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2017

January

Partnership aims to keep kids from drowning (January 31)
Hennepin County is partnering with the USA Swimming Foundation on a pilot project to connect underserved youth and communities throughout the county with swimming lessons.

County board actions (January 24)
Votes Tuesday approved funding for projects along the Southwest Light Rail Transit corridor and awarded grant funding for clean up of contaminated sites, environmental education and natural resources projects.

Sign up for Citizens Academy, a behind-the-scenes look at Hennepin County (January 11)
Learn how county government works to serve its residents by enrolling in Hennepin County Citizens Academy, a free, eight-week series that takes you up close to the people, places and processes that make our county a great place to live.

County board reinvests $1 million to support additional transit-oriented development projects (January 4)
Four transit-oriented development (TOD) projects will split $1,050,000 in funding allocated through Hennepin County’s TOD Program. 

County board actions (January 3)
This Tuesday, four Hennepin County Commissioners took office and the Hennepin County Board reappointed Jan Callison, District 6, to serve as its chair for 2017.

February

County board actions (February 23)
Votes expanded a community policing partnership to the City of Crystal, approved the county's federal legislative platform, appointed members to citizen advisory boards and approved participation in a system that will save thousands on affordable housing costs.

Participate in Geo:Code 2017, a free open data forum (February 16)
Geo:Code, a community-generated conference connecting residents with Hennepin County and open data, has expanded for 2017.

County board actions (February 7)
Votes Tuesday funded 40 percent of Bottineau LRT engineering, accepted funding to resolve issues of family safety and permanency, accepted funding to help patients transition from mental health facilities to community settings and approved emergency management software upgrades.

"Celebrating the Voting Rights Act in Minnesota" on display in Hennepin Gallery through February 27 (February 3)
The exhibition by the Hennepin History Museum features a series of panels focusing on local advocacy on behalf of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

March

Potent drug, carfentanil, new factor in opioid epidemic (March 30)
A powerful new opioid, carfentanil, has already caused at least five overdose-related deaths in Minnesota this year.

County board actions (March 28)

  • Wentland appointed as Human Services director
  • Funding will prevent spread of aquatic invasive species 
  • Contract awarded for Hennepin County Library – Edina remodel
  • 2017 spring Youth Sports grants awarded
  • Minneapolis Farmers Market will return to Government Center
  • Board lays over resolution on proposed new sales tax
  • Comment on plan to use housing and community development funds
  • Board approves declarations supporting crime victims and prevention efforts

Volunteers sought for two citizen advisory boards (March 28)
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications for vacancies on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Board and on the Lower Minnesota River Watershed District Board.

Dozens of organizations will recruit employees at next week's career fair (March 27)
Job-seekers can connect with actively-recruiting companies at a career fair Monday, April 3, sponsored by Hennepin County Work and Economic Resource Center.

Hennepin County starts 2017 road and bridge construction (March 23)
Monday, March 27 marks the beginning of Hennepin County’s transportation construction season.

County board holding public hearing on county transportation and transit tax plan (March 21)
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners hosted a public hearing today before the Public Works Committee to take public comment on the imposition and potential uses of a new sales tax.

News: View county transportation and transit tax plan (March 17)
Hennepin County has outlined potential uses of a proposed new transportation and transit sales tax.

County board actions (March 14)
Votes Tuesday approved a public hearing to gather feedback on transportation and transit tax, approved an agreement that will help secure resources for the homeless, renewed funding that helps teen parents, approved agreements relating to road reconstruction in Medina and appointed candidates to citizen advisory boards.

Added staff will work with local, county and state agencies to combat youth sex trafficking (March 14)
Hennepin County is adding two employees dedicated to aggressively investigating and prosecuting youth sex traffickers and purchasers. 

Community leaders celebrate grand opening of Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center (March 12)
Community leaders and residents held a grand opening celebration for the Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center—a pipeline for jobs and educational resources with a special focus on the neighborhood’s East African community.

County launches new resources to stay green this spring (March 9)
After spring cleaning, residents can visit Hennepin County's new Choose to Reuse website for easy ways to keep usable stuff out of the trash and find quality items without buying new. 

“Real People, Real Conversations, Real Solutions” exhibit on display in Hennepin Gallery March 2 – March 30 (March 2)
Community Mediation & Restorative Services, Inc. (CMRS) presents “Real People, Real Conversations, Real Solutions,” an exhibit highlighting the different service areas handled through mediation or restorative services.

See how residents are using data to connect with county government (March 2)
Attend Geo:Code 2017 on March 4 or 5 to see how civic-minded residents, geographers, technology developers and Hennepin County officials are using data to improve public services.

April

Hennepin County celebrates Arbor Day (April 26)
Arbor Day is a great time to get involved planting and caring for trees. 

County board actions (April 25)
Votes Tuesday will aid transit-oriented development, prepare youth for college and careers, declare Drug Take-Back Day and declare Correctional Officers Appreciation Week. 

Hennepin County works year-round to conserve energy and resources (April 19) 
This Earth Day, Hennepin County highlights four focus areas that staff are implementing to help protect the environment.

Downtown Minneapolis Job Fair will feature up to 60 hiring employers (April 18)
Residents can network with hiring employers and connect with community resources at next week’s Downtown Minneapolis Job Fair.

Celebrate Earth Day and make a difference in Hennepin County (April 17)
Events, volunteer opportunities and programs are happening across Hennepin County in honor of Earth Day, which is Saturday, April 22. 

Temporary Webber Park Library closing soon for move to new location (April 13)
As the new Webber Park Library opening draws near, the temporary location, at 4203 Webber Pkwy., Minneapolis, will close permanently at 5 p.m., Saturday, April 29.

County board actions (April 11)
Votes Tuesday will provide funding to fight homelessness, prevent truancy and rehabilitate the Lake Street Bridge. 

Downtown Minneapolis Job Fair will feature up to 60 hiring employers (April 11) 
Residents can network with hiring employers and connect with community resources at next week’s Downtown Minneapolis Job Fair.

Hennepin County provides resources for homebuyers (April 10)
Spring home buying season is here. Hennepin County has resources for house hunters to enhance, inform and supplement the home buying process.

Volunteers needed to monitor wetlands (April 7)
Hennepin County is seeking volunteers to monitor wetlands as part of its Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP).

Funding awarded to prevent youth drowning (April 6)
Organizations will use more than $35,000 of grant funding to provide swimming lessons to Hennepin County youth.

"Hennepin County: A better way. Lived here." on display in Hennepin Gallery through May 26 (April 5)
An exhibit featuring the people and places that make Hennepin County a great place to live, work and play.

Residents can take strides to better health during Step to it challenge (April 4) 
Residents can now register for Hennepin County’s Step to it challenge, open to people of all ages and abilities who want to get moving while connecting with family, friends and neighbors.

May

Free career fair will connect job-seekers with recruiting employers (May 30)
Job-seekers can connect with actively-recruiting companies at a career fair next week sponsored by the Hennepin County Work and Economic Resource Center.

Schedule of free outdoor movies at Target Field Station announced (May 25)
Hennepin County is hosting free movie nights this summer at Target Field Station in partnership with the Minneapolis Downtown Council and the Minnesota Twins. 

Visit the Health and Safety Fair June 6 (May 24)
The public is invited to visit more than 25 exhibitors who will share a wealth of resources, demonstrations and activities at the Health and Safety Fair.

County board actions (May 23)
Votes Tuesday will set an additional public hearing for new transportation and transit sales tax, provide funding to support small businesses, approve an application for $5 million to conserve and restore natural areas, approve an agreement to reduce violent crime in Minneapolis and award a contract for criminal justice adult diversion services.

