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.

 

Jul/Aug
2013

End-of-Life Arrangements

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Written by Debi Neville

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The Conversation No One Wants to Have, But Everyone Should

Discussing the end of life—the passing of person and property—is a talk that makes us dreadfully uncomfortable. Yet if our wishes are to be honored after we are gone (or have become incapacitated), the right financial plans and legal paperwork must be in place regardless of our current age or vitality.

 

Jul/Aug
2013

The Nouveau Trousseau

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Written by Olive Martini

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Or Bra-Wars and the Frumpy Fungus

Sometime after the age of 40, I looked in the mirror and saw my grandma staring back at me…in big white panties and a shabby brassiere. My heart sank: “When did I become so damn frumpy?

Scientists will probably disagree, but I suspect frumpy is a fungus that attacks middle-aged women like creeping bread mold. In the human female, it rounds the belly, widens the buttocks and zaps our fashion sense. Psychologists may argue that frumpy is just a state of mind—the insidious spawn of habit and malaise. Whatever it is, frumpy had me in a stranglehold. Big time.

 

Jul/Aug
2013

Driving While Intoxicated

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Written by Michelle Kubitz and Alison Rentschler

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Meet Jane Doe. Jane is a 35-year-old, 5’6” female who weighs 150 pounds. An hour and a half ago, she went to a spontaneous happy hour to wish an officemate farewell. She’s now had two premium margaritas with little to no food in her stomach. Is she safe to drive home?

 

Nov/Dec
2012

Pet Q & A - Nov/Dec 2012

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Written by Sara Reusche

pet-qa-novdec2012Q: We’re planning to get my elderly grandmother a pet for Christmas because she’s lonely. Is it better to get her an adult cat or a kitten?

A: While there are many reasons to give a pet as a gift, experts advise against doing so. Dogs and cats are a 10–15 year commitment and entail significant ongoing costs and care.

 

Nov/Dec
2012

Captivating Character

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Written by Bob Freund

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Melissa Brandt’s mind flashes back to a scene in her mother-in-law’s home: bunched together on a small silver tray stood 10–15 bottles of Opi nail polish.

“They all were the same color,” she recalls. A dark, rosy pink.

Melissa jots down such slices of life for future scripts.

 

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