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College students lose apartment in foreclosure

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WINONA, Minn. (KTTC) -- A few Winona State University (WSU) students are scrambling to find an apartment after theirs suddenly went into foreclosure.

That's after they put months of work into the property.

But this isn't the first time the property owner has left tenants in this situation.

Jenni Seedorf and Wendy Dosdall moved into the first floor in June with intentions of staying for their entire sophomore year at Winona State University.

"We were going to hang pictures and make it just look awesome. And be like... 'Yeah, this is my apartment,'" Seedorf recalled.

But the apartment was left with dishes still in the sink, hair in the drains, and broken blinds.

Two months later, Seedorf has invested nearly $2,500 between rent and maintenance, only to get a foreclosure notice last week.

"I am making it happen for myself and I'm not about to let somebody strip that from me," Seedorf said.

"As a parent, I'm frustrated. My daughter has worked very hard for everything she has put into this place and this is what she gets," said Michelle Weberg, Jenni's mother.

According to Winona County records the property owner, Donna Streier, has a history of foreclosures.

The Winona Daily News reported a story in June detailing that, between Streier and her partner Kevin Franzen, the pair has lost at least five of eight houses to foreclosure since 2001 and has lost more than 20 lawsuits over unpaid security deposits and rent refunds.

Streier declined to comment on-camera but told the NewsCenter over the phone that "this is mortgage fraud from the banks" and "is going to be in litigation."

Seedorf and Dosdall will attempt to get their money back in court.

The house is scheduled to be sold on September 28.

Seedorf and her roommates are still looking for a new place.

Classes start at WSU in two weeks.

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