Volunteers sought for Riley-Purgatory-Bluff Creek Watershed District Board (May 23)
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications for two vacancies on the Riley-Purgatory-Bluff Creek Watershed District Board.

Carfentanil causes five more overdose-related deaths in the area (May 19)
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has confirmed that five more people have died of carfentanil-related overdose, bringing the total to 10 deaths in the medical examiner's jurisdiction.

Celebrations for Webber Park Library's grand opening kick off today (May 18)
Today, May 18, Hennepin County will celebrate the opening of its newest library. After more than a year of construction, the new Webber Park Library will open about a quarter mile west of the park that shares its name.

Law enforcement to replace U.S. flag in Government Center (May 12)
During a ceremony next week, more than 30 local law enforcement officers and veterans will retire and then replace the 20-by-30-foot flag hanging in the Hennepin County Government Center skyway.

Fix-it Clinics have kept 26,123 pounds of stuff out of trash (May 11)
Since 2012, residents have fixed 3,901 items with the help of Fix-it Clinic volunteers. 

Century Plaza will close after business hours Friday, May 12 (May 10)
Residents can find the services they need at any Hennepin County human service center. Each center provides access to the full range of financial, social and public health services the county offers.

County board actions (May 9)
The county board awarded $2.7 million of funding for affordable housing, $2.2 million for development along transit lines and funding to continue help for chronically homeless families.

Community celebrating library opening on Thursday, May 18 (May 3)
After more than a year of construction, the new Hennepin County Library – Webber Park will open about a quarter mile west of the park that shares its name.

June

Go Outside this July for free events (June 30)
Go Outside with Hennepin County is featuring free events and activities throughout the summer. See event listings for Government Center South Plaza and Target Field Station.

Child well-being director appointed to lead new child protection focus (June 27)
The board appointed Michelle Farr to guide county staff carrying out the county’s new child well-being focus.

Primary elections now open in Bloomington and St. Louis Park (June23)
Starting June 23, Bloomington and St. Louis Park Ward One voters can vote in the 2017 municipal primaries for city council races.

Step to it challenge winners announced (June 15)
During the Step to it challenge this May, participants tracked more than 1.1 billion steps, exceeding last year's step count by more than 129 million. 

Board approves new sales tax for transit and transportation (June 13)
The board voted 5-2 to terminate the joint powers agreement establishing the Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB) and impose a half-cent sales tax in Hennepin County supporting the county’s transit and transportation projects.

Hennepin County takes next steps toward increased funding for transit (June 12)
Following last week’s public hearing, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners will vote tomorrow on a proposed sales tax increase supporting county transit and transportation projects. 

Celebrate Juneteenth at the library (June 11)
Hennepin County Library invites the community to join us to celebrate Juneteenth, one of the oldest African American celebrations of the end of slavery. 

New human service center and mixed-use development in South Minneapolis (June 8)
Attend the grand opening of the new mixed-use development including retail, the Midtown Farmers Market, a transit hub for the METRO Blue Line and Lake Street buses, homes for hundreds of people and the new Hennepin County Human Service Center. 

Relief from the summer heat: online map shows places to cool off (June 9)
Heat waves like the one the National Weather Service predicts for this weekend can be dangerous, especially for those at risk for heat-related illness. 

County board seeks volunteer for Human Resources Board (June 6)
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications for one vacancy on the Human Resources Board. Al Giraud-Isaacson has resigned from the board. 

Additional public hearing set for new sales tax (June 5)
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners will hold an additional public hearing on Tuesday, June 6, at 1:30 p.m., to obtain public comment on the imposition of a new sales tax of up to one-half cent and the potential uses of that revenue for transportation and transit projects.

Hats Off to Hennepin County (June 5)
Mary Tyler Moore was famous for tossing her hat to the wind, but many local celebrities, civic employees, and residents were smart enough to actually hold on to them – we tend to be practical here.

Go Outside with Hennepin County (June 2)
Hennepin County is partnering with the Minneapolis Downtown Council to offer a variety of free, family-friendly events this summer.

July

Hennepin County to kick off 100-Day Challenge on Youth Homelessness (July 31)
Throughout the next 100 days, Hennepin County will join numerous community partners and four other U.S. communities in a challenge to combat youth homelessness.

Free career fair will connect job-seekers with recruiting employers August 7 (July 31)
Job-seekers can connect with actively-recruiting companies at a career fair next week sponsored by the Hennepin County Work and Economic Resource Center. The event is free and open to the public. 

August 8 primary election in Bloomington and St. Louis Park uses iPads at check in (July 27)
Bloomington and St. Louis Park Ward One voters will cast their ballots in the 2017 municipal primary on Tuesday, August 8, for city council races.

Volunteers sought for vacancies on Nine Mile Creek Watershed District Board (July 25)
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners seeks applicants for two vacancies on the Nine Mile Creek Watershed District Board.

County board actions (July 18)
Funding will expand bicycle and pedestrian network, continue multilingual phone line and improve sidewalk accessibility. Observing July 16-22 Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Appreciation Week. 

Limited services available at service centers July 20 – 22 (July 6)
Later this month, there will be interruptions to motor vehicle and driver’s license services at Hennepin County service centers. 

Free career fair will connect job-seekers with recruiting employers (July 3)
Job-seekers can connect with actively-recruiting companies at a career fair next week sponsored by the Hennepin County Work and Economic Resource Center. The event is free and open to the public.

August

Enjoy a day of free health and wellness activities at Fit4Fun (August 24)
Enjoy a day of laughter, movement and play at the sixth annual Fit4Fun event Saturday, September 9, hosted by NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center. 

County board actions (August 22)
Funding to reduce lead paint hazards in at least 300 homes and to connect housing to the homeless.

New cleaning stations help prevent spread of AIS (August 21)
Today at the Spring Park public boat access on Lake Minnetonka, Hennepin County unveiled a new solar-powered, user-operated watercraft cleaning station that gives boaters the tools needed to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS).

Hennepin County Library eclipse events (August 16)
Hennepin County Library is turning the Monday, August 21, partial solar eclipse into an out-of this-world event, with viewing parties at 11 libraries,and STEM programming for kids and teens.

Most Epic Family Day hosted Sunday at Target Field Station (August 11)
This year's Most Epic Family Day will feature water-themed activities for kids, an outdoor showing of "Moana" with a character meet and greet, and more.

County recruiting volunteers to become tree stewards (August 10)
Hennepin County, in partnership with the University of Minnesota and the City of St. Louis Park, is hosting classes this September for those interested in becoming tree stewards. 

Food rescue operation at Minneapolis Farmers Market (August 9)
Observe as chefs, partners and volunteers prepare leftover fresh vegetables to freeze for food shelves this winter on Sunday, August 13.

Zero Waste Challenge will help households slash their trash (August 9)
Hennepin County is looking for households to participate in its Zero Waste Challenge beginning this fall, an opportunity to get hands-on help to make low-waste lifestyle changes.

County board actions (August 8)
Environmental education grants awarded to 11 organizations, grants will improve water quality of lakes Ardmore and Independence, and candidates appointed to Riley-Purgatory-Bluff Creek Watershed District Board.

Go Outside August events (August 3)
Go Outside with Hennepin County continues to feature free events and activities throughout the summer. See below for August event listings. 

Hennepin County begins 100-day challenge to combat youth homelessness (August 2)
Hennepin County has joined numerous community partners and four other U.S. communities in a 100-day challenge to combat youth homelessness.

