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April 2015

Brooklyn Park Library groundbreaking (April 20)
Hennepin County is breaking ground on a new library in Brooklyn Park on Wednesday, April 29 at 10 a.m.

Storm sirens 101 (April 15)
Learn how tornado cluster in 1965 shaped today's storm response.

County board actions (April 14)
2040 Bicycle Transportation Plan; Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board and Lower Minnesota River Watershed District Board appointments; Relocation of Southdale service center; county nursery to provide replacement trees for ones soon to be destroyed by emerald ash borer; Board commits funds for Better Together Hennepin (teen pregnancy prevention) program.

Hennepin County board adopts updated bicycle plan (April 14)
he plan, called the Hennepin County 2040 Bicycle Transportation Plan, will guide the county’s work to expand the bikeway system, improve safety for people who bicycle, walk or drive, increase bicycling for transportation, and improve the health of county residents.

Volunteers needed to monitor wetlands (April 9)
Hennepin County’s Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP) is offering residents a unique volunteer opportunity to explore and care for the county’s wetlands.

Break free from winter with the Step to It Challenge (April 6)
With spring's arrival, it is time to break free from winter and get active with the annual Step to It Challenge, May 3 through May 30. Residents can jump-start warm weather physical activity using this fun, free, four-week challenge. 

Hennepin County to deliver more than $86 million in transportation improvements (April 6)
Repaving projects, bridge work, enhancements to traffic signal systems, improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians and several other major projects are all part of Hennepin County’s $86 million plans to improve the county transportation system this year.

March 2015

County board actions (March 31)
Contractor hired to evaluate staffing needs for Sheriff’s Office; County receives grant for boat and water safety activities; Michael Rossman appointed as director of human resources

County board actions (March 17)
Board moves to buy land to improve public safety; County to offer paid parental leave; County awards grants to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species; April 21 public hearing on housing programs; Board appoints members to Workforce Investment Board; County receives equipment grant from Toro Company; Youth sports equipment grants awarded

Job fair matches workers, jobs (March 16)
Please join us today, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., for a job fair at Hennepin County Library−Brookdale, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center. This is part of a series of events to pair employers looking for workers with people who are looking for job opportunities. 

"Moving from Conflict to Resolution and from Harm to Healing” exhibit on display in Hennepin Gallery through April 28 (March 4)
The Hennepin Gallery is free and open to the public 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the Hennepin County Government Center, A-level, 300. S. 6th St., Minneapolis. The exhibit is sponsored by Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department. The Gallery is a project of Hennepin County Communications.

County board actions (March 3)
Improving services for children and youth; Board appoints members to citizen advisory boards; New LED lights at Government Center over 6th Street


February 2015

Job-fair-with-a-twist benefits seniors in St. Louis Park (February 23)
A job fair at St. Louis Park’s Lenox Community Center on February 25 is one of dozens of such events that Hennepin County will host or co-host in 2015. This one, however, has an unusual twist.

Hennepin County to host open data event (February 18)
Hennepin County is hosting Geo:Code, its first code-a-thon. This event will bring together teams of geographers, technology developers and coders, and Hennepin County community members to create technology solutions that improve county services, give residents greater access to government data and make a difference in our communities.

County board actions (February 10)
Board votes to ban electronic smoking; County plans for 9-1-1 back-up access in emergencies; Board appoints members to citizen advisory boards.

Volunteers sought for vacancies on Lower Minnesota River Watershed District Board (February 10)
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications for two vacancies on the Lower Minnesota River Watershed District Board. The term of Leonard Kremer is expiring and he is seeking reappointment.

No go for snow at Target Field Station (February 10)
Heat from Hennepin Energy Recovery Center melts snow, ice at transit hub
Target Field Station opened last summer, but as winter persists, so does its innovative snowmelt system — a key feature of the station's sustainable design.

Free Valentine’s Eve Wedding Ceremonies by Hennepin Judges (February 3)
Fourteen Fourth Judicial District judges invite couples to register for free wedding ceremonies on Valentine’s Eve, over the noon hour.

