• 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: Center Mutual, North Star Mutual, Family Mutual Insurance, Continental Western Group, United Fire Group, Progressive, Grinnell, RAM Mutual 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.

  • Brenda Campbell


  • Brenda Campbell has been in the insurance industry for 44 years and has seen many changes through the years. In 1986, Brenda along with Ken Bulie started Cando Insurance Agency. They owned and operated the insurance agency for 34 years before joining the First State Insurance Agency in July of 2020.

    Brenda was born and raised in Cando, N.D. and has one daughter and two grandchildren. She loves spending time with them watching them grow and bloom into their own selves.

    In her spare time, Brenda enjoys her flower and vegetable gardens, bike rides, campfires and socializing with her family and friends.

  • Rita Anderson

  • Rita Anderson was born and raised in the Bisbee area and still resides there. She started working for Cando Insurance Agency in 2012 as a CSR until the Cando Insurance Agency joined First State Insurance Agency.

    Rita and her husband Lester farmed in the Bisbee area and have been married for 39 years. They have two daughters and three grandchildren.

    In her spare time, Rita enjoys working in her yard and her flower beds. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and attending their activities.

  • Melanie Wahl started with First State Insurance in November of 2022. Melanie was raised in Cando and graduated from North Star High School. She moved back to Cando in 2016 and is enjoying raising her three daughters – Amelia, Sophie and Brianna with her husband Daniel back in her hometown. Melanie is the Secretary/Treasurer of the Cando Golf Course and loves to stay involved in the community she grew up in. She spends her free time golfing, chasing the kids and dogs, and enjoys going to the lake or relaxing in the pool whenever the North Dakota weather allows.