March 2017 News and Events from Commissioner Linda Higgins

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  March 2017

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Commissioners and Cora McCorvey Feb. 7

Hennepin honors Cora McCorvey of MPHA

The Hennepin County Board honored Cora McCorvey of the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority for the occasion of her retirement. The resolution expressed appreciation to Cora McCorvey for her commitment to the residents of Hennepin County.

Read the commendation here.

See the video here.

Law Library user

Hennepin opens new jury room, law library

Following renovations for a better public space for jurors, Hennepin County unveiled refreshed and updated law library and jury room spaces on the 24th floor of the court side of the Government Center.

Rather than relegating jurors to the basement to serve jury duty, the space provides a welcoming place for jurors. The Anne W. Grande Law Library also was refreshed; materials are open to the law community and the public alike.

See a story from the Star Tribune here.

Learn more about the Anne W. Grande Law Library.

Civics 101

Join Minnesota Senator Scott Dibble, Hennepin County Commissioner Linda Higgins and Minneapolis Council Member Elizabeth Glidden to learn

How federal, state, county, and city governments work

How to exercise your rights and privileges to the government

How laws are passed and implemented

How citizens influence public policy

Thursday, February 23, 7-8:30 pm [Tomorrow!]
Mayflower Church
106 East Diamond Lake Road
Minneapolis, MN

Email questions, concerns, and requests to or call (612) 522-1212

Webber Park Library opening

Webber Park Library drawing

Save the date of Thursday, May 18 at 5 pm. The countdown for the grand opening of the Webber Park Library has begun. More details will be forthcoming, but we wanted to let you know.

Public art update

The public art committee for Webber Park Library had its third and final meeting on February 8 to hear from five finalists and recommend artists for both the vestibule and service desk area.

Hennepin County Library is partnering with the City of Minneapolis Public Arts Administration to facilitate the development of public artworks for the new Webber Park Library.

The role of the committee is to select, commission and facilitate the installation of public art at the new Webber Park Library as stipulated in the Hennepin County Library Board Policy on Commissioned Public Art.

View more information about this project.

I-94 Open House February 23

I-94 MnDOT map

Thursday, February 23, 4-7 pm [Tomorrow!]

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
2117 West River Parkway, Minneapolis

50 bridges and nine miles of Interstate 94 between Nicollet Avenue and Shingle Creek Parkway are scheduled for a $46 million maintenance and preservation project this spring. There will be substantial impact on motorists. Attend the open house to learn more about the project, driving alternatives, and jobs and internships with MNDoT.
Visit the MN Department of Transportation project page and to sign up for email updates.

Project fact sheet.

Follow this link to RSVP via Facebook.

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Geo: Code 2017

On Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5, join Hennepin County and Open Twin Cities for one of the most important civic events in Twin Cities. This series of open data workshops and conversations connect people who live, work and govern in Hennepin County.

The format is part County Camp and part Code Space. The County Camp is a modified unconference format and participants will help set the agenda. Participants don’t need any technology to participate. The Code Space is a where participants can pick a project or problem to tackle it with a team. If attendees plan to code, they should bring any devices needed such as a laptop or tablet.

Participants are welcome to participate in either or both tracks and to switch between them during the weekend. The goal is to create a more accessible government by working with residents and fans of Hennepin County. The event is free. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Bring your ideas, your experiences and your creativity. Learn more. 

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Hennepin County Library and the Minnesota Historical Society present Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photography Project. This exhibit brings six young American Indian artists together around the theme Power(full), to develop their photography skills in a guided, supportive, and culturally sensitive environment.

The artists will be showing a selection of photographs that empowers their indigenous identity. This exhibit is travelling across Minnesota throughout 2016-2017. The artists include Nolan Berglund, Amoreina Espinosa, Joe Ettawageshik, Shaw Handley, Marco Hunt, and Angel Swann. The exhibit runs from February 8 through March 28 at Cargill Hall at the Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis.

Hennepin County connections: Bridging helps people find their way home

photo Quay C.

Quaylon Crawford enlisted in the Army right out of high school and deployed to Iraq in 2005 as an Infantry scout sniper. While deployed, Crawford got used to sleeping inside metal cargo containers and Bradley Fighting Vehicles or even on the ground. He lived with such a high amount of adrenaline that being amped up became second nature.

But when he came home in 2007, Crawford, like many veterans, discovered that reintegration was just as challenging as war, and he eventually became homeless. Through the VA, Crawford was referred to Bridging, a Twin Cities nonprofit that partners with Hennepin County to operate the country’s largest furniture bank. Click here to learn more about Quay C.’s story.

Watch a video about Bridging and how its services helped Quay.