January 2015

Birth rates decrease by 15 percent for teenagers in Hennepin County (January 23)
The number of Hennepin County teenagers who gave birth dropped significantly in 2013, continuing a downward trend that started in 2007.

Hennepin County Youth Sports equipment grants available (January 21)
The 2015 Hennepin County Youth Sports Spring Equipment grant cycle is now open. Consider applying for the spring round of the Hennepin County Youth Sports equipment grants if your organization needs things like field maintenance equipment, nets or backboards. Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Monday, February 23.

Volunteers sought for vacancies on Workforce Investment Board (January 21)
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants for seven vacancies on the Hennepin County Workforce Investment Board.

“Hands of time” stop on iconic Minneapolis City Hall clock — time for a check-up (January 16)
Minneapolis City Hall’s iconic clock will stop ticking so engineers can assess its condition for any needed repairs or parts replacements. 

Hennepin County Citizens Academy registration now open (January 13)
Registration begins today for the Hennepin County Citizens Academy. This seven-session course is free and open to the public and is designed to give residents an overview of the county’s role and how we do our work.

Volunteers needed at northwest suburban human services offices (January 9)
Hennepin County’s Human Services and Public Health department is looking for friendly, reliable people to volunteer as greeters at the northwest suburban human services center, at 7051 Brooklyn Boulevard, Brooklyn Center.

Volunteers sought for vacancies on Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board (January 7)
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications for two vacancies on the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board. The terms for current members Jeffrey Casale and Sherry White are expiring, though both are seeking reappointment.

Callison elected Hennepin County Board chair (January 6)
Commissioner Jan Callison, District 6, was unanimously elected chair of the seven-member Hennepin County Board of Commissioners today (Jan. 6) at the board’s organizational meeting for 2015. She is the first new board chair in almost two decades.

2014 news releases

January

Youth Sports equipment grants available (January 31, 2014)
Consider applying if your organization needs things like field maintenance equipment, nets or backboards.

Hennepin County commits to bicycle and pedestrian planning with new position (January 30, 2014)
Hennepin County is renewing its commitment to invest in bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure improvements along
county roads.

Hennepin County, VEAP celebrate human services center opening (January 29, 2014)
Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department (HSPHD) and VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People) will hold a joint grand opening ceremony on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 to celebrate the two organizations' collaboration in the new service center at 9600 Aldrich Avenue South in Bloomington. 

First round of business recycling grants announced (January 29, 2014) 
Hennepin County has awarded funding to 11 businesses or organizations to start or improve programs that divert recyclables and organics (food and non-recyclable paper) from the trash.  

County board actions (January 28, 2014)
Special election; "Moving the Market" grant; Circle of Discipline, Inc lease; chair and vice chair elected for HRA board; Blake Road Corridor study; public hearing for subsurface sewage treatment standards; environmental grants; immunization information system

"Remembering Our Leaders" on exhibit in Hennepin Gallery Feb 3 - 27 for Black History Month (January 28, 2014)
Drawings, paintings and photographs honoring African and African American leaders will be on display this month, Black History Month, at the Hennepin Gallery in the Hennepin County Government Center. 

Commissioner Dorfman to take leadership role at Minneapolis non-profit (January 13, 2014)
Hennepin County Commissioner Gail Dorfman has accepted a position as executive director of St. Stephen's Human Services, effective March 3. She has indicated she plans to leave her county post at the end of February.

Creative Care: Art + Healing in the Twin Cities (January 9, 2014)
Special programming is scheduled in conjunction with the final month of the exhibit, Creative Care: Art + Healing in the Twin Cities, a first-of-its-kind exhibition produced by Hennepin County’s Multicultural Arts Committee and Forecast Public Art, a nonprofit public art consulting agency.

Opat re-elected Hennepin County Board chair (January 7, 2014)
Commissioner Mike Opat was re-elected chair of the seven-member Hennepin County Board of Commissioners. Commissioner Jan Callison was re-elected as vice chair. 

Dangerous temps prompt additional shelter options for youth, others (January 5, 2014)
Hennepin County and our partners are working to ensure that as many residents as possible have warm shelter as temperatures plummet to record lows this week.

