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AUSTIN, Minn. -- It's a disease that affects thousands of Americans.
And one national organization is looking to raise awareness, while lending a helping hand.
The American Red Cross is seeking blood donations this month as part of National Sickle Cell Awareness month.
An estimated 100,000 Americans deal with the disease, which causes red blood cells to form an abnormal shape.
The only way to help ease their pain is the blood transfusions, which is why the Red Cross is asking for blood donations.
"That is going to make their pain much less," Freeborn-Mower Red Cross Program Coordinator Chris Avery said. "And so, sometimes it can be done with one transfusion. But, in most cases, it's done through many transfusions over the course of several minutes at a time."
The transfusions help reduce the risks of stroke, damage to major organs and other complications.
The different weather conditions has the Minnesota DNR urging people to not let their guard down when hitting the ice.
When the temps start dropping, going outside to start your car a few minutes before you have to leave becomes a winter routine.
A local housing trust fund is receiving some grant money that will go into a new project to provide housing for people with disabilities.
The unemployment rate for the country dropped again and experts say it's reflecting locally as well.
The Kensett man faced vehicular homicide charges.
We're expecting frigid conditions throughout the rest of the week but one group in Floyd County is helping to bring energy efficient heating to families in need.
People were strapping on their fun Christmas gear and getting ready to run or walk to celebrate the 18th annual Festival of Trees.
In just a few weeks many college seniors will be graduating and that means many will have the burden of the dreaded student loan debt.