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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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  • Minnesota Department of Commerce investigation results in restitution for victims of life insurance scam
    October 08, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – In response to a Minnesota farmer’s complaint alleging that Larry Chinn and Financial Institution Consulting Corporation mislead consumers and promoted unsuitable insurance policies, the Minnesota Department of Commerce initiated an investigation into the practices and issued a Consent Order barring both Chinn and the company from the sale of any premium financed life insurance products in the state.
  • Maintain your heating system to ensure safety, efficiency
    October 06, 2014 - As the heating season kicks in, it is time to make sure your heating system is working properly. Heating and cooling account for about 55 percent of the energy used in a typical Minnesota home, the largest energy expense for most homes.
  • State of Minnesota Terminates Contracts with Community Action of Minneapolis
    September 26, 2014 - ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Departments of Human Services (DHS) and Commerce today announced that the State of Minnesota has taken formal steps to terminate all contracts with Community Action of Minneapolis.
  • When to replace your furnace or boiler
    September 15, 2014 - Minnesotans know that our home’s heating system is vital to our health, safety, and comfort, and is one of the most expensive pieces of equipment in our home. Most U.S. homes are heated by a furnace or boiler.
  • 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.
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