Jul/Aug
2018

ROCHESTER WOMEN MAGAZINE: EMPOWERING WOMEN TO LIVE PASSIONATELY

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Written by JORRIE JOHNSON, Photography By JENNIFER JONES

YOU MAY HAVE HEARD THE MIRACULOUS STORY ABOUT A LOCAL WOMAN NAMED JENNIFER JONES. IF NOT, WE’LL CATCH YOU UP: 11 YEARS AGO, AT 30 YEARS OLD, JONES WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CYSTIC FIBROSIS. IN JUNE 2017, SHE WAS ADDED TO THE LUNG TRANSPLANT WAITING LIST, AND BY MID-OCTOBER HER LUNG FUNCTION WAS JUST OVER 10 PERCENT. FORTUNATELY, JONES RECEIVED A DOUBLE LUNG TRANSPLANT LATER THAT MONTH.

There’s no question, Jones’ transplant story would be worthy of featuring in Rochester Women magazine. However, Jones is passionate about photography and her fiancé and father helped set up a photography studio for her. Recently, we began talking about photos she could take for Rochester Women magazine. As a result, we scheduled a fun photo shoot for our writers and photographers at Silver Lake Park.

 

AS WE HEAD INTO THE PEAK OF SUMMER, YOU’LL WANT TO KEEP UP WITH ROUTINE MAINTENANCE AROUND THE HOUSE. WHILE MAINTENANCE IS SELDOM ON TOP OF ANYONE’S TO-DO LIST AT THIS GLORIOUS TIME OF YEAR, YOU WILL BE REWARDED BY HAVING A SMOOTH-RUNNING, WELL-CARED-FOR HOME. HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO HELP GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE END OF SUMMER.

PESKY PESTS

Keeping ahead of pest infestations is always best, but it’s not always the way it works out. There are some signs you can look for to be proactive. Verissa Jonsgaard of Reliable Pest Management in Rushford advises, “Pest management (service) is important to have to stay ahead of issues before they start by having inspections to seal up holes for insects and rodents. Other signs to look for would be moisture conditions inside and outside of the home which could lead to centipedes, millipedes, spiders just to list a few. Extreme heat can also be an issue due to pests trying to escape the extremes earwigs love to show up with high heat and humidity.”

 

WHAT’S MORE ENJOYABLE THAN THE BEAUTY OF FLOWERS IN ALL THEIR SUMMER GLORY? WITH SUMMER IN FULL SWING, THERE ARE SEVERAL OPPORTUNITIES TO INDULGE IN A GARDEN TOUR OR TO MINGLE WITH FELLOW FLOWER LOVERS TO CELEBRATE NATURE’S ABUNDANT BEAUTY. GATHER UP YOUR FRIENDS OR FAMILY AND EXPLORE THE VERDANT BEAUTY OF SELECTED LOCAL GARDENS.

SARGENT’S GARDEN PARTY

Every year, Sargent’s hosts their annual appreciation party for all of their customers. Sargent’s garden party is popular and is traditionally well attended. Scott Moon, manager of Sargent’s on Second, says, “We expect 800-1,000 people at each location. We have two shifts—from 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at each location on the same day.” This year’s garden party is Tuesday, July 10 (in the event of a cancellation due to weather, Sargent’s has designated a rain date for July 11).

Sargent’s will have live music and serve light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres to guests. Moon adds, “We want people to relax, walk around, visit with other customers in the garden.” During the garden party, Sargent’s will also have mini-seminars on topics such as how to use herbs in cooking, bouquet-making and all about succulents. Guests don’t have to be rewards members to attend; however, Sargent’s asks guests to join their rewards program.

 

Jul/Aug
2018

100-YEAR-OLD FARMHOUSE: RETAINS ORIGINAL CHARACTER AND CHARM

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Written by TRISH AMUNDSON, Photography By FAGAN STUDIOS

A BEAUTIFULLY DESIGNED HOME UPDATE CREATES LARGE, OPEN SPACE WITH RENEWED PERIOD DETAILS, INCLUDING VINTAGESTYLE FARMHOUSE SINKS. WHILE MAINTAINING THE ORIGINAL CHARACTER OF THEIR 1910 FARMHOUSE, DAVE AND BECCA BENNEROTTE DESIRED A LARGE SPACE THAT WOULD ALLOW THEIR FAMILY OF FOUR TO COMFORTABLY GET READY FOR WORK AND SCHOOL EACH MORNING. THEY ALSO WANTED THE CONVENIENCE OF A MAIN-FLOOR LAUNDRY, IN ADDITION TO THE MUDROOM.

