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Willmar nursing home cited after resident chokes to death

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WILLMAR -- Bethesda Heritage Center has been cited for neglect in the death of a resident who choked after eating raw cucumbers.

The Minnesota Department of Health released the report on its investigation earlier this week.

State investigators found the Willmar nursing home was deficient because staff members were unaware the resident, who had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and swallowing difficulties, should not have been allowed to have raw vegetables of any kind.

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