The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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April 8, 2013

U suspends donation talks in light of hospital deal

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ST. PAUL —

According to the Pioneer Press, she questioned whether there has been an inappropriate commingling of merger talks with university efforts to raise money for its athletic department, either from Sanford Health or Sanford.

The Pioneer Press said the attorney general pointed to a recent email from a Sanford Health official to university President Eric Kaler that was largely focused on the merger but in closing briefly mentioned fundraising efforts for university athletics.

"Sports and athletic donations have nothing to do with the merger of a hospital system," Swanson said of the email. "It doesn't look good."

The Star Tribune was the first to report about the email Sunday.

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