April 2016 News and Events from Commissioner Linda Higgins

Commissioner Linda Higgins, Hennepin County, MN

APRIL 2016



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Happy Spring (even though Mother Nature is still deciding what to do)!

We have celebrated some major milestones this past month: board approval of the Penn Avenue plan and municipal consent for the METRO (Bottineau) Blue Line LRT as examples, and we are getting ready to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new Webber Park Library! Seeing these District 2 projects move closer to completion reminds me that it's these kinds of smart public investments that make us all stronger.

I hope to see you at the Webber Park Library groundbreaking April 12. Be sure to check out all the other great upcoming events this month. To stay in touch, think about subscribing to other interesting topics offered by Hennepin County.


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Penn Avenue Community Works passes a milestone

Penn Community Works

In the next five years, Penn Avenue will benefit from two major public investments:  Metro Transit's C Line bus rapid transit (BRT) service and the Hennepin County Penn Community Works coordinated redesign that includes streetscape improvements.  

The Penn Avenue Vision and Implementation Framework approved by the Hennepin County Board March 15 leverages those investments with a series of recommendations that are designed to stimulate economic development, promote beautification and enhance livability along the Penn Avenue corridor.  

The framework is the result of more than two years of planning with the people of North Minneapolis, Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis, and Metro Transit. It is intended to guide decision-making and future investments in multimodal transportation, land use, economic development, housing and placemaking.

Hennepin County will next be entering into another phase of engagement with community members, this time focused on implementation to advance the priorities related to business and job opportunities, placemaking, redevelopment, transit access, and bicycle connectivity.

For more information, visit the Hennepin Penn Avenue Community Works page.

Abbott, HCMC and the University of MN collaborate launch of study on traumatic brain injury

Researchers aim to develop a standard approach for evaluating and diagnosing traumatic brain injury, including concussion


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year, there are an estimated 2.2 million emergency department visits for traumatic brain injuries (TBI). For people with head injuries, quick evaluation and treatment are critical. That's why researchers at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) and the University of Minnesota are launching an innovative, comprehensive study in collaboration with Abbott to better identify the range of brain injuries among patients.

Speaking with the Hennepin County Board on March 15, "We know that there are different types of brain damage that can occur after trauma, whether it's a mild concussion or a severe injury," said neurosurgeon Uzma Samadani, M.D., Ph.D., Rockswold Kaplan Endowed Chair for TBI Research at HCMC, associate professor at the University of Minnesota and one of the lead investigators of the study. "Our goal with this study is to combine multiple assessment techniques to quickly assess the severity of brain injuries and enable clinicians to provide appropriate treatments." Read more of this post

Save the date - Webber Park Library groundbreaking

Tuesday, April 12, 5 pm at 4440 Humboldt Ave N

Webber groundbreaking

Hennepin Health

Hennepin Health program now to include families

Hennepin Health managed care has expanded their healthcare to include families. While Hennepin Health has provided quality care to adults for four years, we are now excited and honored to incorporate services for children as well. 

Hennepin Health is a managed care program that offers medical, behavioral health and social services for those who are:

-A resident of Hennepin County

-Between the ages of 0 and 64

-Eligible for Medical Assistance (Medicaid) or MinnesotaCare

Hennepin Health is provided in partnership with NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, the Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department, and Hennepin County Medical Center.

Since the beginning of 2016 Hennepin Health started working with a small group of families. These families will receive the same integrated services that have made Hennepin Health an innovator in the healthcare field. When providing care, these services consider a patient’s physical health, mental health, and social needs. This integrated care ensures the patient receives the best possible outcome while still managing costs.    

MinnPost photo by I. Hirsi

MinnPost photo by Ibrahim Hirsi  

Career Connections partner logos

News Alert: Hennepin County reduces unnecessary job requirements to open up hiring opportunities

MinnPost writer Ibrahim Hirsi recently interviewed Hennepin County Workforce Development Director John Thorson for the March 28, 2016, article “Hennepin County reduces unnecessary job requirements to open up hiring opportunities.”

As reported a few newsletters ago, Hennepin County is changing hiring practices to better reflect the work that employees do and services our county residents need. Through the Career Connections program, the county and its partners guide people onto career paths that include training, work experience and professional support once people are hired.

