New Year’s baby

Staff photo by Fritz Busch

From left, Josh, Hannah and Jenna Ohlmann of Sleepy Eye pose with Seth Donovan, the first 2018 baby born at 1 p.m., Jan. 1 at New Ulm Medical Center. Seth weighed eight pounds, 14 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long.

Staff photo by Fritz Busch From left, Josh, Hannah and Jenna Ohlmann of Sleepy Eye pose with Seth Donovan, the first 2018 baby born at 1 p.m., Jan. 1 at New Ulm Medical Center. Seth weighed eight pounds, 14 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long.

NEW ULM — A Sleepy Eye woman gave birth to the first 2018 baby at New Ulm Medical Center at 1 p.m., Jan. 1.

Seth Donovan Ohlmann, the son of Hannah and Josh Ohlmann, weighed eight pounds, 14 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long.

“There is a very good nursing staff here,” Hannah said with a smile. She checked into the hospital at 9:15 a.m. Jan. 1. Seth’s due date was Jan. 5, which is also Hannah’s birthday. The couple’s daughter Jenna is nearly two years old.

The Ohlmanns moved to Sleepy Eye last summer. Josh teaches at Grace Lutheran School, which instructs students in grades 1-8 in one classroom. Prior to that, he taught in a one-room school for Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Phoenix, Ariz. Hannah, an Eau Claire, Wis., native, recently worked for a Phoenix real estate company and continues to do so from the couple’s Sleepy Eye residence.

Josh Ohlmann grew up in St. Louis, Mo., and graduated from Immanuel Lutheran College in Eau Claire, Wis. He is in his sixth year of teaching.

The church school is open to non-church members, with open enrollment throughout the year.

Last summer, he visited Nepal for a three-week mission trip.

Debra Mayhew, the wife of Grace Lutheran Church Pastor Nathaniel Mayhew, teaches kindergarten and pre-school students at the school.

Grace Lutheran School opened this fall, offering bible-based learning and a Christian education. Grace Evangelical Church belongs to the Church of the Lutheran Confession (CLC).

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