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Atwater City Council looks to Family Practice Medical Center to staff its clinic

ATWATER -- Hopes are being renewed that the Atwater clinic could be re-opened.

During a report Wednesday, the Atwater City Council was informed that discussions are underway with Family Practice Medical Center in Willmar to staff the small town clinic.

Negotiations between Atwater and Family Practice have been positive, City Clerk Goldie Smith said. "The potential is still there."

The clinic had been operated by Affiliated Community Medical Centers of Willmar until this spring when the clinic's sole doctor, Stephen Olsen, retired. ACMC told the city they were unable to find a physician to take over the solo practice and were forced to close the clinic.

When that happened, the town's economic development committee began looking for a new partner and contacted other medical systems, including Family Practice.

In other action:

- The council heard a request from SEH Engineering of St. Cloud to renew professional services with the city. No action was taken.

- The council was informed the city would be notified by the end of October whether the it will receive an additional $35,000 grant for a renovation project at Hotel Atwater.

- The council approved a new contract for a shared building inspector with the cities of New London and Spicer.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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