• Memorial Blood Centers will offer the following blood drives across the Northland. Call (888) GIVE-BLD (448-3253) or go to for eligibility guidelines and to schedule an appointment.

Monday: 2-6 p.m., 124 Chestnut Ave., Carlton. Sponsored by Carlton community.

Thursday: 2-5 p.m., Bigfork Valley Hospital, 258 Pine Tree Drive.

Friday: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota, 1300 Anne St. N.W., Bemidji.

Friday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lowe’s, 12025 Highway 169 W., Hibbing.

  • Ruby's Pantry in far western Duluth is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday at Fond du Lac Community Church, 521 131st Ave. W. Doors open at 10:30 a.m.


  • American Red Cross: Blood donations of all types, especially type O, are urgently needed as holiday travel and severe winter weather in parts of the country continue to impact the blood supply. To make an appointment or for more information, download the Red Cross blood donor app, visit or call 800-733-2767.

  • Tune into WDIO-TV for HOM Furniture's "Trees of Hope" charity drive to benefit northland families, children and seniors. Call 877-949-0383 during the 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts and make your donation to feed our neighbors in need this holiday season. Donate $20 or more to Second Harvest, and you'll receive a certificate for a limited edition "Trees of Hope" ornament from HOM Furniture.


  • Age Well Arrowhead is looking for “Snow Angels” to help our older friends and neighbors now that the winter season is upon us. Weather centers are predicting more snow than normal and that means our older friends and neighbors are going to need our help more than ever. Won’t you be the angel that helps keep their sidewalks and/or drives clear for safe passage?

Contact Kim Hileman at 218-623-7805 or via email at Additional information can be found on the website at

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