November 2014 News and Events in District 2

Commissioner Linda Higgins, Hennepin County, MN




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Linda Higgins
Commissioner, 2nd District

Tina Sanz
Principal Aide

Roshonda Royston
Administrative Secretary


The 2nd District serves the cities of Golden Valley, Medicine Lake, north and northeast Minneapolis, southeast Plymouth and St. Anthony.

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Youtube Bottineau virtual tour link

Join us at a community open house Wednesday, November 12:
North Minneapolis and
Golden Valley station areas
for Bottineau LRT

Wednesday, November 12
5:30 to 8 pm with welcome/presentation at 6 pm
University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center
2001 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis 

  • Get information on four station areas along the proposed METRO Blue Line Extension (Bottineau LRT)
  • Share ideas for bike, pedestrian and transit connections and development that will help neighborhoods near the stations thrive 
  • Learn about a related planning initiative for bus rapid transit on Penn Avenue connecting to the Blue Line Extension's Penn Avenue station

 Information/RSVP: 612-348-4454 or email

Hosted by Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis, and the City of Golden Valley.

Budget graph: estimated market value changes

Budget public hearings and meetings

The board launched a series of hearings to discuss the budget and gather public input. Meetings can be viewed live on Metro Cable Network/Channel 6 or online at 

All budget meetings are held in the Board Room on the 24th floor of the Hennepin County Government Center, 300 S. Sixth St. in downtown Minneapolis, and are open to the public. View the 2015 budget hearing schedule online.

Upcoming meetings: 

Tuesday, November 4
Public hearing on Hennepin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority levy and budget beginning at 1:30 p.m. 

Thursday, November 13
Public hearing on human services and public health budget from 10 a.m. to noon 

Friday, November 14
Public hearing on public safety budget from 10 a.m. to noon 

Tuesday, December 2 
Public meeting on the proposed budget and levies at 6 p.m. (Truth in Taxation meeting) 

Tuesday, December 16
The final county, Hennepin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority and Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority budgets and tax levies will be adopted beginning at 1:30 p.m.

More information: See the budget news release.

Penn Community Works

Penn Avenue Community Works
Open Houses to Shape the Future of Penn

Please attend one of the upcoming community open houses (see flier) to provide feedback on early redevelopment and street design concepts for the Penn Avenue corridor. The open houses will feature information on:

  • C Line bus rapid transit improvements coming in 2016, including an opportunity to weigh in on station locations
  • How Penn Avenue may be reconstructed in the future to better accommodate pedestrians, cars, trucks, buses and bikes
  • Alternative options for bike routes, both on and off Penn Avenue
  • Redevelopment possibilities at key commercial areas along the corridor, particularly at 44th Avenue, Lowry Avenue, West Broadway and Plymouth Avenue

Open houses are on:

Saturday, November 8, 2014
10 am to 12 noon
Folwell Park, 1615 Dowling Avenue N, Minneapolis

Thursday, November 13, 2014
6 to 8 pm
Harrison Recreation Center (Multipurpose Room), 503 Irving Ave N, Minneapolis

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
1 to 3 pm
North Regional Library, 1315 Lowry Avenue North (Meeting Room), Minneapolis.

For more information, visit

Picture of 911 Center in Plymouth

New 911 Emergency Communications Center Opens in Plymouth

Hennepin County and the Sheriff’s Office hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 3 to celebrate the construction of the new Hennepin County Sheriff’ s Office 911 Emergency Communications Facility (911 ECF) in Plymouth.

The 911 ECF is one of the largest consolidated dispatch centers in the Upper Midwest. It will handle approximately 600,000 telephone calls annually, which includes calls from 911, law enforcement information requests, and other calls.  It will provide dispatch services in 37 communities, 23 law enforcement agencies, 21 fire departments, and four EMS providers.

The 50,000 square-foot facility has three primary functions: 911 dispatch, a highlyadvanced data center, and a technical services unit that provides maintenance and repairs to approximately 8,000 interoperable radios and services 700 mobile data computers (MDCs) in squad cars and public safety vehicles such as fire trucks and ambulances. 

The 911 ECF replaces the current 911 facility in Golden Valley which was built in 1948 and among the many deficiencies in the aging facility; it lacked the capacity to keep pace with future call volume.

New Webber Park Library Update

Library Planning

The new Webber Park Library design team is eager to share the preliminary ideas that they have been developing this fall with the Northside community. The next community meeting for the new library will be held on Saturday, December 6 from 9 to 11 am at the Webber Community Center, 4400 Dupont Avenue N. Hennepin County staff and the project architects will review proposed library site plans and discuss early plan diagrams. For additional information on the Webber Park Library process, please visit the project’s website or contact Lois Lenroot-Ernt at (612) 543-8555.

