Amanda and Charles Belanger of Willow River are the proud parents of the first baby born at Mercy Hospital in 2014.
Their son, Ethan Robert, was born at 9:02 a.m. on January 6, 2014, weighing 7 pounds, 5 1/4 ounces and measuring 20 inches long. Dr. Steve Tekippe, Gateway Family Health Clinic, was the attending physician.
In addition to the free car seat given to all families who give birth at Mercy, the family received special gifts from the hospital and the Mercy-Augustana Auxiliary. The Moose Lake Area Chamber of Commerce also welcomed the first newborn of the year with a gift of Chamber Bucks.