McLeod County Abstract & Title Services, L.L.C.

Residential, Ag & Commercial Abstract & Title Services for
McLeod, Meeker, Sibley and Renville Counties, Minnesota


The Company

McLeod County Abstract & Title Company is owned by the law firm of Dove, Fretland and Van Valkenburg. It has been in business for over 25 years and is one of the oldest title companies in the McLeod County area.

All Title Insurance policies are underwritten by Stewart Title Guaranty, who ranks third in overall premium volume among individual underwriters. Stewart Title Guaranty is based out of Houston, Texas and for the third year in a row, has been included in the prestigious Forbes Platinum 400 list of America's best performing big companies. Stewart Title Guaranty's of over 30 years of consecutive growth in reserves and surplus is unmatched in the title industry.

It is important that you, as a prospective policyholder, know the financial strength of the insurer issuing your policy. Consolidated or "family" financials have not been used, as only your individual insurer has legal liability under your policy. The other members of the consolidated group do not.

The Individuals


Marilyn Rusch - Manager/Abstractor

Marilyn has been with the company for 15 years. She is our licensed abstractor and title examiner. She
previously worked 27 years in the banking industry, and has a wide range of experience in consumer,
agriculture, commercial, and residential real estate lending.

Marilyn has volunteered as a teacher for Home Stretch workshops for first time homebuyers. She has
been a member of the Hutchinson Ambassadors, Dollars for Scholars, Mcleod County 4-H program, and
Parents for Seniors. She is kept busy with various church and community organizations.

With Marilyn's work experience and involvement in the community, we are confident she will be able to
help with all your real estate needs. Feel free to contact her with your questions relating to real estate
closings or abstracting issues.


Cathy Kraft - Closing Expert

Cathy joined our team in February, 2014. She brings with her over 12 years of experience as an escrow
officer for all areas of real estate, as well as doing mobile closings. She was in banking for 16 years, and
has taught evening adult accounting classes at Ridgewater College. She also did bookkeeping for
various small businesses in the community before banking. Cathy teams up with Kathy to ensure all
closing files are complete and processed in a timely manner.

Cathy enjoys volunteering for various activities in school with her children's athletic teams and groups.
She also keeps busy by volunteering for activities at her church.

With Cathy's years of experience and attention to detail, we are confident she will help make your real
estate closing an enjoyable experience.


Linda Kurth - Office Assistant

Linda works part time, and has been with us for more than 11 years. She works on our abstracting and
title research files. She ensures these files are processed in a timely manner, knowing how important it
is for you to receive your requests as quickly as possible. Linda is also in charge of our accounts payables
and receivables.

Linda works part time for her church, as well as volunteers for various activities there. She had been very
active in the Renville County 4-H program when her sons were growing up.

Feel free to contact her to check the status of your abstract file or any billing issues you may have.


Kathy Machtemes - Closing Expert

Kathy joined us in 2009. She brings over 25 years of experience working in the financial industry. Her
background involves consumer, residential, and commercial lending support. Kathy works closely with
Cathy on all our real estate closings. As a team, you can be assured someone is always available to assist
you with any questions or concerns you have as you look forward to buying, selling, or refinancing your
property. Kathy also assists with our abstracting department.

She has been active in her daughter's school, athletic, and church activities. Kathy is ready to assist you
with your purchase or refinance closing.


Chrissy Forcier - Abstractor/Office Assistant

Chrissy started working part time for our company as an office assistant in 2013. She is currently taking
online abstracting classes, and is actively using her title research skills to support our abstracting and title
search department. Chrissy assists us with many miscellaneous tasks around the office.

She also works part time at First Minnesota Bank. Chrissy volunteers at her church and is the
bookkeeper there. Chrissy is a graduate of Ridgewater College with an AAS Accounting degree.

She is eager to help you with finding answers to questions you might have, as she continues to learn all
there is to know in the Title industry. Feel free to contact her.


Paul D. Dove*

Paul has been a practicing attorney in the State of Minnesota for more than forty years. During the first part of his career, Paul was also a licensed Real Estate Broker. His certification as a Real Property Law Specialist by the Minnesota Bar Association means that he has passed a special exam, must continually attend continuing real estate courses covering real estate issues and devotes a substantial part of his practice to the real estate area. Paul has represented numerous developers and lending institutions as well as individual buyers in both commercial and residential transactions. He makes himself available to the staff at McLeod County Abstract & Title Services, L.L.C. on a daily basis to answer questions or to review particular real estate issues. He also prepares Title Opinions, when requested by its clients.

*Certified as a Real Property Law Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association



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