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Published June 18, 2013, 08:01 PM

Dakota Medical Foundation opened the doors to its new headquarters

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- A historic day in Fargo as Dakota Medical Foundation opened the doors to its new headquarters and non-profit community building.

By: WDAY, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- A historic day in Fargo as Dakota Medical Foundation opened the doors to its new headquarters and non-profit community building.

The building is at 42nd street and 28th avenue south.

It will serve as offices for D-M-F, but also a gathering and conference center for area foundations and charities.

The 4-million dollar building comes as the Dakota Medical Foundation celebrates it's 50th year.

The last surviving physician, who was part of the group that started the foundation in 1964, 87-year old Dr. E-P Wenz came to Fargo for the event.

The foundation built the old Dakota Hospital on South University. When it was sold, the profits became the endowment for D-M-F.

Dr. EP Wenz- Retired Dakota Clinic Physician: "We had a rather strong feeling that the hospital should never be owned by a group or a doctor, but the community and Dakota Hospital was owned from the beginning by the Dakota Medical Foundation."

Dr. Wenz was the first orthopedic surgeon at Dakota Clinic.

Since 1996, the Dakota Medical Foundation has donated in excess of "68-million" dollars to help 400 charities in our region.

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