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Holiday train visits on December 10
The 2015 Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will make its only
stop in Minneapolis Thursday, Dec. 10, 7:30 to 9 p.m., at Shoreham Yards, 2800
Central Avenue NE. The train will arrive at 8:30 p.m. The event includes
holiday lights, live musical entertainment by Kira Isabella and Doc Walker,
activities for kids, horse-drawn hayrides, and refreshments. The event is free
and open to the public. Cash and non-perishable food donations are encouraged
to support the food shelves of East Side Neighborhood Services. For more
information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/493866267440657/.
HCMC clinic and
specialty center groundbreaking and helistop landing
Two events marked the biggest expansion in the history of
Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) this month. Hundreds of community
members attended the groundbreaking for the new 377,000 square foot clinic and
specialty center and the inaugural landing of a helicopter on the hospital’s
The $220.8 million clinic building will consolidate 40
clinics and specialty services that are currently spread across nine buildings
downtown into one facility. Care will be centralized and accessible for people
who need a quick visit to the doctor, same-day surgery, or the latest cancer
treatment, with close parking and skyway connections to rest of the HCMC
Immediately following the clinic building groundbreaking
ceremony, a Life Link III helicopter landed on a new helistop. The new helistop
doubles the capacity to receive trauma patients by air and reduces the
transport time into the hospital. The $3.8 million helistop sits atop the roof
of the building housing the emergency department, operating rooms, and by
saving minutes, will likely save lives.
contractors from around the country gathered in Minnetonka on Oct. 21 to learn
about the planned Southwest Light Rail Transit line, and network with firms that are likely to bid
on the $1.77 billion project. While construction won’t begin until 2017,
potential contractors need time to prepare their bids for a spring 2016 deadline.
The project anticipates a need for 7,500 workers during construction from
2017-2019. One contractor said it was one of the best such events
he's ever attended. Photo at right by Metro Transit.
Fifth regional human service office opens
in downtown Minneapolis
Hennepin County has opened its fifth regional human service center,
located in downtown Minneapolis.
The newest location, meant to serve residents who live and work
in central and northeast Minneapolis, is in remodeled offices at the Health
Services Building, 525 Portland Avenue. The location is close to Metro Transit light rail service, and limited
pay parking is available in the HCMC parking ramp (enter on South 6th Street).
The new site is part of the larger plan to decentralize Hennepin
County's human services. The Century Plaza building will eventually close in 2017. For more information and other service
center locations, visit us online at regional
human service centers.
Northeast Library celebrates 100 years
It’s been a big year for library anniversaries in my
district. Sumner Library celebrated 100 years last month, and on November 14,
Northeast celebrated its centennial. As soon as this library opened in 1915, it
played an important role in the Northeast community:
- Putting books in the hands of neighborhood kids.
- Offering classes for immigrants adjusting to life in the U.S.
- Collaborating with neighborhood schools.
Like Sumner, Northeast Library has been an inviting beacon,
a friend, and a big part of neighborhood life. I love hearing from people who
came here as kids and now bring their kids here for learning and fun. That’s
the power of libraries.
Grand opening of Edison
and Patrick Henry High Schools Youth Sports Grants fitness facilities
I had the privilege of celebrating with Edison and Patrick
Henry high schools the grand opening of their new fitness facilities. Thanks to
Hennepin County’s Youth Sports Grants program, more than half of Minneapolis Public
Schools’ high schools have been able to create new, up-to-date fitness centers.
Edison and Patrick Henry are just the latest to give their students the space
to focus on their personal fitness. Thanks to a provision in the Twins stadium
tax, the Hennepin County Youth Sports program has provided more than $15
million in grants to organizations and schools to build or renovate
athletic and recreational facilities that serve young people throughout the
county since 2009.
Partnering with local government entities to provide access
to healthy and safe activities for its young people is part of sustaining a vital
county. The partnership with Minneapolis Public schools helps them address the development
of the whole student, mind and body.
Apply for a Hennepin County citizen advisory board!
Every year, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners
appoints county residents to volunteer service positions on advisory boards, commissions,
councils and special task forces. Appointees deal with a variety of topics of
concern to the county, advise commissioners on issues and programs and help set
An open appointments process is used to select the
membership of more than 15 county boards, councils, committees and task forces.
This process not only promotes citizen involvement through volunteer service,
but also allows county commissioners to tap into citizens' broad base of
talent, diversity, knowledge and skills to benefit county government. The
process offers all interested citizens an opportunity to be considered for
Interested residents can fill
out an application for positions on any of the boards listed below.
Applications are accepted through December 31, 2015, and the board will
conduct interviews in January 2016. Further information is at hennepin.us/advisoryboards.