 

February

Volunteers needed to monitor wetlands (February 26, 2014)
Explore your community’s wetlands through a unique volunteer opportunity, Hennepin County’s Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP). 

County asks for community input on Lowry Avenue Northeast (February 19, 2014)
Hennepin County is hosting a public workshop to gather input on a redevelopment plan for Lowry Avenue Northeast. The workshop will be held on Thursday, February 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Edison High School media room, located at 700 22nd Avenue Northeast. 

Study reveals pathways to improve education outcomes (February 13, 2014)
The “Cohort Study of County-Involved Youth” (Cohort Study) recently presented to the Board answers the question, ‘How are our county-served kids doing academically?’  Its goal is to help Hennepin County tailor its services to ensure youth have the support necessary to be successful in school and in life.

County board actions (February 11, 2014)
Opening GIS data; Penn Avenue community works study launched; HERC proposal withdrawn, plans to focus on organics recycling; New job -- Assistant Chief Medical Examiner; Grant continues family counseling program; Emergency management receives a nearly $1 million grant; Public hearing on issuing bonds for Homeward Bound; Public Hearing on Target Field Station land.

March

County board actions (March 25, 2014)
Board approves plan to fight sexual exploitation of youth in the county; Youth Sports grants awarded; Bottineau Transitway public hearings; Cooperative agreement for stockpile of emergency supplies; Library and 3M develop e-book collection; Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity hires Sentencing to Service Homes crews; Improvements to Shady Oak Road in Hopkins, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie; Continue MFIP Innovations grant; Hennepin County Bar Association to provide legal counsel

Plan aims to end youth sex trafficking, help kids and teens escape exploitation (March 25, 2014)
Hennepin County is stepping up its efforts to protect children caught up in sex trafficking and end their exploitation. 

Hennepin County works with cities to enhance Southwest Corridor (March 13, 2014)
As engineers solidify plans along the Southwest Light Rail Corridor, county and city officials and other partners are making plans for the places along the line where people will live, work and spend their time and money.

County board actions (March 11, 2014)
Comprehensive review of children and youth services across county departments; Sentencing to Service program to work in Golden Valley; County continues agreement for legal assistance for low-income tenants; County renews janitorial contract supporting jobs for residents with mental illness; Board approves roadway jurisdiction changes in Champlin; Board recognizes Commissioner Gail Dorfman for 14 years of service to Hennepin County

County seeks input on West Broadway Avenue (County Road 103) reconstruction project (March 10, 2014)
The public is invited to a public meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 13 to discuss the reconstruction project on West Broadway Avenue (County Road 103) in Brooklyn Park. 

Hennepin Gallery features works from 32 artists with disabilities (March 4, 2014)
Thirty-two artists from rise, Inc.'s Art Speaks program will have original artwork on display in the Hennepin Gallery through April 25.

April

Bike plan open houses hosted by Hennepin County, Three Rivers Park District (April 28, 2014)
The public is welcome to attend two open houses during bike week to learn more about the status of the current plan, help set the priorities for project implementation and the location of the enhanced network, and find out what trends were identified from the last fall’s community input.

GIS data sets now available (April 28, 2014)
The first nine data sets are available for free public use through the County’s website beginning April 28.

County board actions (April 22, 2014)
New access set for I-35W North at 3rd and 4th Streets South; Job fairs target racial, employment disparities; Research on managing contaminated soil at cleanup sites; and Support for prohibiting e-cigarettes under the Clean Indoor Air Act

Wind power for Earth Day (April 21, 2014)
Hennepin County will purchase clean, renewable wind energy to offset electricity use for 75 county buildings on Earth Day, April 22. 

Absentee voting for commissioner district 3 (April 8, 2014)
The special primary election for Hennepin County commissioner district 3 is Tuesday, April 29. If you can’t make it to the polls to vote in the primary, you can absentee vote between Monday, April 14 and Monday, April 28 at 5 p.m.

Free Fix-It Clinic on Sat. April 12 in Osseo (April 9, 2014)
On April 12, noon - 4 p.m., Hennepin County will bring its popular Fix-It Clinics to the Osseo Community Center, 415 Central Ave. Osseo. 

