North Woods Women

Takes a Trip to the Big City

In this issue Northwoods Women explores dating and relationships in NYC

Final Issue

To answer that question on the cover: Final issue? Yes, we now know that the Spring 2013 issue will be Northwoods Woman’s last. As a new mom, I no longer have the time to keep the magazine going. It was always a tremendous effort even without a baby, with candy-fueled all-nighters as deadline loomed.

There was a brief hope that someone would take over the magazine, but nothing panned out. So yes, this is the last issue. Pro-rated refunds are available for subscribers — I will need to get your most up-to-date mailing addresses in order to send you a check. Call or email me. 218-556-7626 or ket(at sign)

Meanwhile, check out the final issue on newsstands now! There’s a great mix of humor, adventure, advice for the lovelorn and for Zone 3 gardeners. And thanks for your interest in Northwoods Woman for the past (almost 5) years.

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Sept-Oct 2012 issue

In this issue, meet the woman who made waves this summer when she took over as leader of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. Anchored in Cass Lake, the band had never been led by a woman until Carri Jones beat the incumbent by seven votes.

Our other big feature this time is about a handful of very cool homes in and around Bemidji. The owners of these homes all decided to minimize their impact on the environment, so they chose unique designs, solar power, geothermal heating and cooling, and/or other ways to protect our Northwoods beauty. Sept-Oct-2012-for-web-2-231x300

And — what could Bemidji Mayor Dave Larson be warning men about? Pick up a copy today and find out!

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Prepare to be inspired!

July-Aug-20121-233x300If you love inspirational stories, you’ll love reading about this project to track down Bemidji’s 34 most inspiring women. Why 34? It ties into Bemidji artist Jenn Anderson’s missionary work in Africa,  34 Sisters, which is the number of women involved in a group to create some economic independence for women in Kenya.

Jenn wanted to find local women willing to share their own inspirational stories. Read their stories in the July-August issue of Northwoods Woman, on newsstands now or on their way to your mailbox.

Also, yes, you can keep planting vegetables in July! If you’re into gardening, pick up a copy to see Anne Morgan’s advice about which veggies to plant and which not to.

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It takes guts

May-June-2012-231x300Suppose you opened up a business and learned that pastors were warning their congregations to stay away from you?

That’s what happened to Brenda Mason and Jeanne Troge, who opened their Park Rapids natural healing studio in 2001, complete with yoga, massage, Tarot readings and a place to buy crystals and stones.

The two hung in there, and after 11 years are seen as just part of Park Rapids. Read their story in this issue of Northwoods Woman.

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Teaching Minnesota’s Last One-Room School

Linda Kastl has one of America’s most daunting commutes. Four days a Mar-April-2012-small2-231x300week, she travels by snowmobile or ATV through a roadless swamp or by boat down a river, often before dark, to reach the one-room school where she has taught for a quarter-century. Read about her school in the Northwest Angle, as well as a serious challenge she now faces,  in the May-June issue of Northwoods Woman, available now on shelves in Bemidji, Walker, Park Rapids, Cass Lake and Nevis, and soon in all other locations.

Also, don’t forget our search for the Top Ten Products made in northern Minnesota! Do you make quality goods from your home or small business? Let me know! You could get some great free publicity in our tourist-heavy summer issue. Email

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Jan-Feb-2012-233x300Our January-February issue features our first Cover Horse. His name is Prince, a retired jumper, and you should have seen him get all drowsy when the ladies did reiki on him.

One of the big deals in this month’s issue is on Page 44. Do you make a consumer product in northern Minnesota, or do you know someone who does? Here’s a chance to get FREE publicity for your stuff! Northwoods Woman will feature TEN of the best products in the tourist-heavy July-August issue. Tourists are always looking for those great locally made items, so don’t be afraid to toot your horn. Are you into textiles or toys? Clothing or collectibles? Vehicles or vinos? Let us know. Email a picture and description of your item to Northwoods Woman, P.O. Box 1694, Bemidji MN 56619, or email Men and women from the following counties may submit their items for consideration: Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau, St. Louis or Wadena. March 30 is the deadline.

Also, check out a story on Peacemaker Resources, a Bemidji organization getting some international attention for its use of children to spread peaceful means to end conflict. After the magazine went to print, I learned that a couple of its members will talk about the organization at the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis on March 1-3. So, congratulations to them.

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Meet Cut Throat Kitty, Ruby Bruiseday and Olive Mayhem

This issue’s cover story features a tough,dedicated group of women who experience broken legs, broken arms, concussions and broken collarbones all in pursuit of a sport they love — Roller Derby. Find out the lengths one woman went to to stay in the game.Nov-Dec-2011-cover-low-res-233x300

Also, we have a new reader’s contest! You can win $70 worth of paint and painting supplies from Hirshfield’s if you correctly identify the cities that are home to eight outdoor murals. It’s a matching game–what have you got to lose? See magazine for contest details.

Also in this issue: The story of a woman who is celebrating 60 years of deer hunting this year, tips on how to to channel your Christmas shopping  to benefit the environment and the local economy, and expert assessment of the value of your antiques. Gardeners will enjoy a piece on how to save seeds.

Happy holidays, everyone!

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Fiction Contest Winner

…aanndd, the winner of the 2011 Northwoods Woman Fiction Contest is:

Patricia Kester of St. Paul for her story Possessions on Loan. Patricia writes nonfiction articles and essays, short stories and children’s literature. Her children’s manuscript, The Riven Stone, won honorable mention at the 2004 Minnesota Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrator’s fall conference.

Judge Lisa Kennedy of Alabama called Possessions on Loan “beautifully understated and elegant in its simplicity. The author takes an ordinary life event and charges it with meaning, using language that is sparse and economical while still providing nice details and strong, evocative images. I loved the sense of wholeness in the story, the sense of coming full circle.”  

You can find Lisa’s volume of poetry, Bright Somewhere, at

Congratulations, Patricia! And thanks to everyone who submitted entries to this year’s contest. There were some excellent pieces.

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May-June 2011 issue on newsstands now

Hello, everyone! Our latest issue is on newsstands in Bemidji and Park Rapids and will be shortly everywhere else.

May-June-2011-web-231x300This issue features Myrtle Palm, an 82-year-old yoga teacher who proves that aging does not have to result in loss of flexibility. Her story will make you want to sign up for the nearest yoga class.


  • Our Zone 3 gardening ace, Anne Morgan, gives you 8 Great Tips for growing garden vegetables.
  • Experts Kathy & John Eggers explain your antique’s worth.
  •  Where’d all those lady bug-looking things come from? Biologist Jenilyn Bohm gives us the dirt.
  • Baskets! Baskets! Baskets!
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The “Fingerpaint Artist” graces our latest cover

Mar-April-2011-web2-231x300Bemidji artist Alice Blessing is known locally for her unusual approach to painting. Fewer know about her passion for using artwork to help girls growing up in America.

Also in this issue:

  • Visitors to one woman’s Park Rapids cabin are not always the most welcome sort.
  • Readers from Brainerd, Bemidji and Fosston have submitted photos of antiques to our antique experts John & Kathy Eggers. Wonder about something you own? If you live in Minnesota, submit your own pictures to them at

Also,  a Bemidji woman couldn’t say “No” to a powerful vision that sent her to Kenya.

Don’t forget about Northwoods Woman’s 2011 Fiction Contest! Details on this page!

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