Minnesota Women's Press


Follow this link to find articles written by Kelly Westhoff between 2003 and 2012.

Alternatively, here are some individual links:

Read: Sailing Up Stream: For Katya Gordon, life on a boat is a lesson in alternative living

Read: Sisters Everywhere: Started by the Lundstrum sisters in the 1920s, the Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts is now run by the Casserly sisters

Read: Mercado Mentality: Midtown Global Market businesswomen share their stories

Read: Grrrls Who Rock: Half Demon Doll heats up

Read: Safe Haven for Young Moms: Amee Wittbrodt went looking for her birth mother and discovered her life’s work

Read: Green Party Grrl: Turn your next event into an earth-friendly good time

Read: Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, but are Cut Flowers Green? 

Read: Chocolate Cravings: Shoma Hokanson’s love of chocolate has led to sweet success

Read: Feel Good Goods: Minnesota women bring fair trade home

Read: Serendipity: Go to seminary or open a bar? Tara Yule’s choice

Read: Small Towns, Big Opportunities: Women-owned businesses are flourishing in Ely and Owatonna

Read: Finding Chemistry While Facing Gender Bias: Women in science find strength in numbers

Read: Adventurous Entrepreneur: Luisa Fuentes-Tuel is an immigrant, mother and businesswoman who’s proud of her Peruvian roots

Read: The Bookkeeper: Carol Erdahl turned her passion for children’s literature into the Red Balloon Bookshop

Read: Wind, Water and Chi: Feng Shui – why the buzz – and can it really change your life?

Walk a Miles in her Shoes: Fourth-generation shoe seller Stephanie Green sells comfortable, fashionable footwear

Read: The K-9 Coach: Maureen Haggerty’s career has gone to the dogs

Read: From Shanghai to St. Paul: Lili Teng teaches Chinese dance and learns American ways

Read: Wearing Pajamas to Work: Françoise Shirley runs

Read: Up In Smoke: Why do women have a harder time quitting smoking?

Read: Women Dominate K-12 Teaching: Why?

Read: New Year, New Money: Do women handle money differently?

Read: A Good Life: Amy King’s nearly 96 years old. Can you keep up with her?

Read: Hisstory, Herstory, Whose Story? What today’s girls are reading in school–and books we think they should be reading

Read: El Salvador: A waterfall of emotions

Read: Destiny? Fate?: When you have the breast cancer gene

Read: Leaders, not princesses: Building girls’ self-esteem is Amy Brenengen’s passion

Read: Open Minds: Mid-life learners hit the books

Read: Kitchen-Table Activism: The Women’s Environmental Institute hopes to educate, mobilize & affect change with pointed questions about toxins in our neighborhoods, homes and food

Read: The Giving Gene: Philanthropy passed down from mother to daughter

Read: Catherine Watson: A life on the road

Read: The Midas Touch: Play It Again Sports founder Martha Morris launches a new venture: YogaZoo

Read: The World is a Dangerous Place, But…

Read: Girl World: Walker’s Women with Vision film festival gives girls a place to be seen and heard

Read: Second Class Citizens: Minnesota’s women of color are being left behind

Read: Translation: Success: Betmar Languages’ mother-daughter team

Read: Small Store, Big Dreams: After four years in the United States, boutique wonder Suad Mohamed is well on the way to achieving success

Read: Home is Where the Art Is: Arab-American artists explore their longing for home

Read: From Single Mom to CEO: Val Vargas’s ambition and vision fuel success at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Read: Hell on Wheels: Minnesota Roller Girls are part of a roller derby revival

Read: Pumps at the Pulpit: Women spiritual leaders reshape the divine and the day-to-day, but some find their rise to the top stops at the stained-glass ceiling

Read: East Moves West: A career in alternative medicine isn’t so alternative anymore

Read: A Color-flow Life: Chamindika Wanduragala’s vivid imagination streams with ideas, images and creative ways to connect artists and audiences of color

Read: Beyond the Blues: One out of eight women will suffer from clinical depression in her lifetime

Read: It’s Hot, Hot, Hot: Minnesotans are going solar and getting off the grid

Read: The Art of Retail: Wet Paint owner stocks her neighborhood with creative supplies

