Sep/Oct
2018

Local Author: Meg Hafdahl

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Written by Catherine H. Armstrong

"WICKEDLY SUSPENSEFUL" THOSE ARE THE TWO BEST WORDS TO DESCRIBE ROCHESTER AUTHOR, MEG HAFDAHL’S DEBUT NOVEL “HER DARK INHERITANCE.” 

Released in March by Inklings Publishing, “Her Dark Inheritance” is a horror thriller—in the style of Stephen King—where a sinister something resides in a small, off-the-beaten-path community of Willoughby, Minnesota. There, in what appears a quaint town, a Lizzie Borden-esque style murder has remained unsolved for nearly 25 years. 

In the days following the murder, the main suspect, Caroline Bergman (the daughter and twin sister of the victims), disappeared. In present day, cancer-ridden Jane Downs-Forrest makes a deathbed revelation to her daughter, Daphne, confessing to her real identify, yet proclaiming herself innocent of the “Minnesota Borden murders.” Determined to clear her mother’s name, Daphne sets out for Willoughby. But as secrets are uncovered, a sinister being is unearthed and turns its focus on Daphne.

 

Sep/Oct
2018

SeptOberfest: Celebrate Fall in Wabasha

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Written by Holly Galbus

FOR MANY PEOPLE IN SOUTHEASTERN MINNESOTA, FALL IS A FAVORITE TIME OF THE YEAR. THE LONG, HOT DAYS OF SUMMER GIVE WAY TO AUTUMN’S COOLER TEMPERATURES, THE LEAVES BEGIN TO CHANGE, AND THE SMELL OF WOOD SMOKE AND FRESH APPLES FILL THE AIR. WE ADMIRE THE CHANGE IN SEASONS AND PERHAPS THERE IS NO BETTER WAY TO CELEBRATE THAN AT WABASHA-KELLOGG’S SEPTOBERFEST SEPTEMBER 7 TO OCTOBER 27. 

What began in 2007 as a way to add something extra to the grand opening of the National Eagle Center in Wabasha has grown into a seven-week event with hundreds of family-friendly activities, events, unique shopping experiences and more. “This is our biggest event of the year,” says Christina Dawson, executive director of the Wabasha-Kellogg Chamber of Commerce. “It is our opportunity to showcase our community for fall.”

EXPLOSION OF FALL COLOR

Dawson says many people come to SeptOberfest to see the artistic displays of fall splendor sprinkled throughout the city. Crafters, artists and farmers use thousands of pumpkins, cornstalks, flowers, hay bales, gourds and squash to create fun fall scenes along the winding Mississippi River and majestic bluffs of the historic river town of Wabasha. 

 

Sep/Oct
2018

The Rule of 3: Resilience Creates Happiness

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Written by Kathryn Lenn

IT IS MY OWN SUPERSTITION THAT EVERYTHING HAPPENS IN THREES. PERHAPS I HAVE THIS SUPERSTITION BECAUSE MY BIRTHDAY IS MARCH 3, OR BECAUSE MY HUSBAND WAS MY THIRD BOYFRIEND. MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE WE LIVE IN THE THIRD HOUSE ON THE RIGHT, I’M 5 FEET 3 INCHES, MY BEST FRIEND IS THREE DAYS OLDER THAN I AM, OR BECAUSE MY DAUGHTER MADE US A FAMILY OF THREE WHEN SHE MADE HER DEBUT AT 33 WEEKS AND THREE DAYS. WHATEVER THE REASON, I BELIEVE IN THE “RULE OF THREE.”

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This applies to many things in my life and it can seem inescapable at times. So, when the dishwasher was sparking and spitting smoke on a Monday evening, I got a little worried what would be next.

Our dishwasher was something my uneducated, first-time homeowner self took for granted. The first time we had it fixed, we were told to probably not fix it again because it was 15 years old. We knew it was only a matter of time, and that fateful evening we finally came to the end of the road with our beloved dishwasher.

