News Releases

[Blog] Electronic Logging Device Mandate: Beware of Citations

August 21, 2017 – With the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate, we are finding enforcement is citing organizations for not abiding by the following requirements: Operating Instructions Instructions for how to operate the ELD unit should be obtained from the ELD provider and kept in the vehicle. Paper Logs Paper logs may only be used…

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[Blog] Time-Off Requests and Unplanned Absences During Astronomical Events

August 18, 2017 – A total solar eclipse will cross the continental United States on Monday, August 21. While a total eclipse will occur along a 70-mile-wide band including the states of Iowa, Nebraska, and Illinois, the entire country will be able to experience a partial eclipse. Those in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas will…

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[Blog] Steps for Conducting and Documenting an Investigative Interview

August 3, 2017 – Investigations should be conducted by Human Resources anytime there is a reason to believe conduct has occurred that could lead to discipline of an employee or impose liability on the company. Use the following steps as a guide when conducting an investigative interview. 1. Preparing for Investigative Interviews Ensure you have…

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David Paulson Agency in Wadena joins North Risk Partners

North Risk Partners has acquired David Paulson Agency, an agency located in Wadena, Minn. with roots dating back over 100 years. The deal, effective July 1, grows North Risk to 17 locations statewide, from Roseau in the North to Rochester in the South. For David Paulson Agency clients, both businesses and individuals, the acquisition means…

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Anita Borgerding Named 2017 Outstanding CSR of the Year

June 27, 2017 – Anita Borgerding of North Risk Partners – Apollo Division in Albany, Minn. was named 2017 Outstanding Customer Service Representative (CSR) of the Year for the state of Minnesota by the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research. “Borgerding was chosen as a state winner for exemplifying the characteristics and qualifications required…

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Apollo Division and Commercial Exchange Merge Offices in Melrose

June 23, 2017 – North Risk Partners – Apollo Division and North Risk Partners –  Commercial Exchange Corporation (CEC) recently merged offices in Melrose, more than three months after North Risk Partners acquired CEC in early February. The businesses had to wait until the building at 411 Main St. E, the location of CEC’s Melrose office…

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[Blog] Protecting Your Business from a Cyber Attack

May 16, 2017 – The recent WannaCry ransomware that has infected more than 200,000 computer systems across 150 countries serves as yet another reminder to the impact a cyber attack can have on your business and data. WannaCry ransomware locks users out of their computers by exploiting a vulnerability in outdated versions of Microsoft Windows.…

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[Blog] Managing Non-Routine Components of Your Safety Program

April 6, 2017 – Similar to routine tasks performed by your organization, the methods and responsibilities for informing employees of the hazards associated with infrequent or non-routine tasks should be covered in your health and safety program. This is considered to be best industry practice. Non-Routine Tasks Require Training If employees are required to perform…

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North Risk Partners Acquires Commercial Exchange Corporation

North Risk Partners has acquired Commercial Exchange Corporation (CEC), a 65-year-old agency with locations in Freeport and Melrose. The deal, effective Feb. 1, grows North Risk to 16 locations statewide, from Roseau in the North to Rochester in the South. “I was born and raised on a farm one mile north of Freeport and bought…

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[Blog] Property & Casualty Insurers Post First Underwriting Loss Since 2012

February 3, 2017 – It’s been a well-known fact the last few years in the insurance industry have been very good from a buyer’s perspective. More carriers have entered previously uncharted waters, coverage has broadened, and premiums have become extremely competitive. Carriers have been buying business at a level not seen for some time. Much…

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