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Resolve to give blood in January for National Blood Donor Month


Mon, Jan 4th, 2016
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This January, during National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross encourages people to roll up their sleeves to give blood to help maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients.

Since 1970, National Blood Donor Month has been observed in January to not only honor blood and platelet donors, but also to help increase donations during the winter months. Maintaining a sufficient blood supply for patients is difficult at this time of year because extreme winter weather and seasonal illnesses often impact donor turnout.

Karla Essmiller became a blood donor in college, but the importance of giving blood hit home when several family members had medical emergencies. “It only takes once sitting in a hospital, praying that your loved one will live through the day, to know how thankful you are for every single thing done to help them,” she said. “Donating blood is a simple gift that I can make that may help up to three people live another day. That makes me feel like a hero.”

Upcoming blood donation opportunites:

• Houston: January 12, 2016: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., St Mary’s Church, 202 S Sheridan St.

• La Crescent: January 13, 2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion, 509 N Chestnut St.

• Spring Grove: January 14, 2016: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Fest Building, 110 N. Division.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1 (800) RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.



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Local Public Health Association of Minnesota recognizes Fillmore County Public Health Director Lantha Stevens for 28 years of service

Mon, Jan 4th, 2016
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The Local Public Health Association of Minnesota congratulates Lantha Stevens on her 28 years of public health service and upcoming retirement from Fillmore County Public Health. Lantha has served as Public Health Director at Fillmore County for f ..... 
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Gas Buddy 1.4.15

Mon, Jan 4th, 2016
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December 28- Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 2.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.84/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national averag ..... 
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Preston’s Candlelight Ski & Chili Cook-off

Mon, Jan 4th, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

Let it snow - just in time for Preston’s annual Candlelight Ski & Chili Cook-Off event! Bundle up and come on down to the Trailhead Inn office on Saturday evening, January 16, to ski on the trail and to sample some wonderful chili contest entries. ..... 
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Making a living and looking ahead to the future

Mon, Dec 28th, 2015
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The Goldsmith brothers, Ross and Steve, were honored on December 8 at the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual convention when they were named Minnesota’s Outstanding Conservationists for 2015. Ross is quick to ..... 
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Gas Buddy 12.21.15

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
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December 14- Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 6.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.90/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national averag ..... 
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Soup every day

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
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By Magnolia Decker When I was fifteen, I spent six weeks in Ecuador. Up until then, growing up in the bubble of a small town, I found it easy to get caught up in my individual issues and daily routines and not think about how different a circumsta ..... 
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Library legacy community collaboration grants SELCO awards grants for library projects

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
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ROCHESTER, MN – SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) is announcing the recipients of Legacy Community Collaboration grants. Libraries receiving grants are the Cannon Falls Public Library, Kasson Public Library, Lanesboro Public Library, Owat ..... 
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Wykoff news 12.21.15

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
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By Donna Erdman A huge thank you to Elliott and Karen Grandall, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Senior000 Choir, Ravens Fire Band, St. Johns Lutheran Church, all who brought and served refreshments and all that attended the Wykoff Area Historical So ..... 
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