April District 3 News


April 2016

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Marion Greene
Commissioner, 3rd District

Ray Hoover
Principal Aide

Pam Fahlstrom
Administrative Assistant


The 3rd District serves the city of St. Louis Park, and parts of west and downtown Minneapolis.

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Open House at Black Forest Inn

Come meet with designers and celebrate the unveiling of the newly installed patio rain garden at Black Forest Inn on Wednesday, April 13th from 5:30-6:30

Hennepin County partially funded the project through a Natural Resources "Good Steward" grant to assist with stormwater management practices for challenging commercial sites

Black Forest Inn is located at 1 East 26th St, Minneapolis..

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 event will be held at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins. 


County departments, agencies & other entities

Hennepin County libraries

Hennepin County Medical Center

Hennepin volunteers

Online services

Phone directory

Service Center information

Southwest Light Rail

Understanding your property tax

City of Minneapolis

City of St. Louis Park


Here's a quick look at the last 6 months. To see more, check my website under "Stay Connected."


District 3 in 2016




I hope you enjoy this month's District 3 newsletter. Visit our website to find more ways to connect with the county.  
As ever, please be in touch any time.

My best,


Please join me!


Bankedness in Hennepin County
Bryant Lake Bowl 
Wednesday, April 6th, 7-8PM

The Greene Room will be a series of issue forums hosted by my office. These forums will reflect current policy, build on candid analysis, and encourage creative thinking.

Our first Greene Room will focus on building wealth and access to credit and banking services in financially excluded communities. Who has bank accounts and who doesn't? Do paychecks sometimes enable predatory banking? Are there alternatives to traditional bank accounts that would better serve peoples' needs?


  • Tracy Fischman, Executive Director of Prepare and Prosper
  • Cassaundra Adler, Founder, Bank On Twin Cities
  • Professor Aaron Sojourner, University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management
  • John Thorson, Director of Hennepin County Workforce Development
  • Minneapolis City Council Member John Quincy

Join us for the discussion on Wednesday. Click here to find out more. Bryant Lake Bowl is at 810 W Lake St in Minneapolis, and can be reached by bus routes 21, 4, 113B, and 53. For more information, click here.



Geo:Code 2.0

On March 5 and 6 Hennepin County, in partnership with Open Twin Cities, the Citizens League and the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs helped host the second annual Geo:Code – a weekend-long civically minded, code-a-thon.

Geo Code 2.0 brought together more than 180 community members with a complete list of local governmental bodies and organizations from the entire Twin Cities metro uniquely aligned around open data goals for the region. The result was the largest such code-a-thon held in Minnesota.

14 teams composed of developers, coders, designers, project managers, geographic information systems experts and community members of all backgrounds worked to create solutions that leverage information in new, highly usable ways to better serve the public.

Teams presented their projects at the end of the event and judges and participants awarded “Geo:Code Golden Globes” to two winning projects:

  • The Civic Voice team, which created a tool to connect people with local government through an application that gives residents the power to share high priority community issues with local representatives
  • The Straight Line to Life team who created an AED locator application that reduces the response time between a cardiac event and treatment by allowing people to locate automated external defibrillators nearby.

To learn more about Geo:Code 2.0, click here. 


Hennepin upgrades elections equipment

On March 1 the County Board moved forward with a plan to replace paper voter rosters with electronic poll books, which will provide increased consistency 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. This project includes design, construction and furnishings needed 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. 

Learn more about the e-poll book initiative.

Learn more about plans for new Elections offices.

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youth sports

Youth Sports Program capital and equipment grants awarded

The County Board approved facility projects and small equipment grants. They will be funded through the Hennepin County Youth Sports Program, 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. Here are the projects that have been awarded in the district:

  • Eight portable soccer goals, eight nets and a storage container at Washburn High School
  • 40 hurdles at Washburn High School
  • Two full size soccer goals at Southwest High School
  • Gym floor refinishing at Martin Luther King Park

To learn more about the Youth Sports Program, click here.

Hennepin County profile


To share more about the work of Hennepin County, we profile a county employee who lives in District 3. Each month spotlights a person from varying departments and occupations.

Carol Jud

Carol Jud is a resident of the Pennsylvania Park neighborhood in St. Louis Park, and is a Human Service Center Manager in the Human Services and Public Health department.

Click here to find out how Carol makes Hennepin County tick.

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Board meeting highlights

Grant will expand mobile mental health crisis services

On March 1 the County Board accepted a grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services to continue and expand the county’s mobile mental health crisis services for adult and children. 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 the grant.

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 during the March 1 meeting. 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. Join us in welcoming Carl to Public Works!

Grant will fund new Delta Dental clinic at HCMC

On March 1 HCMC received funding through a new grant for the Delta Dental Oral Health Center. The center will be located in the hospital's new 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 see and 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.

For more information, read the full news release.  

Grant will promote lead education, eradication

Since 2003, the county has been awarded nine lead-based paint grants from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These grants have provided funds for the testing of over 5,185 housing units and the creation of over 4,075 lead-safe units.

Continuing this success, the county applied for and received a 2015 Lead Hazard Reduction Grant from HUD. On March 15, the board approved three contracts to help create safe and healthy homes as part of that grant. These contracts 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 support community oriented policing

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. 

For additional information, read the full release on the Sheriff's Office website.

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 (also known as the HERC, or the garbage burner) 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.

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Board briefings

You're invited! In addition to our regularly scheduled board meetings, the County Board often meets for updates on Thursday mornings. These are informal opportunities to discuss emerging issues. No decisions are made, and the topics are subject to change. Board briefings occur in the board room on the 24th floor of the Hennepin County Government Center and are open to the public.

April 7
Homeless youth
Child protection

April 21
Level 3 sex offenders
Regional sites

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