Hennepin County employee art on display in Hennepin Gallery Aug. 1 - 29 (August 1)
The Hennepin County employee art show is on display in the Hennepin Gallery from now until August 29.

September

Connect with employers at free career fair (September 29)
Learn about current job openings in a variety of sectors by attending a free career fair next week. This event is open to the public and sponsored by the Hennepin County Work and Economic Resource Center.

County board actions: board approves 2018 maximum tax levies (September 26)
The board approved a $796.9 million maximum tax levy for 2018, along with a Regional Railroad Authority maximum levy of $36 million and a maximum Housing and Redevelopment Authority levy of $8.5 million.

Absentee voting for 2017 election begins September 22 (September 21)
All eligible voters in Hennepin County can vote absentee—either in-person or by mail—beginning Friday, September 22.

Hennepin County seeks feedback on strategies to reach goal of zero waste to landfills (September 19)
Draft Solid Waste Management Master Plan available for public comment.

County administrator proposes 2018 budget (September 13)
Hennepin County Administrator David Hough on Tuesday proposed to the Board of Commissioners a 2018 budget of $2.4 billion. The operating portion of this budget totals $1.9 billion dollars, an increase of $180.9 million dollars from the adjusted 2017 budget.

County board actions: housing for Native Americans experiencing homelessness, funding to reduce infant mortality (September 7)
The board accepted funding to help Native Americans exit homelessness, accepted funding to reduce infant mortality, approved an agreement that will help people transition from correctional facilities to the community, approved a contract to administer career pathways, approved funding to replace the Fremont Avenue Bridge and more.

Five years of Fix-It Clinics save nearly 4,200 items from trash (September 6)
Since 2012, Fix-It Clinic participants have diverted more than 28,000 pounds of trash with the help of handy volunteers.

Attend free Alchemy yoga classes at Target Field Station (September 5)
Grab your mat and head to Target Field Station this September for free yoga classes led by Alchemy yoga studio instructors.

Enjoy a day of free health and wellness activities at Fit4Fun (September 5)
Enjoy a day of laughter, movement and play at the sixth annual Fit4Fun event Saturday, September 9, hosted by NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center.

Immigrants Telling Their Life Stories (September 1)
Green Card Voices will have two exhibits on display in the Hennepin Gallery from now until October 29.

October

Find your next job at free career fair (October 30)
Connect with employers hiring for jobs in transportation, customer service, healthcare, sales, maintenance and more. 

Hennepin County voters to check-in using iPads on Election Day (October 26)
Elections officials will check-in voters using a secure e-poll book system in all Hennepin County cities that have elections.

County board actions (October 24)
The board approved a contract to begin design of the proposed regional medical examiner's facility; appointed a new director of community corrections and rehabilitation; approved an initial design for Hennepin County Library - Hosmer; approved an agreement that will advance commercial clean energy; and more. 

County board actions (October 10)
The board approved an action that keeps the county on track to pay off Target Field debt by 2027, authorized negotiation of a purchase agreement to sell property next to U.S. Bank Stadium and accepted grant funding to help young parents prepare for careers.

Teen birth rates decrease again in 2016 (October 5)
Teen births in Hennepin County decreased 12.4 percent last year, at a rate higher than the 11.3 percent statewide decrease.

Pre-register to vote by October 17 (October 4)
Get ready to vote in the 2017 election. Voters who meet the October 17 pre-registration deadline will save time at the polls on Election Day, November 7.

November

County board actions (November 28)
The board approved a name change of Lake Calhoun to Bde Maka Ska, accepted a plan focusing on partnerships with corrections clients and the community, adopted a plan to reach the state's goal of zero waste to landfills, continued a partnership that connects kids to water safety lessons and more. 

Holiday music at the Hennepin County Government Center (November 27)
Hennepin County will continue its annual tradition of winter performances. Concerts are free and open to the public, noon - 1 p.m. unless otherwise noted, on the Government Center Skyway Level. 

More than 230 youth secure housing during 100-day homelessness challenge (November 27)
During Hennepin County’s 100-Day Challenge on Youth Homelessness, the community exceeded its goal of assisting 150 youth in finding housing, with 236 youth obtaining safe, stable homes. 

$1.7 million awarded for development along transit lines (November 22)
Voting Tuesday as the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, the Hennepin County Board awarded $1.7 million to support four transit-oriented development projects. 

Hennepin County budget (truth in taxation) meeting is November 28 (November 16)
Hennepin County will hold a public meeting on the proposed 2018 budget and property tax levy – commonly called the truth in taxation meeting – on November 28. 

Hennepin County accepting applications for citizen advisory board vacancies (November 16)
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners is recruiting volunteers for 24 citizen advisory board positions through its annual open appointment process.

County board actions (November 14)
Board meeting date changes, programs to help workers gain employment, National Adoption Day and county to develop program evaluation framework.

Check in with iPads on Election Day—Tuesday, November 7 (November 6)
Election Day is one way voters can make their voices heard. Hennepin County elections officials will check-in voters using a secure e-poll book system in all Hennepin County cities that have elections.

Find your next job at free career fair (November 3)
Connect with employers hiring for jobs in transportation, customer service, healthcare, sales, maintenance and more.

Minneapolis Water Works Celebrating 150 Years: 1867 – 2017 on display in Hennepin Gallery through Nov. 29 (November 2)
In 1867, the Minneapolis City Council authorized the establishment of Minneapolis Water Works to supply water to the Minneapolis Fire Department.

December

Hours extended to prepay 2018 Hennepin County property taxes (December 26)
Hennepin County has extended hours for residents to prepay their 2018 property taxes in person at the Hennepin County Government Center. The extended hours are a response to an unprecedented number of taxpayers wishing to prepay their property taxes following recent federal tax law changes. 

Board adopts 2018 budget (December 12)
On Tuesday, the Hennepin County Board voted to approve the county’s 2018 budget of $2.4 billion, $285.7 million more than the 2017 adjusted budget.

County board actions (December 12)
Youth Sports program reaches $20 million milestone, crime lab budget amendment returned for review. 

Find your next job at free career fair (December 4)
Connect with employers hiring for jobs in transportation, customer service, healthcare, sales, maintenance and more.

“Water Connects Us All” is on display in the Hennepin Gallery through January 17, 2018 (December 4)
This exhibit includes 2- and 3-dimensional sculptures arranged in vignettes, and features puppets from In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre.

2016

January

Report gives a voice to survivors of youth sexual exploitation (January 25)

In hopes of informing the way sexually exploited youth and adults services are provided services , a coalition of government and nonprofit advocates gathered first-hand testimonials from people who have survived sexual abuse and exploitation as youth, during a six-month focus group and survey project during 2014 and 2015.

Volunteers sought for vacancies on Minnehaha Creek Watershed District board (January 7)

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications for two vacancies on the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board. 

County Board actions: Jan Callison named board chair (January 5)

At its annual organization meeting on Tuesday, the Hennepin County Board unanimously voted to reappoint District 6 Commissioner Jan Callison as chair for 2016. The board also established board committees and selected committee chairs.

February

Westbound Washington Avenue closes for road work (February 24)
Starting Tuesday, March 1, westbound lanes of Washington Avenue (County Road 152) in downtown Minneapolis will be closed from Second Avenue South to Hennepin Avenue to begin upfront utility relocation work associated with Hennepin County’s road reconstruction project.

Register now for free open data code-a-thon event, Geo:Code 2.0 (February 11)
Geo:Code 2.0 will connect civic-minded community members with geographers and technologists to create solutions that improve public services, give residents better access to government data and make a difference in Twin Cities communities. The event is free and open to people with all backgrounds, skills and ideas.