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Jul/Aug
2018

ISLAND LIFE

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Written by JORRIE JOHNSON

I recently traveled to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands as a part of the first Adult and Continuing Education travel seminar through Winona State University. Dr. Tamara Berg, director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Winona State University, organized the trip based on the course she has been teaching for more than 12 years. She has developed invaluable connections on St. Croix to help students—and now voluntourists—immerse themselves in the history, culture and tropical island lifestyle. While hiking through the forest we learned about the plant-life as well as the history of enslaved African laborers from St. Croix ecologist Olasee Davis. Mistreatment of African slaves in the Caribbean islands occurred concurrently with indigenous people of our area being forced off their land. Emancipation of the Caribbean islands began in the early 1800s and not until July 3, 1878, on St. Croix.

In this issue of Rochester Women magazine, you can learn more about Prairie Island Mdewakanton Dakota history (page 19). It is our privilege to share their story and tell you more about their successful business known as the “Island.” These days Treasure Island is much more than a casino, it’s a place for the whole family to get-away and have fun not-so-far-away.

July finds us at the tail end of strawberry season in southeastern Minnesota, while midsummer berries will arrive soon. Despite her loss of memory due to Alzheimer’s, my grandma would tell us about how she loved to eat fresh-picked raspberries with ice cream as a child in Michigan. I remember going to Bridgeman’s as a child and ordering a malt or shake in a tall glass, served with whipped cream and a cherry on top. Read about and make some of your own berries and ice cream memories (page 27).

Summer is a busy time of year as you will see in this issue of Rochester Women with garden parties, tours, fairs (page 31) and festivals (page 38). I hope you do something that makes you happy each and every day like we Rochester Women do (page 22). Try to stay cool during the dog days of summer.

Thank you to our advertisers who give us the opportunity to do what we love (write, photograph and design) for Rochester Women magazine (see page 22). Together we are “empowering women to live passionately!”

Jorrie Johnson

 

 

IF YOU’VE BEEN FEELING LESS THAN INSPIRED BY YOUR WARDROBE LATELY, JILL SWANSON HAS JUST WHAT YOU NEED TO LOOK LIKE A MILLION BUCKS WITHOUT SPENDING IT. AS AN IMAGE COACH, CLOTHING STYLIST, MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER AND AUTHOR, SWANSON HAS BEEN HELPING WOMEN AND MEN IN ROCHESTER AND BEYOND FEEL EMPOWERED THROUGH THEIR PERSONAL STYLE AND WARDROBE CHOICES FOR 35 YEARS.

What keeps Jill so passionate? According to Swanson, it’s seeing her clients make positive changes outside that transform into positive changes inside. In addition to providing personal consultations, Swanson has served as keynote speaker and presenter for companies large and small regarding image awareness and team communication. Hormel Foods and IBM are just two high-profile names on a list of hundreds who have sought Jill out for inspiration and practical advice.

 

 

Jul/Aug
2018

MAGGIE FOSSUM: MOTHER'S DAY MAKEOVER

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Written by ELIZABETH HARRIS, Photography ByDAWN SANBORN PHOTOGRAPHY

MOTHERS DESERVE TO FEEL BEAUTIFUL INSIDE AND OUT, BUT OFTEN THAT FEELING OFTEN GETS LOST IN THE BUSINESS AND STRESS OF MOTHERHOOD. ALONG WITH ESSENCE SKIN CLINIC, WE CHOSE MAGGIE FOSSUM, ONE OF MANY DESERVING ROCHESTER AREA MOTHERS TO RECEIVE A MOTHER’S DAY MAKEOVER.

CANCER HAS BEEN A BLESSING

Mother’s Day Makeover recipient, Maggie Fossum, says that cancer has been a blessing. It has brought her family closer together and has given her a new outlook on life. Instead of taking trips to the grocery store and cleaning up after her family, she now focuses on making memories with her husband and kids—and spending time doing things that she enjoys. She’s living again.

The nomination for this makeover came as a surprise to Fossum. With a smile on her face, she recalls the phone call she received from Andrea at Essence Skin Clinic in Rochester, informing her that she had won a Mother’s Day Makeover. She said that she was “completely shocked and cried a lot of happy tears.” This was Fossum’s very first makeover, and she could not have been any more excited for the opportunity. While her nominator remains a mystery, Fossum says she is fine not knowing who it is and will always be grateful for their thoughtfulness.

