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Vote and take part in our democracy
Voting in elections is your opportunity to be heard, hold
elected officials accountable, and participate in government to have a say in important issues that affect
your community. Prepare to vote so you can take part in our democracy. You can
vote early in person now through November 7 at early vote centers or city hall.
Voters who live anywhere in Hennepin County also may vote in person on the
Hennepin County Government Center skyway level, 300 South Sixth Street,
Minneapolis. Election Day is Tuesday, November 8.
Get ready to cast your ballot! Here are some important links:
New electronic poll books in Hennepin County
Hennepin County is about to make voting a lot easier for
residents to check in at their voting location. The new electronic (e-poll) book system will
be in use on Election Day in all Hennepin County cities except Minneapolis,
which will see this change in 2017. Hennepin County is one of two counties in
the state to introduce this new technology. The system is also more accurate and offers
efficiencies following the election that will save money and time. The e-poll
book system does not change the ballot or ballot acceptance system.
See a video of Hennepin County Elections Manager Ginny Gelms
as she demonstrates how the new e-poll books will be used here.
Hennepin County budget
The board will decide on the 2017 budget and tax levy at
1:30 pm on December 13. Residents still have several opportunities to offer
feedback. Unless otherwise noted, the hearings are held at the Hennepin County Government Center, 300 South Sixth Street, A Tower, 24th floor, Minneapolis. You can find proposed
budget information and sign up for updates at
Hearings and other important
Task Force and fees
Thursday, October 20, 9 am–noon.
Tuesday, November 29, 6 pm. Participants can park for free
after 5 pm in the Government Center ramp. Enter on 3rd Avenue.
Wednesday, December 7, 1:30 pm during Budget and Capital
Investment Committee meeting
Monday, December 12, 9 am–1 pm.
for artists for Webber Park Library public art
An open call for artists for the Webber Park Library One
Percent for Art project will run October 14 through November 4.
Hennepin County recognizes that public art inspires citizens
and contributes to civic pride. To further the acquisition of public art in
Hennepin County Library, building projects of $1 million or more will have one
percent (1%) of the project costs dedicated to the selection, purchase and
installation of works of art (policy here).
An informational meeting for interested artists will be held
on Wednesday, October 26 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Northeast Library,
2200 Central Ave N.E., Minneapolis. Contact Mary Altman, Minneapolis
Public Arts Administrator firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit hclib.org/about/news/
for more information.
$1 million gift made
to Hennepin County Library for kids
In other Library news, Friends of the Hennepin County
Library, the Library’s fundraising partner, has received a major investment of
$1 million from an individual donor to ensure, enrich, and expand Hennepin
County Library’s Homework Help and Summer Learning initiatives over the next
Homework Help is a free
drop-in, after-school tutoring program that offers K-12 students safe and
welcoming library spaces to work with adult tutors to master academic concepts
and complete homework assignments. Summer Learning is a series
of popular and innovative library programs that encourage kids and teens to keep
reading and learning during the critical summer months.
During the 2015-16 school year, Hennepin County Library held
12,000 Homework Help tutoring sessions with K-12 students at 12 libraries. In
2016, Summer Learning programs served more than 16,700 kids and teens at 41
“It has been a pleasure to work in partnership with Friends
of the Hennepin County Library and an honor to make this gift. The Library is a
great cause,” said the donor, who has asked to remain anonymous.
MNSure enrollment starts soon
Find help to put money back in your pocket
The state of Minnesota sent a reminder that open enrollment is right around the corner, starting
Tuesday, November 1. Make sure you are ready and don’t forget, there is free in-person help from
MNSure-certified navigators and brokers to help you enroll.
You Could Qualify for
Even if you don’t qualify for health
care assistance, you could qualify for tax credits that put money back in
your pocket. Didn't qualify for tax credits last year? You might be surprised
at the results this year. MNSure encourages people to fill out an application
during open enrollment to find out if you are eligible. See
the impact of tax credits across the state.