Site Preparation and Deconstruction

Preparation of the site for the future Webber Park Library began earlier this fall. Site fencing was installed and soil sampling and analysis is underway. Deconstruction of the residential buildings began in early October and is expected to be complete in November. The deconstruction process is carefully coordinated to ensure materials are salvaged for reuse, recycling, or repurposing where possible.

RFI for Commercial Development

Hennepin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority released a Request for Interest to sell the surplus property located just south of the new library, located at 4414 Humboldt Avenue North. The county is seeking a party that proposes to remodel or redevelop the property in a manner that is complementary with the library and the community. Responses to the Request for Interest are due on November 21, 2014. Respondents are invited to display information on their responses at the December 6 community meeting. An update on the process will be provided at the community meeting as well.

For additional information on the 4414 Humboldt Avenue North property, please visit the RFI website or contact Thatcher Imboden at (612) 348-4191.

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Board news

October 28, 2014

County to recover 400 additional tons of metal from HERC ash

The board approved a contract to recycle ferrous metals from the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC), increasing metal recycling by 400 tons per year and reducing costs for ash disposal. Recycling these additional materials will provide $250,000 in annual revenue and save $150,000 per year in ash disposal. SKB Environmental, Inc. will install new equipment to recover more metal from the ash. More than 11,000 tons of scrap metal is recovered from HERC ash each year – more than double the amount of metal collected in curbside recycling programs in the county.

Board calls on Washington NFL team to change its name 

The Hennepin County board passed a resolution calling on the owner of the National Football League (NFL) team from Washington, D.C. to change the name of the team to one that is not offensive to American Indians or any other ethnic group. The use of the term “redskins” is objectionable to many American who consider it to be racist and derogatory. The Washington, D.C. council, many American Indian tribes in Minnesota and across the country, and other groups and individuals have called for the team to change its name. 

The resolution was adopted by the board with the pending game between the Minnesota Vikings and the team from Washington, D.C. on Sunday, November 2 at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota. 


PanCAN and Board group photo

Board declares November pancreatic cancer awareness month

The board declared November Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in Hennepin County. Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers and is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. African Americans have the highest incidence rate of pancreatic cancer – between 34 and 70 percent higher than other racial or ethnic groups. Increased awareness and research into early detection, causes and effective treatments will enhance the health and well-being of Hennepin County residents. Hennepin County will also light the Lowry Bridge purple on November 13 for "Purple for a Purpose Day". For more information on this Awareness Day on November 13 please visit:

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St. Anthony


  • November 1- 23
    Nimbus Theatre presents Strindberg's "Ghost Sonata"
    1517 Central Avenue NE, Minneapolis
    For show information and to purchase tickets, visit
  • Saturday, November 1, 9am-2pm
    Family History Fair at Central Library
    300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
  • Friday, November 7-Sunday, November 8
    Art Attack 2014 at the Northrup King Building
    Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson Street NE, Minneapolis
  • Sunday, November 9, 10am-4pm
    MSP Music Expo
    Ramada Plaza Minneapolis, 1330 Industrial Blvd
    Call 651-373-0065 or visit
  • Thursday, November 13, 2-3pm
    Elder Law Attorney David Fitch will present a free Seminar on veterans benefits
    MainStreet Lodge, 909 Main Street NE, Minneapolis
    For more information contact Robin at 612-605-2515 or
  • Saturday, November 15, 10am-3pm
    Edison High School Autumn Bazaar
    700 22nd Avenue NE, Minneapolis
  • Saturday, November 15, 10am-4pm
    Kringlefest Holday Bazaar
    Pope John Paul Catholic School, 1630 4th Street NE, Minneapolis
  • Tuesday, November 18, 5-7pm
    Catholic Eldercare is sponsoring Dealing with Dementia
    Practical Tips for the Caregiver
    RiverVillage Assisted Living, 2919 Randolph Street NE, Minneapolis


  • Wednesday, November 12, 5:30-8pm
    Bottineau Community Open House
    UROC Building, 2001 Plymouth Avenue N

North Loop

  • Saturday, November 30, 2014
    Celebrate Small Business Saturday 
    Visit for more information.

Bryn Mawr

Golden Valley

Medicine Lake


  • Saturday, November 1, 10am-12pm 
    Candy for the Troops. Donate your leftover Halloween 
    candy to be sent to our troops overseas.
    Fire Station II, 12000 Old Rockford Road
  • Sunday, November 2, noon-2:30pm
    2014 Kids Garage Sale
    Plymouth Creek Center, 14800 34th Avenue N
  • Monday, November 3, 8am-4:30pm
    Candy for the Troops. Donate your leftover Halloween candy to be sent to our troops overseas.
    Plymouth Public Safety Building, 3400 Plymouth Boulevard
  • Saturday, November 15, 10am-5pm and Sunday, November 16, noon-4pm
    Plymouth Arts Fair
    Plymouth Creek Center, 14800 34th Avenue N

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