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North Star

"A Personable Company Keeping You on Course"

North Star Mutual is a Minnesota based regional insurance carrier specializing in Farm, Home, Auto and Small Business insurance. The company, formed in 1920, celebrated its 100th Anniversary last year. Today the company writes approximately $475 million in premium and insures over 345,000 policyholders across eight states. All business is written through a network of more than 1,500 independent agency partners located throughout the operating territory.

“North Star Mutual uses the Independent Agent exclusively in our distribution system," said Pete Hellie, President. “We highly value these partnerships with our agents. They play an important role in serving as the risk management consultant for their customers and initial frontline underwriters for North Star."

Uniquely located in the small farming community of Cottonwood, North Star prides itself on its rural values and personable service. The company is the top Farm writer in Minnesota, working in partnership with township mutuals across the state. North Star has been a recognized leader in the agricultural insurance market and has had a historic emphasis on insuring farm and rural properties in the Upper Midwest.

The past year brought on a new set of challenges with the Covid-19 pandemic having a major impact on how we all live our daily lives. In response to reduced driving habits, North Star Mutual began offering a 10% “Stay at Home" Discount on auto policies, which will run through May 31st 2021. About half of North Star's staff continue to work remotely.

“Our goal is to continue to respond to claims and meet the ongoing needs of our agents and policyholders while doing what we can to support the health and safety of our staff and community," said Pete Hellie, “We hope to continue our in-person agent advisory councils in the fall and resume our spring agent meetings in 2022. These open lines of communication are so valuable and allow us to keep up with the issues agents face every day."

North Star is proud of its financial stability and strong commitment to serving agents and policyholders. The company is rated A+ Superior by A.M. Best and in 2020, was selected as a Wards Top 50 Property/Casualty Insurance Company for the 16th consecutive year. North Star looks forward to its continued commitment of working closely with its agency partners in the years to come.

North Star Mutual 
President & CEO
Pete Hellie, CPCU, AINS
Cottonwood, Minnesota
"A+" (Superior)