• Petitioning Woodlands National bank

This petition will be delivered to:

Vice President Cindy Koonce
Woodlands National bank
President Ken Villebro
Woodlands National Bank
Woodlands Bank - Board of Directors
Justin Kii Huenemann
Woodlands Bank - Board of Directors
Mel Towle
Woodlands Bank - Board of Directors
Peggy Klapel
Woodlands Bank - Board of Directors
Lew Anderson
Woodlands Bank - Board of Directors
Brad Kalk
Woodlands Bank - Board of Directors
James M. Ausmus
Realtor/Owner of Countryside Realty
Marty Ringham

Negotiate with Anita Reyes to stop her foreclosure

    1. Anita Reyes
    2. Petition by

      Anita Reyes

      Minneapolis, MN

My name is Anita Reyes-LeRey and this is the story of my Trail of Tears. It may not be the same distance, but it’s the same heartache.

 On Tuesday, June 19th, the sheriff posted a 24-hour eviction notice on the front door I have come home to for the last 17 years. I am not leaving. I have nowhere to go. I am standing up for myself, my family and community.

 All that I am asking is for Woodlands National Bank to sit down and negotiate with me, so I can stay in my community. They are an Indian bank that serves Native people, and right now homelessness is ravaging our community. Although American Indians make up 1% of the population in Minnesota, 11% of homeless adults are American Indian. With the support of my neighbors and community, I know Woodlands National Bank will negotiate with me, and become part of the solution to the housing crisis we face.

 When I first bought my home, I slept like a baby. It wasn’t some unfamiliar place that was new, it was home. Many times, I’ve been in my backyard and thought to myself, “Some day I’m going to be an old lady here.” As the years passed, I’ve watched the cedar that I’ve planted grow from fitting in the palm of my hand to as tall as my house. I’ve stood by, smiling, as my great-nieces and nephews picked raspberries from the bushes in my yard. I’ve watched, as my house has grown from my place to a communal place, for my family, my friends, and my community.

 But back in late 2010, I had a rough few months. In December, I found out that my job had cut my hours. I was still able to make the first three months payments, but by May I just didn’t have enough. In July 2011, I received notice of my home’s impending sheriff’s sale. I tried calling Cindy Koonce, the vice president of Woodlands National Bank, to try to negotiate a new plan to allow me to keep paying. Cindy said she would help me. But she refused two Attorney General offers to keep me paying and in my home.

 The stress of possibly losing my house began to affect my health. I experienced vertigo and there were times during those months where I’d try to walk forward only to be moved sideways. I wanted to go to work so badly, but it wasn’t safe for me to drive. So I stayed home. For several months, I wasn’t able to go to work, but Woodlands never asked for proof of hardship. Even after I was able to find a new job, and could easily afford my old monthly payments, Woodlands refused, asking for all the money at once.

 Woodlands National Bank is a Native business. I wanted them to support them; I wanted to be a part of their success. But what happened to me didn’t happen to me by choice. It was Woodlands Bank’s choice to not negotiate. All I want to do is pay my mortgage.

 As a result of my petition, Woodlands National Bank offered me an option to stay in my home where I would switch to renting it. I was told that if I could come up with first and last month's rent by a specific date, I could keep my home. I called the bank at the time I was told to confirm the solution, but by the time I got through, the Bank told me they were pulling the offer because they claim I called four minutes late. Now, I could be evicted at any time -- just because of four minutes.

 So please, sign this petition. Hold Cindy Koonce and Woodlands National Bank accountable for their promises to help me keep my home. It’s been my home for over 17 years. Let’s make it stay that way

Recent signatures


    1. SOLD!!!!

      Anita Reyes
      Petition Organizer

      Woodlands National Bank had me evicted, and they couldn't wait to sell my home. Now the new owner is selling it for a fast profit of $20,000. If Woodlands National Bank thinks it's over they're wrong. I believe what they did to me was unethical, immoral and ILLEGAL! Keep Signing!

    2. Homeless for the holidays in Minnesota cold

      Anita Reyes
      Petition Organizer

      Hennepin County Judge rules I do not have to pay Woodlands National Bank almost $6,000.00 dollars for moving and storage of my property. Signatures on Change.Org makes a difference! Woodlands National Bank now has my home up for sale. Woodlands National Bank told the court that they were billing me for a 'locksmith', a charge of $410.85. The 'locksmith' was actually a Broker/Realtor/GFI, a Marty Ringham of Countryside Realty of Milaca, I told the courts I believed Woodlands National Bank paid that money for an appraisal. Please keep up the pressure, Woodlands thinks in time I will again stand alone, forgotten. Hang in there with me. I'm not done with them yet. I feel beated and bruised by their lies and greed, BUT I will not fall! Thanks, Anita

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    3. Homeles for the holidays

