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Reaching Everybody! Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid St. Joseph Newsleader St. Joseph, MN 56374 Permit No. 21 ECRWSS Postal Customer Newsleader St. Joseph Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 Volume 24, Issue 44 Est. 1989 Town Crier Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 In observance of Veterans Day, St. Cloud Hospital will honor men and women for military service during a special ceremony from 10-11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11 in Hoppe Auditorium. Family members, patients and employees are invited to honor our American heroes, including veterans, active military, Reservists and National Guard. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers. St. Cloud Hospital offers health-care directive assistance As part of Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care Month, throughout November St. Cloud Hospital is offering information and free assistance on how to set up a health-care directive. Health care directives help communicate the wishes of a person who may not be able to communicate or make decisions for themselves because of an illness or injury. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers. Film series focuses on newsreel footage “Yesterday’s Witness: A Tribute to the American Newsreel,” part of the Lindbergh Historic Site film series, will be shown from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, 1620 Lindbergh Drive, Little Falls. Admission is free. The Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site hosts a free monthly film series. Adopt a Family starts Catholic Charities Share the Spirit program is looking for people to adopt families this Christmas. It may seem early, but the earlier those who wish to adopt a family sign up, the more families can be adopted through the program, which matches individuals, families or groups wanting to provide gifts and food to families in need. Each donor is given information and a holiday wish list for a family. For information on this and other United Way volunteer opportunities, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers. Postal Patron Dierkhising learns he was 1942 CSB practice baby by Cori Hilsgen Imagine learning that you had gone to the College of St. Benedict when you were a mere infant. Drake Dierkhising recently learned he had been an honorary member of the CSB class of 1942. He was the home-management department’s baby and served as a practice baby for the seniors who took the class. Dierkhising, now 72, was a virtual guinea-pig baby in 194142. As the home-management baby, he was the object of each senior’s undivided attention for one week at a time. That included feeding, dressing and changing him. Dierkhising spent his days in the home-management house and his nights in the infirmary. The class of 1942 had 47 members, but only about 12-15 seniors took the home-management class. Each class lasted for contributed photo Sister Clarus Himsl and the 1942 Home Management CSB students gather around Baby Drake. several months. The class including caring for baby Drake, cooking, cleaning, doing household laundry, man- levels each week, ranging from 25 to 40 cents each day. Other babies also served as Dierkhising • page 5 Lake Wobegon trail is seeing some wear and tear by Cori Hilsgen Some cracks have started to appear and tree roots are pushing up through the surface of the much-used Lake Wobegon Regional Trail. The trail, which opened 15 years ago, extends from St. Joseph to Osakis and has a branch that extends northeast of Albany to Morrison county. Used by several hundred thousand walkers, in-line skaters, bicyclists and others yearly, the rough and uneven surfaces can be a problem for those on the trail. Stearns County is working to repair spots and has identified places where the surface needs to be repaired. Some repairs have already been done. Others will be done next year, along with other construction projects to save on expenses. The trail, which was once an abandoned railroad corridor from Avon to Sauk Centre, opened in September 1998. It has trailheads in St. Joseph and other places such as Avon, Albany, Bowlus, Freeport, Holdingford, Melrose, Osakis, Sauk Centre and West Union. Eiyncks share interest in Native American artifacts by Cori Hilsgen Hot off the press If you’d like to receive the Newsleader hot off the press, send us your email address and we’ll notify you with a link when our website is updated, which is typically by noon a day in advance of the print edition. Send your email to and you should start receiving your reminder at that address within a week. Notify us otherwise. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. aging household accounts and sewing to decorate the rooms of the house. The household family operated under set income contributed photo Jeff Eiynck (left) and Sandy Eiynck, husband and wife, sit inside their tepee which is located in their backyard. Jeff Eiynck tells All Saints Academy fifth-grade students about the tepee during a recent field trip. Jeff Eiynck has a photo of himself when he was almost 2 years old dressed in a Native American headdress. He and his wife, Sandy, think this is when his interest in the Native American heritage began. Eiynck is also an avid hunter and trapper so he can relate to some of the Native American traditions. He has been collecting and making Plains Native American artifacts for more than 30 years and has many of them. The inventory changes continuously. Some of the items he owns are arrowheads, hammer stones, an elk-bone scraper, trade beads, beaver top hats, assorted beads and other things. Some artifacts are extremely difficult to find and are not legal to possess, so Eiynck makes many of the items himself after viewing them at museums or in books. He tries to replicate them as closely as possible to the originals. He does a lot of research and views several photos before making anything. Besides making their own items, the Eiyncks have also visited a few auctions that sell collections and have been able to pick up some artifacts. “He’s lucky his wife also has an interest in history and enjoys and supports his interest in the culture,” wife Sandy said, tongue-in-cheek, winking. “I have been known to collect and make a few items myself.” Sandy has also started to add to Jeff’s collection by collecting women’s articles, such as scissor cases, knife sheaves and awl cases. An awl is an instrument used by Native Americans to punch holes in leather to help Eiyncks • page 4

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