District 3 August Newsletter

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Commissioner Marion Greene News from District 3

August 2017

Greetings! We hope our newsletter serves as a resource for staying connected to Hennepin County activities and staying updated on county news and services. 

As always, please reach out with questions, comments, or to learn more about how to get involved.

My best,

Marion Greene


Commissioner Greene Appointed to Metro Mobility Task Force

I have been appointed as the county representative to the Metro Mobility Task Force. This task force will examine the Metro Mobility program to increase program effectiveness and efficiency, minimize program costs and improve service. Metro Mobility is a shared public transportation service for those with disabilities and health conditions.

Read more about this appointment.


Free Career Fair Will Connect Job-Seekers with Recruiting Employers

Job-seekers can connect with actively-recruiting companies at a career fair next week sponsored by the Hennepin County Work and Economic Resource Center. The event is free and open to the public. 

Event details:

  • Monday, August 7 
  • 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
  • Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Central, second floor
  • 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

Job-seekers are encouraged to dress professionally and bring copies of their resumes.
This location is served by several bus routes. Visit www.metrotransit.org or or call 612-373-3333 for more details.

Learn more about the event, including employers, here.

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Board Meeting Highlights

July 18

County Awards Funding to Expand Bicycle and Pedestrian Network

The board awarded a total of $748,000 for bikeway projects and $170,225 for sidewalk projects throughout the county. Projects build on Hennepin County’s efforts to increase safe, comfortable transportation options for residents.

Bikeway funding awards include:  

  • City of St. Louis Park: $20,000 for a feasibility study of a bikeway connection across Highway 100 to the West End commercial area
  • City of Hopkins: $100,000 to close a bikeway gap of the Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail    

Sidewalk funding awards include:

  • Cities of St. Louis Park and Edina : $75,600 for sidewalk construction along France Avenue
  • City of Minneapolis: $12,500 for a citywide study of pedestrian crossings at county roadways  
  • Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board: $20,875 for sidewalk construction along Franklin Avenue    

Learn more about biking and walking in Hennepin County. 

Learn more about this round of bikeway funding awards.

Learn more about this round of sidewalk funding awards.


Construction Will Improve Accessibility along Minneapolis, Wayzata Sidewalks

The board awarded a $437,933 contact to Concrete Idea, Inc. for construction of 42 pedestrian ramps, also called curb ramps, and revisions to four traffic control systems in Minneapolis and Wayzata. These improvements, which meet guidelines for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), will make sidewalks more accessible to people with disabilities.

Learn more about this action.

Learn more about how Hennepin County is working to make sidewalks accessible.

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District 3 Profile


Bryce Maples

LynLake, Uptown Minneapolis

Summer Staff 

Office of Hennepin County Commissioner Marion Greene

Read below to see how Bryce makes Hennepin County tick. 

Describe your work.

As summer staff for County Commissioner Marion Greene I have an array of jobs; every morning I read both local and national newspapers and compile a list of headlines pertinent to our office and send it to the whole team. Some of my other duties include researching policy issues and interacting with constituents to help solve problems.

What part of your job do you find most challenging?

At times I find it challenging to stop researching a policy issue and move on to my next task because I find myself drawn into certain subjects.  

What do you find most enjoyable?

I enjoy most interacting with people throughout the county and community to learn through them. This internship has opened up many opportunities to interact with and learn from others.

What is one thing everyone should know about the work you do?

I think everyone should know more about the board of commissioners in general.  The board is an often ignored but highly influential governing body that does a lot to affect its constituent’s everyday life. 

A Note from Commissioner Greene

Bryce joined our team this summer as part of the Step-Up Intern Program, giving young people from Minneapolis the chance to learn from Hennepin County department directors, court clerks, board of commissioners, and more. He has infused our team with energy this summer, and we will miss him this fall when he returns to school. Learn more about the Achieve Step-Up Intern Program.

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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, August 10:

  • 9:30am -11:30am: Super Bowl LII

Thursday, August 24

  • 9:30am -11:30am: Setting the Max Levy

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County Calendar

Health and Wellness at the Library

Hennepin County Library is offering group and one-to-one health and wellness education at Walker and Washburn libraries during August. Topics include health care directives and health insurance counseling. 

Learn about health and wellness programming and schedule an appointment here.


Light as a Feather Vacation Reads

Hennepin County Library’s eBook offerings liberate your luggage from summer reading. Access more than 311,000 text and audiobook titles for all ages on your phone or tablet. Here are a few ways to do it:

  • Look for the eBook icon in catalog listings and downloading the book to read using the Kindle app.
  • Use your library card to log into the cloudLibrary website, or get the app for your mobile device.
  • Explore local writers and publishers through EBooks Minnesota, on the library website.

Share your summer

Use your library card to access social media tutorials on Lynda.com for free. Card holders can learn how to use social media to share your experiences and images of your summer with friends and family. Among the thousands of classes available, find videos that will teach you the basics of the social networks Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, as well as more advanced topics.

Log on to Lynda.com.

Search for “Learning Instagram.”

Search for “Learning Facebook.”

Search for “Learning Snapchat.”

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About District 3


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

County Information

    Contact us

    Marion Greene
    Commissioner, 3rd District

    Elie Farhat
    Principal Aide

    Nancy Asan
    Administrative Assistant

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