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General Interest News


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

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  • Commerce reminds consumers – deadline for purchasing health coverage is March 31, visit Commerce Website for tips to help understand insurance
    March 24, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – Open Enrollment will be ending on March 31, 2014, and if you have put off purchasing health insurance now is the time to explore your options and purchase coverage. Open enrollment is the specific time of the year that someone can buy or change their insurance coverage, the next open enrollment period will begin on November 15, 2014. Buying a plan during open enrollment is the best way to ensure that you have coverage if you get sick to protect yourself or your family financially.
  • Commerce reminds consumers – deadline for purchasing health coverage is March 31, visit Commerce Website for tips to help understand insurance
    March 24, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – Open Enrollment will be ending on March 31, 2014, and if you have put off purchasing health insurance now is the time to explore your options and purchase coverage. Open enrollment is the specific time of the year that someone can buy or change their insurance coverage, the next open enrollment period will begin on November 15, 2014. Buying a plan during open enrollment is the best way to ensure that you have coverage if you get sick to protect yourself or your family financially.
  • Commerce Department Takes Action against Scam Mortgage Company
    March 24, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce filed an order to show cause and statement of charges against Mortgage Investors Corporation, also known as Veterans Information Department, www.usmilitarymortgage.com, www.verteranhomeloans.com, and www.veteransmtg.com for allegedly engaging in fraudulent, deceptive, and dishonest practices to refinance veterans’ residential mortgage loans in violation of Minnesota law.
  • Department of Commerce, BBB warn of salespeople pitching energy savings from radiant barriers
    March 21, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources and the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota have issued an alert to consumers who are considering the purchase of radiant barriers in their attics. Both Commerce and the BBB have received numerous reports of salespeople pitching the radiant barrier product at free dinners throughout Minnesota.
  • Minnesota Recognizes Flood Awareness Week, Commerce Reminds Consumers to Plan Ahead to Weather the Storm
    March 20, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – The first day of spring signals the beginning of severe weather season – floods, thunderstorms, and tornadoes. Consumers who have experienced the devastation of a natural disaster, forcing families and businesses to clean up and file insurance claims, understand the importance of planning ahead.
  • DSIRE is go-to source on incentives for energy efficiency, renewable energy projects
    March 19, 2014 - Are you planning an energy efficiency improvement project or a new renewable energy system, or have you recently completed a project? You may be eligible for incentives to help pay for or finance those projects.
  • Commerce Department Files Statement of Charges in Senior Fraud Swindle Case
    March 19, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – Late yesterday, the Minnesota Department of Commerce filed an order to show cause and statement of charges against Barbara Stark and Susan Walker, former Ameriprise Financial Services agents. The outcome will determine civil penalties and other disciplinary actions. The statement of charges alleges that Stark and Walker financially exploited vulnerable adults and elderly consumers by engaging in a willful pattern of stealing the retirement accounts of their victims to fund a lavish lifestyle that included multiple vacations, payments for a Lexus, private school tuition and rent.
  • Commerce announces options for residents, businesses to help protect budgets from energy cost spikes
    March 18, 2014 - The colder-than-normal winter has made for a rough heating season for all Minnesotans, especially those using propane. The Minnesota Department of Commerce wants consumers to know there are several options to help reduce their heating costs, such as financial assistance to help low-income people pay their heating bills, energy-saving programs to reduce heating costs, and secondary heating systems to supplement existing systems.
  • Commerce provides tips to consumers on health insurance coverage, reminder that minimum essential coverage needed by March 31 to avoid tax penalty
    March 13, 2014 - The Department of Commerce issued a consumer alert today to remind Minnesotans that Open Enrollment will be ending on March 31, 2014 and if you have put off purchasing health insurance, now is the time to explore your options and purchase coverage.
  • Commerce Department Recommends 80 Percent Reduction in Minnesota Energy Resources Corporation’s Rate Request
    March 04, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce today recommended an $11.4 million reduction to the $14.2 million rate increase proposed by Midwest Energy Resources Company (MERC) for natural gas service in 2014. Over 214,000 customers in 165 communities across Minnesota receive natural gas service from MERC and would be impacted by the rate increase. After an analysis of the rate request, the Department concluded that the recommended reductions of $11.4 million, or 80 percent of the proposed increase, will still fully allow MERC to provide safe, reliable service.
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