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Michelle Norby, a medical technologist at St. Mary's Innovis, draws blood from Denise Olson during a blood drive Tuesday. Olson gives blood at St. Mary's Innovis every eight weeks, about the minimum time a person can wait before giving blood. (Brian Basham/DL Newspapers)

St. Mary's Innovis issues call for new blood donors

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When the Becker County Blood Bank started in 1952, its goal was to provide blood for members of the bank and for the community. The same can be said for today, except for the shortage right now.

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"We currently have 250 donors, but are losing many due to age and health problems," Medical Laboratory Technician Vanessa Collman said. "We have a declining number of regular donors and need to recruit new donors badly."

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