Alyxzandr Runice is First Baby of the Year born at Veterans Memorial Hospital


First Baby of the Year ... Pictured are Cody Runice and Chanda Halvorson of Waukon, holding their newborn son, Alyxzandr Mikkel Runice, the First Baby of the Year born at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon, January 3, 2021. The family will enjoy many gifts thanks to the local merchants who helped celebrate the First Baby of 2021 born at Veterans Memorial Hospital. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital physicians and staff have announced that the First Baby of the Year born at the hospital was Alyxzandr Mikkel Runice, son of Chanda Halvorson and Cody Runice of Waukon.    He joins siblings Addysen, Karsyn, Kaydahlynn, Karvyr and Amiiyah at home.

Alyxzandr was born January 3, 2021 at 11:01 p.m., weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces and measuring 19-3/4 inches long. Dr. Dave Schwartz and Dr. Nicole Barbee assisted with the delivery.

This fortunate child and his family received the following generous gifts compliments of these area merchants:

• $100 Cash from Moellers and Moellers Family Dentistry of  Lansing
• $100 Meat Bundle from Waukon Feed Ranch
• One-Year Subscription to The Standard Newspaper
• $25 Gift Certificate from Outdoor Creations, Monona
• Free Pedicure from Hair, Body and Mind Salon and Day Spa
• Free Year of Baby Photos (five sessions) from Cote’Color Photography, Katie Hennessy
• $20 Gift Certificate from the S&D Café
• $10 Gift Certificate from Village Farm and Home, Waukon
• Tastefully Simple Gift Basket from consultant Jan Baumler
• $20 Gift Certificate from Sycamore Floral
• Sterling Silver Mother/Child Pendant on 18” chain from Elliott Jewelers
• $20 Gift Certificate from Milty’s Restaurant or The Skinny Dip, Lansing
• $15 Gift Certificate from Waukon City Club
• Baby Bag from Waukon Dental
• 20 Free Color Copies from JaDecc’S
• 10-Punch Pass from the Waukon Wellness Center
• Mary Kay Hand Cream from Debbie McGeough, Mary Kay Consultant
• Handmade Baby Afghan from the Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital
• Diapers, Wipes and Laundry Basket from Veterans Memorial Hospital.

All other babies born at Veterans Memorial Hospital in the year 2021 will receive a Baby Coupon Book coordinated by the hospital through coupon donations from over 60 area businesses in Harpers Ferry, Lansing, Monona, Postville, and Waukon. The hospital coordinates this program in an effort to assure all babies born at the hospital are treated extra special.

Congratulations to grandparents Casey and Teuka Halvorson of McGregor, Tina Hill of Cumberland, WI, Jake Jones and Lisa Christianson of Waukon and Jay Runice of Waukon; and to great grandparents Ed and Judy Arnold, Linda Riek, Raymond Riek and Sandy Hesse, all of Waukon.

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