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Fall 2016 Issue
Straw Bale Gardening: While she downplays her gardening acumen, Mary Aalgaard gives a thorough how-to on straw bale gardening. • Ladies in Law Enforcement: Kate Petersen and Sheri Fyle serve their community of Pequot Lakes as policewomen, as a firefighter and an EMS paramedic. • Protecting the Innocent: When parents are in conflict, The Alex and Brandon Child Safety Center provides a safe place for visitation and exchanges. • Same Stripes, Different Stars: In this wild political year, these two political activists; Kathy Hegstrom and Chris Kellett, have their heads on straight and their motors moving. A Passion For America by, The Woman in Red, White and Blue • Final Celebrations: You can forget stereotypical notions of a funeral director when you meet Casey Swantek. Besides comfort and credentials, she brings a positive attitude and efficiency to her role. • Empowering Women in Rural Haiti: For 25 years, Barb Grove has been teaching rural Haitian women how to use a handy economic development tool called micro loans to start small businesses.
Also In This Issue: Leading the HRA • Canning: A Tradition to Cherish • Iron (Wo)man • Housing Health in Brainerd • Worth Every Onion • Pasty Project • A Journey of Healing • Alaska Girl Turned Minnesota Nice • No Easy Answers - Diagnosing MS • A Hearty Celebration • Crafting Your Gifts • What’s Trending? Accordions!
Summer 2016 Issue
In this Issue: • Making Waves: We love our lakes, but do we care enough to preserve them? Claire Steen does. • A Snapshot of Cuba: While close in distance, Cuba has been a world apart. Here’s one woman’s story of her week-long visit. • An Artist and Her Alpacas: Read what Esther Endicott does with a loom, a spinning wheel and five alpacas on 40 acres. • Motorcycle Mamas: Not just for guys anymore--women know a thing or two about motorcycles. • Operation Sandwich: Who cares about peanut butter sandwiches? Hungry kids at lunchtime and the many volunteers who make them. • Lakes Area Music Festival: It takes an army of volunteers to bring about this musical event. Read about three women who help make it happen. • On The Cover: Claire Steen loves the lakes and works to preserve water quality. • Digging in the Dirt • Journey of Solitude • Crosslake’s Mitten Lady • Canaries for Sale--A Memory From a Time Gone By• Cache Me if You Can: For the Love of Geocaching • The Golden Girls • Where the Wild Things Are • Sewing for Missions • Fearless fiber fun, one stitch at a time • On a Wellness Journey • Gardening for Grade Schoolers • “Relaxing” in the Outdoors
Spring 2016 Issue
This issue features - Living Through Lyme Disease: This woman overcame the odds of a debilitating disease to run a marathon. • Razing the Barn: In her personal essay, the author reveals a mix of emotions in the razing of a family barn. • Service in San Isidro, Nicaragua: Brainerd resident Morgan Twamley spent nearly two challenging years in Nicaragua as a peace corps volunteer. • It’s Rocket Science: Now working for NASA, this BHS grad may up her technically rigorous career to the level of astronaut. • Women in Tech: Here are three savvy women making their mark in tech sec-tor careers in the Brainerd lakes area. • food: Iron Waffle Owner Doesn’t Waffle • entrepreneurs: A Thrifty Business • clubs and clusters: 14 Lakes Area Yoga celebrates 20 Years in 2015 • crafts: Funky Junk • needlework: A Stitch in Time • Her Voice ISO: Here’s to Volunteers and Volunteering! • the arts: Hank of Hair, Piece of Bone • her say: Moving in with Grandma • energy: A Passion for Solar • business: Overcoming Obstacles
Winter 2015 Issue
This issue features - Möt Mary (Meet Mary): Mary Abendroth - a multi-cultural singer, dancer, linguist, globe trotter, knitter and former Peace Corps volunteer. • Guided By Angels: Marianne Washburn, the director of Sexual Assault Services, says she doesnt believe in knocking down doors, but she successfully raises funds for new programs. • Evangeline Lindbergh: The history of Little Falls native Charles Lindbergh is now mired in controversy while his mother, Evangeline, has her own complicated story. • A Life of Faith: Associate pastor at Lutheran Church of the Cross, Kari Williamson has a joyful countenance thats contagious. • Eighty-eight years on the 88 Keys: Not just an easy listening pianist, this nonagenarian can rock the room. • Writing In and Out of Her Comfort Zone • Her Voice, Her Song • Snowkiting and Kiteboarding • Creativity In Prosthetics • Saturday Night At The Speedway • Hard-Hatted Women • Serving The Faith Community • Polar Express • These Chicks Can Cook • Over The Top • Sisterhood of the Traveling Book Clubs • Australia • Beating The Winter Blues
Fall 2015 Issue
This issue features - The Geritol Frolics: It takes more than a wing and a prayer to produce the Geritol Frolics. Carolyn Corbett talks with the Yunkers. • Preparing For Your Financial Future: In days gone by, women often turned over retirement financial planning to men but that trend is changing. • Family-Friendly Shooting Range: Women and children find the Lakshore Conservation Club a family-friendly place for trap shooting. • Mom’s Morning Out: Not isolated or alone, new moms share joys and questions about parenting in a program offered by Essentia. • Traveling With The Art Pub: This mother-daughter duo uses their entrepreneurial skills to create a fun, relaxed atmosphere for art classes.
