May/Jun
2018

Strengthening Body and Relationship

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Written by Holly Galbus

A WEALTH OF OPTIONS EXISTS FOR MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS WHO WANT TO SPEND TIME EXERCISING TOGETHER. THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT BENEFITS FOR BOTH THEIR RELATIONSHIP AND THEIR HEALTH AND WELLNESS THAT CAN LAST A LIFETIME.

A STRONGER BOND

“A mother plays a key role in her daughter’s physical activity level,” says Nicole Cummings, group fitness and yoga instructor at Olmsted Medical Center. “The role modeling a mom does can improve her daughter’s health and fitness behaviors, and instill habits that are an investment in her future fitness. And stronger emotional bonds will grow as they laugh and have fun together.” 

 

May/Jun
2018

Tiffany Piotrowicz: Always Moving Forward

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Written by Erin Pagel

“TERRESTRIAL LOCOMOTION. IT’S WALKING THE EARTH. IT’S MOVING FORWARD,” DESCRIBES TERRALOCO OWNER TIFFANY PIOTROWICZ REGARDING THE RUNNING STORE’S NAME, WHICH INTENTIONALLY EXCLUDES THE WORD “RUNNING.” AFTER A FEW MINUTES WITH TERRALOCO’S DOWN-TO-EARTH AND FRIENDLY OWNER, IT IS EASY TO SEE THAT “MOVING FORWARD“ DESCRIBES PIOTROWICZ AS WELL. 

BUSINESS OWNER

A Rochester native, Piotrowicz studied paralegal and English at Winona State University. This may not be the typical education of a business owner, but she had been working at the running store as a manager when the opportunity to buy TerraLoco arose. Though she didn’t see herself as a business owner (at least not at that time), Piotrowicz seized the opportunity anyway and has owned TerraLoco since 2015. 

 

May/Jun
2018

My 2-Year-Old Gets It

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Written by Kathryn Lenn

When I peel back through my parents’ photo albums, there is a common theme…pages and pages of me posing, trying on my new school clothes, smiling in an exaggerated fashion to prove how cheerful I was. I loved being the center of attention. I needed the attention. It was my life source.

LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTER

Fast forward 20 years. I am now an adult with a career and a home and a husband (and am severely embarrassed by my neediness as a child). Enter my daughter, Cecelia. From the moment she was born, Cecelia had an audience in us, her mom and dad. She is totally her mother’s daughter. Now I get to see what my parents experienced. And, let me tell you, it is such an amazingly entertaining show. 

 

May/Jun
2018

Simply Stylish: Look Great, Spend Less

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Written by Samantha Erickson

Are you ready to hit the “refresh” button?

IF YOU’VE BEEN FEELING LESS THAN INSPIRED BY YOUR WARDROBE LATELY, JILL SWANSON HAS JUST WHAT YOU NEED TO LOOK LIKE A MILLION BUCKS WITHOUT SPENDING IT. AS AN IMAGE COACH, CLOTHING STYLIST, MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER AND AUTHOR, SWANSON HAS BEEN HELPING WOMEN AND MEN IN ROCHESTER AND BEYOND FEEL EMPOWERED THROUGH THEIR PERSONAL STYLE AND WARDROBE CHOICES FOR 35 YEARS.

What keeps Jill so passionate? According to Swanson, it’s seeing her clients make positive changes outside that transform into positive changes inside. In addition to providing personal consultations, Swanson has served as keynote speaker and presenter for companies large and small regarding image awareness and team communication. Hormel Foods and IBM are just two high-profile names on a list of hundreds who have sought Jill out for inspiration and practical advice.

FABULOUS AND AFFORDABLE

Swanson knows a thing or two about how small changes can transform how people see themselves and are perceived by others. Her new book, “Simply Stylish: Look Great, Spend Less,” promises to deliver everything you ever wanted to know about looking your best. With eight no-nonsense and easy-to-connect-with chapters, you’ll soon be an expert on how to flatter your figure on even the smallest budget.

 

Mar/Apr
2018

Dr. Lucy Meyer of Lakeside Dentistry

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Written by RW Magazine

Lucy Meyer, Dentist

Lakeside Dentistry

Dr Lucy Meyer works at Lakeside Dentistry, as a third generation dentist. She moved back to her hometown of Rochester, MN after graduating from Creighton School of Dentistry. Since then, she has been working alongside her dad, Dr Jim Gores, and his long-time associate Dr Peggy Scott. Dr Lucy has a conservative approach to dentistry; she strongly encourages preventive care while planning personal, comprehensive treatment plans for her patients. Dr Lucy, and the entire staff at Lakeside Dentistry, also place a large emphasis on patient comfort and satisfaction. They’d love the opportunity to serve you and your dental needs. 

24 W. Silver Lake Drive NE  |  Rochester, MN 55906  |  507-282-8222  |  lakeside-dentistry.com 

 

 

Mar/Apr
2018

Jill Frieders of O’Brien & Wolf LLP

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Written by RW Magazine

JILL FRIEDERS, Attorney 

O’Brien & Wolf LLP

Jill Frieders is a partner in Rochester’s oldest law firm—O’Brien & Wolf. 