“We had a typical farmhouse kitchen for the era, which was very small with almost no counter space,” explains the couple. “We made the decision to move the kitchen to where the living room was and turn the old kitchen area into a mud/laundry room space that was currently in the unfinished basement.”

 

WITH 40 MILLION PARTICIPANTS NATIONWIDE, THE OFF-ROAD SPORT OF MOUNTAIN BIKING HAS TAKEN OFF. KNOWN FOR ITS CHALLENGING COURSES—MILES AND MILES OF NARROW, 8-INCH TRAILS THAT WIND THROUGH WOODS WITH STEEP HILLS, SHARP DROP-OFFS AND HAIRPIN TURNS, MOUNTAIN BIKING GIVES THE RIDER A VERY DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE FROM ROAD BIKING ON PAVED SURFACES.

BIKING OUTDOORS YEAR-ROUND

“You’re going to fall,” states Lisa Baker, a mountain biker of three years. “I’m covered in bruises all summer long.” Baker decided to try mountain biking when she grew tired of the gym routine. Her husband, Bill, an avid mountain biker for more than 20 years, encouraged her to accompany him on the trail. She says she liked it immediately: It’s a great workout, and she loves the experience of being close to nature, where she finds a stress-reducing peace along the wooded trails.

 

FOR ME, TRAVEL—MOST OF WHICH IS SOLO—IS VERY PERSONAL. IT IS AN ESCAPE, AN ADVENTURE AND A JOURNEY OF PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT. I REALIZED, AFTER TALKING TO MANY WOMEN IN VARIOUS CIRCLES, THAT I MAY BE A BIT OF AN ANOMALY. TRAVELING ALONE WAS NEVER A BIG DEAL TO ME, BUT IT IS TO MANY WOMEN.

ROAD TRIP

I took my first big road trip to Austin, Texas. It was after an ugly breakup. Instead of sitting at home feeling sorry for myself, I reached out to a few outof- state friends to let them know that was looking to drive south for the week. I asked who wanted to have me as a visitor, and I wasn’t ready to say why. I had three responses within a few minutes, which was a boost to my self-confidence. Soon, I packed up my suitcase and my dog and started driving south.

The questions I started getting from family and friends went something like, “Aren’t you scared?” or “What if something happens to you?” My first thought in response to these questions was: “Would you ever ask a guy these questions?” I don’t know why these societal disparities still exist, but it’s not the 1950s. Lastly, dangers lurk in our own backyards as much as the next town over or several states away. So, respectfully, I kept driving the 21 hours there and back. I had a wonderful time and, as you can tell, am still alive.

 

CORN ON THE COB AND WATERMELON, TWO FOODS THAT SURELY SAY ITS SUMMERTIME IN MINNESOTA, ARE CELEBRATED EACH YEAR AT FUN-FILLED FESTIVALS IN TWO AREA TOWNS. NOW IN ITS 49TH YEAR, THE PLAINVIEW LIONS CLUB WILL AGAIN HOST CORN ON THE COB DAYS, AUGUST 15-19. THE FIVE-DAY EVENT, WHICH ORIGINALLY BEGAN AS A WAY FOR THE PLAINVIEW COMMUNITY TO GATHER TOGETHER AND CELEBRATE THE BEGINNING OF THE SWEET CORN HARVEST, IS FILLED WITH ACTIVITIES, MUSIC AND GRAND PARADE AND A GIVEAWAY OF SWEET CORN THAT JUST MAY BE THE LARGEST CORN FEED EVER.

CORN ON THE COB DAYS SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

The event kicks off Wednesday night with performances by gospel groups. The groups will perform in a tent set up in the parking lot at the Plainview American Legion. Thursday night, weather permitting, the film “Cars 3” will be shown beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran School playground. On Friday, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be an antique tractor display at Park Side Elder Care, and in the evening, the firemen’s dance, featuring JT and the Gunslingers, begins at 8 p.m. outside Plainview Liquor Store.

There is lots of family fun scheduled for Saturday, including a fun run, beanbag tournament, kid’s games—such as a three-legged race, ice cream eating contest and corn cob toss—as well as a kid’s pedal pull, talent show and a kid’s water fight. From 8 p.m. to midnight, the band IV Play, from Mankato, will perform classic rock favorites at Kim’s Saloon & Grill.

