May 2016 E-Newsletter

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Serving Deephaven, northern Eden Prairie, Edina, Excelsior, Greenwood, Hopkins, Long Lake, Minnetonka, Minnetonka Beach, northern Mound, Orono, Shorewood, Spring Park, Tonka Bay, Wayzata and Woodland.

May, 2016


Jan Callison
6th District

Allyson Lueneburg
Principal Aide

Chris Hoyles
Administrative Assistant


The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners consists of one commissioner from each of seven districts. I am proud to represent Deephaven, north Eden Prairie, Edina, Excelsior, Greenwood, Hopkins, Long Lake, Minnetonka, Minnetonka Beach, northern Mound, Orono, Shorewood, Spring Park, Tonka Bay, Wayzata and Woodland.

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County Road 101 (Bushaway Road) in Minnetonka, Wayzata and Woodland update

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Earlier this spring, County Road 101 (Bushaway Road) was signed as detoured to reduce traffic as crews mobilized in the area. Construction has reached two critical activities – work on Breezy Point curve and in the railroad corridor. Because of the work on Breezy Point and retaining walls north of the causeway, County Road 101 will be closed to all through traffic this week. To sign up for alerts and the latest information about the exact closure date can be found at

You can travel between Wayzata and Minnetonka using Eastman Lane and McGinty Road – to get to your favorite shops, local restaurants and professional services. And, you can visit those in the work area, but plan ahead, expect for it to take a little longer to get there, and be safe when driving in the area. If all goes as planned, County Road 101 will be open from Minnetonka Boulevard to Wayzata Boulevard this fall.

Please welcome Chris Hoyles to my office



I am pleased to introduce the addition of Chris Hoyles to my office as my Administrative Assistant.

Most recently, Chris worked as the office administrator at Bennett, Mastin & Kosmak in Minneapolis.  Before that, she was the executive assistant to the Superintendent of the Mora Public Schools.

Chris can be reached at:

612.348.3168 or

National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey


Some 350 Hennepin County residents are being contacted this spring to take part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).  Who knows? You might be one of them. 

Conducted by visiting staff from the National Centers for Health Statistics, a branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NHANES is an essential survey of our nation’s health and nutrition status. In existence since 1960, the survey has provided valuable information for more than 55 years on the prevalence of major diseases, risk factors for diseases, and the relationship between nutrition and overall health of all people living in the United States.

More than 5,000 people, nationwide, will participate this year, so the 350 or so from Hennepin County will represent about 7 percent of the national cross section of participants.  Survey staff first collect information through interviews scheduled in each randomly selected participant’s home. Then they schedule appointments to collect health measurements from participants at a Mobile Examination Center temporarily set up in Minneapolis.

When NHANES staff contact local residents, they should know that they’ll be contributing valuable information to a pool of information collected nationally. They’ll also learn things about their own health, all the while knowing that all information obtained in the survey is held in the strictest confidence and will be used only for statistical purposes.

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Please feel free to send me your comments through my feedback form on issues that concern you or you would like covered. I value your opinions.

Warm regards,

Jan Callison

Board meetings

April 12, 2016

Agreement seals deal for summer farmer's market at Government Center

farmers market

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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. Construction in 2015 relocated the Thursday Farmers Market to Hennepin Avenue. The market will augment efforts to bring downtown workers and commuters to Government Center events over the lunch hour, which will include Summer on the Plaza music, a new Little Free Library, and on Wednesdays lawn games and food vendors.

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.

Federal grant will fund clinics' work at homeless shelters

The county board voted to accept a $5.4 million grant from the federal Health Resources Administration to continue the Hennepin County Health Care for the Homeless. The board also approved an additional appropriation of $352,574 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.

Board approves new structure for suburban community action group


The Hennepin County Board voted to approve the amended articles of incorporation for Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin County. CAPSH approved the amended articles last year. The community action agency 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. Based on this change, CAPSH will seek administrative approval of the designation by the Minnesota Department of Human Services as the community action agency for the City of Minneapolis.

Read more about the changes to Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin County

April 26, 2016

Lease agreement moves workforce center forward 

The County Board voted to approve lease agreements and operational costs for spaces 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 feet primary center on the street level of an existing mixed use building located at 515 15th Avenue, Minneapolis. The first year’s occupancy costs, including rent and utilities is estimated at $105,000. The other sublease agreements require Minneapolis Community and Technical College and Emerge to contribute $70,000 during the first year to reflect their use of space at the center.

Read more about the lease agreement.

Grant will fund water safety educational activities


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The board voted to approve a $120,165 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.

Agendas and minutes of action taken by the Hennepin County Board are posted under Hennepin County meetings and agendas. For greater detail on the above agenda items and additional board actions, visit county news releases.

Board briefings

In addition to our regularly scheduled board meetings, the board often meets on Thursday mornings to receive board briefings. These are informal opportunities to discuss emerging issues. No decisions are made. 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, 2016

Homeless Youth

Several projects serving homeless youth are under development by various non-profit entities in Hennepin County and are looking to Hennepin County for financial support.  These financial requests have raised questions about when such funding is appropriate and about how the homeless youth population is served in general.  In this briefing, staff presented information about the homeless youth population in Hennepin County, their service needs, types of interventions that exist, system gaps and recommendations. 

Child Protection

Staff updated the county board on activities that are taking place in the child protection area at both the county and state level.  At Hennepin County, six work groups and one oversight committee are working to redesign child protection.  Among the changes that have been put in place are 24/7 screening and investigation of child maltreatment reports.  The number of maltreatment reports has increased dramatically, however, and is on pace to reach 20,000 reports in 2016 (compared to 17,000 in 2015 and 13,000 in 2011).  Although the hiring of additional staff has been authorized, workloads continue to be large and of concern.  At the state level, work continues related to the 93 final recommendations from the Governor’s Task Force.

April 21, 2016

Level 3 Sex Offenders

The purpose of this briefing was to review placement and management of Level 3 sex offenders under the Hennepin County Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation Services.  Staff provided information about numbers and concentrations of Level 3 Sex Offenders in Hennepin County, supervision standards for these offenders and recidivism rates.  Changes in department practice about where offenders may be approved for residence and the recent resolution adopted by Brooklyn Center that speaks to where Level 3 Sex Offenders may live were also presented and discussed.  The Board requested a further briefing on this topic.

County calendar

April 19, 2016

State of the County address



On Tuesday, April 19, I delivered a State of the County address at the Hopkins Center for the Arts.  The audience included many of our partners in local government, business and the nonprofit world, as well as Hennepin County staff, volunteers and residents.

I hope that you also will join us as we continue work to make this county a better place to live, work and visit.

Please take some time to review the address for yourself. 

Click here to read the transcript or watch a video of the address.

May 1, 2016 - May 28, 2016

Step To It Challenge

Step to it

Registration is open for the 8th Annual Step To It Challenge, launching May 1. The challenge is a friendly competition between Hennepin County communities, to encourage residents to step out for a more active spring and summer.

Learn more about the Step To It Challenge, or register to participate.

July 1, 2016

Energy Assistance Program Extended


The Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin provides financial assistance to Hennepin County Residents, to assist with reducing energy costs.  Because funds are available this year, the Energy Assistance Program has the opportunity to renew the program to serve more households and increase assistance.

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.

Depending on income and family size (for example, a single person household of under $1,995/month), applicants may be eligible for EAP assistance with heating bills, Energy Related Repairs (ERR) Program, or the Gas Affordability Program

To apply, or for more information, call 952-930-3541, visit or visit one of the Community Action Program of Hennepin offices located throughout Hennepin County.