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Patient dies at security hospital in St. Peter

Officials confirm to MPR a patient at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter died this week. They aren't releasing any additional information. The death comes the same week that embattled chief David Proffitt stepped down under pressure.
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Officials confirm to MPR a patient at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter died this week. They aren't releasing any additional information. The death comes the same week that embattled chief David Proffitt stepped down under pressure.

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