30, 2014 - The Minnesota Department of Commerce announced today that Minnesota will receive an additional $15,814,434 in federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds for the Energy Assistance Program (EAP). The total amount of funds Minnesota has received this year is $114,540,746. The LIHEAP program in Minnesota helps low-income homeowners and renters pay heating bills through grant money paid directly to utility companies and heating fuel vendors on behalf of customers.
13, 2014 - The Minnesota Department of Commerce filed a request with the Public Utilities Commission today urging the PUC to open an investigation of rural call completion issues.
The Commerce Department’s Telecom Division began its investigation into rural call completion complaints in December of 2012. The investigation included examining dropped calls, call routing problems, long set-up times with false ringing, and carriers changing call signaling information to avoid or minimize access charges. This problem has been identified by communities in Greater Minnesota as a crisis; ranging from a public safety concern to hundreds of thousands of dollars, or millions of dollars, of lost revenue for businesses operating in the affected areas.
18, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN — Today, in Ramsey County District Court, Maurice Culpepper was criminally charged for allegedly engaging in an elaborate fraud scheme he devised in an attempt to exploit an insurance company. The criminal complaint charged him with one count of Insurance Fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years and $100,000 fine.
05, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN – Health reform has been headline news for months across the United States, and has generated questions among Minnesota consumers as they look at their health coverage needs during open enrollment. That is why the Minnesota Department of Commerce has a Consumer Response Team helpline and outreach efforts to help cut through the confusion and be a reliable source for important insurance information.
26, 2013 - The largest shopping days of the year are now here – the few days where a significant portion of the annual $20 billion are spent on toys in the United States. To help keep dangerous toys out of the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, the Department of Commerce is reminding parents to stay vigilant about product and toy safety including hazardous chemicals, and to check product recall alerts.
19, 2013 - HOPKINS, MN – Minnesota Vikings Wide Receiver Greg Jennings joined Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman and Visa Inc. today to tackle the issue of financial literacy improvement head on among Minnesota teens. They announced a statewide effort to improve the money management skills of high school and middle school students with the rollout of Financial Football, a free educational video game and classroom curriculum developed by Visa Inc. The game will be available to every public middle school and high school in the Minnesota by contacting the Commerce Department.
18, 2013 - HOPKINS, MN – Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman and Vikings Wide Receiver Greg Jennings will kick-off the Minnesota rollout of Financial Football, a free educational video game and classroom curriculum that helps improve the financial literacy and money management skills of middle and high school students.
14, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN – 76 percent of teens feel they should start learning about money and savings at kindergarten, a 2013 Junior Achievement survey reported. Research also indicates that consumers who have bank accounts are more likely to own other assets including having savings accounts, credit and insurance. Conversely, individuals without accounts are less likely to own a home or a car.
30, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN —Residents of Olmsted and Dodge Counties will soon have seven additional health insurance coverage options to choose from through MNsure. The Minnesota Department of Commerce and the Minnesota Department of Health have been working with insurers for several weeks to find a solution for consumers in specific zip codes who initially had fewer options when buying health insurance coverage through MNsure.