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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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November 2020

Hennepin County budget (Truth in Taxation) meeting is December 1 (November 25)

Hennepin County will hold a public meeting on the proposed 2021 budget and property tax levy – commonly called the truth in taxation meeting – on Tuesday, December 1.

 

Hennepin County Ryan White program celebrates its 25th year with a virtual event on December 1 (November 24)

Hennepin County’s Ryan White program is marking its 25th year as an essential lifeline for people living with HIV/AIDS in Hennepin County and statewide.

 

County board actions (November 18)

  • COVID-19 saliva testing events
  • Supporting bars and restaurants impacted by COVID-19
  • Supporting food security
  • $2.1 M for development projects that enhance transit use
  • Special levies for water quality improvement projects
  • Funding to divert people from jail to behavioral health services

 

Hennepin County awards mini grants to individuals with a plan to improve community mental wellbeing and housing stability (November 16)

Hennepin County’s Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP) has announced the recipients of its second round of cross-sector innovation initiative (CSII) mini grants in 2020. Grants were awarded to six community members who submitted a project proposal that addresses the impact of COVID-19 on community mental wellbeing and housing stability.

 

Hennepin County delivers 1 million masks and counting (November 14)

Hennepin County has delivered more than 1 million masks to Hennepin County residents as it continues to fight the spread of COVID-19.

 

Hennepin County voter turnout results (November 13)

Hennepin County certifies election results for the 2020 state general election.  

 

County canvassing board meeting tonight at 6 p.m. (November 13)

The Hennepin County Canvassing Board will meet to take actions related to the 2020 State General Election.  

 

Hennepin County & Minneapolis Regional Chamber Launch Elevate Business HC to Support Economic Growth (November 12)

Today Hennepin County and the Minneapolis Regional Chamber announce the launch of Elevate Business HC, a public-private initiative offering pro-bono services to businesses located in Hennepin County.

 

Hennepin County accepting applications for citizen advisory board vacancies (November 12)

The Hennepin County Board is recruiting volunteers for 23 citizen advisory board positions through its annual open appointment process.  

 

County board actions (November 3)

  • Celebrating National Adoption Month
  • Task force to support affordable housing
  • Laptops for people affected by COVID-19   
  • Safety measures for youth sports

Election Week media resources/info (November 2)

Members of the media are invited to attend question and answer sessions with Hennepin County Elections Manager Ginny Gelms.

October 2020

Commissioner Johnson to retire from county board and work with nonprofit Can Do Canines (October 30)

Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson will leave the county board in early December to serve as Executive Director at Can Do Canines, a nonprofit organization that raises and trains service dogs for people with disabilities.

 

Update: Extended Stay America hotel in Bloomington

Hennepin County has decided not to proceed with the purchase of the Extended Stay America hotel in Bloomington. Due to timing constraints associated with CARES Act funding and the complexity of a deal of this size, Hennepin County has determined the allocated resources would be more impactful if used in other ways to protect and support residents during the pandemic.

As we have since the beginning of the pandemic, Hennepin County remains committed to providing protective housing and safe alternative accommodations for people experiencing homelessness who are at high-risk of dangerous complications from COVID-19. 

 

Opat to leave Hennepin County Board November 7 (October 27)

District 1 Hennepin County Commissioner Mike Opat will leave the county board on November 7, two months before the end of his current term. He did not seek re-election this year.

 

Hennepin County starts counting ballots (October 22)

The process of counting mail-in and early in-person absentee ballots is underway in Hennepin County. Minnesota law allows the counting of cast ballots to begin two weeks before the election.

 

County board actions (October 21)

  • Hotel purchase for protective housing
  • Indoor Villages shelter program
  • Low-barrier housing program
  • Staff to operate protective housing at hotel sites  
  • Emergency assistance for affordable housing property owners
  • Business recovery network
  • Emergency shelter for women  
  • Disavowing discriminatory covenants
  • Ending Hennepin County leases

 

Local and state leaders: Come inside—more spaces becoming available this winter for people experiencing homelessness (October 20)

Partners from the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County and State of Minnesota are coming together to encourage people experiencing unsheltered homelessness in Hennepin County to come inside as winter weather arrives.

 

Media availability with Hennepin County Elections Manager Ginny Gelms (October 8)

Voting for the 2020 general election is in full swing in Minnesota. As of Monday, October 5, Hennepin County had issued 417,900 absentee ballots and accepted 127,600 of them.

 

Hennepin County's role in contact tracing after private fundraising event for President Trump (October 2)

Hennepin County Public Health is aware that the President participated in a fundraising event that took place at a residence in the county, during his infectious period. We learned about this event through the local media. From media reports it appears that a number of people may have had close contact with the President that may have resulted in exposure to COVID-19.

September 2020

County board actions (September 29)

  • Board approves 0% levy increase in 2021 budget
  • Hennepin Healthcare’s response to COVID-19
  • Purchasing alternative living spaces for people experiencing homelessness
  • Technology for households impacted by COVID-19
  • Preserving community ownership of damaged properties
  • Property tax relief for damaged properties
  • Reimbursement to Sheriff’s Office for overtime
  • Ending Hennepin County leases

Media availability: Early voting begins on Friday (September 17)

Absentee voting begins in Minnesota on Friday, September 18, for the 2020 presidential/general election.

Join Hennepin County Elections Manager Ginny Gelms for an update and questions and answers on absentee voting.

Hennepin County administrator proposes zero percent levy increase in 2021 budget (September 15)

On Tuesday, Hennepin County Administrator David Hough proposed a 2021 budget of $2.2 billion to the Hennepin County Board. This is a total decrease of more than $300 million dollars from the proposed 2020 budget.

