Minnesota News

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 …

Davidson Joins Allied Solutions as VP of Risk Consulting

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 …

All Risks Taps Julien as California Workers’ Comp Underwriter

Danielle Julien has been hired by wholesaler All Risks Ltd. as a workers’ compensation brokerage underwriter located in San Diego, Calif. Julien will write workers’ compensation business with retail agents in California, Arizona and Nevada. Julien has eight years of …

Tech Troubles Remain at Minnesota’s Health Insurance Exchange

Consultants told the board that governs Minnesota’s health insurance exchange that a lot of work is needed to get the troubled system ready for open enrollment in November. MNsure hired Deloitte Consulting LLP for $5 million in April to be …

Hilger Named CEO at Securian Financial Group

St. Paul, Minn.-based Securian Financial Group announced that Christopher M. Hilger, currently company president, will also serve as chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1, 2015. Chairman and CEO Robert L. Senkler, who will retire from active management after serving as CEO …

Minnesota Town Struggles with Arson Problem

When a 17-year-old boy was arrested in May in a suspected arson fire that scorched 76 forested acres near Cass Lake, Minn., it was just the latest indication the city has a problem with fire-setting. An analysis of arson statistics …

Minnesota Sees Spike in Motorcycle Deaths, Injuries

The number of motorcycle fatalities and injuries have spiked in Minnesota. The Department of Public Safety says five people on motorcycles were killed last week and 28 others have been injured. The Star Tribune says four of the five riders …

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 …

Minnesota: Transamerica, MetLife Must Pay Insurance Policy Proceeds

Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman has signed regulatory settlement agreements with Transamerica and MetLife that require both insurance companies to pay Minnesota beneficiaries their rightful proceeds from life insurance policies, annuity contracts and retained asset accounts; and $4 …