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Sisters Cheryl Plathe of Willmar, from left, Colleen Barber of New London and Marian Bloom of Willmar show off their blood donor pins.Plathe and Barber earned 12-gallon pins Monday at the Red Cross Bloodmobile at the Willmar Assembly of God. Bloom is one pint short of earning her 13-gallon pin. (Tribune photo by Anne Polta(

Willmar, Minn., sisters collectively donate 250-plus pints of blood

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WILLMAR -- If you do the math, sisters Colleen Barber, Cheryl Plathe and Marian Bloom have collectively donated nearly 300 pints of blood over the past four decades.


The sisters notched up another three units Monday at the American Red Cross Bloodmobile -- enough to earn Barber, 59, and Plathe, 57, their 12-gallon pins. Bloom, 55, has one unit to go before earning a 13-gallon pin.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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