December District 3 news



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Marion Greene
Commissioner, 3rd District

Nancy Asan
Administrative Assistant


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

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2017 budget

The board will decide on the 2017 budget and tax levy at 1:30 p.m. on December 13. Residents still can offer feedback. Unless otherwise noted, the hearings are held on the 24th floor of the Hennepin County Government Center, 300 South 6th Street, Minneapolis. Remaining hearings and other important dates include: 

Administrator amendments

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 1:30 p.m., during Budget and Capital Investment Committee meeting

Commissioner amendments

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

Join a citizens advisory board

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners appoints citizens and local officials to serve on the county's citizen advisory boards, task forces and committees through an open appointments process. Currently, there are openings in several topic areas. 

See the list of advisory board openings.


County departments, agencies & other entities

Hennepin County libraries

Hennepin County Medical Center

Hennepin volunteers

Online services

Service Center information

Southwest Light Rail

Understanding your property tax

City of Minneapolis

City of St. Louis Park


Coming soon.

Dear Friend,

The holiday season is traditionally a time of reflection and connection. As we wrestle with the results of the election, and the deep divides our nation faces are made abundantly clear, let that be the case this year more than ever. 

In the meantime, know that I do not waver. And nor should you. Together we will continue building a community and world in which everyone is cherished, everyone thrives.

My very best,

Marion Greene


Marion Greene National Adoption Day

Lauding family at Adoption Day

It was a privilege to meet a few of the 13 families who adopted 19 Hennepin County kids on National Adoption Day, November 19. I am inspired by the people in our community who open their hearts and homes to kids who need someone to love them and be there for them. Commissioner Mike Opat and I were joined at the microphone by Senator Amy Klobuchar, who has long worked to help families make their adoptions happen. 

Learn more about adoption and foster care in Hennepin County:

Waste sort

Waste study spotlights organics

Our best opportunities to increase recycling and reduce our trash are increasing organics recycling and preventing food waste, recycling more paper and cardboard, and increasing recycling of materials at drop-off locations. These are the recently released findings of a waste study conducted earlier this year.

Food is the most prevalent material in the trash by far. Steps you can take to reduce food waste include using up all of the food that you buy, practicing meal planning, understanding the date labels on food, and properly storing your food. As we enter the holiday season, residents can use holiday parties and dinners as an opportunity to learn about preventing the waste of food and other organics. Find resources at

Results from the waste sort are now available, and they provide clear insights into opportunities to increase recycling and reduce waste.

Read about the results from the waste sort.

10 years of active living

Hennepin County Active Living celebrated its 10th anniversary in November during the partnership's annual fall workshop.

Active Living is a cutting edge initiative that addresses rising rates of obesity and related health problems with physical activity and the built environment. It has brought dozens of partners together throughout the past decade — including local, regional and state agencies and non-profits. I’m proud to champion this work, that represents Hennepin County’s willingness to try new approaches to the challenges our communities face.

Learn more about active living initiatives in Hennepin County.

District 3 profile

Karen Gray

To share more about the work of Hennepin County, each month we profile an employee who lives in District 3. 

Karen Gray 

Karen is a resident of the Cedar Manor neighborhood in St. Louis Park. She is a principal planning analyst/supervisor in human services.

Learn more about how Karen works to help senior citizens and people with disabilities live safely in their communities.

Board meeting highlights


Federal program helps offenders with mental illness

The board signed on to the White House Data-Driven Justice Initiative, which aims to keep low-risk offenders out of jail to help them become productive members of our community. This initiative will further efforts to consider offenders’ mental health. Nationwide, 64 percent of all people in jail have a mental illness, and the county jail may not be best suited to treat and support those individuals. 


East 46th Street Bridge replacement plans move forward 

The board approved funding to replace the East 46th Street Bridge over Godfrey Parkway in Minneapolis, at a proposed county cost of $3.6 million.  The bridge must be replaced because it is structurally deficient and has a sufficiency rating of 33. The county’s goal is to replace or improve all county owned bridges on county roads that are below a sufficiency rating of 50. Replacement of this bridge has been included in the capital budget at an estimated cost of $4.6 million, which includes $1 million in state bridge bonds and the remainder in state aid (gas tax) funds.

Three Rivers Park District budget approved

The board approved the Three Rivers Park District’s 2017 budget with a total property tax levy of $41.5 million, which is a slight decrease from last year. 

Parks and trails in the district’s purview have seen a 3.4 percent increase in use in the past year, which is in contrast to the 1.3 percent decrease in parks and trail usage in the metro area on the whole. 

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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, December 10: Adult Detention Initiative, Human Relations update

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County calendar

December 5-January 27

  • Somali Museum of Minnesota: Treasures of the Diaspora: This exhibition  Government Center features highlights from The Somali Museum of Minnesota collection. The display showcases the cultural roots that Somalis in Minnesota share, and uses traditional arts as a platform for all Minnesotans to experience the richness of Somali culture and glimpse their Somali neighbors’ history and traditions. Government Center, 300 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis. Learn more about the exhibit and related events.

January 2017

  • Health insurance counseling for seniors: A certified state health insurance counselor will assist with senior health insurance (enrollment steps, plan choices, low-income subsidy). Bring your list of prescriptions or your prescription bottles, Medicare, supplemental insurance, and/or Part D drug plan questions. Collaborator: Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging. Various times and locations. Learn more about the counseling service.

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