0008It is easy to put off spending quality time with your family, spouse or close friends. Before the summer slips away, plan a leisurely day trip that includes the festivities and events in the quaint communities along the Lake Pepin shorelines and Mississippi River bluffs.

Winona: Shakespeare and Beethoven

Winona is simply a summer hot spot of events. It is one of 12 towns celebrating Legacy Destination Weekend, July 15–17. The Winona History Center (winonahistory.org) has family-friendly activities, including building paper boats or a Winona postcard.



Paddle, Peddle, Run! Rochester Eco-Tri coming August 14

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Written by Emily Watkins

0004Imagine kayaking across beautiful Lake Zumbro, mountain biking and then running through the trails of Camp Victory—all in a morning. That’s the plan on August 14, the date of the Rochester Eco-Tri.

    In a standard triathlon, participants swim, bike and run their way to the finish line. The Eco-Tri is 4.5 miles of kayaking, 7 miles of mountain biking and 3.1 miles of trail running.


Three-and-a-half years ago, Ann Peterson got walloped with a knell of a diagnosis: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disease as crippling and incurable now as it was 70 years ago when it killed Lou Gehrig. The life expectancy for an ALS patient averages two to five years from the time of diagnosis.

    Ann, her husband Eric, and their children, Erin, 9, and triplets Elizabeth, Devin, and Joshua, 5, live in Millville. Before ALS forced her very early retirement, Ann worked at Mayo Clinic as an online operations specialist. Before ALS usurped her hobbies, she enjoyed photography, card-making, gardening, cooking and baking.

    But ALS can’t subdue Ann’s valor. “She has an amazing and courageous determination to participate in life to the fullest,” says her friend Melinda Otto. “The most important thing to know about Ann is that although ALS has made her a prisoner of her body, she remains the same caring, thoughtful, intelligent, creative Ann that she has always been.”

    Ann belongs to Southern Minnesota Mothers of Multiples (MOMs) whose website she edits. A year ago when fire destroyed the house of MOMs member Jodi VanPelt, Ann, via computer, organized help and ordered supplies. “She shows Christ’s love and compassion in everything she does,” Jodi says.

    “ALS is a terrible disease, and Ann has gracefully challenged it,” says Kristi Ruen of MOMs. She, Jodi, Melinda, and Ann share a bond: all are triplets’ MOMs.

    The day Ann learned she has ALS, she started a journal. Her entry November 18, 2009, describes the ordeal of ALS and proves the indestructibility of her spirit.



Seasons of the Vine: Wines, wineries and wine events

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Written by Margo Stitch

margocopyI had the good fortune to set aside time in June for a winery road trip.

   Heading north on Highway 52, my first stop was Cannon River Winery. From there, I traveled to Red Wing’s Falconer Vineyards where their bistro and wrap-around deck affords wonderful views of the vineyards and the hilly landscape. Alexis Bailly winery in Hastings is a natural stop before continuing to the Twin Cities, where I enjoyed St. Croix Vineyard.



Recipe: Zucchini Salad

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Written by Scott Brue

0009Zucchini Salad
4 medium zucchini
1/2 to1 small red onion, sliced
6-8 radishes, thinly sliced
3 Tbsp. lemon juice, divided
1/2 c. olive oil, divided
3 Tbsp. sour cream
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. white pepper



Recipe: Winona's Good Time Raspberry Viaigrette

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Written by Scott Brue

0012Submitted by David Kotsonas, assistant market manager, who makes this “family recipe” often.



Recipe: Pork Roast with Chiles and Second-Day Stew

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Written by Scott Brue

00106 to 9 chile peppers, roasted, seeded and deveined
2 c. water
1 c. white (or cider) vinegar
2 to 4 large cloves garlic
1/2 large onion
1 Tbsp. fresh oregano
salt, to taste
3 lbs. boneless pork roast (shoulder, butt or loin)
1 Tbsp. oil (Kari recommends a mild olive oil)


0011Kari Dunn, manager of the Rochester Farmers Market, learned about the benefits of using fresh produce, grains and legumes years ago when she was a vegetarian and pursued learning to cook for nutritional value and flavor.

    Staples in her diet include vegetables and herbs sautéed in olive oil and piled on quinoa, basmati brown rice, polenta or whole wheat pasta. She leans toward fresh veggies rather than animal products, but meats from pasture-raised animals prepared in almost any ethnic dish are runner-up favorites.


0013Nestled in Rochester’s southwest woods, tucked away from the road and surrounded by a plethora of tall maple trees, is the serene home of Robert and Marsha Rea. Visitors are greeted by a wooden walkway crossing a babbling stream feeding into a large pond.

     Expansive 30-foot ceilings in the main living area invite you into the space. Huge wooden beams frame the area for views of a forested backyard, visible from nearly every room. Cedar plank ceilings draw the eye upward.


0006Her clinic was in tip-top shape, having been remodeled and updated in 2005. Then the September 2010 flood hit. Dr. Sarah Mehrkens of Zumbro Falls Veterinary Clinic reflects on the disaster last fall.

    “A 28-foot crest was predicted, so ‘just in case,’ we loaded three trucks with as much as we could and removed it from the clinic; electronic equipment, medications and the surgery table were saved. We also moved things from the bottom cabinets to the top.”


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