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Family continues giving birth to boys

Birth announcement: A boy, Hank Alan, was born to Harley and Michelle Blegen, of rural Kindred, N.D., in February. While every baby is a blessing and a joy, it has to be said that Hank being a boy and that his initials being H.A. is something of ...

Birth announcement: A boy, Hank Alan, was born to Harley and Michelle Blegen, of rural Kindred, N.D., in February.

While every baby is a blessing and a joy, it has to be said that Hank being a boy and that his initials being H.A. is something of a "Ho hum, what else is new" sort of thing.

That's because many people in the Blegen family have those initials. And as to being a boy - well, that's routine. Because Hank is the latest of 17 boys born into the family.

Oh, there is a girl. But just one.

Hank's grandparents, Hubert and Joan Blegen, Kindred, now have seven grandsons.

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Hubert is the son of the late Peter and Alice Blegen, Leeds, N.D. If they had lived, they'd now have 17 great-grandsons and just one great-granddaughter.

That lonely girl is Sarah Adams, the daughter of Hubert and Joan's nephew Dale Adams and his wife Tami, Bismarck, N.D.

She is the only girl born into the family in the fourth generation.

The Blegen family has another tradition other than that of producing boys: They keep the H.A. initials. Consider these names:

Hubert Angelo Blegen.

His son is Harley Alan Blegen.

Harley's son is Hayden Arthur Blegen, 8, who is proud to have the H.A. Blegen name.

Harley's sister is Heidi Angela (Blegen) Denzel, Dalton, Minn.

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Hannah Andrea (Blegen) Pearson, Harley's late great-aunt.

Hans Andreas Blegen, Harley's late great-grandfather.

And now, Hank Alan, who was born Feb. 16 at Innovis Hospital, Fargo. He weighed 7 pounds 15.8 ounces, was 22? inches long and had a full head of dark black hair ... and a whole bunch of male relatives, including three half-brothers - Hayden and twins Chris and Cody, 7 - from his dad's former marriage and one half-sister, Hope, via her mom.

All this information comes from Hank's grandma Joan, who adds that she thinks there "should be more human interest stories published; the papers are so full of the bad things that go on and we don't hear enough about the good."

Well, this is one of those good ones, Joan.

But maybe that one granddaughter Sarah doesn't think it's that good, being born as she was into a family in which she is totally outmanned.

The yellow bracelet

Now, this story from Bob Gilmour, Fargo.

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Bob had been given one of those cyclist Lance Armstrong yellow bracelets, intended to remind folks of the fight against cancer, which Armstrong has had, and in support of those who have the disease.

Recently, Bob had to spend a few days in MeritCare Hospital, Fargo.

One of his nurses spotted the bracelets and informed him that at the hospital, a yellow bracelet means "Do not resuscitate."

Bob quickly took the bracelet off.

If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, N.D. 58107; fax it to 241-5487; or e-mail blind@forumcomm.com

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