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Five Common (and Potentially Costly) Homeowner Mistakes

Owning a home is usually a great experience. But it can also be a hassle, especially when unexpected issues pop up-whether you have a minor breakdown or a major catastrophe, it’s almost certainly going to require time...

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Safe, Secure Shopping: Tips for Black Friday

It's become almost as much a part of Thanksgiving as turkey and football: Black Friday, the morning-after (or in some cases evening-after) shopping spree. It's the biggest shopping day of the year, an event in its own...

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Prepare your home for winter this fall with home maintenance checklist

For many, the fall season is a busy time of year. High school, college, and professional sports are in full swing. Kids are participating in homecoming festivities and many families are making trips to their local...

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Umbrella Insurance - why it's critical for small business owners

As a small business (SMB) owner, you already know that whatever your business lacks in size, it makes up for in hard work. The majority of owners report working well over the standard 40-hour work week. In fact, ...

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Five Ways to Protect Your Personal Electronic Data

Online data breaches are just an unfortunate fact of life now-as the New York Times put it, you might as well assume that your personal information has been taken, because cyberattacks happen all the time. That’s why we...

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Five High-Tech Ways to Reduce Fire Risk

House fires are something most homeowners live in fear of, but today’s technology can help you ensure the safety of you, your family, and your home. Here are five high-tech ways you can reduce fire risk. 1. Install...

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Back-up Cameras: Not as safe as you think

Isn’t technology great? Every day we see new technology that makes our lives better, more efficient, and safer. Cellphones have facetime capabilities and great cameras. Fit bits track our active lifestyles. Hover...

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Make Football Season Fun and Safe

Finally, we're welcoming fall, that eagerly anticipated season when we get to enjoy cooler temps, colorful leaves and, of course, football season in Minnesota. Football brings with it a whole host of seasonal activities...

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Your Home Maintenance Checklist for Fall

Fall brings more than just changing leaves and shorter days. In many areas, it also comes with a shift in weather conditions that can have a serious impact on your home. And, don’t forget, winter is right around the...

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What Should Go in Your Home Safe (or Safe-Deposit Box)?

Spring has arrived, which means it’s time to clean the cobwebs out of the corners, organize the closets and so forth. While you’re at it, don’t forget to revisit the important documents and other items you have in your...

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AAA: Nearly HALF of Minnesota Residents do not have life insurance!

Most people do not like to think about their mortality, but in order to have a more secure financial future for your family, having a plan in place for the inevitable is essential. According to a recent AAA Consumer...

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Love Bites – Get Umbrella Coverage

In today’s economy, everyone is pinching pennies. So why worry about umbrella coverage? Shouldn’t a home and auto policy leave you adequately covered? Unfortunately, we live in a world of lawsuits. Large damages can be...

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Teen Driving Safety

Talking to Your Teen About Safe Driving When teens begin to drive, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Safety Council, the sobering statistics start to pile up:Car...

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Fall Safety Tips: School Bus, Pedestrian, and Deer

As fall approaches we need to remind ourselves of some safety issues that come with warm days and nights, but a loss of daylight. Fall is the time of year that has the highest occurrence of accidents involving motorists...

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Want a Safer Home? Consider these Inexpensive Fixes

Home improvement: It’s a never-ending process for many people, and for those of us who aren’t necessarily handy, it can be a hassle, too. But there are plenty of simple maintenance tasks and other improvements you can...

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6 Tips for Getting to Work on Two Wheels

Did you know that hundreds of thousands of people in the United States commute to work by bicycle, according to the U.S. Census Bureau? That’s a lot of cars off the road each day, a lot of gasoline saved and a ton of...

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Summer Driving Tips

Summer’s almost here. The sun will come out of hiding, and people will, too. As crowds swell at the beach, in parks, and even on roadways, it all makes for some challenging driving conditions. More people are out and...

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12 Travel Tips from Flight Attendants

Traveling with your family is a great way to create memories that will last a lifetime. Whether traveling to a new destination or a traditional family destination, planning for each trip is important. If you’re...

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Protect Your Home From Theft This Summer

For many families, summer vacations are the highlight of their year. Hectic schedules are put aside for rest, relaxation, and quality family time. No matter where you go this summer, family memories will be made that...

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Essential Safety Tips for Nighttime Boating

If you own a boat (or better yet, as the joke goes, you know someone with a boat), you’ve probably thought about spending some evenings on the water - especially in the summertime. It’s a great thought, of course. But,...

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Tips for a Safe Fourth of July — From Food to Fireworks

Memorial Day might be the unofficial start of summer, but Independence Day is when the season truly kicks into high gear. July 4 is a holiday that has something for everyone, whether you like to host (or attend)...

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Safety Tips for Your Summer Swims

When the sun is out and the weather’s warm, people flock to the water - whether it’s the beach, a lake, a river or a backyard pool. But, wherever there’s water, there’s also danger. According to the U.S. Centers for...

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How to Lower Your Auto Insurance Bill

It’s easy to lower your insurance costs - especially if you have a great driving record, or don’t mind having higher deductibles. Who doesn’t want to pay less for car insurance? Billions of dollars are spent on ad...

