From eyebrow shaping to eyeliner, scar camouflage to covering hair loss, permanent cosmetics and paramedical tattooing are affordable ways to strategically draw attention to or conceal facial features. Desire Dalrymple, owner and aesthetician at Permanent Cosmetics By Desiree in Rochester says, “Permanent cosmetics can be life-changing for people on all levels and can help real women feel like themselves...beautiful.”  


Permanent cosmetics are shade-matched pigments implanted into the skin (similar to an artistic tattoo) to minimize or eliminate the need for daily makeup application. The pigments are specifically selected to be a perfect reflection of the pink of one’s lips or the shade of one’s lashes and eyebrows. 

The term “permanent” is a bit misleading. “Semi-permanent” is more accurate. The treatment fades over time and typically lasts from a year and a half to three years. Traditional tattoo ink can last even longer. 


As anyone who has ever lost a significant amount of weight knows, it feels as if you have a new lease on life. You feel better, your clothes fit better, and people look at you differently. It’s as if you turned back the clock and life seems easier.  

Perhaps you have significant weight to lose, you’ve tried to lose weight unsuccessfully in the past or perhaps you have developed a medical condition that requires you to lose weight. 



Dogsledding: Living on the edge (of the subarctic)

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Written by Tiffany Hansen

Perhaps, all you have known of dogsledding is that it involves a sled being pulled by one or more dogs. I didn’t know much more until I had the opportunity to participate as a volunteer at the Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race in Bayfield, Wisconsin last winter. I saw firsthand how dogsledding continues to enrich society. After a wonderful introduction to the activity I wanted to find out more, and I’ve discovered dogsledding is quite a dynamic activity.   


Experts believe dogsledding began around 1000 A.D. to transport items and people long distances, over arctic landscapes. Dogsledding today promotes understanding and respect for the Inuit and appreciation for history of other cultures. Some people are drawn to the history, the exhilaration of a race or being immersed in nature; however, it’s most often the community that keeps viewers, volunteers, participants and competitors coming back for more. 


Grand Marais is a small town nestled along Minnesota’s North Shore. Lately, it has been getting a lot of attention for being a premier vacation area, particularly for outdoor enthusiasts. In 2017, USA Today named Grand Marais one of the “Best Midwestern Small Towns,” and it also was the winner of Lake Superior Magazine’s 2015 “Minnesota’s Best Weekend Destination.”    

While Grand Marais is wonderful to visit anytime of the year, you just may want to mark your calendar for February 8-14, as the town will host their third annual Hygge Week, which is seven days devoted to all things cozy. Hygge (pronounced ”hoo-gah”) comes from the Danish word meaning “to give courage, comfort, joy.” The expression encompasses an attitude of savoring everyday simple moments. And that’s just what you’ll find in the events and activities planned for Hygge Week, which include outdoor pursuits like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and fat-biking, as well as indoor events like card writing, knitting lessons by the fire, a comfort food cooking demonstration, live music and dancing, plus Scandinavian storytelling. 



LOVE: Family Style

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Written by Gina Dewink

Valentine’s Day 2009: Short trendy skirt, tall drink

Valentine’s Day 2019: Short toddler nap, tall coffee


In our family, it was around six years ago that Valentine’s Day stopped revolving around romantic love and started incorporating a different kind of love. You know, the kind of love that fills your heart even as you watch a nose being wiped across your work shirt: kid love. As any parent knows, kid love is a whole new level.  



Holiday Gift Guide

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Written by Scott Brue

Check out these specials from Rochester area businesses.

The following businesses have also contributed special gifts for Rochester Women magazine readers. Register to win free gifts while you are shopping. 


A winner will be announced each day Friday, November 23 through Saturday, December 15. Watch



Give Thanks

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Written by Jorrie Johnson

I thank you, our readers, for picking up this issue of RochesterWomen magazine. I appreciate you picking up each issue of RochesterWomen magazine and taking the time to read. Thank you for shopping with our advertisers (or being one). Thank you for the great ideas you share to truly make RochesterWomen your magazine, a place where you connect with each other and the community.

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A Fresh Start: Georgia Basinski

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Written by Elizabeth Harris Photography by Jennifer Jones Photography

It can be difficult to try new things, but as Neale Donald Walsch says, “Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone.” Georgia Basinski has tried her fair share of new things since moving across the country to Rochester — including a first-time makeover.  

Basinski first read RochesterWomen magazine in the veterinarian’s office as a new Rochester resident a couple of years ago. She found the stories of local women inspiring, and they gave her insight on her new community. For 20 years, Basinski lived in western Colorado and homeschooled her kids while working part time restoring antique quilts and night auditing for a hotel. Basinski went through some life changes that left her questioning what her purpose was, so she decided to move to Rochester for a fresh start. While being a mother and grandmother gave her joy, she found a new sense of purpose through volunteering in the community.

Basinski continues to enjoy spending time at Hawthorne Education Center and Bear Creek Services. These two organizations have become very near and dear to her heart and have allowed her to make valuable connections in the Rochester community. When she is not working or volunteering, Basinski stays busy gardening, reading books for her book club, playing pickleball, swimming, attending church activities and spending time with her dog, Champ. 


HANDBELL CHOIRS HAVE LONG HAD A PLACE IN CHURCH SERVICES OF MANY DENOMINATIONS. The goal of Rochester Area Handbells (rah) is to bring the art of handbell performance out of a church setting and into the greater Rochester community. The ensemble plays music that ranges from classic favorites to contemporary and will be kicking off a concert series in late November.

RAH is a fairly new ensemble—it officially launched in August 2017. Founder and musical director Paul Kingsbury, who moved to Rochester in 2015, was surprised to learn that there wasn’t a community handbell group in a city this size, especially with so many fantastic choral groups and other music ensembles already in existence. Fast-forward a couple of years, and the groundwork was laid to organize a handbell group.

RAH’s inaugural season was marked with five concerts, including a Christmas concert in the Rochester Public Library auditorium that maxed out room capacity. The city of Rochester also had the good fortune of hosting the 2018 Area 7 Handbell Musicians of America Festival Conference in June, which brought ringers from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Manitoba into the city for three days of ringing and workshops. Along with performing in the massed ringing event, RAH had the honor of opening the festival with a concert and reception. 



Women behind the Curtain: Rochester area theatre directors

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Written by Debi Neville Photography by dawn sanborn Photography

THE TITLE “ARTISTIC DIRECTOR” IS LISTED IN NEARLY ALL PROGRAMS OF LIVE THEATRE, FOLLOWED BY A NAME. Sometimes the first page contains a note from the director with thoughts about the playwright, the actors or the overall production. That’s about all we know of the person behind the curtains—the one who assembles the designers, cast and crew; the one responsible for helping each actor realize their full potential resulting in a remarkable, memorable and profitable show; the one who quite possibly is entrusted with the fate and future of the theatre itself.  

It’s a long and winding road that leads a director to be the driving force behind the curtain, and for women sometimes the road is fraught with bumps, twists and turns. Southeast Minnesota has numerous women who have traveled the road and are now successful and prolific theatre directors.

Cheryl Frarck has worked her magic on numerous stages. “I began as a drama director while teaching at a high school,” Frarck says. “That was almost 50 years ago. I was frustrated with the lack of importance the drama department was given and subsequently the lack of respect for the drama director.” She wanted to focus on educational theatre, to “create generations of theatre lovers.” Frarck made an impact on the high school stage for many years before making the transition to community theatre.


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