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Minnesota state Senate candidate suffers brain hemmorrhage, expected to fully recover

WILLMAR, Minn. -- Larry Rice, the Democrat-Farm-Labor candidate running for Minnesota Senate District 13, suffered a brain hemorrhage Thursday during a public appearance at a chamber of commerce event here.

The Willmar businessman, who is challenging Sen. Joe Gimse, R-Willmar, is recovering today at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Rice plans to resume his campaign next week after being treated for the brain hemorrhage, according to a statement released by his campaign Friday afternoon. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Rice is feeling better and recovering, according to a member of his campaign team.

Rice, Gimse and the two candidates for the District 13B House seats were participating in a voter forum sponsored by the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce that involved the candidates responding to questions.

During that exchange, Rice was unable to complete sentences or thoughts, said Chamber President Ken Warner. He said Rice approached him after the event, apologized for his performance and said he wasn't feeling well and had considered not attending the forum.

After being seen by doctors in Willmar Thursday, Rice was later transferred to Abbott Northwestern Hospital, where he spent the night.

Carolyn Lange is a reporter at the West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minn., which is owned by Forum Communications Co.

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