Citizens Academy

Are you interested in learning how county roads are plowed every winter? How Hennepin County is involved in light-rail transit? What about learning how county taxes are assessed and where your tax money goes? The Hennepin County Citizens Academy will address questions like these and more.

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Academy overview and registration

The Hennepin County Academy, offered free to the public, also provides residents the opportunity to meet in person with county government leaders and learn about all the services that keep employees busy year round. You will have the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes tour of many of our facilities. Participants must be at least 18.


To place your name on the invite list for the Spring 2015 session, visit the registration page and click on "Add to Waitlist."

Session topics, materials and locations

The academy runs for seven weeks on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m., from September 11 (the only Thursday) through October 22, 2014.

Week 1: Your county government

Session held in Minnetonka.

Week 2: Transportation and county fleet

Session held in Medina.

Week 3: Human services

Session held in Brooklyn Center.

Week 4: Health and medical services

Session held in downtown Minneapolis.

Week 5: Sustainable development and transit, economic development and environmental services

Session held in downtown Minneapolis.

Week 6: Law enforcement and corrections

Session held in Plymouth.

Week 7: 4th judicial district court, public defender, collaborations and volunteering

Session held in downtown 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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