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Turning 100 years-old, on Leap Day

SPRING GROVE, Minn. (KTTC) -- Odds would have it - you weren't born in a leap year. But if you were, it could be a feel good way to avoid your actual age every year on your birthday.

For one local woman, according to the calendar this is only her 25th birthday. Helen Morken could pass for 25, but in reality she's no spring chicken. As of Wednesday, she is 100 years-old.

Being born on leap day well, it's a rare occurrence. The chance of being born on leap day is often said to be one in 1,461.

You can consider it a curse or a blessing to be born on leap day.

"My daughter wants to buy her a 25th birthday card, but she's having trouble finding one," said Helen's granddaughter, Kari Strandell.

February 29th only appears on calendars every 4 years, so technically, 100-year old Helen Morken, is really in her mid-twenties.

"I woke up so excited this morning just to be able to come and share this day with her," said Strandell.

Helen is sharp as a tack, but isn't sure what the secret is for living a century.

"I don't know, I guess I had a good life," stated Helen.

Some of it could be contributed to surrounding herself with friends and family.

"3 children, 11 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 1 great great great grandchild," described Strandell.

But, no matter what your age, Helen is proof that birthdays are all about the cake.

"I heard they got a birthday cake over here today. Are you going to have a piece? Oh, of course," exclaimed Helen.

Helen's health is top-notch. In her spare time she enjoys rooting for the Twins.

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