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Commerce Department to join parents and children at the Northtown Library to recognize Minnesota Saves Week

February 24, 2014

For Immediate Release:

BLAINE, MN – To illustrate the importance of saving early, the Minnesota Department of Commerce will join the University of Minnesota Extension, Center of Family Development, in an educational activity during “Story Time” at the Northtown Library in Blaine.  Deputy Commissioner Emily Johnson Piper will read “Just Saving Money,” by Mercer Mayer. The picture book follows “Little Critter” as he saves his own money to buy a skateboard. To reach his goal, he feeds the dog and uses his entrepreneurial skills to sell lemonade, all the while gaining valuable experience earning and saving money.  Deputy Commissioner Piper will then lead a discussion with parents and their children. 

Minnesota Saves Week, the state partner of America Saves Week, is dedicated to helping individuals save money, reduce debt, and build wealth. American Saves Week is an annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for individuals to assess their own saving status. 

The Department of Commerce has made financial literacy a top priority – particularly Commissioner Rothman who has focused on educating school-age children of the importance of saving.  Knowledge is often the foundation of financially secure communities and education starts early.  

To further to work of the Department, Deputy Commissioner Piper will discuss the concepts introduced in the book – earning, spending, and borrowing money – with children and parents at Tuesday’s event.


Deputy Commissioner Emily Johnson Piper

University of Minnesota Extensions – Center for Family Development


Minnesota Saves Week event 


Tuesday, February 25

10:00 to 10:45 AM


Northtown Library   

711 County Road 10, NE

Blaine, MN 55434