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A recent $6.5 million donation will help pay for replacing the existing clinic with a "state of the art" facility, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota announced Monday morning.
The donation came from "a very generous couple in this community." Though the statement didn't reveal their identities, regional president Sarah Stoesz described the pair as "fierce defenders of making sure women get the health care they need, no matter what."
Planned Parenthood is raising money as part of a "facilities expansion" for all 19 of its clinics in the three-state region, but this check is earmarked for the Minneapolis clinic on Lagoon Avenue. With some 13,000 women receiving treatment each year, the Uptown site is Planned Parenthood's busiest clinic in the state.
Said Stoesz: “We are incredibly grateful. This gift will ensure that the expert reproductive health care that is our hallmark will be provided in a beautiful, welcoming and contemporary Uptown clinic.”
The announcement did not specify when construction on the new clinic would begin, or how patient care in that neighborhood would be handled during the interruption of service.