Iowa News

Grinnell Mutual Names Menary Executive VP, Line Operations

Jeff Menary has been appointed executive vice president of line operations at Iowa-based Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co. Line operations include direct underwriting/production, direct claims, reinsurance and crop hail. Menary has served in leadership roles at the company for more than …

Wingert Named Executive VP, Support Operations at Grinnell Mutual

Dave Wingert was appointed executive vice president of support operations at Iowa-based Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co. Support operations include business information services, finance, and human resources/training and development. Wingert joined Grinnell Mutual in 2011 as the chief financial officer, vice …

United Fire Group Sees Up to $23M Loss for Second Quarter Spring Storms

United Fire Group Inc., based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, announced that it expects its second quarter results to include pre-tax catastrophe losses, net of reinsurance, of approximately $20 million to $23 million from spring storms. “Over the last 10 years, …

Officials: Tornado in Western Iowa Causes Damage in Oakland

Weather officials say a strong tornado touched down last week in western Iowa’s Pottawattamie County. The National Weather Service says investigators surveying debris concluded an EF-2 tornado landed June 3 about nine miles west of Oakland. Such a classification means …

Midwest Hit by Damaging Hail Storms, Tornadoes

Baseball-sized hail pummeled homes and cars in Nebraska and Iowa on June 2 as powerful thunderstorms moved through a swath of Midwest states, also causing severe flooding and prompting reports of tornadoes. The National Weather Service said reports of extensive …

Iowa Woman Files Suit After Husband Is Blown Out of Plane

A woman has filed a lawsuit against an Iowa skydiving company and pilot following the death of her husband, who was pulled out of an airplane door and fell to his death. Attorneys for Cindy Kidrowski, of Brooklyn, filed the …

Report: Healthy Midwest Economic Growth Expected

A monthly economic index for nine Midwestern and Plains states inched up in May, suggesting healthy economic growth is coming over the next three to six months, according to a report released. The overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to …

Iowa Company to Pay $6.8M Fine for Selling Tainted Eggs

An Iowa company has agreed to pay $6.8 million in fines for crimes that include selling the tainted eggs that caused a nationwide salmonella outbreak in 2010. A plea agreement filed on June 2 by federal prosecutors calls for Quality …

Iowa Egg Company, 2 Execs Face Charges in 2010 Salmonella Outbreak

Iowa company and two executives are expected to plead guilty to selling tainted eggs that were responsible for a 2010 salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands and led to an unprecedented recall of 550 million eggs, according to court documents filed …

$2.7B Highway Spending Plan Unveiled in Iowa

Iowa’s preliminary five-year highway spending plan includes more than $900 million for state-owned bridges and more than $1.2 billion for enhanced safety features and upgrades on state highways. The Des Moines Register reported the Iowa Transportation Department unveiled the estimated …