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Rice Memorial Hospital will celebrate 75 years this week. Built during the height of the Depression, with $166,000 in money from the Cushman Rice legacy and federal Public Works Administration funds, the hospital has developed into a multimillion dollar, multifaceted complex. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Rice Hospital in Willmar, Minn., celebrates 75th year


WILLMAR -- Hans Dahl has many memories of the 29 years he spent as administrator of Rice Memorial Hospital.

There were the infamous "hall beds" that housed patients in the hallways during the high-occupancy times of the 1960s and 1970s. There was the day in 1975 when the entire hospital was placed on standby for evacuation because of a major fire that destroyed part of a nearby block in downtown Willmar.

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Anne Polta

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