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PRACS Employees Search for Jobs, Participants Wait for Money

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One day after PRACS Institute shut its doors in South Fargo, there's still plenty of suffering going on.


Former employees tell us they're hurting, and so do the people who did studies at PRACS, and now likely won't get paid, and the local Job Service has been flooded with people looking for help.

Cindy McArthur tells Valley News Live her heart sank when she got the call. She's very stressed about PRACS closing.

McArther has been doing studies at PRACS Institute since 2008, but this is the first time she's pretty certain she's out over $2,000.

McArthur says there are a lot of people from out of town who have no clue about this yet.

She was supposed to check in Friday night for a study involving 75 other people. This was supposed the third and final weekend; now, instead of blood draws, she may have to withdraw more money from savings to cover bills.

Lee Huggett worked for PRACS as an IT assistant. He says it's surreal: "I came in this morning, and seeing colleagues I've worked with... family... and I've seen hugs and tears."

Huggett would have celebrated his one year anniversary today. He's says he's mourning, but dealing with it, barely. Like so many others, he's now tweaking his resume.

The people who just lost their jobs at PRACS are skilled chemists, lab techs, and phlebotomists, all of which are in high demand.

Carey Fry at Job Service ND thinks these people are going to be employed rather quickly.

By late this afternoon, Job Service North Dakota in Fargo had already seen many former PRACS employees walk through its doors, in some cases struggling to put their emotions aside in order to deal with Wednesday's unexpected blow.


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