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Patients, staff react with sadness, anger to loss of two Rice outpatient programs

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WILLMAR -- For Nathan and Ann Fjerkenstad, the letter couldn't have come at a worse time.

Their 1-year-old daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in August, and the family was still on a steep learning curve about managing her disease.

Then they were notified that Rice Memorial Hospital's outpatient Diabetes and Nutrition Center is closing this month, a victim of hospital budget cuts.

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