County board actions (February 9)
Votes Tuesday approved the design component for the Metro Blue Line Extension, awarded grants to clean up contaminated sites and to continue work prevent the spread of HIV.

Job fair will connect job-seekers and employers with positions to fill (February 2)
The Hennepin County Work and Economic Resource Center will sponsor a career fair on Monday, February 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Sabathani Community Center, 310 East 38th Street, Room 216, Minneapolis.

March

Volunteers needed to monitor wetlands in Hennepin County (March 24)
Hennepin County’s Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP) is looking for volunteers to monitor wetlands in the Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, Plymouth, Medina, Corcoran, Bloomington, Eden Prairie, and Minnetonka areas.

County board actions (March 15)
Board votes approve program to prevent lead poisoning, add sheriff's deputies and award Youth Sports Program grants.

"Hennepin Hospital Highlights: A brief monthly historical timeline" on display in Hennepin Gallery March 7 - May 26 (March 7)
Hennepin Medical History Center (HMHC) presents an exhibit based on a calendar of events and firsts. This exhibit will be on display in the Hennepin County Government Center, Hennepin Gallery, beginning March 7 through May 26, 2016. 

Media encouraged to attend Geo:Code 2.0, Hennepin County's open data event (March 3)
This weekend, Hennepin County is hosting a second annual civic codeathon about community, open data, technology and geography across the Twin Cities.

County Board actions (March 1)
On Tuesday, the board voted to move ahead with elections upgrades, expanded mental health crisis services, appointed an acting administrator for Public Works and accepted a grant for a new dental clinic at HCMC.

April

County Road 101 (Bushaway Road) construction update (April 29)
A three month full closure expected to start in May. Two critical construction activities of the two-year reconstruction of County Road 101 (Bushaway Road) – work on Breezy Point curve and in the railroad corridor – have reached significant points toward substantial roadway completion this fall.

County board actions (April 26)
Votes on Tuesday include Opportunity Center leases and a grant for water safety education.

County Board Chair Jan Callison to give State of the County address on Tuesday (April 18)
Hennepin County District 6 Commissioner and Board Chair Jan Callison will give an address on Tuesday, summarizing the county's successes, innovations and challenges.

County board actions (April 12)
The Hennepin County Board passed a resolution to protect bees and other pollinators, to work with a restructured community action program and to accept funds to continue health care initiative for people experiencing homelessness.

Hennepin County Library - Webber Park Groundbreaking (April 7)
Celebrate construction beginning for the new Webber Park Library in North Minneapolis.

Get stepping for better health (April 4)
Any time in April, Hennepin County residents and visitors can sign up for the 8th annual Step to It Challenge.

May

Check out North Minneapolis community gardening activities, celebrations (May 27)
Join Hennepin County for two community gardening events.

County board actions (May 24)
Votes approved Natural Resources Strategic Plan, and continued and expanded mental and chemical health programming.

County services to expand for people in mental, chemical health crises (May 24)
Hennepin County will expand assistance for people experiencing acute alcohol intoxication or mental health crises.

Commissioner Randy Johnson will retire in January, will not run for reelection (May 17)
The county’s longest-serving commissioner will retire when his term ends in January.

National Foster Care Month is a time to thank foster families, build awareness (May 16)
In more than a decade since Rev. Warren S. Carey and his wife Nadine took in their daughter’s friend, a 12-year-old who was being beaten by her parents, they have cared for more than 100 kids.

On fishing opener, an appeal to help us preserve Minnesota lake waters (May 13)
As the 2016 Fishing Opener dawns Saturday, Governor Mark Dayton is proclaiming May 14 Clean Drain Dry Day.

County Board action (May 10)
The board renewed medical examiner's contract and approved several transit-oriented development projects.

$2.3 million county investment supports transit-oriented development (May 9)
On May 3, the board for Hennepin County’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority approved $2,325,000 in funding for six transit-oriented development (TOD) projects.

Hennepin County seeks a treasure of information in the trash (May 9)
As part of a new waste study, Hennepin County is digging into residents’ garbage to learn more about what they are throwing away and what opportunities we are missing to recycle more.

Southdale Service Center moves to Southdale Mall (May 6)
The Hennepin County Southdale Service Center will move to the Southdale Mall in late May. The current location at 7009 York Avenue South, Edina, will close permanently after business hours on Saturday, May 21.

Franklin Avenue Bridge (County Road 5) over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis closes Sunday (May 5)
A reminder that at 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, the Franklin Avenue Bridge (County Road 5) in Minneapolis will close to all traffic (motor vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians). The closure is expected to remain in place until Labor Day weekend.

June

Emergency Management offers tips and tools for safer camping (June 28)
Camping in the wilderness can turn disastrous if you don’t expect – and prepare for – the unexpected.

County board actions (June 21)
Hennepin County board approves human services staffing increase, to work with other sheriff's offices on national conference, to move ahead with repairs to the Washington Avenue Bridge and Bush Lake Road, to set 2017 budget calendar.

Learn to identify aquatic invasive species in early detection training (June 16)
Residents can sign up now for a Hennepin County training that will teach them early identification of aquatic invasive species.

Hennepin County to help preserve affordable homes for residents (June 14)
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners, voting as the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, agreed to invest $3 million in a fund that will be used to finance the purchase of about 530 units of existing affordable housing in the county.

Step To It participants exceed 1 billion steps; Brooklyn Park keeps the laurels (June 13)
In 2016, Step To It participants took steps toward a healthier life -- make that 1,010,151,671 steps.

Get cool this summer: Online maps show places to escape the heat (June 10)
Today's metro heat advisories and more steamy days ahead can mean danger to people who are susceptible to complications from overheating.

Needles and sharps now accepted for disposal at county drop-off facilities (June 1)
Hennepin County’s drop-off facilities in Brooklyn Park and Bloomington now accept needles and sharps, at no charge to residential consumers.

Go outside today with Hennepin County (June 1)
Join us this summer on the Government Center South Plaza. Starting today, outdoor activities are meant to get downtown workers and visitors out of the skyways and into the fresh air.

July

Vote early for state primary August 2-8 (July 29)
Hennepin County eligible voters can now directly place their ballots into a ballot counter when voting in-person the week before any election.

County board actions (July 28)
Tuesday's votes included projects for water cleanup, bike and sidewalk projects, the NorthPoint expansion and contract disparity research.

Job fair will connect job-seekers to employers with positions to fill (July 25)
The Hennepin County Work and Economic Resource Center will sponsor a career fair on Monday, August 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Sabathani Community Center, 310 East 38th Street, Minneapolis.

Interactive map can help people stay cool and safe during this week's heat wave (July 18)
Hennepin County Public Health has created an interactive map to help residents who don't have air conditioning at home or work to find public places to escape the summer heat.

Learn about Hennepin County's Citizens Academy (July 15)
Get an insider’s view of Hennepin County government, and take advantage of behind-the-scenes tours at several county facilities. Learn more about how the state's largest county serves residents every day.

Recognition and certification available for farming practices that protect water (July 14)
Farmers and agricultural landowners can apply now for a new state program that offers certification and recognition for implementing water conservation practices that protect water quality on their land.

July 19 is pre-registration deadline for primary election (July 14)
Hennepin County eligible voters have until Tuesday, July 19, to pre-register for the state primary, which will occur August 9.

County board actions (July 12)
County Board votes included Youth Sports grant funding for swimming lessons, reconstruction of 66th Street in Richfield and environmental response grants.

Learn about Hennepin County's work to make our beaches safer for swimmers (July 12)
Going to the beach is supposed to be fun and relaxing; and it usually is. But waterborne illnesses, such as E. coli, can quickly turn summer into a bummer. 

