Midwest News

Explosion at Minnesota Truck Plant Injures 6

A truck plant explosion in a small southeastern Minnesota town injured six people on Jan. 11 but many more employees could have been hurt, authorities said. Many employees at McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing Inc. in Dodge Center who would have …

R-T Specialty Promotes Hunziker, Nielsen

Chicago-based wholesale insurance brokerage R-T Specialty LLC (RT) has promoted Stephen Hunziker to president of RT Specialty Minneapolis/St. Paul and Todd Nielsen to president of RT Specialty Boston Hunziker previously was an executive vice president, specializing in professional liability lines. …

Health Insurance Relief a Challenge for Minnesota Lawmakers

Minnesota lawmakers scrambled on Jan. 10 to begin cobbling together a relief plan for residents facing massive health insurance premium hikes, but logistical hurdles and disagreements between the Republican-controlled Legislature and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton could make it weeks or …

Holmes Murphy Execs Join Agency’s Board of Directors

Des Moines, Iowa-based independent insurance brokerage, Holmes Murphy & Associates, has added Ellen Willadsen, chief financial officer, and Steve McManus, senior vice president, to its board of directors. In addition to joining the board of directors, Willadsen also earned a …

Wisconsin’s Robertson Ryan & Associates Acquires Allied Insurance Centers

Robertson Ryan & Associates Inc., based Milwaukee, Wis., has acquired Allied Insurance Centers. Allied Insurance Centers President James Polaski will continue to own and service his client book and serve as a vice president at Robertson Ryan. Polaski’s father, Harry …

18 Female Gymnasts Sue Michigan Doctor, Alleging Sexual Abuse

A Michigan doctor accused of sexually abusing gymnasts has been hit with a new lawsuit by 18 women and girls who say they were molested by him, mostly at his clinic at Michigan State University. The lawsuit against Dr. Larry …

Reuters: Beyond Flint, Thousands of Areas in U.S. Struggle with Lead Poisoning

On a sunny November afternoon in St. Joseph, Missouri, birthplace of the Pony Express and death spot of Jesse James, Lauranda Mignery watched her son Kadin, 2, dig in their front yard. As he played, she scolded him for putting …

Insurers Object to Workers’ Comp Reform Proposal in Illinois

Insurance industry lobbying groups are speaking out against a proposed amendment to an Illinois statute that would give insurance regulators in that state more control over workers’ compensation rates. Illinois House Amendment 4 to SB 2901 would, among other things, …

Illinois Roofing Contractor Barringer Fined Again for Fall Hazards

An Illinois roofing contractor has once again been cited and fined by federal safety officials for exposing workers to fall hazards. Proposed Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) penalties total $214,782. Robert Barringer III, operating as Barringer Brothers Roofing, has …

Ascension Risk Services Taps Christensen to Lead New Nebraska Office

Ascension Risk Services, a diversified wholesale broker and managing general agent, has launched a new office in Omaha, Neb., and named Bria Christensen as vice president. Christensen will be responsible for growing the region and the company’s presence in the Great Plains …

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