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Monson 2018 Pay It Forward Volunteer of the Year

Dean Monson is the Pay It Forward Stevens County Volunteer of the Year. Monson is shown with representatives of the Pay It Forward Stevens County organization.Monson is also shown with last year's recipient Teague Picht who is far left in the back row. Monson was announced as the recipient at a year-end event on Feb. 6. Rae Yost/Stevens County Times

Dean Monson is the 2018 Pay it Forward Stevens County Volunteer of the Year.

The organization announced Monson as the recipient at its year-end event on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

He was selected from a group of other volunteers who have received the Pay it Forward Stevens County award in 2018.

"I'm very humbled," Monson said. "(Every recipient), they all work hard in their communities," Monson said.

Monson received his Pay It Forward Stevens County Award in December. High-schooler IvyRose Kosbab nominated Monson because of his generosity to the community, to youth, the Chokio-Alberta Schools, to strangers and others.

Pay It Forward Stevens County is a group that recognizes individuals who have, through their volunteerism, made a positive impact on the lives of others in the community. Nominations can come from anyone, and the Pay It Forward group reviews the nominations on a monthly basis to pick one person who best exemplifies paying it forward. Pay It Forward Stevens County is sponsored by Morris Pizza Ranch, Stevens County Times, Bank of the West, West Central Screen and Print, the Regional Fitness Center, Riverview, Superior Industries and Hancock Concrete, Stevens Community Medical Center, KMRS/KKOK Radio Stations and Shear Designs. Nominations can be dropped off at any of the participating businesses.

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