Minnesota News

Minnesota Man Settles Whistleblower Lawsuit for $990K

A Minnesota man who alerted the U.S. Department of Defense to a Humvee manufacturing change that could potentially put soldiers at risk has won nearly $1 million after settling his whistleblower lawsuit. David McIntosh lost his job at M.K. Battery …

Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange Losing Low-Cost Carrier

The insurance company that grabbed the most customers on Minnesota’s health care exchange by offering the lowest rates told state officials that it’s pulling out of MNsure, a major blow to the exchange as the next open enrollment period approaches. …

Minnesota County Asked to Buyout Flooded Homes

Three months after storms caused significant damage to roads and flooded homes, some residents of Scott County tell emergency management officials they want out. At least 10 homeowners in Blakeley Township say they’re interested in flood mitigation buyouts. Blakeley was …

Maguire Agency Adds Tretter as Commercial Lines Producer in Minnesota

Roseville, Minn.-based Maguire Agency, an independent insurance agency offering property/casualty, employee benefits and personal insurance lines, has added Aaron Tretter as a producer for its property/casualty commercial lines business. Tretter will serve businesses and nonprofit organizations operating in the aging …

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Names Lewis Director of Regional Sales

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies promoted Jim Lewis to director of regional sales for the central region of the country. Lewis will oversee sales operations in Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas and Wisconsin. Prior to his …

Drunk Driving Cases at a 20-Year Low in Minnesota Last Year

The number of arrests and criminal convictions for drunken driving in Minnesota has dropped to the lowest level in 20 years. Authorities credit changing attitudes about driving drunk and improved enforcement for the decline. About 25,700 people were arrested for …

Ott Joins StoneHill Reinsurance as Executive Vice President

Independent Minneapolis-based broker StoneHill Reinsurance Partners LLC announced that Charles R. (Chip) Ott, Jr. has joined the firm as its executive vice president. Ott will work with current and prospective clients on strategic issues such as mergers and acquisitions, geographic …

Report: Midwest Economy Still Strong, Growth to Continue

The economy remained strong in nine Midwest and Plains states in August, and a monthly survey of business leaders released Sept. 2 suggests growth will continue in the months ahead. The region’s overall economic index inched up to 57.2 last …

Minneapolis to Require Residential Sprinklers Beginning in January

A new state requirement for the home building industry was published this week in Minnesota. It means a sprinkler system is required for new houses larger than 4,500 square feet beginning in January. Eden Prairie Fire Chief George Esbensen says …

Flood Damage Costs Continue to Climb in Minnesota

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 …