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Blood drives planned in Nisswa, Pequot Lakes

The American Red Cross will have blood drives next week in Nisswa and Pequot Lakes.

Drives are scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the Gull Lake Center at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, and from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Pequot Lakes American Legion.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at to save time when donating.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.