CHICAGO — Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services and South Dakota-based Sanford Health have canceled discussions over a possible union due to mounting opposition in Minnesota since Attorney General Lori Swanson's disclosure two weeks ago of the early stage negotiations.

Swanson, whose office regulates not-for-profits, along with some lawmakers, and others had raised concerns over a possible acquisition of Fairview by the larger Sanford and the impact on the University of Minnesota Medical Center and Clinics. Fairview and the university are closely linked under a 1997 affiliation agreement that runs through 2026 and can be extended.

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