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91-year-old receives honorary high school diploma

Updated: December 09, 2019 05:45 PM

91-year-old Cliff Hanson was able to recieve an honorary high school diploma from Benson High School Monday afternoon at his home at Lake Ridge Care Center in Buffalo.

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Cliff grew up on a farm near Swift Falls in the 1930s. He was forced to stop going to school to after eighth grade to help keep the family farm afloat after his father fell ill. Cliff said he has always felt the lack of that diploma. 

Now 70 plus years after having to leave, Cliff was able to recieve his diploma. 

The diploma read: "Benson High School, of Benson Minnesota, is pleased to present to Clifford H Hanson, for his selfless dedication to family and community, and his willingness to forego his formal education for the betterment of the lives of those he held dear, this honorary diploma. "

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