      Anita Reyes
      Petition Organizer

      As of last Friday I was evicted. My belongings removed by the Woodlands National Bank, they are demanding over $5,900.00 to give my belongings back. This is after the sheriff handed me a business card of a Marty Ringham of Countryside Reality in Milaca, Minnesota. Ace Moving and Storage will be auctioning my belongings off on January 2nd. I believe Woodlands National Banks actions are just a continuation of the harassment they have assaulted me with because I refuse to sign a 'release of any wrongdoing' and forgo any past verbal agreements they have made with me. Let Woodlands National bank know their actions are unethical, immoral and illegal. 320-532-4142, president Ken Villebro 320=532-7003, Cindy Koonce VP 320-532-7001. I'll be outside their bank living in my truck. So far it's gotten as cold as 5 degrees, not counting windchill. Please continue to support me, I need the help! Alone, Woodlands thinks it can do whatever they want. Thanks, Anita


      Anita Reyes
      Petition Organizer

      Woodlands National bank is still trying to force me into the streets when all I want is for them to uphold their word and help me maintain ownership!
      Say a prayer, whisper in the wind, petition the powers that be and ask that the judge that resides is given wisdom and allows me to remain in my home of 17 years. I'm not asking the bank for a hand-out, all I'm asking for them to do is to uphold the word of their bank representative VP Cindy Koonce. She promised to help me maintain ownership during the redemption period, and I believed her. Now I may become homeless with nothing, living in my truck, when I could had sold my beloved home of 17 years and had a minimum of 50-60 thousand dollars in pocket. If the bank is successful in their lies I will be living in my truck. As the temperatures drop soon the snow will fall. The bank doesn't care and no one will remember the one that froze in her truck because of the banks lies and greed.
      Contact Woodlands and demand they uphold their word!


      Anita Reyes
      Petition Organizer

      Woodlands National bank has gotten the courts to reinstate expired eviction order. Call Woodlands National bank president Ken Villebro and tell him to uphold promise their VP Cindy Koonce made to me during redemption period. A promise for me to maintain ownership.
      REMEMBER I could had sold during the redemption period and been debt-free with a minimum of 60 thousand dollars in pocket. Instead I believed VP Cindy Koonces promises!!!
      Please call 320-532-7003 or email kvillebro@woodlandsbank.net and ask him to reconsider eviction order and allow me to maintain ownership as promised by Woodlands National banks representative VP Cindy Koonce.
      IT'S NOT FAIR!!!
      This is urgent, I could be living in my truck as soon as tomorrow!
      Desperately seeking your help, Anita.
      *see Occupy Woodlands National bank-Minneapolis' on Facebook.com for updates

    6. Eviction?

      Anita Reyes
      Petition Organizer

      Now that I have refused to sign Woodlands National Bank's 'rental lease' will they choose to evict me from my home of 17 years or will they 'do the right thing'?
      The 'rental lease' was a month to month, no more a year. My home, my place of security, a place of memories and dreams of being an old woman here could not exist under those terms.
      My health suffers from the stress...how much more can I take?
      They're wrong!!!
      Contact Woodlands President Ken Villebro and tell him 'no to rental', demand he give Anita's home back!' 1-320-532-7003, 1-800-532-4142 or kvillebro@woodlandsbank.net
      I deserve it. I can pay.
      Please continue to get others to sign.
      Thank you for your help, I need it. Anita

    7. shattered dreams

      Anita Reyes
      Petition Organizer

      ...shattered dreams, memories only this home can hold. Woodlands National Bank makes same offer it made a month ago, only difference is the lease is now 15 pages instead of 30. A standard rental lease is 2 pages max. Rent month to month for one year then become homeless, they reserve the right to evict at any time. Woodlands wants me to sign papers to release them of any wrongdoing and sign away my rights to take any recourse should they evict me. This Friday I am to deliver signed documents. The stress and uncertainity is affecting my health, my doctor said stress elevates the sugar level in diabetics. My petition on Change.org has been my strongest ally, please continue to sign, share it with your friends, neighbors, co-workers, everyone and anyone. Call the banks president Ken Villebro, 320-532-7003, and tell him to be fair! Tell him to "No rental! Anita deserves to own!" Thanks, Anita

    8. Stand in Solidarity with me, today, at 12:30 in the American Indian Center!

      Anita Reyes
      Petition Organizer

      What does it take to get a bank with millions of dollars to keeps it word to negotiate?
      17 years home ownership
      $50,000 in stolen equity
      32 supportive neighbors
      109,000 petition signatures
      1 committed homeowner

      Join me, members of the American Indian Movement, my neighbors and a growing movement working to end foreclosures as we rally to tell Woodlands Bank to keep me in my home!

      Our rally will begin over the lunch hour at 12:30pm at the American Indian Center on Franklin and Bloomington, and last as long as it takes to get me a meeting with the people that control my mortgage.

      I'd love to see you there!

      And If you can't make it, make sure to tune in at 12:30pm to one of our two livestreams and watch the action as it unfolds!


      Thank you!

