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Ah-gwah-ching Sanatorium

Local videographer creates historical documentary on Ah-gwah-ching Sanatorium

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In the spring of 1949, a 19-year-old student at Bemidji State Teachers College went to the school nurse complaining of a bad cold.

The nurse took an X-ray. Instead of sending it to a local doctor for interpretation, the nurse gave the X-ray to a college biology teacher, who diagnosed tuberculosis.

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"I had to leave school immediately because I was contagious," said Alma Turney.

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