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      Critical need for blood in Upper Michigan

      The U.P. Regional Blood Center in Marquette is badly in need of blood donations.

      The center is currently needs A-negative, B-negative, and both types of O blood. The blood center supplies 13 hospitals throughout the Upper Peninsula, and they say donations have been slow lately.

      "The use is up and donations have been down," said Sallie Coron of the MGH Regional Blood Center. "We had a really slow September so we're really looking for people who have never donated. Only three percent of the population donate so we need the other 97 percent that never have donated to step up, roll up your sleeve, give a pint. It's a great thing to do for your community."

      Donations are accepted at the blood center located on College Avenue in Marquette. The process takes 30 to 45 minutes, and you must be at least 17 years old and have a picture ID.