County administrator to propose 2021 budget (September 15)

Today, Hennepin County Administrator David Hough will propose a 2021 budget to the county board.

County board actions (September 1)

  • Preventing COVID-19 spread at long-term care facilities
  • Mitigating COVID-19 spread at emergency shelters
  • Providing emergency relief for human services organizations
  • Additional resources for absentee voting

August 2020

30 days left to make sure everyone is counted in the 2020 Census (August 31)

At a press conference Monday morning, community members and local leaders from Minneapolis, Hennepin County and the State of Minnesota discussed their concerns about making sure everyone is counted by the September 30 census deadline.

Media advisory: Hennepin County could be undercounted in the census (August 28)

Community members and local leaders from Minneapolis, Hennepin County and the State of Minnesota discuss their concerns about making sure everyone is counted by the September 30 census deadline.

Absentee ballot numbers (August 14)

Voters in Hennepin County cast more votes in this year’s primary election than in any primary election for the past 30 years.

Absentee ballot numbers (August 11)

County board actions (August 11)

  • COVID-19
    • Emergency housing assistance
    • Technology for households impacted by COVID-19
    • Additional materials for library e-collection
    • Americorps members to assist at hotel sites
  • Juneteenth

News: Prepare for Primary Election Day tomorrow (August 10)

New for the 2020 State Primary, Hennepin County elections will report results on election night and continue to update the results until all accepted ballots have been counted by Friday, August 14, 2020.

Project partners announce new direction for METRO Blue Line Extension (August 3)

After years of unsuccessful discussions with BNSF Railway regarding colocation of light rail transit and freight rail in the Bottineau Corridor, BNSF Railway remains unwilling to allow the METRO Blue Line Extension (Bottineau Light Rail Transit) project to be built on its property. Hennepin County and the Metropolitan Council now feel it is time to work with agency and community partners to explore opportunities to advance this critical project without using BNSF Railway right of way.

July 2020

Hennepin County board passed additional CARES Act funding (July 29)

On July 28, the county board approved CARES Act funding to support housing stabilization, low barrier emergency shelter, and a public information campaign.

Hennepin County awards grants to improve community mental wellbeing and housing stability (July 22)

Hennepin County’s Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP) announced this week the recipients of its first ever cross-sector innovation initiative (CSII) mini grants. The grants were awarded to eight individuals in the community who submitted a project proposal that addresses the impact of COVID-19 on community mental wellbeing and housing stability.

Hennepin County weekly voting progress for the 2020 primary election (July 13)

Each week, Hennepin County will provide the latest stats on absentee voting for the 2020 Minnesota primary election. Absentee voting began Friday, June 26. If you’d like to receive these weekly updates in your inbox, sign up for our elections newsletter.

June 2020

June 30

County board actions (June 30)

  • Board declares racism a public health crisis
  • Naloxone distribution at county jail and high-risk communities
  • Citizen advisory board appointments

Hennepin County: Racism is a public health crisis (June 30)

Today, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution declaring racism as a public health crisis.

June 29

Absentee voting for 2020 primary election is open (June 29)

The 2020 primary election kicked off on June 26 with the start of absentee voting. This year, Hennepin County is emphasizing the ability to vote by mail to ensure all eligible residents can safely participate during the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 11

County board actions (June 11)

  • $3.5M CARES Act funding to support absentee voting
  • $1.7M for multidisciplinary approach to combat COVID-19
  • Request for aid to restore, rebuild properties damaged during civil unrest
  • $1M of CARES Act funding to support summer youth programs
  • Distance learning resources for youth

June 9

MSP counties, private sector leaders unite to support small businesses affected by COVID-19 (June 9)

Today, a broad coalition of Twin Cities counties, chambers of commerce, community development agencies and other partners are announcing Business4Business Minneapolis-Saint Paul (B4B MSP), a regional coalition that aims to build a local support network to help small businesses survive and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges facing our small business community.

June 8

Cooling centers available (June 8)

In a normal year, more than 600 Americans die of complications from overheating. Young children, senior citizens and people who are sick or overweight are most vulnerable.
To escape the heat, view our interactive map to find cooling centers throughout Hennepin County. 

June 3

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner, with the consent and cooperation of Mr. George Floyd’s family and their legal representatives, is releasing the autopsy report for Mr. Floyd. This is being done in accordance with Minnesota Statutes 13.83, Subd. 7, which requires a court order to release an autopsy report to the public.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner cannot expound upon, or respond to any questions about, the contents of the autopsy report. To do so at this time would potentially taint any future criminal or civil litigation related to Mr. Floyd’s death.

Please direct any media inquiries to Carolyn Marinan, Hennepin County Communications, at carolyn.marinan@hennepin.us.

Under Minnesota state law, the Medical Examiner is a neutral and independent office and is separate and distinct from any prosecutorial authority or law enforcement agency.

June 2

County board actions (June 2)

  • Small business relief investment reaches $25 million
  • Culturally specific support for people experiencing homelessness
  • Job search tools for those impacted by COVID-19
  • Remembrance, reflection or service employee leave

May 2020

County board actions (May 19)

  • Hennepin County COVID-19 preparedness plan
  • Federal CARES Act allotment
  • New Hennepin County Library director appointed
  • Housing and community development plans

18 housing and development projects receive $9.6 million in county funding (May 13)

Acting as the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, the County Board has awarded $9.6 million to help fund 18 affordable housing, development and infrastructure projects.

