Mar/Apr
2013

Getting CrossFit

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Written by Bob Freund

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Don’t expect treadmills, mirrors or tiny TVs when you step into a CrossFit gym. Instead, you’ll find what CrossFitters call “the box” — large, open buildings that are more like warehouses than gymnasiums.

With rubber tiles covering the floors, gymnastics rings hanging from the ceiling and kettlebells lining the walls, the three Rochester CrossFit gyms—CrossFit Credence, CrossFit Progression and CrossFit Unshackled—are all Spartan spaces by design.

 

Mar/Apr
2013

Back to Health

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Written by Michelle Kubitz

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From headaches to colicky babies, chiropractic care offers alternative relief

With a focus on wellness through alternative means and about 40 licensed chiropractic doctors in the Rochester area, chiropractic care is taking root in our community. But what is it really and who can benefit from this type of care?

 

Mar/Apr
2013

Breaking the Chains of Modern-Day Slavery

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Written by K.L. Snyder

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The slave trade, an ages-old enterprise, has updated its modus operandi, added the internet to its dealings and undergone a name change: human trafficking. Modern-day slavery—sophisticated but still nefarious—perpetuates its ancestor’s evil.

Human trafficking is “organized criminal activity in which human beings are treated as possessions to be controlled and exploited (as by being forced into prostitution or involuntary labor),” according to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary.

 

Mar/Apr
2013

Going the extra mile

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Written by Courtney

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SIX ROCHESTER AREA WOMEN WHO KEEP ON GOING Over the last 11 years, RochesterWomen has honored extraordinary women. Those who have given so much of themselves, in some way, to benefit our community. This year is no exception, from a young woman who, at age 5, gave her birthday gifts to the Ronald McDonald House, to a woman who makes sure a young male dancer has appropriate roles to showcase his love of dance. Each of our six winners truly goes the extra mile.

 

Mar/Apr
2013

Before Bentley

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Written by Amy Brase

before-bentleyDear Grown-Up Children,

Today I bought chicken liver treats with the intention of carrying them in my pocket. This belongs on the list of “Things I’d Never, Ever Do,” as well as “Epic Examples of My Love for You.”

I suppose it’s only natural for kids to long for a puppy. But I, myself, just wasn’t a dog person. Unfortunately for you, I also had no desire for a cat, bird, lizard or rodent. Our short stint with two aquatic frogs (who never left the water and cleaned their own tank) was about as far as I could stretch.

Lest you think of your mama as heartless, I've been a human person from the time you were poppy seeds with beating hearts. I’ve just preferred our yard free of poop, my clothes free of slobber and our budget free of vet services.

 

Jan/Feb
2013

From the Editor: Jan/Feb 2013

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Written by Marlene Petersen

from-the-editorEvery December, we reflect on the passing of another year—pay tribute to those we’ve lost, celebrate great moments and give a sigh of relief that we passed through hardships.

In 2012, RochesterWomen embraced challenges and triumphs, including new staff members and three Excellence Awards from Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association. Please join me in congratulating my colleagues who received much deserved praise from MMPA in November:

 

 

Jan/Feb
2013

Freezin' For a Reason

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Written by Amanda Wingren

freezin-for-a-reasonPlunging into frigid waters to support Special Olympics

Every February at Foster Arend Park, they come as groups and alone, in costumes and swimsuits, as coworkers and friends. They all have the same plan: a bone-chilling plunge into an icy lake to raise money for Special Olympics Minnesota.

Kevin Torgerson organized and founded the first Polar Bear Plunge in Rochester in 2002, with 25 plungers pledging to take the jump for charity.

“We decided we wanted to make a splash, and, hey, we could do this,” says Torgerson. Since then, the Plunge has grown steadily in numbers and popularity, and in 2012, over a thousand people pledged and plunged, raising over $250,000 for Special Olympics, which provides year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with disabilities.

 

Jan/Feb
2013

Above & Beyond

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Written by Rochester Women Magazine

cover-storyFour Rochester women who put the “extra” in extraordinary

When we called Kathy Johnson, this year’s Extraordinary Businesswoman award winner, and told her she had won an Extraordinary Rochester Women Award, she replied with disbelief, “Seriously?” It was a common reaction among this year’s winners whom we are proud to introduce.

 

Jan/Feb
2013

Buying Rocks

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Written by Barbara Hight-Randall and Marlene Petersen

buying-rocksDo you find buying gems confusing? Check out these tips from Certified Gemologist Appraiser Barbara Hight-Randall.

 

Jan/Feb
2013

Remodelers Corner: Jan/Feb 2013

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Written by Penny Marshall

remodelers-cornerAs a young girl living in the Twin Cities, Cindy Rapp often visited the rural Rochester home of her aunt and uncle, Paul and Marie Hennessey.

“I remember running through the pasture, swinging on the porch swing and playing with the kitties in the barn,” Cindy recalls about the 150-year-old home her relatives owned. “My Uncle Paul would open the hatch to the cistern in the kitchen floor and tell me, ‘that’s where they throw naughty kids.’”

 

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