Insurance Journal » Midwest News http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:44:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Train Crash in Wisconsin Injures 2, Spills Oil http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/22/335451.htm Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:42:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335451 A Canadian National Railway Co. train struck another freight train as it rolled through a small village in Wisconsin, causing cars to derail, injuring two people and spilling thousands of gallons of diesel oil that prompted the evacuation of dozens …

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Ohio Woman’s Injuries Reveals Cars’ Vulnerability to Rocks http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/22/335390.htm Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:55:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335390 A rock-throwing attack that left an Ohio woman with serious injuries is a reminder of how vulnerable motorists are when someone decides to target random victims from a highway bridge or overpass. As 52-year-old middle school language arts teacher Sharon Budd …

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Columbia Insurance Group Hires Klug as New CFO http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/22/335386.htm Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:47:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335386 Missouri-based Columbia Insurance Group (CIG) welcomed Kansas native Kelly Klug, as its new chief financial officer, senior vice president and treasurer. Klug is a trusted insurance and financial professional with over 30 years of proven success. Throughout his career, he …

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Kansas Firefighters to Benefit from $12M Relief Fund Distribution http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/21/335247.htm Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:39:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335247 Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger currently is making the annual funds distribution to state and local firefighter relief organizations. Nearly $12 million will be distributed among 569 local Firefighters Relief Associations (FRAs) across the state. That is nearly $342,000 more …

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Flood Damage Costs Continue to Climb in Minnesota http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/21/335238.htm Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:25:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335238 Minnesota communities are trying to bounce back from last month’s flooding as damage estimates continue to rise. The state’s deputy director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Joe Kelly, said last month’s excessive rainfall led to a unique disaster. “It’s …

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Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to Lightning Rod Insurance Scam http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/20/335278.htm Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:45:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335278 A 52-year-old Missouri man has been sentenced to probation in a lightning rod insurance scam that targeted elderly residents. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a release that Donald Anthony Moses of Neosho, Mo., was sentenced to two years …

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Trucking Company Owner Pleads Guilty in Missouri to Cargo Theft Scheme http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/18/335245.htm Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:35:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335245 A Memphis, Tenn., business owner pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a cargo theft scheme that included a theft in West Plains, Mo. Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that Earl …

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Hailstorm Damages Crops in Northeastern Wisconsin http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/18/335236.htm Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:25:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335236 A severe hailstorm caused significant damage to crops in northeastern Wisconsin, farmers and researchers said. Matt Stasiak, an agricultural researcher, tells the Door County Advocate the hail crushed cherry trees, grapevines, winter wheat, corn and other crops in Sevastopol on …

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Rauch Named Vice President of Marketing at Ohio-Based Central Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/17/335169.htm Fri, 18 Jul 2014 01:06:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335169 The Central Insurance Companies, based in Van Wert, Ohio, has promoted Timothy L. Rauch, to vice president of marketing for both Central Mutual and All America Insurance Companies. Rauch will replace current Senior Vice President of Marketing Edd Buhl when …

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Ellington Mutual Insurance Co. Ratings Downgraded, Withdrawn http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/17/335083.htm Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:45:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335083 A.M. Best has downgraded the financial strength rating to B- (Fair) from B (Fair) and the issuer credit rating to “bb-” from “bb” of Ellington Mutual Insurance Co. (EMIC) in Hortonville, Wis. The outlook for both ratings remains negative. Concurrently, A.M. Best …

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Wisconsin Regulators Say 166,000 Gained Insurance Coverage http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/17/335078.htm Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:40:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335078 Newly released numbers by the Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner’s office shows that nearly 166,000 Wisconsin residents purchased health insurance by June 1. But it’s not known how many of those people were previously uninsured. Gov. Scott Walker has promised to cut …

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Hearing Set in Insurance Fraud Case Against Former Kansas Agent http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/17/335076.htm Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:38:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335076 A federal judge will hear arguments on whether to dismiss the bulk of a wide-ranging indictment accusing a former Kansas insurance agent with stealing nearly $2 million from policyholders. U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten set a July 28 date …

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Cost to Indiana City for Wabash River Levee Repairs Estimated at $2M http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/17/335074.htm Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:22:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335074 A southwestern Indiana city will need to spend more than $2 million to repair its Wabash River flood levees, although that is much less than officials previously projected. Vincennes officials say the repairs are needed before the levees can be …

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Ban Against Lyft Ride Sharing Service Extended in St. Louis http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/16/334816.htm Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:34:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334816 A St. Louis, Mo., judge extended a temporary restraining order that bans the ride-sharing service Lyft from operating in the city or St. Louis County. St. Louis Circuit Judge Joan Moriarty said this week that Lyft cannot operate until a …

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Iroquois Group Adds Source Insurance in Indiana http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/16/334813.htm Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:32:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334813 The Source Insurance Group & Financial Services LLC of Fishers, Ind., joined agency network The Iroquois Group on June 18. Iroquois, a network of property and casualty insurance agencies, now lists more than 2,000 member agencies in 39 states. Source: …

