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Update: Rice suffers brain hemorrhage, expected to fully recover

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

Update 3:45 p.m.

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WILLMAR -- Larry Rice, the DFL Senate District 13 nominee, suffered a brain hemorrhage Thursday during a public appearance at a chamber of commerce event here.

The Willmar businessman, who is challenging Sen. Joe Gimse, R-Willmar, for the District 13 Senate seat, is recovering today at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Rice plans to resume his campaign next week after being treated for the brain hemorrhage, according to a statement released by his campaign Friday afternoon. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Rice is feeling better and recovering, according to a member of his campaign team.

Rice, Gimse and the two candidates for the District 13B House seats were participating in a voter forum sponsored by the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce that involved the candidates responding to questions.

During that exchange, Rice was unable to complete sentences or thoughts, said Chamber President Ken Warner. He said Rice approached him after the event, apologized for his performance and said he wasn't feeling well and had considered not attending the forum.

After being seen by doctors in Willmar Thursday, Rice was later transferred to Abbott Northwestern Hospital, where he spent the night.

Read more on this story Saturday in the West Central Tribune.

Headline: Senate 13: Rice being treated at Abbott following medical incident during Thursday appearance

Update 11:45 p.m.

WILLMAR -- Larry Rice, who is challenging Sen. Joe Gimse for the District 13 Senate seat, is recovering today at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis following a medical issue occurrence that interfered with his performance Thursday at a chamber of commerce event.

Rice, of Willmar, is feeling better and recovering, according to a member of his campaign team.

An official statement from Rice's campaign is expected later today.

Rice, Gimse and the two candidates for the District 13B House seats were participating in a voter forum sponsored by the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce that involved the candidates responding to questions.

During that exchange, Rice was unable to complete sentences or thoughts, said Chamber President Ken Warner. He said Rice approached him after the event, apologized for his performance and said he wasn't feeling well and had considered not attending the forum.

After being seen by doctors in Willmar, Rice was transferred to Abbott Northwestern Hospital, where he spent the night.

Read more on this story Saturday in the West Central Tribune.

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