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Door monitors maintaining healthy environment at bank

Things have been going well with the Marshall County door monitors on site at the Great Western Bank.

Marshall County Auditor Nan Benson told the Board of Supervisors during the Tuesday meeting that only one person had to be turned away. She said the person was tested for COVID-19, but results were not available at that time, so the person was not allowed in the facility.

Marshall County has some offices and departments located in the upper portion of the Great Western Bank building on Main Street.

“I think having the person there is probably a good safety feature,” she said.

Supervisor Dave Thompson asked if people have been civil when they come into the bank. Benson told him the only person who was not great was the person who was asked to leave.

“I’m noticing when I’m out that 50 percent of the people are wearing masks anyway,” Thompson said.

Benson said the county is handing out less masks to people coming in to the building than they were in the beginning. She said people are becoming used to wearing masks.

Supervisor Bill Patten asked if the door monitors get chances to meet a lot of nice people, and Benson told him they do.

“I think it’s been a good experience for the folks who are doing it, and an eye-opening experience,” she said.

Benson said if Gov. Kim Reynolds issues a mask mandate, the rules will change.

During the times when not a lot of people are present, Benson said the door monitors stay busy by preparing absentee documents to mail to voters for the November election.

“They’re putting those together with the secrecy envelope and the mail-back envelope and instructions all in little packets,” she said. “So we will be ready to go when that hits us. We’re working on 15,000 of those sets. So, they’re able to keep busy.”

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Contact Lana Bradstream at 641-753-6611 or lbradstream@timesrepublican.com.

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