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Minnesota Rural Health Association Ribbon Cutting and Open House Celebration on October 16 at the University of Minnesota, Crookston
October 5, 2006

Contact: Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (; Judy Neppel, executive director- MRHA, 218-281-8323 (

CROOKSTON, MN (October 4, 2006) –The Minnesota Rural Health Association (MRHA) invites the public to a ribbon cutting and open house at their new office in Selvig Hall 217 at the University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) on Monday, Oct. 16, 2006, at 2 p.m. Established in 1994, the MHRA was formerly housed at Minnesota State University, Mankato campus but opened in their new location at UMC in July 2006.
"Members of the Rural Health Association have a passion for giving voice to rural health issues. We look forward to the partnership with UMC because we recognize our shared vision to assist rural Minnesota," MRHA President Liz Quam said. "It's a vision of healthy communities and healthy residents throughout greater Minnesota."
The Minnesota Rural Health Association brings together diverse interests to address rural health issues and advocates for and with rural Minnesotans. In partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health's Office of Rural Health, Minnesota Rural Partner, and the Minnesota Center for Rural Health, the MRHA is a non-profit organization whose board of directors establishes an annual work plan. This plan is set to meet the organization's mission, which is to bring together people and organizations with diverse interests to advocate for rural health issues.
The University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) delivers more than 24 different undergraduate degree programs, including online options, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. UMC is dedicated to helping students and the region aim higher, reach further and dream big dreams. To learn more, visit