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.

 

Mar/Apr
2013

Spring into Green

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Written by Jill Swanson

spring-into-greenReuse, recycle, refresh your wardrobe at local consignment stores

Printed scarf, Size it Up, $8
Pebbled-leather purse, Size it Up, $12

Shopping consignment not only saves you money, it helps protect the earth by offering gently used clothing instead of depleting materials and energy to manufacture and ship new ones. Plus, the clothes are gorgeous.

 

Mar/Apr
2013

Ivy Petersen, M.D.

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Written by Tracy Will

ivy-petersenAssociate Professor of Radiation Oncology, Mayo Clinic Volunteer, American Cancer Society Hope Lodge

Hometown: Medina, Ohio

Age: 53

Family: Husband, Mark; children, Roy, Peggy and foreign exchange student Léonie

Cancer fighter: I’m a radiation oncologist. The areas I focus on in my practice are breast cancer, gynecologic cancers and sarcomas. Radiation oncology? We use radiation to treat cancer.

Vital support: Patients usually need radiation therapy every day for weeks. Obviously, it is a difficult period for them. But it can also be a time that, as medical professionals, we can be a very important source of support, and that’s powerful.

 

Mar/Apr
2013

March into Reading

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Written by Amanda Wingren

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Learning with Minnesota Reading Corps

Nikki Anglin holds a soft spot in her heart for Minnesota Reading Corps—a state-level branch of the national AmeriCorps program which tutors students in reading. As her son entered elementary school, he struggled with reading at grade level.

“My daughters didn’t have trouble with reading, but for some reason, it was much more difficult for him. We weren’t sure what to do to help,” remembers Nikki.

 

Mar/Apr
2013

Remodelers Corner: March/April 2013

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Written by Linda Lia

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As spring arrives each year, the concept of renewal inspires new projects. Pat Eckert, of Eckert Construction, remodels homes with an eye toward conservation and energy efficiency as well as aesthetics and utility.

Two years ago, Eckert purchased an older home near downtown Rochester. It is now two delightful apartments, but when he first bought the property it was a duplex with a nearly gutted upper floor, outdated interiors and an energy inefficient infrastructure.

 

Mar/Apr
2013

Creation and Recreation

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Written by Penny Marshall

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Cumulus Radio’s Home, Vacation and RV Show celebrates 50 years

Forget wallowing in the whine of winter. Round up family and friends, and celebrate the 50th Annual Cumulus Radio Home, Vacation and RV Show, featuring vendors with products and services for home and vacationing, including RVs, at the Olmsted County Fairgrounds, March 15–17.

 

 

Mar/Apr
2013

Let's Do Brunch

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Written by Margo Stich

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No-fuss ideas for spring gatherings

Brunch makes weekend mornings marvelous. Featuring classic breakfast and lunch items, this versatile meal can dress up and go formal for special occasions or don casual elegance for more relaxed affairs.

So, whether you’re hosting your favorite niece’s bridal shower or just having the book club over on a Saturday, here are ideas for semi-formal and informal brunches, complete with everything from inspiring table settings to tested menus and delicious recipes, pie included.

 

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