I encourage you to read this article to learn more about this fantastic program. Further information about this program is at hennepin.us/your-government/projects-initiatives/workforce.

tax help

Tax Day is just around the corner. Find help with your taxes

Reminder: The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free, individualized tax preparation for low-to moderate-income taxpayers - especially those 60 and older. Find a location near you by visiting http://www.aarp.org/taxaid and click AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Locator.

In addition, income tax filers who made under $62,000 in 2015 and have a simple return can file free at myfreetaxes by the United Way.

smART pass

Free SmART pass via your library

Use your library card to get free and discounted tickets to arts performances and museums.

A new pilot program launched in March to showcase what Twin Cities arts and museum organizations have to offer. Library card holders can reserve one pair of free admission tickets to each of the participating organizations. In addition to the free events, the website also offers discounted admissions in a separate tab.

Partnering organizations include the Bell Museum of Natural History, the Hennepin History Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Stages Theatre Company, the Ordway, and other local theaters and museums.

The smARTpass program is available to anyone in the Twin Cities with a library card. Get your free library card at any Hennepin County Library location or online. Find the site on hclib.org Arts & Culture page or go directly to smARTpass.melsa.org.

HHM Pets

Hennepin History Museum brings Hennepin history to life

Speaking of the smART Pass, reserve your free passes to check out the Hennepin History Museum (HHM)! Founded in 1938 as the Hennepin County Historical Society, HHM is dedicated to bringing the diverse history of Hennepin County and its residents to life through exhibitions, library, collections, and educational programs (more at hennepinhistory.org) Coming events include:


[HOT TICKET!] Hennepin County Wags its Tail: 150 Years of People and their Pets

March 26 through September 18, 2016. This large and diverse collection will entertain history buffs and pet lovers alike. See a Minneapolis pet license from 1896, documenting the legal licensing of a black and white dog named Sport, giving us a glimpse into the lives of Hennepin County dogs 120 years ago (Note: this exhibit was featured by M.A. Roscoe of Fox9)

HHM cycle

High Wheels!, a new exhibition at HHM. Guest curated by the Cycling Museum of Minnesota. Opens March 31.         

Minneapolis' love affair with cycling began in the 1880s when the high wheel bicycle became widely available. In this decade, thousands of high wheels hit the streets, the first cycling clubs began to meet, and Minneapolis gained national prominence as a hot bed for six-day racing.  This exhibit will include half a dozen different types of high wheels, assorted trophies, photographs, and cycling accessories, and an interactive experience allowing visitors to pedal a stationary high wheel.

Read more about the 1880's bike exhibition in Steve Brandt's Star Tribune article here.

Other events include Fireside Chats on April 10 (2 pm), A History of Many Glacier Hotel in Glacier National Park, Montana and April 24 (2 pm), Mapping the Second Golden Age of Bicycling. Visit hennepinhistory.org for further information.

++Note: Visiting the museum at this time does require the use of stairs.

Bottineau GV potential station

Rendering of potential station at Golden Valley Road, south of the rail overpass

Blue Line Extension (Bottineau) successfully gains municipal consent

The METRO Blue Line Extension LRT Project is one step closer to becoming a reality after gaining approval for municipal consent from all five cities that will host the line. Project staff are now focused on designing 13.5 miles of double track, 11 stations and the operations and maintenance facility.

They’ll also be advancing designs of LRT bridges, four park-and-ride facilities, other support structures, trails and reconstructed roads and bridges.

“Successfully gaining municipal consent speaks to the strength of this project,” said Adam Duininck, Met Council Chair. “… A robust, regional transit system stimulates job growth and investment in new businesses.”

The Blue Line Extension Project – often called the Bottineau LRT – will expand the existing Blue Line from Target Field in downtown Minneapolis into the northwest suburbs through Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, Crystal and Brooklyn Park.

In August 2016, staff will finalize the 30 percent design plans and specifications and apply with the Federal Transit Administration to enter the Engineering phase of the project. Heavy construction is set to occur in 2018–2020, with passenger service beginning in 2021.

What’s next for the Blue Line Extension?

With municipal consent action now complete, the Blue Line Extension Project staff will continue to advance their work.

Engineering will progress from the current 15 percent level of design to 30 percent by late summer, when they will seek technical feedback from the cities’ and county’s public works departments. At that time, the project’s scope and $1.496 billion cost estimate will be updated.

The Final Environmental Impact Statement is expected to be published in summer 2016.

