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Paul Hanson, president of Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota, left, celebrates with Joe Vene, the chairman of the Northern Minnesota Veterans Home Task Force, Saturday morning in the Beltrami County Board Room as the task force learns that Sanford Health has pledged 15 acres and operational support for a proposed 90-bed Bemidji veterans home. Bethany Wesley | Bemidji Pioneer

'Game-changer': Sanford pledges 15 acres for northern Minnesota veterans home

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Bemidji's prospects of hosting a regional veterans home got a lot stronger Saturday as Sanford Health pledged to donate the needed land and assist with the facility's operational costs.


"It's a game-changer," said Rita Albrecht, a Bemidji city councilor and member of the Northern Minnesota Veterans Home Task Force.

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