County board actions (May 5)

  • Testing and support for long-term care facilities
  • Helping small businesses respond and recover
  • Council on COVID-19 business recovery
  • Emergency Rental Assistance
  • Supports for youth involved with county services
  • Request to extend government services waivers
  • Updated board meeting calendar

Hennepin County providing services (May 4)

Hennepin County continues to evaluate our services to comply with the governor’s order.

Assistance is available by phone or online for most county programs, and we continue to develop new ways to safely serve residents.

April 2020

County board actions (April 21)

The board approved several items in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • Small business and housing relief
  • Partnering with local shelters to stand up more hotels for people experiencing homelessness
  • Abatement of property tax penalty for certain taxpayers 
  • Budgeting for COVID-19 response
     

Hennepin County providing essential services (April 9)

Hennepin County continues to evaluate our services to comply with the governor’s order. Assistance is available by phone or online for most county programs, and we continue to develop new ways to safely serve residents.

County board actions (April 8)

  • Additional funding for COVID-19 response
  • Aquatic invasive species prevention  
  • Director appointment

Third hotel shelter dedicated to isolation spaces for people experiencing homelessness (April 3)

This week, Hennepin County stood up a third temporary shelter location at an area hotel to provide alternate accommodations for people experiencing homelessness in response to the continued spread of COVID-19. 

March 2020

Statement on COVID-19 related death (March 27)

Very sadly, we have learned of the first COVID-19 related death in Hennepin County.

County board actions: Update on COVID-19 response and more (March 26)

  • Update on COVID-19 response
  • Accepting COVID-19 funding
  • Labor agreements

Hennepin County sets up drop-off locations for critical materials (March 22)

Hennepin County has created drop-off locations for items needed to protect people responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

130 people experiencing homelessness moved to alternative accommodations in response to COVID-19 (March 21)

Providing alternative accommodations for people experiencing homelessness who are at especially high-risk of COVID-19 (including the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) has been a top priority for Hennepin County this week. Yesterday, staff moved 130 people out of congregate shelter settings into alternative living arrangements at area hotels.

County board actions: declaring continued local emergency, other actions related to COVID-19 (March 17)

  • Declaring continued local emergency
  • Agreement to provide quarantine and isolation spaces
  • Support for Hennepin County employees
  • County closures and service disruptions

Hennepin County closes public-facing services (March 16)

Hennepin County Board Chair Marion Greene declared a state of emergency in Hennepin County on Monday evening, March 16. This gives county leaders flexibility in our powers to make necessary and immediate decisions that protect the health and safety of our residents and employees.

County board actions (March 10)

  • School-based mental health services
  • Natural resources grants
  • Changes to board meeting open forum
  • Southwest Light Rail Transit
  • Testing sexual assault kits
  • Public hearing

“Your Table is Ready: Dining Out in Hennepin County through the Decades” in Hennepin Gallery March 4 through May 26 (March 4)

Hennepin Gallery is celebrating our love of food and fine dining in the new exhibit, “Your Table is Ready: Dining Out in Hennepin County Through the Decades.”

Absentee voting in the presidential nomination primary: If the candidate I voted for has dropped out, can I change my vote? (March 2)

If the voter’s absentee ballot has already been accepted, there is no way to vote again. At this point, that includes everyone who has already voted absentee in person.

Hennepin County weekly voting progress for presidential nomination primary (March 2)

February 2020

Witness the absentee ballot counting process (February 26)

Hennepin County weekly voting progress for presidential nomination primary (February 24)

County board actions (February 18)

  • Peer support to help pregnant moms recover from substance use disorders
  • $2M to preserve naturally occurring affordable housing
  • Protecting and restoring land in Minnetrista and Independence

Hennepin County weekly voting progress for presidential nomination primary (February 18)

Hennepin Health and Hennepin Healthcare get top prize in Healthcare Innovation awards program (February 12)

Hennepin Health and Hennepin Healthcare earned first place in the 2020 Innovator Awards Program presented by Healthcare Innovation. 

Hennepin County weekly voting progress for presidential nomination primary (February 10)

County board actions (February 4)

  • Black History Month
  • Funding to clean up contaminated sites
  • Healthy tree canopy grant awards
  • Federal legislative platform

Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder: Celebrating 85 years in Hennepin Gallery through February 28 (February 3)

Hennepin Gallery joins in celebrating the 85th anniversary of the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR) with a month-long exhibit. MSR is the oldest Black-owned newspaper in Minnesota and one of the longest running, family-owned newspapers in the country.

Hennepin County weekly voting progress for presidential nomination primary (February 3)

January 2020

Pre-register to vote by February 11 for Minnesota’s presidential nomination primary (January 31)

Get ready to vote in the 2020 presidential nomination primary. Voters who meet the February 11 pre-registration deadline will save time at the polls on Election Day, March 3. 

Weekly voting progress for presidential nomination primary (January 27)

Each week, Hennepin County will provide the latest stats on absentee voting for the 2020 Minnesota presidential nomination primary. Absentee voting in Minnesota began Friday, January 17.

Hennepin County accepting applications for new Race Equity Advisory Council (January 23)

Applications are now being accepted for Hennepin County’s new Race Equity Advisory Council. The 16-member council will advise both the county board and county administration on their vision and strategy, which focuses on confronting and overcoming barriers that impact many residents, especially those of color. 

County board actions (January 21)

  • $1.8M for affordable supportive housing
  • Board approves contractor for regional medical examiner's facility
  • County to replace assistive voting devices
  • Updated: Ways to view board meetings

Absentee voting for the Minnesota 2020 presidential nomination primary begins January 17 (January 17)

All eligible voters in Hennepin County can vote absentee—either in-person or by mail—beginning Friday, January 17, for their party’s 2020 presidential nominee.

