June 22, 2006

Stuart Henderson Elected to WCRA Board

Western National Insurance Group, based in Edina, MN, today announced that Stuart Henderson, president and CEO of Western National Insurance Group, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Workers' Compensation Reinsurance Association (WCRA) at its June meeting. Stu will also serve on its Audit & Financial Compliance, Officer Nominating and Reserve Committees.

The WCRA is a nonprofit organization that reinsures all workers' compensation insurers and self-insured employers in Minnesota. The WCRA assures financial security for Minnesota's employers and their most seriously injured workers by providing cost-effective reinsurance coverage and quality services.

“I look forward to the opportunity to learn more about the WCRA and its mission, and to serve all of its members,” said Stuart Henderson.

The newly expanded Western National Insurance Group consists of five regional Property and Casualty Insurance companies with direct written premium in excess of $240 million and Total Assets of $450 million. Western National Mutual Insurance Company is headquartered in Edina, Minnesota and writes personal and commercial lines in MN, WI, SD, ND and IA. Western National Assurance Company maintains offices in Seattle, Washington, and writes the same types of business in WA and OR. Farmers Home, Western Home and Pioneer are currently headquartered in Bloomington, MN and write personal lines in MN, WA, NV and UT. All companies distribute their insurance products solely via the Independent Agency distribution system.

For further information, contact:

Mary S. Manley

SVP Corporate Affairs & Administration