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Published September 20, 2013, 02:51 PM

Dak-Minn Blood Bank facing blood shortage, seeking donors

Supplies are running low at Dak-Minn Blood Bank in Grand Forks and its staff members say people need to donate now more than ever.

By: Herald Staff Reports, Grand Forks Herald

Supplies are running low at Dak-Minn Blood Bank in Grand Forks and its staff members say people need to donate now more than ever.

An increase in transfusions has the blood bank seeking more than the 20 to 25 donors per day it usually needs to maintain an adequate supply.

Dak-Minn is seeking donations of all blood types and staff are encouraging people to donate as long as they older than 16. Parents must sign a consent form for 16-year-old donors.

The entire process takes anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour. The actual blood draw takes an average of six to eight minutes, according to Donor Resource Coordinator Mark Jensen.

Those taking medication are encouraged to call Dak-Minn at (701) 780-5433 to check if their medicine is on a list that could prevent them from giving blood.

The blood bank, located at 3375 DeMers Ave., takes donors by appointment or on a walk-in basis.

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