Adult Mental Health Local Advisory Council (LAC) – 5
Vacancies (2 Mental Health Provider; 1 At Large; 1 Family Member; 1 Consumer)
Capital Budgeting Task Force (CBTF) – 2 Vacancies
City Planning Commission (Minneapolis) – 1 Vacancy
Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin (CAPSH) –
3 Vacancies (Local Elected Officials only)
County Extension Committee (Minnesota Extension Service) – 2
Library Board – 3 Vacancies
Mental Commitment Attorney Panel Advisory Board – 2
Vacancies (Citizen and Citizen, Attorney)
Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Board – 6 Vacancies
(4 Business; 1 Adult Basic Education; 1 Economic and Community Development
Hennepin profile: Todd Heintz
Each month we spotlight a position in Hennepin County. This
month, we introduce you to Todd Heintz who is a Principal Office Specialist
supporting Case Management and Adult Protection (shown right with
granddaughter Lily). Todd’s wife Claudia also works for Hennepin County.
Todd’s coworkers call him the “Radar O’Reilly” (the
character on M.A.S.H.) of Hennepin Human Services and Public Health (HSPHD) because he either knows how something is done
or will find a way to do it. He lives in the Jordan neighborhood of Minneapolis
in District 2.
Todd started with Hennepin County in 2001 working as a
cleaner in the jail. From there he promoted to a job in the property room, and
then as a receptionist at 710 West Broadway, and now to his current position.
His current position supports and/or participates with several groups:
- The Hennepin County Mental Health/Minneapolis
- Adult Mental Health Local Advisory Council
(LAC), which, among other things, monitors, reviews and evaluates the
allocation, adequacy and quality of mental health services within Hennepin
- Project Diversity, which works with HSPHD staff
and management to improve all HSPHD employees' skills in cultural competency.
- Veterans ERG, which supports the integration of
veteran status employees into the Hennepin County workforce.
When asked, Todd said, “I like helping people whether at
work or in the public. For example, at one of the parking ramps I noticed
people occasionally sleeping what appeared to be overnight. I contacted one of
the people I work with and he was able to forward the information to an
outreach team and they went by the ramp and gave resource information to one of
the couples that I was concerned about.”
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funding for HCMC outpatient center
The County Board approved a plan to proceed with
construction of an HCMC ambulatory outpatient specialty center. Ssee photo/story above. Read
more about the ambulatory outpatient specialty center proposal.
State grants will
expand opportunities to improve health
The County Board accepted a five-year, $5.7 million grant
from the Minnesota Department of Health to implement the Statewide Health
Improvement Program (SHIP). The program funds local projects that increase
opportunities for healthy activities. In Hennepin County, it is administered by
the Public Health Department. The funds must only be used to develop new
activities, expand current efforts to reduce obesity and tobacco use, or
replace discontinued funds from the state or federal government, or a third
party. Outcomes from collaborations include:
- Three post-secondary campuses passed
tobacco-free policies, affecting 6,319 students and faculty.
- 267 multi-unit rental properties adopted
smoke-free policies, affecting 11,844 apartment units and 29,610 people.
- The County Board approved the Hennepin County
Bicycle Transportation Plan, and pedestrian and bicycle plans were completed
and adopted by Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Eden Prairie, Hopkins, Maple
Plain, and Robbinsdale.
- 99 employers with more than 28,500 employees
made changes in their worksites to encourage healthy food choices, physical
activity and breastfeeding for new moms, and 34 employers made changes to
- Six new community gardens and orchards were
established on publicly accessible grounds and over 49,000 pound of fresh
produce were grown and distributed to local food shelves.
Future projects will continue some of the same projects, and
expand efforts to increase health. Read
more about SHIP projects in Hennepin County.
Special levy will
improve water quality
The County Board approved a request to set a special levy to
support projects on four watershed districts: Bassett Creek, Shingle Creek,
West Mississippi and Elm Creek. The special levy is separate from the general
property tax levy, which is set to be approved next month. In most cases, member
cities are subject to cost-sharing agreements. Projects include:
- Bassett Creek: $1.2 million for two water
quality and quantity improvement projects, reducing pollutants into Bassett
Creek and reducing phosphorus loading into Northwood Lake.
- Shingle Creek: $317,500 for two water quality
projects and to support a best management practices program. One project will
reduce the internal loading in Twin and Ryan lakes in Brooklyn Center. The
other, in Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park, will incorporate stream reaeration
structures to increase the dissolved oxygen levels in the creek.
- West Mississippi: $50,000 to support a
cost-share program, which will implement small water quality projects
throughout the watershed to protect and improve the quality of water resources.