Join NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center and the Northside
Residents Development Council at an open house, where you will learn more about
plans to relocate Estes Funeral Chapel to advance NorthPoint's redevelopment
project in North Minneapolis. The project will address increased patient load
by adding 74,000 square feet to the NorthPoint campus located at Penn and
Plymouth Avenues North.
Thursday, November 3,
Urban Research and Outreach Center (UROC), Room
105, 2001 Plymouth Ave. N.
more about the expansion here.
For more information about the open house, contact Michael
Noonan at email@example.com
Metro Transit METRO
Blue Line (Bottineau) public open houses
The public is invited to review station design concepts for
the METRO Blue Line Extension Light Rail Transit (LRT) project and learn about
the station design process.
The Blue Line Extension LRT Project Office has developed
station design concepts based on community feedback and lessons learned from
previous LRT projects in the region. This open house is an opportunity to learn
about the station design process, review specific station design concepts, and
give feedback to project staff. Other project information will also be
available including updates on LRT design issues in each community.
Open House 5pm, Presentation 6-6:30pm, and Open House again 6:30-7:30
A brief presentation will be given at 6 pm, but feel free
to come and go at any time. Staff will be available to answer your questions
and receive your comments.
Wednesday, November 9
Harrison Recreation Center, 503 Irving Avenue North, Minneapolis
Thursday, November 10
Golden Valley City Hall, 7800 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley
Monday, November 14
Crystal City Hall Community Room (Basement),4141 Douglas Drive North, Crystal
Wednesday, November 16
Robbinsdale City Hall, 4100 Lakeview Avenue North, Robbinsdale
Thursday, November 17
Brooklyn Park Library, 8500 West Broadway Avenue, Brooklyn Park
To learn more information or to sign up for updates, go to metrocouncil.org/Transportation/Projects/Current-Projects/METRO-Blue-Line-Extension.aspx.
Anyone who requires assistance to participate in these
meetings is invited to contact Blue Line Extension Community Outreach
Coordinator David Davies: David.Davies@metrotransit.org
or 612-373-5336 at least five days before the meeting.
Straw bale community gardening
In fall of 2015, a group of Hennepin County departments were
brought together to look at possibilities for project collaboration. One project that became a reality through
this effort was the creation of a straw bale garden located on a Hennepin
County owned property at 2430 Penn Avenue North.
The idea for a community garden grew (pun intended) from
input from teens and adults for the Penn
Community Works project who wanted more community spaces. Straw bale
gardening is an inexpensive way to make weed free raised beds for growing
vegetables anywhere. Straw bale gardening is also good for producing food in
minimal space. An additional bonus is that fresh food grown in the garden is
distributed through the community food shelf at NorthPoint Health
Learn more about the community straw bale
Public Health Matters for Children, Youth and Families
County Infant Team Pilot Briefing
On August 25, Health and Human Services Deputy
Administrator Jennifer DeCubellis and her team, which included
multidisciplinary early childhood experts, presented a briefing for the
Hennepin County Board of Commissioners. It was a first year report of a three
year pilot which is referred to as the Infant Team. This project focuses on the
importance of maintaining a nourishing attachment relationship for infants and
toddlers who are in Out of Home placement. This is a crucial period of
development and growth. In families disrupted by abuse, parental separation,
neglect, and caregiver inconsistency there can be long term negative effects
for the child including learning delays and future mental health issues.
The Infant Team Pilot provides services to infants and
toddlers under the age of 30 months. The
intensive intervention begins soon after the infant or toddler is placed and
includes the parents and the foster parents.
The goal of the intervention is to provide a secure and nurturing
relationship for the child. Hopefully this will remain strong while the child
is out of the home and into reunification. The pilot hopes to serve forty
families in Year 2 of the pilot. This is
a small number in comparison to the over 400 infants and children (ages 0-3)
currently being served under the Children in Need of Protection or Services
(CHIPS) petition in Hennepin County. CHIPS cases protect children and deliver
services to keep children safe at home or in foster care. The key is early and
thorough intervention, assessment and care.
