MARSHFIELD, Wis (WSAU) A proposed dental school at Marshfield Clinic is in danger of losing a $10-million state grant.
The state says the grant was intended to provide a rural outreach dental facility, not to build a dental school. Some of the money could be used to train dentists who already have their degrees to help in rural areas. But the state sent a letter to Marshfield Clinic saying that building a dental school would not be covered.
Some reports say Marquette University -- which runs the only dental school in the state -- objected. The Wisconsin Dental Association also wanted all of the funding used for rural outreach, which they consider an urgent need.
Marshfield Clinic says the still intend to build a school of dentistry, and will continue talks with the state on how the grant can be used.