'He saw patients every day of the week': Remembering Albany's Dr. Richard Salk

Dr. Richard Salk, 95, died Nov. 13

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For nearly fifty years, if you lived near Albany, Minnesota and needed a doctor, there’s a chance you went to see Dr. Richard Salk. He died of COVID-19 earlier this month, at the age of 95. Many of the people who cared for him in his final days were people he once served, as a small-town doctor.

His son, Greg Salk, spoke with MPR News Host Cathy Wurzer.

Correction (Nov. 30, 2020): A previous version of this article had the incorrect name in the headline. The article has been updated.

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