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State Farm agent retires after 35 years, welcomes two new agents

Mike Scarborough (center) has retired after 35 years with State Farm in Alexandria. Replacing him are Nate Hitch (left) and Amy Christopherson (right). (Beth Leipholtz / Echo Press)

When Mike Scarborough began working for State Farm Insurance in Alexandria 35 years ago, he had to build the business from the ground up.

"For the first three to five years I really worked hard," he said. "There was quite a bit of anxiety but I could see a light at the end of the tunnel after five years and knew that it was going to be a fruitful experience."

Scarborough, who officially retired on Sept. 30, says that although there have been hard moments in the past 35 years, there have also been humorous ones.

"That's a tough thing when it's you know someone very well and one of their family members dies in an accident," he said. "And on the other hand, we've had some hilarious situations. I think I could write a book about some of it."

Though he enjoyed many aspects of the job, Scarborough says he is going to miss the people the most.

"The part I'm going to miss the most is the daily dialogue with people," he said. "It's a people business and I've been very fortunate."

Two new agents — Amy Christopherson and Nate Hitch — have replaced Scarborough.

"They're both going to do well," Scarborough said. "They're both young and energetic."

In his retirement, Scarborough plans to spend time with his family and travel with Susan, his wife of 41 years. Though excited, he says he will miss the job.

"I'll be saying goodbye to people I've had for 33 or 34 years, and that's going to be hard," he said. "They've been loyal to us for a very long time and I'm very proud of that. It's been a good ride, it really has."

About the new agents

Amy Christopherson is an Alexandria native and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1999.

She holds a bachelor's of applied science degree in business management form Southwest Minnesota State University. She earned a finance and credit management degree from Alexandria Technical and Community College in 2001 and began her career with State Farm in 2004.

Most recently, Christopherson earned the chartered financial consultant professional designation from the American College of Financial Services.

Her office is located at 218 3rd Avenue East, Alexandria.

Nate Hitch graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter in 2005, with degrees in psychology and biology. He comes to State Farm with more than 12 years of experience in the industry.

Hitch began his career with Ameriprise Financial in Minneapolis. Mostly recently, he covered a five-state area in the Pacific Northwest.

Hitch's office is located at 2633 Jefferson Street, Suite 803B, Alexandria.

Beth Leipholtz

Beth is a reporter at the Echo Press. She graduated from the College of Saint Benedict in May 2015 with a degree in Communication and Hispanic Studies. Journalism has always been her passion, but she also enjoys blogging and graphic design. In her spare time, she's most likely at Crossfit or at home with her boyfriend and three dogs.

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