County board actions (April 8, 2014)
Board approves Target Field Station development agreements; Public Hearing on 2014 Hennepin County Consortium Consolidated Action Plan; Six Natural Resources grants awarded; Volunteer Recognition Week; and Citizen Advisory Board Members appointed

Hennepin County approves Target Field Station development agreements (April 8, 2014)
The station is set to open May 17. This set of agreements clears the way for a second platform for light rail transit, a public plaza connecting to the ballpark promenade, a “Great Lawn” amphitheater, a 289-stall parking ramp, retail space and a landscaped area suitable for additional development.

Bottineau Transitway Public Hearings in May 2014 (April 3, 2014)
The public is invited to a series of public hearings in May for the Bottineau Transitway Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS). An open house will be held in conjunction with each formal public hearing.

 

May

Household hazardous waste drop-off events throughout Hennepin County (May 29, 2014)
Hennepin County and its partner cities will hold community collection events this spring for residents to safely dispose of unwanted household hazardous waste. 

Hennepin County seeks public comments on Flying Cloud Drive (May 27, 2014)
Hennepin County is seeking public comments on an environmental assessment worksheet for the Flying Cloud Drive (County Road 61) reconstruction project in Eden Prairie and Chanhassen. 

Marion Green takes oath of office; will represent 3rd District on county board (May 21, 2014)
Newly elected to the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners, Marion Greene was sworn in during a private ceremony at the Government Center in Minneapolis on Wednesday afternoon. Fourth District Judge Elizabeth Cutter administered the oath of office before a small gathering of friends and co-workers.

Compost bins for sale (May 21, 2014)
Backyard composting is a great way to turn food and yard waste into a nutrient-rich resource, and Hennepin County is selling compost bins to help you get started.

County board actions (May 20, 2014)
Public hearing for amendment to the Shingle Creek Watershed Management Plan, Affordable housing and public service grants proposed, Strategic land acquisition, Board approves affordable housing projects, and 2014 Transit Oriented Development program

Hennepin County, partners and community celebrate opening of Target Field Station (May 17, 2014)
Hennepin County, its many partners, and the community celebrated the grand opening of Target Field Station. Connecting people and places, the new multi-modal transportation hub offers public green spaces, connections to the Metro Blue and Green lines and to Northstar Commuter Rail, and access to the North Loop community. 

Hennepin County vehicle auction on May 31 (May 15, 2014)
More than one hundred vehicles will be auctioned off from Hennepin County and local municipalities on Saturday, May 31 at 9:30 a.m. The auction is open to the public.

Special election for 3rd commissioner district (May 8, 2014)
The special election for Hennepin County’s 3rd commissioner district is Tuesday, May 13. This district serves southwest Minneapolis and St. Louis Park.

Dispose of household hazardous waste at events in Minnetonka and St. Louis Park (May 8, 2014)
Hennepin County and its partner cities will hold community collection events this spring for Minnetonka and St. Louis Park residents to safely dispose of unwanted garden and household hazardous waste.

County board actions (May 6, 2014)
Scholarships for early childhood education, Public Hearing for Bassett Creek Watershed Management Plan, Grant funding for Workforce Investment Act, School recycling grants awarded, Workforce Leadership Council, Planning for Southeast Library

Celebrating foster families during National Foster Care Awareness Month (May 5, 2014)
To mark National Foster Care Awareness Month, Hennepin County recognizes and thanks the 350 families who have opened their homes and hearts to children who need them.

Absentee voting for 3rd commissioner district special election (May 1, 2014)
The special election for Hennepin County’s 3rd commissioner district is Tuesday, May 13. If you can’t make it to the polls to vote, you can absentee vote between Monday, May 5 and Monday, May 12 at 5 p.m.

Get moving, get healthier and be green with Step to It (May 1, 2014)
This year, participants are encouraged to “Take Green Strides,” measures that save energy and natural resources, and get you moving too!

June

County board actions (June 24, 2014)
July 8 SWLRT meeting, affordable housing, Environmental Response Fund grants, Bridge repair, Reconstruction of County Road 101, 2015 watershed levies, Commissioner Greene appointed chair of health and human services committee, July 22 public hearing on capital improvement program.

