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Mayo welcomes New Year’s baby

FAIRMONT — Mayo Clinic Health System on Friday announced the birth of the first baby of the New Year at its Fairmont hospital.

Guadalupe Santiago Juárez, a girl, was born at 8:25 a.m. Thursday to parents Héctor and Giovanna Juárez of Fairmont. Guadalupe weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and was 20.75 inches long at birth. She has one older sister, Candelaria Nicole, who is 4 years old.

The most popular names for babies born at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont in 2018 were Evelyn, Harper and Ella for girls and Henry, Gavin and Benson for boys.

According to, the most popular names for babies born in the United States in 2018 were Sophia, Olivia, Emma and Ava for girls and Jackson, Liam, Noah and Aiden for boys.

Walz turns to Harrington

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov.-elect Tim Walz has named Metro Transit Police Chief John Harrington as the public safety chief in his incoming administration.

Walz on Friday also said he is keeping two more commissioners from Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration: Cynthia Bauerly at the Department of Revenue and Mark Phillips at the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board.

The Democratic governor-elect tapped former state senator Steve Kelley as his commerce commissioner. He picked Steve Grove, founding director of the Google News Lab, to head the Department of Employment and Economic Development. He named former Obama administration official Nancy Leppink to lead the Department of Labor and Industry. Army and Minnesota National Guard veteran Larry Herke will lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Walz takes office Monday.

Ex-student sues over Nerf Wars

LAKEVILLE (AP) — A former student is joining a lawsuit against the Lakeville school district over injuries he suffered in a 2015 car crash during a Nerf gun game.

Alexander Hughes, 21, claims school officials should have taken steps to protect students from what they knew was a dangerous game. Hughes and another student survived the crash that killed Jacob Flynn and John Price. Authorities say Hughes was behind the wheel of a pickup that crashed after he reached for a Nerf gun.

The parents of the teens who were killed are also suing Lakeville Area Schools. Law enforcement officials determined that Nerf Wars competition was a factor in the crash.

The district says the crash was not its fault and that the Nerf game was not a school activity.Hughes is seeking more than $50,000 in damages.