For the full story from the Metropolitan Council, see article here.

Poison help

MN Poison Control System highlights tips for child safety

The Minnesota Poison Control System and Safe Kids Minnesota are reminding parents and caregivers that children are at risk and offer practical suggestions to keep them safe. “Poisonings can happen anytime, anywhere, and to anyone,” said Kirk Hughes, education director and poison specialist with the system’s Poison Center, “and last year nearly half of the poison exposures recorded in Minnesota were among children under the age of six.”

The Minnesota Poison Control System is located at Hennepin County Medical Center. The Poison Center is designated by the Minnesota Department of Health to provide poison information and consultative services to the entire State of Minnesota. The call center is available 24/7/365. It’s free and confidential.

The Poison Center and Safe Kids Minnesota offer simple, potentially life-saving tips:

– Program the nationwide Poison Help number (1-800-222-1222) into your cell or home phones.

– Keep medicines and household products in their original containers.

– Keep all medicines and household products up high and out of sight or locked up. If visitors are expected in your home, make sure suitcases and purses are stored out of children's reach; remind visitors to take responsibility for their own medications. See more

Plymouth Parks campaign

'Spotted in Plymouth Parks' campaign

Community members enjoying Plymouth’s parks and trails may soon get their 15 minutes of fame – and a prize from the Parks and Recreation Department.

The City of Plymouth is launching Spotted in Plymouth Parks – a new campaign to highlight the variety of ways residents and community members use Plymouth’s parks and trails.

How it Works
City staff will visit various locations in Plymouth a few times each month to “spot” an individual or group using a park. Prizes will be awarded and a photo will be shared on the city’s social media sites, using the hashtag #PlymouthParks. View Plymouth’s parks, trails and amenities; View information about Plymouth's dog parks (PDF).

 “Plymouth has a lot to offer the community – a nationally certified parks and trails system, three dog parks, beaches, playgrounds, open spaces for sports, tennis courts and more,” said Plymouth Recreation Supervisor Jessica Koch, “This summer, we hope to showcase some of the fun activities happening in our parks.”

Facebook: Facebook.com/plymouthmn
Twitter: @PlymouthMN_gov

Chief Ohl retirement

St. Anthony Police Chief John Ohl retiring

Police Chief John Ohl has worked with the St. Anthony Police Department for 33 years and has planned his last day with the department to be June 3. A joint retirement celebration for Chief Ohl and Captain Dominic Cotroneo is scheduled June 2 at the St. Anthony City Council Chambers.

Many thanks to Chief Ohl for his years of public service (including National Night to Unite) and best wishes for a happy retirement!


Hennepin County Career Connections

Working for Hennepin County Human Services

When you look up “Human Services” on the Hennepin County web page, an A to Z directory pops up as a choice with services including Adoption, Adult Protection, Early Childhood Intervention, and all the way to Work Supports.

In addition to financial, medical, training and employment programs, the department collects child support, provides services to people who are disabled, provides aid to the elderly, inspects restaurants, works with communities to reduce chronic disease, investigates disease outbreaks and protects our most vulnerable populations of children and adults.

Hennepin County's HSPHD has goals to assure that people’s basic needs are met and that we develop self-reliant communities and individuals.

This month’s employee is Shata Sisaleumsak, a Supervisor in HSPHD (click here for a short video). Shata says, “What I like most about my job is working with the people who are dedicated to their clients [and] dedicated to the agency in helping clients towards self-sufficiency.”

For more information about current open jobs with Hennepin County - including jobs with HSPHD - visit the “Working at Hennepin County” link (also at left).

US Bank Stadium Community Resource Fairs April 5, 6 and 7.

US Bank stadium hiring fair

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Board news

March 1

Elections equipment, office upgrades move forward with e-poll books, space to process absentee ballots

The County Board approved a $4.5 million contract with KNOWiNK Election Software. The plan to replace paper voter rosters with electronic poll books will provide increased consistency and efficiencies and will provide critical communication on Election Day, essential to the managing and processing absentee ballots in a timely manner. Secure, wireless communication will allow Hennepin County to update polling place rosters with the most current absentee ballot status information without interrupting or delaying operations in the polling place.

In a separate action, the board also approved the schematic design for new Elections office space at 701 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis. This project includes design, construction and furnishings needed to renovate the 18th floor to meet the new requirements of expanded absentee ballot processing tasks during election seasons, and to serve as multipurpose flex work and conference space for countywide use at other times. 


