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The University of Minnesota has proposed that it take over Fairview Health services, the system that operates the university's teaching hospital, a move that could pre-empt a merger between Fairview and Sanford Health.


University President Eric Kaler outlined the proposal in a letter to Fairview executives Thursday.


Fairview has run the university's medical center since 1997.


Kaler says he'll meet with Fairview executives next week.


The disclosure comes ahead of a hearing at the capitol on Sunday on the potential merger between Minneapolis-based Fairview and Sanford Health in Sioux Falls.


Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson says she's concerned about an out-of-state organization taking over the twin cities' second-largest hospital chain.


Fairview and Sanford Health officials have said their talks are only in the early stages.

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