The first baby to ring in the new year is Natalie Josephine born at TCHC on Jan. 3 at 9:11p.m.

The first baby born at Tri-County Health Care in 2022 is Natalie Josephine Hassa. She was born on Jan. 3, 2022 at 9:11 p.m. She weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. Her sibling is Braxton Grewe.

“It feels great; she is precious,” said Leah Oberg, the mother of the new year’s baby. Oberg complimented the staff of Tri-County Health Care on the birthing process and was very appreciative of her special gifts. It is a new year’s tradition for the obstetrics staff of Tri-County Health Care to organize a New Years’ basket for the family. 

This year the family was awarded with the following: 

• Weber’s Wadena Hardware $25 gift card

• Basket, puzzle and frame from Hometown Crafts

• Teething ring and wallet from 1776 Clothing Company

• Gnome and picture from Smith Furniture & Carpet

• Coffee mug and popcorn from Owly Coffee

• Uptown $25 gift card

• Picture, socks, lotion, scarf and mittens from The Taste of Colombia

• Hat, jewelry and ornaments from All Around Divas

• Necklace from Brink’s Jewelry

• El Mariachi gift card

• BBQ Smokehouse gift card

• Super One Foods gift card

• Pizza Ranch gift card

• The Sleepy Sloth Shop gift card

• Rejuvenating Message shop gift card

• Larry’s Family Pizza gift card

• Glamour Salon blanket 

Altogether, the family was awarded a gift basket with over a $500 value. All items came from local businesses in the Wadena area.