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Why Today’s Homes Burn Faster

From building materials to furnishings, many of the things in your home likely aren’t as flame-resistant as those from yesteryear. A fire in a modern home is a “perfect storm,” according to safety consulting and...

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Tips for Buying a Safe Car

You’ve heard all the talk about driverless cars - but unfortunately, we’re still years away from living in a world where you just tell your car where to go, kick back and relax with a book (or, more likely, your phone)....

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Protecting Your Home: Understanding Your Home Insurance Policy

As a homeowner, one of the most important aspects of your home isn’t something you use daily. And it isn’t something flashy you show off to friends. It’s your homeowners insurance policy, and it protects you in more...

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Keep your home in tip-top shape with these spring home maintenance tips

Depending on where you live, spring may have sprung. For some of us in the Midwest, we’re still waiting. No matter where you live, weather can cause damage to your home. Bonnie Pesch, senior personal lines underwriter...

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Protect yourself from Carbon Monoxide at Home and at Work

Every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hundreds of people in the U.S. die from carbon-monoxide (CO) poisoning-and the invisible, odorless gas sickens thousands more. The numbers seem...

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Do I Need to Tell My Insurance Company If My Dog Bites Someone?

You probably don’t think your dog would ever bite someone, let alone cause a serious injury. But dog bites are more common than you might realize-4.5 million occur every year in the U.S., according to the Centers for...

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Insuring Jewelry: How to Know if Your Coverage is Enough

A ring from a loved one. A bracelet handed down through generations. A watch or necklace marking a special occasion. Every reason you treasure a piece of fine jewelry is a reason it should be insured. However, calling...

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Five Key Factors in Selecting a Workers’ Compensation Carrier

It's no secret independent insurance agents love to shop for their clients. Think of them as the best gift-givers around! When it comes to shopping for Workers' Compensation insurance, your agent's job is to find a...

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Condo or Con-don't? What you need to know about Condo Insurance

- - You’ve taken the plunge and opted for condo life. Now that the papers are signed, it seems like everything is taken care of for you-building maintenance, roof repairs, landscaping, insurance, etc. It’s time to...

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Tips to Stay Safe During Snowmobile Season

If you live or vacation where the weather gets cold and the snow starts falling, some people are content to cozy up next to the fire with a good book and concentrate on staying warm. For others, though, it’s time to...

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Renters Insurance: Yes, you really do need it!

With renters insurance, your stuff is protected no matter where it is. Do you rent an apartment, condo or home or you have a college student that rent an apartment? Are the personal belongings in the apartment...

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Winter Ice Safety

The following ice safety tips can help keep you safe this winter. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recommends the following ice thickness: 2 inches or less ................... STAY OFF! 4 inches ........

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Is Life Insurance on Your New Year Resolutions List? It Should Be!

Lakeside Insurance Broker's Five Ways Life Insurance Brings Peace of Mind The majority of us are aware we need life insurance but may not be sure how much, or if it’s within our budget. Life insurance has helped people...

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Maximize the Impact of Charitable Donations

The holiday season certainly brings out our benevolent and generous spirit, with Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve being the most popular time of year for donations. Many Americans find it easier to donate at the end...

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The gift of time could be the best gift of all this holiday season

For many, the holiday season is a time for celebration and fun with loved ones. But for others in Minnesota, the season can be one of the loneliest times of the year. At Lakeside Insurance Brokers, we know how precious...

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The Christmas tree conundrum: real or fake?

The kind of tree that adorns a person’s home during the holidays can provoke debate as much as Coke vs. Pepsi or Chevy vs. Ford. When it comes to Christmas trees, do you choose live or artificial? Do you cut your own at...

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Cyber Monday Shopping and Safety Tips

Shoppers who braved the malls on Black Friday might have risked some pushing and shoving, but not a lot more. Those taking part in Cyber Monday run the risk of having their identities stolen. The risk is greater because...

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The Value of an Independent Insurance Agent

Let's face it, insurance is confusing and can be a complex subject. The right insurance coverage is about more than choosing the right insurance company. It's about selecting coverage that fits your specific needs. An...

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Add some strategy to your Black Friday shopping

If there’s anything more satisfying than melting into the couch following a multi-course Thanksgiving dinner complete with all the fixings, it has to be shopping for the best deals of the season the day after in the...

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Winter Travel Safety

With winter comes many festivities and gatherings of friends and family required increased travel, usually in poor weather conditions. We have some reminders and safety tips from the Minnesota Department of Public...

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Five tips for selecting, installing, and maintaining your furnace filter

Shorter days, blowing leaves, and cooler temperatures are reminders that winter is coming. If you’re like me, you’re scrambling to get your “To Do” list completed. Raking leaves, painting house trim, and cleaning out...

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Make Your House a Haven for Trick-or-Treaters

Halloween is one of the fall season’s most treasured holidays. Kids love to dress up, get together with friends, and go door-to-door in search of the biggest and best goodies. If your neighborhood tends to be teeming...

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Do You Need Umbrella Insurance?