Summer 2015 Issue
FEATURES:• Alive and Kickin’: Three nonagenarians share their lessons in longevity. • An Outdoor Woman: When an alligator suddenly charged her in the wilds with tale whipping and jaw snapping, depredation biologist Mandy Uhrich didn’t back down. • Preserving The Woods and Wild: New to the area and Northland Arboretum, Mary Corrigan has a “can do” philosophy.• Cheryal Hills: This economic development executive knows the value of networking on a personal and professional level. • Nancy Cross - Community Conductor: She’s high profile during the Fourth of July, but this head of Brainerd Community Action has a diversity of duties.• OAB? LOL? OMG!: Urinary Incontinence • Wild Women Run The Ragnar Race • Living With Lyme Disease
Spring 2015 Issue
FEATURES:• Third Generation Madden: While the third generation often abandons the family business, Abbey Thuringer Pieper vows she won’t. • Making A Comeback: What happens when a knee injury disrupts the game of a Pequot Lakes basketball player? Read her story. • Helping Hands At Hallet: It takes a cadre of women in the Crosby area to provide services at The Jessie Fern Hallett Memorial Library. • Women With HART: Rescue dogs and cats in the area now have new digs. • Transformation: Not always easy to read, this story reveals the abuse in a woman’s life and how she changes.
Winter 2014 Issue
FEATURES:• Tender Hearts 4 Kids: A nonprofit combines core musical concepts in playful music lessons for little ones, as well as offering a lending toy library. • Fran Holden: Interviewed just months before her passing, Fran Holden was a Brainerd lakes area philanthropist. • Women who Love Their Fatties: Want to get off the couch this winter and ride a bike? Denise tells you how. • Merry Christmas, Appalachia: In the season of giving, read how Cathy Olson organizes others in donations for Appalachia. • Holistic Health: Women can make lifestyle choices to improve their health. By Mary Aalgaard • On The Cover: Photo by Joey Halvorson Kim Anderson joins friends on Cuyuna trails for winter fat biking.
Fall 2014 Issue
FEATURES: • When Oil Meets Vinegar: Amazing taste treats result when this woman mixes oil and vinegar. • Bee Story: Amanda Buck is building a bee business and helping save our food supply. • Dive In and Do It: From gardener, to sculptor to cheese maker, a retired teacher gives us a blueprint for productivity. • No Pets Left Behind: What happens to pets when women and children leave abuse at home? The Mid-Minnesota Women’s Shelter has an open door policy. • 20 Years of Thanksgiving: The Smith family of Pine River believes no one should eat alone on holidays. They’ve made Thanksgiving a community event.
Summer 2014 Issue
• Skydiving: Is it on your bucket list? YMCA instructor, Kris Peterson, takes the skydiving leap. • Infertility: Getting pregnant. Heather shares her trials and tribulations, finally finding success. • Eco Camp: Happy Dancing Turtle promotes sustainable living through Eco Turtle Camp, a day camp for children ages 4-13. • Finding Her Photo Niche: Learning to refine her eye and techniques, this young woman shares her photos. • Sara Dunlap: Not just taking a point of view, Sara gives time and energy to her causes. • Faith, Family and Farming: Farming for this woman is her life, not just a lifestyle.
Spring 2014 Issue
In The February 2014 Spring Issue: • Water World: Growing up in the heart of lake country, Samantha French now lives and works in New York City while selling her water-filled art across the world wide web. • Ojibwe Artist: Beading and quilting are Ojibwe arts learned by Cheryl Minnema from her grandmother, mother and sisters. • Yoga and More Yoga: Educator Denise Sundberg entertains us as she experiences a variety of yoga classes in the area. • Alaskan Adventure: An adventure seeking teacher from Staples brings home tales from Alaska. • The Primo Art Spa: Writer Mary Aalgaard creates a new business in the area that’s bound to stir your creative juices. • Mushing for a Cure: This writer combines one of her favorite activities with one of her favorite causes.