The Infant Team is supported by a team of the Courts,
Judges, Child Protection, Infant Mental Health and providers. “Families who
participate receive stable, coordinated and evidence-based, trauma-informed
interventions focusing on the caregiving relationship.”(Hennepin County Infant Team Pilot Report, Progress Report for HSPHD,
Infant Team children experienced 25 different placements, averaging slightly more
than 1½ placements. The 134 comparison youth experienced 343 placement events,
averaging a little more than 2½ placements.
A vital aspect of the overall effectiveness of the
program is the ability of parents to be mentally and physically stable enough
to participate in the receiving of care, training, and instruction to improve
the quality of the attachment relationship. Stable and quality caregiving is an
equally important component to the health and well-being of the children and
must be monitored during the process.
Many infant team mothers struggle with chemical
dependency, mental illness and/or financial instability; caring for their
babies and providing a healthy environment for growth and development is almost
impossible. Many of these issues also effect the father of the baby. Through
the intensive 3 session per week work that these parents do with their infants
they are able to improve their parent –child attachment and other
relationships. Many find support for
other issues with which they have struggled.
We hope this program will show a substantial increase
of the stability in the care of infants who participate in the pilot. The goal
is to establish a permanent program that provides services that will enhance
the mental, physical and emotional development of children while supporting
parents in crisis.
Further information: Kevin McTigue, 612-348-7120
Photo courtesy of the City of Plymouth
Halloween at the Creek set for
October 28 in Plymouth
The event features carnival games, inflatables,
entertainment, prizes, treats and activities geared toward preschool- to early
The City of Plymouth’s annual Halloween at the Creek event
is set for 6 to 8:30 pm Friday, October 28 at the Plymouth Creek Center,
14800 34th Avenue North.
The event features carnival games, inflatables,
entertainment, prizes, treats and activities geared toward preschool to early
elementary age children. Costumes are encouraged, but no scary costumes please.
Cost is $8 per person in advance, for children and adults,
if registered by 4:30 p.m. October 28. Cost is $10 per person at the door.
There is no cost for children ages 2 and younger. A pizza slice and beverage are
included in the cost of admission.
The event is sponsored by Abbott Northwestern-WestHealth,
TCF Bank and Park Dental.
To register in advance, call 763-509-5200 or visit plymouthmn.gov/recreation (Course No. 49269, and you must
pre-register if online).
Senior leaf raking
The Folwell/Webber-Camden neighborhoods sent us information
that the Senior leaf rake begins the first weekend in November. Register now:
Call 612-521-2100 for this free service. Leaves are raked, bagged and put at
your alley line for pickup. This service is provided by the
Folwell/Webber-Camden neighborhood organizations for senior residents living in
their own homes in Camden Community neighborhoods. Register before October 21.
Seniors in other parts of Hennepin County (and Minnesota)
can find free or low cost chore help such as raking with the Senior LinkAge
Line services in partnership with the Minnesota Board on Aging. Senior LinkAge
connects you with chore help, finding a ride, meals, housing options, legal
services, and more. Call 1-800-333-2433 or see metroaging.org.
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Career Connections Veterans Hiring
is committed to supporting military veterans and their families by offering
employment opportunities and support through our partnership with Jewish Family
and Children's Services (JFCS). The program helps veterans return to the
workforce. The goal is to assist veterans into positions that lead to permanent
employment with Hennepin County.
- Active or recently (last five years) honorably/generally discharged members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
- Spouses, partners and adult children living at home may also be considered.
How the program works
- Potential candidates will be prescreened by JFCS to ensure they are qualified for the initiative.
- Qualified candidates will work with a JFCS staff member on resume building, interviewing skills, and other employment readiness training.
- JFCS will refer candidates to Hennepin County based on qualifications and experience.
- Candidates selected by Hennepin County will complete a six-month, paid training position with benefits, leading to permanent, full-time employment.
- Trainees may also access additional services through JFCS such as career counseling, personal development, and financial literacy.
For further information, see jfcsmpls.org.
Learn more about the veterans hiring
Care program for
homeless part of national research
The County Board approved an agreement to work
collaboratively with the National Health Care for the Homeless Council.