One of the most certain things in life is uncertainty. Your dog could bite the neighbor’s kid. Your teen driver could hit a cyclist. A guest could fall down your stairs. A rainy morning commute on worn-out tires could...

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Three Ways a Pool May Affect Your Homeowners Insurance

That oh-so-covetable experience of taking a dip in your very own pool? Millions of American households enjoy it, at least when the weather’s nice. With the summer heat ratcheting up, you may be coming down with a...

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The Latest Car Safety Features Could Lead to Insurance Discounts

Do you love the new car smell or the shine of new paint? Buying a car can be exciting and stressful at the same time. Negotiations and paperwork can lead to many hours spent at a car dealership. Learning about the new...

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3 Insurance Considerations When Tying the Knot

Wedding bells signal a new start to your life together. But once the champagne is popped and the cake is cut, what’s next? As you settle into life as a newly married couple, it’s a good idea to contact your insurance...

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The Importance of Cooperation in Workers' Comp Claims

When an employee makes a claim for workers’ compensation benefits, it’s imperative that the claim be reported timely. An adjuster’s job is to work quickly and efficiently to gather facts surrounding the accident. The...

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Pet Medical Insurance

Lakeside Insurance Brokers now offers medical insurance for cats and dogs. If you haven’t heard any buzz about pet insurance yet, chances are you’ll be hearing more in the near future. In recent years, pet medical...

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Protecting Your Construction Site From Fire, Water and Theft

Long after the workday ends, risks continue at construction sites, as fire, theft and water can cause significant property damage and can potentially delay project timelines and impact budgets. The presence of...

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The History of Labor Day

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions...

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Why do I need car insurance if I don't own a car?

A growing number of individuals today choose not to own an automobile. Auto loans and the costs of maintaining a vehicle aren't appealing to them. With a number of alternative modes of transportation, like trains,...

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10 Tips to Help Your College Student Rent an Apartment

As college students search for independence, a new challenge for this school year could be renting an apartment. If you’ve been down this road before, you know renting an apartment for a college student can be...

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Easy to Forget Cleaning Projects

As a busy homeowner, it's easy to fall into the trap of pushing off tasks that maintain the long-term value of your home in favor of more pressing problems. That’s OK, to a point, as certain house-cleaning projects...

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Heading to Sturgis?

Whether you’re taking your Harley and heading across country, or just hitting the back roads, we want you to be safe on the roads this summer. Here are a few top tips:No one is too old to wear a helmet A motorcycle ...

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Heavy Rain? Be on the Lookout for Heavy Damage

Your home protects you from the elements, but heavy rains can weaken that protection. With a little maintenance and a lot of vigilance, it’s not hard to stay safe and dry. Spring rainstorms are a fact of life in many...

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How Business Insurance Covers Your Risks

Business insurance can be complex, and it takes an experienced insurance agent to help you get the right commercial coverage for your business. You need an agent who can service not just one portion of your business...

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Why Does Homeowners Insurance Exclude Certain Dog Breeds?

If you’re a dog lover, you probably look at your dog and think warm fuzzy thoughts. Your insurance company, on the other hand, probably sees danger signs.This is especially true if the dog’s breed happens to be...

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Caught outside in a lighting storm? Here's what to do!

As many golfers and other outdoors enthusiasts can attest, thunderstorms can often strike with little to no warning, especially during the warmer months of the year. The lightning strikes that accompany these...

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Caring for Your Precious Possessions

We all remember the day we received our diamond engagement ring, those sapphire earrings for a special birthday or the emerald pendant gifted to us by our family. Those items are near and dear to our hearts, so they...

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Help Your Dog Love Apartment Living

Apartment living can have many advantages: low maintenance, close to work and entertainment, and ease of changing residence. But, if you’re a dog owner, apartment living can present some difficulties. You probably won’t...

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Why are car insurance rates rising?

The reality is car insurance rates are rising and there is not much we can do about it. Here are a few reasons why:1. More cars on the road2. More technology in cars means they are more expensive to repair and/or...

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I want to drive for Uber or Lyft. Am I covered?

The simple answer: probably not. Most personal auto insurance policies excludes vehicles being used as "public or livery conveyance" such as taxis or ride-sharing services. We call this a "gap in coverage". When are you...

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Look Before You Lock - Never Leave Kids or Pets in Cars as the Weather Warms Up

We've all been guilty of it once or twice, we're only running in "just for a minute" and we leave our pets and/or kids in the car. As the weather warms up, it takes less than 10 minutes for the inside temperature of...

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Insurance for Your Construction Business

- After years of experience working with construction companies, from the small general contractor to regional entities, we know that protecting your business from risk requires a deep understanding of the industry....

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Oh Hail No! Storm season is here, which means the fear of hail!

Hail is one of the most destructive types of weather. Every year, hail causes a wide variety of damage to homes, vehicles and businesses across the country. Without proper training, assessing hail damage can be...

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What a Mom Really Want on Mother's Day

Motherhood - the best job around. It's also the most thankless and hardest thing you've ever done. But what each mom wants on Mother's Day is different. Some want the day off WITHOUT their children and spouse needing...

