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Remember the Yuck

Leaning into discomfort
By Emily Watkins

It’s the last day of 2020, and I think we are all ready to sweep this year out the back door. But although we may want to forget the awfulness that has been 2020, we would be better served to remember the yuck as we go forward. Continue reading

Cancer Exercise as a Part of Recovery

“I would encourage anyone affected by cancer to join Survivor Fitness class. You can work at your own pace. Jen does a great job by changing the routine day to day; she will guide you with what fits your needs. I recommend this class for support and better recovery. I am a non- Hodgekin’s lymphoma patient, 16 years in remission.” David M.

By Jen Schimek

Cancer is a serious disease second only to heart disease as the leading cause of death in the US. More than 17 million new cases of cancer are predicted to be diagnosed this year. As the population ages, the number of people facing cancer increases. Nearly half (42%) of these cancers can be prevented through healthy lifestyle changes. 20% of all cancers are directly caused by a combination of poor nutrition, excess alcohol intake, physical inactivity and excess body weight. Regular exercise specifically helps those facing a cancer diagnosis by improving overall fitness, therefore increasing survival rates and quality of life.   Continue reading

Amish Secret

Two assault survivors share their stories to help others
By Sara Dingmann

The Amish are known for “plain living,” leading lives apart from most modern technologies and conveniences. Still, like any society, problems can be found under the surface.

Now, an open secret in some Amish communities is becoming more well-known—one of rape, sexual assault and incest. Community members know the attackers and the victims, but some turn a blind eye and hide crimes when outsiders or the authorities come knocking. Continue reading

Letter from the Editor

Well, hello, Rochester Women Magazine readers! It’s been awhile. What’s new with you? Just kidding. That’s a silly question.

I think we can all agree that this is about the weirdest time we’ve ever lived. As a small business owner, it’s been tough financially, and I think we’re all seeing the value of spending our money as locally as possible. Get your pesky problems solved at three local businesses (p. 38). Check out and support our advertisers, as well as BBIWOC-owned businesses (p. 34).  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