Nov/Dec
2016

Final Four: I Am A Beautiful Rochester Woman

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Written by Jorrie Johnson

In the fall of 2015, we received the nominations for I Am A Beautiful Rochester Woman. We selected them in October, and last winter, Tracey McGuire, Dawn Sanborn and I took each of them to lunch at Casablanca Creative Cuisine & Wine to get to know them. Over the Past year, it has been a joy getting to know these women and helping them see their beauty. The final four—Dee Dee Jorgenson, Judy Clayton, Janet Stevenson and Barb Butturff—are featured in the following pages of Rochester Women magazine.

WAITING TO FEEL BEAUTIFUL

According to Judy Clayton, 75, the day she got her hair styled and makeup done for I Am A Beautiful Rochester Woman was one of the best days of her life. This comment made me realize what an impact the I Am A Beautiful Rochester Woman program has on women. These four women have forgone taking care of themselves to take care of others for most of their lives. For one of the women, it was her first makeover and opportunity to have a photographer capture her beauty. After getting all dressed up, having their hair cut, colored and styled and getting their makeup done and their pictures taken, these beautiful Rochester women went out for a toast at Casablanca with the photographers and their new friends. These women have waited a long time to feel beautiful. 

 

Sep/Oct
2016

Diversifying Rochester's Workforce: Ethnicity, Women and Veteran-Owned Businesses

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Written by Sarah Oslund Photography by Fagan Studios

When it comes to operating a small business, Minnesota is a great place to be. According to the 2015 Kauffman Foundation Main Street Entrepreneurship Index, Minnesota ranks first for the rate of small business ownership and second for businesses owned by women.

Combine the current rankings with the Destination Medical Center vision to generate high-value jobs, additional tax revenue and new businesses in Rochester, and starting a small business here seems like a no-brainer. However, starting a new venture can seem daunting even to a seasoned business professional. And when you factor in challenges related to gender, language and culture, it can seem overwhelming. 

Making Her Way

Born in the Philippines, Joselyn Raymundo and her family immigrated to the United States when she was 16 years old. “We saw the great opportunity this country offers to young people,” Joselyn says, “and my parents wanted that for us.” But the English language isn’t an easy one to master. “I could speak some English when we arrived, but my fluency wasn’t great,” Joselyn recalls. “I learned a lot about the language and American culture by reading ‘Nancy Drew.’”

 

Editor’s note: We want to recognize the achievements of and opportunities for young women (under 25 years of age) in science and technology in southeastern Minnesota. Please send ideas to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Midwest Academic High Altitude Conference

Andrea Walker and Nathan Brown, students at Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC), were among the presenters at this year’s Midwest regional meeting of the Academic High Altitude Conference held at St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul, Minnesota on June 29. 

“This is the first year RCTC has participated in the conference,” says professor Dr. Rod Milbrandt. The Stratospheric Ballooning Association has held the conference each June for the last seven years in the Midwest region. “Presenting at St. Catherine’s gave us a wonderful opportunity to share our experience with the scientific community,” says Andrea Walker.

“I first became interested in physics when I attended the RCTC Physics and Engineering demo show with my dad while I was in middle school,” says Andrea. She remembers how seeing those experiments brought science to life. Durring her junior year in high school, Andrea took physics and, at RCTC, took the calculus-based physics series. Her love for the subject continues to grow. Andrea plans to continue her education at the University
of Minnesota.  

 

Sep/Oct
2016

I Am A Beautiful Rochester Woman: Lindsey Polin's Journey

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Written by Elizabeth Harris Photography by Tracey McGuire and Dawn Sanborn

An evening filed with emotion began as Lindsey Polin’s mom, sister, grandma and friends gathered at Zzest to see her photos for the first time. After all were comfortably seated, her mother, Kristen Herring-Asleson, tearfully read aloud the nomination letter she wrote.

A Mother’s Love

I am nominating my daughter, Lindsey Polin, as one of your Beautiful Women. At the tender age of 17, Lindsey was an addict who spent two years of her life in and out of treatment. In 2010, she discovered sobriety, but she also discovered she was pregnant. Out of pure selflessness, at the age of 19, she lovingly created an adoption plan for her firstborn child. That same year, my sister and her husband were given the news that they could not have their own children. Lindsey gave them the first choice to be the adoptive parents, which they excitedly accepted. When Lindsey’s daughter was born, she lovingly kissed her cheeks and handed her to her new parents.

In essence, although she struggled with low self-esteem and confidence, everyone who knew her knew that she was capable of having confidence and self-esteem.  She just had to believe in herself in order for those things to shine through. Yet, when she hurt on the inside, it was evident on the outside whose who saw her self-inflicted scars. 

 

Sep/Oct
2016

Girls' Night Out: Look What's Poppin': Exploring the Popularity of Pop-Up Restaruants

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Written by Kim Zabel Photography by Kim Zabel

 

In the back room of Forager Brewing Company, three long communal tables await us, as if we are sitting down to dinner with family. Even though we haven't met everyone at the table, it doesn't take long before we have introduced ourselves and jokingly bemoaned our difficulties remembering names.

