Ihry Insurance Agency, Inc. has announced its acquisition of First Agency in Devils Lake, N.D. First Agency employees, Merle Langton and Kris Quam, along with its two producers, Terry Luehring and Kent Ness, will join Ihry Insurance, located at 110 4th St in Devils Lake, effective January 1, 2013. Reed Ihry, vice president of Ihry Insurance Agency, Inc., stated, “We are very excited to join forces with Merle Langton and his team of experienced multi-peril crop and hail, farm, and property-casualty agents. By bringing the offices together, it will allow our agencies more market availability, which brings added value to our customers. This allows us to be more competitive, more efficient, and most importantly, give our customers the highest level of service possible.” Merle Langton, owner of First Agency, added, “We’re excited to join Ihry Insurance. Our combined businesses will allow us to better serve our customers. In addition, we’ve gained access to a handful of new insurance carriers. More carriers means a greater chance of finding the best value for our customer’s insurance needs, ultimately making us more competitive.” First Agency was purchased by Merle Langton in 1997. It is a full-service, independent insurance agency that specializes in personal, commercial and multi-peril crop and hail insurance. Ihry Insurance was founded by Gary Ihry in 1982. It is also a full-service independent insurance agency, specializing in personal, commercial and multi-peril crop and hail insurance. They are currently located in Alexander, Devils Lake, Grand Forks, Hillsboro, Hope, McVille, Minnewaukan, Page, Towner and West Fargo in N.D., and in Mahnomen, Minn.