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Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson announces Wednesday that she supports an attempt to pass legislation this year allowing homeowners facing foreclosure to demand mediation with lenders, after Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed the bill last year. With her is one of the bill's sponsors, Sen. Linda Scheid of Brooklyn Park. Pioneer Photo/Don Davis

State Capitol: Mortgage mediation legislation resurfaces


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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