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 working alongside Jim Casterton until his retirement in December of 2019.   We are Polk County's only lawyer-owned, locally owned title company.

Our Staff

Susan Lee
Susan is a graduate of Hamline University School of Law and has worked in the title insurance industry for over fifteen years. Susan joined Polk County Abstract in 2015 as co-owner and operated the company alongside business partner Jim Casterton until his retirement at the end of 2019. Taking over as President in January of 2020, Susan is committed to offering the same great service to customers in need of title insurance and closing services for their real estate transactions. She and her husband live near St. Croix Falls and have one school-aged daughter.

(715)483-5949 susan@polkcountyabstract.com

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 examiner at the Balsam Lake 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.

Direct: (651)400-8686; General: (715)483-5949 jean@polkcountyabstract.com

Jen Rivard-Hackett
Closing Assistant
Jen is our expert at clearing title issues for closings. She also assists in answering phones and handles post closing tasks for our company. Jen has worked in the real estate industry for many years, with experience as a mortgage loan officer, a realtor's assistant, and as a closing assistant for title companies in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. Jen and her husband live in Osceola with their three school-aged children.

715-483-5949 jen@polkcountyabstract.com

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.

(715)483-5949 christine@polkcountyabstract.com

Tara Rothe
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 aspects 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.

715-483-5949 tara@polkcountyabstract.com

Taylor Durand
Closing Assistant /Scheduler
Taylor is a graduate of UW-Superior where she earned a degree in Legal Studies. After graduation, she worked for a few years at a local bank in customer service and as a teller before joining Polk County Abstract in April of 2019 as a Closing Assistant/Scheduler. Taylor is the main point of contact for lenders, realtors, sellers, and buyers prior to closing and ensures we have all the information necessary for closing. Taylor and her husband live in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.

(715)483-5949 taylor@polkcountyabstract.com

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

Balsam Lake Office

Suite 202, Polk Business Center, 215 Main Street
Balsam Lake, WI 54810