November 2017 News and Updates from Commissioner Higgins

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November 2017

Dale Higgins

From elections to light rail, you can find great information in this edition of our District 2 newsletter. Thanks to Tina Sanz and Beverly Hammond in my office, who deliver usable information to you every month!

In November, we honor veterans with Veterans Day. Hennepin County is committed to providing services to veterans in many areas, but especially our Veterans Services and Veteran Court. A reminder that most County offices will be closed on November 10. Thank you to all veterans who have helped make this great country what it is! Pictured is my dad, Dale Higgins, who served in the Army in World War II as an airplane mechanic.

Be sure to check out all the great upcoming events this month, and think about subscribing to other interesting topics offered by Hennepin County.

And don’t forget to vote on Tuesday!

Cordially,

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Elections iPad

All Hennepin County voters will check in using iPads on Election Day

Elections officials will check in voters on November 7 using a secure e-poll book system in all Hennepin County cities that have elections. 

This is the first year that Minneapolis will use e-poll book iPads to check in voters. In the 2016 election, more than 356,000 Hennepin County voters successfully checked in using e-poll books in the 44 Hennepin County cities other than Minneapolis.

With the new e-poll book system, voters can choose any line to check in. They no longer need to find the specific line designated by their last name.

Paper records will be available at all polling places as backup, and election judges will use the paper backups in the case of technical difficulties, to ensure voting continues.

The voter registration information in the e-poll books is never connected to the ballot counting machines or results reporting process. The two systems function independently and never transfer information between each other.

To check if there is an election in their area and to find the appropriate polling place, voters can view a sample ballot from the Secretary of State’s website. View sample ballot.

For more information about elections in Hennepin County, visit hennepin.us/elections.

Vote early October 31 to November 6

Vote sign

Eligible voters will place their ballots directly into a ballot counter when voting in person October 31 through November 6. 

Voting machines will record votes as they are turned in, but will not report results until after polls close on Election Day, November 7. 

Voters who cast their ballot before October 31 placed their ballot into a series of envelopes to be counted on Election Day, rather than placing their ballot directly into the ballot counter.

In-person absentee voting is available now at city halls and school district offices across Hennepin County and at the Early Vote Center in downtown Minneapolis. Each city or school district location can accommodate voters who live in that particular city or school district. Check available locations to vote early.

From the Secretary of State’s website, voters can check if there is an election in their area and view a sample ballot.  

For additional information about elections in Hennepin County, visit hennepin.us/elections.

Highway 55 closure and construction of Bassett Creek storm sewer

Highway 55 construction map

One of the early parts of Blue Line Extension (Bottineau) LRT construction started this week with Highway 55 (Olson Memorial Highway) just west of downtown Minneapolis closing between Van White Memorial Blvd. and W. Lyndale Ave. N. This section of Highway 55 will be closed for about two weeks to replace a structurally deficient storm sewer. The work also will save time and money later when a Blue Line Extension light rail station is built at the intersection above the sewer’s present location. During construction, traffic will be detoured to Highway 100 and Interstate 394. 

The work is being coordinated with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Minneapolis in preparation for the start of Blue Line Extension LRT heavy construction. MnDOT identified the 130-year old storm sewer pipe as structurally deficient and budgeted $3.2 million to replace it.

More information on the Highway 55 construction (including a map) and the plans for the Blue Line extension is on the project’s website.

KMSP story on the construction.

November 15 meeting – Southwest LRT freight rail corridor proposed protection wall

SW LRT meeting

Learn about the design of the proposed corridor protection wall between freight rail and light rail tracks in Minneapolis and give your input on aesthetic design options. 

Between Glenwood Ave. and the Bryn Mawr Station in Minneapolis, METRO Green Line Extension tracks will run parallel to high volume mainline freight rail tracks (the Wayzata Subdivision). The current design of the Southwest LRT project includes protection for bridge piers and other corridor elements in this area. The additional corridor protection wall between the freight rail and light rail tracks is required by BNSF as a condition for allowing the LRT tracks to be built on its right of way.

5 to 7 pm, Wednesday, November 15
Bryn Mawr Elementary School Cafeteria
252 Upton Ave. S., Minneapolis

For more information about the proposed corridor protection wall and to view a video of the area, visit the project’s website at SWLRT.org. If you cannot attend this meeting, a comment form and open house materials will be posted on the website to receive your feedback.

November is Native American month

November is National Native American Heritage Month

Learn more about the indigenous people of North America with your library card. Look up the database, American Indian Experience: The American Mosaic, which includes treaties, speeches, traditional tales, maps and photos.

