Tricounty News

St. Cloud Hospital NICU celebrates 25 years

Celebrate a quarter century of outstanding care for the tiniest and sickest of infants at our NICU reunion from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 5, in the St. Cloud Hospital Conference Center. If your child stayed in our NICU, join us for children’s activities, refreshments, visiting with staff and construction updates on our new NICU with all-private rooms scheduled to open this summer. For more information, please call (320) 229-5139.


Facing Cancer Together is March 23

Join the Coborn Cancer Center and ANGEL Foundation from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 23, at the Coborn Cancer Center at CentraCare Health Plaza to learn about communication and coping skills when a parent or grandparent is dealing with cancer diagnosis or treatment. Parents, grandparents, caregivers, teens and children meet in peer groups to participate in age-appropriate activities or discussions to help them cope with the impact of a cancer diagnosis.

The ANGEL Foundation staff has expertise in helping children ages 5-18 manage the fear, stress and uncertainty that comes with a cancer diagnosis in a loved adult. Also, we facilitate an education session for parents and grandparents on communicating about cancer with children and teens. A light meal will be provided. For more information or to register, call (320) 229-5199, ext. 70659. The program is free, but pre-registration is required.

New therapy at Hilltop is beautiful

Art 4 Life, MnemeTherapy® program offered at Hilltop Health Care Center W-Hilltop-photos-074

Mneme®. It’s a strange-looking word, but one that produces beautiful results.

What is Mneme (pronounced NEMMA) Therapy? It’s a cutting-edge process which uses everyday pleasures such as singing, movement, painting, storytelling and praise in a unique combination to induce Whole Brain Synchronization. Thanks to a beginning grant through the MN Department of Human Services, and further donations from the Eden Valley Lions and family members, and the talents of Certified Mneme® Therapist Suzy Volden, many residents at Hilltop Health Care Center, Watkins are blooming with creativity like never before.


Sartell support group for families

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota sponsors free support groups for families who have a relative with a mental illness. Led by trained facilitators who also have a family member with mental illness, the support groups help families develop better coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. A family support group meets in Sartell at
6:30 p.m., on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, at Unity Spiritual Center,
931 5th Ave. N. For information, call Chuck at (320) 290-7713.


Maple-syruping demos at Lake Maria State Park

Lake Maria State Park will present its annual maple-syruping demonstrations on March 23 and 24 (Saturday and Sunday) beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m. on both days at the nature center.

Tree tapping techniques will be described, followed by a hike into the woods to identify maple trees, tap a tree and collect the sap. The cooking process and syrup preparation also can be examined.