Virginia, Minn., hospital vote on tap Tuesday

Another big vote tomorrow will take place in Virginia, Minnesota, on the eastern Mesabi Iron Range. Voters there will decide whether to sell their municipal hospital system to a private health care company, most likely Essentia — the conglomerate that recently took over the St. Mary’s/Duluth Clinic system.

Financial trouble for the Virginia Regional Medical Center has been a major issue in that town for years. MPR has a good primer. The medical sector is the second largest employer on the Iron Range behind mining and this will create waves across the region either way. Virginia will also hold council elections.

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