Her practice involves all aspects of family law, including divorce, custody, adoption and paternity. She understands the complex financial and emotional issues presented in family matters. Jill is experienced in divorce-related tax matters and property valuation issues. She represents individuals in a wide variety of family matters including: spousal maintenance and child support matters as well as custody, visitation and paternity cases. She also represents grandparents in custody and visitation matters. 

Jill understands the complex financial and emotional consequences of family law litigation. Her experience and compassion help her clients through this difficult time. 

Jill provides alternative dispute resolution services such as mediator, early neutral evaluator, arbitrator, parenting consultant, parenting expeditor, and consensual special magistrate. 

Jill has been selected as a Super Lawyer15 years in a row. She achieved an AV rating. This is the highest level of professional excellence awarded by Martindale Hubbell. Jill also donates countless hours to local nonprofit organizations. She has been named a North Star Lawyer for the time she has donated representing the indigent. She was even named the 2016 Volunteer of the Year by Legal Assistance of Olmsted County. 

45 28th Street SE, Suite 300  |  Rochester, MN 55904  |  507-289-4041  |  ObrienWolf.com

 

Mar/Apr
2018

Empowering Women to Live Passionately

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Written by Jorrie Johnson

I have been thinking about what it was like 18 years ago when I started Rochester Women magazine, what has changed and what has stayed the same. Rochester Women magazine’s mission remains the same: Help area women connect with each other and the community. However, as a result of taking the Passion Test several times, we have redefined our purpose: Empower women to live passionately. 

You (our readers) and the world we live in have changed. The population of Rochester has increased by more than 25,500 since 2000.* The median age in Rochester has increased from 34.3 in 2000 to 35.4. There are now 32.6 percent more housing units in Rochester, and 44 percent of them have children under 18. In 2000 there were 2,883 female householders with no husband present. In 2017, there were 4,076 female householders, 66 percent with own children under the age of 18. Of the adult (over 18 years) population, 47.9 percent (40,438) are male and 52.1 percent (43,922) are female. 

 

Mar/Apr
2018

Faye Wendland

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Written by Emily Watkins

Retiring from a 42-year career as a Nurse.

Faye Wendland has many mantras. One is “uncomfortable is a growth opportunity,” a concept she is leaning into these days. Wendland is retiring from a 42-year career as an RN with Mayo Clinic and deciding how to use her time and talents. 

AN EXCEPTIONAL WOMAN

Rochester Women magazine received a nomination from Wendland’s co-worker Heidi Seaberg, who says, “Faye is an exceptional woman. She has been instrumental in starting many groups and programs in our community that support people living with mental health disorders. She has volunteered thousands of hours over the years, sharing her gifts freely and happily.” 

 

Mar/Apr
2018

Running for the greater good

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Written by Anna Richey

IT TAKES COURAGE TO OPEN YOUR LIFE TO PUBLIC SCRUTINY WHEN RUNNING FOR PUBLIC OFFICE. SOME PEOPLE SPEND YEARS BUILDING A RESUME, KNOWING THEY’LL STEP INTO A LEADERSHIP ROLE AT SOME POINT. SOME ARE INSPIRED BY JUST A SINGLE EVENT. FOR SOME, THE IDEA DOESN’T OCCUR TO THEM UNTIL SOMEONE ELSE SUGGESTS IT, AND THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE FOR WOMEN.

Research has shown that women are significantly less likely to be encouraged to run for office than men. Self-doubt often plagues women, and despite shifting traditional gender roles, women still tend to take on a greater share of domestic management, making it more difficult for women to envision what would happen to their families through a campaign and an elected position.

BRINGING WOMEN TO THE TABLE

As the population of southeast Minnesota grows, serious issues like affordable housing, availability of child care and living-wage jobs need to be addressed. According to Olmsted County data, 24 percent of households with a female single parent are below the poverty level, and that number grows to 34 percent when there are children in the home under the age of 5. Women must be at the table to discuss economic growth, transportation, infrastructure investment, parks and public space and other important political issues.

 

Mar/Apr
2018

Amalia Foster

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Written by Cindy Mennenga

I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY RECENTLY TO SPEAK WITH AMALIA FOSTER WHO IS ONE OF ROCHESTER TOYOTA’S NEWEST SALES CONSULTANTS. FOSTER HAS HAD A FASCINATING LIFE—FILLED WITH LOTS OF TWISTS AND TURNS—NEARLY AS EXCITING AS READING A CAPTIVATING BOOK. 

FROM ROMANIA, WITH LOVE 

Foster, who grew up in Romania at a time when it was heavily influenced by Russia, was expected to learn Russian in school. She says, “I didn’t want to learn Russian, so I taught myself English. I worked really hard (at learning English) for a while, then I met two humanitarian missionaries from the States and I was able to practice my English with them. They encouraged me to come to the States to study at university, when I didn’t even know I could get out of the country.” 

 

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