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A cross section of news releases from all areas of our department that are of interest to a general audience.

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  • Back to School? Commerce Reminds Parents to Check their Insurance Coverage for College Kids
    September 09, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – With college students back at campus, insurance might be the furthest thing from most parents’ minds. Parents of college students should be aware that auto and homeowners insurance plans may not fully cover a stolen or damaged item while on campus away from home.
  • The Great Minnesota Get-Together is Over but Minnesotans Can Always Find Missing Money!
    September 08, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – Unclaimed Property Day at the Great Minnesota Get-Together this year was a success, finding over $71,000 for fairgoers in one day and ten times that amount over the entire State Fair. In total, over 7,000 Minnesota consumers found missing money at the Minnesota Department of Commerce booth.
  • Commerce Urges Homeowners to be Prepared for the Upcoming Propane Heating Season
    September 02, 2014 - Back to school signals the end of summer and the Minnesota Department of Commerce urges Minnesotans who rely on propane to heat their homes, especially those with lower incomes, to start now and plan ahead to avoid the pitfalls of last year’s propane crisis, when prices spiked.
  • Commerce Department Investigation Reverses Foreclosure, Saves Home
    September 02, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – A Minnesota Department of Commerce investigation resulted in reversing a foreclosure sale of a property owned by a Minnesota couple. Additionally, the Commerce Department ordered Kyanite Services Inc., previously known as Seterus Inc., to provide proof it had rescinded the November 2013 foreclosure sale.
  • Best State Fair Value – Find Your Missing Money! Visit the Commerce Department Unclaimed Property Booth
    August 26, 2014 - This year at the Great Minnesota Get-Together State, the Minnesota Department of Commerce wants to reunite Minnesota consumers with their missing money.
  • Commerce Department Investigation Unearths Multiple Allegations against Criminal Coin Dealer
    August 13, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – A Minnesota Department of Commerce investigation of Wholesale Assets Worldwide, LLC (WAW), a company engaged in coin and precious metal dealings, and Dennis Charles Helmer has been cited in an indictment by the United States Attorney on 19 counts of wire fraud. This is the first significant investigation into allegations of bullion coin-related criminal conduct since the State of Minnesota was the first to pass legislation in 2013 to clean up various segments of the coin industry that has been plagued with unscrupulous business practices.
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury and Minnesota Commerce Department team up to promote retirement savings
    August 11, 2014 - National statistics indicate that more than 9 out of 10 working-age households are not saving enough for retirement. It is reported that roughly half of those people have not yet started to save. As part of the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s ongoing commitment to change that trend through financial literacy and capability, Commissioner Mike Rothman joined the U.S. Department of the Treasury Under Secretary for Domestic Finance Mary Miller today in introducing the myRA program at an informational event at the Mall of America to get Minnesotans saving.
  • Investment Advisor Indicted for Defrauding Investors for more than $10 Million
    August 06, 2014 - United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger today announced the indictment of SEAN MEADOWS, 41, for using his financial planning and asset management firm, Meadows Financial Group (MFG), to operate a Ponzi scheme and fraudulently obtain at least $10 million from at least 50 victims. The defendant is charged with Mail Fraud, Wire Fraud, and Money Laundering offenses. The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
  • Farmfest 2014: Commerce Department “Here to Help” Minnesota’s Farm Families and Businesses
    August 05, 2014 - The Minnesota Department of Commerce returns to Farmfest this year, with more information relevant to rural Minnesota economies than ever before. The Commerce Department booth is located in the Agriculture Tents, where Commerce staff will be on hand to answer questions about the following topics affecting farmers, their families and agricultural industries:
  • Tips for lowering cooling costs in your home
    August 01, 2014 - Continuous cooling during the dog days of summer can take a bite out of your budget. You can reduce air conditioning energy use by 20-50 percent by switching to a high-efficiency, ENERGY STAR-qualified air conditioner and taking other actions to lower your home’s cooling costs.
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