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Dr. Suzie Human, right, is in high demand at Meritcare Clinic in Bemidji. Rural communities like Bemidji have trouble attracting doctors. Human is examining pregnant mom Kristen Shepard, while medical student McKenzi Burmeister, left, and Shepard's daughter look on. (MPR Photo/Tom Robertson)

Family practice doctor shortage affects rural areas

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If you're looking for a family doctor in Bemidji, you'll probably have a tough time. Even though the town's population is growing, there are fewer family practitioners here than there were five years ago.

That's why Dr. Suzie Human is in such high demand at Bemidji's MeritCare Clinic.

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