Park River Insurance Agents

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Larry Houser
Larry E. Houser graduated from the Walsh County Ag School in Park River in 1964. He attended Valley City State where he received a bachelor’s degree with majors in English and physical education. He went on to attend the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley and graduated Suma Cum Laude, receiving his Master’s degree in 1971.He taught and coached in the Park River school system until 1979 when he started in the insurance business with First Bank System. In 1987 a group of local investors bought the bank and the agency, and Larry has been president of the agency since then. Larry served as president of the Independent Insurance Agents of North Dakota in 1990-1991 and was also Agent of the Year in 1992. Larry has always been active in athletics and was elected to the North Dakota Officials Association Hall of Fame in 2005. He was also elected to the Valley City Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.

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Cheri Stabo
Cheri Stabo graduated from Milton Osnabrock High School. She earned an associate of arts degree in accounting from Mayville State. She was employed as office manager for Close Construction, Milton ND for 12 years and joined the staff at First United in January 1999. She is licensed in Property & Casualty, Crop Insurance and Health & Life Insurance. She received her Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) designation in 2004. Cheri was promoted to Manager of First United Insurance in 2006 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2008. Cheri and Steve Stabo have three sons and reside in Edinburg, ND.

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Steve Rehovsky
Steve Rehovsky graduated from Oakes High School in 1979, and attended UND for one year in aviation administration before transferring to NDSU where he received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics. He began his career in Milbank, SD, for Norwest Bank as an ag loan officer. He moved to Park River in the fall of 1985 and has worked primarily in the area of ag lending and insurance sales. He and his wife Carol have four children and reside in Park River.

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Jeanne Droske
Jeanne Droske, born and raised in Grafton, ND, attended school in Grafton and graduated in 1980. She then graduated from Aakers Business College in 1981. After graduating Jeanne accepted a position with First National Bank in Grafton as a teller and in 1990 she accepted a position in the insurance department as a CSR with Norwest Insurance Agency. Jeanne became a licensed agent in 1993 and received her Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) designation in 1997. She accepted her current position as a licensed insurance agent with First United Insurance in May of 2003. Jeanne and her husband David have two children. Danielle is starting her senior year at the University of North Dakota and Alex, who is active in the National Guard, is also a student at UND.

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Julie Byron
Julie Byron grew up in the Edinburg area on a farm that her family still operates today. Her grandfather was an elevator manager. She attended the University of Minnesota in Crookston. Julie is licensed to sell crop / jail insurance, as well as credit / life insurance. She has also worked as an ag lender in the Park River location of First United Bank since 1995. Julie is an assistant vice-president at the bank and serves mainly Park River and its surrounding communities.

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Matt Beneda
A native of Langdon, Matt Beneda grew up working on his uncle’s farm. His father was a county extension agent for North Dakota State University’s Extension Service. His parents are natives of Walsh County and his grandparents still reside here. Matt earned a degree in Agricultural Economics from North Dakota State University. He holds licenses to sell both crop / hail insurance and credit / life. In addition, Matt works as an ag lender (since 2006) and vice president at First United Bank. He serves the Grafton and Park River areas.