County board actions (January 7)

  • Leadership appointments
  • Refugee resettlement action

Government Center building and plaza rules (January 3)

Hennepin County buildings are public spaces. Established rules keep our employees and visitors safe, and ensure that business runs smoothly.

News advisory: Partners to discuss resource center for Drake Hotel fire survivors, share other updates (January 2)

Officials from the American Red Cross, the City of Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Foundation and Hennepin County, will discuss the current status of the response to the December 25 fire at the Drake Hotel in downtown Minneapolis.

2019

December

Government Center Parking Garage to close December 28 for repairs (December 27)

Starting December 28, Facility Services will begin renovating B-level to repair and reseal floors, repair walls and repaint lines.

County board actions (December 12)

  • Board approves 2020 budget
  • $15.1M state funding for medical examiner facility
  • Hennepin County Complete Count Committee for 2020 Census
  • 2020 Youth Sports awards
  • County leadership appointments
  • Support for affordable housing developments

County board adopts 2020 budget (December 12)
On Thursday, the Hennepin County Board approved a 2020 budget of $2.5 billion. The budget includes an $869 million net property tax levy, a 4.75% increase from 2019.

Board to adopt budget, consider other key actions this week (December 11)
This Thursday, December 12, the county board will adopt the 2020 budget, which is expected to include unprecedented funding for affordable housing.

Digital billboards to spread the word about frostbite (December 10)
As temperatures dive into negative territory this week, Hennepin County and Clear Channel are teaming up to help prevent frostbite this winter, especially among people who are experiencing homelessness.

Holiday music at the Government Center (December 2)

The Hennepin County Government center will continue its annual tradition of season and holiday performances, free and open to the public.

Apply by December 15 for homestead (December 2)
New homeowners or property owners who have not previously applied for homestead must apply by December 15 for homestead, including the veterans homestead exclusion.
Clarification: Once homestead is granted, annual reapplication is not necessary. In some circumstances, verification may be requested by the assessor’s office. If you sell, move, or for any reason do not qualify for the homestead classification, you are required to notify the county assessor within 30 days of the change in homestead status.

November

Volunteer for a citizen advisory board (November 12)
Share your voice, help shape policy and give back to your community by applying for a citizen advisory board. The Hennepin County Board is recruiting for 25 openings this fall.

Significantly fewer teens are becoming parents in Hennepin Count(November 12)
From 2017 to 2018, the teen birth rate fell by 21 percent. That one-year change among teens ages 15-19 contributes to an overall decrease of more than 65 percent since 2009.

October

Hennepin County discontinues battery recycling collection at community spaces (October 30)
Hennepin County is immediately discontinuing battery collection at community locations, including city and county buildings, libraries, schools, and community centers. This change is because of a fire hazard.

"Kulture Klub Presents" in Hennepin Gallery through December 30 (October 7)
Youth and mentors from Kulture Klub Collaborative (KKC) express their voices through art in Kulture Klub Presents, which focuses on the strengths and contributions of homeless youth.

County board actions (October 8)
A new grant funds the enhancement of ongoing work to improve health outcomes for residents by eliminating barriers, providing cost-effective care, reducing disparities and advancing the county's health and human services system integration efforts.

September

Media advisory: Mural presentation and community art celebration (September 26)
A new wall mural by world-renowned artist and City of Crystal native Shawn McCann will be presented to community and media.

County board actions (September 24)
The board voted Tuesday to approve an $868,958,906 maximum property tax levy, a 4.75% increase from 2019.

County administrator proposes 2020 budget (September 17)
On Tuesday, Hennepin County Administrator David Hough proposed a 2020 budget of $2.5 billion to the Hennepin County Board.

August

County board actions (August 27)
The board adopted the Hennepin County 2040 Comprehensive Plan, an overarching policy framework required by state statute that will help the county meet its stated mission. The plan is an essential tool for managing long-term change and the evolution of Hennepin County from today through 2040.

County board actions (August 14)
On Tuesday, the board approved a contract with Mid Minnesota Legal Aid for fair housing testing in suburban Hennepin County.

July

County board actions (July 30)
The board voted 4 in favor and 2 against to increase the wheelage tax in Hennepin County to $20 per year per vehicle, effective January 1, 2020.

Funding to prevent opioid deaths (July 9)
On Tuesday, the board accepted a $937,990 grant to provide medication-assisted therapy for people with opioid use disorder.

Celebrate Summer: Hennepin County Fairs and Festivals (July 1)
At Hennepin Gallery through September 26 Hennepin History Museum presents Celebrate Summer, an exhibit that highlights the history of our local summer fairs and festivals.

June

County board actions (June 4)
Advancing the Southwest LRT project; enhancing small business districts in Hopkins, St. Louis Park and Wayzata; services for children at risk of truancy.

May

County board actions (May 21)
Hennepin County will pursue a new strategy to help house a target population for whom housing instability leads to the worst health and safety concerns.

Tour a healthy home (May 16)
Hennepin County and City of Minneapolis partner with HUD and Lowe’s to repair lead, health hazards in four homes. During a one-day community build event and celebration, lead and other health hazards will be repaired in four north Minneapolis homes.

County awards funding to 20 housing and development projects(May 14)
The county is designating more than $6.35 million to help fund 20 housing, development and infrastructure projects throughout the county, including along major transit corridors.

County board actions (May 7)
The board scheduled a public hearing to hear feedback on proposed changes to the county's tobacco sales ordinance. Proposals aim to protect residents from the health effects associated with tobacco use.

April

County board actions (April 23)
The county board approved several items on the agenda, including support for people experiencing homeless, a project to preserve historical photos and Hennepin County Library - Franklin renovations.