Barbette restaurant owner first to be recognized for business recycling (June 11, 2014)
Hennepin County is recognizing local businesses for their recycling efforts by providing window decals and listing them in an online directory.

County board actions (June 10, 2014)
June 17 SWLRT public hearing, Commissioner Callison and Greene to lead Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Mark S. Thompson new assistant county administrator for public safety, Creation of Hennepin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority opportunity fund, County to provide 911 dispatch services for Golden Valley, Neighborhood revitalization funding, Commissioner Callison appointed vice-chair of Regional Railroad Authority, County to assume role of Hennepin Conservation District. 

Lunch hour entertainment and events at the Government Center (June 3, 2014)
Grab your lunch, soak up some sunshine and enjoy musicians, dancers, educators and more at the Hennepin County Government Center, North Plaza.

 

July

County board actions for July 29 (July 29, 2014)
August is child support awareness month, members appointed to Riley-Purgatory-Bluff Creek Watershed District Board, vacant land to be used for trail, school recycling grants, deconstruction services to divert 85 percent of waste, county to host a Minnesota GreenCorps member

Volunteers sought for vacancies on Nine Mile Creek Watershed District Board (July 22, 2014)
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants for two vacancies on the Nine Mile Creek Watershed District Board. This board coordinates the management of water and related land resources in the watershed. The deadline for applications is Aug. 29 with interviews to be held at the following board committee meeting on Sept. 9.

Interactive map pinpoints cool havens from summer heat (July 21, 2014)
Hennepin County is launching an interactive map to help residents find free public places to go for a cool change of pace.

County board actions for July 17 (July 17, 2014)
Changes in employee health care coverage brings savings to county, environmental grant for Osseo project, promoting healthier food choices at county locations, additional design work on Wayzata Boulevard, new citizen advisory board member

Hennepin County cancels all voter registrations from Minneapolis address (July 17, 2014)
In response to a petition filed on June 27, 2014, the Auditor has found that 419 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis, is a mailbox center, not a residence, and that no one lives there. All voter registrations at the address will be cancelled and the address will no longer be accepted on voter registrations.

Media advisory: board meeting changed to Thursday, July 17 (July 14, 2014)
Please note the regularly scheduled board meeting for Tuesday, July 15 has been moved to Thursday, July 17 at 9:30 a.m. 

In wake of flooding, Hennepin County seeks to join disaster declaration (July 9, 2014)
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to request inclusion in a state and federal disaster declaration related to damage from recent heavy rains, and resulting flooding and landslides.

Hennepin County approves design for Southwest Light Rail Transit project in four communities, sets dates for hearings on Minneapolis changes (July 8, 2014)
The Hennepin County Board today approved the preliminary design plans for the Southwest Light Rail Transit project serving the cities of Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Hopkins, and St. Louis Park. Today’s vote follows two public hearings held by the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority on May 29 and the Hennepin County Board on June 17 to receive public comment, as required by state statute.  

August

Hennepin County, cities developing station area plans for METRO Blue Line Extension (August 27)
With the METRO Blue Line Extension light rail transit (LRT) project now approved for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA)’s New Starts project development phase, Hennepin County is ramping up its work with cities along the LRT line — including Minneapolis, Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, Crystal and Brooklyn Park — to identify needed investments in neighborhoods surrounding up to 11 proposed stations.

County board actions (August 19)
Approval of Southwest light rail transit project; Funding and land-use for Southwest light rail transit project; Agreement with Ramsey County to explore possible joint residential treatment center for youth; Approval of County Road 101 (Bushaway Road) construction; Acknowledgement of Nicollet-Central Modern Streetcar; ADA pedestrian ramp reconstruction

Hennepin County approves design for Southwest light rail transit project within the City of Minneapolis (August 19, 2014)
The Hennepin County Board today completed its municipal approval process for preliminary design plans for the Southwest light rail transit project, in voting to approve the portion of those plans serving the city of Minneapolis.

