Hennepin Report - October 2013




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Peter McLauglin
Commissioner, 4th District

Brian Shekleton
Principal Aide

Dorothy Rucker



This district serves parts of east and downtown Minneapolis, and Fort Snelling.


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Revitalizing urban land to help kids play and learn

El Colegio

This video demonstrates how El Colegio, a bilingual charter school in south Minneapolis that repurposed an old grocery store on Bloomington Avenue to be a school and community asset. They turned an old loading dock with contaminated dirt into a recreational space with a soccer field, basketball court, garden, and patio/outdoor classroom.  El Colegio leveraged a variety of funds to build this in a way that produces almost no storm water runoff by combining $345,023 from Hennepin County’s Environmental Response Funds, $118,500 from the County’s Youth Sports Grants, and $124,362 from a Low Impact Development grant from the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.

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Free Discount Prescription Card

Hennepin County has teamed up with Coast2CoastRx to initiate a free Discount Prescription Card. This free card will help save up to 75% on prescriptions. There are approximately 60, 000 participating Pharmacies, there’s no paperwork to fill out and the coverage will include many pet prescriptions as well. For more information about the Free Discount Prescription Card please visit Coast2CoastRx .

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Green Partners Environmental Education Program

Green Partners

Hennepin County is attempting a unique way to engage and empower residents with the goal of improving and protecting our environment. The green partners Environmental Education Program is working with a variety of organizations to expand current activities and with new strategies. Partners like the Will Steger Foundation, the Freshwater Society, and the Center School, Inc. amongst other, will focus on waste reduction, water protection, and environmental education to better and safeguard our environment.

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Hennepin County enters into master banking agreements

The board authorized the chair of the board and county administrator to sign master banking agreements with US Bank NA and Wells Fargo Bank NA. Earlier this year, Hennepin County released a request for proposal (RFP) for banking services that for the first time asked respondents to include information about community presence and responsibility in their commercial and residential lending in Hennepin County. The RFP also included a requirement that any proposing banks submit data and answers to questions about local presence, consumer banking, small business and home mortgage lending practices and results. By responding to the RFP, banks who enter into agreements with the county agree to submit updates to that data during the term of the agreement.

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Transit Ridership is up again.


Transit Ridership has been up in eight of the last ten quarters. To see the full stats please click this link Ridership .

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