UPDATE: Statewide tornado drill canceled due to snow storm (April 10)
As part of a statewide drill, the county had planned to activate outdoor warning sirens on Thursday, April 11. As a result of the strong snow storm predicted, sirens will not be activated on Thursday.

County will activate outdoor warning sirens during Severe Weather Awareness Week (April 8)
As part of a statewide drill, the county will activate outdoor warning sirens on Thursday, April 11, at 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.

Pledge to take the Earth Action Challenge (April 3)
This year to celebrate Earth Day on Monday, April 22, we invite you to participate in the Earth Action Challenge.

25 communities to compete in Step to it challenge (April 2)
Build healthy habits by joining the Step to it challenge, open to people of all ages and abilities at no cost to participants.

March

34 to graduate from Hennepin County Drug Court (March 22)
Hennepin County Drug Court is hosting a commencement ceremony for 34 graduates. This court works with offenders to complete drug treatment programs.

County board actions (March 12)
The board accepted a grant to improve the water quality of Rush and Elm creeks, revised the county's food protection ordinance and more.

February

Forestry grants will help reduce disparities (February 21)
The board awarded 26 grants that will not only invest in the county's tree canopy, but also the health and economic vitality of communities.

Minnesota Vikings donation benefits youth at county correctional facilities (February 21)
The board accepted a $40,000 donation from the Minnesota Vikings for youth programs, education materials and recreation equipment at the Juvenile Detention Center and County Home School.

Opioid deaths study points to opportunities for earlier intervention to prevent fatalities (February 4)
A large proportion of Hennepin County opioid-related deaths in 2015 and 2016 occurred after a jail stay, according to a collaborative study by Hennepin Healthcare and Hennepin County.

January

News: Nearly forgotten John F. Glanton photos of 1940s Twin Cities on display January 30-February 26 (January 28)
“Black Twin Cities” features photographs of the Twin Cities African American community, from the John F. Glanton Collection. Selections will be on view in Hennepin Gallery, at the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis.

County board actions: environmental cleanup and school recycling grants (January 22)
The board awarded $1.6 million of Environmental Response Fund grants for nine projects to assess and clean up contaminated sites where added environmental costs hinder site improvements or redevelopment.

Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board seeks volunteers (January 9)
The Hennepin County Board is accepting applications for two vacancies on the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board.

County board appoints Commissioner Marion Greene as chair (January 8)
On Tuesday, the Hennepin County Board voted unanimously to appoint District 3 Commissioner Marion Greene as chair for 2019.

Elected officials will take office today (January 7)
Hennepin County elected officials will begin their terms today during an oath of office ceremony at the Government Center.

Elected officials will take office Monday (January 7)
Hennepin County elected officials will begin their terms Monday at an oath of office ceremony at the Government Center.

2018

January

Super Bowl to alter some county service hours and locations (January 25)
Hennepin County remains open for business during Super Bowl events, although some services may be limited or moved to other locations. 

County board actions (January 23)
Pilot program aims to keep more North Minneapolis residents in their homes.

“Minnesota Black History 101:  A celebration of Black life, history and culture in Minnesota” on display in Hennepin Gallery through March 28 (January 19)
The exhibit features artifacts, memorabilia and narratives offering a unique glimpse into the lives of Minnesota’s pioneering African Americans.

Super Bowl to alter some county service hours and locations (January 17)
Hennepin County remains open for business during Super Bowl events, although some services may be limited or moved to other locations.

Board reappoints Commissioner Jan Callison as chair (January 2)
At its annual organization meeting on Tuesday, the Hennepin County Board unanimously voted to reappoint District 6 Commissioner Jan Callison as chair for 2018. Commissioner Callison has served as chair since 2015.

February

25 Drug Court graduates celebrate recovery (February 23)
During a commencement ceremony Friday, Hennepin County Drug Court recognized 25 graduates who overcame addiction and abstained from repeating the behaviors that brought them to court.

County board actions (February 22)
Voting Thursday, the board approved funding to continue combatting youth sex trafficking, approved an agreement for an autonomous shuttle test, approved funding for free home health and safety inspections and more. 

25 to graduate from Hennepin County Drug Court (February 22)
Hennepin County Drug Court is hosting a commencement ceremony for 25 graduates. This court works with offenders to complete drug treatment programs. 

County accepting applications for citizen advisory boards (February 7)
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners is recruiting volunteers for the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board and Lower Minnesota River Watershed District Board.

County board actions (February 6)
The board approved designs for an expanded NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center and Hennepin County Library - Southeast and awarded grants for natural resources projects and clean-up of contaminated sites.

March

Hennepin County chief medical examiner receives international recognition (March 28)
Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker recently garnered recognition from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) for his contributions to the forensic pathology profession.

County board actions (March 27)
The board awarded grants to prevent the spread of AIS, accepted a grant to fight opioid abuse among people experiencing homelessness and more. 

See how residents are connecting with open data at Geo:Code 2018 (March 22)
People of all backgrounds and skills will use open data to develop solutions to community challenges at Geo:Code 2018.

County board actions (March 13)
Program will help cities improve building energy efficiency and project to improve safety of Highway 252 enters next phase.

April

Autonomous shuttle demonstration this weekend on Midtown Greenway (April 27)
Hennepin County is partnering with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and other agencies and community organizations to demonstrate use of the EasyMile EZ10 electric autonomous shuttle on a two-block section of the Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis this weekend, April 27-29. 

Minneapolis Farmers Market returns Tuesdays to Government Center (April 25)
The Minneapolis Farmers Market will return to the Hennepin County Government Center South Plaza from May – October. 