Read: Don’t Talk to the Patients: And other tales from Minnesota’s working women

Read: When the Bell Rings: Middle school teacher Jennifer Hansen gets ready for the first day of school

Read: A break from tradition: Girl Scouts reach out to girls in Minneapolis’ Hmong, Latino and Somali communities

Read: Neighborhood House gave activist wings: Apolionia Fay uses them to soar

Read: A Home by Many Other Names: Women find new ways of living to save money, create community

Read: Create a Kin Connection: Mother and son find support and friendship through mentor program

Read: A Soapmaker’s Story: Store owner finds patience, peace in creating beauty products

Read: Immerse Yourself: Learn another language as an adult

Read: Criminal Sketches: Forensic artis relies on talet, FBI techniques and a strong stomach

Lakeshore Weekly News

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Follow this link to find articles written by Kelly Westhoff between 2006 and 2012.

Minnesota Bride


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Spring/Summer 2011 Column Hot off the Press: Local news and notes for the nearly wed

Fall/Winter 2010 Column Hot off the Press: Local news and notes for the nearly wed

Spring/Summer 2010 Column Hot off the Press: Local news and notes for the nearly wed

Fall/Winter 2009 Column Hot off the Press: Local news and notes for the nearly wed

Spring/Summer 2009 Column Hot off then Press: Local news and notes for the nearly wed

Spring/Summer 2008 Feature Toasting to Love: Minnesota wineries provide charming spaces for pre-wedding festivities and the big “I do”

Fall/Winter 2007 Feature A Gift of Memories: How a honeymoon registry can send you packing

Spring/Summer 2007 Feature Swept Away: Event cruises and styled gardens surround wedding guests with subtle scenery and romantic surprises

Fall/Winter 2004 Feature The Language of Love: Bilingual wedding invitations reflect a couple’s dual heritage

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October 2007 Beautiful Blades: Custom, handmade knives

June/July 2007 Meet Mr. Rose: Minnesota man recognized for a lifetime among roses

Map 2007 Feature Dia de Fiesta: Add some heat to Cinco de Mayo with a traditional Mexican spread

June/July 2005 Living Jewels: Minnesota family tends and sells collectible koi

Hamline Magazine



Access articles via the Hamline Magazine archive page.

Fall 2009 Feature Mr. Philbrook Goes to Washington: Bud Philbrook turns his years at Global Volunteers into a position with the Obama Administration

Spring 2009 Feature Lawyer Hero: Chris Messerly JD ’86 uses the law to defend public good

Fall 2008 Feature Hamline Hero: A 26.2-mile story

Summer 2008 Feature Living with Autism: Two alumnae share their stories, and what Hamline is doing to help

Spring 2008 Feature Hamline Hero: Remembering Norman Tweeten

Fall 2007 Feature A Life from the Vine: After a career wholesaling wine, Hamline alumn founds a California winery

Summer 2007 Feature The Newest Threat to Minnesota Lakes: Hamline professor and students investigate the spiny water flea

Spring 2007 Feature Relevant, Real & Reaffirming: Undergraduate research, thanks to the Carol Young Anderson Endowed Fund

Window Fashions Magazine

June 2008 Feature Showcase Your Designer Skills with Wallcoverings: Today’s wallpapers convert richness, depth, and confidence

September 2007 Feature Smart Shades: Empowered with Universal Design in the Windy City

Plymouth Magazine


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July 2010 The Pickler: Plymouth’s very own blue ribbon pickle winner tells (almost) all

Dance Craze: Contemporary line dancers light up the floor in Plymouth

June 2010 Down-Home Diner: A mother-and-son duo delights crowds (and appetites) at a local mom-and-pop deli

May 2010 Organic Pets: The latest in the all-natural and locally raised craze: pet food

April 2010 Mosaic Masterpiece: A local duo creates stunning, and in high demand, art

February 2010 10 Local Kid-Friendly Parties

Great Date Nights: Don’t wait for Valentine’s Day. Plan a dinner date for two with your sweetheart today at these Plymouth area restaurants

January 2010 Called to Serve: Discover CERT, where Plymouth volunteers go to assist city police and fire departments

December 2009 Indulgent Holiday Treats: Heavenly morsels that sweetie the season

Family Connections: Plymouth educator honors tradition with a new book

November 2009 Caffeine Fix: Go hot or go cold with these bean and leaf-themed bevies