Winter 2013 Issue
Dressing Up or Down for the Holidays: Want to wear something sassy for those holiday parties or are you a jeans and T-shirt girl? Jenny Holmes has some timely advice for anyone’s pocketbook. • Volunteer Extraordinaire: All her life, Ida MacFarland has served the community as a volunteer. Reading her story in this holiday season is an inspiration. • Finding Art in Dance: Roseanne Reed brings the beauty of dance and her passion for the arts to students of all ages. • Christmas Bells: Read how this hand bell choir makes music ring around Gregory Park during the holidays. You can almost hear the chiming. • Life of a Hat: In a tantalizing tale, Donna Salli shares how her father’s near death experience changed his heart …and hers. • Tuesday Artists: Watercolor painting brings these four women together every Tuesday in disciplined creativity. Watch for their upcoming shows.
Fall 2013 Issue
• Creating Pieces That Move People: Alexandra Clough: Homegrown Ali Clough leads a second generation of successful women in the family business. • Kathy Ogden A Special Calling: A special education teacher, this consultant crosses school district borders, working with autism spectrum disorder. • Food Cycles: How are food, politics and the environment connected to this cross-country bike tour? Read how a Brainerd woman connects the dots. by Tuula Rebhahn • It’s All About Magic: Born of the chemistry between women and horses, two friends turned their shared passion into a collaborative horse training enterprise. by Georgianne Nienaber • Campassionate Caregiver: Not just an oncology nurse, or supervisor, this woman volunteers in the community. • Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: A Crow Wing County Commissioner brings to life images of Israel after her recent trip to the Holy Land.
Summer 2013 Issue
• Not Just By The Numbers - With more than a numbers background, Val Knudsen is the CFO for the Cote Family Companies; including Grand View Lodge and Camps Lincoln and Lake Hubert in Nisswa. • Children Of Haiti - Read the story of a woman who lived through the 2010 earthquake and tells her Haiti story about the children. • Foreign Fotos - A writer for Her Voice, this time Jan Kurtz shares her photos from far-away adventures. • Light and Lampshades - Here’s an artist who creates and restores lush and luxurious Victorian lampshades. • Jill Of All Trades - Lost Lake Lodge — it’s a hidden gem of a resort property run by general manager Lori Needham. She can do it all. • Signe’s Garden - This Baxter woman has a passion for posies — and continues to tend the garden into her 90s.
Spring 2013 Issue
• First Draft Divas: This writing group of go-getters challenges each other with writing assignments requiring discipline and focus. • Krista Soukup: Read about a young, single mom who had the gumption to start her own publicist business. • Breast Reconstruction: After surgery to remove multiple cancer tumors in both breasts, this woman of 67 chose breast reconstruction. • Ann’s Alphabet Art: Ann Grussing amassed an amazing collection of alphabet art. by Karen Ogdahl • Puppets With a Purpose: Puppeteers with the PACER Program, a group of women who volunteer their time, are educating Brainerd area elementary students on preventing abuse. • Mary Sam: Bridging Cultures: Cultural diversity coordinator at Central Lakes College, Mary Sam recounts her story to Jan Kurtz in the time-honored oral tradition.
Winter 2012 Issue
Swedish Christmas - Judy Kuusisto shares some of her Swedish heritage and holiday traditions. You won’t need to be Swedish to appreciate them. •The Gift of Literacy - During the holidays, we’re flooded with gift ideas for the kids. Crosslake children’s librarian, Ginny Hersey, recommends some age appropriate titles. •Zonta’s Christmas House - If you missed Zonta’s Christmas house tour, reading Jenny Holmes’ story will give you incentive to go next year. •Picture Perrrfect - Marian Segersten loves exploring the trails of the Northland Arboretum, snapping landscape and nature photos. Learn how she turned a hobby into a career. •A Story of Faith - How many of us live a life dictated by faith? Read about Kathy Carlson, a woman who does. •Passing on the Scoop - Born into a Crosby-Ironton newspaper family, Lori LaBorde follows in her father’s footsteps.