County board actions (April 24)
The board approved an action aiming to reduce contracting disparities, awarded grants to improve recycling in public spaces, approved a lease agreement for temporary youth library services at Sabathani Community Center and more.

Campaign furthers work to end HIV epidemic (April 23)
Hennepin County is among the first U.S. government agencies to join an international campaign to share new information about how HIV treatment also prevents its spread.

Autonomous shuttle demonstration on Midtown Greenway rescheduled (April 20)
Due to the recent spring snowstorm, Hennepin County’s autonomous shuttle demonstration on a two-block stretch of the Midtown Greenway, originally planned for this weekend, has been rescheduled for next weekend, April 27 to 29.

Communities hosting Earth Day, Arbor Day events across county (April 19)
While the wintry weather may have changed some springtime plans, many Earth Day and Arbor Day events are happening this April and May across the county. 

County kicks off 2018 construction season (April 12)
This week marks the beginning of Hennepin County’s transportation construction season. During 2018, the county will deliver on several projects designed to get residents around safely and efficiently.

County board actions (April 10)
The board awarded Hennepin Youth Sports grants, approved an initial design for a juvenile probation office in north Minneapolis and more. 

State of the County address describes community’s successes, challenges (April 10)
At the State of the County address Tuesday morning, County Board Chair Jan Callison detailed how the county is responding proactively to challenges in multiple areas, including affordable housing, public safety, transportation, human services and health and workforce challenges and opportunities.

County will activate sirens during Severe Weather Awareness Week (April 9)
As part of a statewide tornado drill, the county will activate outdoor warning sirens at 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. on April 12.

Citizen scientists needed to monitor wetlands (April 5)
Interested adults and families can now register for the Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP). As part of this program, volunteers will work with other citizens on a team from their area to monitor bugs and plants in wetlands. 

County Board Chair Jan Callison to give State of the County Address Tuesday (April 4)
Hennepin County Board Chair Jan Callison will give an address on Tuesday summarizing the county's successes, innovations and challenges.

Residents can build healthy habits during Step to it challenge (April 4)
Registration is now open for Hennepin County’s Step to it challenge, a physical activity program that encourages people of all ages and abilities to become more active. 

“The Americans in Tours: 1917-1919” on display in Hennepin Gallery April 3 through May 30 (April 2)
Minneapolis and representatives from Tours, France, a Minneapolis Sister City, are proud to present “The Americans in Tours (les américains à tours): 1917-1919,” an exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I that will be on display in the Hennepin Gallery at the Hennepin County Government Center.

May

Votes keep Southwest Light Rail project moving (May 31)
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners held special meetings today to discuss the METRO Green Line Extension (Southwest LRT) project and hear from the public. 

County board actions (May 22)
The Hennepin County Board approved funding to support families, named a new county highway engineer, accepted funding for withdrawal management services and more.

How healthy are we? Hennepin County Public Health seeks data and solutions (May 14)
Between May and September 2018, 40,000 randomly selected Hennepin County households will receive the 2018 SHAPE survey in the mail.

County board actions (May 8)
The board approved initial designs for Eden Prairie Library renovations and funding agreements to help small businesses grow, recognized correctional officers, awarded funding for affordable housing and transit oriented development projects and set the date for a public hearing on the solid waste management fee.

June

County board actions (June 26)
The board adopted a plan to mitigate disasters, approved a new structure to meet demand of child protection court cases and approved a contract to expand early learning spaces in libraries. 

Board requests update on use of ketamine (June 25)
Hennepin Healthcare System will give an update to the Hennepin County Board on use of the sedative ketamine Tuesday, June 26, board meeting convenes at 1:30 p.m., board room (A-2400), Hennepin County Government Center, 300 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis. 

Absentee voting for 2018 primary election begins June 29 (June 21)
Vote early through August 13. All eligible voters in Hennepin County can vote absentee—either in-person or by mail—beginning Friday, June 29. 

“Hennepin History Museum: Celebrating 80 years” on display in Hennepin Gallery through August 16 (June 21)
The Hennepin Gallery exhibit of photos, artifacts, and archival items shows the diverse history of Hennepin County. All seven county districts are represented. 

County board actions (June 12)
The board approved a grant for a new NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center dental clinic, reappointed the county surveyor, approved a contract to build office space at the Penn-Plymouth intersection in Minneapolis and more.

Schedule of outdoor movies, trivia at Target Field Station (June 7)
Hennepin County is hosting free movie and trivia nights this summer at Target Field Station in partnership with the Minneapolis Downtown Council and the Minnesota Twins.

Volunteers sought for Riley-Purgatory-Bluff Creek Watershed District Board (June 6)
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications for two vacancies on the Riley-Purgatory-Bluff Creek Watershed District Board.

New county leader will guide work to reduce disparities for residents (June 5)
Hennepin County’s director of disparity reduction, Alex Tittle, began his role this spring.

Election judges needed in Hennepin County (June 4)
Serving as an election judge is a great way to learn about the elections process and provide an important service to the community.

Hennepin County to hold 2018 Health and Safety Fair (June 4)
Hennepin County experts and more than 25 exhibitors will share resources on health and safety topics. Attendees can learn tips for staying safe at work and at home.

July

County Board Actions (July 24) 
The board voted Tuesday to approve the initial design for the regional medical examiner's facility, a feasibility study on a mental health housing option, a lease to operate a restaurant at the South Minneapolis Human Service Center and more.

Hennepin County weekly voting progress (July 23)
Each week, Hennepin County will provide the latest stats on absentee voting progress and pre-registered voters for the 2018 Minnesota primary.

