Shocking Carnage After Two Mass Shootings In One Weekend

Dozens Killed In El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio

Two mass shootings at crowded public places in Texas and Ohio in less than 24 hours claimed at least 29 lives and left scores injured, a shocking carnage even in a country accustomed to gun violence. In the Texas border city of El Paso, a gunman opened fire Saturday morning in a shopping area packed with thousands of people during…

Fargo Man Makes His 401st Blood Donation

75–year–old Gerry Hamm has been donating blood and platelets since he was in his 20's

FARGO, N.D.– A Fargo man has a history of giving. He’s been donating blood for the last 50 years. 75–year–old Gerry Hamm has been donating blood and platelets since he was in his 20’s. “When I see stories about people that are where they are because they’ve gotten blood donations, it just reinforces to me that’s the thing that I should…

Vitalant in Urgent Need of Blood Donors After Cold Stretch, KFGO Hosts Blood Drive

Subzero temperatures caused multiple centers to close

FARGO, N.D. — After brutal temperatures set back blood donations, it is urgent that Vitalant get more donors through their front doors. Centers in Fargo and Minot, North Dakota and Aberdeen and Mitchell, South Dakota were closed and blood drives were called off earlier this week because of subzero temperatures. KFGO stepped in and hosted an emergency blood drive. Their goal…

Vitalant in Urgent Need of Blood, Platelet Donations

They lost 350 units in one day because of the subzero temps this week

FARGO, N.D. — Vitalant is in urgent need of blood after subzero temperatures forced their Fargo, Minot, Aberdeen and Mitchell donation centers to close in the Dakotas. That led to a loss of 350 units in just one day. Seventy area hospitals utilize that blood every day. All blood types are needed but there is a critical need for platelets and…

Father, Daughter Share Special Bond through Blood Donation

Even through ups and downs, Mick and Roberta Pytlick are still passionate about giving blood

FARGO, N.D. — Blood is the glue that binds families together, but back in 1997, it was blood that sparked a tradition that would keep Mick Pytlik’s family tighter and stronger. “My great aunt had an aneurysm, an abdominal aneurysm, that ruptured. She was like another grandma to us, and I was sitting in the hospital with her, they kept hanging…

Holiday Blood Drive: One West Fargo Couple’s Story About Giving and Receiving

As a constant supporter and right hand, Tim decided he has more than enough blood and platelets to help others

WEST FARGO, N.D. — Medical experts say blood donations are in higher demand during the holiday season and one man is doing his part to make a difference. Donating blood two to three times a year was routine for Tim Mehl. “But in 2013 it became more personal…we spent a lot of time in the hospital befriending people that had…

Sanford Employees Spread Holiday Cheer By Donating Blood

Vitalant ran the annual blood drive

FARGO, N.D. — With the holiday season in full swing, Sanford Health employees are giving back by donating blood during the KVRR and Vitalant Holiday Blood Drive. Several nurses and staff members lined up to support others needing blood across the metro. Bonnie Olson, a nurse at the new Sanford Medical Center, says giving blood falls right in line with her…

United Blood Service’s Annual Blood Drive Kicks Off

They say there's more demand for blood in the summer

FARGO, N.D. — United Blood Service’s annual blood drive started on Tuesday at the West Acres Mall. Steve Wurzer, a regular blood donor, says he thought he was too busy but changed his mind. “It was like, ‘I don’t have time to do that, but I should do that’… And before I knew it, I was turning into West Acres…

West Fargo Woman Wanted For Drowning Her Newborn

Ginny Lubitz faces two felony counts of murder and attempted murder

Ginny Lubitz (undated mugshot)WEST FARGO, N.D. — An arrest warrant has been issued for a West Fargo woman accused of drowning her newborn baby. Ginny Lubitz faces two felony counts of murder and attempted murder. Court documents say Lubitz placed her newborn child face down in about an inch of water in her bathtub to cause his death. It happened…

United Blood Services Asking For New Blood Donors

United Blood Services is looking for new donors. Katie Bartelson, the Senior Donor Recruitment Representative for United Blood Services stopped by KVRR Local News Monday morning to talk about the growing need for blood donations and how people can donate. Categories: Community, Health, Morning – In The Studio Tags: Blood, blood donor, Donation, donor, united blood services