March District 3 News


March 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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Fix-It Clinics

Get free, guided assistance from handy volunteers on disassembling, troubleshooting and repairing small household appliances, clothing, electronics, mobile devices and more at an upcoming Fix-It Clinic.

Saturday, April 23 from noon to 4 p.m. at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Rec Center in south Minneapolis

Saturday, May 14 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Gramercy Park Cooperative in Richfield

For more information or to volunteer, contact Nancy Lo at or 612-348-9195.


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




I hope you enjoy this month's District 3 newsletter. Visit our website to find more ways to connect with the county.  
As ever, please be in touch any time.

My best,



The Greene Room: Behind the Scenes on Public Policy

This is the first in a series of issue forums hosted by my office. These forums will reflect the current policy arena, build on candid analysis, and encourage creative thinking.

Our first Greene Room will focus on building wealth and access to credit and banking services in under-served communities. Who has bank accounts and who doesn't? Do paychecks sometimes enable predatory banking? Are there alternatives to traditional bank accounts that would better serve peoples' needs? 

The Greene Room: Bankedness in Hennepin County
Wednesday, April 6th, 7-8PM

Bryant Lake Bowl

We'll be sending out more information in the next few weeks. I Hope to see you there!


Register now for free open data code-a-thon event, Geo:Code 2.0

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

Event details: 

  • Saturday and Sunday, March 5 and 6
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • University of Minnesota Robert H. Bruininks Hall, Room 412, 222 Pleasant Street SE, Minneapolis

Event organizers want to generate a cross section of coders, cartographers, data visualizers, designers, developers, dreamers, makers, mappers, students and technologists. Learn more and register for Geo:Code 2.0 at

This year’s event is hosted by Open Twin Cities, Anoka County, Carver County, the Citizen’s League, city of Minneapolis, city of St. Paul, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs—University of Minnesota, Dakota County, Hennepin County, Metro GIS, MnGeo, Ramsey County, Scott County and Washington County. 


Volunteer with Hennepin

Contribute a few hours each month to help people in need in your community through the Human Services and Public Health Department of Hennepin County! Find a volunteer opportunity that works for you. We have many downtown opportunities that range from greeting, navigating, and interacting with clients at Human Service Centers, to helping clients with computer usage and online applications, to collecting, sorting, and packing school supplies for the Backpack Challenge pictured above. 

Volunteers gain experiences with individuals from all sorts of different language and cultural backgrounds. Volunteers will receive the necessary training and also get reimbursed for travel and parking expenses.

Join the Hennepin County Volunteer and Community Partnership Program! If you have any questions, email or call 612-348-9900. To apply to volunteer please fill out this application

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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.

Bruce Spanier

Bruce Spanier is a resident of the Bronx Park neighborhood in St. Louis Park, and is a Supervising Engineering Technician in the Design Division of Public Works Transportation Department.

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

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Board meeting highlights

Blue Line Extension design component approved

The board voted to approve the physical design component of the preliminary plans for the Bottineau Light Rail Transit Project, also known as the METRO Blue Line Extension. 

Read the Bottineau Light Rail Transit Project resolution.

Read about plans for the Metro Blue Line corridor.

Grants awarded to clean up contaminated sites

The board awarded eight Environmental Response Fund grants to fund asbestos and lead paint abatement and contaminated soil assessment and cleanup at contaminated sites where the added environmental costs hinder site improvements or redevelopment. The following projects were awarded:

  • City of Lakes Community Land Trust for asbestos and lead paint abatement associated with the renovation of four houses that will be owner-occupied, affordable housing.
  • City of St. Louis Park for contaminated soil cleanup associated with the expansion of an outdoor recreation center.
  • Hennepin County Resident and Real Estate Services to demolish hazardous and contaminated buildings on the tax-forfeited former Universal Plating facility site in Minneapolis.
  • Minnesota Brownfields to continue the Brownfields Gap Financing Program, which provides small environmental assessment grants to municipalities and nonprofit organizations.
  • Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board for disposal of contaminated soil that will be excavated during construction of a walking and biking trail on the east bank of the Mississippi River in northeast Minneapolis.
  • Perspectives, Inc. for contaminated soil cleanup associated with development of a new parking lot that will facilitate the expansion of Perspective’s adjacent family center.

Read more about the Environmental Response Fund process and grantees.

Funding increase to help Public Health Clinic work to prevent HIV spread

The Minnesota Department of Health has increased a grant for HIV health education and risk reduction services in Hennepin County. The total grant to the Hennepin County Public Health Clinic now is $1.1 million over five years. In Minnesota, approximately 7,200 people have been diagnosed with HIV; about 4,000 of them live in Hennepin County. The Hennepin County Public Health Clinic is the largest STD/HIV testing and counseling site in Minnesota, diagnosing more STDs/HIV than any other single site in the state.  

Read more about the Public Health Clinic’s work to stop HIV.

Federal legislative platform approved

The board approved the 2016 federal legislative platform asking the Minnesota members of Congress to support the county’s transportation, health and human services, HCMC, criminal justice and housing and community development requests. 

Read the summary of Hennepin County's federal legislative platform.

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.

March 10
Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin County

March 24
Capital investment/libraries: future service strategies

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