calls so much. People are excited to talk with me and share their stories…a monumental change from my days as an attorney.

 

Jan/Feb
2013

From the Editor: Jan/Feb 2013

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Written by Marlene Petersen

from-the-editorEvery December, we reflect on the passing of another year—pay tribute to those we’ve lost, celebrate great moments and give a sigh of relief that we passed through hardships.

In 2012, RochesterWomen embraced challenges and triumphs, including new staff members and three Excellence Awards from Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association. Please join me in congratulating my colleagues who received much deserved praise from MMPA in November:

 

 

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