Citizens Academy

Through an eight-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 currently filled. Add your name to the notification list for the spring 2018 session.

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Session topics, materials and locations

The academy runs for eight weeks on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m., from September 27 through November 15.

Week 1: September 27

Hennepin County Board, property assessing, budget (session held in Edina)

Property tax fact sheets

Week 2: October 4

Transportation and Emergency Management (Medina)

Week 3: October 11

Human Services (Minneapolis)

Week 4: October 18

Health and Medical Services (Minneapolis)

Week 5: October 25

Public Defender's Office, County Attorney's Office, Hennepin County District Court (Minneapolis)

Week 6: November 1

Community Corrections and Rehabilitation and Hennepin County Sheriff's Office (Plymouth)

New this year.

Week 7: November 8

Community Works, Environment and Energy (Minneapolis)

Week 8: November 15

Elections, County Administration, Your Hennepin (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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