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Beltrami County Health and Human Services Director Mary Marchel explains Tuesday night the county's willingness to help Northern Lakes Clinic patients transition from their methadone treatment to another alternative as the County Board formally announced it would not renew its host county contract with the clinic. Behind Marcel are some of the 75 patients and supporters who protested what they view is the closure of the clinic. (Brad Swenson/Bemidji Pioneer)

Beltrami County won't renew methadone clinic contract

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BEMIDJI - Beltrami County won't renew a host county contract with Northern Lakes Clinic, a move sending 180 drug addicts to seek treatment elsewhere.

But about 75 clinic patients and supporters who crammed into the County Board Room on Tuesday night didn't like that decision, and spent nearly an hour unsuccessfully trying to change commissioners' minds.

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