We continue our look at the impact of the state's budget shortfall through the eyes of individual communities. This time, we visit Fergus Falls.
(March 2009)

An introduction to Fergus Falls

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Rural hospital reaches tipping point

Balancing the state budget could mean big changes for the people covered by MinnesotaCare and the hospitals that treat them.

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As they struggle with funding, nursing homes are unable to compete with larger hospitals in offering higher wages to employees.

Elder Care

Budget cuts may hit rural seniors harder

The population of Otter Tail County is getting older. Local officials worry about how to reach out to rural, sometimes isolated seniors.

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