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BA­GLEY, Minn.— San­ford Health took a step to­ward buy­ing Clear­wa­ter Health Ser­vices of Clear­wa­ter County, Minn., by sign­ing a let­ter of in­tent, ac­cord­ing to a San­ford news re­lease. The non­bind­ing agree­ment could lead to San­ford ac­quir­ing Clear­wa­ter’s as­sets and leas­ing its prop­er­ties. The two par­ties will work to­gether on additional analy­ses, due dili­gence and com­mu­ni­ca­tions over the next sev­eral months, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. Clear­wa­ter serves Min­nesota’s North Woods and in­cludes 95-bed Clear­wa­ter County Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal in Ba­gley, Minn., an at­tached clinic, am­bu­lance ser­vices and a clinic in Clear­brook, Minn. “This part­ner­ship with San­ford will sup­ply us with the ex­per­tise needed to pro­vide a sta­ble environment for pa­tients and staff,” said Daniel Stenseng, Clear­wa­ter County board chair­man. “San­ford has a long his­tory of suc­cess­ful health­care man­age­ment that will al­low staff to fo­cus on car­ing for pa­tients.” Clear­wa­ter County owns the hos­pi­tal and its as­sets. It al­ready holds a man­age­ment agree­ment with San­ford, which is based in Fargo, N.D., and Sioux Falls, S.D. PEO­RIA, Ill.— Methodist Health Ser­vices Corp. of­fi­cially joined the Iowa Health Sys­tem as its eighth se­nior af­fil­i­ate as

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