St. Luke’s Hospital welcomes first baby born in 2022

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It’s a new year which means it’s time to celebrate the first lives welcomed into the world in 2022.

The first Duluth baby of 2022 was born in St. Luke’s hospital and was delivered today at 1:35 am. Her name is Roberta Paananen. Parents Peter and Jennifer say they are so thrilled for their newest Vikings fan.

"We’re absolutely in love with her so it’s really cool to have everyone else so excited for us and it’s really cool she’s got a really easy birthday to remember, too!" said mother Jennifer.

At Essentia Health- their first delivery of the year was just before 7 am New Year’s Day. Baby Bodhi Quast was delivered to parents Dyami and Stephanie of Duluth.