Free tax preparation assistance

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Tax Day is just around the corner. Find help with your taxes

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free, individualized tax preparation for low-to moderate-income taxpayers - especially those 60 and older. Find a location near you by visiting and click AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Locator. Locations are available in Northeast Minneapolis, North Minneapolis (the North Regional Library, for example), downtown (Hennepin County Government Center), Golden Valley (library) and Plymouth (Plymouth Creek Center).

Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County (CAPSH) also offers free tax assistance. Taxes are prepared and electronically and filed free of charge by certified volunteers.  Tax preparation services are offered February through April for those who meet the income guidelines: $35,000 or less for individuals; $50,000 or less for families. For more information including current schedule, visit the CAPSH website or call 952-697-1414.

Hennepin County a Fit-Friendly worksite

American Heart fitness award

Hennepin County was recognized by the American Heart Association as a Fit-Friendly Worksite for 2016. Worksites throughout the nation can be part of the initiative by making the health and wellness of their employees a priority. Hennepin County was recognized as a Gold Level Fit-Friendly Worksite for offering employees physical activity support, providing healthy eating options, and promoting a wellness culture.

Board news

February 7

County to fund 40 percent of Bottineau LRT engineering

Voting as the Regional Railroad Authority, the board approved $50.9 million of funding to advance engineering of the METRO Blue Line Extension Light Rail Transit Project, commonly known as Bottineau LRT. The Counties Transit Improvement Board is expected to fund the remaining 60 percent required for the engineering phase. Engineering work will position the project to apply for 49 percent of the total $1.5 billion project cost from the Federal Transit Administration later this year. The Bottineau LRT is a proposed 13-mile transit line extending from downtown Minneapolis to Brooklyn Park. 

Read more about Hennepin County's funding commitment. 

Read more about the Bottineau Light Rail Transit Project.

Grant funding accepted for family engagement practice

The board accepted $319,797 of Minnesota Department of Human Services grant funding to continue the Family Group Decision Making Program throughout 2017. The program helps families resolve issues of safety and permanency in the context of preserving child and family well-being. Through meetings facilitated by social workers trained in this model, the program aims to engage family’s informal supports to safely prevent foster care placements, reunite children with their families and help youth in long-term foster care transition to independent living.   

Read more about the grant funding.

Grant funding will help mental health patients transition to community

The board accepted grant funding for the Transitions to Community Initiative, which helps patients transition from mental health hospitals to community settings. Hennepin County will use $651,000 of Minnesota Department of Human Services funding to support county residents experiencing a delay in discharge at the Anoka Regional Treatment Center and the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter, Minnesota.   

Read more about the grant funding.

County to upgrade emergency management software

The board approved $417,923 of upgrades to weather forecasting software used to improve emergency decision-making. Software upgrades will help emergency management staff continue monitoring data collected from real-time environmental sensor stations on severe weather events, including storms, floods, blizzards, heat waves and extreme cold.

Read more about the software upgrades. 

Look for more news on the Hennepin County website at



  • Thursday, March 30, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
    Living Well Workshop. For six weeks, chronic group discussion based with topics including pain management, physical activity, healthy eating. Communicating with health care professionals, and more. For ages 60 and older. Call to register at (612) 787-4045. Living-Well-Workshop
  • Saturday, March 11, 6-7:30 p.m.
    Cinderella Ball. Girls and boys, wear your royal ball attire and dance into the fairy tale! Pose for a picture with Cinderella, or create your very own royal prince or princess crown. Limit 2 adults with each family. Registrations through March 4, Columbia Manor, 3300 Central Ave. N.E.
  • Tuesday, March 14, 21, 28, 3 p.m.
    Friendship Too: Caregiver/Loved One Support Group. East Side Neighborhood Services (ESNS) is hosting a Caregiver Support Group at Adult Day at Friendship Center, 1717 Second St. N.E. A six week program. The care receiver is invited to participate in the Adult Day program during session. Contact Donna (612) 781-2052.
  • Saturday, March 18, 5k, 9 a.m., 10 Mile 9:12 a.m.
    Hot Dash 5K and 10 Mile run. Run Minnesota's premier spring running event. 724 Sibley St. N.E.