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General Liability Insurance - what's covered and what's not

As a small business owner, you have a lot on your plate — everything from accounting, marketing, and sales to product development, inventory, and hiring. With all of this to manage day to day, details like liability...

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Self-Driving Cars: Who is liable in an accident?

A recent article in the USA Today highlighted the insurance questions many have involving self-driving cars. The article stemmed from an incident involving a Tesla Model X and Phoenix police motorcycle last week. Here'...

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Young and Single? You still need insurance.

We love this picture of Rickie Fowler from the 2016 Ryder Cup because it shows what it's like to be single around coupled or married friends. You've graduated from college, have your first job and either renting on your...

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Don't Get Tricked by These Identity Theft Tax Scams

Is tax season your favorite time of year? Do you enjoy filling out those forms? The answer for most of us is a resounding "NO!" If your filing isn't complicated or you're getting a large refund, however, tax time may...

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Insurance Tips for College Graduates

Graduation season is nearing and with that comes the freedom and independence of being an adult. Part of "adulting" is making your own decisions – including financial ones like insurance. The topic of insurance can be...

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Spring Home Maintenance Tips

The weather is starting to warm up and the snow is almost gone. And with today being the first official day of spring, it seems fitting we start thinking about spring home maintenanceAfter a long winter, it is a good...

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Tips to Protect Your Family and Home During Spring Break Travels

For many, spring break is the light at the end of the tunnel. After enduring months of snow and cold, people can’t wait to get away. For families travelling somewhere warm, such as Mexico, Jamaica, or the Bahamas, a...

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9-Volt Battery Safety

9-volt batteries power our smoke alarms, household items and toys. They can be found in most homes, but these batteries can be a fire hazard if not stored safely or disposed of properly. The ProblemThe positive and...

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Don't Get Nailed - How to Avoid Home Improvement Scams

With the strange weather lately we've experienced warmer temps, heavy rains and even tornadoes! You may have damage to fix or just want to make overall improvements. Finding a contractor and vendors can be a headache,...

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Which Home Alarms Do You Need?

Technology has made home alarms of all kinds — from security to smoke, radon to radiation — more accessible than ever. Many of them can be configured to work together, and some even alert you to trouble through your...

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Managing Liquor Liability Risks

You likely expect guests and patrons to come to your restaurant or hotel to eat a meal, celebrate a holiday or wedding, or get together with friends to watch a game. Part of that experience may include enjoying beer,...

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Car Shopping With Safety in Mind

You’ve heard all the talk about driverless cars. Yet we’re still years away from living in a world where you can just tell your car where to go and then kick back and relax with a book or your phone.Even still,...

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Choosing an Insurance Agent: It's Not Just a Quote, It's a Relationship

Shopping for insurance? You may think you’re simply looking for an insurance policy. But, perhaps, what you’re really looking for isn’t a what but a who: Someone you can trust to guide you through the plethora of...

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Take Stock of Your Stuff: How To Do a Home Inventory

What is a home inventory, you ask? Once created, it will be the most valuable item in your house. Did you get a great gift for the holidays? Maybe a diamond ring, a new musical instrument or a beautiful watch? All of...

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Why is my house insured for more (or less) than the market value?

When reviewing homeowners insurance quotes with our clients, we often get asked, "Why is my house insured for more (or less) than the market value?" So, what's the deal? The answer: replacement cost. Replacement Cost...

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Burned out by shoveling snow?

Are you tired of shoveling snow this winter? Were you injured while cleaning up after a big storm? If the answer is yes, it may be time to hire a snow removal service.To some, this is money well spent, especially if you...

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Tips to Save on Home Heating Costs

It’s no secret winters in the Midwest are frigid - and the next few days here will be COLD. Keep the chill outside by following these helpful tips to reduce your energy bills without sacrificing comfort.Make your home...

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7 Driving Habits That Are Bad for Your Car

No matter how safe you are behind the wheel, you’ve probably done things like: Shift into drive while the car is still rolling backward. Ride the brakes on steep hills. Roll into the gas station on empty. Guilty? If so,...

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Have some new jewelry in the house? Protect it!

Have some new jewelry in the house? Protect it! - It’s exciting to receive jewelry from a loved one — or to give it as a gift. Not to mention romantic. But if you’re lucky enough to have some new jewelry in your home...

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18 Winter Preparation Tips for Car Owners

The brisk air and flurries may have some drivers dreading the roads this winter season, while others are so accustomed to the weather that driving in the snow is now second nature.Regardless of your driving experience...

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Why an annual insurance review is important

For many of us, an insurance review isn’t top-of-mind as we’re making New Year’s resolutions; but it should be. January is the perfect time to meet with Lakeside Insurance Brokers and review your current coverage....

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Reduce, Reuse and Recycle for a Greener Holiday

You may be dreaming of a white Christmas, but really all of us should be striving for a green holiday! Let’s face it, with all the wrapping paper, cards, décor and packaging, we create a lot of waste while celebrating...

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Burglary Prevention: Should You Leave the Lights On?

It seems like a no-brainer to leave the lights on outside your home to deter burglars while you’re away (or even while you’re asleep). But does that really work? Or is it just a waste of electricity — particularly this...

