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About Missouri River Associates, LLC

Julie Fischer
Founder & President

Julie K Fischer is a woman who others describe as “real and down to earth”. She thrives on working hard and is famous for speaking her truth. This is confirmed by her #1 Honesty on her VIA Character Strengths Profile. She fully embraces being a powerful woman living in a small rural area of South Dakota and has chosen to create opportunities for other women to learn from her as she nurtures them in her expanding businesses.

Julie’s feelings of fulfillment come from working with individuals to better their lives, whether that be through floral design in the past or engaging her clients in the financial planning. Her passion exerts itself in the time and energy helping others to achieve their potential through a variety of different insurance products and instruments.

Julie states, “I have worked in a primarily male dominated environment and enjoy the processes involved with staying on the cutting edge in the industry. I am truly blessed to be working with my daughter, Jenn and the rest of our team and enjoy watching these second generation females as they continue to excel and expand Missouri River Associates  to its new location.

Her story is uncommon in the small rural areas of South Dakota as she not only runs multiple businesses, but also helps her husband, Rich on the farm with 300 head stock cow/calf operation & row crops (corn, soybeans, & alfalfa). Growing up on the family farm, her background is 100% farm and knows why it is so important to keep the family farm in the family. Julie helps families do this daily with generational estate preservation, succession planning and social security planning.

Julie believes that our clients are the most important asset. It is our trademark that has elevated us above a typical insurance agency and made us what we are today! We are happy to service you, our client!

Jennifer Grate

Lead Agent

Jennifer Grate, licensed independent insurance agent, has been in and around the insurance industry almost her entire life. When she was 6 years old her mother, Julie Fischer started her own insurance agency in Yankton, SD. Since then she has watched her mother grow the business into what it is now. Overcoming the male dominate environment and succeeding.

Growing up on the family farm was a challenging part of life. Learning how important it was to work for everything you have, is why she is so driven to help protect all your assets.

In 2001, after graduation with an associate’s degree from Mitchell Technical Institute, in Computer System Technology, Jennifer decided to join her mother in a career in the insurance industry. Jennifer states, “I find it very exciting, challenging, and fulfilling to help people be protected and understand how insurance works.”

With her VIA character strength #1 being humor, she tries to find the humor and brightness in each and every day. Her 2 children make sure of this. Colter and Ethan are always on the go, which means she is always on the go. Family is very important to Jennifer and that is why she is so passionate about helping you protect yours.

Jennifer believes that our present and future clients are our most important asset. Thriving on great customer service and attention to detail, she will make sure you are her number one priority.

Lori Woehl
Head CSR of Group Benefits & Estate Planning

Lori has been with Missouri River Associates, LLC for over 2 years, and is the head CSR of our Group Benefits and Estate Planning department.   Getting things “in order” for our loved ones, like estate planning, life insurance, and group benefits is something Lori has seen as a very important asset for us to do for our clients.

Growing up in the midwest, Geddes, SD she knows the value and importance of hard work.  She spent much time along the Missouri River she takes joy in now being back along the river. Residing in Menno, SD with her husband Johnny, she enjoys spending quality time with her husband, their children, and 10 grandchildren.

Lori looks forward to her future at Missouri River Associates, LLC. and the meeting of new clients.  Making everyone who enters our office feel comfortable and at home.  Honesty, dedication and responsibility are a few of her assets that will make sure you, the customer, are where you should be.


Cassandra DeJong
Head of Client Management

Cassandra Dejong joined our team in 2017 in our marketing and client management department.  Having lead her own team for over 4 years at her last career, she is very driven, motivated, and detail oriented.  Growing up in the rural Midwest, Cassandra knows the value in hard work.  As a mother of 3 children, family is a very important to her and strives to live each day to the fullest.

Cassandra takes great pride and care of our clients private and personal information.  Implementing the best systems in place to make sure your information is protected and secure.

Cacie Markel
CSR
Cacie joined Missouri River Associates, LLC in 2018.  Growing up in rural Avon she knows the value of hard work in our farming community.  Cacie is currently attending South East Tech in sioux falls , majoring in business administration with an emphasis in management and human resources.

At Missouri River Associates, LLC, helping you achieve your vision for retirement is our number one goal. We work closely with you to objectively assess your individual retirement strategy, and help provide solutions tailored to your needs.Missouri River Associates, LLC are proud to be independent financial professionals. Being independent allows us access to a diverse set of products and solutions from a wide-range of insurance companies.

The Missouri River Associates, LLC Core

Financial Planning

coffeeWe take a personal approach and offer a high level of service paired with years of experience, comprehensive resources and support, objective and in-depth knowledge. Through our dedication to service, Missouri River Associates, LLC creates value for our clients resulting in innovative retirement solutions that cater to their individual needs, goals and vision.

If you would like to have a conversation about your retirement strategy, please contact us online or call our Yankton office at 605-665-6885. There’s absolutely no cost or obligation

“I feel lucky to have found an agent willing to provide this level of service. No need to look anywhere else!

– Michelle D.

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