District 3 March Bulletin

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Commissioner Marion Greene - News from District 3

March 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. A special highlight this month is the District 3 profile. Laura Hoffman joined your District 3 team this week and looks forward to working with you.  

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

My best,

Marion Greene


25 Drug Court Graduates Celebrate Recovery

‘It saved my life’ – program graduate

During a commencement ceremony Friday, Hennepin County Drug Court recognized 25 graduates who overcame addiction and abstained from repeating the behaviors that brought them to court.

Drug Court aims to increase public safety by quickly identifying and intervening to break the cycle of chemical dependency and crime. The voluntary program works with nonviolent adult offenders who are chemically dependent.

Marta Chou, Drug Court presiding judge, said it is her privilege to work with a dedicated team of professionals focused on reducing criminal recidivism and illegal drug usage, and improving communities through increased employment, education and housing.

Learn more here. 

Public Hearing

Issuing Debt Under Capital Improvement Program

The board established a public hearing on issuing debt to finance new capital improvements included in the county's 2018-2022 capital improvement program.

  • Tuesday, March 20, 1:30 p.m.
  • Board room (A-2400), Hennepin County Government Center
  • 300 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis

Read more about the public hearing.

Board Meeting Highlights

February 6

Expanded NorthPoint campus design moves forward

The board approved a design for an expanded NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center at the intersection of Penn and Plymouth avenues in North Minneapolis.

On Tuesday, the board also approved a contract to continue design of the new facility. The NorthPoint campus expansion is one component of a larger North Minneapolis Community Wellness Center project.

As part of the larger project, the Estes Funeral Chapel is moving to the southwest corner of Penn and Plymouth avenues. Thor Construction is also developing a corporate office, parking ramp and retail space on the southeast corner of the intersection. 

NorthPoint will remain open throughout construction, slated to take place between fall 2018 and summer 2020. 

Read more about this action.

Read more about the campus expansion project


Board Awards Seven Natural Resource Grants

The board awarded Natural Resources Good Steward grants to three landowners and the following organizations to preserve, protect or improve natural resources and water quality:

  • Minneapolis Public Schools – Field Community School to install rain gardens, provide educational signage and enhance curriculum 
  • Metro Blooms/Nokomis East Neighborhood (Minneapolis) to install a variety of stormwater management systems, including rain gardens, native plantings and permeable pavement throughout the neighborhood 
  • Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood Association (Minneapolis) to install up to 20 rain gardens throughout this neighborhood

Hennepin County also awarded a Natural Resources Opportunity grant to Metro Blooms to implement the first two years of a five-year storm water retrofit plan for an apartment complex in Brooklyn Park.

Learn more about this action.

Learn more about Hennepin County natural resources grant funding.


February 22

Funding Will Expand Team Fighting Youth Sex Trafficking

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Four representatives from the Women's Foundation of Minnesota pose with the Hennepin County Board. 

The board accepted a $100,000 grant from the Women's Foundation of Minnesota to dedicate an additional staff member to a team investigating and prosecuting sex trafficking crimes. Many thanks to Deputy County Attorney Lolita Ulloa, who helped make this grant possible. 

This new position will join six other staff dedicated to the county's work on No Wrong Door and Safe Harbor initiatives. These initiatives focus on the principle that sexually exploited youth should be treated as survivors and victims, rather than criminals.

County staff work year-round to combat this persistent issue. The number of sex trafficking cases submitted to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office increased from 27 in 2015 to 95 in 2017, thanks in part to improved understanding of these complex cases. 

Read more about this action.

Learn more about the county's work to help sexually exploited youth

District 3 Profile


Laura Hoffman 

East Hennepin, South Minneapolis 

District Aide, Office of Commissioner Greene

Tell us a bit about yourself. 

Well, as you can see from the profile picture, I'm really excited to join Commissioner Greene's Office as District Aide. I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Political Science in 2013. I’ve spent the last few years working in campaign management and community organizing.

Describe your work as District Aide. 

As the District Aide for District 3, I have a wide range of responsibilities. I’m usually the first point of contact for constituents calling with questions or concerns; I also handle scheduling and committee prep for the Commissioner.  I will assist in developing the office’s relationships with community organizations and constituents, occasionally attend meetings on behalf of the commissioner, and help District 3 maintain a strong social media presence. 

What do you find most enjoyable?

I’m excited to use my previous experience to make county government and District 3 operations even more accessible to the community and to show the public all the amazing things that happen here on a daily basis!

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

We’re here to help you! If you have a question about a policy, an issue in your neighborhood, or an opinion to voice, we want to hear about it. Hennepin County has so many amazing resources available to its residents, and we want to make sure that you’re able to take full advantage of them.

Mondays with Marion

March Schedule 

As 2018 gets into full swing, I want to issue this spring’s schedule of community “office hours.” (I am always available for 1:1 appointments, so don’t feel limited to these hours; if something is on your mind please reach out.)

Issues are taken up in two week cycles, first on Tuesdays in Committee meetings, then voted on on the following Tuesday during Board meetings. "Office Hours" are planned on Monday evenings the night before Committee meetings.

Mondays before committee meetings, 5pm – 7pm

March 19

  • Yum! Kitchen
  • 4000 Minnetonka Blvd, St. Louis Park

April 2

  • Vicinity Coffee
  • 3350 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis

April 16

  • Caffetto Coffee House
  • 708 W 22nd St, Minneapolis 

April 30

  • Five Watt Coffee Kingfield 
  • 3745 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis

Please come with friends, family, community groups, advocacy groups, or with your own perspectives. Contact me office ahead of time, or just show up; I look forward to talking about how to improve our community for everyone. 

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.

Wednesday, March 21:

  • 9:30am -11:30am: Transportation and Transit 

County calendar

MnSpin is a stage for local musicians

Chess Club is a winning move at Minneapolis Central Library

  • Games of pickup chess are an island of contemplation in the atrium of the busiest library in the county. 
  • Read more about Chess Club.

Laughter is a channel for discussion

  • BLACKOUT Improv is a mix of comedy, social justice and arts access. This all-black troupe masterfully creates comedic dialogue around serious truths by examining difficult topics and current events. Performances planned during March and April at Minneapolis Central, Hosmer, Sumner and Brookdale libraries.
  • Learn more about Laughing Matters events, including dates and locations.

March is Women’s History Month

Tibetan Lunar New Year

  • Saturday, March 3, 3 to 4 p.m.
  • Walker Library, 2880 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis
  • Celebrate Tibetan Lunar New Year - LOSAR! Phuntsok D. Tsawog and friends will perform traditional Tibetan music and cultural dance. Feel free to attend in traditional clothing.
  • Learn more about this Celebrate Asia event.

About District 3

3rd District map

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

Laura Hoffman
District Aide



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