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Shari Fankhanel was honored recently for 40 years as a lab technician with MeritCare and Sanford Health.

Sanford lab tech honored for service

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A lot of things in the medical field have changed since lab technician Shari Fankhanel first began working for MeritCare — now Sanford Health — in Moorhead.


“I’ve seen a lot of changes in 40 years,” says Fankhanel, who has been employed by Sanford’s Detroit Lakes clinic since 2010.

Besides the structural, organizational and name changes in Sanford Health itself, the lab technician field has become “a lot more mechanized,” she says.

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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