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March 27, 2006

Western National Insurance Group Announces New Mission Statement

"A Mission Statement is an important opportunity to tell people what you stand for, and what you are working to achieve. Plus, it helps to guide behavior and work effort of your employees. Every day we have many choices to make in what we do or say, and if we have a known mission that we are passionate about, it will guide our choices," said Stuart Henderson, president & chief executive officer. "The importance of good values seems to be making a welcome resurgence recently in the business world. For us, it's "business as usual". This new Mission Statement will serve to endorse our past, and to provide guideposts for the future." 

The following is the text of the new Mission Statement:

To act with integrity in the service of others.

We will achieve this mission by maintaining financial strength, and by establishing lasting relationships with people and businesses who share these attributes with us: 

A passion for business and life
A desire to serve others in need
Adaptability to a changing world
A strong sense of humility and humor

"As with our slogan "The Relationship Company", this Mission Statement comes to us because it is already what we believe and how we act in our lives - it's not a temporary and catchy marketing campaign. Integrity may be intermittent in some corporate circles, but not here. Serving others has been most recently embodied by Western National's commitment to contribute one percent of our prior year's income to charity, and by giving our employees paid time off for community service." 

Western National Insurance Group consists of two regional Property and Casualty Insurance companies with direct written premium in excess of $210 million. Western National Mutual Insurance Company is headquartered in Edina, Minnesota and writes in MN, WI, SD, ND and IA. Western National Assurance Company maintains offices in Seattle, Washington, and writes in WA and OR. Both companies write both personal and commercial lines. The company distributes its insurance products solely via the Independent Agency distribution system.

For further information, contact:

Mary S. Manley
SVP Corporate Affairs & Administration
952-921-3820
mary.manley@wnins.com