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North Dakota attorney general says law kept hospital merger review brief

AP/Yahoo News, November 3, 2009

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says North Dakota law limited his review of a merger of two large healthcare companies. Stenehjem says he may ask the Legislature to expand his authority. Stenehjem hired the Brady Martz accounting firm to review the proposed merger of Sanford Health of Sioux Falls, SD, and MeritCare Health System of Fargo, ND. It said MeritCare's books showed "significant operating losses" in its last two budget years.