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April 2014

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.

March 2014

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.

February 2014

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 recieves a nearly $1 million grant; Public hearing on issuing bonds for Homeward Bound; Public Hearing on Target Field Station land.

January 2014

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.

October 2013

Go Green with Free Coupon Books (PDF)
Choose to Reuse coupon books are free and feature deals from 72 retailers.

Help Update the Hennepin County Bike Plan (PDF)
Hennepin County is partnering with Three Rivers Park District, and other cities in the region, to gather resident input.

Youth Sports Grant Funds Hopkins Playground (PDF)
The new playground was purchased with a help from a variety of sources, including a $200,000 Hennepin County Youth Sports Grant dedicated to youth sports and recreation projects.

September 2013

2014 Hennepin County budget calls for 0.7-percent decrease (PDF)
Hennepin County Administrator David Hough proposes a 2014 budget of $1.78 billion – 0.7 percent less than the adjusted 2013 budget – and a .98-percent increase in the net property tax levy.

Board sets maximum property-tax levy (PDF)
The maximum property tax levy approved today reflects Hennepin County’s commitment to fiscal responsibility.

Hennepin County Approves First Pedestrian Plan (PDF)
Hennepin County approved its first pedestrian plan, which will guide the county in improving pedestrian safety and increasing walking opportunities.

July 2013

Bottineau Transitway Health Impact Assessment (PDF)
The public is invited to provide feedback on the draft Bottineau Transitway Health Impact Assessment (HIA) from now until Sept. 15.

New Human Services Jobs (PDF)
Hennepin County will be hiring more than 100 people over the next few months to help roll out the Affordable Care Act.

Repairs Nearly Complete at Sinkhole in Robbinsdale (PDF) 
A water main break caused a sinkhole at County Road 81 between 36th Avenue and Highway 100 in late June. Crews have been working on water main and road repairs and the parts of the road are now open.

Two Hennepin-inspected Beaches Closed (PDF) 
Excelsior Beach on Lake Minnetonka and Snelling Lake Beach at Fort Snelling remain closed after high bacterial readings.

Vacancies on Nine Mile Creek Watershed District Board (PDF)
This board coordinates the management of water and related land resources in the watershed.

June 2013

76 Worksites Recognized for Wellness (PDF)
The Public Health Promotion department honored 76 organizations with Wellness by Design Awards in 2013.

Funding to Improve School Recycling Programs (PDF)
The grant funded projects will engage a total of 13,900 students and additional parents and staff.

Give Feedback on the County’s First Pedestrian Plan (PDF)
The county has existing bicycle, roadway and transit system plans, but will be the first county in Minnesota to create a comprehensive pedestrian plan on its road system.

Roosevelt Library Reopened (PDF)
Hennepin County Library – Roosevelt reopened on Saturday, June 1.

Same-Sex Marriage License Applications Available (PDF)
Hennepin County service centers began accepting marriage license applications from same-sex couples on June 6, pursuant to state law and Hennepin County Board resolution.

Teen Births in Hennepin County Continue Downward Trend (PDF) 
The number of teenagers who gave birth in 2011 dropped for the fifth consecutive year in Hennepin County.

Tornado Sense (PDF) 
Eric Waage, Emergency Management Director, shares five ways to develop a "tornado sense" and stay safe.

Water Safety Reminders (PDF) 
Life jackets, safety equipment and preparing well are all part of water safety.

Webber Park Library Closed (PDF) 
For the safety of the public and staff, Webber Park will remain closed until an assessment can be completed.

'Bookawocky' Summer Reading Programs at the Library (PDF) 
Kids and teens who participate in learning activities during the summer are better prepared for school in the fall.

May 2013

A Walk in the Park (PDF)
Celebrate spring and the launch of the fifth annual Step To It Challenge.

Bikes Repaired at Project Homeless Connect (PDF)
For people who are homeless, sometimes their most prized possession is one on two wheels.

Community Conversations for North Minneapolis Human Services Hub (PDF)
Starting May 14, join a series of community conversations about a proposal to create a more convenient location for north Minneapolis residents to access services including medical, emergency, child care and food assistance, child support and homeless services.

Hennepin-University Partnership Applies Brain Research to Public Service (PDF)
Service providers in Hennepin County will apply the University of Minnesota’s most recent infant- and child- brain research to daily interactions with some of the county’s youngest and most vulnerable residents.

Plant Sale (PDF)
Ready to get that garden going?  Start with the Hennepin County Master Gardeners’ fifth annual plant sale this Saturday, May 18.

Public Meeting on Washington Avenue Changes (PDF)
Attendees can provide input on project options that consider removal of traffic lanes, improvements to pedestrian area and incorporation of bicycle facilities.

Roosevelt Library Reopened (PDF)
Hennepin County Library – Roosevelt reopened on Saturday, June 1.

Same-Sex Marriage License Applications Available (PDF)
Hennepin County service centers began accepting marriage license applications from same-sex couples on June 6, pursuant to state law and Hennepin County Board resolution.

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