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The 6 Most Important Times to Purchase Life Insurance

Life insurance is one of the most important financial tools that you can have. In fact, without it, most financial plans are considered to be incomplete. So we put together a list of the most important times in your...

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7 tips for getting your Christmas tree home safely

With the Thanksgiving feast behind us, it’s time for many people to start decorating their homes for Christmas. This year, the above-average fall temperatures inspired many homeowners to light up their yards and homes...

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Avoid Identity Theft or Fraud on Cyber Monday

The holiday season can be a frantic time for shoppers with Black Friday and Cyber Monday right around the corner. Scams will be prevalent and online thieves will be ready to hack your information. Protect yourself with...

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Enjoy a Claims-Free Thanksgiving

With over 48 million Americans traveling this Thanksgiving to see family and friends, remember to take a few steps to prepare your home to avoid returning to a big mess and insurance claim. How many times have you...

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Device Insurance: Cover Your Personal Electronics With the Policy You Already Have

It seems everyone these days has a smartphone. Or a smart TV, a tablet, or an ebook reader. Or all of the above – and more. When you add it all up, you may find you have thousands and thousands of dollars tied up in...

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How to Deal With Road Rage

Have you ever noticed that, with roadway anger, it’s always the other guy’s fault? And, it very well could be. The thing is, you can’t control how other people drive. But, you can control how you respond to situations...

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Protect yourself throughout life's changes

Life changes. Has your coverage? - Whether you're starting out, settling down, or retired, protecting what's important - that's what matters most. Our guide describes factors that can influence your insurance decisions,...

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Lakeside Insurance Brokers wins 2016 Safeco Make More Happen Award

CHANHASSEN, Minn. – Lakeside Insurance Brokers is excited to announce it has won a Safeco Insurance® Make More Happen Award. The Make More Happen Award recognizes 66 independent insurance agencies across the country...

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Drone Coverage: Don’t fly by the seat of your pants!

Unmanned aircrafts, more commonly known as drones, are becoming popular for both recreational and commercial use.They’ve become increasingly affordable with the most inexpensive models costing less than $50! Many drones...

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Five Ways Life Insurance Brings Peace of Mind

The majority of us are aware we need life insurance but may not be sure how much, or if it’s within our budget. Life insurance has helped people keep their promises for generations — and you don’t have to break the bank...

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Renting your home during the Ryder Cup? Check your homeowners policy or call your agent to make sure you're covered

The Ryder Cup is the hottest ticket in town. And for those that live in the southwest metro close to Hazeltine, the decision to "see it or flee it" is upon you. For those wanting to make a little extra cash and take the...

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The Type of Fire Extinguisher Every Home Should Have

A fire is a fire, and a fire extinguisher is a fire extinguisher, right? Well, not quite. There are actually different types of fires and different types of extinguishers that respond best to each one. So, which is...

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Buying a condo? Don't skip the inspection

Are you planning to purchase a condo soon? Don't skip the inspection! Even though condos have less maintenance than a house, condo owners can still experience a lot of the same issues that single family homes experience....

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4 ways to reduce Workers' Comp claims

In today’s litigious environment, claims against industrial companies are inevitable, and off-the-shelf solutions to manage liability risks are too often inadequate. In the high-risk manufacturing sector, where large-...

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Saving for a house while renting? Make sure you have renters' insurance

A recent article in the Washington Post states that America's millennials under 35 are struggling to save enough for a down payment to purchase their first home. Despite wanting to purchase a home, most millennials are...

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6 tips to a prevent house fire

With the recent drought in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, there have been several fire losses throughout the area. Make sure you're preventing a house fire with these tips:Keep your yard free of debris, clean out your...

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Pool safety tips before you take a dip this summer

According to the CDC, more than 3,400 drowning take place in the U.S. each year, so run through this list of pool safety tips before you take a dip this summer!Whether you have a luxury in-ground pool, or plan to blow...

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Navigate Rainy Roadways With Care

It’s just rain — how much impact can it really have on your driving? The answer: a lot. You’re likely to experience lower visibility, reduced traction and increased difficulty in handling your car both during and after...

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Is your "baby" going to prom? Call us if they're renting a party bus!

It's prom season! You've been to all of the stores helping your daughter pick out the perfect dress or gotten your son fitted for his tux. Prom is a big milestone in a teenager's life, and the parents! It comes with a...

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Are you and your boat ready?

"Ice-out" was declared on Lake Minnetonka on March 17, 2016 - the earliest on record since 1878, which means the boating season is upon us. Are you and your boat ready? A watercraft inspection or a marine survey are two...

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Spring storms - are you ready?

Spring is a wonderful time of year. Unfortunately, it can also bring major storm activity in the form of torrential rains, hail, high wind, tornadoes or whatever else Mother Nature wants to throw our way. Being prepared...

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Buying an electric car? You may save on fuel, but will you save on auto insurance?

Tesla recently revealed its Model 3, an affordable luxury electric car meant for the masses. Car enthusiasts waited for hours last week outside the Eden Prairie Tesla dealership for a chance to own the highly...

