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Read current county news and county board actions. 

Measures that pass the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners do not imply a unanimous vote. The actions of the board, including a record of how individual commissioners voted, are posted under Hennepin County meetings and agendas

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August 2014

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.

July 2014

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.  

June 2014

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.


May 2014

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!

April 2014

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.


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 receives 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.


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