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M3 Insurance Promotes Schreiber to Surety Account Executive http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/16/334810.htm Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:29:55 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334810 Wisconsin-based independent insurance agency M3 Insurance has promoted Travis Schreiber to surety account executive. Schreiber serves as M3’s in-house surety expert and advisor, managing relationships between surety companies and M3 clients, and partnering with M3’s property/casualty sales team to ensure …

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Unlicensed Auto Insurance Robo-Caller Fined $191K by Minnesota Regulators http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/16/334787.htm Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:48:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334787 An unlicensed commercial entity has been ordered by Minnesota commerce regulators to pay $191,185 in civil penalties for making numerous fraudulent and unlicensed auto insurance solicitations to consumers in that state. The Minnesota Department of Commerce imposed the fine on …

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Majer Joins Risk Innovations as Illinois Territory Manager http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/15/334633.htm Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:32:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334633 Ginny Majer has joined insurance wholesaler Risk Innovations as territory manager for Illinois. Based in Chicago, Majer will develop workers’ compensation and personal lines business with retail agents in Illinois. Majer has been in the insurance industry for over 20 years with experience …

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Iowa Seeks Comments on Deadline Change for Crop/Hail Insurance Filing http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/15/334630.htm Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:20:44 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334630 The Iowa Insurance Division is considering a possible change in the crop insurance filing deadline and is inviting informal comments to assist the division in its deliberation. The IID said it is mulling the crop insurance filing deadline after being …

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Iowa Agent Gets 41 Months in Prison for Defrauding Insurance Companies http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/15/334623.htm Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:05:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334623 A former Des Moines, Iowa, insurance agent was sentenced to 41 months in prison for insurance fraud, the Iowa Insurance Division announced. Melissa Ilene Williams, of Dike, Iowa, also was ordered to pay restitution for fabricating and submitting life insurance …

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Midwest Bank Destroyed by Tornado to Rebuild in Nebraska Town http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/14/334498.htm Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:14:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334498 Midwest Bank has announced it will rebuild its branch in Pilger, Neb., that was destroyed in June by a tornado that leveled much of the northeast Nebraska town. Doug Johnson, president and chief executive officer of Midwest Bank, tells the Norfolk …

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Crops Flattened, Windows Shattered in Nebraska Hailstorm http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/14/334489.htm Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:04:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334489 Calls have gone out to glass and siding companies and insurance agents after a barrage of hail left a trail of broken windows, damaged houses and ravaged farm fields in parts of western and central Nebraska. Hailstones as big as …

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Flood Losses Loom for Some South Dakota Farmers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/14/334485.htm Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:00:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334485 Soybean and corn crops are progressing well in South Dakota, agriculture officials said, though farmers in the eastern part of the state could suffer some losses after heavy rains flooded portions of many fields. Gregg Ulrickson, owner of Crop Insurance …

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Dey Promoted to Director of Sales, Agency Relations at J.M. Wilson http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/12/334311.htm Sat, 12 Jul 2014 05:38:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334311 Portage, Mich.-based J.M. Wilson has promoted Erin Dey to director of sales and agency relations. In addition to visiting agencies and instructing continuing education classes, Dey will develop a sales training program for underwriters, to enhance their skills and understanding …

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Midwest Towns Hope Worst of Flood Is Behind Them http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/11/334388.htm Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:43:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334388 Officials in several Mississippi River towns were cautiously optimistic on July 10 that they’ll soon emerge from this year’s flood with relatively minor damage. Water levels were dropping in several places, including Clarksville, Mo., where a furious sandbagging effort over …

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Illinois Towns See Medical Marijuana as New Job Source http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/11/334385.htm Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:31:30 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334385 The prospect of adding jobs — even as few as 30 — has led officials in many shrinking Illinois’ communities to set aside any qualms about the state’s legalization of medical marijuana and to get friendly with would-be growers. The …

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Wisconsin City Sues Organizer of Pub Crawl to Recoup Costs http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/11/334371.htm Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:18:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334371 The city of Oshkosh, Wis., is suing a man who organized a costly pub crawl without a permit. Oshkosh Northwestern Media reports the city filed a small claims lawsuit against Joseph Kubiak for money it spent on police patrolling and …

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Davidson Joins Allied Solutions as VP of Risk Consulting http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/10/334309.htm Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:33:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334309 Ann D. Davidson joined St. Paul, Minn.-based Allied Solutions, as vice president of risk consulting in the company’s bond division. Davidson will use her consulting expertise along with educational presentations and seminars to help credit unions manage risk and ensure their …

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O’Connor Named National Practice Leader for Employee Benefits at CBIZ http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/10/334265.htm Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:40:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334265 Cleveland, Ohio-based CBIZ Inc., a provider of employee benefits and insurance advisory services, has appointed Jim O’Connor national practice leader for employee benefits. O’Connor previously served as managing director and executive vice president of CBIZ’s New Jersey and New York …

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Despite Increases Ohio Auto, Home Insurance Rates Remain Low http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/10/334261.htm Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:34:24 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334261 Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor says Ohio’s average auto and homeowners insurance rates remain among the lowest in the country despite recent increases. In 2013, the average rate for the top 10 private passenger auto and …

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