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First baby of 2010 arrives at Perkins County Hospital PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Rahn

Managing Editor

Evan Christopher Heilman entered the world on Jan. 11, as the first baby of 2010 to be born at Perkins County Community Hospital in Grant.

For the honor of being the first newborn of the new year, the baby and his parents will receive several gifts from area businesses. 

The infant son of Chris and Mindy Heilman of Ogallala was born at 9:53 a.m., weighing 8 pounds 2 ounces, measuring 20 1/2 inches in length. Performing a scheduled C-section was attending physician, Dr. Kristi Kohl.

The baby is welcomed by big brother Bradyn, three years old.

Besides being a busy mother of a three-year-old with a new baby to care for, Mindy is in her fourth year of teaching kindergarten at Ogallala Public Schools. She will return to her position following eight weeks of maternity leave.

Not only does she have a new birth to recover from, she is continuing to fully recover from breaking three bones in her right ankle back in August while in her pregnancy. She has seven screws and a plate in her ankle as souvenirs from missing a step from the house into the couple’s garage.

“I taught in a wheelchair,” said Mindy. “It was quite an adventuresome  pregnancy.”  

Evan’s father, Chris, is an applications engineer at American Shizuki, Inc. in Ogallala.

 aving recently moved into a new house, there is lots to do within the upcoming weeks of the new year, he said.

 randparents of the newest member of the Heilman family are Lori and the late Patrick Brady of Ogallala, Lorrie Vogel of Idaho Springs, Colo., and David Heilman of Evergreen, Colo. 

 reat-grandparents include Leonard and Florine Heilman of Denver, Russ and Mary VanDuyn of Idaho Springs, and Gelene Brady of Imperial. 

 s the family gets settled into a new routine, they have the pleasure of enjoying gifts of congratulations from local businesses.

 he family will receive: $10 gift  certificate from The Hair Works, $10 gift certificate from Bench Warmers, $10 gift certificate from Pankonin’s Heaven Scent Bakery, $10 gift certificate from Grant Pharmacy, $20 gift card from Hatch’s Super Foods, two T-bone steaks from Grant Packing, $20 gift certificate from In & Out, $10 gift certificate from Grant Auto Parts, $15 gift certificate from Country Supply, $10 gift certificate from Adams Lumber Company, two large pizzas from Kwik Stop, $25 savings account from Valley Bank and Trust, $10 gift card from Frenchman Valley Coop, a one-year subscription from The Grant Tribune-Sentinel, $10 gift certificate from Grant Floral, and a $50 savings bond from Adams Bank and Trust.