North Loop

  • Saturday, March 11, 6-8p.m.
    Stone Voices, Bernice Ficek-Swenson. Traffic Zone for Visual Art. An exhibition of a pigment print installation of 12 photographs and public reception. Traffic Zone, 250 3rd Ave. N. Stone Voices Visual


  • Saturday, March 4, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Strengthen Your Financial Foundation. Hear three financial experts offer an informative class addressing savings strategies, debt management and credit maintenance. Practical worksheets will be shared. Free. Lucy Craft Laney Community School, 3333 Penn Ave. N.
  • Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Northside Housing Fair. For renters and homeowners, housing resources will be available; contractors, financing opportunities, housing organizations to renter resources, neighborhood organizations, and community groups. Vendors and mini-workshops. Lucy Craft Laney Community School. 3333 Penn Ave. N. Northside-Housing-Fair-2017
  • Thursday, March 23, 5-7:30 p.m.
    Taste of West Broadway. A celebration of North Minneapolis assets. Food, fun and connection. Tickets $35. 718 West Broadway. tasteofwestbroadway
  • Thursdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 4-6:00 p.m.
    Lego Robotics. The program provides a space for youth in North Minneapolis to explore the fun and excitement of Science and Engineering. Teams consist of 2-10 kids, ages 9-14 working together to design robots to autonomously complete tasks on a thematic game.125 West Broadway Ave., Suite 130. Lego Robotics Program

Golden Valley

  • Wednesday, March 1, 6:30-8 p.m.
    Poetry Lovers Converge: Read original or favorite poems, or just come and listen. In all languages, for all ages and all authors. Golden Valley Library, 830 Winnetka Avenue N. Learn more about Poetry Lovers Converge
  • March 8, 1-5 p.m.
    Community Blood Drive. Join City of Golden Valley employees and Memorial Blood Centers in giving the gift of life. City Hall parking lot, 7800 Golden Valley Rd. Make your appointment online

Bryn Mawr

  • March 8, 6:30-8:15 p.m.
    Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association Meeting. Bryn Mawr Elementary School. 252 Upton Ave. S.


  • Sunday, February 26, 3-6 p.m.
    And the Beat Goes on Brew Fest 2017. A Fundraising Benefit for the Plymouth Rotary Heart Safe Program. Plymouth Creek Center, 14800 34th Ave. N. Plymouth-Brew-Fest
  • Saturday, March 4, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    The 11th Annual City Sampler. Free open house for residents. Meet the Plymouth Mayor and City Council in an informal setting. City staff will be on hand to provide information about city programs and services. Coffee and light breakfast snacks will be served. Plymouth City Hall, 3400 Plymouth Blvd.
  • Sunday, March 5, 1-4 p.m.
    Healthy Living Fair. Health screenings, educational sessions, active samplers and more. Free. Plymouth Creek Center, 14800 34th Ave. N.
  • Tuesday, March 14, 7-8 p.m.
    Author Talk: Award-winning broadcaster, actor, singer and producer Barry ZeVan the Weatherman has met an amazing cast of characters, including President Harry Truman, Art Linkletter, Howard Hughes, Shirley Jones, and the Empress of Iran. He will share stories from "Barry ZeVan: My Life Among the Giants, A Memoir." Plymouth Library, 15700 36th Ave. N. Barry ZeVan at Plymouth Library

St. Anthony

  • Thursday, March 2, 6:30-8 p.m. St. Anthony Community Theater Workshops. Ages 14 to adult. An improvisation workshop taught by Nathan Weingarden. Cost $20. St. Anthony Community Center, 3301 Silver Lake Rd. St. Anthony Theater Workshops

Multiple communities

  • Thursday, March 2, 1-4 p.m.
    Super Bowl LII Business Connect. Super Bowl Supplier Diversity Workshop. This will be an opportunity for all local and diverse businesses to see what it takes to qualify for this signature NFL program for the most anticipated sports event in 2018! North Central University sanctuary, 910 Elliott Ave., Minneapolis. Super Bowl Supplier Diversity
  • Saturday, March 11-19, 10a.m.-10p.m.
    Twin Cities Auto Show. More than 575 vehicles from 37 foreign and domestic brands. Family fun and local celebrities Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave. S. twincitiesautoshow
  • Saturday and Sunday, March 11-19, 10a.m.-1p.m.
    Mill City Indoor Winter Market. Local produce, meat, cheeses, artisan foods, unique gifts you, live music and kid’s activities! 702 S. 2nd St. MillCityWintermarket
  • Saturday, March 18, 2017, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
    7th Annual Twin Cities Women’s Expo 2017. Minneapolis Convention Center Ballroom, 1301 2nd Ave. S. twincitieswomensexpo

Sunday, February 26, 3-6 p.m.
And the Beat Goes on Brew Fest 2017. A Fundraising Benefit for the Plymouth Rotary Heart Safe Program. Plymouth Creek Center, 14800 34th Ave. N. Plymouth-Brew-Fest


Linda Higgins
Commissioner, District 2

Tina Sanz
Principal Aide

Beverly Hammond
Administrative Secretary

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