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Jack Erickson, 14, left, a student at the Willmar Middle School, has already had two more birthdays than his mother, Tracey, whose birthday falls on leap day, Feb. 29. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams)

Willmar, Minn., women celebrate 'real' birthday this year on leap day


When you only have a birthday once every four years, you learn to make it count.

At least, that's the motto that Tracey Erickson, a leap day baby, has adopted. On Feb. 29, she'll turn 12 -- or, technically, 48.

A speech and language clinician at Willmar Middle School, Erickson finds it "amusing" that this year, she'll be turning the same age as many of her students.

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Ashley White

Ashley White is the community content coordinator for the West Central Tribune. Follow her on Twitter @Ashley_WCT.

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