Twin Cities' first baby of 2013 born in Coon Rapids at Mercy Hospital, part of Allina Health

[Pioneer Press, January 02, 2013] Jason and Christina Negus of Nowthen thought they were going to ring in 2013 with a quiet night at home. But about 9:30 p.m., it became clear that their new son had other plans.

"All day, I thought, 'It's a little strange that I'm having this many contractions,' " Christina Negus said. "We thought we'd better make a call."

Three hours later, Charles Woodrow Negus became the Twin Cities metro area's first baby of 2013. He made his 12:18 a.m. debut at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, weighing 8 pounds, 3 ounces and measuring 21. 5 inches long.

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