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. 15, 2013 Volume 24, Issue 45 Est. 1989 Postal Patron Studer flies flags in honor of veterans by Cori Hilsgen email@example.com Town Crier What are you thankful for? Kids Fighting Hunger, a Sauk Rapids-based humanitarian hunger-relief organization is hosting a “We Are Thankful” food-packaging event before Thanksgiving. Volunteers are needed to help assemble food packages for shipment to children who are in desperate need of food. “We Are Thankful” will take place on Saturday Nov. 23; 180 volunteers are needed to participate in two-hour sessions to package “hunger packs.” The packaging sessions are from 9-11 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and 1-3 p.m. at the Kids Fighting Hunger warehouse in Sauk Rapids. The goal is to package approximately 30,000 meals that day. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers. photos by Cori Hilsgen On Nov. 10, Darol Studer’s flags were waving in the morning breeze in honor of the United States Marine Corps birthday and Veterans’ Day. American Legion of St. Joseph member Al Torborg helps set up flags at the home of Darol and Ellie Studer. St. Ben’s Senior Community offers memory screening Nov. 19 St. Benedict’s Senior Community and St. Cloud Hospital Home Care and Hospice will host free, confidential memory screenings and information about successful aging from 2-5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 at St. Benedict’s Senior Community, 1810 Minnesota Blvd. SE. There will also be a presentation at 3 p.m. by Jeffrey Kearney, LP; PhD, St. Cloud Neurobehavioral Associates. The events are part of National Memory Screening Day, an annual initiative the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America holds each November during National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. More than 2,000 sites across the country will be participating. To schedule a memory screening, call 320-654-2355. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers. Car seat clinic offers free checks A free car seat clinic will be held from 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the Gold Cross Ambulance Garage, 2800 7th St. N., St. Cloud. This is a free service. To schedule an appointment, call 320-656-7021. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers. Women’s risk for cancer talk set Discover the most common cancer risks faced by women today and symptoms for early detection from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 in the Windfeldt Room at CentraCare Health Plaza. Early screening and prevention for breast, ovarian, uterine, lung, colon, cervical and skin cancers will be discussed. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers. For additional criers, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers. Motorists driving on CR 51 Sunday may have seen many flags flying on the front lawn of Darol and Ellie Studer’s home. Both are longtime residents of St. Joseph. Darol has been flying the flags for many years, and this November was no different. On Sunday, Nov. 10, four members of the American Legion of St. Joseph gathered to set up flags in front of the home Studer built 50 years ago. Studer was flying the flags in honor of the 238th birthday of the United States Marine Corps, Nov. 10, and Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11. Studer himself is a Korean War Marine Corps veteran. “I enlisted, honorably served and was honorably discharged,” Studer said. He flies the flags to honor all veterans. Studer started Studer • page 8 Local groups work to de-stigmatize mental illness by Dennis Dalman firstname.lastname@example.org and fourth Tuesdays of every month at Calvary Community Church, 1200 Roosevelt Road, Mike Stringer knows all too St. Cloud. well the tragedies that can hapThere was also a family suppen when mental illness goes port group at the Unity Spiriuntreated. One of his grand- tual Center, but that recently fathers, an uncle and a cousin relocated to Albany. all committed suicide. Those are just two support More than 90 percent of those who take their own lives suffer from untreated mental illnesses, according to the Naby Cori Hilsgen tional Alliance on Mental Illnews@thenewsleaders.com ness. The suicides in the StringAmber and Allie Hilsgen, er family were the impetus both 8, were chosen to be door for Stringer to take a 12-week greeters at the solemn vespers course entitled “Family-toservice for the installation of Family,” taught by Steve and the ninth bishop of the Diocese Wendy Hennes of Sartell at of St. Cloud, Bishop Donald Unity Spiritual Center, also in Kettler. Sartell. Amber and Allie are the After taking that course, twin daughters of Mark and Stringer helped form the St. Lisa Hilsgen of St. Joseph. Cloud Family Support Group, Lisa Hilsgen said they were which is for family members, initially surprised and unsure friends and caregivers who what the event would be like. live or deal with people who The Hilsgens handed out have mental-health issues. The programs at a door close to group is not religiously affilithe church elevator and had a ated. Anyone from anyplace is chance to greet former bishop welcome to attend the group. John Kinney and many others. Some come from as far away Both said they were glad they as Little Falls. The group meets were chosen to greet. from 7-8:30 p.m. the second “It was a special oppor- groups sponsored by NAMI throughout the nation and in the greater St. Cloud area by way of NAMI, St. Cloud. NAMI’s “Connections” groups, as they’re called, can be specialized to meet specific needs. For example, there is one just for the parents of children suf- fering from mental illness. Another group is meant for social workers and school personnel to help them identify and get help for school students who may be experiencing some form of mental-health disorder. The purpose of NAMI naIllness • page 3 Twin sisters chosen to greet new bishop tunity and it was fun meeting these nice people,” Amber said. “I really enjoyed it and am thankful that I got picked,” Allie said. Attendance for the event was much larger than organizers had anticipated, and so the new bishop was welcomed by an overflowing crowd. www.thenewsleaders.com contributed photos Above, Amber and Allie Hilsgen, 8, stand in front of a sign welcoming the new Bishop Donald Kettler to St. Mary’s Cathedral the evening of solemn vespers. At left, Allie (left) and Amber served as door greeters for the solemn vespers welcoming the next bishop of the Diocese of St. Cloud. Bishop Donald Kettler will be the ninth bishop to oversee the 131 Catholic diocese parishes.