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Kevin Marti joins Mills Ford-Jeep

WILLMAR -- Kevin Marti of Willmar has joined Mills Ford-Jeep in Willmar as service manager.

Marti, a graduate of Willmar High School, was previously service manager with Swenson Motor Company. He has worked 20 years in the industry.

Marti is an 18-year member of the Willmar Fire Department, currently serving as a captain.

Augustana changes name to Ecumen

LITCHFIELD -- Ecumen, a nonprofit provider of senior services, has operated Augustana Lutheran Homes in Litchfield since 1972, and Augustana is now joining the senior living communities across Ecumen under that name.

The services and housing provided in Litchfield will be under the name "Ecumen of Litchfield."

"With housing and services statewide, including in nearby Hutchinson, we need to make it easier for people across the region to know who we are and the services we offer for older adults and their families," said Tom Opatz, administrator of Ecumen of Litchfield.

Ecumen of Litchfield will continue a 50-plus-year legacy of providing compassionate, personalized services and care through housing options, home care, hospice care, transportation and other services for the greater Litchfield area. Ecumen's mission is to create home for older adults wherever they choose to live.


Becky Arvila, owner of Valley View Book and Tax of New London, recently earned the designation of enrolled agent. To earn this designation, Arvila was tested by the Internal Revenue Service and proved proficiency in every area of tax code. According to the Minnesota Association of Enrolled Agents, "enrolled agents are to taxes as CPAs are to accounting and attorneys are to law."


Rick Thorson, an American Family Insurance agent in Willmar, has been recognized for customer satisfaction excellence under the J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Insurance Agency Program. Thorson joins other American Family agents who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to outstanding customer service. Thorson has been an agent for American Family since December 2007. His office is located at 312 24th Ave. S.W., Suite 1, Willmar.

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