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Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer Phlebotomist Laura Kissel with the Mississippi Headwaters Blood Bank located in Sanford Bemidji Medical Center preps David Carlson, one of 20 people registered to give blood, Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 19, 2014. The blood bank plans to cease operation after 55 years in Bemidji.

Local blood bank to disband: Mississippi Headwaters Blood Bank to cease operations as Sanford moves to receive products from South Dakota facility

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BEMIDJI — The Mississippi Headwaters Blood Bank is preparing to cease operations as Sanford Bemidji Medical Center transitions to using blood products from Sanford Health’s facility in Sioux Falls, S.D.


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