 

 

Jul/Aug
2018

TRANSGENDERISM: A PARENT’S PERSPECTIVE

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Written by ERIN PAGEL, Photography By ADMIRE PHOTO

“AS A MOTHER, I WANT MY KIDS TO BE HAPPY, IN VIABLE RELATIONSHIPS AND PRODUCTIVE MEMBERS OF SOCIETY,” SAYS ROCHESTER MOTHER OF TWO, BARB ERICKSON. ERICKSON ADDS THAT HER CHILDREN, NOW ADULTS, HAVE ALWAYS BEEN TRUE TO THEMSELVES. THIS IS ONE OF THE MANY THINGS SHE LOVES ABOUT THEM, AND THESE ARE SENTIMENTS MOST PARENTS CAN RELATE TO AND RALLY BEHIND.

COMING OUT

When her daughter came out as a lesbian in high school, Erickson asked blunt, clarifying questions to understand her daughter’s reality. She was seeking to understand, support and learn. Erickson adjusted her expectations. “Raising a daughter sets us up for eventually ending up with a son-in-law. Well, OK, no son-in-law, but that’s fine,” she remembers thinking.

Later, when her daughter’s girlfriend came out as transgender in college, Erickson again asked blunt, clarifying questions to understand the reality of their lives. Listening to the couple’s struggles and undeterred hope for the future was a turning point for Erickson. The revelation gave her an opportunity to re-evaluate her thinking around transgenderism and what she expected of her children. When the couple announced their engagement to be married, Erickson realized that she would have a son-in-law after all. “It was very emotional,” remembers Erickson. She was assimilating into a world that can be filled with hate, disbelief and pain. Soon married, her daughter and son-in-law were already in that world.

 

 

GARDENAIRE FOUNDER AND ROCHESTER NATIVE AMY LORBER HAS ALWAYS ENJOYED WORKING IN A GARDEN AND HARVESTING PRODUCE AT THE PEAK OF ITS FRESHNESS. GROWING UP, HER FAMILY PRESERVED THE BOUNTY FROM THEIR GARDEN BY MAKING APPLESAUCE, SOUP, TOMATO SAUCE AND A VARIETY OF JAMS TO ENJOY THROUGHOUT THE WINTER. AS A RESULT, AMY HAS FOND CHILDHOOD MEMORIES OF PRESERVING FOOD—CAPTURING THE ESSENCE OF SUMMER—TO LATER BE SAVORED LIKE A BURST OF WARM SUNSHINE.

A BUSINESS IS LAUNCHED

As an adult, Amy lived in Nashville for several years; however, in 2016, she moved back to Rochester to be near her parents. Amy shares, “I love to create new flavor combinations and have been mixing up interesting concoctions since I was little.”

Because of her lifelong interest in preserving food, Amy also wanted to get involved in Rochester’s vibrant organic, local and sustainable food community. The result: Gardenaire was birthed soon after Amy’s return to Minnesota.

 

Jul/Aug
2018

TREASURE ISLAND: FROM BINGO HALL TO BIGGEST EMPLOYER IN THE COUNTY

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Written by GINA DEWINK Photography By Dawn Sanborn Photography

LOCALS IN SOUTHERN MINNESOTA ALL SEEM TO KNOW “THE ISLAND IS CALLING.” THE AMAZING SUCCESS OF TREASURE ISLAND RESORT & CASINO CONTINUES TO BLOSSOM AND GROW OUT OF A SAD SACRIFICE IN OUR MINNESOTA HISTORY.

SOVEREIGN NATION BEHIND THE RESORT

The Prairie Island Indian Community owns and operates Treasure Island, which is tucked into the rolling river valley near Red Wing, Minnesota. The tribal members are descendants of the Mdewakanton Band of Eastern Dakota, also known as the Mississippi or Minnesota Sioux. Mdewakanton means “those who were born of the waters.”

 

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.

 

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