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Get Together with the Commerce Department at the Great Minnesota Get-Together

8/21/2017 2:34:44 PM

The Great Minnesota Get-Together keeps getting even greater every year. This year’s additions include even more new foods like the Bowl O’ Dough, even more new attractions like the Great Big Wheel, and even more helpful consumer information from the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

As the state’s consumer protection agency, the Commerce Department will again be available to help Minnesotans in the Education Building, located on Cosgrove Street just north of Dan Patch Avenue on the east side of the fairgrounds.

At the Commerce booth, fairgoers can search the unclaimed property database to see if they have any missing money, learn about their health insurance rights and get tips about how to prevent financial fraud and scams that target older adults. 

Plus, there is the perennial favorite: Step on the scale to get your official state-certified weight, compliments of Commerce’s Weights & Measures Division.

Staff will be available to assist Minnesotans at the Commerce booth in the Education Building for the duration of the fair. But some days will include special features:

Missing Money (Friday, August 25, and Monday, August 28)

Commerce’s unclaimed property experts will be at the booth to help fairgoers search the missing money database for forgotten bank accounts, uncashed checks, insurance benefits, stock proceeds and more.

Know Your Health Insurance Rights (Tuesday, August 29, and Saturday, September 2)

Members of the Commerce insurance team will be on hand to help fairgoers understand their health insurance rights, especially for mental health and substance use disorder benefits, preventive health services and non-discrimination in coverage. 

Stop Fraud Before It Starts (Thursday, August 31)

Commerce and the Minnesota Elder Justice Center join forces to advocate for senior fraud prevention. Visit the Commerce booth to test your wits with Sam the Scammer and pick up a “Stop Fraud Before It Starts” toolkit. 

Home Energy Exhibit (Duration of the Fair)

The Commerce Department’s Energy Resources Division showcases its Home Energy Exhibit in the Eco Experience building, located at Cosgrove Street and Randall Avenue on the northeast side of the fairgrounds. The exhibit offers consumer-friendly information on how to make your home more energy efficient, with interactive displays on LED lighting, electric vehicles, smart home features, insulation, and water and energy conservation. Fairgoers can even test their Energy IQ and play Climate Connections Bingo! 

Commerce is here to help

Contact the Commerce Department’s Consumer Services Center by email at or by phone at 651-539-1600 or 800-657-3602 (Greater Minnesota).


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