October 2009 Tale of Two Moms: Plymouth writer Kate St. Vincent Vogl opens up about finding her birth mother, and returns the favor to the adoption community at large

August 2009 Sweet Stop: Plymouth’s newest purveyor of truffles, tea and table linens

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Venerable Veena: Plymouth’s very own international music star, Norma Rajasekar

Wise Guys: Boyhood Plymouth neighbors skewer sports with satire

May 2009 Plymouth Goes to Washington: Local high school students attend the inauguration of President Obama

Minnesota Meals: Summer entertaining made easy with classic walleye recipes

April 2009 Groove and Move: A local Zumba fitness class gets gym-goers dancing, laughing and losing weight

Match 2009 Refresh Your Space: Local home experts talk about do-it-yourself

February 2009 Birthday Bashes: Plymouth worker throws parties for children in need

January 2009 Flocking to the Neighborhood: Plymouth newcomers find community, advice and fun in SWAN

September 2008 Cover Story Dream Job: Plymouth author Lynne Jones encourages kids to infuse imagination into everyday life

May 2008 Walking with Dogs: Around the block with a Plymouth pet sitter

February 2008 Good for Business: Local man develops ethical leaders

January 2008 The Long Way Home: 12 men run 208 miles across two states

December 2007 Family Game Night: Jax Games, a Plymouth-based company, helps local families play together

October 2007 History on Wheels: The 1925 Model TT Ford truck that has cruised Plymouth’s roads for decades

August 2007 Feature The Pampered Pooch: A Plymouth woman crafts sweaters, scarves and jewelry for dogs

June 2007 Patio Season: Enjoy summer while you can and check out a few of Plymouth’s newest restaurants by dining al fresco A Glass Half Full: One Plymouth couple works to build wells and homes in Haiti

January 2007 Coaches Who Care: Two brothers earn recognition for a coaching job well done

December 2006 Heartfelt Art: Local woman’s hobby of beading silverware helps support an African village

November 2006 Tea for You? Cozy up to Gerry Schmitt, Plymouth’s very own Nancy Drew

October 2006 Get Connected: Area teacher takes her classes online

November 2005 Local Production: Behind the scenes at WCCO radio Plymouth Residents Hit the Road Running

April 2005 Paradise in Plymouth: Stunning landscape designs from area gardeners

December 2004 Chocolate Dreams: Local pastry chef bakes sweet success

Maple Grove Magazine


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July 2010 Music Mecca: Where to go in Maple Grove to find the best deals on instruments, sheet music and more

Bringing Music to the Masses: Maple Grove man rocks local venues with an atmosphere of fun

June 2010 Inspired by Faith: A Maple Grove congregation strives to Educate Rwanda

April 2010 Educating to Succeed: The Osseo Area Learning Center celebrates 10 years of teaching

March 2010 A Broad Focus: The Minnesota chapter of VOSH is changing the world, one pair of eye glasses at a time

Love of Literature: A Maple Grove couple creates community in the world of children’s literature

January 2010 Lending a Hand: Maple Grove Firefighters fund a library for families to learn about autism

November 2009 Going Green: One Maple Grove home ditches its worn-out furnace for a geothermal heat pump, and more

October 2009 Caring for Community: Employees from Maple Grove’s Boston Scientific honor their anniversary with a volunteer day

Where Everybody Knows Your Name: How a Maple Grove neighborhood became a family

September 2009 To The Happy Couple: Getting married, Maple-Grove style

Winning Interior: A beautiful, livable space that brings the outdoors in

August 2009 Rockin’ the Suburbs: Meet The Lost Boys, Maple Grove’s very own house band

Recycle Your Clothes: You don’t have to be a bargain shopper to find a steal of a deal at these Maple Grove discount stores

July 2009 Casting Call: Leprechaun Don guarantees you’ll reel ’em in on his charter boat

June 2009 Wise Guys: Maple Grove Senior High graduates skewer sports with satire

Making Mom: A Maple Grove doula helps new mothers adjust with sage advice and solid food

April 2009 Building a Better World: Shelter for Life International, headquartered in Maple Grove, rebuilds communities around the world

March 2009 Family and Faith: Co-founders of Maple Grove’s Cedarcrest Academy combine their passions to start a school

