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Published February 29, 2012, 06:10 PM

This Leap Day, 28-year-old Larimore Woman Turns 7...Technically

(WDAZ-TV) - Today, February 29, is a date that only shows up on calendars every four years. And when it does, people born on this day get to celebrate on the actual date they were born.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

(WDAZ-TV) - Today, February 29, is a date that only shows up on calendars every four years.

And when it does, people born on this day get to celebrate on the actual date they were born.

Alyson Yahna from Larimore is celebrating her 28th birthday, but this is only the seventh time she has been able to celebrate it on the 29th.

She says these are the birthdays she really remembers.

Yahna broke out her baby book to reminisce about her past birthdays. She's 28 now, and by far the biggest ones were those that landed on her actual birth date of February 29th.

"It was a huge deal for the whole school when I had a birthday. I invited everyone from my entire class," Yahna said.

Alyson says the most memorable birthday yet was her 16th or technically her 4th that landed on the 29th, that's when the entire school in Larimore held a party.

"Everybody comes out of the wood work to wish me a happy birthday. Because it's something that people don't forget about. They only know one or two people with that birthday so it's something that people would normally not forget," Yahna said.

So how does Alyson mark her birthdays without a February 29th for the three years in between leap year? She says she just picks a day that it's the most convenient to celebrate the day.

"If the weekend is closer in February, I celebrate it then. I don't celebrate my birthday every because I was born in February, not March," Yahna said.

Alyson's birth on this day in 1984 in Grand Forks did make a couple firsts. A birth announcement from then United Hospital shows she made some local history.

"And it does say toward the very bottom that I was the second Leap Day baby born in Grand Forks county at the hospital and the only girl," Yahna said.

Alyson's daughter will turn seven years old next month. She says it's kind of a family running joke that only counting leap year birthdays that they will be the same age.

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