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Minnesota Twins Team Up with Commerce Department to Hit a Homerun for Financial Literacy

April 04, 2012


ST. PAUL, MN – Attention all Minnesota Kids in Grades 3-5. As Financial Literacy Month continues, Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman and Minnesota Twins mascot TC the Bear kicked off a statewide financial literacy essay contest today. The contest was announced during a school-wide assembly at Mississippi Creative Arts Magnet Elementary School in Saint Paul. ALL Minnesota kids in grades 3-5 are encouraged to participate.

The essay contest, called Hit a Homerun for Financial Literacy Month, is sponsored by Governor Mark Dayton, the Minnesota Department of Commerce, and the Minnesota Twins. Kids interested in participating in the contest should submit a 300 word essay in response to this question:

What three steps can you take this month to make smart decisions with your money?

The winner of the essay contest will:

1. Receive four free tickets to a Minnesota Twins baseball game at Target Field;
2. Get baseball memorabilia signed by Minnesota Twins baseball players; and
3. Be recognized on the big screen during the baseball game

Responses are due no later than Monday, April 30. Send essays to Anne O'Connor at anne.oconnor@state.mn.us or by mail to Anne O'Connor, Minnesota Department of Commerce, 85 Seventh Place East, Suite 500, Saint Paul, MN 55101.

Teachers, parents, librarians, and community leaders: Print out an official essay contest flier for distribution at your school, local libraries, community centers, restaurants, etc.

Members of the press: Contact Matt Swenson at the Minnesota Department of Commerce with any questions about the essay contest. Matt can be reached by phone at (651) 296-6485 or by email at matt.swenson@state.mn.us.