Citizens Academy

Through an eight-week series, learn how county government works including topics like winter road plowing, light rail transit and property tax assessment. Participants will meet county leaders and learn about all the services the county provides. The series is free to the public. Participants must be at least 18.

The spring session is filled. Add your name to the notification list for the fall 2017 session.

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Session topics, materials and locations

The academy runs for eight weeks on Wednesdays (first session is on Thursday) from 6:30 to 9 p.m., from March 16 through May 17 (no session April 5 or April 12).

Week 1: County board, budget, property assessing, March 16 (Thursday)

Session held in Minnetonka.

Property tax fact sheets

Week 2: Community works, environment and energy, March 22

Session held in Minneapolis.

Week 3: Health and medical services, March 29

Session held in Minneapolis. 

Week 4: Public Defender’s Office, County Attorney's Office, 4th Judicial District, April 19

Session held in Minneapolis.

Week 5: Human Services, April 26

Session held in Brooklyn Center.

Week 6: Community Corrections and Rehabilitation and Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, May 3

Session held in Plymouth. New this year.

Week 7: Transportation and emergency management, May 10

Session held in Medina.

Week 8: Elections, Your Hennepin, May 17

Session held in Minneapolis.

History of Hennepin County

Hennepin County 1852 - 2002

This booklet was created to provide some of the historical highlights of Hennepin County's 150 years, as well as an overview of Hennepin County government. Reference copies of the booklet are available at Hennepin County Library. Search the site for "Hennepin County 1852 - 2002."

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