About us

Learn a little about us and how we built our business and services for our greatest achievement, our customers.

Our History

Minn-Iowa Agency was founded by John Keister in 1976. The office started in Elmore, Minnesota with a three person staff: Orville Stensland, Jan Ehrich and John himself. At that time, the agency sold Property & Casualty and Life Insurance. In 1979, John purchased the Blue Moon restaurant in Blue Earth, Minnesota and remodeled it. In the spring of 1979, Minn-Iowa Agency moved to Blue Earth.

One year prior in 1978, John was approached by Gail Claude who encouraged him to apply for the Faribault County Federal Crop Insurance agent position. John did and was hired to manage the county book. Two years later, Congress passed the 1980 Crop Insurance Reform Act that introduced a private delivery system. Stroud Crop Insurance was one of the first companies to operate in the new market, and Minn-Iowa signed its first contract with them.

With the additional lines of business, John added Becky Spencer to his staff in 1980. Federal Crop Insurance continued to make positive changes to the product and soon participation levels started to rise. As Minn-Iowa grew, John added Craig Lloyd in 1986, Joann Jacobson in 1989 and Russ Souba in 1991.

In 1992, Minn-Iowa moved into the newly developed Faribault County Ag Center and still resides there today. In the beginning, Minn-Iowa started selling in only Faribault County. Today, it covers the lower third of counties in Minnesota, plus a number of counties in north and central Iowa. Minn-Iowa currently employees eighteen people and has contracts with twenty other individuals across three entities.

Minn-Iowa Crop Insurance is one of the most experienced agencies in southern Minnesota/northern Iowa with well over 160 years of combined experience. Minn-Iowa is licensed in Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota. Our staff takes great pride in providing excellent customer service.

We realize that none of this would be possible without you, our customers, and for that we would like to thank you and we hope to continue to EARN your business.

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The Minn-Iowa Team

Meet our team

John Keister

CEO

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Travis Keister

Agent/President

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Craig Lloyd

Agent/Insurance Specialist

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Becky Spencer

Agent/Insurance Specialist

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Joann Jacobson

Agent/Insurance Specialist

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Mark Loge

Agent/Insurance Specialist

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Josh Frommie

Agent/Insurance Specialist

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Aly Lincoln

CSR/Insurance Specialist

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Amy Smith

CSR/Insurance Specialist

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Angie Loge

Controller

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Wayne Risk

Production Specialist

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Dave Pfaffinger

Production Specialist

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Keep it simple

Our highly skilled agents make the insurance process easy and stress free.

Engage with us!

Our Insurance Agents and Office Staff are here to help you.

We are equipped with tools and information that allow us to understand your farming operation. When armed with this knowledge, we can help you make informed decisions to minimize risk and increase earning potential.

Building relationships and earning your trust. It's what we do.