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Dr. Ronald Holmgren, president of Affiliated Community Medical Centers, leads a short program during the 40th anniversary celebration at the clinic. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

40 years on, ACMC pays tribute to founders

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WILLMAR -- It was a pivotal moment in local history when the nine physicians with the Lakeland Medical Center and the nine physicians with the Willmar Clinic gathered four decades ago to vote on a merger.

Dr. Harris Hinderaker, now retired, remembers the challenge of getting 18 independent-minded doctors to agree on such a momentous decision.

"It was not easy," he said.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at http://healthbeat.areavoices.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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