Gavyn BollMarie Atkinson-Smeins

People in the News Aug. 12, 2021

Luverne student graduates from USMC boot camp

Gavyn Boll graduated Aug. 6 from U.S. Marine Corp Boot Camp at the Marine Corp Recruit Depo in San Diego, California.

Pvt. Boll will depart immediately for additional training with the School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton, California.

Boll is the son of Scott Boll, Luverne, and Jennifer Pearson, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.



Hills farmer directs donation to fire department


Hills farmer Eric Fick recently directed a $2,500 donation to the Hills Area Volunteer Fire Department through the Bayer Fund America’s Farmers Grow Communities.

The program recognizes that farmers are leaders in their communities and can identify worthy causes for the donation.

Since 2010, the America’s Farmers programs have awarded more than $59 million to community nonprofits, ag students and public schools across rural America.

Last August, farmers entered for the chance to direct a $2,500 Grow Communities donation to a cause of their choice.

To learn more about how America’s Farmers programs are making an impact, visit


Atkinson-Smeins, Luverne Elementary School honored by ASCA

Luverne Elementary School counselor Marie Atkinson-Smeins was among 139 school counselors honored for their role in “Recognized ASCA Model Programs” (RAMP) during an awards banquet July 13 in Las Vegas.

As a RAMP designated school, Luverne Elementary “is committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-informed school counseling program and an exemplary educational development,” according to the banquet program.

The banquet was a part of the American School Counselor Association annual conference.

Atkinson-Smeins and Luverne Elementary were among 11 Minnesota schools honored at the banquet.



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