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Long-awaited VA clinic opens in Devils Lake

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) -- A Veterans Affairs clinic has opened in Devils Lake, meaning area military veterans will no longer have to travel to VA headquarters in Fargo for treatment.

The federal government last September awarded Mercy Hospital the contract to house the clinic.

U.S. Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp took part in the opening celebration on Monday. They say the clinic will provide primary care, along with mental health and specialty services via telemedicine.

Hoeven says bringing a VA clinic to Devils Lake has taken about a decade. The VA system in North Dakota also has clinics in Bismarck, Dickinson, Grafton, Jamestown, Minot and Williston.