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Frontline Features: ER Nurse Connects with Patients Over Shared Vikings Fandom


EAGAN, Minn. — Frontline Features presented by Miller Lite is recognizing extraordinary individuals who have overcome challenges to make a difference for others during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dan Larsen, an emergency room nurse, has been a calming presence to countless patients at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato. His compassionate character and respect for each patient always have been positive attributes, but he's especially made an impact throughout the coronavirus pandemic, when anxieties and uncertainty are at all-time highs.


Dan grew up in Mankato and was a regular at Vikings Training Camp, where he waited after team practices in hopes of meeting his favorite players. When he later enlisted in the Army ROTC and became a Registered Nurse, Dan saved up his days of leave to again attend training camp.

Even beyond game days, Dan's Vikings fandom plays a significant role in his life. He often is able to connect with patients over a shared love of the team, which helps the person feel more at ease in a potentially frightening situation.

Dan's commitment to the Vikings and to his work in the ER is also seen in his role as husband father. Before each of his shifts, Dan receives hugs from his wife and two young daughters, who don't yet understand football but understand that their dad is a hero.

The Vikings and Miller Lite are proud to recognize Dan for his work on the frontlines.