Access American Indian Experience from the Hennepin County Library (library card needed).

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.

Catherine Johnson appointed Community Corrections and Rehabilitation director

Catherine Johnson

Catherine Johnson is the new director of Hennepin County Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation, effective early December. Johnson brings 22 years of leadership experience with the Minneapolis Police Department to this position. She most recently served as inspector of the department’s Third Precinct in south Minneapolis and previously served as a division commander. In addition, Johnson currently cochairs the Hennepin County Adult Detention Initiative, an effort to reduce disparities within the criminal justice system.  

Read more about this appointment.  

Learn about lead hazards and grant programs

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Lead poisoning is a persistent issue in communities across the country, and in Hennepin County. Lead poisoning is of special concern in communities with houses built before 1978 ‒ the year lead paint was banned. Approximately 150,000 homes in Hennepin County have lead paint hazards.

Lead poisoning is most common in young children living in older homes with lead paint. In 2015, 387 children in Hennepin County tested with high blood lead levels. Lead exposure can cause serious health issues in young children including:

  • Brain and nervous system damage
  • Slowed growth and development
  • Learning and behavior problems.

Lead hazards are 100 percent preventable.

See video about lead hazards.

Residents who want to learn more about our lead grant program can visit our website, hennepin.us/leadcontrol, at healthyhomes@hennepin.us or 612-543-4182.

Zero Waste Challenge receives statewide green project award

zero waste family

Hennepin County’s Zero Waste Challenge received the Green Project Award from the Recycling Association of Minnesota at their annual conference in October. The Green Project Award recognizes an innovative project in Minnesota that has demonstrated outstanding environmental results.

In the first year of the Zero Waste Challenge, Hennepin County staff worked with 133 adults and children to track the waste they generated and take specific actions to prevent waste and increase recycling. The county started working with the second cohort of Zero Waste Challenge families in September.

For other environmental stories, see Hennepin Green Notes, a monthly e-newsletter highlighting environmental programs, news and events from Hennepin County.

Sign up to receive Green Notes.

Teen birth rates decrease again in 2016

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Hennepin County’s program Better Together Hennepin helps youth make informed decisions about their sexual health, assures access to reproductive health care and provides caring, approachable adults who can answer their questions and provide guidance.

For 2016:

  • Teen births in Hennepin County decreased 12.4%, at a rate higher than the 11.3% statewide decrease.
  • 418 females ages 15 to 19 gave birth in 2016, compared with 477 in 2015.
  • The 2016 birth rate of 11.7 births per 1,000 females ages 15 to 19 makes for a 66% decline in teen birth rates in the past ten years. The number of repeat births to teens is also at a 10-year low: 13.4% of all teen births.

The news about continued reductions in teen birth rates came shortly after an unfortunate announcement from the Trump Administration that it cut more than $213 million in funding to the Health and Human Services Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. Better Together Hennepin’s $1.5 million grant – along with the grants of 80 similar initiatives across the country – was cut from five years to three and will end June 30, 2018.

For more information, visit the Better Together Hennepin webpage at hennepin.us/bettertogether.

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News you can use from Hennepin County Libraries

Write your novel at a Hennepin County library

Whether you need quiet spaces, moral support or technical help to transform your idea into a novel, you can find it at Hennepin County Library. Learn about a new online publishing platform and other resources available to writers.

Read more about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) at Hennepin County Library.

Read for gratitude

On October 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving, saying, “The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies...It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.”

Here are some books about finding gratitude in our daily lives.

Discover seasonal cooking inspiration

Need last-minute recipes and inspiration for seasonal entertaining? The library can help you plan a menu even while you’re cozied up on the couch. Log in to these online resources with your library card anytime, anywhere:

  • PressReader: Page through daily newspapers or search across titles. Check out the Star Tribune Taste section on Thursdays, Food in the LA Times on Saturdays, and other food sections in hundreds of newspapers, any day of the week.
  • Overdrive and cloudLibrary: Get free access to thousands of downloadable cookbooks and entertaining guides. Browse cooking categories for titles that are available right now or see what’s coming soon and request next season’s cookbooks today.

Bring recipes right into the kitchen by downloading the PressReader, Overdrive and cloudLibrary apps to view on your mobile device.

Golden Valley will soon have a new Brookview Community Center

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Golden Valley’s new Brookview Community Center is proceeding nicely! The old building dated to the 1920s and had been expanded and remodeled several times. With critical repairs looming, Golden Valley was faced with either investing in maintenance of the aging building or investing in a new building that better suits community needs. 

