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Dr. Rachel Bakeberg, D.V.M., and technician Jamie Halvorson check over Penny at the Appleton Veterinary Clinic. A June 23 fire destroyed a large portion of the clinic building, but the veterinarian and her staff continue to serve clients of both large and small animals as workers rebuild the fire-damaged portion. Things are crowded as equipment, inventory and both large and small animal care is all housed together behind them. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

Helping hands on the climb back up: When disaster strikes, veterinarian finds her solo practice is anything but

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APPLETON — Dr. Rachel Bakeberg, D.V.M., made herself the exception when she graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Unlike most of her fellow graduates, she shunned offers to join established clinics. She headed west to the rural community of Appleton determined to practice solo.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
(320) 214-4335
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