There is a critical shortage of blood as we head into 2020, especially type-O. There are blood donation opportunities in the area this week. Today (Tuesday) there will be a blood drive at the New Ulm Medical Center from 10 – 4 and at the Sleepy Eye Event Center from 12:30 – 6:30. Thursday, there will be a blood drive at Salem Lutheran Church in Madelia from 1:30 – 6:30, Faith Lutheran Church in Janesville from 1 – 7, at the Buffalo Lake Community Center from 1 – 7, and at the American Red Cross location on Homestead Drive in Mankato from 12:30 – 5:30 Thursday and 9 – 1 on Friday. Plus the bloodmobile will be in Danube Friday from 8 – 2. As an extra incentive, those who donate blood from now through January 19th will be entered for a chance to win 2 tickets to the Super Bowl in Miami.