Category Archives: Columns

Schmoker Sisters

Beautiful in their strength
By Gina Dewink

In Kellogg, Minnesota, east of Rochester, lives a family of four remarkable young women. Olivia, Maddie, Abby and Julia Schmoker are sisters who exemplify the mantra that strong is beautiful. Continue reading

This entry was posted in Cover Stories on August 29, 2019 by rwwpadmin.


“Sisterhood is powerful.” ~ Robin Morgan
“Once women find sisterhood, there’s nothing stronger.” ~ Zoe Kravitz

When I got divorced eight years ago, my single mom “sisters” became my family. I am grateful to have other single women to relate with as we raise our children, change jobs and move ahead. We share struggles, help problem-solve and lift each other up, as well as celebrate our joys and successes.

I also consider you, Rochester Women magazine readers, my “sisters.” We connect over topics, including beauty, fashion, health, homes, food, wine, well-being and work. We are stronger together. Continue reading

This entry was posted in From the Editor on August 29, 2019 by rwwpadmin.

Kutzky Park Porchfest

An end-of-summer effort to build community ties
By Grace Menchaca

When’s the last time you talked to your neighbor? Whether it’s been recently or awhile, the annual Kutzky Park Porchfest is the perfect opportunity to bond with the Rochester community over wholesome Midwest music and food. You may call it a Minnesota nice festival, but hot dishes are not required. Continue reading

This entry was posted in Community on August 29, 2019 by rwwpadmin.

Strong is beautiful Makeover

By Leanna Gerry
Photography by Tracey McGuire

Fourty-three-year-old Jaime Tjossem is a wife of over 12 years, mother of two, and stepmother of two. Tjossem works as a biology professor at Rochester Community and Technical College,  where she earned the title of Outstanding Educator in 2017-18. Tjossem’s friends describe her as adaptable, compassionate, outgoing, fun, humorous, quick-witted—and of course—strong.  Continue reading

Sistique Boutique

Trio sells “casual-trendy” CLOTHING out of a school bus
By Leanna Gerry

For many people, business takes place apart from the family. But for April Larson, Megan Greer Wagner and Sarah Showers Wagner, family is the center of business. With the goal of eventually becoming stay-at-home-mothers, the three sisters-in-law launched Sistique Boutique, a primarily online clothing store that offers affordable attire for women. The supplemental income allows the busy moms more time with their growing families as they work alongside their loved ones. Continue reading

Sister Seekers

Connecting women through spirituality
By Terri Allred

It seems that we are increasingly disconnected from each other and busy.  Many of us, as women, are looking for authentic connections, and we yearn to explore our spirituality in a safe and supportive environment. Diane Anderson, Marie Neher and Donna Magtibay came together as Sister Seekers to create just those opportunities.  Continue reading

This entry was posted in Healthy Living on August 29, 2019 by rwwpadmin.

Anam Cara

Soul sisters spend time together in coastal Maine
By Jennifer Visscher

Since society still struggles with disclosing and discussing health, many find themselves online looking for others with their disease. That is how our Minnesota and Maine friendship began.

Betsy Baker and I have Ankylosing Spondylitis, a systemic inflammatory disorder affecting the axial skeleton, peripheral joints, connective tissues (entheses), eyes, skin and intestines. People with AS often have extra-articular manifestations, such as inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), psoriasis and uveitis. Continue reading

This entry was posted in Healthy Living on August 29, 2019 by rwwpadmin.

Celebrate yourself at EnergyWorks

Vicky Schleeter helps you rediscover who you were created to be
By Holly Galbus


Vicky Schleeter is passionate about helping women live empowered, authentically and with confidence. As owner of EnergyWorks, Schleeter, who is a holistic health practitioner, works with women who have the desire and courage to change unhealthy thinking patterns into rational and healthy ways of addressing challenges, obstacles and unwanted habits. She employs various modalities (or methods) to help a client identify the thoughts and actions that may be holding her back from her full potential.   Continue reading

Hot, Fresh and Ready to Serve

New dinner options are on the table
By Heather Weller
Photos of Rochester downtown
farmers Market and Heather Weller by Dawn Sanborn Photography

As the kids head back to school and the morning hustles begin with cool autumn air, it’s clear that the flexible days of summer have officially come to a close. The chaos of school activities and families running in multiple directions each day is in full swing. Family kitchens are scattered with homework assignments, calendars and parents frantically asking themselves, “What should I make for dinner?”  Continue reading

This entry was posted in Food on August 29, 2019 by rwwpadmin.

DeWitz Home Builders

Siblings carry on the family business
By Alison Rentschler

The DeWitz family has worked in the home-building industry for well over 50 years. Robert DeWitz started the company in 1957, and several of his children have been involved in the business. Currently three of his children Chuck, Jean and Julie work for DeWitz Home Builders. Continue reading

This entry was posted in Home & Garden on August 29, 2019 by rwwpadmin.