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Closing came down to shortage of rural doctors

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In the end, the closing of the Affiliated Community Medical Centers clinic in Atwater came down to an insurmountable challenge: Fewer primary care doctors are interested in rural practice, and even less are willing to go solo.

ACMC officials searched for various solutions that would allow the clinic to stay open after Dr. Stephen Olsen retires this spring, but none were workable, said Terry Tone, ACMC administrator at the Willmar offices.

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