According to the menu, our first course is simply named “broccoli,” but what we see in front of us is anything but simple. Two, sometimes three, pieces of large, plump broccoli from Dan and Hannah Miller’s Easy Yoke Farm are smothered in a rich beer cheese sauce, embedded with a slice of bacon. 

After finishing her first bite, my friend, Jeanne, smiles at me and says, “You can really tell when your food is grown with love and care.”

 

The 2016 presidential election is fast approaching, and this year’s candidates may be the most divisive in decades. Participating in meaningful discussions while still maintaining relationships can be challenging—especially when even mainstream political parties are divided amongst themselves. 

Local media personalities Betsy Singer of ABC 6 News and Julie Jones of Fox Country 102.5 have become especially adept at managing this precarious balancing act. They agree that discussing politics in mixed company is almost always a bad idea and, if possible, should be avoided. When those discussions can’t be avoided, they offer suggestions to help preserve relationships.

 

Jul/Aug
2016

Hair: more or less?

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Written by Elizabeth Harris

Hair comes in all forms: Thick, dark, frizzy, thin, light, smooth, the list goes on. Hair is a big part of our appearance, and it can determine what kind of day you are going to have. 

I’m not just talking about the hair on our heads. Have you ever gotten in your car and noticed the stray eyebrow hairs you missed with your tweezers? Or what about that peach fuzz above your lip? Let’s not forget about the monotonous task of shaving legs and underarms day after day. 

Well, good news for all of us, there are solutions to these problems, and we have a lot of great options here in Rochester. 

Lasers

Dark hair can be a wonderful and terrible thing. Hair in darker shades can give a sultry or exotic look, but it also requires shaving twice as often as light hair. If shaving has worn you out, it might be worth looking into laser hair removal.

Essence Skin Clinic, located in the heart of downtown Rochester, offers all sorts of laser hair removal. This treatment can be done on any part of the body where hairless skin is desired. This includes legs, arms, face, back and other areas. The best part is that it permanently reduces hair growth. Pricing varies by the number of treatments needed and the area of hair removal. 

 

Jul/Aug
2016

I Am A Beautiful Rochester Woman: Amy Monson Shines Her Light

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Written by Photography by Dawn Sanborn and Tracey McGuire

Gathered around Sarah and Amy Monson, as witnesses to their fruitful lives together, were Sarah’s mother Kathy Hanson, their Daughter Lynnea Lehmeier, and treasured friends. Sarah’s admiration for Amy became a rendition of their love story as she read the I Am A Beautiful Rochester Woman nomination letter aloud, not holding back, letting tears flow between the lines of love and laughter. 

Nomination Love Letter 

I am writing to nominate Amy Monson because without question, she is the most beautiful woman I have ever known. Despite years of trying to help her see what I see, Amy still struggles to see her true and undeniable beauty.  

Amy doesn’t really see herself as beautiful but is grateful that I think she is. She wishes to be a prism, so that when people see and know her, they will see God’s light and love reflected because of who she is. If this isn’t beautiful, I am not sure what is.

 

Jul/Aug
2016

Kicking Up Dust: Women are Changing the Face of Farming

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Written by Sarah Oslund Photography by Fagan Studios

Every industry has its stereotypes. Farming is no different. Just turn on your local country music radio station and you’ll hear song after song about farmer boys wooing ladies with their trucks and tractors. 

But the demographics of the farming industry are shifting. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service says the number of men operating farms is on the decline, and women are playing an increasingly active role in the management of farms and ranches across the nation.

While statistics on paper may indicate that the number of female farmers has increased over the past few decades, generations of stories about those growing the food that fuels our nation clearly describe the pivotal and often under appreciated roles that women have played in the farming industry for centuries.

 

May/Jun
2016

I Am A Beautiful Rochester Woman

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Written by Dawn Sanborn Photography by Dawn Sanborn Photography and Tracey McGuire

Good Morning,

How many people will nominate themselves? That's right—I am nominating myself for this. I get told often that I need to do something for me. I would like to go to the store and not think about what someone else would want but instead what I need or want. I truthfully haven't bought a new pair of pants or even a shirt for myself for many years. 

I am currently almost six months pregnant, due February 1, and have gotten hand-me-down maternity clothes from anyone I know, making them into my own. Most items are too big, and I make them work to save money so I can make sure my son Tucker (age 5) can get what he needs whenever he needs it. I haven't gotten my hair, makeup or nails done since I was in high school. I figured that someone else could use the money I have if I have any extra. Most days with my hormones running on high, I don't feel the need to look "beautiful," as I watch my body go through many changes. This would be amazing for me once...to get this special treatment. (I don’t want) to worry if someone else could use what I have. (I want) to be able to look in the mirror, and be proud to call myself beautiful. 

 

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