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Could eminent domain become part of the Albert Lea hospital dispute?

City Council discussed the idea Monday night

Posted: Apr. 10, 2018 2:54 PM
Updated: Apr. 10, 2018 4:37 PM

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – The City of Albert Lea may be considering using its legal authority to keep a full-service hospital in town.

City Manager Chad Adams says the City Council went into closed session at the end of Monday night’s meeting to discuss using eminent domain to acquire the existing Albert Lea hospital from Mayo Health System.

Eminent domain is the principle allowing governments to purchase private property for public use when the property owner does not want to sell.

Adams did not make any further comment on what was discussed during the closed meeting.

Mayo has announced it is shifting in-patient medical services from Albert Lea to its hospital in Austin.  It issued the following statement about the City Council's meeting:  “Mayo Clinic Health System remains focused on our primary responsibility of offering high-quality health care to our patients in the community and surrounding areas. We continue to work with city and county leaders and community members to meet the community’s health care needs.”

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