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The 2nd District serves the cities of Golden Valley, Medicine Lake, north and northeast Minneapolis, southeast Plymouth and St. Anthony.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hosted by Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis, and the City of Golden Valley.
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 www.hennepin.us/boardmeetings.
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.
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 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 Hennepin.us/penn
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
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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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.
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: pancan.org/purpleforapurpose/.
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Saturday, November 1, 9am-1pm
Tri-City Electronics Recycling Collection Event
3301 Silver Lake Road
Sunday, November 2, 3pm
St. Anthony Civic Orchestra Fall Concert
St. Anthony Community Center, 3301 Silver Lake Road
Monday, November 3, noon-7pm
Book sale at St. Anthony Library
2941 Pentagon Drive NE
Thursday, November 20, 5:30-8pm
Silverwood Park, 2500 County Road E
November 1- 23
Nimbus Theatre presents Strindberg's "Ghost Sonata"
1517 Central Avenue NE, Minneapolis
For show information and to purchase tickets, visit www.nimbustheatre.com
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 mspmusicexpo.com
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 email@example.com
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
Saturday, November 30, 2014
Celebrate Small Business Saturday
Visit northloop.org for more information.
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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