2015 Hennepin Youth Sports Program grant applications open (August 18, 2014)
Up to $2 million is available annually; facility grants range from $10,000 - $325,000. 

Job fair to match employers, workers (August 18, 2014)
Hennepin County Work and Economic Resource Center will sponsor a career fair, on Monday, August 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Minneapolis Central Library.

Hennepin County unveils the Recycling Oasis (August 13, 2014)
Recycling Oasis will be found in downtown Minneapolis, at Twins games, and community events this August and September.

Event today with Rep. Ellison highlights county's health care reform successes (August 13, 2014)
Hennepin County and its partners are demonstrating that innovations in health care can save money and improve the health of some of the region's most complex and expensive patients.

County board actions (August 12, 2014)
Food safety training at Adult Corrections Facility; Purchase additional AEDs; Reduced speed limit on Portland Avenue in Minneapolis; Public hearing on housing programs; Agreement to provide permanent housing options; Funding for affordable housing; Station area planning for METRO Blue Line extension.

Commissioner Higgins appointed to national leadership position on human services (August 6, 2014)
Hennepin County Commissioner Linda Higgins was appointed to a one-year term as chair of the National Association of Counties (NACo) education, children and families subcommittee. 

Extended absentee voting hours (August 5, 2014)
The Hennepin County Government Center will be open for in-person absentee voting on Saturday, August 9.

Hennepin County employee art on display in Hennepin Gallery (August 1, 2014)
The Hennepin County employee art show is on display in the Hennepin Gallery August 4 to August 27.  

Commissioner McLaughlin appointed to national leadership position on transportation (August 1, 2014)
Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin was appointed to a one-year term as chair of the National Association of Counties (NACo) transportation steering committee. 

Commissioner Johnson reappointed to national leadership positions on information technology (August 1, 2014)
Hennepin County Commissioner Randy Johnson was reappointed to a one-year term as vice chair of the National Association of Counties (NACo) information technology standing committee, chair of its geospatial information systems subcommittee, and vice chair of the Medicaid and Indigent Care subcommittee.

Get Choose to Reuse coupon on the go (August 1, 2014)
Hennepin County's annual Choose to Reuse coupon books are now available through Oct. 31, 2014. The coupons are free and feature deals from 48 Twin Cities retailers.

September

County board actions (September 30) 
County receives additional funding for environmental cleanup, Budget public hearings and meetings

Household hazardous waste collection event in Shorewood October 2–4, 2014 (September 25)
Hennepin County will host a community collection event at the Shorewood Public Works Department on Thursday, October 2, through Saturday, October 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day

Absentee voting opens September 19 (September 18)
Absentee voting for the 2014 general election begins on Friday, September 19 and runs through Monday, November 3. Election Day is Tuesday, November 4.

Fix-It Clinic celebrates two years of success (September 11)
Nearly 10,000 pounds diverted from the waste stream by Hennepin County Fix-It Clinics, while creating community and teaching basic repair skills.

County board actions (September 11) 
Board adopts maximum property tax levy, sets public hearings about levy and budget; Board approves payment and reissue of bonds; Board appoints two members to Nine-Mile Creek Watershed District Board;Board accepts additional funding for redevelopment of abandoned and foreclosed homes; Hennepin County Violent Offender Task Force; Pedestrian improvements in Brooklyn Park;

Board adopts maximum property tax levy, sets public hearings about levy and budget (September 11)
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners approved a maximum property-tax levy for 2015 of $699.9 million – 2.75 percent higher than the 2014 levy. 

Hennepin County positions for the future with 2015 budget (September 9)
Average homeowners will see increases in property values with modest increases in 2015 property taxes.

Media advisory: Hennepin County administrator to present 2015 budget Tuesday (September 8)
Hennepin County Administrator David Hough will present the 2015 proposed county budget to the Board of Commissioners.

Fit-4-Fun event celebrates healthy living (September 5)
Join north Minneapolis neighbors in a day of fun and fitness at the Fit-4-Fun event, from 9 a.m.to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, at NorthPoint Health & Wellness, 1313 Penn Avenue North, Minneapolis. 

