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La Crosse’s 1st 2022 baby: Aspyn Gerriets

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Gundersen Health System gets the honor of having La Crosse’s first hospital birth of 2022, about a half-hour after the start of the new year.

That baby is a girl named Aspyn Gerriets. She was an early arrival, delivered through an emergency C-section, weighing 4 pounds, 8 ounces.

Mayo Clinic Health System’s first baby of the year in La Crosse was born at 6 p.m. — a boy named Asher Yang,. He, too, was born ahead of schedule, weighing 6 pounds, 7 ounces.

Gundersen reported 1,776 births at its area hospitals for the year just ended — 80 more than the year before, for an increase of 4 percent.

Mayo has not released an exact number of the babies born at its area hospitals during 2021.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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