Lawsuit agreements keep Southwest Light Rail project moving forward (July 19)
The Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA) held a special meeting Thursday to consider approval of agreements related to settlement of a lawsuit by a freight rail company. Twin Cities & Western Railroad Company was challenging property transfers proposed for the Southwest LRT project.

Board to consider agreements related to Southwest LRT freight lawsuit settlement (July 18)
Meeting to consider authorizing the HCRRA Chair to execute consent to construction and co-location agreements between the Metropolitan Council and Twin Cities & Western Railroad Company, Thursday, July 19, 2018, immediately following an 8:30 a.m. closed legal briefing with the board on this matter.

Hennepin County weekly voting progress (July 16)
Each week, Hennepin County will provide the latest stats on absentee voting progress and pre-registered voters for the 2018 Minnesota primary. 

July 24 is pre-registration deadline for Minnesota primary (July 12)
From now until Tuesday, July 24, eligible voters can save time by pre-registering to vote for the Minnesota primary, which will occur Tuesday, August 14.

August

County board actions (August 21)
The board awarded bikeway grants, accepted funding for a study on disparities within health care and criminal justice systems, approved a contract to provide legal representation for people facing deportation and more.

Find Election Day stories in Hennepin County (August 13)
Hennepin County anticipates high turnout across our 418 precincts.

Hennepin County weekly voting progress (August 13)
Each week, Hennepin County will provide the latest stats on absentee voting progress for the 2018 Minnesota primary.

Hennepin County responding to cyberattack (August 9)
A sophisticated email cyberattack accessed employee email accounts by using credentials obtained through phishing emails that began arriving at the end of June.

Probationers will gain job skills working on library, parks construction projects (August 7)
The board approved contracts that provide jobs for people on probation, voted to accept funding to help people with serious mental and chemical health challenges re-enter the workforce and more.

Hennepin County weekly voting progress (August 6)
Each week, Hennepin County will provide the latest stats on absentee voting progress and pre-registered voters for the 2018 Minnesota primary.

Vote early for state primary August 7-13 (August 2)
Hennepin County eligible voters can directly place their ballots into a ballot counter when voting in person the week before the Minnesota primary.

Go outside with Hennepin County for fitness, family fun and more (August 2)
Join in Go Outside with Hennepin County events this August for fitness classes, family fun, the Minneapolis Farmers Market, piano performances and more. There is no cost to attend any of the following events.

Go shopping and save the environment with Choose to Reuse coupons (August 1)
Now through October 31, redeem Choose to Reuse coupons to save money, support local businesses and protect the environment.

September

County board actions (September 25)
The board approves maximum tax levies for 2019, designates funding for tree canopy improvement grants and more.

Public parking unavailable at Government Center October 1 – November 19 (September 24)
The Hennepin County Government Center parking garage will close to the public October 1 – November 19 for a planned construction project.

County administrator proposes 2019 budget (September 18)
On Tuesday, Hennepin County Administrator David Hough proposed a 2019 budget of $2.4 billion to the Hennepin County Board.

Absentee voting for 2018 election begins Friday (September 17)
Vote early September 21 – November 5. All eligible voters in Hennepin County can vote absentee — either in person or by mail — beginning Friday, September 21.

License/ID services unavailable September 28 – 29 (September 10)
All Hennepin County service centers will be unable to process driver’s licenses, instruction permits and state ID transactions on Friday, September 28, and Saturday, September 29.

Update from Child Well-Being Advisory Committee (September 7)
At today’s Hennepin County Board briefing, members of the Child Well-Being Advisory Committee presented highlights from the first full year of work to flip child welfare from a crisis-response system to a child well-being model.

County board actions (September 6)
The board accepted a grant to permanently preserve natural areas, set a public hearing on proposed revisions to the county's recycling ordinance and more.

$2 million in transportation safety projects will respond to community concerns (September 6)
Hennepin County is investing $2 million to address transportation safety concerns voiced by residents of urban, suburban and rural communities across the county.

Child Well-Being Advisory Committee update (September 5)
Members of the Child Well-Being Advisory Committee will update the Hennepin County Board at a briefing Thursday morning. Committee members, including Commissioner Mike Opat, will report to the board.

Volunteer sought for vacancy on Nine Mile Creek Watershed District Board (September 4)
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners seeks applicants for a vacancy on the Nine Mile Creek Watershed District Board.

October

Hennepin County weekly voting progress (October 29)
Each week, Hennepin County will provide the latest stats on absentee voting progress and pre-registered voters for the 2018 Minnesota general election. Absentee voting in Minnesota began Friday, September 21. Ballots issued since Monday, October 22 – 25,200.

County board actions (October 25)
The board accepted funding to direct people in crisis away from the criminal justice system, accepted funding to support student success inside and outside of school, appointed the executive director of Hennepin Health and more.

Vote early October 30-November 5 (October 24)
Eligible voters will place their ballots directly into a ballot counter when voting in person October 30-November 5.

Hennepin County weekly voting progress (October 22)
Each week, Hennepin County will provide the latest stats on absentee voting progress and pre-registered voters for the 2018 Minnesota general election. Absentee voting in Minnesota began Friday, September 21. Total ballots received and accepted (mail and in-person absentee voting) – 52,000. Ballots received and accepted since Monday, October 15 – 20,700.

Hennepin County weekly voting progress (October 15)
Each week, Hennepin County will provide the latest stats on absentee voting progress and pre-registered voters for the 2018 Minnesota general election. Absentee voting in Minnesota began Friday, September 21

County board actions: lead poisoning prevention, behavioral health triage (October 9)
The board accepted a grant to expand outreach in communities at risk of lead poisoning, approved the initial design for a mental and chemical health triage space, accepted funding to provide housing and services to residents of the Minneapolis homeless encampment and more.