Hennepin County’s program providing medical care to people experiencing
homelessness was one of only six chosen to help evaluate the council’s model
for providing a set of services for individuals experiencing homelessness who
are being discharged from the hospital to shelters. The council provided
$174,079 to fund the work. This is the second year Hennepin County has received
this funding. The county’s Health Care for the Homeless respite program
provides a 24/7 shelter bed and care for people lacking stable housing who have
been hospitalized for major health problems.
more about the agreement with the National Health Care for the Homeless Council.
County Assessor James
Atchison appointed for a third term
The board voted to reappoint James Atchison as Hennepin
County Assessor, extending his term through December 31, 2020.
Atchison began his tenure at Hennepin County in 1992 as a
commercial appraiser, and was appointed county assessor in 2009. The county
assessor’s job is to appraise the value of and classify all of the
property in the county to determine if property is taxable or exempt.
The work done by the Assessor's Office helps to determine
the real estate tax to be paid on each parcel in the county.
more about James Atchison’s reappointment as assessor.
to Nine Mile Creek board; volunteers needed
The board voted to reappoint Steve Kloiber to the Nine Mile
Creek Board of Managers. There was only one candidate for two openings;
additional volunteers are encouraged to come forward.
more about the Nine Mile Creek Board of Managers.
Tobacco, and nicotine
The Board revised Ordinance 21 relating to the sale,
possession and use of tobacco, tobacco-related devices, electronic delivery
devices, and nicotine and lobelia products in Hennepin County and to reduce the
illegal sale, possession, and use of such items to and by minors. The ordinance
is applicable in any unorganized territory of Hennepin County and in any town
or home rule charter or statutory city in Hennepin County, that does not
license and regulate retail tobacco sales.
more about the retail tobacco sales ordinance.
The Board, acting as the Hennepin County Housing and
Redevelopment Authority, approved submission of a Contamination Cleanup Grant
application to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)
for the southeast corner of the NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center at Penn
Avenue North and Plymouth Avenue North in the amount of $198,750.
more about the Contamination Cleanup Grant application.
Southwest Light Rail
The Hennepin County Regional Rail Authority approved
negotiation of a cooperative funding agreement with the Metropolitan
Council for Southwest LRT Project and approved budget authority for fourth
quarter 2016 costs.
Support of the Metropolitan
Council's 2017 capital grant applications
The Hennepin County Regional Rail Authority voted to support
Metropolitan Council's 2017 capital grant applications to Counties Transit Improvement
Board (CTIB) for METRO Blue Line Extension (Bottineau LRT), METRO Green Line Extension (Southwest LRT),
and METRO Orange Line BRT.
more about the Metropolitan Council's 2017 capital grant applications.
Look for more news on the Hennepin County website at hennepin.us/news.
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Thursday, October 27, 5-7pm
Northeast Celebration: An Evening of Business and
Community Awards. Business and Community awards for those that serve and
support the Northeast community. Jax Cafe,
1928 University Ave. N.E. minneapolischamber.org
Saturday, November, 4-6pm
Art Attack 2016. Browse and buy at the private studios of
over 250 artists at the Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. N.E. millcitytimes.com
Saturday, November 12,
Holiday Boutique Crawl. Kick-start your holiday season in the N.E. Riverfront
District. Visit participating boutiques for a chance to win a $250 gift card (times not available at newsletter publication).
303 East Hennepin. northeastminneapolis
Saturday, November 19, 10am-3pm
Autumn Bazaar, Features local artists and crafters. 700 22nd Ave. N.E. Autumn Festival
October 20, 5:30-7:30pm
Community Conversations. Part of a series of conversations with political
officials regarding housing, concerns and the aspirations in North Minneapolis.
Minneapolis Urban League, 2100 Plymouth Ave. N. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, October 22, 11am-1pm
Community harvest at Folwell Neighborhood Garden. Celebrate the straw bale harvest at the Folwell Community Garden. The community is invited to pick and take the vegetables! Penn and 36th Ave. N.
