Jan/Feb
2015

Grandma, Mom & Me: Winter Memories

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Written by Mariah K. Mihm, Photography by AMN photography

 

Grandma: When I was about 8 years old, we lived in Rochester. Our home was on First Place SE, where the government center is now. Our backyard was the Zumbro River. We lived at the end of the street, and next to our house was a big hill. All of the neighborhood dads would get together with pails of water to flood the hill. The kids would flatten cardboard boxes and slide down the icy hill onto the Zumbro. That is my favorite wintertime memory. We could not wait, and it was so much fun!

Mom: I remember Dad plowing the snow into massive heaps. My younger brother and I would make snow tunnels, then bring out the blanket, a flashlight and our books. We loved hiding in there, reading. When you lived in the country, you had to make your own fun.

 

Jan/Feb
2015

Unbroken Resolution: Random Acts of Kindness lifestyle

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Written by Danielle Teal

Several years ago, while I was on my way home from work, I noticed that I was driving practically on fumes. I pulled into the Kwik Trip near my house to get some gas. Knowing I had a tight budget, I squeezed the nozzle a few times until I hit a certain amount. I walked into the store to pay for it, and as soon as I said the pump number, the cashier smiled at me and told me that someone had bought my gas for me. I quickly scanned the store and peered outside to no avail; I couldn’t identify who this kind soul was. In that profound moment, I knew he or she did not want to be known. I had just been gifted a random act of kindness (RAK). 

It Changed My Life

A couple years later, that RAK was still fresh in my thoughts. In 2012, I made a New Year’s resolution to do a RAK every single day for an entire year. What at first was a novel idea turned into a complete lifestyle change. I’m not saying I was an entirely selfish person in my pre-RAK days, but I definitely learned some important life lessons in the process. 

 

Nov/Dec
2014

Wedding Advice FROM BRIDES TO BRIDES

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Written by Jenee Cummings

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Long gone are the days of stuffy church weddings, inflated guest lists and stressful itineraries that adhere to “tradition.” Modern brides have finally recognized that the wedding day is about enjoying one of the most important events of our lives. Today’s weddings are often held in intimate venues and settings focused on the bride and groom and their loved ones.

 

Nov/Dec
2014

Caring for Aging Parents

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Written by Trish Amundson

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Caring for Aging Parents - HOUSING OPTIONS

Many of us will face the day when our parents can no longer live on their own, when the physical toll of caring for them becomes overwhelming for family members, and additional care is required to meet their needs. The best time to evaluate senior housing options is before your parent falls and breaks a hip.

 

Nov/Dec
2014

The Male Perspective

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Written by Pam Whitfield

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The male perspective on LIFE, LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS

Name: Sanjay Misra, M.D. Age: 49 Hometown: Bareilly, India Relationship: Married to Kami for 15 years Children: Three Job: Consultant and Professor of Radiology

PAM: When women say that they don’t understand men, what should they keep in mind?

 

Nov/Dec
2014

The House that became Our Home

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Written by Danielle Teal

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The House that became Our Home 

At a very young age, in an effort to create stability and to prevent further military moves, my single-parent father sent my siblings and me to Arkansas to live with my grandparents. While we were being raised by my grandparents, we were taught that a home was the most important aspect of a family. My grandfather built my grandmother’s dream home— cement block by cement block. He drove nails into each stud and laid each shingle with loving care. We would walk around the foundation of the house together, while he pointed out how important it was to have no cracks, a dry basement and good, strong cement walls to support the house. My grandparents’ house would later become a symbol of what it meant to plant roots and build a strong foundation for my family.

 

Nov/Dec
2014

Grandma, Mom & Me

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Written by Mariah Mihm

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Holiday Traditions

I feel fortunate to have grown up around informed, opinionated women. Hear it straight from three generations: me— Mariah Mihm, 39; my mom, Debi Neville, 63; and my grandma, Verna Kraft, 87. 

Me: The holidays are coming up fast! I’m looking forward to my wild rice stuffing and the smoked turkey wild rice soup I make. Food is important to any holiday.

 

Mar/Apr
2014

Ahead of the curve

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Written by Jennifer Gangloff

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AHEAD of the CURVE

How women executives put Home Federal Savings Bank on the honor roll.

It isn’t too often after high school or college that we get excited about making an honor roll. But one Rochester–area company couldn’t be happier about their honor roll status and rightfully so.

Last year Home Federal Savings Bank once again made the “Minnesota Census of Women in Corporate Leadership” Honor Roll. Reserved for Minnesota publicly held companies with 20% or more women corporate directors and 20% or more women executive officers, it is a feat too few companies have achieved. Home Federal, however, has done it five years in a row—one of only six Minnesota publicly held companies to do so. 

 

Mar/Apr
2014

Go Do! Rochester Makeover options

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Written by K.L. Snyder

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GoDo! is a new column centered on fun (and sometimes little-known) activities to do as a group or as an individual in Rochester and the surrounding area. RochesterWomen will seek out these opportunities, try them out, and let you know how you can also GoDo!

What better time than spring for a beauty makeover party? RochesterWomen decided this was the perfect GoDo! so they headed out for an evening at the local beauty boutique, About Face, and declared with enthusiasm, “What fun!

 

Sep/Oct
2013

2013 Healing Waters Project

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Written by Jennifer M. Gangloff

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A Donated Fountain Brings Comfort After a Difficult Choice in the Face of Breast Cancer

Mary Cady is the 2013 recipient of a water feature through the Healing Waters Project.

When Mary Cady’s breast cancer was discovered incidentally during the golden years of her life, Mary opted to skip treatment.

It was a decision her daughter Gayle Kall initially couldn’t understand.

 

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