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Marquette grits teeth over potential dental school in Wisconsin

from The Daily Reporter

The prospect of a second dental school in Wisconsin sparked a heated exchange at the Capitol between state Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, and representatives from Marquette University. The state Building Commission awarded $10 million in matching money to Marshfield-based Marshfield Clinic toward the construction of a dental training building. The money is part of a Jauch-sponsored bill that passed in April in which the state agreed to give $10 million toward training rural dentists if an organization could raise that amount on its own. Marshfield succeeded. But Marquette, which supported the bill, now opposes giving the money to Marshfield after university officials said they learned about Marshfield's desire to eventually turn the program into a dental school. Marquette's School of Dentistry is Wisconsin's only dental school. more

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