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Sabrina Rivera, 21, and Mike Koester, 25, cuddle with Nellie, their first baby daughter. Nellie was due March 4, but instead was born Christmas Eve -- 10 ½ weeks premature -- weighing just two pounds, 12 ounces.

River Falls benefit to be held for premature baby

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The loving package came very early as a tiny delivery. Since then and for the foreseeable future, there's much care and expense needed to make sure baby Nellie Koester grows to be a healthy child.


A benefit fundraiser for her and her parents, Mike Koester and Sabrina Rivera, will take place from 4-9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Riverview Hotel & Suites ballroom, 100 Spring St., in downtown River Falls.

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Phil Pfuehler
Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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