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Beyer opening Nodak Mutual office in Horace

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Horace native Brian Beyer is returning to the community in which he was raised to open a new office for Nodak Mutual Insurance. A career agent for the company for six years, Beyer's official start date in his new location at 402 Main St., Horace, will be Monday, March 15, offering clients a full array of insurance products, including auto, home, farm, business, crop and flood, as well as life insurance and annuities.

A special grand opening event is also being planned for Friday, April 30, from 3 to 6 p.m., with more details forthcoming.

The son of Bev and Lee Peters, who still make their home in Horace, Beyer is a 1995 graduate of West Fargo High School, and a 2002 graduate of Minnesota State University, Moorhead, where he earned degrees in business administration and finance.

He began his career with Farm Bureau in Montana fresh out of school, and a couple of years later moved back to this area with Nodak Mutual, starting out in Fargo and then going to Wahpeton in November of 2009.

He continues to operate the business in Wahpeton, along with the new one in Horace.

Growing up in Horace, coupled with the fact there is no insurance office along the Osgood or Eagle Run corridor, Beyer said opening the office in Horace seemed to make perfect sense. "I thought it would be a good area for expansion. My mom operates a daycare there and I have contacts from growing up there. We have grown our business through expanding our relationships built on trust, and we plan on continuing to do that in the Horace area."

His goal will be to work the two offices jointly, covering and servicing the entire area from Horace to Wahpeton.

Beyer will continue to oversee the Wahpeton office, while his fiancé Jamie Johnson will serve as the sales associate for the Horace location. A 2003 graduate of Maple Valley High School and a 2008 graduate of North Dakota State University, Fargo, with degrees in political science and criminal justice, Johnson possesses six years of experience with Nodak Mutual, working part-time while in college and full-time after that.

Jessica Eagleson, who has been associated with the company for a year-and-a-half, will serve as the Customer Service Representative out of the Horace office.

Both Beyer and Johnson take pride in their excellent customer service abilities and their far reaching availability to customers, thanks to the efficiency of having all their calls channeled through their individual cell phone lines.

"We pride ourselves in the fact that we can be contacted any time by our clients, either through a phone call or texting," Beyer said. "If anyone gets in an accident or has another immediate insurance related issue, they can call anytime. We like that aspect of our business and we think the demographics that we serve really appreciate the convenience of being able to communicate when they need to."

On a statewide basis, Nodak Mutual Insurance holds the distinction of being the largest property and casualty insurer in North Dakota with a force of nearly 80 agents serving more than 26,000 North Dakota policyholders.

Beyer was just recently recognized by the company for a variety of accomplishments, including being named January agent of the month for meeting the property and casualty needs of clients; and earning senior partner status during Nodak Mutual's annual agents rally in February, for outstanding sales performance in property casualty, life insurance production and client retention in 2009.

Office hours at the new Horace office will be: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday.

Beyer can be reached at 701-261-2770, and Johnson at 701-388-3121. The ability to secure a quote, as well as additional information about services Nodak Mutual Insurance provides, is available on their Web site at