Citizens Academy

Through a seven-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 fall session is filled. Please click on the link below to add your name to be notified when registration opens for the Spring 2017 Hennepin County Citizens Academy.

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Session topics, materials and locations

The academy runs for seven weeks on Wednesdays (first and third sessions are on Thursday) from 6:30 to 9 p.m., from September 15 through November 2, 2016 (no session on October 12).

Week 1: County board, budget, property assessing, September 15

Session held in Minnetonka.

Property tax fact sheets

Week 2:  Transportation - (roads and bridges) and emergency management, September 21

Session held in Medina.

Week 3: Human Services,  September 29

Session held in Brooklyn Center.

Week 4: Health and medical services, October 5

Session held in Minneapolis. 

Week 5: Community works, environment and energy, October 19

Session held in Minneapolis.

Week 6: County Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, 4th Judicial District Court, October 26

Session held in Minneapolis.

Week 7:  Facility services, information technology, elections, workforce development, November 2

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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