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Lakeside Insurance Brokers signs with Austin Mutual Insurance Company

Lakeside Insurance Brokers has been appointed to sell Austin Mutual Insurance Company products. With the addition of these companies to its existing product offerings, the agency will provide Twin Cities metro area...

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Lakeside Insurance Brokers appointed to sell The Main Street America Group products

Lakeside Insurance Brokers is pleased to announce its appointment to sell products from The Main Street America Group (MSA Group). “Lakeside Insurance is excited to announce our appointment with the MSA Group,” said...

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Lakeside Insurance Brokers announces appointment with West Bend Mutual Insurance

Lakeside Insurance Brokers is pleased to announce its appointment to sell products from West Bend Mutual Insurance, a Ward Group’s 2015 Top 50 performing property/casualty insurer. “As a mutual insurer, West Bend is...

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Identity Protection Tips for Tax Season

What’s the most important number for you this tax season? The amount of your refund? The amount you owe? The number of hours spent poring over all the other numbers? All of those are pretty important, but none of them...

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Lakeside Insurance Brokers announces appointment with Kemper

Lakeside Insurance Brokers formally announced its appointment with Kemper. The Kemper family of companies services over 6 million policies across the United States. “Being appointed with Kemper means Lakeside Insurance...

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Lakeside Insurance Brokers appointed to sell ACUITY Insurance products

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Lakeside Insurance Brokers has been appointed to sell property and casual insurance products with ACUITY Insurance. With the addition of ACUITY to its existing product offerings, Lakeside will...

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Brock Fluegge named to Safeco Insurance Midwest Region Advisory Council

At Lakeside Insurance, we are proud of our legacy of service — we’re your advocate when you’re looking to protect what matters most to you and your family. And now, we’re building a legacy of industry leadership as well,...

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Now Open in Chanhassen, Minnesota

Lakeside Insurance Brokers is celebrating the opening of its new location in Chanhassen. “I love being part of this community and excited to be able to offer residents options when it comes to insurance and first-rate...

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What to Do After a Car Accident in Winter

Freezing temperatures, gusts of wind, patches of ice – winter can be a horrible time to be on the road, especially if you’re on vacation and aren’t used to driving in winter conditions. And, it’s an even worse time to...

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Thrifty Security: Burglar-Proof Your Home

It's not unusual, when you set out on that trip to warm up down south during the winter, to look back at the house a little nervously. Sure, you remembered to lock the doors, but just how secure are things? What might...

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Animal house: 4 insurance issues that arise when kids go to college

Gone are the days of a college student loading up the family car with just a couple of boxes to take to school. Nowadays, students bring laptops, televisions, bicycles, musical instruments, cell phones and other digital...

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Keep Cool While Keeping Your Energy Costs Down

Two thirds of households in America have air conditioners, according to the U.S. Department of Energy - and they spend a total of $11 billion each year running them. Our guess is that most of those households (which may...

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How to Create Your First Garden This Spring

From genetically modified crops to the environmental and health effects of pesticides, more and more Minnesota residents are questioning whether they should grow what they eat. Wherever you stand on the issues...

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Helping Seniors Have a Wonderful Winter

Slippery sidewalks. Freezing temperatures. Power outages. Winter isn't always a wonderland here in Minnesota. If you regularly lend a hand to a senior friend or family member here in Minnesota, it may be a good time of...

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The Right Tires for Winter Driving

It's easy to forget about your tires when it comes to vehicle safety. But with winter weather already in many parts of the country, tires are an important aspect you should keep in mind. Your tires can be the difference...

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Make Home Safety a Priority While You’re Away for the Holidays

The holidays can be a great time to get out of town to visit family you rarely get to see, hit the slopes or flee to the beach. Regardless of how you spend your time away, you need to ensure your house stays safe while...

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Wake up! 1 in 5 fatal car crashes involve drowsy drivers

I fell asleep behind the wheel nearly three years ago. I didn't wake up until I banged my face against the steering wheel. I had been driving at 60 mph when my car slammed into the one in front of mine as it was stopped...

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Make Recycling and Reducing Routine

"Reduce, reuse, recycle." Most likely, you've heard that catchy phrase connected with information about saving natural resources and even saving your family money. But how many of us really make reducing, reusing and...

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4 Little-Known Truths About Credit Scores and Car Insurance Rates

Good, bad or nonexistent, a customer's credit score still matters when shopping for auto insurance. But the impact isn't always equal across geographies or insurers. Click HERE for the remainder of the story on...

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6 Tips for Landlords Bringing on New Renters

Are you a landlord? Having a rental home or apartment can be a great thing - it can also cause a lot of headaches. Here are 6 tips for you to help you safely manage risk as you bring in new renters to your property;...

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Protect Your Most Cherished Possessions

If you're like most people, there are certain items you own that you can't imagine ever losing - possessions you deeply cherish or those that would be impossible to replace due to the cost of re-purchasing them or...

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Home Security Tips

Everyone wants to keep their home safe from burglars or intruders, but not everyone wants to have an alarm system installed. There are plenty of people who prefer the do-it-yourself route, whether it's home improvement...

