May Newsletter: Hennepin Commissioner Debbie Goettel

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Hennepin Happening

Welcome to the District 5 May newsletter! It looks like we've survived winter, and I'm wishing a Happy Mother's Day to all of my fellow moms this month. Scroll down to read more about

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May is Bike Month

May is Bike Month

New to bicycle commuting? Just want to go for a casual ride? Hennepin County has all kinds of resources to get you rolling. We've got interactive bicycle maps, recommendations for routes, safety tips, and a whole lot more.

Serving with CAP-HC


I have served on the Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County's board since taking office over a year ago. Since then, we've worked towards integrating Minneapolis into our service area and achieving our goal of eliminating poverty in our county. To that end, CAP-HC offers services to individuals through energy assistance programs, home-ownership services, food support, free tax assistance, legal services, employment counseling, and financial counseling.

Serving with the organization has been an inspiring venture. Our leadership is composed of members from the private sector, public sector, and community members who currently or previously utilized CAP-HC services. The organization presents an excellent example of how many different stakeholders can come together to make our community a more supportive and nurturing place for everyone.

There's been a lot of hard work and change in this last year, and we were recently awarded with a proclamation from Governor Dayton's office declaring May 2018 as "Community Action Month". Thank you to all of our board members, volunteers, donors, and service recipients. Together, we can all do better.

Learn more about our five-year plan.

Construction season in full swing

Flying Cloud Drive detour

Construction season has begun, and there are several large projects in District 5. Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie is now closed between Charlson and Spring roads until this fall. Major construction on Richfield's 66th Street (between Humboldt and 5th Ave) will be finished by this fall.

Hennepin County provides regular updates and tips for avoiding traffic backups around projects. Sign up to get them directly here.

Sports and environmental grants awarded in Bloomington, Richfield

Hennepin County Youth Sports Grants

This last month, the board approved Hennepin County Youth Sports Grants. Two were awarded to Richfield Public Schools for soccer and basketball equipment, but we didn't receive enough requests to distribute the full amount.

Our girls and boys grow up both mentally and physically stronger when we support sports as part of a healthy lifestyle. I encourage all of our schools, community centers, and youth organizations to apply and take advantage of this program. Learn more here:

The Board also approved two grants to Bloomington ($10,500) and Richfield ($2,100). They will be used to expand public access to recycling containers at the Bloomington Ice Garden and Wood Lake Nature Center.

Mother's Day in District 5

Gideon and Agnes Pond House

Mothers Day at the Pond House

Sunday, May 13 | 1:30pm - 4:00pm
401 E 104th St, Bloomington

Mothers and their children can celebrate this special day by making a simple early American sampler. Dads can help, too! Use burlap and yarn to create a unique keepsake to take home.

House tours of the historic Pond House will also be given from 1:30 – 4 pm. Suggested donation $2, youth through high school are free.

For more information call 952-484-0477 or visit , keywords “Pond House”.

Eden Prairie Mother Son Event

Saturday, May 5 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Eden Prairie Community Center | 16700 Valley View Rd, Eden Prairie

Put on your dancing shoes and favorite sports atire! This "All-Star Evening" includes dancing, listening to hit music, "mom vs. son" sport team activities and light refreshments. Athletic street shoes are preferred; no black-sole shoes.

Event is for ages 3–9 with adult.

Visit and use code: 288901-01

Debbie around the district

Since our last newsletter in April, here are a few highlights from my work...

Commuter Choice Awards
  • Richfield Bike Advocate's Sean Hayford Oleary was the winner of Metro Transit's Commuter Choice Award for Commuter Champion of the Year, and Richfield Chamber of Commerce President Anne Schultz was an honorable mention in the same category. Congratulations to both of you!
DOCCR Banquet
  • Attended the DOCCR's banquet honoring volunteers in our criminal justice system. Our criminal justice system relies on volunteers to run many of the rehabilitative and restorative justice programs in our county jails. I cannot thank them enough.

Hennepin County Library

Bike Maintenance Basics

Bike maintenance basics

Wednesday, May 9, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Oxboro Library, 8801 Portland Avenue South, Bloomington

In this demonstration-style class by a Freewheel Bike technician, learn the essentials of bike maintenance from removing wheels to replacing an inner tube to lubing the chain without covering yourself in oil.

Learn more about this active living event.

Southdale Library

Southdale Library community meeting

Monday, May 21, 7-9 p.m.
7001 York Avenue South, Edina

Southdale is a major resource for much of District 5. Join library staff and architects to learn more about the project.

Read more about the meeting and plans for the new library.

Collecting Wild Mushrooms

Collecting wild mushrooms

Wednesday, May 2, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Augsburg Park Library | 7100 Nicollet Avenue, Richfield

Learn about collecting wild morel and spring mushrooms from Kathy Yerich, co-author of "Mushrooms of the Upper Midwest."

Learn more about this nature program.

Road construction

66th Street in Richfield, Bloomington's Normandale Boulevard, and Eden Prairie's Flying Cloud Drive 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.

Constituent services

Housing crises, energy assistance, child protection, emergency situations; we are here to advocate for you when it comes to navigating local and county services, and we want to help. Please call our office at 612-348-7885 with any questions or for assistance.


Commissioner Debbie Goettel
Hennepin County District 5
Bloomington | Eden Prairie | Richfield
612-348-7885 |

Casey Krolczyk
Principal Aide
612-596-7078 |

Michael Ohama
Policy Director
612-348-7885 |

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