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Wadena bloodmobile exceeds goals

Photo by Rachelle Klemme Ted Heino, a longtime blood donor from Menahga, holds a stress ball Tuesday while double red blood cell operator Mindy Seminitis makes preparations at the Wadena VFW blood donation site. The bloodmobile in Wadena exceeded its goals both Monday and Tuesday.

The American Red Cross sent a press release saying blood donations are at a shortfall this June, but that didn't appear to be the case in Wadena on Monday and Tuesday, during the local Red Cross blood drive held at the Wadena VFW.

Matt Seminitis of the Red Cross North Central Blood Services said this area is a great location for blood donations, though the American Red Cross in general is low right now.

Seminitis added that summertime in general tends to be low, since people are on vacation and they don't have the flood of student donors during the school year.

The VFW blood drive location was staffed with local volunteers, including Carol Rowan and Mary Stroot, as well as the St. Cloud-based North Central Blood Services.

"We do it whenever they have a drive," Rowan said.

Donor Ted Heino of Menahga, who attended Tuesday's blood drive, said he has lost count of how often he has given blood, adding that he has done it for a long time because of his daughter's medical crisis in 1973.

"She had heart surgery, and she had to have blood transfusions," he said.

The Red Cross Bloodmobile exceeded its goals, according to a press release sent to the Pioneer Journal. A total of 116 units were received on Monday with a revised goal of 102, and 69 were received Tuesday with a revised goal of 70.

Those who received gallon pins included: Alice Schoon of Sebeka with 12 gallons, Betty Circle of Wadena with six gallons, and Karen Brakefield of Deer Creek with two gallons.