- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A nonprofit that operates five health centers to serve the needy in central and northern North Dakota has opened a sixth facility in a Minot mall.

The federally supported Northland Community Health Center clinics offer medical, dental and behavioral health services to those in need, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. The Minot facility opened Feb. 12, joining centers in Rolla, Rolette, McClusky, Turtle Lake and Bowbells.

“Minot seems to be on the fringe of the (western North Dakota) oil boom and we thought this would be a good place to start” an expansion, Northland CEO Patrick Butler told the Minot Daily News.

Northland is funding the Minot clinic and the one in Bowbells, which opened in January, with a $650,000 grant awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Northland Community Health Center, based in Turtle Lake, was established in 2003. Its clinics provide a range of services, from immunizations to minor surgical services.

“We can treat people quick like a walk-in clinic, but we can treat you with much more depth,” Butler said.

Patients at the Minot clinic who need hospital care will be referred to Trinity Hospital.

A grand opening for the clinic is scheduled March 12.

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