    9. Reached 100,000 signatures
    10. Update!: No honor among thieves -- Woodlands offers to rent me my own home

      Anita Reyes
      Petition Organizer

      Wow, 25,000 signatures, thank you all so much! Your support is important to me, not just to fight for my home, but to help keep me balanced during such a stressful time. Thank you!

      Unfortunately, despite your support, Woodlands Bank has come to me with their final offer – “pay us to stay in your home for one year, then get out.”

      I refuse to let a bank steal my home, only to rent it back to me and kick me out one year later. I will not let my own bank profit off my suffering. I will not be moved.

      However, I cannot do this alone. Only through the continued support of people like you, will I be able to win back my house. Please call President Ken Villebro of Woodlands National Bank today (320-532-7003) and demand that Woodlands Bank meet with me and renegotiate my mortgage.

      And if you haven’t already, please share this petition to your friends, family and community. Every one of your signatures count.

      Thank you.

    11. Reached 25,000 signatures
    12. Video footage of Woodlands's refusal

      Anita Reyes
      Petition Organizer

      Check out video of our recent trip to Onamia and the bank's reaction to me asking for renegotiation at TheUptake.org!

    13. Woodlands Bank refuses to negotiate

      Anita Reyes
      Petition Organizer

      On Thursday, July 26th, I traveled the 90 miles to Woodlands National Bank’s Headquarters in Onamia, MN, alongside supporters from the American Indian Movement and Occupy Homes MN.

      I traveled all that way so that I could give Woodlands Bank another chance. I wanted to show them that I would do all the work, that I was willing to pay. However, when I entered the bank with the required paperwork and asked to meet with Vice President Koonce, she flat out refused. A bank representative then went so far as to call the police and proceeded to kick us out of the building.

      I went into Woodlands Bank hoping to negotiate, but instead they called the police.

      Call President Ken Villebro (320-532-7003) and Vice President Cindy Koonce (320-532-7001) and ask why Woodlands National Bank would rather kick its own customers out than negotiate.

    14. Reached 500 signatures
    15. Check out my recent interview!

      Anita Reyes
      Petition Organizer

      TheUptake.org tells of my story of foreclosure: the stress, the changes and the banks unfulfilled promises.

    16. Meet me and hear my story (link below!)

      Anita Reyes
      Petition Organizer

      My home has always been the community's home and today is no different. Join me, as I take you on a tour of my house and show you the things that make me, me!

      (I'm more than just a petition, you know!)

    17. Reached 250 signatures
    18. Sheriff just posted a 24-hour eviction notice on my door this morning.

      Anita Reyes
      Petition Organizer

      There is still time! The bank has the power to sit down and negotiate whenever they want. Please sent this petition out quickly so we can show them that the community is with me, and we're working together to keep me in my home. We can still win this.

      If you're near a phone, please take a couple minutes to call Cindy Koonce, the Vice President and senior mortgage officer at Woodland Bank, at 320-532-7001 or toll free at 1-888-532-4142. We need to hold Ms. Koonce accountable to her word to do everything to help me. Ask her to negotiate a fair and reasonable plan!

    19. Reached 100 signatures
    20. Call Cindy Koonce Today!

      Anita Reyes
      Petition Organizer

      Please take a couple minutes to call Cindy Koonce, the Vice President and senior mortgage officer at Woodland Bank, at 320-532-7001 or toll free at 1-888-532-4142. We need to hold Ms. Koonce accountable to her word to do everything to help me. Ask her to negotiate a fair and reasonable plan!

    21. Reached 5 signatures
    22. EVICTION?

      Anita Reyes
      Petition Organizer

      Now that I have refused to sign Woodlands National Bank's 'rental lease' will they choose to evict me from my home of 17 years or will they 'do the right thing'?
      The 'rental lease' was a month to month, no more a year. My home, my place of security, a place of memories and dreams could not exist under those terms. My health suffers from the stress...how much more can I take? They're wrong!!!
      Call Woodlands National Bank and tell their president Ken Villebro 'no to rental', demand they give Anita's home back! I DESERVE IT! Thanks, Anita
      1-800-532-7003 1-320-532-7003 or kvillebro@woodlandsbank.net


    Reasons for signing

    • Suzanna McMahan RIDGELAND, MS
      • 3 days ago

      Banks need to be more human...

    • Trisha Morey OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME
      • about 1 month ago

      They are not interested in helping our people. They go in like they are helping. Then they find a reason to foreclose on us and take our land. It's the land they care about getting. That's all they've ever cared about. It is the only asset that never loses value and you happen to be sitting on it. Never make deals with these people.

      • about 1 month ago

      This is happening all over the United States. Why is nobody stepping in ???

    • susan cuccia NORTH LAUDERDALE, FL
      • about 1 month ago

      Too many of these heartbreaking stories are destroying this country- This bank is heartless- It will not put them in financial ruin to help this woman out- Ms. Koonce should try to put herself in this woman position and see how she would feel- Stop being Robots and start being human again

      • 5 months ago

      help her


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