A City Council-appointed citizen task force spent nine months in 2014 studying how Brookview Community Center meets Golden Valley’s needs for recreation programming, meeting spaces, banquet facilities, and community gathering spots as well as the needs of its golf customers. After considering tax impacts for the range of costs involved, the City Council approved a general design plan and contract for an $18.2 million project.

The new 37,000-square-foot Brookview building will be a year-round community gathering spot offering recreation, relaxation, and celebration opportunities for people of all ages:

  • Brookview Golf and Lawn Bowling
  • Three One Six Bar + Grill, a full-service restaurant.
  • The Backyard, a multi-level indoor playground for kids ages 2–12.
  • The Bassett Creek Room with full-service banquet capabilities for up to 228 people, the Valley Room for smaller groups of up to 50 people, and the Rice Lake Room and Sweeney Lake Room for meetings of around 12 people.

Brookview will also be headquarters for Golden Valley’s Parks and Recreation operation as well as the home base for Golden Valley Seniors activities. If you have questions about the project, contact Rick Birno, Parks and Recreation Director.

adoptive family

Thank an adoptive family

November is National Adoption Month, when we take time to celebrate adoptive families whose love and kindness make our community a better place. As of mid-October in Hennepin County, 111 children have been adopted into 77 families this year. National Adoption Month is also a great time to salute our private partners, Ampersand Families, Kindred Family Focus, North Homes and Children’s Home Society and Lutheran Social Services, who work tirelessly with us to make sure every child and teen has the best possible start. If you know an adoptive family, please take a moment to thank them for bringing more kindness to our community.

Information about foster and adoptive families.

Green Tip: Compost your pumpkins

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Millions of pumpkins and decorative gourds end up in the trash after Halloween when they could be put to better use by being composted or sent to a farm to feed animals. So don’t BOOhoo about your post-Halloween pumpkin – recycle it instead!

The following options are available:

Residents with organics recycling service at home or access to a drop-off site can include pumpkins in their organics recycling.

Pumpkins can be composted in backyard compost bins.

The Hennepin County Drop-off Facility in Brooklyn Park and the Maple Grove Yard Waste Site, which are both open to all residents in the county, accept pumpkins.

Residents of Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal and New Hope can drop off pumpkins at Brooklyn Park Central Park from October 31 and November 6.

Residents of Plymouth can drop off pumpkins at the Plymouth Maintenance Facility, 14900 23rd Ave. N., from October 31 to November 12.

Remember to remove all candles, wax, and decorations, and throw any painted or bejeweled pumpkins in the garbage.

 

Hennepin career fair

Find your next job at free career fair

Connect with employers hiring for jobs in transportation, customer service, healthcare, sales, maintenance and more. 

9 am to 2 pm, Monday, November 6
Minneapolis Convention Center, room 200D
1301 2nd Ave. S., Minneapolis

Job seekers are encouraged to dress professionally and bring copies of their resumes. The career fair features:

  • More than 40 employers 
  • Tips for career fair success
  • An employer panel
  • Job search assistance
  • Lunch and refreshments

View full event schedule. Learn more at hennepin.us/employmentservices.

Groups can now adopt a highway online

adopt-a-highway sign

Hennepin County’s new online Adopt-A-Highway system allows users to navigate to an exact road and segment and know right away if it is available to adopt. People interested can adopt and later report back on a segment with just a few clicks.

The county created this new system based on user feedback for a simpler process to adopt a segment, report pickups and update user profiles. Every year roughly 1,000 program volunteers collect around 30,000 pounds of trash. The effort annually saves the county about $125,000.

Individuals, companies, clubs, families and other groups pick up litter along approximately a two mile segment twice a year. In return, Hennepin County places signs at the ends of the segments to recognize and thank the volunteer groups for their efforts.

The map and additional information is available at hennepin.us/adoptahighway.

Minneapolis manages Adopt-a-Street/Highway programs in the city limits - including for county roads.

Green gifts fair November 18

green gifts fair

Plan to do some eco-friendly shopping and support local vendors at Do It Green! Minnesota’s 12th Annual Green Gifts Fair on Saturday, November 18 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis ($1 donation per person suggested).

There will be more than 80 vendors with environmentally friendly gift options, green living demos in multiple languages, a creative expressions lab, free music, and a family passport with prizes! Be sure to stop by Hennepin County Environment and Energy’s table, where we will demo green gift wrapping techniques.