Hennepin County weekly voting progress (October 8)
Each week, Hennepin County will provide the latest stats on absentee voting progress and pre-registered voters for the 2018 Minnesota general election. Absentee voting in Minnesota began Friday, September 21.

“Getting to the Heart of the Matter, A History of Cardiac Care” on display in Hennepin Gallery (October 3)
The Hennepin Medical History Center will present an exhibit, “Getting to the Heart of the Matter, A History of Cardiac Care,” in the Hennepin County Government Center Government Gallery. The exhibit is on display October 3 through November 28.

Hennepin County weekly voting progress (October 1)
Each week, Hennepin County will provide the latest stats on absentee voting progress and pre-registered voters for the 2018 Minnesota general election. Absentee voting in Minnesota began Friday, September 21.

November

Homestead applications due December 15
Property owners in Hennepin County have until December 15 to complete a homestead application for 2019. 

County board actions: recycling ordinance revisions, environmental education grant awards (November 27)
The board approved revisions to the county's recycling ordinance, awarded environmental education grants, accepted a grant to begin a cooking training program at the County Home School and more.

Hennepin County requires organics recycling for cities and certain businesses (November 27)
On Tuesday, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners approved revisions to the county’s recycling ordinance.

Hennepin County budget (truth in taxation) meeting is today (November 27)
Hennepin County will hold a public meeting on the proposed 2019 budget and property tax levy – commonly called the truth in taxation meeting – today, November 27.

World AIDS Day panel – learn how community can help end HIV epidemic (November 26)
Most Minnesotans living with HIV – 52 percent of them – reside in Hennepin County. Of those people, 26 percent are not accessing care and 35 percent have not had their virus suppressed.

Media advisory: Witness community conversation about racial disparities and homelessness
The community will kick off an initiative on Tuesday, November 27, to address racial disparities among people experiencing homelessness.

County board actions: Public hearing on transportation sales tax (November 21)
Hennepin County will host a public hearing to receive comments on proposed changes to the county's sales and use transportation tax implementation plan on Wednesday, December 5, 1 p.m. at the Hennepin County Government Center Board Room (A-2400)

News advisory: Witness National Adoption Day in Hennepin County (November 16)
On Saturday morning, 22 families will finalize adoptions of 38 Hennepin County children and teens

Hennepin County budget (truth in taxation) meeting is November 27 (November 16)
County will hold a public meeting on the proposed 2019 budget and property tax levy, commonly called the truth in taxation meeting, on November 27.

County advances Southwest LRT project with funding approvals (November 15)
At special meetings this afternoon, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners and Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority approved up to $435 million for early construction activities and other expenditures for the Southwest Light Rail Transit project (SWLRT).

Media Advisory: County to consider actions to advance Southwest LRT at special meetings today (November 15)
Yesterday, the Metropolitan Council received a Letter of No Prejudice from the Federal Transit Administration, clearing the way for construction to begin on the Southwest Light Rail Transit project.

Hennepin County accepting applications for citizen advisory board vacancies (November 14)
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners is recruiting volunteers for 28 citizen advisory board positions through its annual open appointment process.

Witness a special day for families – Hennepin County's National Adoption Day celebration (November 13)
On National Adoption Day, Saturday, November 17, 38 children will have a chance at a new beginning, and 22 families will embark on a new chapter in their lives together.

Event details for World War I armistice, November 11 (November 9)
The community will join in recognizing Veterans Day and the 100th anniversary of World War I armistice on Sunday, November 11, along Victory Memorial Drive and 45th Avenue North, at the flagpole plaza.

Hennepin County voter turnout results (November 7)
Unofficial election results were 100% reported for all of Hennepin County as of 2:43 a.m. In the 2018 election, 631,100 people cast a ballot in Hennepin County. Of these, 182,400 cast absentee ballots and 448,700 voted at their polling place on Election Day.

Special levies will fund water quality projects (November 6)
The board approved special levies for four watershed management commissions that do not have the ability to levy taxes on their own for water quality improvement projects.

Event will recognize World War I a century later (November 6)
The community will join in recognizing Veterans Day and the 100th anniversary of World War I armistice on Sunday, November 11, along Victory Memorial Drive.

Hennepin County to share voter turnout results early November 7 (November 6)
Hennepin County will share unofficial voter turnout results after all precincts in the county from all 45 cities are 100% reported.

Hennepin County weekly voting progress (November 5)
Each week, Hennepin County will provide the latest stats on absentee voting progress. The county has more than 766,000 pre-registered voters for the Minnesota general election. Voters can register at their polling place on Election Day, November 6.

Media Advisory: Find Election Day stories in Hennepin County (November 5)
Visit Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis and Plymouth. Hennepin County anticipates high turnout across our 418 precincts.

December

Apply by December 31 for citizen advisory board openings (December 17)
Applications close in two weeks for 28 citizen advisory board openings. Appointed members advise county commissioners on issues and programs, help set policy, and deal with a variety of topics of concern to the county.

Commissioners rename Hennepin County Library—Southeast in honor of Arvonne Fraser (December 11)
The board voted to rename Hennepin County Library—Southeast in honor of Arvonne Fraser, a long-time advocate for women's rights and local libraries.

County Board adopts 2019 budget (December 11)
The Hennepin County Board approved a 2019 budget of $2.4 billion at its meeting on Tuesday. The budget includes an $830 million net property tax levy, a 5.20 percent increase from 2018.

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.

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