Downed wires close multiple roads to Rogers, Hanover, St. Michael, other cities (July 6)
Rogers Police Chief Jeff Beahen has asked motorists not to attempt to to drive on roads through south side of the city.

Learn the meaning of emergency sirens (July 5)
With severe weather expected to come through the Twin Cities Metro area tonight, Hennepin County Emergency Management is sharing a reminder of what emergency sirens are, and what they mean.

August

Franklin Avenue Bridge reopens to traffic Thursday, September 1 (August 31)
The Franklin Avenue Bridge (County Road 5) will reopen to traffic on the evening of Thursday, September 1. The bridge has been closed since May so that crews could remove and replace the deck.

Hennepin County, partners bridge state's funding gap for Southwest LRT (August 30)
Hennepin County will increase its funding commitment to the Southwest Light Rail Transit project, helping to bridge a funding gap left by the Minnesota Legislature.

County board actions (August 23)
County Board votes included expanding the Nurse-Family Partnership, using NetWork for Better Futures to reuse and recycle construction materials, and awarding 14 new Green Partners grants.

County board actions (August 9)
Tuesday's votes approved work-study program, sets a hearing for federal programming.

Shoot b-roll and find stories in Plymouth, Brooklyn Center, and Bloomington on primary election day (August 8)
Tuesday, Aug. 9 is primary election day in Minnesota. This is an opportunity to get footage of voting before the general election.

Voting will be easier with new e-poll books (August 2)
Elections officials will unveil a new e-pollbook system this election season in all Hennepin County cities except Minneapolis, which will see this change in 2017.

Slash your trash – join the Zero Waste Challenge (August 1)
If you’ve wondered how you create so much trash at home, join Hennepin County's new Zero Waste Challenge to learn how to reduce waste and get hands-on help.

September

Among nation's first, Hennepin residents can vote absentee starting Friday (September 22)
This is the first presidential election in which voters in Minnesota may vote absentee without any specific reason.

County board actions (September 20)
The County Board voted to approve the 2017 maximum property tax levy and move forward with the Ridgedale Library renovation.

News advisory: Fit-4-Fun is this Saturday (September 16)
Join your North Minneapolis neighbors in a day of fun and fitness at the fourth annual Fit-4-Fun event.

Proposed budget is a reduction from 2016 (September 15)
Hennepin County Administrator David Hough proposed to the Board of Commissioners a 2017 budget of $1.9 billion, a decrease of 2.57 percent from last year’s adjusted budget.

Absentee voting for 2016 general election begins September 23 (September 14)
Avoid lines on Election Day and vote when it’s convenient.

County board actions (September 8)
Respite for caregivers, rail authority approves proposed maximum levy, Southwest Rail funding increase helps project move ahead.

Celebrate health and wellness at Fit-4-Fun (September 8)
Join your North Minneapolis neighbors in a day of fun and fitness at the fourth annual Fit-4-Fun event, Saturday, September 17.

October

Vote early November 1-7 (October 31)
Hennepin County voters will directly place their ballots into a ballot counter when voting in person November 1-7.

Hennepin County weekly voting progress (October 31)
Hennepin County has 759,000 pre-registered voters, the highest in recorded history. Since the primary election on August 9, 2016, the number of pre-registered voters in Hennepin County grew by 46,000.This is the final total of registrants for this election.

Voters in 43 Hennepin County cities will check-in using iPads on Election Day (October 27)
Hennepin County elections officials will check-in voters using a secure e-poll book system in all Hennepin County cities except Minneapolis.

Vote early November 1-7 (October 27)
Hennepin County eligible voters will directly place their ballots into a ballot counter when voting in person November 1-7.

Hennepin County weekly voting progress (October 24)
As of Monday, October 24, Hennepin County ballots issued (mail and in-person absentee voting) is 99,000. Ballots issued since last Monday, October 17 is 25,000.

Teen birth rates continue downward trend (October 19)
Fewer teen girls in Hennepin County had children of their own in 2015; overall, 477 girls ages 15 to 19 gave birth, compared to 561 in 2014.

County board actions (October 18)
Votes moved forward projects at Cedar Riverside and Hopkins, and approved law enforcement staffing for Inauguration Day events.

Voter pre-registration deadline October 18 (October 17)
Hennepin County has more than 747,000 pre-registered voters, the highest in recorded history.

Hennepin County reaches highest pre-registered voter count in history (October 10)
Since the primary election on August 9, 2016, the number of pre-registered voters in Hennepin County has grown by 27,000.

County board actions (October 4)
Votes include health respite program for homeless, county assessor reappointment.

Job fair will connect job-seekers to employers with positions to fill (October 3)
The Hennepin County Work and Economic Resource Center will sponsor a career fair on Monday, October 10 as part of a series of events to pair employers looking for workers with employees looking for job opportunities.

Free women's health screening event at NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center (October 3)
NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center will host its 10th See, Test & Treat, a free cervical and breast cancer screening program at the clinic.

November

County board actions (November 29)
Tuesday's votes approved increases in funding for organic recycling, advanced plans to replace the East 46th Street Bridge and approved the Three Rivers Park District's 2017 budget.

Media advisory: County officials to release HIV strategy at World AIDS Day event (November 29)
HIV is preventable and treatable, which now makes it stoppable.

Job fair will connect job-seekers to employers with positions to fill (November 28)
The Hennepin County Work and Economic Resource Center will sponsor a career fair on Monday, December 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Brookdale Library, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center.

Hennepin County budget (Truth in Taxation) meeting is November 29 (November 23)
Hennepin County will hold a public meeting on the proposed 2017 budget and property tax levy – commonly called the Truth in Taxation meeting – at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29.

Sorting out our waste problem: Insights from Hennepin County’s waste sort study (November 21)
Food, other organics were a quarter of the trash.

Come today to witness Hennepin County's National Adoption Day celebration (November 19) 
On National Adoption Day, TODAY, 21 children will have a chance for a new beginning, and 13 families will embark on a new chapter in their lives together.

National Adoption Day gives Hennepin County kids, families a new start together (November 18)
On National Adoption Day, this Saturday, 21 children will have a chance for a new beginning, and 13 families will embark on a new chapter in their lives together. Media are welcome to witness celebrations, as parents and children come together in finalization hearings before district court judges.

Somali culture celebrated at the Hennepin County Government Center, December 2016 through January 2017 (November 14) 
The Somali Museum of Minnesota is the only museum in the world devoted to preserving, celebrating, and advancing Somali art and culture.

Child well-being is the focus for Child Protection Oversight Committee (November 10)
For 13 months, from October 2015 until October 2016, the Hennepin County Child Protection Oversight Committee worked to make improvements to the county’s system to protect children from abuse and neglect.

Hennepin County voter turnout results (November 9)
As of Wednesday, November 9, in Hennepin County: 
•Total voter turnout – nearly 684,000
•Of this total, absentee ballots received and accepted (mail and in-person) – about 203,000

Child Protection Oversight Committee to share findings and recommendations (November 9)
Hennepin County leaders will present findings from 13 months of testimony from staff, community partners and the public, and will talk about dramatic changes coming in the approach the county takes to protect and care for children.

Hennepin County absentee votes status (November 8)
Election Day polls remain open at 418 precincts across Hennepin County until 8 p.m. Election Day voter turnout statistics will be available after polls close and results get reported for each precinct. 