Hennepin Natural Resources Partnership Forum

Natural Resources Forum

Join a discussion about improving conservation services in Hennepin County at the next natural resources partnership forum. The forum will feature a presentation from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources about an audit they conducted of Hennepin County conservation services followed by an interactive discussion about how Hennepin County can best implement the recommendations from the audit.

The forum will be held December 7 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Location is yet to be determined. RSVP to stacey.lijewski@hennepin.us or 612-348-9938.

Board news

October 24

Design begins for regional medical examiner's facility  

The board approved a contract for initial design of a new regional medical examiner’s facility, anticipated to open as early as 2020 in Minnetonka.

At 69,000 square feet, the proposed facility would be considerably larger than the current building, located in downtown Minneapolis near the Hennepin County Medical Center. It would be located on county property next to the County Home School and near Interstate 494 and County Road 62.

A larger, improved facility would equip staff to handle growing case volumes and help train, recruit and retain the most qualified forensic science professionals. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office is the largest in the state, providing services for deaths that occur in Hennepin, Dakota and Scott counties.  The existing Hennepin County Medical Examiner facility and site do not provide sufficient space for the needs of the growing service areas and the mission critical function of medical examiner services.

Hennepin County is seeking $26.2 million in state bonding for the $57.8 million project, which may begin construction as early as August 2019. Hennepin County will enter into a $755,498 contract with Leo A. Daly Company to complete this first phase of design work. 

Read more about this project.

Read more about this action.

Hennepin County Library‒Hosmer renovation project moves forward

The board approved an initial design for renovations of the Hennepin County Library–Hosmer in the Powderhorn neighborhood of south Minneapolis. The board also approved a contract to continue design work and authorized staff to issue a request for proposals for construction. Renovations will begin in spring 2018 and cost an estimated $4.4 million. The library will close for several months and reopen by the end of 2018. Upgrades will include improved access to library services, new furnishings and increased access to technology.

Read more about the project.

Read more about this action.

Agreement will support commercial clean energy projects

The board approved an agreement with the St. Paul Port Authority that will advance commercial and industrial energy efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout the county. On behalf of cities and to assist property owners, Hennepin County will apply property tax assessments on commercial properties that participate in Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. Facilitated by the Port Authority, this program helps commercial properties overcome financial challenges to making energy-saving and clean energy upgrades. This agreement allows financing to remain in place following property sales, ensuring property owners pay for the portion of projects from which they benefit.

Read more about this agreement.

Funding will continue connecting clients at county jail to recovery services

The board accepted renewed grant funding to help link people who are at high risk to return to jail with services in the community. This action will continue to fund a position for the integrated access team, a group that works with people who have significant mental health and chemical dependency issues. This multidisciplinary group of social workers, chemical health counselors, housing specialists and community health staff work with Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office staff and medical staff at the jail.

Learn more about the countys justice behavioral health initiatives.

Learn more about this action.

Grant funding will support advocacy for African-American crime victims

The board accepted a $280,000 Minnesota Department of Public Safety grant to provide client assistance and employ two advocates who will serve African-American crime victims. These advocates recently joined the victim services division of the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office. Advocates support victims by providing case updates, explaining court procedures, answering questions, making referrals and offering other forms of assistance.

Read more about the victim services division

Medical examiner’s office recognized for identifying powerful new opioid

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office recently received national recognition for identifying a powerful opioid, Carfentanil, as the cause of multiple overdose-related deaths. Assistant Hennepin County Medical Examiner Dr. Rebecca Wilcoxon accepted the Susan P. Baker Public Health Impact Award last week at the National Association of Medical Examiner’s annual scientific meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona. Earlier this year, the Medical Examiner's Office identified the drug as the cause of 11 overdose-related deaths — and worked with agencies at all levels to organize a public health response. Carfentanil, a drug 100 times more potent than the already dangerous fentanyl, cannot yet be detected using routine toxicology tests. 

Upcoming hearings for county's 2018 budget

Capital budgeting task force and fees

Thursday, November 2, 9:30 to 11:30 am

Public safety

Tuesday, November 21, 9 am to noon

Truth-in-taxation public meeting

Tuesday, November 28, 6 pm Participants can park free after 5 pm in the Government Center ramp. Enter on 3rd Ave. S.

Commissioner amendments

Thursday, November 30, 9 - 11:30 am

Commissioner amendments

Wednesday, December 6, 1 - 4 pm

County board vote on 2018 budget and levy

Tuesday, December 12, 1:30 pm

October 10

Action continues plan to pay off Target Field debt decade early

The board approved an action that will keep the county on track to pay off Target Field debt by 2027, a decade earlier than anticipated.

