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Stopping the Doubt

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
By Gina Dewink

Since the 1970s, perhaps as women came into more widespread positions of power, a phrase emerged. Frequently spoken about at conferences and in management keynotes, it is known as “imposter syndrome.” Though it is a psychological term coined by clinical psychologists, there is no official diagnosis. It is a stream of negative self-talk that should not be ignored.   Continue reading


Traveling in the Time of Coronavirus
By Maka Boeve

Wanderlust is strong right now.  Although it was for the common good, the stay-at-home orders and sudden halt in traveling felt like being “grounded.” As restrictions are adjusted, questions arise as to what exactly is safe and how to return to some sense of normality. Continue reading

Historic Southwest Rochester

Origins of the Neighborhood
By Alli Vaith

As you stroll down 4th Street SW, you are taken back in time to where the growth of this community began. Originally built for staff of St. Marys Hospital and Mayo Clinic, the Historic Southwest neighborhood homes were built as early as 1863, with the majority of homes built between 1900 and 1920 as the population of Rochester exploded from under 7,000 to close to 14,000. Between 1912 and 1914, as the construction of Mayo Clinic was under way, many homes were built within a 1-mile radius to accommodate all of the new community residents in the city. Continue reading

Pesky Problems

…and their fixes
By Holly Galbus

The zipper on your favorite pair of dress pants breaks. Your vacuum cleaner is making those funny noises again. You’ve just booked your dream vacation but are worried the luggage you’ve used for years may not make it through another airport carousel ride. Pesky problems are those little annoyances that pop into our daily lives—something breaks or becomes worn or damaged—and make us wonder, “Is it time to buy a new one, or is there someone who might be able to fix this?” If you choose to repair (thus saving money and landfill space) there are local businesses that can transform your broken, worn or damaged items into like-new, serviceable items once again. Continue reading


By Erin Pagel

Dear Rochester Women Readers –

I should tell you that this article is biased. I love our Rochester Public Library. I serve as president of the library board and serve on the Rochester Public Library Foundation board. My family and I generally have dozens of items checked out at any given time. I love the events, the staff, the unexpected services and, of course, the books. We’ve paid more than I care to admit in overdue fines over the years. I am thrilled that the Rochester Public Library has removed fines for overdue materials and stepped a bit closer to reaching our goal of improving access for all. Following is a bit of information about the recent elimination of overdue fines and why it’s important for our community. Continue reading


Virtual race offers a chance to get outside and burn off some energy while supporting your community nature center

By Tracy Will

This summer, instead of hosting its traditional 5K, Quarry Hill Nature Center is offering a virtual 5K race for all ages and abilities, along with a 1K dash for kids. The event encourages everyone to get active, head outdoors and go from screen time to green time. And it’s all for a great cause: race proceeds support Quarry Hill’s robust nature programming and education for kids in southeastern Minnesota.  Continue reading


When the “land of the free” doesn’t feel like it

By Yusra Hassan

The Dream

The dream of any immigrant fleeing his or her country is to find a new home that is safe and peaceful. My parents made the ultimate sacrifice to leave Sudan (their birthland), with the hope of raising my siblings and me in America so that we could follow our dreams, attend the best schools and colleges and be happy. In 2000, my parents risked leaving it all for my safety, but there was so much they didn’t know. Continue reading


Rochester-area women share their challenges, inspiration and more

By Trish Amundson

Marilyn – Nurse (and new-found basketball player)

What changes have you experienced based on COVID-19?
COVID-19 has changed every aspect of my family’s lives. My college-age daughter is home, and my grade-school kids are online learning at home. My husband, who is essential and self-employed in the livestock industry, is also working from home. The normal activities we all pursued and counted on are gone.  Continue reading


Rochester-area women share their challenges, inspiration and more

By Trish Amundson

Jill – Teacher (for her class and four kids)

What changes have you experienced based on COVID-19?
At first, the change of not being able to “just go out” felt out of the norm, but it quickly became easy to stay home. We no longer make multiple trips to the stores for items. We plan our trip, and only one parent goes out. We wipe off the packaging of items we bring home. We are more aware of making sure we wash our hands frequently or use hand sanitizer more often. Our kids can’t play with other friends, but thankfully we have a lot of outdoor space for them to roam and be creative. Continue reading


Finding the good in each day as I stay home alone

By Alison Rentschler

The stay at home orders meant a lot of changes that seemed to happen all at once, within a week or two — avoiding large groups meant all my “normal” activities outside of work were either canceled or went virtual. For me, these included church on Sunday mornings; a small group; my gym and its group classes; and the Wednesday night kids’ class I’ve been a volunteer leader in for years at my church.  Also, I could no longer get together with groups of friends at restaurants, coffee shops or even their own houses. And I started working at home full-time, which required me to adjust my normal routine. Continue reading