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Minnesota's oldest-living person celebrates 112th birthday

The New Ulm woman celebrated in a different kind of style because of the pandemic.

Erna Zahn, the oldest-living person in Minnesota, celebrated her 112th birthday on Tuesday. 

The New Ulm woman wasn't able to have visitors because of the coronavirus crisis, which has led to long-term care facilities in Minnesota and in most places nationwide restricting access due to residents of such congregate settings being more vulnerable to severe illness if they contract the virus

So instead of family and friends stopping by for a birthday chat, Oak Hills Living Center provided Zahn with a video of her loved ones from all over the country sending virtual wishes.

Of course ,before COVID-19, her family along with Oak Hill staff were planning several parties to celebrate her amazing life. Since we are unable to do that, we decided to put a video together bringing her whole family into Erna's life on her very special day." 

Not only that, but Zahn was treated to a police-led parade of cars driving past her room. 

"The staff of New Ulm Police Department would like to wish Erna Zahn a very happy 112th Birthday!!!!" New Ulm PD wrote on Facebook. "Erna is the oldest living person in the State of Minnesota and we love that she is a resident of New Ulm!!!"

Zahn became a rare super centenarian when she turned 110 in 2018. It's unclear how many super centenarians there are in America, but Zahn is just over two years younger than Hester Ford, a South Carolina man who is believed to be the oldest-living person in the country at 114 years, 244 day old (as of April 15).  

Oak Hills Living Center told the Star Tribune that Zach is the 15th-oldest-living person in America. 

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