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Dental hygienist Renee Johnson, left, examines Najma Ismael as Najma's sisters, Yasmin, second from left, and Safi, watch Friday at the Rice Regional Dental Clinic. Najma is being held by her father Omor Ismael. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Volunteers, Rice Regional Dental Clinic team up to help


WILLMAR -- Yasmin Ismael wore a wide, gap-toothed smile as she climbed out of the dentist's chair.

Out in the waiting room at the Rice Regional Dental Clinic, half a dozen other youngsters fidgeted or sat quietly, waiting for their turn in the chair.

Nearly 90 children from low-income households had a chance Friday to have their teeth examined and cleaned by staff and volunteers at the regional dental clinic. The cost? Free of charge.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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