Taylor Schmitz and Sam Waln of Wadena, welcomed their new baby boy, Kassen Paul, into the world on January 1 at Lakewood Health System in Staples.

Kassen was born at 2:49 a.m. and weighed 10 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 22 ½ inches. This is the couple's first child.

The delivering physician was Dr. Sarah Israelson. To celebrate Kassen's birth, the Lakewood Health System Auxiliary and Piece Makers Quilting Club presented gifts to the family in honor of the New Year. The Auxiliary, represented by LaDonna Peterson, gave a gift of $50, and representing the Piece Makers Quilting Club, Lisa Kajer gave a handmade baby quilt, prepared just for the 2019 New Year's baby. The Auxiliary and Piecemakers Quilting Club annually present gifts to the family of the New Year's baby at Lakewood.

All patients who give birth at Lakewood Health System receive gifts to enhance their birthing experience and help prepare them for life at home. These gifts include a candlelight dinner, a relaxing massage, an infant car seat, a CD of baby photos, a diaper bag, a complimentary home visit by the expectations team and a case of diapers.