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    Home security technology: Keeping you ahead of the burglars

    Back in the early days of home security “systems,” around the end of World War I, it was common for homeowners to hire “door shakers”—night watchmen who would literally walk around and check doors to make sure they were locked. The most advanced product at the time, according to the Electronic Security Association, was an […]

    February 7, 2019

  • M & M’s – The Other Important One’s

      M & M’s are always on our shopping list. With so many varieties (i.e., plain, almond, mint, peanut butter. etc.) we now specify the exact type to buy to ensure accuracy and satisfaction. The same process applies as it relates to “the other M & M’s” – Medicare and Medicaid. This article provides some […]

    January 29, 2019

  • Ice Dams

    In January of 2018 , the Mpls-St. Paul airport closed all of its runways due to heavy snowfall. As much as seventeen inches of snow fell between Forest Lake and Rochester. Four days later, daytime temperatures are expected to reach close to 40 degrees before falling into the 20 degree range at night. This temperature […]

    January 29, 2019

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    Insurance terms, explained

    Med Pay? PIP? Dec pages? Insurance terms, explained With all kinds of different coverages for all kinds of different needs, insurance can be very confusing. And to make it even more challenging, at times it probably seems like insurance websites and policy documents are written in a completely foreign language. Of course, that’s why we […]

    January 24, 2019

  • Grandma's Pearls

    Looking at a new piece of jewelry? Make sure to look at your insurance, too

    Whether it’s a gift from someone special or a gift to yourself, a new piece of jewelry can bring some sparkle to your life. However, many people who find themselves victimized by burglars—or worse, a fire or some other disaster—also find out too late that they didn’t have enough insurance to replace their jewelry. Here’s […]

    January 9, 2019

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    Is your home as efficient as it could be? An energy audit can tell you

    Drafty windows. Leaky faucets. Dirty air filters. All are common issues in homes across the country, and they’re not just annoying—they also cost you money in decreased energy efficiency and higher bills. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program estimates that homeowners can save 5% to 30% on annual energy costs by incorporating technologies […]

    December 29, 2018

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    The Dos and Don’ts of Holiday Travel

    Nobody really enjoys traveling during the holidays, do they? OK, you might if you’re going on vacation, or you’re visiting family in Hawaii or something. But for everyone else, it’s a slog—whether you’re battling airport crowds the Wednesday before Thanksgiving or fighting through highway traffic on Christmas Eve, getting anywhere can be a massive hassle. […]

    December 13, 2018

  • Aspire in the Community

    Chris Shanahan our benefits manager (pictured in the middle) participated in the 2018 Land of the Loon parade in Virginia, MN with the VFW Post 4456 from Gilbert, MN.

    December 10, 2018

  • Five Sure-Fire Ways to Get Your Car Stolen

    Most people would say their car is one of the most valuable assets they own – if not the most valuable. Despite that, however, some people make it downright easy for thieves to drive off in their pride and joy. We don’t want you walking out your door to an empty driveway or leaving the […]

    December 9, 2018

  • Going Solar? Here’s What to Think About First

    For decades, solar panels have been going up on roofs across America, meaning that nowadays a roof can help protect you from the elements and help insulate you from rising electric costs. For some, the environmental benefit of renewable energy is an added draw, as is the potential to sell excess power back to the […]

    December 9, 2018

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