Wisconsin News

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 …

Wisconsin Town Wants to Upgrade Seawall, Redraw Flood Maps

Stevens Point, Wis., officials will soon found out if they can upgrade a Wisconsin River seawall so they can redraw flood maps. The Stevens Point Journal Media reports the upgrade could spare more than 200 families thousands of dollars in …

A.M. Best: Outlook Stable for Wisconsin Mutual Insurance

A.M. Best has revised the outlook to stable from negative and affirmed the financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and the issuer credit rating of “a-” of Wisconsin Mutual Insurance Co. (WMIC), based in Madison. The ratings reflect WMIC’s solid capitalization, favorable balance …

Train Crash in Wisconsin Injures 2, Spills Oil

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 …

Hailstorm Damages Crops in Northeastern Wisconsin

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 …

Ellington Mutual Insurance Co. Ratings Downgraded, Withdrawn

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 …

Wisconsin Regulators Say 166,000 Gained Insurance Coverage

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 …

M3 Insurance Promotes Schreiber to Surety Account Executive

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 …

Iowa Agent Gets 41 Months in Prison for Defrauding Insurance Companies

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 …

Wisconsin City Sues Organizer of Pub Crawl to Recoup Costs

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 …