photo by Cori Hilsgen
American Legion of St. Joseph member Al Torborg helps set up flags at the home of Darol and Ellie Studer.

Studer flies flags in honor of veterans

by Cori Hilsgen 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 […]


Twin sisters chosen to greet new bishop

by Cori Hilsgen Amber and Allie Hilsgen, both 8, were chosen to be door greeters at the solemn vespers service for the installation of the ninth bishop of the Diocese of St. Cloud, Bishop Donald Kettler. Amber and Allie are the twin daughters of Mark and Lisa Hilsgen of St. Joseph. Lisa Hilsgen said […]


Local groups work to de-stigmatize mental illness

by Dennis Dalman Mike Stringer knows all too well the tragedies that can happen when mental illness goes untreated. One of his grandfathers, an uncle and a cousin all committed suicide. More than 90 percent of those who take their own lives suffer from untreated mental illnesses, according to the National Alliance on Mental […]


Heidi: ‘Learn to speak up for the mentally ill’

(Editor’s note: The following is a personal-testimony story on a website called, a site dedicated to efforts to de-stigmatize mental illness. The true story was written by a woman whose first name is Heidi.) Some days, a girl can beg for peace of mind and wish to be saved from a day of total […]