WADENA — Tri-County Health Care welcomes the first baby of 2021.

Sawyer Jay Kelderman was born on Monday, Jan. 4, at 4:07 p.m. to Avery and Zack Kelderman of Wadena. He weighed 9 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 22 inches long at birth. His siblings are Tucker and Parker.

“It feels like it’s going to be a good year,” remarked Avery Kelderman after hearing she would be giving birth to the first baby of 2021. She had known for some time she was in the running, making this birth all the more exciting.

Sawyer Jay Kelderman was the first baby born at Tri-County Health Care in 2021. Submitted photo
Sawyer Jay Kelderman was the first baby born at Tri-County Health Care in 2021. Submitted photo

Kelderman praised the staff of Tri-County Health Care for a smooth birthing process, the health care organization reported in a news release. Kelderman now has three children and each one was delivered at Tri-County Health Care. Baby Sawyer was delivered by Dr. Laura DuChene. Kelderman issued a special thank you to Sonia Mordh, registered nurse, stating she had been a prominent part of past deliveries and was thankful she was by her side for the birth of her third son.

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This year, the family was awarded an extra special gift basket of items from local shops and stores. The gift basket has a $500 value.

Tri-County Health Care is a private, not-for-profit health care system based in Wadena. Tri-County Health Care operates a hospital and medical clinic in Wadena, and serves the counties of Wadena, Todd and Otter Tail through five satellite clinics and two physical therapy clinics in Bertha, Henning, Ottertail, Sebeka and Verndale.