- Elm Creek: $250,000 to stabilize approximately
5,000 feet of streambank using bioengineering and re-vegetation techniques, and
expand regional stormwater ponds to incorporate additional treatment practices
to reduce pollutant loadings to Elm Creek. Read
more about the watershed projects.
Acting Community Works Director Kevin Dockry was named to
lead the department that works to manage intersections between commercial and
residential development, and transit by cars and trucks, mass transit, bicycles
and pedestrians. Dockry, who brings more than 27 years of experience to the
post, has run the department since April.
The board also confirmed Christopher Sagsveen as director of
Transportation Operations (roads and bridges), effective immediately. Sagsveen
is an experienced civil engineer who brings more than 13 years of experience
and knowledge to the position. He has served as acting director since May.
Grant will fund soil
and water conservation projects
The board approved agreements with the Minnesota Board of Water
and Soil Resources (BWSR) to provide non-competitive, formula-based grants to
the county totaling $234,431 to deliver soil and water conservation services.
Grants include support local government water planning, enforcing the Wetland
Conservation Act, inspect septic systems and administer volunteer water
monitoring programs, funds to landowners to implement conservation practices,
and to increase conservative services provided throughout the county. Learn
more about soil and water conservation grants.
will enable repair of soil damage from 2014 rains
The board accepted $308,000 in Disaster Recovery Assistance
Program funds to repair damages from excessive rainfall in June 2014. The
funding will be used by the City of Bloomington, the City of Champlin, and the Hennepin
County Regional Railroad Authority.
more about disaster recovery plans.
foundation for emergency nuclear response
The county board approved receipt of a $240,000 allocation
from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. The funding enables Hennepin
County to maintain a pre-designated county emergency facility in Rogers, which
is outside the plume exposure pathway in the case of a radiological release at
the Monticello nuclear plant. This reception center, located at Rogers High
School, is a place for residents of Sherburne and Wright counties to come for
evaluation in the event of an emergency at the nuclear plant. Learn
more about the Radiological Emergency Preparedness program
grant funds to fund Zanewood Recreation Center project
At the request of the City of Brooklyn Park, the board
agreed to reallocate $50,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds within
Brooklyn Park, from the Village Creek Streetscape Improvement project to a new
project, at Zanewood Recreation Center to facilitate improvements to the
recreation center serving low-income neighborhoods immediately adjacent to the
more about the reallocation request
Information about County board meetings - including agendas,
minutes, and viewing information - is online at hennepin.us/your-government/leadership/county-board-meetings.
Look for more news on the Hennepin County website at hennepin.us/news.
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Saturday, November 28, 11am-3pm
Shop Small Holiday Market. Shop more than 40 Minnesota (and one Wisconsin) small businesses featuring locally made artisan and organic foods, custom art & prints, health and beauty products, natural cleaning products, apparel and gift baskets. Free child care for shoppers. Free parking. For a list of participating businesses, visit midwestpantry.com.
St. Anthony Community Center
3301 Silver Lake Road, St. Anthony
Saturday, November 28 and December 19, 10am-2pm
Northeast Winter Market. Local food vendor and artisans, music and children's activities. For more information, visit northeastmarket.org.
Solar Arts Building
711 15th Avenue NE, Minneapolis
Sunday, November 29, 11:30am-4pm
Holiday Festival. Folk dancing, musical performances, gift and craft vendors, food and baked goods. $5 for adults $1 for kids 6-12, free for kids under 6.
Ukrainian American Community Center
301 Main Street NE, Minneapolis
Wednesday, December 2, 5-6:30pm
Northeast Networking Night. ’Tis the Season, to learn more about businesses and individuals that make up the Northeast Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce. $30 for members and $35 for non-members, includes appetizers. Preregistration is appreciated. For more information, visit www.minneapolischamber.org or contact Linda Sue Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-370-9152.
1928 University Avenue NE, Minneapolis
Wednesday, December 2, 6:30-8:30pm
Community reception with superintendent finalists. Minneapolis community members, including parents, students and MPS teachers and staff, are invited to meet with candidates and ask questions during the reception. Childcare and translation services will be provided. To learn more about the finalists and the search process, visit board.mpls.k12.mn.us.
Webster School Building
425 5th Street NE, Minneapolis
Thursday, December 3, 6pm
Homegrown Minneapolis open house. Free and open to the public. Reservations are encouraged. Light refreshments, help for urban gardeners, resources for eating local food, updates on progress made in improving Minneapolis’ local food systems, and information tables on gardening and healthy eating resources, beekeeping, small business loans and technical assistance geared toward food businesses.
