September District 3 News


September 2016

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Marion Greene
Commissioner, 3rd District


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

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Budget hearings and other dates set

The board scheduled public hearings for adoption of the 2017 budget and levy, and set a schedule for the Budget and Capital Investment Committee to consider the proposed 2017 budget. The meetings will proceed as follows:

County administrator presents proposed 2017 budget to County Board

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 1:30 p.m.

County Board vote on 2017 maximum tax levy and budget

Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 1:30 p.m.

Public safety

Thursday, September 22, 2016, 1 – 4 p.m.


Monday, September 26, 2016, 1 – 4 p.m.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 9 a.m. – noon

Human Services and Public Health

Thursday, September 29, 2016, 1 – 4 p.m.

Public Works

Friday, September 30, 2016, 1 – 4 p.m..

Human Services and Public Health

Thursday, October 6, 2016, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (follow-up, if needed)

Capital Budgeting Task Force and fees

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 9 a.m. – noon

Truth-in-Taxation public meeting

Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 6 p.m. Participants can park for free after 5 p.m. in the Government Center ramp. Enter on 3rd Avenue.

Administrator amendments

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, during Budget and Capital Investment Committee meeting

Commissioner amendments

Monday, December 12, 2016, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

County Board vote on 2017 budget and levy

Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 1:30 p.m.


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


Coming soon!

Greetings! I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend!

We hope our newsletter serves as a resource for connecting to Hennepin County activities and staying updated on county news and services. Visit our website to find more ways to connect with the county.  

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  I value your opinions. 

Best regards,

Marion Greene


Southwest Light Rail funding increase helps project move ahead

Hennepin County Regional Rail Authority (HCRRA) approved $20.5 million in additional funding for SWLRT. This brings the county’s commitment to $185 million, or 10 percent of the project’s capital costs. State statute allows HCRRA to contribute a maximum of 10 percent. This funding, together with additional commitments from the Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB) and the Metropolitan Council, bridges the funding gap left by the state. This fulfillment of the federally mandated local share allows SWLRT to move forward in the federal funding application process. 

Read the resolution.

Read more about our partners' actions.

Counties transit board supports Orange Line

The Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB), of which Hennepin County is a member, threw a life line to the Orange Line by voting to support it with $37.5 million. The Orange Line is the popular name for a planned bus rapid transit line down Interstate 35W from downtown Minneapolis to Lakeville, via South Minneapolis, Richfield, Bloomington and Burnsville. The fate of the line was in jeopardy after Dakota County voted to withdraw its membership from CTIB. That $7.5 million of local support, as well as $12 million in state funding, are still undetermined. However, with the recent CTIB vote, the project meets a local funding threshold which meant that the Metropolitan Council could apply for 2017 federal funding by the September 2 deadline. I serve as one of Hennepin County’s alternates on CTIB. 

Economic gardening

Economic gardening gives businesses a boost 

Hennepin County Community Works is accepting applications for a program that helps companies with no-cost business research and enhancement. Companies that participate in this opportunity must show potential for job creation and longer-term business growth. You can attend an information meeting on Wednesday, September 21, 7:30-9 a.m., at Wipfli LLP, 7601 France Avenue, Edina. For more information about the program, including application instructions, visit our business assistance webpage.

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Register to vote in the general election, November 8

Eligible Hennepin County voters have until Tuesday, October 18, to preregister for the 2016 general election. If you’ve recently moved or are a new voter, save time on Election Day. Register to vote or check your voter registration status at  

Voters may also register in person on Election Day, which is November 8, or vote absentee for any reason. 

Hennepin County profile

Pam Fahlstrom

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.

Pam Fahlstrom

Many of you have gotten to know Pam as my scheduler and administrative assistant. She lived in the Lyndale Neighborhood until a few weeks ago, when she got married and moved to Iowa. Wishing you all the best, Pam and Ben! And heartfelt thanks for all the support you provided to the residents of District 3. 

Click here to learn more about how Pam has helped our office run.

Board meeting highlights

Youth canoes

August 23

Environmental education grants

The board approved 14 Green Partners environmental education grants for projects that empower residents to take actions to improve the environment, including several with connections to District 3. 

  • Alliance for Sustainability, Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, and Edina - $15,000
  • Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy, Minneapolis - $15,000
  • Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy, various cities - $15,000
  • Congregations Caring for Creation, various cities - $15,000
  • Minneapolis Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, various cities - $8,000
  • The Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis - $9,900

Learn more about the Green Partners education program.

Nurse-Family Partnership expanding into suburban Hennepin County 

The board approved the implementation of the Nurse-Family Partnership program in suburban Hennepin County by accepting $3.5 million in grant funding until the end of 2020. The partnership works with teens and young adults who are pregnant for the first time so they receive regular nurse visits until the child is two years old. This evidence-based program has been shown to improve prenatal health, reduce childhood injuries, increase school readiness and more.

Read more about the Nurse-Family Partnership. 

NetWork for Better Futures to reuse and recycle more Hennepin County construction material

The board approved an agreement with NetWork for Better Futures for services to reuse and recycle construction and demolition waste. The company uses deconstruction techniques to demolish buildings and will divert 162 tons of material for reuse and recycle 4,000 tons from 25 projects. It will also partially deconstruct 30 commercial and residential buildings, saving 90 reusable tons of material. Better Futures hires men with a history of incarceration, poverty, and other challenges and uses deconstruction projects to provide job training. The $405,000 contract will be in effect September 1, 2016, through December 31, 2018.

Learn more about NetWork for Better Futures.

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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 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. Call my office to confirm briefing time and location.

Thursday, September 15: Road projects (to be held at the Public Works facility in Medina)

Thursday, September 29: Recycling update

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County calendar

September 12-October 31

  • Playing Around with Theater workshop: Take part in an eight-week senior program at Hennepin County Library-St. Louis Park. The program culminates in a community celebration featuring an original performance by participants.
    Learn more

Saturday, September 10

  • Bring your broken household goods and clothing in need of repair. Please also bring any tools and supplies you think might help with the job. Events are first come, first served. The event will be held noon to 4 p.m., at Whittier Rec Center, 425 West 26th Street, Minneapolis.
    Learn more.

September 21

  • Join authors Taiyon Coleman, Shannon Gibney and Carolyn Holbrook as they read their essays from the timely and powerful book, "A Good Time for the Truth," which features essays from 16 local writers on life as a person of color in Minnesota. Q&A will follow the reading. The event will be held at Hennepin County Library-Minneapolis Central, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis. 

October 10

  • Come to a job development career fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis. More than 30 employers have positions to fill.
    Learn more.

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