There couldn't have been a better way for Roger and Kristina Britton of Brainerd to ring in the new millennium.
Mitchell Allen Britton was born at 2:05 a.m. Jan. 1, news, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. He was the first -- and only -- baby born in Crow Wing County.
He might also be the only baby who is eligible for the $20,000 First Baby Millennium Scholarship, offered by The Dispatch and its parent company, Morris Communications Corp. of Augusta, Ga.
There were no babies born New Year's Day at hospitals in Crosby, Long Prairie, Staples, Aitkin or Little Falls. All babies eligible for the $20,000 drawing are those born New Year's Day to one or both parents who live in Cass, Crow Wing, Aitkin, Todd or Morrison counties. Babies eligible for the contest could have been born anywhere as long as their parents live in those five central Minnesota counties.
The Brittons have already turned in their scholarship application for Mitchell to The Dispatch. Applications and hospital birth certificates must be received by The Dispatch by 5 p.m. Jan. 14 in order for parents to enter their newborns in the drawing.
Kristina Britton was due Dec. 28, but Mitchell had a better date planned for his birth. Kristina began having contractions at 4 p.m. Friday and went in to the hospital at 10 p.m. when contractions were four minutes apart. At 1:30 a.m. New Year's Day, it was decided a C-section was required because Mitchell was too big to be delivered.
At 2:05 a.m. Saturday, he was born with thick black hair and dark blue eyes.
"We figured since I was in labor it would be nice to have have the baby on Jan. 1," said Kristina.
They didn't know if they were having a boy or girl until Mitchell was born. He joins his 2 1/2-year-old brother Zachary, who has already grown fond of his new brother.
"He loves him. He's so proud to have a baby brother," said Kristina.
The Brittons joined maternity ward staff by wearing party hats and celebrating the new millennium in between contractions. They watched the fireworks from Kristina's hospital room window.
"There was no better way for us to ring in the new year," said proud dad Roger Britton.
Roger manages the Triangle store on Oak Street while Kristina works at Potlatch.
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