Minneapolis Public Schools Davis Center
1250 Broadway Avenue W, Minneapolis
Thursday, December 3 and Friday, December 4, 9am-5pm
2200 Central Avenue NE, Minneapolis
Saturday, December 5, 10am-2pm
Pierre Bottineau Library
55 Broadway Street NE, Minneapolis
Saturday, December 5, noon-5pm
Holiday Craft Hop. Holiday themed craft show is free and open to the public.
Grain Belt Brew House
1224 Marshall Street NE, Minneapolis
Saturday, December 12, 10am-4pm
Holiday Bazaar. Handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, handmade textiles, blown glass, 3-D printed art, original artist prints, and body products. For more information, contact Leann Dzemske at email@example.com or call 651-492-5814.
Artspace Jackson Flats
901 18 1/2 Avenue NE, Minneapolis
November 23 through December 23, 10am-6pm
Northside Holiday Boutique. Clothing, jewelry, body care products, cards, bags, local artist-made crafts and more.
RBC Plaza, Suite 289
555 Nicollet Mall (Nicollet Mall and 6th Street S), Minneapolis
Friday, December 4, 6-9pm
Holiday on 44th. Family fun activities, roasted chestnuts and marshmallows, ice sculptures, music, crafts, storytellers and more.
Patrick Henry High School atrium
4320 Newton Avenue N, Minneapolis
Friday, December 18, 4-8pm and Saturday, December 19, 10am-4pm
Pop Up Holiday Boutique. A great way for those that live, work and spend time in North Minneapolis to do their holiday shopping in their own neighborhood.
1011 West Broadway, Minneapolis
Thursday, December 3, 6-8pm
Downtown Open House. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) invites the public to examine and comment on designs for parks and open spaces in downtown Minneapolis. These concepts were created after months of listening, careful planning and creative design work.
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Headquarters
2117 West River Road, Minneapolis
Saturday, December 5, 5-9pm and Sunday, December 6, noon-4pm
Fine Art Sale. Painting, photography, sculpture and jewelry
Traffic Zone Center for Visual Arts
250 3rd Avenue N, Minneapolis
Saturday, December 5, 11am-2pm
Gift drop off. The Link is accepting new and unwrapped gifts for older youth ages 16-21. For suggested gift and gift card ideas, visit northloop.org.
226 Washington Avenue N, Minneapolis
Sunday, December 6, 11am-2pm
Neighborhood Christmas Party. Food and holiday music.
Downtown Resource Group
700 Washington Avenue N, Suite 101, Minneapolis
November 26 through December 18
Toys For Tots collection. Bring new, unwrapped toys to the police department. Open 24 hours. For more information, contact Lt. Steve Johnson at 763-512-2503.
Golden Valley Police Department
7800 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley
Friday, December 4, 6-7:15pm
Supper with Santa. Pizza, music and a visit from Santa. Ages 2 and up with adult. Must pre-register. $10 kids $5 adults.
Brookview Community Center
200 Brookview Parkway, Golden Valley
December 4 through December 18
Mailbox to the North Pole. Drop off letters to Santa Claus' special Direct-to-the-North Pole mailbox. Include a full name and address for replies.
Brookview Community Center
200 Brookview Parkway, Golden Valley
Friday, December 11, 5-9pm
Winter trail grand opening. Fat bike trail demos, fattyshack activities, and more. For more information, visit brookviewgolf.com.
Monday, December 14, 1pm
Holiday Tea. Music and refreshments. Bring your tea cup. $9. Register by December 7.
Brookview Community Center
200 Brookview Parkway, Golden Valley
Saturday, December 19
Skating rink opening day. For park locations and times, visit goldenvalleymn.gov.
Thursday, December 31, 7-10pm
New Year's Eve event. Bring the family and enjoy extended hours for skating and sledding. Open to all ages.
1856 Toledo Avenue N, Golden Valley
Tuesday, December 1, 11am-noon
Walk with a Doc. Each month a different doctor will lead a 45 minute walk that is open to all Plymouth community members.
Plymouth Creek Center Fieldhouse
14800 34th Avenue N, Plymouth
Saturday, December 5, 2-5pm
Old Fashioned Christmas. Free. Visit Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves and reindeer. Cookies, s'mores, sleigh rides, songs and holiday tales. This is also a toy drive. Bring new, unwrapped toys for children birth to 18.
Plymouth Creek Park
3625 Fernbrook Lane N, Plymouth
Thursday, December 31, 6-9pm
New Year's Eve event. Ring in the new year with family fun. Ice skating, crafts, face painting, entertainment, swimming, inflatables, food, games and open gym time. $10 per person, if pre-registered by 4:30 p.m. Dec. 31. $13 at the door. No cost for children younger than age 2. To register, call 763-509-5200 or visit ci.plymouth.mn.us.
Plymouth Ice Center/Life Time Fitness
3650 Plymouth Boulevard, Plymouth
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