Nov/Dec
2011

The last time I saw Vegas

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Written by C.J. Fosdick

My husband and I don’t travel well together. Besides our tendency to get lost, it’s a given that one of us will get sick on vacation. Our last vacation to Las Vegas went with the odds.

    Our daughter agreed to care for our dog and six horses during our annual trip to visit Sin City friends. With no direct flight to Vegas from Rochester, we booked a flight out of Minneapolis, deciding to drive up to St. Paul a day early, take in the annual Horse Expo, get a hotel room near the airport and leave our car
at the hotel. It was going to be so simple.

 

Nov/Dec
2011

Smothered in Love - Reflections on Grandma

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Written by Laurie Helmers

GrandmaArticlePhotocopyLots of friends my age are becoming grandmothers. Since I’m too young to be one myself, I’m vicariously enjoying their excitement. Yet, none of them really look old enough either.

    When I picture a grandma, I see a tall, sturdy farm woman in a flowered cotton shirtwaist and ric-rac-trimmed apron. She has tight gray curls tucked in a hair net, big magnifying eyeglasses, and lots of wrinkles, especially when she smiles.

 

July2011981copyHaving lived in Amish country my whole life, the idea of going on an Amish tour seemed strange, yet I found myself excited when I was offered a tour by Joan Ruen from Bluffscape Amish Tours.

    Ruen has been operating Bluffscape in Lanesboro since 2007 after purchasing an existing Amish tour business. Her background as a teacher was evident throughout the tour as we were given fascinating information on the history of Amish in America and the Amish culture in general.

 

100 0790From atop her home’s scenic perch on a hill overlooking the valleys and bluffs near Lanesboro, Minn., artist Barbara Keith works alone in her studio, carefully transforming sheets of glass into stunning mosaics. As her creations take shape, birds emerge to fly through the sky, women dance, cats crouch and birch trees cast long shadows on snow.

 

Fitness Jana2copyDo you need help creating exercise goals? Are you intimidated by the gym and the myriad exercise and diet options that exist? Rochester is fortunate to have many personal trainers who can help you.

Let’s just move

Jana Janosik, Fitness Center coordinator at the Rochester Area Family Y, says trainers there might each have different methods of working with clients, but they are all “pretty low key.” They stand close to their clients, talking gently and encouraging them through exercises.

 

110531 kids1st 180copyThey don’t know it when they’re busy jumping rope, waving streamers and hula-hooping, but the children at Kids Come 1st are learning healthy movement behaviors—and carrying out a statewide health initiative.

Getting on board the SHIP

Teaching kids to engage in movement activities and a nutritious diet can help them fend off obesity and poor health habits as adults. To encourage those types of healthy behaviors, the Minnesota Department of Health awarded grants to 87 counties and 9 tribal governments as part of the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP), which was created by the 2008 health care reform initiative and signed into law by Governor Tim Pawlenty.

 

Nov/Dec
2011

Seasons of the vine - Nov/Dec 2011

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Written by Margo Stitch

margocopyHome Wine making

Though home wine making has gained in popularity only recently, Wally Klopp of Rochester has been in the business for years. Von Klopp Brew Shop at Barlow Plaza is his current location, and he offers classes through Rochester Community Education.

 

Nov/Dec
2011

Holiday Balance - Good times and Grandma's recipes

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Written by Margo Stitch

105copyEating healthy during the holiday season doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t enjoy the holiday season and have good food along with good times.

    Good health is more than just physical health. It has been show that intergenerational gatherings support the physical and mental health of elders while at the same time offering youth and children a sense of connection with family and others. Working in the kitchen together can be an educational experience as children learn measuring, reading directions and patience.

 

Bethany outdoors exterior copyWhen asked to share their top three wishes in a nursing home, most folks quickly reply that they hope to never find out. Given a chance to really think about it, perhaps most people would wish for preservation of dignity, a friendly community and a comfortable place that feels like home.

 

Nov/Dec
2011

Remodelers Corner - Nov/Dec 2011

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Written by Carolyn Baker Meyer

RWMhome 4627copyFor years, Dave Handley had been dreaming about adding more space to the breakfast nook in the kitchen. Dave and his wife, Chris, attended many area home shows to look at the work of area builders and remodelers before they settled on Tom Gommels and Master Builders, Inc.

    “When we met with Tom, he was so personable and easy to talk to, and he had some ideas that we really liked,” said Chris.

 

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