Minnesota News

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 …

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 …