Grant will expand mobile mental health crisis services

The County Board accepted a grant of nearly $743,000 from the Minnesota Department of Human Services to continue and expand the county’s mobile mental health crisis services for adult and children. The allocation replaces the Children’s Crisis and West Metro Adult Crisis grants, and includes a $340,321 increase over the 2015 allocation. The program will add two full-time equivalent positions to improve coverage and make other improvements to address access, timeliness and cultural competence.

Learn more about Hennepin County’s mobile mental health crisis services.

Michaud appointed as acting Public Works administrator

The board appointed Carl Michaud acting assistant county administrator of Public Works. He fills the position recently held by Debra Brisk, who resigned the position last month. For many years, Carl has led the Environmental Services department and has a keen understanding of this work as well as the departments in Public Works.  This acting appointment is effective immediately.

Delta Dental grant will fund new dental clinic at HCMC

A $4.6 million grant will fund the Delta Dental Oral Health Center at HCMC, to be located in the hospital's new $220.8 million clinic and specialty building. The grant will also fund in-clinic dental services for the highly complex patients who receive care in the HCMC Coordinated Care Clinic. The clinic  will treat the 85 percent of HCMC’s dental patients who are covered by public programs, are uninsured, or qualify as low-income residents. In addition, the clinic will provide enhanced patient-centered care for all patients, especially children and people with special needs. The Delta Dental Oral Health Center at HCMC will increase oral health care access by approximately 60 percent, to reach 27,500 patient visits a year.

Advisory board appointments

Capitol Budgeting Task Force

The board appointed two at-large members.

  • Ying Vu
  • Larry Blackstad

Library Board

The board selected two at-large members. One more will be appointed at the next meeting. 

  • Jonathan Gaw
  • Caitlin Cahill (incumbent)

Learn more about opportunities to get involved in Hennepin County citizen advisory boards.  

March 15

Grant will promote lead education, eradication

The board approved three contracts to help create safe and healthy homes as part of Hennepin County’s 2015 Lead Hazard Reduction Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These contacts with Sustainable Resources Center and the St. Paul-Ramsey County Department of Public Health will bring about at least 185 hazard reduction projects and at least 200 in-home lead education. More than half of those will take place in Hennepin County. 

Read about the efforts to reduce lead poisoning in Hennepin County.

New funding will offset cost of additional sheriff's deputies

The board voted to accept a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community-Oriented Policing Services, to offset tthe cost of employing two additional law enforcement officers over three years, in an effort to increase community policing capacity. 

Board sets fee for solid waste delivered to transfer station, HERC

The board established a fee of $85 per ton for mixed municipal solid waste delivered to the Brooklyn Park Transfer Station and Hennepin Energy Recovery Center by waste haulers who do not have waste delivery agreements with the county. This is an increase from $65 per ton and was established in order to minimize the amount of unexpected waste being delivered to county facilities. The fee covers the county’s cost of transporting and managing excess waste in accordance with state law and requirements of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The county has waste delivery agreements with most, but not all, licensed municipal solid waste haulers for disposing of waste at county facilities. These haulers pay a tipping fee of $55 per ton up to a maximum delivery amount established by the county, after which the fee is $85 per ton.

Read more about the county's changes to the gate-tipping fee.

Citizen advisory board appointments

The following Hennepin County residents were selected to participate.

Minnehaha Creek Watershed District

  • Brian Shekleton
  • William Becker

Hennepin County Library Board

  • Sam Neisen

Adult Mental Health Local Citizens Advisory Boards


  • Oduwa Aganmwonyi
  • Carrie Franstead


  • Leslie Kreofsky
  • Colleen Livermore
  • Chakita Lewis


  • Shelley Burns
  • Danae Curtis

At large

  • Rick Crispino
  • Angela Conley

Learn about Hennepin County's Citizen Advisory Boards.

Youth Sports Program capital and equipment grants awarded

The County Board approved five facility projects and 21 small equipment grants. They will be funded through the Hennepin County Youth Sports Program, excess sales tax proceeds earmarked to expand library hours and promote youth sports activities. The Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission administers the grant process and makes funding recommendations.

Since the program began in 2009, the county has awarded $17.4 million to 108 facility projects and 179 small equipment projects.

