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WILLMAR -- Red Cross officials are urging eligible donors to give blood and help stave off a shortage developing this summer across the region.

As of Friday, North Central Blood Services was 682 units short of its commitment to the hospitals it serves, said Dave Kelley, donor recruitment representative for central Minnesota.

The blood bank, which normally has a 10-day supply on hand, had fallen to a two- or three-day cushion, he said.

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Anne Polta

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