February 2009 The Wellness Guide: Tag along with Maple Grove Magazine as we explore local options for rejuvenation

January 2009 High Kicks: Maple Grove’s very own dance line lights up winter nights

November/December 2006 Going Glam: One Maple Grove mom turns Supermodel for a day

November/December 2005 Here Comes Santa Kroft: Spreading joy in Arbor Lakes all year-round

Lake Minnetonka Magazine


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May 2010

April Showers Bring May Flowers: Local florists help you think spring

March 2010

Wrestle Mania: Square off with Lenny Lane, Lake Minnetonka’s very own professional wrestler

February 2010

Painted Path: Excelsior artist Ashley Dull forges her way into the fine art world

November 2009

Sweet Nectar: Artful tattoo in Excelsior

August 2009

The New Old: Where to score the area’s best antiques

April 2009

Fairy Tales: A love of mystical creatures blossoms into a thriving business designing and manufacturing outdoor miniatures

March 2009

Deephaven Style:Is small the new big? Despite a decreased footprint, this home doesn’t skimp on luxury

For the Love of Literature: Spring Park resident purses his passion by creating a literary journal, Minnetonka Review





Edina Magazine


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May 2010 Good-Cause Camps: Camp Get-A-Well-A brings friendship and smiles to hospitalized kids

April 2010 Personalized Giving: Edina-based Concord Foundation helps area inner-city youth attend college, complete internships and find jobs

Eden Prairie Magazine

April 2010 Textile Design: An Eden Prairie artist sells wearable art

January 2009 Happy, Healthy New Year: Local chef offers recipes and advice to help you keep your diet resolutions


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Mix was a publication of the Twin Cities’ natural food co-ops. It was direct mailed to members of co-op grocery stores across the Twin Cities.

July/August 2003

Food Life: An Affair with Yerba Mate

September/October 2003

Blue Nile: Kicky Ethiopian Cuisine

May/June 2005

Mistress Mary, How Does Your Green Grass Grow?

July/August 2005

Forging Strong Roots: Farm Beginnings helps new farmers grow

Conscious Consumer: Can dry-cleaning be green?

September/October 2005

Helping Birds in Your Backyard and Beyond

September/October 2006

Green Routes Charts a Sustainable Course through Outstate Minnesota:

May/June 2007

Urban Earth Sprouts in Minneapolis: The city’s first co-op garden store

Fresh Fish is Zen: Lucia Watson’s newest cookbook Cooking with Freshwater Fish

November/December 2007

Sustainable Shea: Alaffia helps women in Togo earn a fair wage

January/February 2008

Zenn and the Art of Zero Emissions: Electric Cars in the Twin Cities

January/February 2009

Alter Eco Rice Builds Healthy Communities One Bag at a Time

May/June 2009

Finding Balance: A Day in the Life of a Co-op Buyer

November/December 2009

Fair Trade Sugar Cooperatives Sustain Communities

November/December 2010

Join the Banana Revolution: Fair-trade and organically grown bananas

Minnesota Palate

fullsizeoutput_1313My own personal stash of Minnesota Palate back issues.

Somehow I scored a gig reviewing cocktails for this fun magazine all about Minnesota food and drink.

Alas, the magazine is no more.


October 2003

The Bar Rail: Citrus Sensation at Cosmos

November/December 2003

The Bar Rail: Jolly Quenchers at Mpls Cafe

January/February 2004

The Bar Rail: Warmed from Within at W.A. Frost

March 2004

The Bar Rail: A Kick and a Kiss at The Local

April 2004

The Bar Rail: Drink Like a Tsar, or a Commissar at St. Petersburg

Visibile Difference: Hispanic restaurant workers transform Minnesota food scene

August/September 2004

The Bar Rail: Something Fishy About these Cocktails at Tiburon

October 2004

The Bar Rail: Behold the Beauty at Mell’s

November 2004

The Bar Rail: A Drink Menu to Drool Over at Shelly’s

December 2004

In Depth With Chef Dan Tobias-Kotyk

January/February 2005

The Bar Rail: Exotic Azia is Closer than you Think

Star Tribune

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October 30, 2005

Traveler Confronts What’s Left Behind

August 19, 2004

Sangria: Punch that packs one is an invitation

July 31, 2003

Mojitos Put Rum in Mint Condition



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