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Keep Water from Going Where it Shouldn't

One of the most disheartening experiences is to find flooding or extreme water damage to your treasured home. After the week long rain we had last week, you might now have a list of things to do to prevent future water...

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10 Things to Know About the End of Windows XP

By now, I'm sure you've heard that the Windows XP operating system is now longer being supported by Microsoft. If your PC still runs on XP, what does that mean for you? Here are 10 things you need to know; No more...

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Five Sure-Fire Ways to Get Your Car Stolen

Most people would say their car is one of the most valuable assets they own - if not the most valuable. Despite that, however, some people make it downright easy for thieves to drive off in their pride and joy. At...

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Burnsville Road Construction Update

It's that time of year again! Winter is gone (finally) & it's the start of road construction season. Here is an update for all you Burnsville residents; There are two road construction projects in our area we wanted...

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High Deductibles Help You Save

These cost-conscious days, everyone is trying to save money wherever they can, and that includes on their insurance policies. More customers are now requesting a reduction in the dwelling limits on their homeowners...

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Top 10 Tips to Prevent Snowmobile Accidents

Snow: what some see as a burden, others see as an opportunity for fun. Nicely powdered trails aren't just for snowboarders and skiers, as snowmobile enthusiasts take to the trails as well. Link to the full story on ...

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Preventing & Getting Rid of Ice Dams

Ice damming is a maddening problem that afflicts homeowners all over Minnesota and other cold climates. According to the Insurance Information Institute, the average home insurance claim for water damage and freezing (...

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Make Sure Your Pets Travel Well for the Holidays

The holiday season is here - time to eat good food and join together with loved ones. For many who have families far away, this is also is the time to pack up and get out of Minnesota. If you are gearing up to travel...

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Water Backup Protection

As a Minnesota indpendent insurance agency, Lakeside Insurance provides comprehensive homeowners insurance policies through many insurance companies to meet your specific needs . For owner-occupied homes, all the...

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A Different Season Means Different Dangers For Motorcyclists

Fall is a wonderful time to be outside on your bike, thanks to the crisp, cool weather and changing colors of the landscape. Staying safe on the road in autumn requires some special precautions, however. Because we at...

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Back to School Safety Reminders

The end of summer in Minnesota means many things, such as cooler weather, shorter days and ... the start of football! But most important, it means kids are headed back to school. And that means we all should be extra...

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When Things go BOOM in the Night - Fireworks Safety

For most of us, the Fourth of July is a time to enjoy the company of family and friends, having fun and creating memories - whether at home or away But for some families, the holiday is a nightmare. Each year, homes in...

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Do You Own a Classic Car of the Future?

There's nothing quite like driving a speedy, shiny classic car that turns heads and starts conversations. In fact, the beauty and elegance of old collectibles - like the 1964 Aston Martin DB5, the 1963 Corvette Sting...

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A Time to Celebrate Mothers

As the second Sunday of May nears, it's time to think of ways to celebrate mothers - although, of course, that's a worthy pursuit at any time of year! At Lakeside Insurance, we thought it would be fun to give you a...

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Be the Pinnacle of Health & Wellness This Winter

It goes without saying that keeping yourself and your family healthy through the winter months in Minnesota can be a challenge. When you combine chillier temps, housebound days - not to mention kids passing around colds...

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Report: Largest Auto Insurers Often Charge More for Safe Drivers

I recently read an article from the Insurance Journal that really surprised me. The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) conducted a recent report and found that the largest auto insurers often charge higher premiums to...

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Your Super Bowl Party Playbook

As millions of Americans prepare to host and attend Super Bowl parties, many may be unaware of the risks they may be taking. Party hosts need to understand their responsibilities when inviting people into their homes...

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Are you planning a winter vacation?

It's cold out, really cold out. As we Minnesotans are dreaming about going to warm places this week or if you are lucky enough to already have some vacation travel booked - have you ever thought about travel...

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Protect Your Motorhome and RV From the Cold

If you're a snowbird and you're headed away from the cold this winter to a sunnier and warmer spot, you can move on to the next article. Just know that we here at Lakeside Insurance wish you a safe journey - and that we'...

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The Hartford Introduces New Open Road Pricing Plan

On December 13th, The Hartford is introducing a new auto insurance pricing plan developed exclusively for independent insurance agents. We're excited to see these changes in The Hartford's Open Road plan that will allow...

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Kids at College? Put “Insurance 101" on Your Class List

Do you have kids in college? While many college students are home over the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks, we want to remind you to look over their insurance needs. Whether they're attending school in Minnesota or...

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Get the Most Out of Your RV This Summer

There's nothing quite like taking a road trip in an RV. Whether you're headed to somewhere nearby or somewhere farther away this summer, Lakeside Insurance Brokers wants you to get the most out of your travels. General...

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Top Spending Insurance Company Advertisers

While employing a pig and lizard in 2011, Geico spent the most advertising money in the insurance industry, spending an astonishing $1 billion! State Farm, Allstate/Esurance, Progressive, and Farmers round out the top 5...

