February District 3 News


February 2016

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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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Volunteers sought for vacancies on Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board

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

This board coordinates the management of water and related land resources in the watershed that drains into Lake Minnetonka and Minnehaha Creek. Because of the nature of the board, it is helpful for members to have a background in water conservation, development, law, engineering, environment or public administration. The deadline for applications is February 25, with interviews to be held at the following board committee meeting. Board members serve three-year terms. Meetings are held the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:45 p.m. at the district office.

For more information about these vacancies or other advisory board appointments, and to apply online, click here.  

Public hearing set: Tipping fees

The Hennepin County Board will hold a public hearing during its regular meeting on Thursday, February 23, which begins at 1:30 p.m., in the Board Room, Floor 24 of the Administration Tower, Government Center, 300 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis. The purpose of the hearing is to receive comments about the proposed gate rate tipping fee for municipal waste disposal at the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center and the Brooklyn Park Transfer Station.


Learn more about tipping fees.


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


Here's a quick look at the last 6 months. To see more, check my website under "Stay Connected."


District 3 in 2016



My office and Hennepin County have a lot in store in 2016. If you haven't had a chance to read my "District 3 in 2016" letter, that also includes a recap of 2015, you can find it here. As ever, please be in touch anytime.

My best,



Report gives a voice to survivors of youth sexual exploitation

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

The result is the report “Voices of Safe Harbor: Survivor and Youth Input for Minnesota’s Model Protocol on Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Youth." Commissioned by the Hennepin County No Wrong Door initiative and Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, and led by the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault, facilitators surveyed 72 survivors ages 12 to 46 on a variety of topics, including misperceptions, family, sexual health education, needs of survivors, what should happen to traffickers and buyers, and more.

First-hand statements from victims and survivors of sexual exploitation are rare and difficult to gather for a variety of reasons, including confidentiality concerns, fears of stigmatization or retaliation and a simple desire to move on with life and not look back. The report moves beyond familiar narratives to reveal a connection between sexual exploitation and survivors’ earlier experiences of abuse, neglect and social isolation, as well as their current experience of shaming, fear and institutional barriers to personal growth and transformation.  

Strong themes emerge from participants' testimony:

  • A need for strong, comprehensive sexual health eduaction, with an emphasis on healthy relationships, which many of the participants had never seen modeled in their lives
  • A desire for empathy from parents, friends, therapists and people who help them from the social services and law enforcement communities.
  • A need for cultural responsiveness among the people who are there to help them, not only in terms of race and cultural understanding, but in terms of sexual and gender identities and socioeconomic background


Learn more and access the report at www.hennepin.us/nowrongdoor

2016 board photo

Hennepin County Board elects leadership positions

At its annual organizational meeting on Tuesday, January 5, the Hennepin County Board unanimously voted to reappoint District 6 Commissioner Jan Callison as chair for 2016, and Commissioner Linda Higgins to serve as vice chair.

The board also established board committees and selected committee chairs:

Health and Human Services:
Commissioner Marion Greene, District 3 
Budget and Capital Investment:
Commissioner Randy Johnson, District 5
Public Works, Energy and Environment: 
Commissioner Mike Opat, District 1
Public Safety and Judiciary:
Commissioner Jeff Johnson, District 7
Libraries, Technology and General Government: 
Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, District 4
Intergovernmental Co-Chairs:
Commissioner Linda Higgins, District 2 and
Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, District 4

Acting as the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA), the board unanimously re-elected Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, District 4, as chair and Commissioner Jan Callison, District 6, as vice chair of the HCRRA. Acting as the Hennepin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) on January 11, the board re-appointed Commissioner Linda Higgins as chair of the HRA.

The county board usually meets Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. at the Hennepin County Government Center. You can find a complete schedule, meeting minutes and agendas at www.hennepin.us/boardmeetings

Board and committee meetings generally are live-streamed and on demand on the web, broadcast live on Metropolitan Cable Network Channel 6, and re-broadcast on Channel 6 on Fridays at 8 p.m..

Hennepin County Geo:Code 2.0

Last year, Hennepin County held its first ever open data event, and I was honored to be involved. The projects presented made use of many different types of data Hennepin County has made available, addressing a range of community interests and desires. Project teams completing the event were offered resources to continue their work and access to local start-up experts to help them should they wish to explore turning their idea into a business.

Geo:Code 2.0 is an opportunity for the county to expand upon that conversation. Our partners this year include Open Twin Cities, Anoka County, Carver County, the Citizen’s League, the City of Minneapolis, the City of St. Paul, the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota, Dakota County, Metro GIS, MnGeo, Ramsey County, Scott County and Washington County.

The event will be held March 5 and 6, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the University of Minnesota - Robert H. Bruininks Hall, Room 412 - 222 Pleasant Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.


To register please visit http://www.hennepin.us/geocode.

Grand Opening of the Central-Northeast Minneapolis Human Services Center

Hennepin County is opening human services centers throughout the county close to where residents live, work, and attend school, Join us on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Health Services Building at 525 Portland Avenue in Minneapolis for the grand opening of the Central-Northeast Minneapolis Human Services Center.

Each center provides access to the full range of financial, social and public health services the county offers. Come learn about the services Hennepin County provides at this new location, and take a tour of the new facility. For more information about our regional service centers, visit www.hennepin.us/hubs or call 612-348-3000. 


“Spirit of Roho” exhibit on display in Hennepin Gallery Feb. 1 - Feb. 26 for 2016 Black History Month

Illustrations, paintings, photography and craft will be on display in February, Black History Month, at the Hennepin Gallery in the Hennepin County Government Center. The exhibit will depict the diversity of creativity and culture in the metro Twin Cities among artists of color.

The exhibit, by the Roho Collective, features the work of local artists and reflects the various backgrounds of the artists. This month’s exhibition reflects on living in history and creating it daily with hopes of inspiring others to create art that has a strong and influential presence in our communities.

Roho Collective is a collaborative group of urban artists who act as a network for the exchange of knowledge and creative ideas between visual artists of color in the Midwest. 

The Hennepin Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Hennepin County Government Center, A Level, 300. The piece pictured is "The Bridge," by Jibrahn Ike.

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Hennepin County profile


To share more about the work of Hennepin County, we profile a county employee who lives in District 3. Each month spotlights a person from varying departments and occupations.

Denise Engen

Denise is a resident of the Fulton neighborhood, and is a Principal Planning Analyst in the Public Works Planning Department.

Click here to find out how Denise makes Hennepin County tick.

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Board meeting highlights

County board approves 2016 legislative platform

At its meeting January 26th, the Hennepin County Board approved its 2016 legislative platform. These are the priorities the board and county administration will support during pre-session committee meetings, and once the Legislature convenes in March.

In March of 2015, I made the trip to St. Paul to testify for SF 1078, which provides for data sharing within human services and health care systems. It passed the house and senate and was signed into law. I am always excited to share Hennepin success stories with my former colleagues at the capitol, and look forward to the opportunity to advocate for Hennepin County's platform this year as well.

To see the 2016 legislative platform, click here.

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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.

February 3
Detox / Crisis stabilization

February 14
Asset management and transportation

February 25
County role in emergency / Disaster response 

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