News from District 3


May 2015



Marion Greene
Commissioner, 3rd District

Ray Hoover
Principal Aide

Pam Fahlstrom
Administrative Assistant


The 3rd District serves the city of St. Louis Park, and parts of west and downtown Minneapolis.

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Break free from winter with the Step to It Challenge

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. 

For more information, check out the website at

“A Peace of My Mind” exhibit in the Hennepin Gallery through May 2015

Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department - Project Diversity will sponsor the exhibit "A Peace of My Mind" in the Hennepin Gallery during May 2015. The exhibit is a multimedia art project that fosters public dialogue about issues related to conflict resolution, civic responsibility and peace. The exhibit can be viewed at the Hennepin County Government Center free of charge. There will be a presentation and music on the Skyway Level on Wednesday, May 6 as part of the exhibit.


County departments, agencies & other entities

Hennepin County libraries

Hennepin County Medical Center

Hennepin volunteers

Online services

Phone directory

Service Center information

Southwest Light Rail

Understanding your property tax

City of Minneapolis

City of St. Louis Park





I hope the District 3 newsletter serves as a resource for connecting to Hennepin County activities and staying updated on county news and services. Visit our website to find more ways to connect with the county.  

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  I value your opinions. 

My best,




Hennepin County board adopts updated bicycle plan

Hennepin County and Three Rivers Park District worked together to update a county-wide bicycle plan that reflects current and growing use of cycling in the region. The 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.

This plan, replaces the 1997 plan. Since 1997, the county has made great progress in enhancing its bicycle transportation network. It has built and funded more than 136 miles of new bikeways and closed 59 gaps in the bicycle network.

The plan includes 45 strategies and more than 170 action items that address infrastructure, education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation. The plan also recommends the continuation of current county practices that contribute to the goals of the Hennepin County Pedestrian Plan and the Transportation System Plan. 

For more information, check out the website here.

Hennepin County to offer waste collection events in 2015

Hennepin County and its partner cities will sponsor 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. Hazardous wastes will be accepted from households only. The county will NOT be accepting electronics at the scheduled collection events, nor waste from businesses. 

Each collection event will take place between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday:

June 11-13
City of St. Louis Park – SLP Middle School
2025 Texas Ave. S.

July 9-11
City of Minneapolis
340 27th Ave. NE

August 20-22
City of Minneapolis—Public Works Garage Snelling Ave.
3607 44th St. E

Hennepin County also provides residents with drop-off facilities that are open year-round at 1400 W. 96th St., Bloomington and 8100 Jefferson Highway, Brooklyn Park. For a complete list of acceptable and non-acceptable items or more information on drop-off facilities, call 612-348-3777 or click here.


Hennepin County to deliver more than $86 million in transportation improvements

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.

All active projects are posted on our interactive transportation system map. The map has real-time information about major projects, maintenance efforts that may impact traffic, as well as emergency incidents like floods. Transportation map.

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Citizens Academy Profile


To share more about the work of Hennepin County, we have been profiling a county employee who live in District 3. This month and next, we will instead be profiling residents of District 3 who have chosen to attend Hennepin County's Citizens Academy to learn more about the different aspects of county work.

Andrew and Melissa Buss

Andrew and Melissa are residents of District three's Tangletown neighborhood in Minneapolis. To hear more about their experience with the Citizens Academy, click here.

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Board meeting highlights


April 14

County to open gravel bed nursery to replace trees to be destroyed by emerald ash borer, one seventh of the county's canopy layer

A significant amount of trees in the county will be affected by the Emerald Ash Borer and will need to be replaced.  To address this, the board approved an initiative to add a gravel-bed nursery at the Hennepin County Adult Corrections Facility. The initial costs are estimated at $170,500. As already demonstrated by over 20 Minnesota communities, a gravel-bed nursery offers a cost effective way for the county to replace trees on county property, diversify the county tree canopy and provide job skills training. The project will involve University of Minnesota students through the Hennepin University Partnership to conduct a canopy assessment that will guide future planting efforts throughout the county, and inmates at the Hennepin Adult Correctional Facility who will host the nursery. The source of revenue for the nursery project is the Solid Waste Enterprise Fund. 

Board commits funds for Better Together Hennepin (teen pregnancy prevention program)

The board approved contingency funds to be used as bridge funding for the Better Together Hennepin (teen pregnancy prevention) initiative. The funds will provide a reduced set of programs and services after federal grant funds end August 31, 2015. The initiative has seen significant results in reducing birth rates for teenagers in Hennepin County. 

Board approves relocation of Southdale service center

The board approved the relocation of the Southdale service center in Edina to Southdale Center shopping mall. The current service center facility has significant infrastructure deficiencies. Southdale Center provides a secure environment with free parking and convenient access via major bus routes. The county will lease space on the first level of Southdale Center and the service center is scheduled to open February 2016.

Moving the service center will allow for the eventual redevelopment of the site of the current regional center located at the southeast corner of York Avenue South and 70th Street West. Relocating the service center first will allow thoughtful planning and collaboration between court staff, the City of Bloomington and residents in south Hennepin County for new court facilities. The Hennepin County Library will also have time to conduct a thorough planning process with the cities of Edina and Richfield and library patrons for a new, state-of-the-art library and other potential development opportunities on the current site. Further planning will occur  before the board considers the relocation of the courts and the redevelopment of a new library.

Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board and Lower Minnesota River Watershed District Board appointments

The board reappointed Sherry White and appointed Kurt Rogness to the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board. The watershed district coordinates the management of the water and related land resources in the watershed that drains into Lake Minnetonka and Minnehaha Creek. The newly appointed members will serve three-year terms on the watershed district board.

The board also appointed Leonard Kemer to a three year term on the Lower Minnesota River Watershed District Board. The watershed district coordinates the management of the water and related land resources in the watershed that drains into the Lower Minnesota River from the north and south bluffs of the river to the confluence of the Mississippi River at Fort Snelling.

To apply for a citizen advisory board position visit

April 28

Board declares May 3 - 9 “Correctional Officers Appreciation Week” 

The board declared the first week of May Correctional Officers Appreciation Week in Hennepin County. The first week of May has been designated to recognize correctional officers since a proclamation by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. The board recognized the dedicated employees and volunteers that make an important contribution to public safety and the criminal justice system.

Board declares May 4 - 8 “Jury Appreciation Week” 

The board declares May 4 - 8 to be Jury Appreciation Week in Hennepin County. More than 27,700 citizens of Hennepin County have been summoned for jury duty and participate as an integral part of the judicial process. Service by citizens as jurors is indispensable to our community. Hennepin County, along with the Fourth Judicial Court District of Minnesota, would like to recognize jurors fulfilling their civic duty.  

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Board briefings

You're invited! In addition to our regularly scheduled board meetings, the County Board often meets for updates on Thursday mornings. These are informal opportunities to discuss emerging issues. No decisions are made, and the topics are subject to change. Board briefings occur in the board room on the 24th floor of the Hennepin County Government Center and are open to the public.

May 7

  • Absentee balloting

May 21

  • Youth Sports grants
  • Open Appointments

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