Local fiber artists at the Hennepin Gallery (September 3)
Two fiber artists from Textile Center will be featured in the Hennepin Gallery September 10 through November 21, 2014.

October

County board actions (October 28)
County to recover 400 additional tons of metal from HERC ash; Board approves salary increases for 2015 and 2016; Board appoints new chair of Minnesota Ballpark Authority; County receives grant funding to help homeless families find permanent housing; Board declares October domestic violence awareness month; Board declares November pancreatic cancer awareness month

Extended absentee voting hours for November 4 election (October 22)
Hennepin County will offer extended hours for absentee voting in the upcoming general election.

Green Line outing for visiting county officials (October 16)
Leaders from counties in 20 states will embark on a mobile workshop on the METRO Green Line, from 3 to 6 p.m., Thursday, October 16. Their expedition will begin at Central Station in downtown St. Paul, and will include tours of Target Field Station in Minneapolis and Union Depot in St. Paul.

County board actions (October 14)
County to provide outreach to victims of domestic abuse in East African communities; New pollution control equipment at HERC to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides; Support of funding commitment for Orange Line BRT; Commissioners appointed to Blue Line Extension Corridor Management Committee

Hennepin Energy Recovery Center improvements aim to cut smog-causing nitrogen oxides by 25% (October 14)
Hennepin County is installing new pollution control equipment at the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC) that will reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) by about 25 percent. NOx contributes to the formation of ground-level ozone, commonly known as smog. Smog can aggravate asthma and other respiratory conditions.

Celebrating 20 years of Hennepin County Community Works (October 9)
Hennepin County Community Works fosters collaboration among communities and government agencies to stimulate economic development and build the long-term value of communities by investing in redevelopment, public works infrastructure, parks and trails, and environmental restoration.

Comment on the 2014 draft Hennepin County bicycle transportation plan (October 6)
Hennepin County and Three Rivers Park District have worked together on updating a county-wide plan that reflects the growing use of bicycling in the region. 

 

November

Hennepin County budget (Truth in Taxation) meeting is Dec. 2 (November 26)
Hennepin County will hold a public meeting on the proposed 2015 budget and property tax levy – commonly called the Truth in Taxation meeting – at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2, in the County Board Room on the 24th floor of the Hennepin County Government Center, 300 S. Sixth Street in downtown Minneapolis.

Hennepin County seeks comments on pedestrian accessibility plan (November 24)
Hennepin County is seeking input on its draft plan to support accessibility for pedestrians on its road network. The document, called the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan, presents current practices and policies that relate to accessibility, and identifies an inventory of existing county road network facilities supporting accessibility at intersections. 

Children, parents become family on National Adoption Day, Saturday (November 21)
On National Adoption Day this Saturday, 40 Hennepin County children will have a chance for a new beginning, and 26 families will embark on a new chapter in their lives together. Adoption Day is a time for celebration at the Juvenile Justice Center, as parents and children come together in a finalization hearing before a district court judge.

Counties Transit Improvement Board awards $141 Million in transit grants (November 19)
The Counties Transit Improvement Board’s annual grant awards signaled its commitment to accelerating transit projects across the region. The board authorized $140.9 million in funding next year to advance five light rail and bus rapid transit lines, to support improvements to three existing lines, and to fund operations for the region’s light rail (LRT), commuter rail and bus rapid transit (BRT) lines. The latest round of grant awards brings the board’s total investments in the region to nearly $650 million dollars in the past seven years ($648.3 million).

County board actions for November 18 (November 18)
County recycles more than 554,000 gallons of household hazardous wastes; Board calls on congress to fund the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program; Receives state aid to fight aquatic invasive species; Receive funding for housing improvements; Board approved 2015 special levies for watershed management commissions; Hennepin Healthcare Systems to merge with MVNA; County to share cost of bridge and pedestrian improvements with Brooklyn Center, St. Anthony and Golden Valley; Development planned at Hiawatha Avenue and Lake Street East in Minneapolis; Property sold to Community Involvement Programs; Public hearing on Dec. 16; Board appoints Commissioner Jan Callison to Southwest Light Rail Transit Executive Change Control Board; Safe Sleep Week

National Adoption Day is a day of the heart for 27 Hennepin County families (November 17)
On National Adoption Day this Saturday, 41 Hennepin County children will have a chance for a new beginning, and 27 families will embark on a new chapter in their lives together. Adoption Day is a time for celebration at the Juvenile Justice Center, as parents and children come together in a finalization hearing before a district court judge.

