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'New Year's babe'

A baby boy, born Jan. 5, earned the distinction of the Perham Memorial Hospital's "New Year's Babe."

Thomas L. Ritter was born at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 5, at five pounds, 15 ounces, and measuring 21 inches.

Parents are Caery and James Ritter of Perham. His siblings are Madison, 8; Alexis, 3; and James Jr., 1.

Caery and James were surprised in her hospital room Jan. 6, when Eileen Lehman, administrative assistant, rolled in a cart full of gifts and helpful baby items--courtesy of area businesses and merchants. PMHH offers parents a baby car seat or a full-length bath robe. Since the Ritters are well-equipped with car seats, she accepted the robe.

PMHH has conducted the New Year's Babe program for 17 years. The first baby born at the hospital each year is honored by the hospital.