Skip to main content

U of M's Ag college receives $12.3 million gift

  • Author:
  • Updated:

Thanks to a successful South Dakota farmer and business woman, the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota will put $12.3 million in the bank to do with whatever it chooses.

The Star Tribune reports the college is one of three beneficiaries of a trust created in the estate of Millicent Atkins, a former student at the university.

Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D. and the Congregational Church in Columbia will also receive a cut.

The university says the $12.3 million will be distributed in 2022 when the trust terminates. In the meantime, each beneficiary will receive one-third of the trust’s annual income.

Dean Allen Levine, whose stepping down as dean at the end August, says the money will help students pay for college.

"We are concerned about the financial burden of getting an education and the impact it has on students and their families," Levine said in a news release. "Millicent Atkins’ generosity will have a significant impact in helping students."

Atkins was born in 1919 and lived most her life in a small town east of Aberdeen, S.D. She grew up on a farm and attended the University of Minnesota for one year before obtaining a teaching degree at Northern State University.

She followed in the footsteps of her father as a land owner and farm manager and eventually owned more than 4,000 acres of prime farmland in Brown County, S.D.

She died last July at the age of 93.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-08-08 at 7.50.05 PM

Missing: 17-year-old Waite Park boy last seen July 3

Police say there is no reason to believe he's in danger.

Melanie Valencia

Northfield bicyclist killed in crash identified as 14-year-old

She was riding her bike to soccer practice before a driver hit her last week.

Samantha Holte

Appeal to find 17-year-old Minnesota girl

She was last seen north of Fergus Falls.

Pixabay - water surface

Man's body found near empty fishing boat on St. Croix River

The boat, and an unoccupied truck found on the shore, belong to a 43-year-old White Bear Lake man.


Police identify MOA shooting suspects, issue nationwide warrants

Three Twin Cities residents were charged Monday in connection with helping the suspects escape.

Screen Shot 2022-08-04 at 7.25.42 PM

Charges: Best Western employees helped MOA shooting suspects escape

Prosecutors allege two Best Western employees helped the suspects escape.

election, vote

What to watch for in 2022 Minnesota primary elections

Bring Me The News brings you a breakdown of what to watch for Tuesday.

Aaron Peterson

Charges: Felon accused of firing shots at police during Meeker Co. standoff

The 31-year-old surrendered after a 28-hour standoff in rural Meeker County.

flash flooding

Weekend rain totals pushed 6+ inches in Minnesota, Iowa; 10 in Illinois

Big-time rain totals across southern Minnesota, southeast South Dakota, northern Iowa and northern Illinois.

Airport traveler flying pixabay

Man who had meth, guns in checked luggage at MSP Airport gets 10 years

Kevin Alan Aguilar-Moreno, 21, attempted to board a Delta flight to Phoenix in October of last year.

Screen Shot 2022-08-08 at 7.13.33 AM

Family identifies man killed by police in Otsego

The 21-year-old was reportedly experiencing 'mental health challenges' and allegedly had a knife when deputies opened fire.


U of M launches program to help prep students for college

The University of Minnesota says a new statewide program, called "Ramp Up," will give students college guidance and orientation courses. The program director also says it's an attempt to rectify the quality and consistency of college counseling.