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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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  • Going Once, Twice, Sold – Commerce Holds Unclaimed Safe-Deposit Box Auction
    July 22, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN – After a record year of reuniting almost 21,000 Minnesotans with their unclaimed property, the Department of Commerce is continuing to raise awareness about the state’s unclaimed property program by holding a two-day auction of an estimated 5,000 abandoned safe-deposit box contents. This year’s auction will be held July 25 and 26 at the Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel in Minnetonka both in person and online. The auction features ten years’ worth of unclaimed items left behind in safe-deposit boxes by people who have passed away or have left the boxes dormant for an extended period of time. Money from all of the safe-deposit box items that are sold will remain in the accounts of the original owners, ready to be claimed. The auction starts each day at 8:30 a.m. and a preview will be held on July 24 from 5-8:00 p.m.
  • Commerce Department to hold Virtual Public Meetings via Videoconference in 28 county locations to gather input on MCHA Transition Plan
    July 19, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce will hold a public meeting via videoconference Monday, July 22, 2013 between 1:30pm – 3:30pm (county locations listed below) to gather public input that best addresses the transition to new health coverage for people who have been enrolled in the state’s high risk health insurance pool, Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association (MCHA).
  • Department of Commerce joins multi-state effort on insurance climate change survey
    July 17, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN – Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced today that Minnesota has joined with California, New York, Connecticut, and Washington State to require insurers to respond to the Climate Risk Survey adopted in 2009 by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).
  • Commerce Department to hold second Public Meeting in Saint Paul to gather input on MCHA Transition Plan
    July 12, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce will hold a public meeting Monday, July 15, 2013 between 5:00 – 6:30 pm at the Rondo Community Outreach Library to gather public input that best addresses the transition to new health coverage for people who have been enrolled in the state’s high risk health insurance pool, Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association (MCHA).
  • The Department of Commerce Reminds Teen Drivers and Parents to Discuss Responsible Driving
    July 12, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN -- Summer is the deadliest time of year for teenage motor vehicle accidents and parents can play an important role in ensuring their teen is a safe driver. The Department of Commerce recommends that parents and their teen driver discuss safe driving habits such as always wearing a seatbelt, no texting while driving, and never driving while intoxicated.
  • Attorney General Swanson and Commissioner Rothman Sue California Outfit Over Scheme to Deprive Consumers of State Legal Protections
    July 11, 2013 - Attorney General Lori Swanson and Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman today filed a lawsuit against CashCall, Inc., a California outfit with a history of legal troubles, for charging Minnesota borrowers annual percentage rates ("APRs") of up to 342 percent and origination fees of up to $500 after falsely telling them that the loans are governed by tribal law.
  • Commerce Department to hold second Public Meeting in Duluth to gather input on MCHA Transition Plan
    July 11, 2013 - DULUTH, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce will hold a public meeting Thursday, July 11, 2013 between 2:30pm – 4:00pm at the Duluth Public Safety Building – Training Room to gather public input that best addresses the transition to new health coverage for people who have been enrolled in the state’s high risk health insurance pool, Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association (MCHA).
  • Minnesota Commerce Department Investigation Returns $7.425 Million to the State from Oil Companies
    July 09, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN-Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman has finalized settlement agreements with Chevron, Exxon Mobil, and ConocoPhillips totaling $7.425 million to be returned to the Petroleum Tank Release Cleanup Fund (Petrofund) for the state to use in the clean-up of contaminated property at underground storage tank sites.
  • Commerce Department offers 12 steps to help consumers beat the heat, conserve energy, save money, and stay cool
    July 08, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources shares summertime tips to help consumers keep cool, conserve energy, and reduce utility bills.
  • The Commerce Department Reminds Consumers: Explore Your Options When Considering Travel Insurance
    June 28, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN – The summer travel season is in full swing and countless Minnesotans will be traveling across the country and around the world in the next few months. Some consumers will be debating about whether to purchase travel insurance for their summer vacations. The Minnesota Department of Commerce wants consumers to know that travel insurance is not required to travel; however, it may benefit some consumers but not all.
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