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Volunteer Laura Logas gives Doug Ackley, 78, a Red Cross recognition pin. Ackley's blood donation on Jan. 27 marked the 17th gallon of blood he's given in his lifetime.

Winter weather impacts blood supply

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January was National Blood Donor Month, and as January came to an end the American Red Cross tried to make up for a low blood supply, do in large part to winter weather.

According to the American Red Cross, "Severe winter weather throughout much of the United States has caused the cancellation of more than 14,000 blood and platelet donations since the beginning of January."

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Gretta Stark
Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.
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