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January 5, 1988

SPRINGFIELD, Minn. (AP) _ The growing brood of Linda and Curt Fredin will be featured by their hometown newspaper in its first-baby-of-the-year contest for the third time in four years.

The couple swear, however, that this is the last time they’ll win the Springfield Advance-Press contest.

″We’ll let somebody else have the glory,″ said Linda Fredin, 28.

The Fredins’ lastest victory came at 12:49 p.m. on New Year’s Day, when Mason Marlin Fredin arrived.

The newspaper plans to report Wednesday that the Fredins will, once again, gather about $300 in prizes, said Advance-Press Editor Doris Weber.

The event, however, is already the talk of this southwestern Minnesota town of 2,500 residents, Mrs. Fredin said.

″This was definitely a surprise. And there were lots of other girls who were due ahead of me, and they’re still out there,″ she said.

The couple took 1984 honors with the birth of Maggie Joyce Fredin on Jan. 2. In 1985 - an off year for Springfield babies - Mitchell Dean Fredin won with a Jan. 8 birthdate.

The Fredins’ first child was the only one not to win, and he didn’t miss by much. Matthew Curtis was born Jan. 25, 1983, some two weeks past his due date.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Money magazine says the state Department of Taxation and Finance could win the grand prize in its ″Double-Your-Million Sweepstakes.″

″We guarantee to pay NYS DEPT OF TAX $2,000,000 3/8″ if it has the six winning numbers in the drawing, promises the entry blank to the magazine’s contest. The form was received at the department’s headquarters here.

State Tax Commissioner Roderick Chu sent Money’s circulation director, D.G. Potter, a letter Monday.

″Thank you for the opportunity to ’be paid a cool two million dollars 3/8‴ Chu wrote. ″We are not adverse to picking up a million here and a million there.″

The sweepstakes letter urges the tax department not to discard the entry form. ″If you’re fully prepared to throw away TWO MILLION DOLLARS as simply and finally as that, there’s no need to read any further,″ it says.

But Chu said he wouldn’t risk that. ″It would be hard to explain such a mistake to Governor Cuomo,″ he wrote.

If the department wins the sweepstakes, the prize will be deposited in the state coffers, said Karl Felsen, a spokesman for the Department of Taxation and Finance.

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SEASIDE, Ore. (AP) - Seaside has 5,210 or 5,429 residents, depending on where you’re coming from.

Drive into the coastal town from the north, and the city limits sign declares Seaside has a population of 5,429. Enter from the south on U.S. 101, and you’ll find Seaside has 5,210 residents.

City Councilman Larry Haller asked which was right at a council meeting last week. Neither, replied City Manager Larry Lehman.

Seaside has 5,600 residents, according to the most recent calculations by the Population Research and Census Center at Portland State University.

An oversight at the state Highway Division resulted in the discrepancy, said Eldon Everton, head of the division’s maintenance office in nearby Astoria. Replacement figures have been ordered for both signs, he said Monday.

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