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U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson's roundtable meeting on health care Friday in Willmar drew a strong crowd. Marcene Rachael of Paynesville holds a sign as she listens to the discussion at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services building. There was a spirited discussion Friday, but no major disruptions as have been reported at some similar events across the nation. (Tribune photo by Rand Middleton)

Crowd packs town hall meeting

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WILLMAR -- Mary Buckentine drove almost two hours Friday from her home in Plato to ask Rep. Collin Peterson a question: If one of the goals of health care reform is to lower the cost of health care, how can this be done without rationing or limiting care?

"How can government promise to do more with less?" Buckentine wanted to know.

Marcia Neely, a former nurse from rural Benson, sees a system that needs fixing and worries that time is running out.

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