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Donated blood saves lives of transplant patients


Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
Posted in Mabel Health & Wellness

This October during National Liver Awareness Month, the American Red Cross encourages people across the country to focus on liver health. Recently, two patients at a hospital served by the Red Cross Mid-America Blood Services Division underwent liver transplants and received more than 130 units of red blood cells.

Liver transplant patients often require large amounts of blood transfusions during surgery. Thanks to our dedicated blood donors, the Ref Cross was able to meet the needs of these two patients and countless others.

Liver transplants are the second most common transplant, following kidney transplants. According to the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network, 6341 people in the US received a liver transplant in 2011.

There are a variety of ways to help protect your liver from disease. The American Liver Foundation offers these guidelines: Eat a healthy diet low in fatty foods, limit alcohol intake, manage medications appropriately and limit contact with toxins. More information is available at liverfoundation.org.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

•Mabel Community Blood Drive at the Mabel Legion on Thursday, October 11, 2012, from 2-7 pm

How to donate:

Simply call Bev Williams at 507 493-5284 or 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make and 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 permission), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and others 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross provides shelter, food and clothing to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills’ ministers international humanitarian aid’ and supports military members and their families. The red Cross is not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org

Donald Westby Gjerdrum

Mon, Sep 24th, 2012
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Donald Westby Gjerdrum was born July 25, 1921, to John Bernard and Mildred (Westby) Gjerdrum at their farm north of Mabel, Minnesota. He died September 21, 2012, at Gunderson Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wisconsin, at the age of 91 years. Don at ..... 
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Donald Westby Gjerdrum

Mon, Sep 24th, 2012
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Donald Westby Gjerdrum was born July 25, 1921, to John Bernard and Mildred (Westby) Gjerdrum at their farm north of Mabel, Minnesota. He died September 21, 2012, at Gunderson Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wisconsin, at the age of 91 years. Don at ..... 
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Letter about election

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Mabel Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, First Things First. In a recent Commentary a reader listed topics associated with this campaign cycle. The writer then suggested that only President Obama has the wisdom and compassion needed to change the status quo. While readi ..... 
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Edna B. Anderson

Tue, Sep 4th, 2012
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

EDNA B. ANDERSON, age 93, of Mabel, Minnesota died Saturday, September 1, 2012 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel. Edna was born April 15, 1919 in Newburg, Minnesota to Roy and Clara (Skorgen) Iverson. She attended the Newburg School an ..... 
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Clarence M. Hegna

Tue, Sep 4th, 2012
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

CLARENCE M. HEGNA, age 94, of Mabel, Minnesota, a former longtime farmer from the Amherst area, died Sunday, September 2, 2012 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel. Clarence was born March 10, 1918 in rural Whalen, Minnesota to Christ and ..... 
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Gary J. Nierling

Mon, Aug 27th, 2012
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

GARY J. NIERLING, age 48, of Dumont, Iowa died Friday, August 24, 2012 at the Dumont Wellness Center. Gary was born February 14, 1964 in Cresco, Iowa to Earl Francis and Crystal (Van Horn) Nierling. He lived in different ..... 
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Vernon Allen

Mon, Aug 27th, 2012
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

VERNON ALLEN, age 93, of Mabel, Minnesota died Friday, August 24, 2012 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel. Vernon was born October 23, 1918 in Winneshiek County, Iowa to John Thomas and Emma (Forde) Allen. He attended the Grindeland Sc ..... 
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Steuart Labs in Mabel turns 30 this year

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Mabel Features

Gary Steuart started his business thirty years ago in Preston. He later moved to Harmony, and as the company grew, he moved to Mabel in 2001. Steuart Labs now has three locations in the downtown area. The first product Steuart created was a pain ..... 
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