Wednesday, October 26, 5-10pm
Film Screening of North Star: Minnesota’s Black Pioneers. Capri Theatre 2027 West Broadway Ave. N. capritheater.org
Minneapolis Public Schools and Jazz88 present the second
annual Jazz Around
Minneapolis Fall Festival, featuring The Adam Meckler
Orchestra, an 18-piece big band, and Minneapolis’ most talented high school
students. North High School Auditorium, 1500 James Ave. N. minnesotamonthly.com
October 21 to Wednesday, November 9, 1-6pm
Habit of Voting. Photographers Rosa Maria and Chip Peterson are world travelers.
They share photos of people voting around the world. What more appropriate
subject for a show in our gallery at this moment in time? 2400 Plymouth Ave.
Thursdays, November 3-24
Lego Robotics. The program provides a space for youth to explore the fun and
excitement of science and engineering while learning core values and
employability skills. Teams consist of 2 to10 kids, ages 9 to 14 working together to
design robots to autonomously complete tasks on a thematic game. 1701 Oak Park Ave. N. puc-mn.org
North Loop, Minneapolis
November 12, 6pm
Firefighters for Healing, Annual Red Tie
Gala. Proceeds support recovery of children in the burn unit, each
undergoing painful treatments for their injuries. The Muse Event Center, 107 3rd Ave. N. minnesotamonthly.com
Bryn Mawr, Minneapolis
November 17, 6-8 pm
Bryn Mawr Harvest Dinner. Bryn Mawr Elementary School, 252 Upton Ave. S., 612-239-1710. bmna.org
Thursday, November 10, 6:30pm
Plymouth Lions Club Dinner Meeting.
Medicine Lake City Hall, 10609 S. Shore Dr. plymouthlions.org
Sunday, November 13, 8:30am-12:30pm
Waffle Breakfast, 8:30-12:30pm. Plymouth Lions Club, Medicine Lake City Hall,
10609 S. Shore Dr. plymouthlions.org
Tuesday, October 25, 10:15-10:45am through
Early Learning and
Storytimes. For children from birth to 24 months. Talk, sing, read, write and
play together in a format designed especially for babies.bibliocommons.com
October 29, 8am-12pm
Free Shred Event. City of Plymouth will hold a free paper shredding. Plymouth
City Hall, 3400 Plymouth Blvd. plymouthmn.gov
Saturday, November 19, 10am-5pm
Arts Fair. Over 30 artists selling and displaying their work. Art
Fair features local musicians. Plymouth Creek Center, 4800 Plymouth Ave. N. plymouthmn.gov
Saturday, November 26, 10am-3pm
Holiday Market, 45 artisans and small businesses. St. Anthony Community Center,
3301 Silver Lake Road N.E. midwestpantry.com
Saturday, November 12, 1-4pm
Minneapolis International Festival. Celebrating the different cultures in Minneapolis and surrounding communities with music, dance, cultural exhibits, demonstrations, food and more! Free. Phillips Community Center, 2323 11th Ave. S. minneapolisparks.org
The Gathering, Women of Color Expo. A weekend
of fun, conversation, celebration, connection, entertainment and shopping.
Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd
Ave. South. thegatheringtwincities
Thursday, November 24, 8am
Turkey Day Minneapolis 5k.Since 1989, the Turkey Day Run has brought
family and friends together to start the day in a healthy way. Join runners,
joggers and walkers for a morning of fun. Target Center. turkeyday-5k.com
Holidazzle. Downtown Minneapolis. Free premier holiday
celebration! Family-friendly programming in Loring Park. holidazzle.com
October 29, 6-8pm
Halloween Party. Bounce house, carnival games, candy and lots of
fun. Ages 1-12. North Commons Park, 1801
James Ave. N. minneapolisparks.org
Monday, October 31, 5-7pm
Upper Northeast Parks Halloween Party. Enjoy some food, games, and entertainment.
Windom Park, 2251
Hayes St. N.E. minneapolisparks.org
Monday, October 31, 11am-1pm
Tiny Tots Halloween Party. A special trick-or-treat event designed for young children and
parents. Free for children under 6 years old. Creekview
Park, 5001 Humboldt Ave. N. minneapolisparks.org
Monday, October 31, 6-7:30pm
Halloween Party at Bottineau Park,
2000 Second St. N.E. minneapolisparks.org
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