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Fillmore County retirees donate record amounts of blood


Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

Richard Berg is a regular blood donor, currently having given 10 gallons, 5 pints. He notes that it’s good for him and helps so many people. Photo by Hannah Wingert

By Hannah Wingert

For many people, the American Red Cross Bloodmobile provides them with a way to help others. Such is the case for Marie Dambach and Richard Berg.

Marie Dambach is 70-years-old and has donated over 20 gallons of blood to the Red Cross in her lifetime. “My mom had to sign for me the first time I donated blood,” she laughed. She doesn’t remember how old she was at the time, but knows it was just a few days before the birthday that would’ve allowed her to donate without her mom’s signature. She’s been a regular at the Bloodmobile since then, taking time off only when she had her children.

Dambach recently received a thank you card from the Red Cross for donating a total of 20 gallons. She added the card to her collection of pins, papers, and cards she’s accumulated from donating over the years.

“I thoroughly enjoy it. It’s being good to myself and helping someone else out,” Dambach remarked. She often sees the same people donating or volunteering at the blood drives, so there’s a sense of community and connection. Dambach plans to continue to regularly donate blood as long as she’s healthy.

Sixty-seven-year-old retired insurance salesman Richard Berg has donated 10 gallons and 5 pints since he first started giving blood. He started out as a casual donor, only doing it off and on for quite a few years and not at all during college. When his mother and sister started volunteering with the Bloodmobile in the 90s, he began a more regular schedule and now gives around three times a year.

When asked why he donates blood, Berg said, “I think it’s good for people to donate because it produces new blood for them. The obvious reason of course is that people need blood. I think it’s good for me, and it certainly doesn’t hurt me.”

The biggest influence on Berg’s decision to donate blood comes from his father. When Berg was three-years-old, he had to have surgery on a hernia. As his family didn’t have enough money to pay the bill, his father worked out a plan with the hospital to donate blood in lieu of payment. “He did that for years,” Berg said, smiling. “I guess he must have liked me.”

Berg had to take several breaks from donating when he had to have surgery on his carotid artery and when he was out of the country, but he stays consistent otherwise.

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Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Health & Wellness

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Highway 30 bridge repairs begin July 25 west of Chatfield

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

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Schwarz enjoying his new position as principal

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Features

Jacob Schwarz is more than excited to be the 5-12 grade principal at Grand Meadow school in Grand Meadow, Minn., he is in his words “ecstatic” about his new job. Schwarz, 36, grew up on a farm between Preston and Fountain, and graduated from ..... 
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Fillmore Central graduate bikes 40 states in 40 days

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Features

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One Moment, Please... Finding the truth

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Commentary

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Maxine Winslow

Tue, Jul 19th, 2016
Posted in Wykoff All

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Lorene M. “Lori” Roberton

Tue, Jul 19th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Lorene M. “Lori” Roberton, 45, of Winona and formerly of Rushford, Minn., died unexpectedly on Saturday, July 16, 2016, at her home. Lori was born on May 15, 1971, in Winona, Minn., to Ted and Anne (Biesanz) Roberton. She was raised in ..... 
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Gary Norby

Tue, Jul 19th, 2016
Posted in Ostrander Obituaries

Gary Norby, age 72, of LeRoy, Minn., died Thursday, July 14, 2016, as a result of injuries sustained while working in the woods on his home place. Gary Keith Norby was born October 4, 1943 to Lloyd Kermitt and Frances Elizabeth (Hamlin) Norby at S ..... 
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