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Sam Bell benefit and welcome home to be held Nov. 19

Photo provided Sam Bell bursts out of the chute on his fateful ride on Sept. 3, at the Nimrod Bull Bash. Photo provided

Fourteen-year-old Sam Bell, of Nimrod, was critically injured on Sept. 3, at the Nimrod Bull Bash. Bell, a three-year Minnesota state bull riding champion, was doing his eight-second ride when he was bucked violently from the 1,600 pound bull he was riding. The fall left him with brain contusions, broken ribs and damaged lungs. He has been hospitalized since Labor Day weekend at hospitals in the Twin Cities. He recently has been released, but still needs to continue therapy sessions multiple times a week.

A benefit and welcome home for Sam will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19, in Nimrod. A meat and mashed potato feed will be served from 4-7 p.m. at the Nimrod and J & J's Bar and Grill. A silent auction will be held at the Nimrod Hall from 4-6:30 p.m. followed by a live auction and raffle at J & J Bar & Grill at 8 p.m.

The money raised will go to Sam's family to offset the cost of medical bills and expenses incurred after he was hurt. The event is sponsored by the Nimrod Area Lions Club and Friends of Sam Bell. Donations can be sent to: Nimrod Benefit for Sam Bell, c/o 1st National Bank of Menahga and Sebeka, P.O. Box 311, Sebeka, MN 56477. Supplemental funding is provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

Sam is the son of Avis Estabrooks of Nimrod and Roy Bell of rural Leader. He is a student at Sebeka Public Schools.