News: Sign up for Citizens Academy, a behind-the-scenes look at Hennepin County

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Contact: Diana Houston, Communications, 612-348-5130

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

Sign up for Citizens Academy, a behind-the-scenes look at Hennepin County

Learn how county government works to serve its residents by enrolling in Hennepin County Citizens Academy, a free, eight-week series that takes you up close to the people, places and processes that make our county a great place to live.

Participants visit various county facilities, meet county leaders and get a peek behind the scenes. Find out how many miles a snowplow operator plows during an average winter, who answers 911 calls and what a typical day looks like for a county commissioner.

Session schedule

The series will run from March 16 to May 17. Sessions will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in Brooklyn Center, Medina, Minneapolis, Minnetonka and Plymouth.

  • Week 1, March 16: Hennepin County Board, budget, property assessing 
  • Week 2, March 22: Community works, environment and energy 
  • Week 3, March 29: Health and medical services 
  • No session April 5 or April 12
  • Week 4, April 19: Public Defender’s Office, County Attorney's Office, 4th Judicial District Court 
  • Week 5, April 26: Human services 
  • Week 6, May 3: Corrections and Hennepin County Sheriff's Office 
  • Week 7, May 10: Transportation and emergency management 
  • Week 8, May 17: Information technology, facility services, elections, workforce development, volunteering 

Learn more and register

Find registration information, session topics, materials, locations and more by visiting

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