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Former Minnesota U.S. Sen. Rod Grams in hospice care

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After being diagnosed with cancer in April of last year, former U.S. Sen. Rod Grams is now in hospice care at his home in eastern Minnesota, according to the Associated Press.

Kent Kaiser, a family spokesperson, told the Associated Press that Grams, 65, is still upbeat and can still get around by himself.

Minnesota Public Radio also confirmed the news with Grams' wife, Chris Grams, but she declined to provide any additional details.

The Republican politician served single terms in both the U.S. House and Senate after working for a several years as a television news anchor for KMSP-TV.

He lost his Senate re-election bid in 2000 to Mark Dayton, who is now governor.

Grams and his wife currently own three radio stations, KLTF-AM, KFML-FM and WYRQ-FM, in Little Falls.

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