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Growing Cities May Outsource Ambulance Care

MINNEAPOLIS -- Apple Valley, Lakeville and Farmington are considering replacing their current ambulance service because of growth in the communities, leaving local paramedics worried that they may lose their jobs.

With the number of medical emergencies steadily rising, leaders of the cities' cooperative ambulance service say it may be time to hire a contractor. ALF (for Apple Valley, Lakeville and Farmington) Ambulance has invited outside providers to submit proposals by Aug. 5 to take over the job starting in January, though the plan aims to retain current workers.

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