The county invested $350 million in the construction of Target Field with proceeds from three bonds. Those bonds are payable solely from the 0.15% ballpark sales tax imposed in 2006. To date, the county has paid off $79.2 million of the bonds early. Favorable interest rates, as well as the early payments and shortening the debt, have resulted in over $150 million of savings.

The sales tax also funds extended library hours and the county’s Youth Sports Program. Since 2009, $19.6 million of youth sports grants have helped fund 373 projects to build or improve sports facilities and playgrounds. In addition, funds provide sports equipment and improved access to swimming lessons throughout the county.

Read more about this action.

Read more about Hennepin County Youth Sports.

County to sell property near U.S. Bank Stadium to affordable housing developer

The board, voting as the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority, authorized the negotiation of a $2.45 million purchase agreement to sell surplus property next to U.S. Bank Stadium to affordable housing developer AEON. Located at 301 10th Ave. S., the 25,000-square-foot property was formerly part of the Dome Spur railroad corridor. The railroad authority purchased the corridor from Soo Line Railroad Company in 1991 and later transferred the corridor to the Metropolitan Council for the METRO Blue Line (Hiawatha), with the exception of this parcel. In August, the railroad authority issued a request for proposals for purchase of this property. AEON’s proposal to develop affordable housing was selected.

Program continues helping young parents reach educational goals

The board accepted renewed Innovations grant funding from Minnesota Department of Human Services that will help more than 120 young parents with low incomes continue their education and prepare for careers. The program engages and supports young people who receive cash and food assistance to complete their high school diploma or GED and begin college or post-secondary career training. Hennepin County contracts with the MVNA, a subsidiary of Hennepin Healthcare System, and HIRED, a community non-profit organization, to operate the program.

Read more about the grant funding.

Read more about the Pathways Program.

Look for more news on the Hennepin County website at hennepin.us/news.

Events

North Loop

  • Saturday, November 18, 7-9pm
    Public reception: Traffic Zone Gallery presents Construction, an exhibit of new work by Patrick Pryor, 250 3rd Ave. N. trafficzonegallery.com  

Northeast

  • Friday, November 3, 5-10pm; Saturday, November 4, 12-8pm; Sunday, November 5, 12-5pm
    20th Annual Art Attack 2017. Enjoy music, demonstrations, interactive art experiences and food trucks. Northrop King Building, 1500 Jackson St. NE. artattack.com
  • Mondays in November, 2-4pm
    Job Search Assistance. Get one-to-one assistance with a job counselor. Includes applications, writing your résumé, and finding job leads. Northeast Library, 2200 Central Ave. NE. jobsearchassistance.com
  • Wednesday, November 8, 7-8:30pm
    American Craft Council Library Salon Series: Take a Walk in Amara Hark-Weber’s Shoes. Amara is one of a small handful of traditionally trained custom shoemakers in the United States. Explore the world of contemporary shoemaking. Free. American Craft Council Library, 1224 Marshall St. NE, Suite 200. amara-hark-webers-shoes.com
  • Thursday, November 8, 5:30-7pm
    The American Indian Community and Effective Engagement Evening. Provides cultural and social insight on how to effectively engage the American-Indian community. Learn the historical beginnings to Minneapolis, cultural norms, current issues affecting the community, and effective community engagement practices. East Side Neighborhood Services,1700 2nd St. NE. americanindiancommunityengagement.com

