Jan/Feb
2017

Uff-da! The Sons of Norway Cherishing the Past While Looking to the Future

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Written by Renee Thoreson Photography by Jorrie Johnson

Many who were raised in Scandinavian-settled areas of the country, such as the upper Midwest, are or have relatives who are, members of the Sons of Norway. The organization is not just for Norwegians; it’s for all who enjoy the Scandinavian culture.  

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS 

In January 1895, a small group of Norwegian immigrants living in Minneapolis formed a mutual assistance organization much like what they had known in Norway. Members paid a weekly fee and received support when need, illness or death made personal resources inadequate. The program became known as the Independent Order of the Sons of Norway. To qualify for membership, “One had to be male, either Norwegian or of Norwegian descent, give proof of being morally upright, in good health, capable of supporting a family, at least 20 years old and no more than 50.” 

 

Today, 8 million women in the United States are living with heart disease, and 35 million are at risk. According to American Heart Association, heart diseases cause one in three deaths in women.* Heart disease affects more women than men and is the leading cause of death in the nation. Fortunately, heart disease can often be prevented by making healthy choices and managing health conditions. During February—American Heart Month—and throughout the year, activities raise awareness and inform about the threat of heart disease.

LOCAL SYMPOSIUM EDUCATES AND EMPOWERS WOMEN WITH HEART DISEASE

Fifteen years ago, the Women’s Heart Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Rochester and WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease in Washington, D.C. developed an education and advocacy program for women living with heart disease. The WomenHeart Science and Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic is the only national volunteer training program that prepares women with heart disease to be community educators, advocates, spokespersons and support network coordinators. 

 

It’s no secret that the construction industry primarily consists of men. In fact, only 3 percent of construction workers today are women. But even with prominent workplace barriers like wage disparities, real and perceived bias and a general lack of respect for their abilities, women are becoming an increasingly recognized force in the construction industry—and they are encouraging young women to consider following in their steps.

ENGINEERING AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

According to the National Science Foundation, women make up half of the college-educated workforce in the United States but represent a mere 29 percent of science and engineering jobs. Although the number of women in science and engineering jobs has risen significantly in the past two decades, the gap between genders has narrowed only modestly.

Vanessa Hines works as a civil engineer for Widseth Smith Nolting and is hoping to see the gender gap continue to close. She has worked in the construction industry for about six years. “When I first started, I would walk into a meeting and scan the room,” Vanessa recalls. “I was typically the youngest and the only woman.” While it made her self-conscious at the time, Vanessa’s gotten over it. “I try to keep in mind that I am able and capable,” she explains, “and that is why I have the job I do.” 

 

Have you ever enjoyed a soothing soak in a hot tub or experienced the restorative heat from sitting in a sauna? Aside from the obvious appeal of warmth and relaxation, people enjoy using them together.

In recent years, saunas and hot tubs have expanded beyond health clubs, upscale hotels and chic spas. As saunas and hot tubs designed for home use have increased in popularity, enthusiasts have begun to realize the benefits of having access to a sauna or hot tub (or both) in the comfort of their own home.  

SAUNAS AND HOT TUBS HAVE BEEN USED FOR MILLENNIA

The word “sauna,” which means bath or bathhouse, is the only Finnish word to make its way into the English language. Frequently mispronounced, the correct pronunciation of the first syllable is “sow,” which rhymes with “wow.” Saunas have been in use in Finland for over 2,000 years, and sauna use in the United States has been traced back to 1638 in what is now known as Delaware. 

 

Jan/Feb
2017

Remodeler's Corner: A Couple Opens Up Their Space Enjoying Their Eye-Catching Panoramic View

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Written by Bob Freund Photos by The Moments of Life Photography

Nancy Curry knew from her first look that walls would be coming down in their large townhouse with floor-to-ceiling windows. She and her husband, Paul, didn’t wait long after moving into their newly purchased home last April to start opening up the floor plan.

“I think we were in here four days, and Nancy put the (first) hammer into the wall,” Paul says. By the time their do-it-yourself wrecking crew finished demolition a few months later, four interior walls were demolished, and other outdated features from the late 1980s had disappeared.

NO WALLS NOW

In April 2016, the Currys moved into the 3,300-square-foot townhome in the Oak Cliff complex from a townhouse less than half the size. They had been shopping for space. “We couldn’t fit the entire family in our old house,” Nancy says. 

