May District 3 News


May 2016

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.



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.

3rd District map

View larger map


Farmer's Market on South Plaza

The County Board approved an agreement with the Central Minnesota Vegetables Growers Association and the Downtown Council to relocate the Thursday downtown Minneapolis Farmer’s Market to the South Plaza of the Government Center.

The Farmers Market will kick off Thursday, May 5 and will be open each Thursday from 6 am to 6 pm through the outdoor Farmers Market season ending November 10.

Learn more about the summer farmer's market on the South Plaza.


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,




Greene Room recap

A month ago my office hosted our first Greene Room. About 70 people came to Bryant Lake Bowl for a fantastic discussion of bankedness and building wealth and access to credit and banking services in financially excluded communities.

Thank you again to our panelists, Tracy Fischman, Cassaundra Adler, Aaron Sojourner, Minneapolis City Council Member John Quincy, and John Thorson.

  • To learn more about the event and to listen to the Podcast, click here.
  • To add yourself to the list of people interested in this issue, send me an email.

Hennepin County celebrates Prince

Hennepin County joined Minneapolis and the world in celebrating the life of Prince by lighting the Lowry Bridge in purple on Thursday, April 21.

Housing Court pilot to begin

At my initiative, the board passed a pilot April 26 to focus legal support on meritorious eviction cases to keep people in their self-funded housing, and to prevent homelessness. 

Hennepin County currently supports Legal Aid's Housing Court project with a mission of providing walk-in legal advice to anyone who requests it. In the last two years, this project has seen over 3,000 cases. Every year, project attorneys identify hundreds of families facing eviction without access to legal representation necessary to present meritorious cases. 

In this new pilot, Legal Aid and Volunteer Lawyers Network will focus efforts on meritorious cases. The results will be reviewed after six months of data collecting to determine next steps in sustaining the enduring success among these clients.

County to protect pollinators 

Led by Commissioner Linda Higgins, the board approved a resolution directing the Public Works Department to protect and expand pollinator-friendly habitat, by limiting the use of systemic insecticides, such as neonicotinoids, on county-owned property and requiring that new plants and trees installed on county-owned property are free of the pesticide. As part of the resolution, members of the board also encourage county residents, school districts, nonprofit organizations, and businesses to implement pollinator-friendly best practices on their properties. 

Read more about the resolution to protect pollinators.

Energy Assistance Program (EAP) extended

EAP has the opportunity to implement program changes to serve more households and serve households more. These changes include extending the application deadline to July 1, 2016 and increasing the maximum crisis benefit from $500 to $1,000. These changes are effective immediately.

To apply, or for more information, call 952.930.3541, visit or visit one of the CAPSH offices located throughout Hennepin County.

Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center to move forward

The County Board voted to approve lease agreements and operational costs for space related to the Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center, a one-stop shop for educational and workforce resources and a pipeline to employment with identified public and private sector employers. The Cedar Riverside facility will be an opportunity center for all, with special outreach to diverse communities, including the East African community. The agreements are for a 4,996 square foot center on the street level of an existing mixed use building located at 515 15th Avenue, Minneapolis, and the County's sublease with partner organizations that will operate out of the center.

Read more about the lease agreement.

Back to Top

Hennepin County Profile


To share more about the work of Hennepin County, we have been profiling a county employee who lives in District 3. This month we will be profiling a resident of District 3 who attended Hennepin County's Citizens Academy to learn more about the different aspects of county work.

Dheenu Sivalingam

Dheenu Sivalingam is a resident of District 3's Elliot Park neighborhood in downtown Minneapolis. To hear more about his experience with the Citizens Academy, click here.

Back to Top

Board meeting highlights

Board approves new structure for suburban community action group

On April 12 the Hennepin County Board voted to approve the amended articles of incorporation for Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin County (CAPSH). CAPSH works across suburban Hennepin County to improve the lives of low-income people. Late last year, CAPSH was designated by the Minneapolis City Council as the community action agency in the City of Minneapolis. CAPSH will now seek administrative approval of the expanded designation by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Read more about the changes to CAPSH.

Federal grant will fund clinics' work at homeless shelters

On April 12, the county board voted to accept a grant from the federal Health Resources Administration to continue Hennepin County Health Care for the Homeless. The board also approved an additional appropriation to increase staffing. The public health program, which operates clinics in nine homeless shelters, served 4,443 patients in 2014, over the course of 11,707 visits.  

Read more about the grant to fund Health Care for the Homeless.

Grant will fund water safety educational activities

The board voted to approve a grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to help offset the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office’s costs to provide boat and water safety activities.

Read more about the grant.

Back to Top

Board briefings

May 5

Strategic Facility Management Plan
IT Briefing

May 19

Capital Investment/ Libraries: future service strategy
Sheriff Staffing

Back to top