Grand opening today for human services office in downtown Hopkins (November 13)
Hennepin County is celebrating the grand opening of its fourth regional human services center, in downtown Hopkins. The event will be held today, November 13, from 6 to 8 p.m., at 1011 1st Street South.

Grand opening Thursday for human services office in Hopkins (November 6)
Hennepin County is celebrating the grand opening of its fourth regional human services center, in downtown Hopkins. The event will be held Thursday, November 13, from 6 to 8 p.m., at 1011 1st Street South. Officials and community members will celebrate and tour the new offices. The public also is invited to this free event.

Hennepin County job fair to match employers, workers (November 3)
Hennepin County Work and Economic Resource Center will sponsor a career fair, on Monday, November 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Hennepin County Library − Southdale, 7001 York Avenue South, Edina.

Hennepin County to host meeting on storm water pollution prevention program (November 3)
Hennepin County will host an informal public meeting on the county’s storm water pollution prevention program (SWPPP) from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 3, at the county’s Public Works Facility, 1600 Prairie Drive, Medina.

December

Hennepin County extends comment period on pedestrian accessibility plan (December 29)
Hennepin County is seeking input on its draft plan to support accessibility for pedestrians on its road network. The document, called the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan, presents current practices and policies that relate to accessibility, and identifies an inventory of existing county road network facilities supporting accessibility at intersections.

County board actions (December 16)
The board approves 2015 budgets and property tax levy; Public hearing on electronic cigarettes; Youth Sports grants awarded; Chester Cooper appointed as director of community corrections and rehabilitation; Franklin Avenue bridge construction contract awarded; Weddings to be held at Government Center on Valentine’s Day Eve; Board approves reconstruction of Minnehaha Avenue in Minneapolis; Board appoints Shannon Mayer as chief executive officer of Metropolitan Health Plan; County Road 101 in Minnetonka reconstruction to move forward; County to do shoreline restoration on Lake Minnetonka; Normandale Boulevard in Bloomington to be reconstructed; Public hearing on the land sale at Lake Street East and Hiawatha Avenue; County receives grant to address racial disparities; Board approves Hennepin Healthcare System budget and board of directors; Discount health program creates benefits for Hennepin County residents; Board approves legislative platform for 2015

Hennepin County sets 2015 property tax levy increase at 2.1 percent (December 16)
Budget evaluation reduces proposed property tax levy by 0.65 percent. The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners today approved its 2015 property tax levy of $695.6 million -- a 2.1 percent increase over 2014.The proposed budget presented in September called for a property tax levy of just under $700 million. Since then, commissioners trimmed over $4 million during the budget review process to reduce the property tax levy increase to $695.6 million or 2.10 percent.

Teen photography exhibit featured at Hennepin Gallery December 8 – January 23 (December 8)
“Through My Lens” gave teens who have experienced poverty, abuse, homelessness or mental illness an opportunity to share their perspectives on community with a public audience through the medium of photography. Using Wing Young Huie’s signature chalkboard interview method, both photographers and the subjects they photographed expressed themselves creatively. The final photographs are on display in an installation organized by Forecast Public Art from Monday, December 8 through Friday, January 23 at the Hennepin Gallery of the Hennepin County Government Center.

County board actions (December 2)
County supports C Line bus rapid transit on Penn Avenue; Board votes to support Minneapolis Promise Zone application; County receives grant for DNA processing; Grant helps connect inmates to behavioral health care; Signal replacements at County Road 101 (Sioux Drive) in Medina; County and Bloomington partner on traffic signal maintenance; County receives additional $585,000 for workforce development; Forfeiture fund use

Holiday music at the Government Center (December 2)
The Hennepin County Government Center will continue its annual tradition of seasonal and holiday performances, free and open to the public.

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