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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

SW/WC Co-op hires Laumer as physical therapist

WILLMAR -- Krista Laumer was recently hired as a physical therapist at the SW/WC Service Cooperative.

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Laumer will provide physical therapy services within the BOLD, KMS, Lakeview, Willmar, MACCRAY, and Montevideo school districts to students from birth to age 21 who have a variety of needs related to neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, sensorimotor, or cardiopulmonary conditions, which affect their ability to have access to school.

She has worked previously as a physical therapist with Allina Health Care System and Rice Memorial Hospital, and has a doctorate of physical therapy degree from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.

Meeting Sept. 23 to address mortgage fraud

WILLMAR -- The Southwest Minnesota Chapter of the Property Records Education Partners is joining the Federal Bureau of Investigation in its effort to address the problem of mortgage fraud. The group and the FBI will address the problem from 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 23 at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building in Willmar.

Persons involved in real estate as an attorney, banker, real estate agent or title company are invited. The Property Records Industry Association brings local and regional industry members together to address industry related issues.

The local Southwest Minnesota Chapter is co-chaired by Julie Kalkbrenner, Kandiyohi County recorder; Marilyn Rusch, McLeod County Abstract & Title; and Gail M. Miller, Renville County recorder.

Chapters are providing the means to strengthen communication and interaction at the local level among the FBI, state and local law enforcement agencies, the Real Estate Fraud Prevention Alliance and other private sector industry participants.

The objective is to develop ways to share mortgage-fraud related information with the FBI in a timely manner and educate the public regarding mortgage fraud crimes and involved perpetrators. The FBI reports that their caseload has increased 176 percent since 2003.

To enhance proactive investigation of suspicious activity, the FBI now has 42 mortgage fraud task forces operating across the country. Mortgage fraud scams include fraudulent foreclosure rescue (homeowners tricked into signing over the deed to their property), seller-assistance fraud (false appraisals used to sell homes), and identify theft (home equity credit lines opened and drained).

To attend or for more information, notify Kalkbrenner at Julie.Kalkbrenner@co.

kandiyohi.mn.us, or Rusch at marilyn@ mcleodtitle.com or Miller at Gail M @co.renville.mn.us.

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