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A donation shortfall over the winter holidays has prompted the American Red Cross to issue an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now to prevent a blood shortage from continuing throughout winter and affecting patient care. The Red Cross collected more than 27,000 fewer blood and platelet donations the weeks of Christmas and New Year's than needed to sustain a sufficient blood supply. During this period, about 1,350 fewer blood drives were hosted by volunteer sponsor groups than required to meet patient needs as busy holiday schedules kept many donors away.
Dr. William Mohr is a burn surgeon at the Regions Hospital Burn Center in St. Paul As one of only two verified burn centers in Minnesota and just four across the upper Midwest, the Regions Hospital Burn Center team is proud to provide the highest level of care for patients in the Twin Cities and for those up to hundreds of miles away. Along with treating injuries from incidents including fires, scalding water or even explosions, we also treat patients for frostbite, including over 90 patients last winter.
Nathan Snyder, a Boy Scout with Troop 9207, completed his Eagle Scout project. Snyder, a senior at Rosemount High School, considered various options for his project. At first, he was leaning towards a construction project with his school or a nearby park. His cousin, Sarah Jones, an oncology nurse at Minnesota Oncology in Burnsville, then mentioned to him that the Burnsville Clinic had tie blankets that had been made for patients and donated to the clinic, but they were running low.
Hastings High School senior Megan Boche has been selected as the Hastings Rotary Student of the Month for January. Below is information on Boche provided by HHS Assistant Principal Kris Husaby: "Megan is a senior in Youth Leadership Class with me. Youth Leadership is a zero-hour elective class that requires students to complete 50 hours of volunteer service during the semester. I have found Megan to be a responsible student and she has thrived on the lessons of leadership.
New Richmond Police Department has asked the public's help to locate a suspect believed to have attacked another man with a boxcutter and fled the scene in a stolen vehicle, according to a City of New Richmond press release. Officers responded Jan. 14 to a report of a disturbance on the 800 block of Knowles Avenue where a victim sustained multiple lacerations to his head and face by a man he identified as 32-year-old Roberto Reyes Jr., also known at Tito, who fled the scene in the victim's vehicle, the release states.
Students get real-world hospital work experience Area students were part of a cohort that recently graduated from a six-week immersion program at Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater. The Explorers Program, offered through the Boy Scouts of America's Northern Star Council, lets students ages 14-20 explore health care careers in a real-world setting, such as sessions in the pharmacy, birth center, emergency department and radiology. Students who graduated Dec. 10, 2018, include: • Colin Muehlbauer, Clare Roti and Jack Seipel of Woodbury
Commissioner Liz Workman will lead the Dakota County Board of Commissioners in 2019. Workman, who represents Burnsville in District 5 of Dakota County, was elected chair Jan. 8 during the board's first meeting of the year. She replaces Commissioner Kathleen Gaylord, who served as chair in 2018. Commissioner Mike Slavik was elected vice chair. In opening remarks, Workman outlined several of Dakota County's priorities for 2019:
U.S. Rep. Angie Craig will hold her first town hall meeting Thursday, Jan. 24 at Burnsville High School. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting at 7. The high school is at 600 State Highway 13 in Burnsville. According to a news release Monday, Jan. 14: "Craig has committed to conduct at least one town hall-style public meeting with a robust question and answer period at least once a month and will rotate the meetings throughout each county in the Second District."
Starting Jan. 11, students from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton will be selling $5 tickets for the opportunity to win a 2019 Chevrolet TRAX (or $20,000 in cash) or other prizes totaling $40,000 in value. Every cent stays at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Catholic United Financial — a St. Paul-based company provides all the prizes and promotion materials for the raffle at no cost to the participating schools.
Mindy Mejia will be the guest author Jan. 17 at the Hastings Bierstube. Mejia will speak at 6:30 p.m., however, attendees are able to have a meal and beverage beforehand between 5-5:30 p.m. The author event is free. Mejia, an internationally acclaimed thriller writer, is known for mixing compelling characters with page-turning suspense against the backdrop of the Midwest. Her books have been chosen for People's Best New Books Pick and listed in The Wall Street Journal's Best New Mysteries. She lives and works in the Twin Cities.