Category Archives: From the Editor


“Stuck at home.”  This idea for a theme struck me as Governor Walz made his November executive order for a dial back on certain activities. As we all grapple with the ongoing difficulty of balancing our personal needs and desires with the safety of our communities, I think we are all experiencing some level of feeling “stuck.”  Continue reading

Letter from the Editor

How are we almost to winter? It simultaneously feels like two weeks and 13,689 days since last November. Remember those simple days of planning year-end holidays? For this issue we asked several local women to share their holiday traditions with us, and they each shared that there would be at least a little difference between how they normally spend their holidays and what they’re planning this year.  Continue reading

Building Longer Tables

Happy 20th birthday to Rochester Women Magazine! Thank you to all the readers and advertisers who have supported this publication over the years. As a newbie, I am slowly, but surely, learning the history (or “herstory”) of the magazine. As March is Women’s History Month, enjoy learning about the History Center of Olmsted County’s monthly leadership circle (p. 42). Also, happy International Women’s Day on March 8! To celebrate, we hear from four local women of diverse backgrounds in their native languages (p. 11).  Continue reading

Letter from the Editor


I am excited and honored to write this letter to you as I take over the reins of this beautiful magazine! Rochester Women was started 20 years ago by Jorrie Johnson, whose dedication has made it a staple on magazine racks in stores, restaurants, salons and waiting rooms throughout Rochester and the surrounding area.  Continue reading

From the Editor


In 1999, I was approached about starting a family magazine in Rochester. I was 29, married with two preschool children and working full-time as the director of marketing for a computer hardware, software and services company (RESPONSE, Inc.). That fall, I started researching what would become a 20-year journey. Continue reading


“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


At the end of January this year, my daughter Tiffany and I signed up for the Trinona triathlon. Throughout the winter we went to the Y for Strength Train Together and yoga classes. In the spring, she got a shiny, new silver Raleigh road bike from Bicycle Sports. We worked on our swimming, biking and running. We talked about our training and our goals. Finally, the big day came. We woke up early on Sunday morning, June 9, and anxiously drove over to Winona. Two by two, we entered the perfectly warm water in age waves for the one-quarter mile swim. Then, the 11-mile scenic bike route took us through rolling bluff country. Finally, we ran the 3.1-mile run half way around beautiful Lake Winona and we were done in under an hour and a half. Yes, we were tired afterward, but we are strong. Now, we are looking for our next triathlon, journey and destination.   Continue reading


One day this spring, my daughter Tiffany and I went get makeovers at the new Ulta Beauty store in Rochester. I have always told her that being beautiful on the outside doesn’t matter if you are ugly on the inside. As I age, I’m even more inclined to focus on goodness rather than looks, but darn it, I want to look (and feel) good. I think my daughter is beautiful and I am especially proud of her accomplishments, her heart and her sense of self-worth. Look at our Rochester Women magazine team makeovers (page 10) and make an appointment to get your own makeover. Continue reading