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Homeowners in a South Dakota County Won’t See Flood Insurance Surcharge

More than 400 homeowners whose property lies along the Missouri River in southeast South Dakota are no longer facing a potential surcharge on their flood insurance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency had threated to charge $50 to those homeowners in …

Keystone Takes on Two New Missouri Partners

Keystone Insurers Group welcomed Springfield, Mo.-based agency Barker Phillips Jackson as its second franchise partner in the state and Winter-Dent & Company of Jefferson City as its third. Earlier in the week Keystone announced its first franchise partner in Missouri. …

Arthur J. Gallagher Acquires James R. Weir in Minnesota

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has acquired James R. Weir Insurance Agency Inc. in Mankato, Minn. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Jay Weir, Michael Donohoe and their associates will continue to operate from their current location under the …

J.M. Wilson in Michigan Promotes Councell to Fleet Underwriter

Portage, MI.-based J.M. Wilson has promoted Jennifer Councell to fleet transportation underwriter. Councell is responsible for quoting new and renewal business for independent insurance agents in 21 states. Councell has been with J.M. Wilson since 2007, where she began as …

South Dakota Officials Assess Delmont-Area Tornado Damage

South Dakota and federal officials this week were assessing tornado damage to homes and businesses in Charles Mix and Douglas counties, including the town of Delmont. Officials say the preliminary assessment is the first step to determining whether aid will be made …

Hortica in Illinois and Sentry in Wisconsin Sign Affiliation Agreement

Sentry Insurance a Mutual Co. and Florists’ Mutual Insurance Co. have entered into an affiliation agreement, under which upon completion of the affiliation and approval by the applicable insurance departments Hortica will become a member of the Sentry Insurance Group. …

Missouri General Joins Keystone Insurers Group

St. Louis, Mo.-based agency Missouri General Insurance Agency has become a franchise partner in Keystone Insurers Group. Missouri General offers business and personal insurance, and benefits and financial services. Keystone is headquartered in Northumberland, Penn., and is owned by its …

Family of Boy Who Died at Michigan Farm Reaches $100K Settlement

A $100,000 settlement has been reached in a federal wrongful death lawsuit by the family of one of two young people who died in 2010 after falling into a tank at a Barry County dairy farm. The Grand Rapids Press …

Ohio Group Unveils Plan to Deal With Cyberattacks

A group of politicians, law enforcement members and business leaders has given its blueprint for how Ohio communities can deal with cyberattacks to the state Emergency Management Agency. The Columbus Dispatch reported the Cybersecurity Work Group unveiled its report on …

$1.25M Settlement Reached by Chicago Archdiocese, Abuse Victim

An attorney says the Archdiocese of Chicago has reached a $1.25 million settlement with a man who claims he was sexually abused by a Catholic priest. Plaintiff’s attorney Eugene Hollander announced Monday the settlement was reached over the weekend. The …

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