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The Nation

March 06, 1986

A six-state study is planned to determine whether the downturn in the farm economy is resulting in more suicides or in more public attention to suicides, health officials say. This will be the first large-scale research program in the nation to see if the rate is actually climbing and, if so, what factors may be involved, said Paul Gunderson, statistics chief at the Minnesota Department of Health and one of the study's directors. He said results could be available by early autumn. Minnesota, Iowa, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin will take part in the study.

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