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United Community Insurance to have Main Street presence

What is currently an office disguised as a small white house on 3rd Street SW, will soon be a Main Street Perham business. United Community Insurance will be making the move this spring, with their new location right next to Lakes Cafe on Main.

This location will help give the agency more visibility within the community. It will also give the UCI staff more room to carry out their daily operations.

Another change within the United Community group is a new agency manager, Scott Wallace.

Wallace has been in the insurance industry since 2001, working at Country Insurance and Financial Services for the last five years.

"I'm excited to be a part of the agency and a part of the bank," Wallace commented.

He said there are two primary reasons that he chose to come to United Community Insurance. First, he cited the experience of the existing staff.

"I would like to add on to what they've already been doing," said Wallace. Joining him are agent Rita Stelzer, who's been with UCI for 14 years and agent Mary Erickson who's been with UCI for six years. Office assistant Rachel Tumberg has a seven year history of working in the customer service business.

Stelzer is an agent with the Perham UCI agency, but her office is in the United Community Bank building in Frazee. She will remain there and will not be moving to the new office in downtown Perham.

Wallace summarized a desire of the UCI staff, "Our goal is to take care of the needs of our clients and do what's best for them."

A second reason Wallace gave for choosing to work with UCI is that they are an independent insurance agency. He explains, "Being an independent agency, we can work with a variety of different companies. This helps us to better serve our clients."

Serving the people in this area is an important part of the job for Wallace, who grew up near Wadena. He has worked in Perham for the last nine years. His wife, Darla, is the owner of Sorella's Salon and Spa--another Main Street Perham business.

United Community Insurance has had a presence in Perham since 1934. UCI is the insurance agency of United Community Bank and offers auto, home, life, farm, health, and business insurance.