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Health-care provider also shutting clinic due to finances

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FARGO - Ninety MeritCare employees lost their jobs Thursday and a rural clinic in LaMoure, N.D., will close at the end of the month as North Dakota's largest health-care system strives to improve its bottom line.

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Ninety other MeritCare employees will work fewer hours and 120 vacant positions will be eliminated, said Dr. Roger Gilbertson, president and chief executive officer.

"It's a sad day but an important one for MeritCare," he said.

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