HARTINGTON — State Farm Insurance Agency in Hartington has a new face and is in a new location.
State Farm is now located in a newly remodeled building on Main Street with Stephanie Scoggan as the new agent.
She replaces Bill Yates, who recently retired.
You can’t help but notice the picture hanging on the wall in Scoggan’s office. The painting is of a little boy standing on a fence reaching for a horse. It gives a hint of Scoggan’s roots.
She was raised on a ranch in western Nebraska.
“I grew up riding horses,” said Scoggan. “I rode horses, moved cows, and drove a tractor. I miss the ranch part.”
Scoggan, who graduated from Rushville High School, was working for State Farm while she attended Chadron State College.
“State Farm is a good company to work for. It was because of them that I went to college,” said Scoggan. “You have to have a degree to be an agent.”
Scoggin has worked for State Farm Agency’s in Chadron and Cheyenne, Wyoming for nine years before moving to Hartington in March.
Several tragedies in Scoggan’s family made her realize the importance of insurance.
Two aunts and her Mom’s best friend died from cancer.
They all left high school age children behind, according to Scoggan.
The medical bills you accumulate while struggling with the disease can be huge.
“I knew I wanted to be an agent. We don’t just sell insurance — we save lives,” said Scoggan. “I wanted to be in control of doing the right thing for people.”
Scoggan said she would like to start a program and talk to youth concerning the time value of money.
“If a 16 year-old would start putting away $2,000 at an interest rate of eight percent and do it for five years – by the time they are 65 years old they would have approximately $ 1 million,” Scoggan said.
Scoggin has been busy going through a training program since coming to Hartington, but she is planning on becoming involved in the community, now.
She wants to join the Chamber of Commerce and is interested in the community theatre.
Scoggan, who went to State in speech all four of her high school years, would like to be involved with the speech and debate teams at the school.
Scoggan will also be headed back to the ranch occasionally with her two sons — four year-old Teagan and Trevin who is seven months-old.
They love the ranch, she said.