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Diondre Lenz was born a week early and was the first baby born this year at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar. His mother, Crystal, gave birth to Diondre, her third child, at 9:26 a.m. Tuesday. He missed sharing a birthday with his sister by three days. Submitted

Willmar, Minn., family welcomes first baby of new year at Rice Hospital


In addition to being a happy, healthy baby boy, newborn Diondre Thomas Lenz is also a special one: He was the first baby born in the New Year at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar. Parents Thomas and Crystal Lenz of Willmar welcomed their third child on Tuesday at 9:26 a.m. With a due date of Jan. 7, Diondre was born nearly a week early.

“We kind of expected he would be early,” Crystal Lenz said. “We were ready to meet him.”

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Ashley White

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