Hennepin County voting update (November 7)
As of Monday, November 7, at 8:30 a.m. in Hennepin County:
•Ballots issued (mail and in-person absentee voting) – 199,000
•Ballots issued since Monday, October 31 – 71,000

Voters in 43 Hennepin County cities will check-in using iPads on Election Day (November 4)
Hennepin County elections officials will check-in voters using a secure e-poll book system in all Hennepin County cities except Minneapolis. The city of Minneapolis will change to an electronic check-in process in 2017.

Find Election Day stories (November 3) 
Hennepin County anticipates high turnout across our 418 precincts. Visit Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis and Plymouth.

Witness the absentee ballot counting process (November 2)
Hennepin County is now processing more than 100,000 absentee ballots for 43 Hennepin County cities.

County board actions (November 1)
Votes approved water quality improvement projects and e-cig ordinance changes.

December

Explore local history treasures online from Hennepin County Library (December 19)
Digitized maps, atlases, yearbooks, newspaper photos and more are now available to view and download from the Hennepin County Library.

Hennepin County prepares for winter storm (December 16)
With heavy snow and dangerously cold temps forecasted tonight and this weekend, Hennepin County will be out plowing and de-icing more than 2,200 lane miles or roads.

County board actions (December 13)
Votes Tuesday set the board's priorities for the 2017 state Legislature, approved the 2017 budget, commended Commissioner Randy Johnson for his service on the county board, awarded Youth Sports Grants and established a rapid re-housing program for homeless families.

Board approves 2017 budget (December 13)
The Hennepin County Board voted Tuesday to approve the county’s 2017 budget of $1.9 billion, $14 million less than the 2016 adjusted budget.

Job fair and employer panel connect job-seekers to current positions (December 7)
The Hennepin County Work and Economic Resource Center will host more than 40 employers at a career fair and employer panel on Monday, December 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, in Room 205.

Disaster recovery center opening to help flood victims in Hennepin County (December 8) 
A temporary disaster recovery center to help residents affected by September flooding will open soon in Brooklyn Park. 

Homeowners can now apply online for homestead property status (December 7)
New this year, you may file your application online at www.hennepin.us/homestead.

Hennepin County announces HIV strategy at World AIDS Day event (December 1)
On Thursday, World AIDS Day, Hennepin County officials announced a sweeping new plan to prevent HIV infections, and to provide better care for those who are infected and better support communities that are disproportionately affected by this disease.

2015

January

Birth rates decrease by 15 percent for teenagers in Hennepin County (January 23)
The number of Hennepin County teenagers who gave birth dropped significantly in 2013, continuing a downward trend that started in 2007.

Hennepin County Youth Sports equipment grants available (January 21)
The 2015 Hennepin County Youth Sports Spring Equipment grant cycle is now open. Consider applying for the spring round of the Hennepin County Youth Sports equipment grants if your organization needs things like field maintenance equipment, nets or backboards. Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Monday, February 23.

Volunteers sought for vacancies on Workforce Investment Board (January 21)
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants for seven vacancies on the Hennepin County Workforce Investment Board.

“Hands of time” stop on iconic Minneapolis City Hall clock — time for a check-up (January 16)
Minneapolis City Hall’s iconic clock will stop ticking so engineers can assess its condition for any needed repairs or parts replacements. 

Hennepin County Citizens Academy registration now open (January 13)
Registration begins today for the Hennepin County Citizens Academy. This seven-session course is free and open to the public and is designed to give residents an overview of the county’s role and how we do our work.

Volunteers needed at northwest suburban human services offices (January 9)
Hennepin County’s Human Services and Public Health department is looking for friendly, reliable people to volunteer as greeters at the northwest suburban human services center, at 7051 Brooklyn Boulevard, Brooklyn Center.

Volunteers sought for vacancies on Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board (January 7)
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications for two vacancies on the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board. The terms for current members Jeffrey Casale and Sherry White are expiring, though both are seeking reappointment.

Callison elected Hennepin County Board chair (January 6)
Commissioner Jan Callison, District 6, was unanimously elected chair of the seven-member Hennepin County Board of Commissioners today (Jan. 6) at the board’s organizational meeting for 2015. She is the first new board chair in almost two decades.

February

Job-fair-with-a-twist benefits seniors in St. Louis Park (February 23)
A job fair at St. Louis Park’s Lenox Community Center on February 25 is one of dozens of such events that Hennepin County will host or co-host in 2015. This one, however, has an unusual twist.

Hennepin County to host open data event (February 18)
Hennepin County is hosting Geo:Code, its first code-a-thon. This event will bring together teams of geographers, technology developers and coders, and Hennepin County community members to create technology solutions that improve county services, give residents greater access to government data and make a difference in our communities.

County board actions (February 10)
Board votes to ban electronic smoking; County plans for 9-1-1 back-up access in emergencies; Board appoints members to citizen advisory boards.

Volunteers sought for vacancies on Lower Minnesota River Watershed District Board (February 10)
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications for two vacancies on the Lower Minnesota River Watershed District Board. The term of Leonard Kremer is expiring and he is seeking reappointment.

No go for snow at Target Field Station (February 10)
Heat from Hennepin Energy Recovery Center melts snow, ice at transit hub
Target Field Station opened last summer, but as winter persists, so does its innovative snowmelt system — a key feature of the station's sustainable design.

Free Valentine’s Eve Wedding Ceremonies by Hennepin Judges (February 3)
Fourteen Fourth Judicial District judges invite couples to register for free wedding ceremonies on Valentine’s Eve, over the noon hour.

March

County board actions (March 31)
Contractor hired to evaluate staffing needs for Sheriff’s Office; County receives grant for boat and water safety activities; Michael Rossman appointed as director of human resources

County board actions (March 17)
Board moves to buy land to improve public safety; County to offer paid parental leave; County awards grants to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species; April 21 public hearing on housing programs; Board appoints members to Workforce Investment Board; County receives equipment grant from Toro Company; Youth sports equipment grants awarded

Job fair matches workers, jobs (March 16)
Please join us today, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., for a job fair at Hennepin County Library−Brookdale, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center. This is part of a series of events to pair employers looking for workers with people who are looking for job opportunities. 

"Moving from Conflict to Resolution and from Harm to Healing” exhibit on display in Hennepin Gallery through April 28 (March 4)
The Hennepin Gallery is free and open to the public 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the Hennepin County Government Center, A-level, 300. S. 6th St., Minneapolis. The exhibit is sponsored by Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department. The Gallery is a project of Hennepin County Communications.

County board actions (March 3)
Improving services for children and youth; Board appoints members to citizen advisory boards; New LED lights at Government Center over 6th Street

April

Hennepin County will offer five household hazardous waste collection events in 2015 (April 30)
Hennepin County and its partner cities will sponsor five separate three-day household hazardous waste collection events for residents in 2015. Accepted items will include household lawn and garden products, products containing mercury, and fuel waste. 

April 28 job fair in Champlin (April 24)
A spring job fair sponsored by the Hennepin/Carver County Workforce Investment Board takes place on Tuesday April 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Brooklyn Park Library groundbreaking (April 20)
Hennepin County is breaking ground on a new library in Brooklyn Park on Wednesday, April 29 at 10 a.m.

Storm sirens 101 (April 15)
Learn how tornado cluster in 1965 shaped today's storm response.

County board actions (April 14)
2040 Bicycle Transportation Plan; Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board and Lower Minnesota River Watershed District Board appointments; Relocation of Southdale service center; county nursery to provide replacement trees for ones soon to be destroyed by emerald ash borer; Board commits funds for Better Together Hennepin (teen pregnancy prevention) program.