 

 

I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF WATCHING MY DAUGHTERS, ELEANOR, 10, AND ABIGAIL, 8, GROW UP. AT TIMES, I FEEL OUTNUMBERED IN A FAMILY WHERE THE FEMALE-TO-MALE RATIO (COUNTING OUR TWO GUINEA PIGS, S’MORES AND NIBBLES) IS FIVE-TO-ONE. THOUGH MY WIFE, BETH, AND I SHARE PARENTING DUTIES, SOME GIRL-SPECIFIC TASKS ELUDE ME. I ADMIT, MY PONY TAILS ARE ALWAYS LOPSIDED.

Despite this shortcoming, I’m proud I can pack a picnic in minutes, and when I make breakfast, it always ends up having two eyes and a mouth. If I pack the school lunchbox, you know it has a special note, maybe encoded as a secret stretchy rubber band message—write the note on a rulerstretched rubber band, then when it shrinks back to normal size, the note is unreadable unless you know the secret.

As a professor, I have my summers off, and I spend a lot of time with my daughters. I love taking them to concerts and cultural events. Over the years, we’ve gone from walking with one girl in the backpack to being able to ride our own bikes.

 

Jul/Aug
2018

BERRIES AND ICE CREAM: A CLASSIC MIDSUMMER TREAT

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Written by BY EMILY WATKINS, Photography By DAWN SANBORN

JULY IS NATIONAL ICE CREAM MONTH. WE MINNESOTANS SUFFER THROUGH MONTHS OF COLD AND SNOW SO THAT WE CAN EARN THE PLEASURES OF GLORIOUS HOT SUMMER DAYS WITH CREAMY ICE CREAM DRIPPING DOWN OUR CHINS.

HANDMADE ICE CREAM

Rochester is lucky to have not one, but two Flapdoodles locations for true, homemade ice cream. Owners Vicki and Matt Tierney, along with their daughters, Paige and Abby, opened the doors of the first store in 2011. Matt grew up in Alaska, and Flapdoodles was the name of his dad’s sailboat there. The funny word means “foolish talk,” and the stores are a blend of sailing and silliness. The north store located near Target north, and the south store on South Broadway, are, according to Matt, “a place to enjoy homemade ice cream, but also a place for people to come and hang out.” One of their most popular ice cream flavors is strawberry, a simple blend of strawberries, vanilla, cream and sugar. Another popular flavor is cheesecake with berries. They also make all-natural sorbet flavors such as banana, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry and lemonade.

 

May/Jun
2018

My Personal Passions

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Written by Jorrie Johnson

I am passionate about taking care of myself by making time to exercise, eating healthy and getting enough sleep. I am also passionate about my financial security, so I work a full-time day job and manage RochesterWomen magazine. I am passionate about being a good mom, spending time with my 12-year-old son on a daily basis and my college-aged children as often as I can. I am also passionate about maintaining relationships with my extended family and friends. When I choose in favor of my passions, I choose with intention for less tension. However, there are days that my passions come in conflict with each other and in those instances, what rises to the top is, of course, my role as a mom. My son had the flu four times this winter, causing me stress. Fortunately, he is old enough to stay home alone while I worked, but what fell to the bottom of the list was taking care of myself. It’s the reality of motherhood, especially single motherhood.

If you can relate to my passions and struggles, you will enjoy many of the articles we have gathered for you for this May/June Mother’s Day issue. We featured my friend Allison Loftus in the May/June 2017 issue, and this year she shares her creative writing and counseling skills with RochesterWomen magazine readers (page 11). Following is our I Am a Beautiful Rochester Woman story about Acasia Wegner, a young heart attack survivor and mother (page 13). Continue on through this issue for Mother’s Day gift ideas and brunch recipes (pages 24-25).

On the cover of this issue is JoMarie Morris who, coincidentally, we featured in the first Spring issue of RochesterWomen magazine 18 years ago. “Climbing Up the Legal Ladder, law partner JoMarie Morris,” written by Amy Swain covered Morris’ single motherhood, law career and challenges she faced as a woman in a male-dominated field. Much has changed in the world since then and for Morris who is now heading the Jeremiah Program in Rochester, helping women and children in at-risk situations move ahead two generations at a time.  

All moms know there’s just not enough time in the day to take care of themselves some days, but I do encourage you to take some time for yourself this Mother’s Day and as often as you can. If you are a mom, thank you for putting so much of yourself into making someone else’s life better. You are appreciated.

Jorrie

 

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