A stroke of light after a dark year

First baby of 2021 comes a bit early, but in great health


January 8, 2021

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Kinzley Susan-Lynn Morrison is the first baby to arrive in Carlton County in 2021, born just before noon on New Year's Day in the birthing suites at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet.

What a way to start to a new year. Lacey Mandoli and Zackary Morrison welcomed baby Kinzley Susan-Lynn Morrison into the world at 11:58 a.m. Friday, Jan. 1, making Kinzley the first baby born in 2021 at Cloquet's Community Memorial Hospital and in Carlton County.

Mandoli is an experienced mother, but going through a pregnancy and having a baby during a pandemic was something new. The health care worker had to take more precautions, and suddenly became a higher-risk pregnancy. On top of it all, Morrison couldn't come to the doctor appointments with her because of all the Covid-19 precautions...

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