• History

    DSC01341First State Insurance is an independent insurance agency located in Cando, North Dakota. The agency was formed in the 1960s when it was affiliated with First Bank System. The agency was purchased from First Bank System in 1987 by a group of local investors. First State Insurance Agency of Cando purchased Lord Insurance Agency/Lord Farm Management in 1998 and acquired Farmer Insurance Agency in 2013.

    First State Insurance Agency of Cando is a multi-line agency that offers auto, home, business, farm, crop insurance, life, health and long-term care insurance. We represent a number of different insurance companies so we can shop for the best coverages for your particular needs.

    Companies represented are: Heartland, Farmers Mutual Hail, Center Mutual, North Star Mutual, Family Mutual Insurance, Continental Western Group, United Fire Group, Progressive, Grinnell and North Dakota Insurance Reserve Fund.

  • Staff

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    Brad Bergdahl

  • Brad Bergdahl started his career in the financial services industry in 1985, with IDS/American Express in Santa Maria, California. He joined First State Insurance Agency of Cando as its manager and started a bank investment program in 1987. Bergdahl formed Premier Wealth Management Group, a group of banks that provide investment services to banks and their customers, with securities and clearing functions being provided by LPL Financial, the nation’s largest independent broker dealer.

    Bergdahl is a Certified Financial Planner ™ (CFP®), and has experience in all types of investment options, including mutual funds, stocks and bonds, unit investment trust, exchange traded funds and real estate investment trusts. He also is licensed in all lines of insurance and is an experienced retirement planner utilizing IRAs, SEP, Simple IRAs, Indi-401(k), 401(k), 403(b), Profit Sharing Plans, Defined Benefit and Money Purchase Plans. He is a member of the Financial Planning Association.

    Bergdahl is actively involved within the community serving as chairman on the boards of the Towner County Hospital, Towner County Hospital Authority, Towner County Community Foundation and Towner County Economic Development. He has also held board positions on the Cando Golf Club, First State Bank of Cando, First State Insurance Agency of Cando and Cando Commercial Club. He is a 24-year member of the Cando Fire Department.

    Bergdahl’s wife Debbie teaches Kindergarten at the Northstar Public Elementary School. They have two college-age boys. He enjoys golfing, hunting, riding his Harley, yard work and is an avid University of North Dakota sports fan.

  • Connie Urness started her insurance career with Lord Insurance Agency in Cando in 1980. She obtained her Property/Casualty insurance license in 1984. First State Insurance Agency of Cando obtained Lord Insurance Agency in 1998, and Urness was employed as an insurance agent for First State Insurance at that time.

    Urness is married, and her husband, Greg, is employed with SkyCan LTD of Cando. They have two children. Their son, Bryce lives in Fargo, North Dakota, along with daughter, Ashlan. Urness’s daughter, Callie and her husband, Dustin Schumacher, also live in Fargo.

    Urness enjoys spending time in Fargo with her family and especially likes taking motorcycle trips with them. Her and her husband also enjoy taking annual fall vacations to different areas of the United States.



    Jeremy Olson

  • Jeremy Olson started in the insurance industry in Jan 2016 with First State Insurance Agency of Cando. He previously worked with various insurance products and companies prior to starting with First State. Olson worked in the banking industry along with the car business for the last 10 years and has 20+ years in the service industry.

    Olson is married, and his wife Shauna is employed at Northern Plains Electric Cooperative. They have 4 children Abbey, Allie, Nathan and Dylan. Olson is a member of the Cando City Council. He enjoys spending his free time bowling and golfing. He also enjoys spending time with family at the lake whenever possible.