Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch outdoor pop-up-shop benefits local at-risk children

The funds collected from the thrift store's sales help benefit local kids who have psychiatric, behavioral and trauma issues.

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — An outdoor pop up shop sells one of a kind items for a good cause. The Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Thrift Store let its customers take a closer look at their higher end online inventory by putting it on full display with their outdoor sale. The funds collected from the thrift store’s sales help benefit…

Vitalant uses convalescent plasma donations to help others still fighting the virus

Convalescent plasma contains antibodies that help boost a patient's ability to fight COVID-19

FARGO, N.D. — Susan and Scott Jorissen were traveling through Peru and Ecuador right around the time the pandemic starting getting serious. “We literally left Ecuador at a quarter to twelve the night that they were shutting the airport down,” said Susan Jorissen. The Valley City couple made it back to the U.S. safely, but they could tell something was…

Vitalant Hopes to See 500 Donors at Annual Save Our Summer Blood Drive

About 100 donors have given blood as of early Wednesday afternoon

FARGO, N.D. — It’s day two of Vitalant’s annual Save Our Summer Blood Drive, and the non–profit is making strides towards its goal. About 100 donors have given blood as of early Wednesday afternoon. Vitalant is hoping to see 500 donors throughout the week. The blood will go to 70 hospitals in the area, and they’re looking for donors of…

NDSU Launches $50 Million Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth

The institute will focus on exploring subjects ranging from economics to education to finance

FARGO, N.D. — NDSU gets a huge donation and is launching a $50 million institute for global innovation and growth. Benefactors Sheila and Robert Challey led the way with a commitment of $10 million. $30 million has already been given by donors. The institute will focus on exploring subjects ranging from economics to education to finance. Students will be using data…

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…

United Blood Services Rebranded as Vitalant

The name change doesn't change any of its operations

United Blood Services is now called Vitalant, but that doesn’t change any of its services. They say they wanted to bring the 100+ locations across the country under one name. Rebranding does not change any of its operations. Blood donated in the region will still be supplied to area hospitals. Over the next year, all their buildings and buses will…

United Blood Services Is Now Known As Vitalant

It will be a unified brand for 127 donation centers nationwide

FARGO, N.D. — United Blood Services is getting a new name: Vitalant. It will be a unified brand for 127 donation centers nationwide. Vitalant will maintain the same community-based staff in every donation center. The centers and 30,000 mobile blood drives welcome more than 780,000 donors who supply 1.8 million donations per year. The national headquarters is based in Scottsdale, Arizona….

United Blood Services’ Annual Blood Drive Wraps Up

They saw 387 donors throughout the week

FARGO, N.D. — Many lives will be saved thanks to people who donated blood at this week’s Save Our Summer event. 387 people gave blood at United Blood Services’ annual drive at West Acres Mall. Organizers say the need for blood is greater in the summer because of different cases involving accidents and travel. They also say a common misconception is…

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…

United Blood Services Gives a Harley to One Lucky Donor

The winner told us getting a motorcycles was not why he gave blood

FARGO, ND — A lucky blood donor rode home on a new motorcycle in Fargo this morning. John Lindestrom was the winner of United Blood Services’ Harley Davidson giveaway. Anyone who gave blood between June 1st and September 9th was entered in to win the bike. The donation center narrowed down the drawing to five donors. Lindestrom said winning the…