Fall 2012 Issue
Moonlite Madness - Originally a dancehall built in 1933, Moonlight Bay in Crosslake is now a restaurant with an energetic, community-minded owner named Jessie Eide. • Repurposing a Landmark - Read how Janet Kiley has helped transform an historic church in Staples into a vibrant center for the community. • A Bright and Shiny Spirit - Here’s a writer whose works are infused with memories from a rural childhood. • The Sportswoman at Hunts Point - What’s the background of a woman who manages a hunt club and trains dogs in lake country? The answer might surprise you. • Living with Less, Finding More - Brianna Jensen went to Guatemala to help change the lives of others and found her own life changing as well. • Birth Control - Should it be covered by Insurance? Not all Women Agree - It’s not a major issue in this year’s election, but who pays for birth control is a question women care about.
Summer 2012 Issue
• Sandy’s Country Roots - Here’s a nursery east of Brainerd whose owner re-creates her “country roots.” • Reliving History, One Bead At A Time - Her interest in art lead to the creation of two businesses in downtown Brainerd. • Bloom Your Beauty - With a radiant complexion of her own, Diane Peterson shares tips on skin care. • Sisters of Noway Ridge - Two sisters run this supper club north of Breezy Point, opened originally in 1948. • Every Child Needs A Family - In an age of two-child families, this couple opens their heart and home to foster children. • An Artist’s Eye In The Garden - Her gardens fill her yard and your eye with waves of color, texture and whimsy.
Spring 2012 Issue
• Two Sticks and Some String: This woman was knitting long before the arrival of her grandchild – now she shares what she knows about baby knits • A Path of Service and Hope: Kathy Gaalswyk has impacted more than the economies of central Minnesota — read her story. • Posthumous Prose and Poetry: Be inspired by Pat Kehr who lived with cancer and wrote about it. • The Other Woman: A sister writes about her brother’s search for his birth mother. • A Renaissance Woman - Twyla Flaws: A woman in the minority at her work, Twyla Flaws expands her world to include a wide range of interests. • The Healing Power of Touch: This woman can bring the healing power of touch into your home.
Winter 2011 Issue
• Empowering the Woman Within - Mentors, we know they’re key to advancement in the workplace. • From Someone Else’s Tummy - Why does it matter, the words we use to talk about adoption? • When Memory Fades - What’s it like to love someone whose memory fades? • Running the Dog Sled - A veteran of the Iditarod, a sled dog race across Alaska, this woman now raises Alaskan Huskies. • The Gifts of the Library - Now managed by Jolene Bradley, the Brainerd Public Library is hopping with new materials and activities for all ages. • Through the Long, Dark Night - This is a story of a woman’s long and arduous healing journey from childhood sexual abuse.
Fall 2011 Issue
• The Yeh Sisters - In Tune: Read how parents Tim and Kathleen Yeh nurture the musical and artistic gifts of their daughters; Rebecca and Sarah. • Cherrywood: Leading the Color Way: Out of a small building in Brainerd, this growing cottage industry sells hand-dyed fabrics on the Internet. • Catching the Wind Known as Winona: Well-credentialed with graduate degrees, Winona LaDuke works to protect the lands and cultures of indigenous communities. • The Buddy Walk - So No One Walks Alone: Parents of Down syndrome children support each other and their children in the Buddy Walk. • Making Music with a Message: This is the story of a young woman who through patience and prayer is building a career as a “musicianary”. • Her Honor, the Mayor: It takes problem solving and enthusiasm to lead a community. Nancy Adams brings both to Pequot Lakes.
Summer 2011 Issue
• Outstanding in the Field: Want to learn more about the food you eat? Consider dining in the field. • Soldier Ann: Sergeant Ann overcomes a hostile environment — and then she’s deployed to Iraq. • Women to the Rescue: These women hang out at the lake but not with sunbathing on their minds. • Claiming Creative Space: Float away on the Crow Wing River; and learn how this poet claims her space. • Spring Glories: Just a stone’s throw from the mall, the Arb’s a feast for the eyes and ears. • About...Ahh...Her Voice: This singer entertained audiences from the tender age of three all over the Midwest.
Spring 2011 Issue
By Women, For Women, About Women. • Getaways for the romantically challenged • A special olympian • Winning at losing • Musings of a poet • The art of being Amy • Voice for the voiceless • Your favorite regular features and more!
Winter 2010 Issue
Her Voice vol. 7 iss. 3 The 24 weeks of Thanksgiving Jean dah lefse queen Betty’s bunch in Guatemala “Little House on the Prairie” dresses go online Lakes Area Food Shelf Coming Clean Talking To William by women..about women...for women
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