Marilyn Bloemendaal, Agent – Agency Originator, over 30 years of insurance experience, licensed agent for Property/Casualty, Crop, Bonds, Life and Health. Licensed in Minnesota, South Dakota, and Iowa. Professional designations: Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) 


Cell: 507-227-2088


Cory Bloemendaal, Agent – Second generation, 27 years experience,  Bachelor of Science degree in Business from South Dakota State University, licensed agent for Property/Casualty, Bonds, Life and Health.  Licensed in Arizona, Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota.  Professional designation: Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC).


Cell: 507-227-2087



Pam Haakenson, Agency Office Manager – 29 years of insurance experience as an agency representative and four years of experience with an insurance company.  Licensed agent for Property/Casualty, Bonds, Life and Health. Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Southwest State University.  Professional designations: Certified Insurance Industry Professional (CIIP), Certified Leadership Professional (CLP) DAE (Diversified Advanced Education) 

Cell: 507-227-2673


Steve Smedsrud, Agent – 14 years insurance experience,  Bachelor of Science degree in Management & Marketing  from Mankato State University. Licensed Minnesota and South Dakota agent for Property/Casualty, Bonds, Life and Health.  Professional designation: Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC).


Cell: 507-920-6835



Lorie Gruis,  Customer Service Representative/Agency Claims Specialist – 13 years of insurance experience as agency customer service representative.    


Dawn Trendt, AINS, AIS Customer Service Representative/Farm Specialist  - 18 years of insurance experience with an insurance company plus 2 years insurance experience as agency customer service.   Licensed agent for Property/Casualty. 


Established in the fall of 1989 as a one-person operation, Buffalo Ridge Insurance has grown to be one of the premier insurance agencies in Southwest Minnesota.  The professional, experienced staff bring a new dimension of service to a wide and varied clientele. We have grown steadily since 1989, and that growth made possible our move to our own building in December 2000. Buffalo Ridge Insurance is currently owned and operated by Marilyn and Cory Bloemendaal, two generations  of insurance professionals.



- To be committed to our mission: Working for others, meeting their needs

- To provide exceptional service to our clients and the companies we represent

- To be professional in all our endeavors.

- To add value to our community and to our industry


Buffalo Ridge Insurance is committed to being one of the premier independent insurance agencies in Luverne, Minnesota. Our commitment is to provide customers with the best insurance value and service available, while maintaining the highest ethical standards and credibility with our clients, carriers, and the public. Buffalo Ridge Insurance is a general independent insurance agency with a broad range of Commercial, Personal, Life, and Health products. We’ve aligned ourselves with some of the finest carriers to deliver these products to you.



There is a difference in where you buy protection. Many people do not realize that there are three sources for insurance:


1.    Captive Agents sell insurance from only one company.


2.    Telephone Representatives offer insurance from one company, and only on

       the telephone.


3.    Independent Insurance Agents represent a number of insurance companies,

       and shop your coverage needs with these firms to find you the best

       combination of price, coverage, and service.


Your Independent Insurance Agent:


•   Is a licensed professional with strong customer and community ties.

•   Assists you when you have a claim.

•   Works as a consultant with you to determine your needs.

•   Offers one-stop shopping for a full range of products, from Homeowners,

    Renters, and Auto, to Business, Life, and Health.

•   Reviews your coverage to maintain your changing insurance needs.


There is  a difference!