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Make Your Vacation a Great One

Whether you're planning a trip to a local attraction in Minnesota this summer, or headed all the way across the country, you want your vacation to be relaxing. It's a getaway from work, not to mention your day-to-day...

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Tornadoes Happen Every Year - Are You Prepared?

You don't have to be directly hit by a tornado in Minnesota to experience damage. Taking some time to prepare could save you thousands of dollars and hours of clean-up. Know What Your Insurance Covers and How Much You...

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Safety Tips for Your Boat Trailer

When purchasing a trailer in Minnesota or elsewhere, stay within recommended capacity guidelines. When determining capacity, remember to include the weight of fuel and accessories in addition to the weight of the craft....

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Eagan Home & Leisure Show

What great weather out this week! If you need ideas for spring projects come over to the Eagan Home & Leisure Show today and tomorrow. Lakeside has booth number 11 - stop by and say hi! Admission is free and there...

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Spring is Coming!

With the days getting longer and the weather getting warmer, we're starting to think about spring. (or have been for a while with this mild winter we've had). Whether spring arrives on time, we've got you covered with...

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Buying jewelry for Valentine's Day?

If you are buying your special someone jewelry for Valentine's Day, don't forget to call to schedule your fancy new jewelry on your insurance policy. Why you ask? Your home insurance policy usually only covers you for $...

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Prepare for Driving In Bad Weather Before You Hit the Road

Rain, fog, sleet, snow, ice and wind... bad weather is the enemy of every driver in Minnesota. Lakeside Insurance wants you and your family to be safe. Even if you are satisfied that your vehicle and all of its...

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February Defensive Driver Courses

Get up to 10% discount on your car insurance! If you are over 55 and haven't taken a defensive driver course or need the refresher course - Lehman's Garage is offering classes this February 23rd in Bloomington. Click ...

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Things to Keep in Mind When Buying a Car

Buying a new car is an exciting time - but it can also be stressful. After all, you're trying to get the best deal on price, while also deciding on the make, model and features you need. We can't really help you become...

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Is Your Home Energy Efficient?

Drafty windows. Leaky faucets. Dirty air filters. All are common issues here in Minnesota, and they're not only annoying - they also cost you money in decreased energy efficiency and higher utility bills. Would you like...

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Make Sure Your Home is Ready for Winter

Summer has ended, but there's no need to fret: Fall brings with it crisp, cool days, wonderful colors - and football season! It also brings with it a few maintenance tasks that Lakeside Insurance recommends to help...

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Do all drivers in my household have to be listed on my auto policy?

Most of the time the answer is a resounding YES! Every licensed driver must be listed on your auto insurance policy that resides in your household. The only exception to this rule with some insurance companies is if...

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Understanding Identity Theft

Your identity belongs to you. Here are some suggestions from Lakeside Insurance to help you protect it. One smart and effective way to protect yourself against identity theft is to prevent it. If your identity is stolen,...

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Jewelry: What is covered on my home insurance?

In Minnesota, did you know you probably only have about $2,000 of jewerlry coverage on your home insurance policy? That is the industry standard - no matter what company you are insured with. The main thing that covers...

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September Defensive Driving Courses

For those of you that are age 55 or older, complete an approved defensive driving course and get up to 10% off your auto insurance premium. The first time you take the course it is an 8 hour course. Every 3 years you...

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The last weekend of summer...don't grill your house down

I can't believe that summer is over! This one went FAST. I know most of us will be out on the grill at some point this weekend and by this time of the year we are all grilling experts, right? I would love to come and...

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Disaster Preparedness, FEMA and More

If the unthinkable happens, Lakeside Insurance understands that your most valuable assets are more than just items on a balance sheet. That information is critical during a time of catastrophe. Think we are safe here in...

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Do you have home remodeling plans?

If you have upcoming home remodeling plans be sure to do two things; 1) Let us know about your remodel project as we may have to increase the coverage limit on your home. Give us a call and we'll do the research to make...

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Saving Money on Classic Car Insurance in Minnesota

How much you pay for insurance depends on many factors. Following the suggestions below may help you lower the cost of your classic car or collector vehicle insurance in Minnesota. Before you buy If you're thinking of...

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OSHA Offers Free Consultations to Small Business

Did you know the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers small businesses free, workplace safety consultations? During the OSHA 2010 fiscal year they provided consultations to 26,000 small and...

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Da boat da boat da boat!

Get that boat ready! It's been a slow slow start to summer so you might not have had your boat out much yet this year. We finally have some nice weather and with the upcoming 4th of July holiday make sure you boat is...

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Summer Means More Teens in the Workplace

Business news often reports that it's difficult for teenagers to find work here in Minnesota but nonetheless, as summer approaches thousands of teenagers will enter the workforce, many for the first time. This is an...

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Tornado Tips

Last year Minnesota led the nation in tornados and they keep popping up all over the country. Here are some tips from Travelers Insurance Company to protect your family and your property. BEFORE Learn the warning signs...

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How can I save money on MN car insurance?

The price you pay for your auto insurance can vary by hundreds of dollars, depending what type of car you have and the insurance company you buy your policy from. Here are some ways to save money. Shop around Prices...

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