Fall Color Fashion Report

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Written by Alison Rentschler

fall-color-reportFrom sideswiped ponytails to burnt orange scarves, color showers expected from head to toe this autumn.

Gel polish on a natural nail in dark browns, maroon and burnt orange.
—Vikki Ngin of Kari’s Nails.

“It’s a newer polish that lasts two weeks and there’s no chipping. It doesn’t damage the health of nails,” explained Vikki.



How Sweet It Is

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Written by Janette Dragvold

how-sweet-it-isOn a crisp autumn day, as the leaves begin to fall, there are few places more pleasant to meander than picturesque Lanesboro. Among its many gems is the Bittersweet Boutique and Antiques, an imaginative, eclectic store whose treasures fill the nooks and crannies of its warm, inviting walls.

Sassy socks and stylish service
Owners Val and Bruce Gilfillan opened Bittersweet in April 2011 because Val has always loved fashion and design and wanted a place where people could have fun, find their own style and buy quality clothing.



Healing Waters

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Written by Amanda Wingren

healing-watersIn front of Liz Yochum’s house is a fountain humble enough to nearly be overlooked. Water bubbles from the source and flows over the smooth granite surface, producing a gentle, calming sound. A purple light flickers, representative of a burning candle, creating an atmosphere of
stillness, healing and comfort.

After eleven years of ongoing cancer treatment, the comfort of the Healing Waters fountain is just what Liz’s practitioners at Mayo Clinic wanted to give her. Ann Weydert, one of Liz’s nurses at the Rochester Mayo Clinic Cancer Treatment Unit, views Liz as the embodiment of constancy.


coasting-through-colorsThe Root River State Trail is a 60-mile long paved recreational trail in Southeastern Minnesota running from Fountain to Houston. Built on what was formerly the Milwaukee Railroad bed, it wanders through skyrocketing bluffs, quaint towns, serene countryside and along the peaceful Root River. On an autumn Sunday afternoon, it beckons cyclists of all ages and rewards them with incredible vistas of the river and the trail’s gem-like leaves.


home-fit-for-a-builderResidential building contractor Mickey Rowland of Excel Homes has a deep-rooted dedication to excellence and quality. From his home to his neighbor’s and approximately 100 others throughout the area, he builds each custom home as if it was his own.

Customized for comfortable living
“It’s always a learning experience when building a house, and there are many decisions to make. I want to make it perfect,” says Rowland, who applied what he has learned in the trade to the home he recently built for his own family.

The mission-style home comprises 4,500 square feet of traditional and contemporary architecture. Granite and rich woods flow throughout three levels of living space. The open design combines the kitchen, dining area and living room, where the family of four — Mickey, Tonya, Dylan and Jade — spend time together and with friends.


fall-home-tuneup-tipsTending to flowers, cleaning the eaves and storing the patio furniture are all part of the seasonal prelude to the winter months. There are, however, a few household tasks that are easily overlooked. Not because of importance, but because people don’t think of them or realize how vital they are to safety and efficiency.



Remodelers Corner: Sept/Oct 2012

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Written by Penny Marshall

remodelers-cornerIt took six months for Paul and Karen Koeller to plan the main floor remodel of their 1970’s, colonial home, but it resulted in having everything they’d hoped for and more.

The Koellers hired Jerry Rutgers of Integrity Custom Homes and gave him a “short list” of goals for their project: modernize the home, use existing space more effectively, make the house more livable for their current and future needs, and connect the indoor living area with their picturesque patio, gardens and yard.


Most women know monitoring gynecological health requires monthly self-conducted breast examinations, yearly pelvic and breast exams, regular Pap smears (i.e., every other year for women ages 21-29, once every three years for those over 30) and yearly mammograms after age 40.

But what happens if you experience unfamiliar symptoms? When should you see a clinician? Is there anything you can do to prepare for the appointment? What questions do you ask her?


Your alarm goes off early in the morning. You jump out of bed happy and excited to go to work. At your job, you’re energized, engaged and successful, which ultimately maximizes the company’s productivity. It doesn’t feel like work; instead, it’s motivating, fulfilling and fun. Work isn’t just your job, it’s your passion.

Sound impossible?

Realize Your Passions
That is exactly what the organizers of the first annual Renew Women’s Retreat hope you will find at the event—a weekend of self-discovery, personal growth, education and relationship building that has the capacity to give you back to you.


taking-the-lead“You are a nice lady, but a woman probably can’t win,” community leaders advised Rochester resident Nancy Brataas during her 1970s campaign for Minnesota State Senate. It was a common theme for women in politics at that time.

When it came to Brataas, those skeptics were right about one thing: she is a nice lady. But they were wrong about the future of women in public policy as Nancy Brataas became Minnesota's first female senator in her own right in 1975 (Laura Emilia Naplin was technically the first female senator when she filled her deceased husband’s senate seat from 1927 to 1934.) During her 17 years of service, Senator Brataas lists two of her most important legislative victories as the passing of the first Rochester local option sales tax and the positive disposition of the closed Rochester State Hospital. She also successfully recruited and championed her successor—another woman, Sheila Kiscaden. Today, she advises young people, regardless of gender, to “jump with both feet into the ocean of public affairs and civic activities.”


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