Category Archives: Columns

Korean Culture Camp

A Do-it-yourself Experience
by Amy Krause  |  photography by A. Krause Studio

Growing up in the Midwest as a Korean adoptee in a transracial family, it was always important for me to experience opportunities where I could learn more about my Korean heritage. One of these opportunities was a summer camp in Minneapolis that was dedicated to celebrating Korean culture. Korean adoptees and their families came from all over the United States to experience this magical week filled with traditional Korean dance lessons, taekwondo demonstrations, music class, language lessons, delicious food and more. Continue reading

Local Elections 2020

Women in Office, Part 2: General Election Candidates
By Brittney Marschall

Women have tackled milestones in politics, from the first women’s rights convention in 1848 to Minnie Buckingham Harper, the first Black woman in the state legislature in 1928 to Nancy Pelosi, who in 2007 became the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House. And now the Democratic nominee for vice president is Kamala Harris, the first Black and Asian American woman to be in the race. Continue reading

An Unprecedented First Term

Mayor Kim Norton on leading during a
tumultuous time
By Sara Dingmann
Photography by AB-Photography.us

Rochester Women Magazine sat down with Mayor Kim Norton the only way we can during a pandemic—over Zoom—and asked her about the significance of being Rochester’s first female mayor and her leadership in a chaotic time.  Continue reading

Women in Farming

A Growing Profession
By Trish Amundson

Area women are part of an expanding demographic in agriculture, proving it’s possible to succeed in a male-dominated field when you have hard-working stamina and a can-do attitude.

The U.S. has more female producers than ever, accounting for approximately 36% of all producers in the nation. Women are becoming more active and better recognized for their contributions in agriculture throughout the country. Here, four Southeastern Minnesota women share information about their unique journeys. Together, they play an integral role in changing the culture of farming for generations to come.   Continue reading

Nashauna Lenoir

A ‘Journie’ to empower at-risk kids
By Emily Watkins Photography by AB-Photography.us

Nashauna Lenoir has an impressive resume, from hosting her own radio show to acting, writing, teaching, singing and dancing. She is also a hairdresser.  Whatever she does, she goes all-in, and one of her strongest skills is organizing. She organized a Juneteenth event this year, bringing in food, a DJ and dance performances, all despite the limitations that the pandemic presented.

But Lenoir’s true love is working with teenagers. She says, “I grew up as a troubled kid in foster care. I was given opportunities that changed my life, and I’m just paying it forward.” Continue reading

Meet me in Zumbrota

Looking to travel? Think local.
By Samantha Erickson  |  Photography by AB-Photography.us

Travel plans are looking a little different these days—maybe even nonexistent—but our current situation doesn’t have to completely deprive you of that relaxed vacation feeling. Discover a local slice of paradise with a day trip!   Continue reading

Alzheimer’s in America

Bringing awareness
By Elizabeth Harris

Currently, there are over 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s Disease. Chances are that you know someone or are someone that is directly impacted by this cognitive illness.

While there is still no cure, the good news is that there are medications that can treat symptoms and potentially slow the progression of the disease. Doctors all over the world are working to find more treatments and, someday, a cure. There are also steps that you can take in your daily life that might help lower your risk. Continue reading

In search of Rochester’s Racial Roots

A walk through a complex history
By Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara

In 2016, the summer Philando Castile was killed in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, I had been in Rochester barely a year. I often think back to that summer as we live through this unsettling pandemic and the labor pains of reckoning and nascent revolution. Racism has deep and intractable roots coursing through the American story. It is all too familiar, even as some deny it. History is full of the silence of this denial. And it is the silences I am often listening for. Today, cities across the country and the world are reflecting on their own racial pasts with fiery debates about monuments and public spaces. And so I went in search of Rochester’s racial roots, wondering what we might pull up when we dig our hands deep into the city beneath our feet. Continue reading