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This profile was last updated on 10/17/01  and contains information from public web pages.
 
Background

Employment History

  • Chairperson
    Lutheran Social Service Senior Dining Project Council
  • Math Tutor
    Challenger Elementary School in Thief River Falls
  • Minnesota Highway Department

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    Minnesota Office of Citizenship
  • Volunteer Math Tutor
    Thief River Falls elementary school

Education

  • University of California , Berkeley
Web References
Larson is among 14 honored as an Ageless Hero in Minnesota
www.trftimes.com, 17 Oct 2001 [cached]
Cliff Larson , an ageless hero
Larson is among 14 honored as an Ageless Hero in Minnesota.
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On October 3 , Cliff Larson received recognition at the 2001 Ageless Hero Awards Program in the Mall of America for his extensive community involvement.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota honored 14 of Minnesota's Ageless Heros during the ceremony.
Larson said he started volunteering so he had something to fill up his time.
I'm not the type of person who can just sit and do nothing , said Larson.
Willingly , he speaks about his life and where he has been.There is never a boastful tone , a true hero , he gives without expecting.
Of all the volunteer-related things I've done , the best thing has been working with children , said Larson.They get to be just like grandchildren..
Watching the kids grow-up into accomplished young adults has been Larson's reward.He says he isn't able to work with children as much as he would like to anymore , but the gap is filled by spending time with his six grandchildren.
Nominating Larson for the award was Elaine White , who has worked with him on a number of committees and boards.
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Larson volunteered as a math tutor at Challenger Elementary School in Thief River Falls for eight years.Larson was first asked to help a new student get caught up with his schoolwork.From there on , two or three times a week he would tutor fifth-grade students in math.He also assisted kindergarten , first- and second-grade students at science fairs.
Larson has been a member of the Minnesota Office of Citizenship and Volunteer Services' Advisory Committee since 1992.As a member of MOCVS , he does fundraising for the group , and informs legislators about older adult and volunteer issues.
The nomination letter stated that friends describe him as a person who's extremely kind , a hard worker , an organizer , he motivates others , and as a doer..
Larson put these words into action when a 94-year-old volunteer won the MOCVS Acts of Kindness Award , but was unable to attend the award ceremony due to health reasons.Even though he didn't know the individual , Larson brought her award and three legislators to her home in Badger for the presentation.
In 1996 , Larson was named Pennington County's Outstanding Senior Citizen.He and recipients from other Minnesota counties were honored at the Minnesota State Fair that year.It was here , he received word he had been named one of Minnesota's two Outstanding Senior Citizens for the year.There was a male and female winner.Although his wife had been informed , Larson was left in the dark.
He said he was busy congratulating the other winner , and didn't even hear the announcer call his name.It was truly a surprise.
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Larson began volunteering after retiring from his job of 35 years as resident engineer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation in 1985.His volunteer career began at the Heritage Senior Center in Thief River Falls.After this , Larson said he started branching out and began donating his time in other areas.
In 1977 he helped to start the.first Kiwanis Club in Thief River Falls , and has since recruited 75 members.He is a chairperson of the Lutheran Social Service Senior Dining Project Council , Vice Chair of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program , a member of the Concert Association Board of Directors , and a member of the Advisory Committee for the School Volunteer Program.The list does not end here.Cliff has had an exceptional life and serves as a role model to many.The American Heritage Dictionary defines a hero as a person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose , especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life , and ageless is defined as seeming never to grow old..
These definitions ring true for Larson.He has selflessly given his time not because he has to , but because he wants to.Seventy-six years ago , this man was brought into the world.It is said that every life has a special purpose , but it's up to the individual to put it into action.Larson has done this.Over the years he has touched hundreds , possibly thousands of lives , and there are many more to come.
Where he's been.
I've lived all over the world , was Larson's response when asked how long he has been in Thief River Falls , and where he has been before.A briefing on his incredible life issued proof to this statement.
Larson was born in Hibbing , and attended high school in Karlstad.Immediately following graduation , he was drafted to serve in World War II.
I graduated on a Friday in June , and left for basic training the following day , said Larson.And I shipped out some time in '44..
Among the places Larson was stationed were France , the Philippine Islands and Japan.Serving in the Army Corp of Engineers became a prerequisite for his future career.
After being discharged in 1946 , Larson lived in California , and attended the University of California , Berkeley for engineering.After receiving his degree , Larson started working for the Minnesota Highway Department in St. Paul in 1950.
Thief River Falls was his next stop , and has been here since 1951.
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Larson and his wife have two sons , Mark and John , and six grandchildren.
About the award
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Cliff Larson , Thief River Falls , has been named an Ageless Hero.He received the award at a ceremony at the Mall of America on October 3. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota honored 14 Ageless Heros from across Minnesota for health , vitality and accomplishments.Larson was awarded for his extensive community involvement.
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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
www.bluecrossmn.com, 31 Dec 2001 [cached]
Cliff Larson's volunteer activities are many, including serving as a volunteer math tutor at a Thief River Falls elementary school, and as an advisory committee member for the Minnesota Office of Citizenship and Volunteer Services.In addition, Larson was instrumental in developing a report to the Legislature on the importance of community volunteers; has started Kiwanis Clubs in Thief River Falls and Crookston; is active in his church; and was recently appointed to the Association for the Minnesota State Department of Transportation.
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