(715)483-5949     susan@polkcountyabstract.com

About Us

Polk County Abstract has been serving buyers, sellers, lenders, and realtors in Polk County and Western Wisconsin for more than 100 years.

For decades, Polk County Abstract was owned by Chester L. Peterson and was THE real estate title company in Polk County, Wisconsin.  Chester passed the business to his nephew, Bryce Thomsen.  Bryce and his wife Suz continued the tradition of excellence until their retirement in 2003.  From 2003-2008, the company was owned by our underwriter, First American Title Insurance Company.  In 2008, the company returned to local ownership when it was purchased by Attorney Jim Casterton.   In 2015, Attorney Susan Lee became a co-owner of the company.   We are Polk County's only lawyer-owned, locally owned title company.


Our Staff


Susan D. Lee
Co-Owner/Closer

Susan is a graduate of Hamline University School of Law and is also the owner of Lee Law Office in St. Croix Falls. "Susie" as she is more commonly known to our clients, worked as closer in Osceola for many years before entering into a joint venture with Polk County Abstract in 2012. She became a co-owner of our company in 2015. Susie works primarily from our St. Croix Falls office, but is able to conduct closings remotely and/or at any of our five offices in Wisconsin and Minnesota. She and her husband live near St. Croix Falls and have one school-aged daughter.

James S. Casterton
Co-Owner/Closer

Jim is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School. He has been involved in the title and legal business in Minnesota since 1988 and has been licensed to practice law in Wisconsin since 2000. In 2005, he purchased Pioneer Title in St.Croix Falls. In 2008, he purchased Polk County Abstract in Balsam Lake. Jim moved to the St. Croix Falls area in 1999 and has maintained a home or cabin in Polk County ever since. He and his wife have four sons and currently split time between their home in Lindstrom, MN and their cabin in Balsam Lake.

Jean Sandberg
Researcher/Title Examiner/Closer

Jean began her career in the title business in 1983. She can and has done everything from auditing and assisting title companies in five states to examining title in Wisconsin and Minnesota, to conducting closings throughout Northwest Wisconsin. Jean works primarily as our Wisconsin examiner at the St. Croix Falls office, but also conducts several closings each month, both in and out of our offices. Jean lives near Grantsburg, Wisconsin and has two college-aged sons.

Jen Rivard-Hackett
Closing Assistant

Jen schedules closings, obtains payoffs and clears title, answers the phone, and serves as our primary receptionist in St. Croix Falls. Jen has many years of experience in the real estate industry, with experience as a mortgage loan officer, a realtor's assistant, and as a closing assistant in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. Jen and her husband live in Osceola with their three school-aged children.

Christine Schwegman
File Opener/Final Title Policy Issuer/Construction Draw Specialist

Christine joined our company in the Fall of 2015 after working several years at Eagle Valley Bank, The RIverBank, and Central Bank in St. Croix Falls. Christine opens all files, handles construction draws, and issues final policies for all property located in Wisconsin. She works primarily at our St. Croix Falls office. Christine and her husband have two school-aged children and live between Balsam Lake, Centuria, and Milltown, Wisconsin.

Tara Rothe
Closer/Closing Assistant

Tara joined our company in October, 2016, after a lengthy career in customer service at a local bank. She works primarily at our St. Croix Falls office and is involved with all facets of the closing process. Tara helps to ensure that we have all the information necessary to prepare closing documents, she drafts closing documents, conducts closings, records documents at the courthouse, and returns loan packages to lenders. She and her husband live in Almelund, Minnesota and have two school-aged children.



Our Offices


St. Croix Falls Office

P.O. Box 666, Suite 1, The Gateway Building, 825 U.S. Highway 8,St. Croix Falls,WI 54024
Phone: (715)483-5949 | Fax: (715)483-5790
susan@polkcountyabstract.com

Balsam Lake Office

Suite 202, Polk Business Center, 215 Main Street,Balsam Lake,WI 54810
Phone: (715)485-3100 | Fax: (715)485-3721
susan@polkcountyabstract.com