Hennepin County board adopts updated bicycle plan (April 14)
he plan, called the Hennepin County 2040 Bicycle Transportation Plan, will guide the county’s work to expand the bikeway system, improve safety for people who bicycle, walk or drive, increase bicycling for transportation, and improve the health of county residents.

Volunteers needed to monitor wetlands (April 9)
Hennepin County’s Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP) is offering residents a unique volunteer opportunity to explore and care for the county’s wetlands.

Break free from winter with the Step to It Challenge (April 6)
With spring's arrival, it is time to break free from winter and get active with the annual Step to It Challenge, May 3 through May 30. Residents can jump-start warm weather physical activity using this fun, free, four-week challenge. 

Hennepin County to deliver more than $86 million in transportation improvements (April 6)
Repaving projects, bridge work, enhancements to traffic signal systems, improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians and several other major projects are all part of Hennepin County’s $86 million plans to improve the county transportation system this year.

May

Health and safety fair June 3 kicks-off Summer on the Plaza events at Hennepin County Government Center (May 28)
Hennepin County will host a Health and Safety Fair on Wednesday, June 3 on the North Plaza of the Hennepin County Government Center. More than 25 health and safety resources will be available during the fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Career fair matches jobs with workers (May 27)
Hennepin County Work and Economic Resource Center will sponsor a career fair, on Wednesday, June 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Sabathani Community Center, Room 216, Banquet Center, 310 East 38th Street, Minneapolis, 55409.

County board actions (May 12)
Webber Park Library surplus property; May 10 - 16 Law Enforcement Officers Week; Public hearing to issue bonds for A-Mill Artist lofts on June 9; Transit oriented development funds awarded; Affordable housing agreements; Bottineau LRT Community Works program funding; Economic development funding criteria approved. 

Hennepin County and Minneapolis Bike Coalition celebrate Minneapolis Bike Week with Commuter Challenge (May 12)
Commuter Challenge event at Target Field Station for Minneapolis Bike Week. 

Hennepin County seeks volunteers to Adopt-A-Highway (May 4)
Hennepin County relies on Adopt-A-Highway volunteers to keep roadsides free of litter. Through the program, volunteers pledge to pick up litter along a two-mile stretch of a county road at least twice a year. More than five tons of litter is collected annually. Learn how you can adopt a county road. 

“A Peace of My Mind” exhibit on display in Hennepin Gallery through May 27 (May 4)
Even with a wealth of diversity, people today are deeply divided and often polarized by differences in thought, religion, politics and culture. The goal of a new exhibit coming to the Hennepin Gallery is to get people to talk.

It's time to Step to It, Hennepin County (May 1)
Hennepin County’s annual Step to It challenge kicks off Sunday, May 3, and runs through May 30. The fun, free four-week challenge encourages residents countywide to get active and to keep track of their fitness progress by counting their steps.  

Boat access at Gray's Bay Marina closed May 4 -7(May 1)
Boat access at Gray's Bay Marina will be closed Monday, May 4 through Thursday, May 7 due to road construction work in the area. Crews are completing work on Metropolitan Council sewer lines so the access at Gray's Bay Marina will be open on May 8, 2015 -- just in time for the Minnesota fishing opener. 

June

County board actions (June 16)
Webber Park Library design; County to offer additional recycling grants to cities; Board appoints member to Lower Minnesota Watershed District; Contract approved for girls' treatment program

Franklin Avenue (County Road 5) Bridge lane closures begin Monday, June 8 (June 5)
Starting Monday, June 8, motor vehicle traffic on the Franklin Avenue Bridge will be reduced to a single lane in each direction across the Mississippi River to install platforms for worker access under the bridge deck. Please consider leaving extra time in your schedule when traveling through the project area.

Mobile friendly web maps can feed residents' need for fresh, healthy food (June 3)
As part of an effort to make healthy eating more effortless, Hennepin County Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Hennepin County Public Health have combined forces to create a mobile-friendly web mapping application to help residents and visitors find farmers' markets and mini markets in their neighborhoods, or while they are on the go. 

Volunteers needed to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (June 3)
Help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) in Hennepin County by becoming an AIS detection volunteer. The county is piloting a new volunteer program to train residents to identify invasive species not yet found in Minnesota lakes.

Employment fair at Sabathanie will connect workers to jobs (June 3)
Hennepin County Work and Economic Resource Center will sponsor a career fair, on Wednesday, June 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Sabathani Community Center, Room 216, Banquet Center, 310 East 38th Street, Minneapolis, 55409.

County board actions (June 2)
Public meetings set for 2016 budget; June 9 public meetings about Elm Creek Watershed Management Commission and Shingle Creek Watershed Management Commission

Mary Gale Hobbs - a retrospective on display in the Hennepin Gallery (June 1)
"Mary Gale Hobbs - a retrospective" is now on display in the Hennepin Gallery.  The many drawings, paintings and etchings by Hobbs, who was largely responsible for creating an art curriculum for the Minneapolis Public Schools that is still used today, will be on display through June 29.

July

Online map lists cooling places for tropical summer days (July 13)
Hennepin County Public Health has created an mobile-friendly online mapping application to help residents who don't have air conditioning at home to find public places to escape the summer heat.

Federal grant will help teens postpone parenthood (July 9)
The Better Together Hennepin initiative to reduce teen pregnancies has been named as a recipient of a five-year, $7.5 million federal grant to continue and expand successful, evidence-based programming to prevent teen pregnancies.

County board actions (July 7)

Hennepin County board approved funding for reduced-scope Southwest LRT, recommendations for Child Protection Services, OKs funding for homelessness prevention, committed to justice for people with mental illness in county corrections facilities.

Hennepin County seeks public feedback on priorities for protecting natural resources (July 6)
Hennepin County has developed a natural resources strategic plan to help guide the county in responding to natural resource issues and developing policies, programs and partnerships that improve, protect and preserve natural resources. Residents can provide feedback on their priorities for protecting natural resources by taking an online survey.

Hennepin County considering $38 million package to reduce SWLRT funding gap (July 1)
Hennepin County leaders announced today that they will consider a funding package worth approximately $38 million to help reduce the Southwest LRT funding gap. The package includes a Hennepin County Regional Rail Authority (HCCRA) land contribution valued at approximately $30 million, $5 million in grants from the county’s Environment and Remediation Fund and $3 million from Hennepin County Community Works. The $30 million land contribution, already part of the project, is expected to leverage an additional $30 million in Federal Transit Authority contributions.

August

Hennepin County offers free resources to help residents Recycle Everywhere (August 31)
Through a series of practical tips, tricks and supplies, as well as a Recycling VIP Sweepstakes contest with the Minnesota Twins, Hennepin County’s new Recycle Everywhere campaign is aimed at helping residents make it easier to recycle more in every room at home.

Hennepin Gallery exhibit memorializes veterans and soldiers lost to suicide (October 24)
The 8030 Project photograph installation on display September 4 - October 27 at the Hennepin County Government Center downtown Minneapolis. 

County board actions(August 25)
Ordinance change will include fiber optic projects in some utility project proposals along county roads; New categories for Youth Sports grants; Agreement with Eden Prairie moves Flying Cloud Drive project forward; Paint to be included among household hazardous waste disposal options; Grant will fund supervised release program; Amendment clarifies stance on e-cigarettes; HCRRA will support Met Council's capital grant application for transit

County board actions (August 11)

Get Choose to Reuse coupons on the go (August 3)

September

Hennepin County undertakes brief crack sealing projects during next few weeks (September 29) 
Residents may notice road construction signs for pavement sealing projects on some county roads over the next few weeks – brief road maintenance projects that should not create extensive delays for motorists.

