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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.

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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 http://healthbeat.areavoices.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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