(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

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

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.

Lisa Lewis

Lisa is a lifelong resident of the Chisago Lakes area and began her career in the title business while still in high school in the mid-1980's. Lisa works primarily in Minnesota but continues to conduct closings at our Balsam Lake and St. Croix Falls offices, as well as at banks and credit unions in Northwest Wisconsin. Lisa and her husband have two grown children and one grandson.

Lisa Marie Schmidt
File Opener/Bookkeeper

Lisa Marie began her career in 1992 as a legal secretary with an established law firm in Duluth, MN. Since 2012, Lisa Marie has opened all of our files by gathering and typing all of the information which is necessary for us to examine title and conduct closings. She also serves as our bookkeeper and as our equipment and supplies procurer. Lisa Marie currently works in the morning in St. Croix Falls and in the afternoon in Lindstrom. She and her husband live near Shafer, MN and have two school aged children.

Mary Foss
Closing Assistant Construction Draw Disburser/Final Policy Issuer

Mary has more than 30 years of experience in the title business, with several different companies in the Twin Cities metro. She schedules closings, obtains payoffs, and clears title for Wisconsin closings being conducted by Lisa Lewis and Jim Casterton. She also handles all of our construction draws and issues all of our final title policies. Mary lives in St. Croix Falls. She has three adult children and three grandchildren.

Phil Hastings

Phil researches the status of title to all properties we insure within the State of Minnesota and also serves as backup examiner for Wisconsin. He has more than 20 years of experience as an examiner or manager of a title insurance agency. Phil has been with our company since 2010 and works primarily from our Forest Lake office. Phil and his wife live in Circle Pines. They have one college-aged son.

Lori Helms

Lori has worked in the Chisago Lakes-Forest Lake-North Branch area as a closer since 1999 and has been with our company since 2011. Most of the closings Lori conducts relate to property located in Minnesota, but she occasionally works on Wisconsin files as well. Lori and her husband live near Stacy, MN and have two adult sons.

Our Offices

St. Croix Falls Office

Suite 1, The Gateway Building, 825 U.S. Highway 8,St. Croix Falls,WI 54024
Phone: (715)483-5949 | Fax: (715)483-5790

Balsam Lake Office

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

Lindstrom, MN Office

13264 Lake Blvd. (Highway 8),Lindstrom,MN 55045
Phone: (651)257-7202 | Fax: (651)257-7204

Forest Lake MN Office

Suite 300, 840 West Broadway,Forest Lake,MN 55025
Phone: (651)464-4229 | Fax: (651)464-4117

North Branch MN Office

38814 Third Avenue,North Branch,MN 55056
Phone: (651)257-7202 | Fax: (651)257-7204