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Danielle Rehder

Sales associate at Farm Bureau Financial Services in Primghar

SUTHERLAND—Danielle Rehder took a leap of faith in 2016 to begin working in an industry in which she can help others and stay in touch with her agricultural roots.

The 27-year-old Mandan, ND, native is a sales associate at Farm Bureau Financial Services in Primghar.

Her job involves connecting clients with the right type of insurance — such as home, auto, farm or business — and helping them invest their money.

“The thing I enjoy most is I get to work a lot with rural families and within the ag industry, which — I grew up on a farm — so getting to stay in that industry, I really appreciate,” Rehder said.

“Something kind of different with insurance is when a big storm hits or somebody has a fire or whatever kind of loss it might be and being able to be there for people and help them protect the things that matter most to them, whether that’s home and auto or even the kind of darker side, life insurance, helping people to protect things is a really fulfilling part of this job.”

Rehder previously worked as an agriculture reporter for KX News, a CBS affiliate out of Bismarck, ND. While working for the TV station, she got to know people with Farm Bureau in North Dakota.

“I just got to have a really good relationship with the federation side in North Dakota and really appreciated the people I met in that organization and thought maybe that’d be something to investigate as I moved to rural Iowa, knowing that broadcast journalism wasn’t going to necessarily have any readily available positions in O’Brien County,” Rehder said.

She moved to N’West Iowa shortly before marrying her husband, Cody, whom she met in college. Cody farms outside Sutherland, which is where the couple resides.

She met Farm Bureau’s Primghar agent, Denise Steffen, while at the 2016 O’Brien County Fair. That conversation eventually led to Rehder’s employment at the Farm Bureau office.

Rehder has enjoyed living in O’Brien County, though she noted her initial hesitation about moving to a place with fewer people. Her hometown of Mandan, for instance, has more than 22,000 residents.

“The people here are second to none,” she said. “They’ve just all been very welcoming and that kind of transition from living in a bigger city area to small-town, rural Iowa.

“I just love the area. I love the people. Back home, it was North Dakota Nice. But I think that transitions a lot throughout the Midwest and Iowa has done very much the same as far as being welcoming.”