The Menomonie Police Department, Menomonie Fire Department, Dunn County Sheriff’s Office and UW-Stout Police Department are preparing for the first-ever Battle of the Badges blood drive this week. This is a friendly competition to see which of these public service agencies can get the most people to donate blood, since blood donations have been down during the pandemic.

They succeeded all too well, as all of the reservation slots for the week filled up quickly. 80 more slots were added recently but 79 of those were filled as of this morning (and almost certainly all filled by now.

Menomonie Police Chief Eric Atkinson stated “We’re thrilled that the Battle of the Badges blood drive has been met with such a positive response. We are grateful to have the ability to work together with the Red Cross to help save lives during these uncertain and difficult times. The support from first responders and community members alike has been nothing short of exceptional.”

Although all of the reservations for this battle have been taken, there are other opportunities to donate blood. You can find out more and make a reservation at

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Steve is a web designer and recently retired from running the hosting and development company Cruiskeen Consulting LLC. Cruiskeen Consulting LLC is the parent company of Wis.Community, and publication of this site continues after his retirement.

Steve is a member of LION Publishers and the Local Media Association, is active in Health Dunn Right, and is vice-president of the League of Women Voters of the greater Chippewa Valley

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