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Attorney General Lori Swanson, right, announces she supports an attempt to pass legislation allowing homeowners facing foreclosure to demand mediation with lenders. With her is one of the bill's sponsors, Sen. Linda Scheid of Brooklyn Park. Don Davis/Forum Communications Co.

Mortgage mediation bill resurfaces, with support from AG


ST. PAUL -- Gene Sparrow simply cannot find a person at his mortgage-holder's company to discuss problems he has with his monthly payments.

If the Minnesota Attorney General's office had not become involved, "I would be sleeping out in a sleeping bag," the 70-year-old Stillwater man said Wednesday, supporting a bill that would force lenders to sit down and talk to homebuyers facing foreclosure.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.