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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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  • Commerce Department returns $19 million to Minnesota consumers in 2012
    August 07, 2012 - Sometimes money goes missing due to a change of address or a death in the family. That’s when the Minnesota Department of Commerce steps in to help Minnesotans find and claim what is rightfully theirs. This year alone the Commerce Department reunited 7,200 Minnesotans with $19 million in missing bank accounts, life insurance policies, safe deposit boxes, unclaimed paychecks, and other real property and financial assets – a 13 percent improvement over 2011.
  • Following severe weather events, Commerce Department offers help for storm victims
    June 26, 2012 - Several weeks of severe weather across Minnesota has caused golf ball sized hail in Detroit Lakes, downed trees and power lines in Apple Valley and Hastings, and severe flooding in Duluth, Moose Lake, and Cannon Falls. As Minnesotans begin to assess damage to their homes and businesses, waterlogged basements, and broken windshields, the Minnesota Department of Commerce is on hand to help consumers understand their rights, resolve insurance claims, and provide energy and weatherization assistance to low-income Minnesotans.
  • Minnesota Department of Commerce collects $1 million in penalties from national settlement
    June 25, 2012 - The Minnesota Department of Commerce collected $1 million in penalties this week from a national mortgage settlement announced in February. Forty-nine states including Minnesota joined the $25 billion settlement which involves the nation’s five largest national mortgage lenders: Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citibank, and GMAC/Ally Financial.
  • Commerce Department teams up to crack down on unlicensed loan modification companies
    June 15, 2012 - SAINT PAUL, MN – In a coordinated effort with federal law enforcement agencies that executed search warrants at three locations associated with C.C. Brown Law Office in Utah Tuesday, Commissioner Mike Rothman issued a statement of charges against Charles Craig Brown, Chad Gettel, and C.C. Brown Law, LLC for allegedly engaging in unlicensed mortgage modification activities in Minnesota.
  • Minnesota Department of Commerce Joins the Fight against Elder Investment Fraud
    June 15, 2012 - Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman and Janet Golden from the Tubman Senior Rights Alliance joined in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day activities through their training, “Preventing Elderly Investment Fraud.” The presentation was tailored to health care professionals, focusing on how to spot and report fraud and financial abuse within the elderly and vulnerable adult populations.
  • Governor’s Task Force on Broadband to meet in Falcon Heights Tuesday
    June 11, 2012 - The Governor’s Task Force on Broadband will hold a public meeting in Falcon Heights, Minnesota at the TIES Building on Tuesday, June 12 from 10:00am – 3:20pm. The Task Force will hold two panel discussions focused on policy incentives and right-of-way, permitting, and dig-once strategies and an update from Senator Klobuchar’s Office on S1939, The Broadband Conduit Deployment Act of 2011. Members of the public and press are invited to attend the meeting.
  • As summer heats up, save money and stay cool
    June 07, 2012 - As summer heats up, the Minnesota Department of Commerce offered some simple energy-saving tips today to help Minnesotans keep cool, conserve energy, and reduce their utility bills in the months ahead.
  • Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announces leadership changes within Department
    May 04, 2012 - Commissioner Mike Rothman today welcomed several new leadership staff to the Minnesota Department of Commerce, and promoted several internal candidates to leadership posts within the Department. Commissioner Rothman, who last year implemented a strategic reorganization of the Commerce Department, said the leadership team he has assembled represents some of the best and brightest in state government.
  • Commissioner Rothman urges Minnesotans to prepare for severe weather season
    March 30, 2012 - Commissioner Rothman urges Minnesotans to prepare for severe weather season. Minnesota Department of Commerce launches new Disaster Center website for Minnesota consumers.
  • Commerce Department teams up with local law enforcement to prevent auto theft
    March 13, 2012 - Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced the continuation of Minnesota’s successful Auto Theft Prevention Grant Program today, awarding 21 local county attorneys, and community organizations with more than $3.8 million to be used exclusively for local programs that aid in prevention of auto theft.
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