2016 playground projects

$25,000 for Riverbend Park

Long Lake
$25,000 for Nelson Park

$25,000 for Triangle Park

Village of Minnetonka Beach
$25,000 for Halfmoon Park and City Hall Park

Intermediate School District #287
$25,000 for South Education Center

2016 equipment grants 

$7,465 for two full size soccer goals and four youth soccer goals at Christian Park and Richfield STEM School

$2,450 for a pitching machine, three hitting tees, four bownets and a line marker at Lee, Spanjers and Manor parks

Saint Bonifacius
$9,995 for a backstop, dugout, outfield fencing, infield materials, batting cage, shed and accessories at Towns Edge Park

Elk River Area School District #728
$8,368 for gaga ball pits at Hassan Elementary School

Minneapolis Public Schools

  • $2,798 for glass backboards at Anwatin Middle School
  • $5,290 for a wrestling mat at Edison High School
  • $1,870 for three volleyball nets, football down markers, two drinking stations and an equipment wagon at North High School
  • $7,699 for a discus cage at Patrick Henry High School
  • $3,909 for eight portable soccer goals, eight nets and a storage container at Washburn High School
  • $2,500 for 40 hurdles at Washburn High School
  • $3,399 for two full size soccer goals at Southwest High School
  • $3,118 for two glass backboards at Roosevelt High School
  • $1,500 for a soccer passing machine at South High School
  • $8,500 for a wrestling mat at North Commons Recreation Center
  • $10,000 for gym floor refinishing at Martin Luther King Park
  • $6,700 for bleachers at Luxton Park
  • $4,000 for four youth soccer goals at Hiawatha School Park

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
$10,000 for bleachers at Bossen Field

Richfield Public Schools
$10,000 for six youth soccer goals at Richfield Middle School

Robbinsdale Public Schools #281
$7,500 for a utility vehicle and groomer at Armstrong High School

Three Rivers Park District
$5,464 for 20 sets of youth skis at Elm Creek Regional Park 

Learn about the Youth Sports Program.

State of the County speech to be held April 19

County Board Chair Jan Callison will deliver the 2016 State of the County address on Tuesday, April 19, at 9 a.m. The public event will be held at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins. 


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St. Anthony

  • Friday, April 1, 7pm
    Swing dance. All are welcome. Live music. $5. Children under 5 are free. 
    St. Anthony High School/Middle School
    3303 33rd Avenue NE, St. Anthony
  • Saturday, April 2, 8-10am 
    Pancake breakfast. Pancakes, eggs and sausage. $10
    2800 39th Avenue NE, St. Anthony
  • Tuesday, April 19, 6pm
    Rain barrel workshop. Pre-registration is required. For more information, visit ci.saint-anthony.mn.us.
    St. Anthony Council Chambers
    3301 Silver Lake Road, St. Anthony
  • St. Anthony Community Theater (SACT) will have a Dance Workshop, Sunday, April 10, 1-2:30pm, for grades 2-8, and Sunday, April 24, 1-2:30pm, for grades 9-12 and adults, at Fitness Crossroads, 2912 Pentagon Drive, Minneapolis.  Learn how to dance well enough to audition for community theater. SACT will have an Improv Workshop, Monday, April 11, 7-8:30pm, for grades 2-8, and Monday, April 18, 7-8:30pm, for grades 9-12 and adults, at the St. Anthony Village Community Center, 3301 Silver Lake Road, #B, St. Anthony. $20 for the first family member, $15 for each additional family member, maximum of $50 per family. To register, visit sactheater.org.


