News: County Board actions

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Contact: Carolyn Marinan, Communications, 612-348-5969

County Board actions

The board renewed medical examiner's contract and approved several transit-oriented development projects.

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Medical examiner reappointed

The board voted to reappoint Dr. Andrew Baker to another four-year term. The Medical Examiner is a licensed physician, trained in the specialty of forensic pathology. Baker leads the Medical Examiner’s office, which investigates unexpected deaths that take place in Hennepin County. The Medical Examiner is an independent entity, and does not work for the County Attorney or any law enforcement agency. The information gathered during these investigations, including autopsies, can be critical in civil or criminal court cases and may help to identify trends in health and illness.  

Learn more about the medical examiner's reappointment.

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Transit-oriented development projects approved

The board for Hennepin County’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority approved $2,325,000 in funding for six transit-oriented development (TOD) projects. These projects include a mix of infrastructure, housing, retail, services, workplaces and public plazas, all located within walking distance of transit. 

Learn more about the grants and see a list of projects

Pledge reduces stigma during Mental Health Awareness Month

The board took the Make It OK pledge for Mental Health Awareness Month. The board acknowledged the importance of mental well-being for people of all ages, races, social classes and walks of life. The Make It OK pledge is a promise to learn more about mental health, to talk about mental illness to stop the stigma and to encourage others to take the pledge online. You can find more information about the pledge at

Police week honors those in law enforcement

The board approved a resolution to establish Police Week, May 15-21, 2016, in honor of the 2,200 police and peace officers who serve residents of Hennepin County. 

Read the Police Week resolution.

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