North

  • Thursday, November 2, 6:30-7:45pm
    The Woodson Lectures: Their Side of the Story: Black Women’s Economic Activism during the Civil Rights Movement. Crystal Moten, PhD, will illuminate black working women’s everyday activism during the 1950s and 1960s in America. Sumner Library, 611 Van White Memorial Blvd. woodsonlectures.com
  • Thursday, November 2, 7:30-8:45am
    Hawthorne Huddle. Guest speaker Superintendent Ed Graf will discuss his plans for Minneapolis Public Schools, as well as community engagement. Multipurpose Room at Fairview Park, 621 29th Ave. N. hawthornehuddle.com
  • Saturday, November 4 through Sunday, November 5, 10am-6:30pm
    Christmas Bazaar. Holiday crafts, silent auction and photos with Santa. The Church of the Ascension, 17th and Dupont Ave. christmasboutique.com
  • Saturday, November 4, 1-3pm
    Northside Neighborhoods' Chili Cook Off. Hot prizes for the best chili. Entrants will be judged by anonymous ballot. Tasting begins at 1pm. Entrants may bring chili starting at noon to heat. Bring at least 4 quarts of chili if you are planning to enter the contest. $5 entry fee. Bohanon Park, 4917 Bryant Ave. N. www.lindbohanon.org
  • Wednesday, November 8, 6pm-7:30pm
    Minneapolis Homes Buy-Build-Rehab Program. Information for both homebuyers and developers including homebuyer assistance programs and how to purchase city-owned vacant land and vacant buildings. Davis Center, 1250 West Broadway. MinneapolisHomesProgram.com
  • Thursday, November 9 through December 16 Thursdays to Saturdays, 12-6pm, Saturday, November 11, 6-8pm
    Mapping North On exhibit. Opening reception. An exhibition of photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, installation and video by seven visual artists and six poets and writers. Form and Content Gallery, 210 2nd St. N. mappingnorth.com  
  • Saturday, November 18, 2-5pm
    Oak Park Harvest Fest. Free harvest meal and children’s activities. 1701 Oak Park Ave. www.pillsburyunited.org 
  • Saturday, November 18, 9:30am-12pm
    Work of Art: Business Plans for Artists. Learn how to prepare a simple business plan in arts-friendly language to help you organize all the various aspects of your artistic practice and make informed business decisions. Sumner Library, 611 Van White Memorial Blvd. Register online, businessplansforartists.com  
  • Saturday, November 18, 11-5pm
    Minnesota Black Author’s Expo. Support the work of black authors and engage in the community. Authors display their talents, network. Come meet, greet, and buy books from a diverse group of Black authors in the Twin Cities. Juxtaposition Arts, 1108 West Broadway. blackauthorexpo.com

Golden Valley

  • Friday, November 3, 8am-3pm; Saturday, November 4, 8am-1pm; Saturday, November 11, 7am-1pm
    Fall Leaf Drop-Off. The annual event provides residents a monitored site to dispose of their leaves at no charge. Large parking lot at Brookview Park, 200 Brookview Pkwy. N. For more information, Fall Leaf Drop Off

Plymouth

  • Saturday, November 4, 10am-4pm
    Friends of the Plymouth Library book sale. All books are withdrawn from the Hennepin County Library system or donated by the public. Plymouth Library, 15700 36th Ave. N. plymouthlibrarybooksale.com  
  • Tuesday, November 14, 6:30-7:45pm
    Plymouth Home Alone Workshop for Children. For children ages 8 to10. Children will learn how to respond to an emergency if they’re home alone. Public safety staff will work interactively with participants to discuss a variety of scenarios and issues. $5 registration. Plymouth Public Safety Building, 2nd floor training room, 3400 Plymouth Blvd. homealoneworkshop.com
  • Saturday, November 18 through Sunday, November 19, 10am-5pm
    Plymouth Arts Fair. Art exhibit of regional artists, music, sleigh rides and treats. Plymouth Creek Center. 14800 34th Ave. N. plymouthartsfair.com

Bryn Mawr

  • Wednesday, November 8, 7:30-9am
    Southwest LRT Corridor Protection Wall Tour. Walking tours of the corridor protection wall area will begin where the Kenilworth Trail meets the North Cedar Lake Trail, near the future location of the Bryn Mawr light rail station. Register: SWLRTWalkingTour  
  • November 16, 6:00 pm-8:00pm
    Bryn Mawr Harvest Dinner. Celebrate fall and give thanks. The Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association will provide home-roasted turkey; bring a side dish or dessert to share. Bryn Mawr Elementary School, 252 Upton Ave S. harvestdinner.com

St. Anthony

  • November 16, 5:00pm-7:00pm
    SAV Chamber Raise a Glass to Business and Adopt A St. Anthony Family for the Holidays Collection Kick-Off Happy Hour. Happy hour drink specials and free appetizer buffet. The Village Pub, 2720 County Rd 88. Raiseaglassfunddrive.com  

Medicine Lake

  • Thursday, November 9, 7:00pm
    Lions Dinner Meeting and Social. Speaker, Kari Hitchcock, Home Free. Medicine Lake City Hall, 10609 South Shore Drive. DinnerMeeting.com

Contact

Linda Higgins
Commissioner, District 2
612-348-7882
www.hennepin.us/higgins

Tina Sanz
Principal Aide
612-348-5335

Beverly Hammond
Administrative Secretary
612-348-3526

You can also send comments via my feedback form.

 
 

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