May Newsletter: Hennepin Commissioner Debbie Goettel

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Welcome to the District 5 May newsletter! Scroll down to read more about

  • Legislative and county updates
  • Debbie around the district... what the Commissioner has been up to lately
  • Road construction and staying ahead of traffic
  • Memorial Day information
  • Events in Bloomington, Eden Prairie, and Richfield
  • May is Bike Month! Everything you need to start pedaling

Legislative and County updates

CTIB and Southwest Light Rail

Last month, there was a proposal to dissolve the County Transit Improvement Board in order to provide more local control on transit investment.

Although CTIB will remain in place in the meantime, we are confident that the project will move forward. As of today, the federal budget compromise includes provisions to fully-fund the project. Construction could begin this summer on the 14.5 mile line, bringing an estimated 34,000 weekday riders to and from downtown Minneapolis and Eden Prairie. We are continuing to monitor all developments regarding the Southwest Light Rail. 

Minnesota House and Senate Budgets

Budgets from both houses of the Minnesota state legislature have made significant cuts to local funding for health and human services as well as critical transit infrastructure. We applaud our legislative leaders for including provisions for road construction and repair. However, we feel that the State's unfunded human services mandates and cuts to bus and light rail funding are hurting suburban families and businesses. Our office will continue to work with legislators to address these issues.

Pathway to Policing

Commissioner Goettel met with Bloomington Chief of Police Jeff Potts last month and discussed "Pathway to Policing," a program that helps our law enforcement agencies hire locally and 'second career' applicants complete their licensure requirements. When a police force can hire talented individuals who live in the community and know the people they serve, our families and businesses benefit. We are advocating for a fully-funded program to ensure that our police departments grow and change with our communities.

Debbie around the district

Since our last newsletter in March, here are a few of the highlights from Commissioner Goettel's work...


Toured the South Education Center (SECA), part of Intermediate District 287. Commissioner Goettel is advocating for increased funding at the state legislature to support the teachers, social workers, and staff educating our most at-risk youth.


ME tour

Joined Dr. Andrew Baker for a tour of the Medical Examiner's facility. They have an incredible collection of death records dating back to the late 19th century.


  • Attended a 2-day Undoing Racism conference
  • Met with Bloomington's Parks and Recreation director Randy Quale
CAPSH annual meeting

Joined fellow Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County (CAPHC) board members for the annual meeting.
(Pictured: Karin Keitel, Commissioner Jan Callison, Commissioner Goettel

Bloom public works

Met with Bloomington's Public Works director Karl Keel and staff to learn about the city's key projects and discuss ways for the county to partner with the city (pictured: Karl Keel, Shelly Hanson, Commissioner Goettel, Kirk Roberts)


    blue kids

    Pictured: Commissioner Marion Greene (District 3) and Commissioner Goettel at the National Child Abuse Prevention Month press conference.
    In 2015, 6,332 cases of child abuse were reported in Hennepin County.


    open house

    Commissioner Goettel hosted an open house. She provided updates on her work at the County and tours of the board room and the District 5 public office.



    Commissioner Goettel at the SMART press conference. Read about how Hennepin County is teaming up with local law enforcement to create one sexual assault response team across all agencies.

    Road construction

    66th Street in Richfield and Bloomington's Normandale Boulevard are in the midst of major construction projects. Skip the traffic jams and sign up for updates on the projects impacting your commute.
    You can also visit the Hennepin County website for updates on road maintenance projects and all other road construction.

    Memorial Day | Monday, May 29

    Veterans Memorial

    We encourage everyone to take a few moments this Memorial Day to honor the men and women who gave their lives for our country. There are services at the following times and locations:

    Eden Prairie
    Purgatory Creek Park at 11 a.m.
    13001 Technology Dr, Eden Prairie, MN 55344

    Memorial Day Parade at 9 a.m.
    The parade route begins at Ziegler CAT (901 W 94th St) and continues down Lyndale to the Bloomington Cemetery (10340 Lyndale Ave S).

    Honoring All Veterans Memorial at 2 p.m.
    6400 Portland Ave, Richfield, MN 55423

    Library events


    In Our Own Voice: Living With Mental Illness

    May 9, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. 
    Augsburg Park Library, 7100 Nicollet Avenue, Richfield

    In honor of Mental Health Month, two speakers will share first-hand accounts of what it is like to live with mental illness. They will humanize this misunderstood topic by demonstrating that it's possible - and common - to live well with mental illness. Time for Q&A.

    Learn more about In Our Own Voice: Living With Mental Illness


    Eden Prairie

    Teen Tech Workshop

    May 11, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
    Eden Prairie Library, 565 Prairie Center Dr, Eden Prairie

    Grades 6-12. Get creative and make music, videos, animation and other projects using both high- and low-tech tools, everything from LEGO® Robotics, Raspberry Pi, iPads and 3D printers to sewing machines.

    Learn more about this and other computer and technology events.



    Introduction to Nature Photography

    May 6, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
    Oxboro Library, 8801 Portland Ave S, Bloomington

    Photographing nature is a popular activity for outdoors enthusiasts, but anyone can do it! In this introductory program, learn the basics of taking photographs. Learn the 10 elements of photography and tips for getting great nature shots.

    Learn more about this and other science and nature events.


    Penn Lake

    Used Book Sale

    May 3, 6, and 7, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Penn Lake Library, 8800 Penn Ave S, Bloomington

    Bargain hunters and book lovers take note: the Friends of the Penn Lake Library will hold a sale of hundreds of adult and children's fiction and nonfiction books in hardcover and paperback.

    • Wednesday, May 3, 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Penn Lake Friends, Bloomington teachers, and HCL Friends members only. Join at the door!
    • Saturday, May 6, 9 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Sunday, May 7, noon - 2:00 p.m. Bag Sale

    Learn more about the Used Book Sale.

    May is Bike Month!

    Join Hennepin County and communities across the nation in celebrating Bike Month this May. Every year, riders of all abilities and experience levels come together to celebrate the many benefits of bicycling.

    Visit for a list of ways you can participate in bike month this year, including free bike classes, group rides, special events and more.

    County resources to help you ride

    With more than 226 miles of off-street bikeways and 425 miles of on-street bikeways connecting 45 cities and 1.2 million residents, Hennepin County is your place to ride.

    • Explore our online interactive map to discover great places to ride near you, whatever your experience level.
    • Check out the County’s 2040 Bicycle Transportation Plan to learn more about our vision for connecting people to places by keeping biking simple, safe and fun for everyone.
    • Pick up a free County Bike Map at any one of our county library locations.
    • Get involved in making the county’s vision for bicycling a reality by attending a meeting of the Bicycle Advisory Committee.
    • Look for safety tips, seasonal tricks and other useful information for every type of rider at


    Commissioner Debbie Goettel & Staff

    Hennepin County District 5
    Bloomington | Eden Prairie | Richfield


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