May/Jun
2013

Tiptoe Through the Tulips

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Written by Trish Amundson

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Gorgeous garden spaces for outdoor living

Elegantly framing her family’s residence, Suzanne Dinusson’s gardens represent nature’s abundance with blooming perennials, textured foliage and colorful annuals. There, Suzanne hosts a variety of activities such as intimate get-togethers, bridal showers and birthday, graduation and retirement parties. These welcoming garden spaces reflect her and her home and are a haven for her family and guests.

 

May/Jun
2013

All Decked Out

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Written by Penny Marshall

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A guide to decking from a local company that has been selling lumber for 98 years

In 1915 former Iowan H.J. Kruse built a business in Rochester that would, over the course of 98 years, outlast a host of independent competitors. Originally known as Kruse Lumber and Coal, the family-owned store has successfully evolved and continues to operate under the philosophy of its founder: Succeed by offering service and products that are a fair deal to the customer.

 

May/Jun
2013

Remodelers Corner: May/June 2013

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Written by Penny Marshall

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Taking the plunge of putting in a pool was something that Dick and Evelyn Berger had thought about many times over the years.

“We always wanted a swimming pool, but I loved the landscaping and my Eastern Redbud trees were so beautiful that we kept putting it off,” says Evelyn, whose landscape would have to be completely remodeled—including removing her favorite trees—to accommodate a pool.

 

May/Jun
2013

Fifty Years Never Looked So Good

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Written by Debi Neville

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Kellogg Middle School celebrates the half-century mark

The doors of Frank B. Kellogg Middle School in northeast Rochester first opened in late fall 1962 to a flood of seventh through ninth grade students. Known then as Kellogg Junior High, the building was designed for 1,200 students on 17 acres and built for only $13.81 per square foot (which included cost of equipment).

Tucked into a wooded hill, it still glistens inside and out and is now home to about 900 students grades six through eight.

 

May/Jun
2013

Taking a Mental Health Break

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Written by Michelle Kubitz

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Slowing down and finding coping strategies in a frenetic world

Imagine the carefully organized chaos of your typical day—the balancing act of commitments and loved ones, crossing off items on the never-ending-to-do list. Couple that with our increased connectedness to the world around us. Is it any wonder that all of these factors can make a person anxious?

But what if your anxiety doesn’t let up?

 

May/Jun
2013

Exercising Friendship

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Written by Bob Freund

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Running groups that fuse training with the pleasantness of a social club

Two women planning to move to Rochester contacted local fitness business Moms on the Run after locating it on the Internet. They signed up for runner’s training in advance of their arrivals because they wanted to hit the ground running socially.

Unlike book clubs that are social but sedentary, Moms on the Run and several other running groups in town are taking their gatherings on the road to offer participants fitness with friendship.

 

May/Jun
2013

Sherlock, Shakespeare and Smoked Duck

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Written by Alison Rentschler

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If you’re looking for an evening getaway this summer, a 30-45 minute drive could find you solving a mystery with the world’s greatest detective or witnessing treasonous murder in a Scottish castle at one of the excellent theatres in southeastern Minnesota. To make the outing irresistible, try our recommended spots for dinner before or after the show.

 

May/Jun
2013

Triple Treasure

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Written by Susanne Novak

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Three sisters' creativity draws hundreds to their annual market

Shoppers who appreciate the energy required to transform an old, discarded item into something new and interesting will thoroughly enjoy the Vintage Treasures Market in Fountain, Minn., June 13–15. Now in its fifth year, the market draws people from across the area, all searching for The Item that will become a conversation piece.

 

May/Jun
2013

The Paint Shirt Legacy

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Written by Marlene Petersen

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Anyone who’s ever taken on do-it-yourself projects has one. No one talks about it. No one ever sees it except the dog… and household family members if it can’t be helped. Mine sits in a shadowy corner of my house 314.2 days of the year hidden behind things I treasure in order to keep anyone from discovering it. It only emerges for messy projects—deck cleaning, drywalling and painting. Yes, it’s the paint shirt.

My mother had one too. It was a short-sleeved, pigment-smeared, faded blue T-shirt I saw nearly every Saturday of my childhood because we were on a single-mom shoestring budget and there was never money to hire anything done (or even buy a new paint shirt). So, lawn mowing, out it came. Leaky faucet, it was there. Ritual weekend cleaning, the shirt was on the job.

 

Mar/Apr
2013

From the Editor: March/April 2013

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Written by Marlene Petersen

marlene-petersenMarch marks my first anniversary as editor with RochesterWomen. This year, I’ve edited over 100 articles for publication, read thousands of emails and over 400 story ideas, seen hundreds of incredible photos and had a dozen cups of coffee with the editorial staff while planning each issue—all of which I expected and enjoyed.

But two things have surprised me. First, I never thought people would actually read my “from the editor” letters. I always assumed everyon—except my immediate family and closest friends who are bound by blood and other oaths—would just skip my prattle and dive right into the articles. So, many thanks to everyone (and anyone) who reads this, especially my friend Sherry who says she likes my letters because I write the way I talk. Second, I’ve never had a job where I enjoy phone calls so much. People are excited to talk with me and share their stories…a monumental change from my days as an attorney.

 

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