Midwest News

Hundreds Evacuate from Flooding in Western Wisconsin City

Several hundred people evacuated their homes early on July 20 in the small western Wisconsin community of Arcadia where heavy rain sent a creek over its banks. The waterlogged city is part of more widespread flooding in Wisconsin and Minnesota …

Minnesota Fines 2 Insurers for Refusing to Pay Auto Accident Claims

Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman has fined two insurance companies for violating state consumer protection laws by refusing to pay auto accident claims for damage caused by drivers they insured. In recent consent orders with the Commerce Department, American Family …

Minnesota: Farmers Insurance Exchange Overcharged Renters for Auto Coverage

Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman has ordered an insurance company to refund more than $300,000 to Minnesota drivers who were charged higher auto insurance rates solely because they were renters rather than homeowners. According to the Minnesota Commerce Department Insurance …

General Indemnity Group Acquires Kansas’ Surety Support Services

General Indemnity Group LLC (GIG), a subsidiary of Boston Omaha Corp., has acquired Surety Support Services Inc., of Overland Park, Kansas. Tracing its origins back almost 40 years, Surety Support Services (SSS) provides surety-only services to contractors, insurance agents, brokers …

Ex-Iowa Seed Company Exec Files $80M Suit over Firing

An executive for a prominent Iowa seed company is alleging he was wrongly fired by Iowa’s richest man and deprived his right to acquire $80 million worth of corporate stock. Joseph Saluri filed a lawsuit against billionaire Harry H. Stine …

Missouri Finally Creating Prescription Drug-Monitoring Plan

Missouri became the final state to create a prescription drug-monitoring program on July 17 when Republican Gov. Eric Greitens signed an executive order aimed at combatting a scourge that killed more than 900 residents last year. The announcement surprised lawmakers, …

Cash Contents of Wisconsin Bank Vault Destroyed in Flood

Recent flooding destroyed all the cash in the vault of a southeastern Wisconsin bank. Fox River State Bank president Keith Polleck refused to disclose how much money was ruined, but said the Federal Reserve will have to replace every dollar. …

Ohio Residents Forced to Evacuate from Sinking Homes

Some residents in a northern Ohio city are being forced to leave their homes after the structures began sinking into the ground. Wadsworth officials say four condominiums and a nearby house are unsafe and notices have been posted instructing the …

JenCap Holdings Acquiring Michigan’s Special Risks Facilities

JenCap Holdings LLC has agreed to acquire privately held Special Risks Facilities Inc., an MGA/contract binding authority and wholesale insurance brokerage firm based in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Special Risks was formed in 1971 and has been led by Jack Klebba …

MarshBerry Adds Barber as Talent Acquisition Manager

Woodmere, Ohio-based MarshBerry has hired Bob Barber as a talent acquisition manager. His responsibilities include overseeing a team of direct reports to source and screen high quality sales professionals for the role of commercial producer and present candidates to agency …

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