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Minnesota State Fair is a place to find and save money, not just spend it

8/22/2016 2:40:09 PM

SAINT PAUL – Minnesotans know they can expect to spend money at the State Fair, whether it’s to enjoy thrill rides on the midway or buy the latest food on a stick. 
 
Thanks to the Minnesota Commerce Department, fairgoers also have the opportunity this year to find money by searching the state’s unclaimed property database or save money by improving their home’s energy efficiency.
 
The Commerce Department is the state’s consumer protection agency that regulates and licenses a wide range of businesses, including banks, insurance companies, the real estate sector and energy utilities.
 
The department also administers the state’s unclaimed property program, reuniting Minnesotans with their missing money that includes lost bank accounts, payroll checks, refunds, life insurance benefits, stock proceeds and more.
 
During the past year alone, the Commerce Department returned an all-time record of nearly $50 million in unclaimed property to Minnesotans.
 
To see if you have missing money, just stop by the Commerce Department booth to search the online database of unclaimed property. It is located in the Education Building on Cosgrove Street just north of Dan Patch Avenue on the east side of the fairgrounds.
 
The Commerce Department’s Home Energy Exhibit offers plenty of practical tips and ideas for fairgoers on how to save money with better home energy efficiency, including weather-stripping doors, adding proper insulation, installing LED lights and using high-efficiency appliances.  
 
Fairgoers can also learn about solar energy options and even use the big-screen Minnesota Solar App to pinpoint their property on a special satellite map and analyze how suitable it might be for a solar energy system.
 
The Home Energy Exhibit is in the Eco Experience building at Cosgrove Street and Randall Avenue on the northeast side of the fairgrounds.
 
Commerce is here to help
Contact our Consumer Services Center by email at consumer.protection@state.mn.us or by phone at 651-539-1600 or 800-657-3602 (greater Minnesota).

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