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December 14, 2006

Western National Insurance Achievements Recognized by Twin Cities Business Magazine

The December 2006 issue of the Twin Cities Business magazine profiles Western National as a business Success Story in Minnesota. Western National, along with eight other businesses, was selected by the magazine in this 4th year of annual celebrations of success, based on remarkable growth, turnaround and innovation. All companies were selected because they stood out in their "ability to detect opportunities not perceived by others, combined with diligence, marketing acumen, managerial skill and eagerness to achieve."

The article profiling Western National notes the following achievements:

In January 2007, Western National and the other recipients will be honored at a dinner commemorating their success. Stu Henderson, President CEO, had this response to the latest kudos directed at Western National. "When we provide service to a policyholder, we do it not because it is good for business (although it is), but because by doing "The Right Thing" we create the energy needed to remain successful tomorrow and all the days to come. We are pleased to be in a position to protect our policyholders and to do so in concert with such a fine group of professionals who are our employees and agents. Thanks to all for the opportunity to be of service."

Western National Insurance Group consists of five regional Property and Casualty Insurance companies with annualized direct written premium in excess of $245 million. Western National Mutual Insurance Company is headquartered in Edina, Minnesota and writes both personal and commercial lines in MN, WI, SD, ND and IA. Western National Assurance Company maintains offices in Seattle, Washington, and writes personal and commercial lines in WA and OR. Farmers Home Mutual Insurance Company, Western Home Insurance Company and Pioneer Insurance Company are also now headquartered in Edina and write personal lines in MN, WA, NV and UT. All of the companies distribute their 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