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Published September 29, 2011, 07:30 PM

Altru Breaks Ground on New South Grand Forks Clinic

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Altru Health System broke ground on Thursday at their new Altru Wellness Village Clinic in south Grand Forks.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Altru Health System broke ground on Thursday at their new Altru Wellness Village Clinic in south Grand Forks.

The $13 million project will be part of the new Choice Financial Health and Fitness.

Construction of the more than 29,000 square foot clinic begins in October.

Altru CEO David Molmen says convenient access to excellent care is a fundamental element to Altru's mission.

Teaming up with the health and fitness center will help promote healthy behaviors and exercise.

"Going after people with diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol issues, ultimately coronary artery disease. Those are things people can die from and that's what we can prevent," Altru president Casey Ryan said.

Shoveling dirt wasn't the only activity at the groundbreaking. Altru staff pumped up the audience afterward with a surprise flash mob.

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