  • Saturday, April 2, 6-9pm
    Sock hop. Food, dancing, hula hoop contest, bubble gum blowing contest, limbo, costume contest and silent auction. Dress in ’50s-style clothing. $5, includes hot dog, chips, and a drink. For more information, call 612-296-7283 or visit nenorthnews.com.
    East Side Neighborhood Services
    1700 2nd Street NE, Minneapolis
  • Sunday, April 3, 5pm
    Hot dish revolution. Doors open at 4pm for entries, to be dropped off no later than 4:30pm. Dinner seating at 5pm. 
    $5 for those entering hot dish or Jell-O, $15 without. $5 for kids 5-12, under 5 free. NE Brew District beer tasting $10 per flight. For more information, visit nenorthnews.com.
    St. Maron’s Cedars Hall
    602 University Avenue NE, Minneapolis
  • Tuesdays, April 5 and 19, 9:30am
    Employment orientation. Low-income Hennepin County residents who are 55 and older, who are interested in paid on-the-job training in a variety of community-based settings are encouraged to attend. Seeking those with interest or practice in administrative skills, driving experience, security, and janitorial, to name a few. For more information, visit esns.org, or call Macey at 612-787-4090.
    East Side Neighborhood Services
    1700 2nd Street NE, Minneapolis
  • Saturday, April 9, 11am-4pm
    Dog day at the California Building. Social dogs and their owners are invited to explore more than 25 artist studios. Meet local artists and wander through six floors of art studios and gallery spaces. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit nenorthnews.com.
    California Building
    2205 California Street NE, Minneapolis
  • Saturday, April 16, 9am-1pm
    Senior driving improvement refresher class. The class will teach and refresh defensive driving skills for drivers age 55 and older. Updated laws, new vehicle technology, road information and road rage prevention. Offered to those who have already completed the eight-hour class and want to keep earning a 10 percent discount on their auto premiums for the next three years. $22. To register or learn more, call 1-888-234-1294.
    East Side Neighborhood Services
    1700 2nd Street NE, Minneapolis
  • Saturday, April 23, 7:30am
    Earth Day 2016 5K Bee Run/Walk/River Cleanup. Registration opens at 7:30am; run/walk begins at 9am; river cleanup starts at 9:30am. Bags and gloves will be provided. Paid participants will receive a long sleeved tech shirt, honey packets, and a bee headband. $35 ($30 before March 26) and $40 on race day. Kids 6 and younger are free. To register, visit greatrivercoalition.com.
    Boom Island Park
    700 Sibley Avenue NE, Minneapolis
  • Thursday, April 28, 6-9pm
    Raingarden workshop. Planting for pollinators, with an overview of a do-it-yourself approach to raingardens and native plants. $15. To register or for a full list of locations, visit metroblooms.org or call 651-699-2426.
    Audubon Park
    1320 29th Avenue NE, Minneapolis 


  • Saturday, April 9, 9am-noon
    STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Expo. Various programs and projects will be showcased. Free. To participate in this event and for location, contact mpls.scna@gmail.com or visit shinglecreekmpls.org.
  • Saturday, April 9, 10am-noon
    Spring gardening workshop. Art and architecture in the garden.
    Webber Park
    4400 Dupont Avenue N, Minneapolis
  • April 13 through May 9
    Street sweeping. Drivers should watch for temporary "No Parking" signs to avoid a ticket and tow. Temporary "No Parking" signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance to make sure streets are clear of parked vehicles. Parking will be banned 7am to 4:30pm on the day a street is swept. The City will make about 3,500 automated phone calls each evening to let residents know their street will be swept the next day. Residents should not push leaves, grass clippings, or anything else into city streets - it’s bad for lakes and waterways and it’s against the law. For information on when specific streets will be swept, visit minneapolismn.gov.
  • Saturday, April 23, 9:30am-noon
    Shingle Creek clean-up. Gloves and bags provided. Light lunch from 11:30am-noon. For meeting location, contact mpls.scna@gmail.com.
  • Saturday, May 21, 1-4pm
    Raingarden workshop. Planting for pollinators, with an overview of a do-it-yourself approach to raingardens and native plants. Free. To register or for a full list of locations, visit metroblooms.org or call 651-699-2426.
    North Regional Library
    1315 Lowry Avenue N, Minneapolis
  • The Minneapolis Fire Department is taking applications from men and women ages 18-30 for a certification course in Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Those who are interested should view eligibility requirements at minneapolismn.gov/fire and attend an information session Tuesday, April 5, 6:30-8 pm, at Minneapolis Urban League, 2100 Plymouth Avenue N, Minneapolis; Thursday, April 7, 6:30-8 pm, at Sabathani Community Center, 310 38th Street E, Minneapolis; or Saturday, April 9,1-2:30 pm, at Minneapolis Urban League, or 4-5:30 pm, at Sabathani Community Center. Applications can be submitted at minneapolismn.gov/jobs under “Internship Opportunities.” The Fire Department offers the EMS Pathways Academy with Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) to train Minneapolis residents as emergency medical technicians. Twenty-five candidates will be accepted into the program. Graduates will get preference points on the Fire Department entrance exam. Graduates will be eligible to apply at HCMC for jobs in EMS, and if hired, have the option of further education for paramedic certification. There’s no cost to trainees. Trainees will be considered City of Minneapolis student interns and will earn $14.93 hourly to take this college-level course two days a week for 12 weeks.

