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PIA PARTNERS in WARDS TOP 50   Congratulations to this year’s list of “Ward’s 50 Top Performers,” especially PIA Partners, North Star Mutual Insurance Company (10th consecutive year), Progressive Insurance Group (second consecutive year?), and Western National Insurance Group (6th consecutive year.) These PIA Associate Members again made the annual list of top performing property and casualty insurers. Ward Group is the leading provider of benchmarking and best practices research studies for insurance companies. For the rest of the story, visit: http://www.wardinc.com/wards50/property-casualty.php

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According to a tweet posted by the White House today, Minnesota has 138,702 miles of public roads - 11 percent of which are in poor condition and Minnesota has 13,137 bridges - 12 percent of which are considered structurally deficient.  They go on to say that if Congress fails to act, here are the very real consequences for Minnesota: 11,094 jobs will be jeopardized and 1,911 active highway and transit projects will be slowed or stopped. Our neighbors to the east, in Wisconsin are sitting at about 21% of their roads in poor condition and our neighbors to the west in both North and South Dakota are far better at just 6% of roads in poor condition. To read the more, click on the link:An Economic Analysis of Transportation Infrastructure Investment. or http://www.whitehouse.gov/rebuild-america

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Summer is the peak season for one of the nation's deadliest weather phenomena--lightning. Though lightning strikes peak in summer, people are struck year round. In the United States, an average of 51 people are killed each year by lightning, and hundreds more are severely injured. Here are some lightning safety myths and facts:Myth: Lightning never strikes the same place twice. Fact: Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly, especially if it’s a tall, pointy, isolated object. The Empire State Building is hit nearly 100 times a year. Myth: Rubber tires on a car protect you from lightning by insulating you from the ground. Fact: Most cars are safe from lightning, but it is the metal roof and metal sides that protect you, NOT the rubber tires. Remember, convertibles, motorcycles, bicycles, open-shelled outdoor recreational vehicles and cars with fiberglass shells offer no protection from lightning. When lightning strikes a vehicle, it goes through the metal frame into the ground. Don't lean on doors during a thunderstorm.Myth: A lightning victim is electrified. If you touch them, you’ll be electrocuted. Fact: The human body does not store electricity. It is perfectly safe to touch a lightning victim to give them first aid. This is the most chilling of lightning Myths. Imagine if someone died because people were afraid to give CPR! Learn more about lightning safety by visiting NOAA’s Web Site: When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

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Former U.S. intelligence officials, outlined scenarios for how $445 billion a year in trade theft due to computer hackers will worsen. They warned that financial companies, retailers and energy companies are at risk from thieves who are becoming more sophisticated at pilfering data from their servers.

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