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Walkers bring difficult topic out of dark

HAGER CITY—Dealing with the tragic loss of a loved one to suicide doesn’t get any easier, Tisha Krig of Hager City agreed Wednesday.

Another year has passed since Krig’s brother took his life in early 2011 and she is as committed as ever to providing support for others who’ve had a similar experience, as well as promoting awareness of these ever-increasing tragedies. One way is through the second “Out of the Darkness” walk next month.

“Last year, we raised nearly $20,000,” Krig said, adding approximately 200 people walked then.

The walk, promoted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), is this year scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 7, again in Red Wing, but at a different location, she said. Because Bay Point Park was unavailable this time, it will be held in the city’s Colvill Park instead. Check-in will begin at 8 a.m., with the walk starting at 9 a.m.

The public is encouraged to attend, even if not planning to walk, as a show of support from spectators is also important, she said. However, 74 people had already signed up for the walk as of last week and she was optimistic there will be many more, considering people don’t always signal their intentions in advance.

Krig, who’s lost a second cousin to suicide besides her brother, said her family will join her on the walk, including her husband Darin and her two-month-old daughter Andrah, plus her sister and her sister’s children. Shirts have been made for their team and are suggested for other groups as a means of memorializing those lost.

Stakes similar to those used for signs by political candidates will be available, she said, with an invitation extended to attendees to bring photos and display them. A balloon release as a memorial is also part of the plans.

There will be a guest speaker for the event, Krig said. She estimated the walking route will be around three miles in length. Children will have an opportunity to make bracelets featuring beadwork bearing the names of lost loved ones. There will be music and refreshments as well.

For more please read the August 28 print version of the Herald. 

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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