North Loop

  • Thursday, March 31, 5-8pm and Thursday, April 28
    Date Night. Explore North Loop. Enjoy horse and carriage rides to your shopping and dining destinations, along with special events, amusements and discounts. For more information and a list of stores, visit northloop.org.
  • Wednesday, April 6, 7-9pm
    Opera 101. Selections of opera through the ages, offering history, background, and stories to accompany. Free. To register, visit northloop.org.
    Weisman Art Museum
    University of MN Campus
    333 E River Parkway, Minneapolis
  • Saturday, April 23, 8am-5pm
    Earth Day clean-up. Bags and gloves will be provided by the City of Minneapolis and will be available for pick up any time the week prior to the event at Corner Coffee. For more information, contact Scott Woller at Scott@cornerchurch.tv
  • Saturday, April 30, 11am-3pm
    Teen Job and Opportunity Fair. This is a great opportunity for young people (14-19 years) to connect with employers and organizations that are offering jobs, internships, career education, job readiness training, and volunteer positions for teens. The teens will also be able to attend workshops to learn about how to get a job. For more information, visit minneapolismn.gov or contact Pat Behrend at pat.behrend@minneapolismn.gov.

Golden Valley

  • Thursday, March 31, 5-7pm
    Join us for an informational open house to determine the feasibility of constructing a bikeway along the Wayzata Blvd corridor. For more information, visit goldenvalleymn.gov.
    Sabes Jewish Community Center
    4330 Cedar Lake Road, St. Louis Park
  • Saturday, April 2, 11am
    Driving range and tennis courts open. For more information, visit goldenvalleymn.gov.
  • Thursday, April 21, 9-10:30am
    Coffee with a Cop. Drop by for a cup of coffee and conversation with Golden Valley police officers.
    720 Winnetka Avenue N, Golden Valley
  • April 25 through May 13
    Spring brush pick-up. Place tree limbs and brush at the curb for collection and disposal. For more information, visit goldenvalleymn.gov or call 763-593-8030.

Medicine Lake


  • Wednesday, April 6, 3pm
    Yard waste site opening. For days and hours, visit plymouthmn.gov.
    Plymouth Yard Waste drop-off site
    14900 23rd Avenue N, Plymouth
  • Friday, April 8, 6-9pm and Saturday, April 9, 9am-1pm
    Home Expo. Gather up home improvement and landscaping ideas for upcoming projects.
    Plymouth Fieldhouse
    14800 34th Avenue N, Plymouth
  • Monday, April 11
    Water main flushing begins. For schedules, visit plymouthmn.gov.
  • Friday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17
    Primavera art exhibit. For times, visit plymouthmn.gov.
    Plymouth Fieldhouse
    14800 34th Avenue N, Plymouth
  • Saturday, April 16, 9am-noon
    City Sampler. Free event. Meet the Mayor, City Council and city staff in an informal setting. Visitors can ask questions and provide feedback. For more information, visit plymouthmn.gov.
    Plymouth City Hall
    3400 Plymouth Boulevard, Plymouth
  • Tuesday, April 19, 6pm
    Raingarden workshop. Planting for pollinators, with an overview of a do-it-yourself approach to raingardens and native plants. Free. To register or for a full list of locations, visit metroblooms.org or call 651-699-2426.
    St. Barnabas Lutheran Church
    15600 Old Rockford Road, Plymouth
  • Tuesday, April 19, 6:30-8pm
    Home Alone Workshop geared toward children ages 8-10. $5. For more information, contact Sara Cwayna at 763-509-5198. To register, visit plymouthmn.gov.
    Plymouth Public Safety Building
    3400 Plymouth Boulevard, Plymouth
  • Saturday, April 30, 7:30am-12:30pm
    Drop-off day. Get rid of items that are not collected at the curb, including appliances, electronics, tires and more.  There is a charge for some of the items. For more information, visit plymouthmn.gov.
    Plymouth Maintenance Facility
    14900 23rd Avenue N, Plymouth

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