 

It could be argued that we all know that the law requires car insurance for all drivers and that homeowners must maintain insurance for any home for which there is still an outstanding loan. But with so many other policy options available, how does the average person know what is really needed and what is an extravagance? 

Throughout this year, Rochester Women magazine will run a series of articles related to general insurance needs to help educate and remove some of the unease associated with understanding which policies are, if not mandatory, strongly recommended and how to get those policies for the best price. We start with renters insurance and umbrella policies. 

WHO NEEDS RENTERS INSURANCE?

Who needs renters insurance, and what does it cover?  Do college students renting their first apartments need or benefit greatly from renters insurance?  The easy answer to both questions is no. According to State Farm agent Sue Madden, college students who are still claimed as dependents on their parents’ taxes do not usually require additional renters insurance, as they should still be covered under their family’s homeowners insurance. However, once no longer considered a dependent, the new adult should seek at least minimal coverage to protect their belongings against damage or theft, as well as the liability against injuries. 

 

I am a busy working mom, and like everyone, I want and need to eat good food for health, energy and well-being. As a personal trainer and fitness instructor, I also want to set a good example for my members and clients. But I also really love to eat. I love to try new foods and share food with others, and it’s one of the ways I show my family that I love them.

Gone are the days of leisurely grocery shopping and sipping a glass of wine while chopping and sautéing. Now I work until 5:30 p.m. or later most nights, and then the kids have sports, which means we have a very small window in which to prepare and scarf down supper. 

Like most families, we are on a budget, which means that eating out every night just isn’t in the cards. So how can we feed our families healthy food with time and budget limitations?

 

When we arrive at Forager Brewing Company, Trivia Night is well underway. The Kutzky Market room is filled with small groups bellied up to tables, pens and answer sheets ready. The wait staff is bustling back and forth with drinks and food. A second room has opened up to handle the overage of trivia enthusiasts waiting to find a seat. The air is awaft with anticipation as our trivia master hurries between rooms announcing each question.

“What is a monophobe fear?” he asks. I smile at my teammates and grab the pen. I know the answer to this one. 

TRIVIA MAFIA

The idea of hosting a trivia night at brew pubs and bars began in 2006 in Minneapolis. It originally took place on Sunday nights, and the event enticed so many participants that it grew into the largest bar trivia company in the Midwest. 

 

As we head into National Children’s Dental Health Month in February, it comes time to set the record straight about dental health. Katie Post, DDS, of Northwest Dental Group says only 60 percent of the population goes to a dentist on a regular basis. With the remaining 40 percent uninformed, there are some dental health myths to correct.

Those teeth-whitening toothpastes? Not the answer, Post says. Duration of brushing your teeth, two times per day? Two minutes each session. Gatorade? Worse for your teeth than Mountain Dew. As for when kids should start brushing, Post says the earlier the better so children get accustomed to “you being in their mouth.” Once older, there’s no great time to introduce teeth brushing. “As soon as they can run from you, they will,” Post remarks.

HITTING THE STREETS (OR SCHOOLS)

Post promotes Children’s Dental Health Month by going to several elementary schools and daycares to talk to kids. She tells them how to properly brush their teeth, talks about the “mean” sugar bug that causes cavities, and allows kids to play with dental instruments and tools. She also discusses what path kids should follow if they’re interested in the dentistry field.

 

Villa Bellezza Winery and Vineyards, offering award winning wine and gourmet food, is worth the hour drive any time of year. Make a day of it and get some fresh air and exercise while you’re there this winter.

Villa Bellezza Winery and Vineyards is located in Pepin, Wisconsin. “Bellezza” is the Italian word for “beauty,” which aptly describes Villa Bellezza’s architecture and the surrounding valleys and scenic bluffs. The sprawling southern European-style building includes the tasting room, piazza, catering kitchen, reception hall, generously sized foyer, great hall or ballroom and luxurious apartments, perfect for pre-wedding preparations.

DAHLENS CREATE A LEGACY

Eighteen years ago, Derick Dahlen, owner and winemaker at Villa Bellezza, met restaurant owners Rosette and Maria in Minneapolis. Rosette and Maria, originally from Calabria, Italy, loved creating savory meals for their customers at Sorrento Cucina. Over the years, the Dahlen family developed a friendship with Rose and her husband, Umberto. Through Rose and Umberto, the Dahlens met the owners of a small farm and vineyard in Zagarollo, Italy. They experienced the delight in handmade things and wanted to create their own legacy.

 

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