County board actions (September 22)
2016 budget includes child protection system changes, election upgrades; Board approves preliminary design plans for Green Line Extension project;12 members appointed to child protection oversight committee; Youth sports program fund to improve access to swimming lessons; Hennepin County programs get recognition from national association.

Pilot design experiments connect Midtown Greenway and nearby destinations (September 22)
Colorful signage and other temporary design experiments have been attracting the attention of bicyclists and pedestrians at four key access points on the Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis.

Fit-4-Fun is NorthPoint's celebration of wellness, fitness (September 11)
See the September 3 news release below. 

County board actions(September 10)
County Board accepts maximum housing and redevelopment levy.

Ceremony opens exhibit recalling service members lost to suicide (September 8)
See the September 1 news release below. 

Proposed 2016 county budget includes 4.5 percent property tax levy increase (September 8)
Hennepin County Administrator David Hough on Tuesday proposed to the Board of Commissioners a 2016 budget of $1.9 billion, an increase of $109.4 million from last year’s adjusted budget.

Fit-4-Fun is a celebration of North Side health and wellness (September 3)
Join your North Minneapolis neighbors in a day of fun and fitness at the fourth annual Fit-4-Fun event, Saturday, September 12, from 9 a.m.to 2 p.m., at NorthPoint Health & Wellness, 1313 Penn Avenue North, Minneapolis.

Hennepin County offers free resources to help residents Recycle Everywhere (September 2)
Through a series of tips, tricks and supplies, as well as a Recycling VIP Sweepstakes contest, Hennepin County’s new Recycle Everywhere campaign is aimed at helping residents make it easier to recycle in every room at home.

Hennepin Gallery exhibit memorializes veterans and soldiers lost to suicide (September 1)
The 8030 Project, a veterans’ suicide awareness project, was created as a community participatory public art project to raise awareness of these unnecessary and tragic deaths. An installation featuring images from The 8030 Project will be seen at the Hennepin County Government Center in the Hennepin Gallery from September 4 through October 27, 2015.

October

South Minneapolis human service center groundbreaking (October 30)
Hennepin County’s newest human service center will be part of a remarkable transit-oriented development in south Minneapolis’ vibrant Midtown district.

Hennepin County anchors transit-friendly development in South Minneapolis (October 28)
A November 2 groundbreaking ceremony for a transit village development in south Minneapolis marks a milestone for two key Hennepin County initiatives: making services more accessible to residents and maximizing existing transit assets.

See new electronic check-in before 2016 elections (October 21)
Election officials from Hennepin County and the City of Minnetonka will test electronic poll (e-poll) books on Thursday, October 22, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., in the Minnehaha Room in the lower level of Minnetonka City Hall, 14600 Minnetonka Boulevard.

County Board actions: Federal grant will help homeless families (October 20)
Votes Tuesday help homeless families find stable housing faster and set a framework for development along the Lowry Avenue corridor.

Job fair will connect employers, job-seekers (October 12)
The Hennepin County Work and Economic Resource Center will sponsor a career fair on Monday, October 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Hennepin County Library—Minneapolis Central, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

New Green Disposal Guide tells you the best way to get rid of your stuff (October 7)
Fall clean up can be frustrating, but Hennepin County has done the heavy lifting with a new online resource, the Green Disposal Guide.

County Board actions: Federal grant funds county's lead abatement work (October 6)
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners voted to accept a 27-month, $3.7 million federal grant to continue residential lead hazard mitigation in Hennepin County.

Gravel bed nursery tree planting (October 2 and October 5)
Last spring Hennepin County constructed a gravel-bed nursery whose 500 trees that will now be transplanted to a variety of county projects and properties.

Free events honoring the voices of soldiers and veterans (October 2)
Two public events will take place in October, in conjunction with Veterans’ Voices Month and the 8030 Project currently on exhibit at the Hennepin Gallery.

November

Public notice: Property tax homestead application due Dec. 15 (November 27)
Homestead applications are due by December 15, 2015. Submitting a homestead application will affect your 2016 property taxes and eligibility for property tax refund. 

Holiday music at the Hennepin County Government Center (November 27)
This annual tradition continues with seasonal and holiday performances from December 3 to December 21, free and open to the public at noon. 

Truth in Taxation budget meeting on December 1 (November 24)
Hennepin County will hold a public meeting on the proposed 2016 budget and property tax levy – commonly called the Truth in Taxation meeting – at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1.

Hennepin County winds down road construction projects for the year (November 23) 
The county worked on several road reconstruction and rehabilitation projects during 2015, as well as repaving, bridges, improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians and other projects. We thank county residents for their patience and for being safe around work zones and crew members.

National Adoption Day is a celebration of family, second chances (November 20)
On Saturday, November 21, at court hearings at the Juvenile Justice Center, 19 families will open their hearts and homes to 30 children who have been in the child protection system. 

County Board actions: Grants fund soil and water conservation projects (November 17)
Votes Tuesday build plans for the possibility of a nuclear emergency at Monticello plant, support water conservation and quality projects, repair damages from excessive rain last year and reallocate federal block grant funds in Brooklyn Park.

For kids in child protection system, Adoption Day is a chance at a better life (November 16)
National Adoption Day, this Saturday, November 21, will be a time for celebration at the Juvenile Justice Center, as parents and children come before a district court judge for a finalization hearing.

Fifth regional human service office opens today in downtown Minneapolis (November 16)
Hennepin County has opened its fifth regional human service center, located in downtown Minneapolis and meant to serve residents who live and work in central and northeast Minneapolis. 

Hennepin is first county in Minnesota to achieve ‘Bicycle Friendly Community’ status (November 16)
A silver-status award from the League of American Bicyclists acknowledges how far the county has come in the past 25 years, noted Commissioner Peter McLaughlin. “Our residents benefit from a robust bicycle network that also connects to our neighboring counties,” he said. 

Hennepin County accepting applications for citizen advisory board vacancies  (November 10)
Appointees to these to volunteer service positions deal with a variety of topics of concern to the county, advise commissioners on issues and programs and help set policy.

Bloomington, Hennepin County OK plan to move district court facility to city campus (November 9)
A letter of intent between the Bloomington City Council and Hennepin County signals the county’s interest in relocating Fourth District Court facilities from the county's Southdale Regional Center to the Bloomington Civic Plaza, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road. 

Hennepin County prepares for winter weather (November 9)
Despite warm fall temperatures, the county is preparing for winter weather and emergencies as part of Winter Hazard Awareness week, November 9 through 13. 

County Board actions: Funding approved for HCMC outpatient center (November 3)
Votes Tuesday provide funding and financing for HCMC outpatient center, dedicate state grant to health enhancement projects, create opportunities for water improvement in creeks, rivers and lakes.

December

County board actions: Joint treatment facility, 2016 county budget, labor contracts (December 15)
Votes Tuesday move forward a joint residential youth treatment facility, approve the 2016 county budget, establish supportive housing programs and a food support study.

2016 budget reflects service demands, initiatives in child protection, elections  (December 15)
The Hennepin County Board voted Tuesday to approve the county’s 2016 budget of $1.9 billion. The budget includes a property tax levy of $726.8 million, an increase of 4.48 percent over 2015. The budget reflects increasing service demands across the county. 

County Board Actions: Recycling grants, trail crossings, parks budget (December 1)
Votes Tuesday awarded recycling expansion grants, funded trail crossings along the Green Line Extension and approved funding for Three Rivers Park District.

Hennepin County hosts first utility summit (December 1)
The summit brings together representatives from cities in the county and private utility companies to improve coordination and collaboration on utility issues associated with road and bridge construction and operations. 

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