October 4-10th is National Fire Prevention Week. Did you know that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11:00pm and 7:00am, when most people are asleep? Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half! The key message of this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, October 4-10, is to install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement. Larger homes may need more alarms. A number of fire departments will host open houses including the Scandia Valley Fire Department in Lincoln will have an open house from 5-8pm on Thursday. Meet the firefighters, there will a number of events for the kids at the event on Thursday.
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The DNR has a reminder to drivers “Don't Swerve to Avoid Deer”. Most deer-vehicle crashes occur between September through January because of the fewer daylight hours and increased deer traffic because of mating and hunting seasons. In most cases drivers are prone to swerve to avoid objects or animals on the road but this can lead to a vehicle leaving the roadway or striking another vehicle which could lead to serious injuries. The best case scenario is to stay alert, expect deer to cross in the high risked marked signed areas and if need be, you may have to strike the deer to avoid a more serious accident. If you strike a deer, you need to report the crash by calling your local law enforcement agency, the State Patrol if on a state highway or the Department of Natural Resources.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among American teenagers, killing between 5,000 and 6,000 teens every year. Educate your teenage driver on the importance of wearing a seat belt, driving the speed limit and not driving while distracted. Maybe even have them sign a driving contract. Click here for an example.
The History of Bieganek Insurance
The Bieganek Insurance agency was started in 1956 by Anthony Bieganek. Roger Thielen joined the agency in 1969 and worked with Tony through many milestones of the business. In 1973, Tony’s only son, Ron Bieganek, joined the agency as an agent. Ron and Roger quickly proved to be a wonderful team and upon Tony’s retirement in 1978 they purchased the agency.
As an Independent agent we are able to be personal shoppers for all of your insurance needs. You are our number one concern — we look for the best affordable coverage for your needs. It is dedication and commitment by both the agents and the companies we represent that makes our agency such an asset to the consumers.
In 1989, Ron and Roger purchased Randall State Insurance in Randall Minnesota. Roger relocated to the Randall office full time until his retirement in 1999. Ron Bieganek continued with the success and dedication laid out by former owners Anthony Bieganek and Roger Thielen.
In 2007, Ron Bieganek sold the Property Casualty portion of both the Bieganek Agency and Randall State Insurance to longtime employee Julie Zupko. Julie purchased the Kuehne agency in Swanville Minnesota in 2011. The agency was renamed Swanville Insurance. Julie now owns all three agencies under the umbrella of Central MN Insurance Service. The agents staffed at all of our locations still use the dedication and service provided by the previous owners as their role models to success. We strive to provide the best customer service possible.