July 2018 E-Newsletter

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Jan Callison - News from District 6

  July 2018


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Jan Callison

In this edition

Board meetings

June 12, 2018

Grant will expand home visits to high-risk families

The board accepted a $2.1 million grant from the Minnesota Department of Health to expand home visits and services that keep families safe, healthy and supported. The county will work with community partners to prevent families from needing late-stage services, such as child protection. 

Read more about this action

Firm to hire residents on probation for Penn-Plymouth construction

The board approved a contract with Tri Construction to build out a floor in a county building at the intersection of Penn and Plymouth avenues in North Minneapolis. As part of the contract, the firm will hire 10 or more county residents through the county's Community Productive Day Program. Tri Construction will also sponsor these individuals into union apprenticeships, where they will begin this new career pathway being paid prevailing wages and receiving full benefits. 

Read more about this action

Read more about contract opportunities with the county.

Read more about Productive Day

Board appoints candidate to Workforce Innovation Opportunity Board

The board appointed Nerita Hughes to the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Board.

View the board action

View more about citizen advisory boards

Grant will support new NorthPoint dental clinic



The board approved a $600,000 grant from Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation to open the Dr. John Williams dental clinic at NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center's 800 West Broadway location in Minneapolis. 

The new clinic will meet the high demand of residents seeking affordable dental care, providing an additional 2,300 annual dental visits per year. By providing increased access to primary oral health care, NorthPoint hopes to reduce health disparities among residents in this area. 

Learn more about this action

June 26, 2018

Schools receive recycling grants


Hennepin County recently awarded eight grants totaling $150,300 to schools and school districts to reduce waste and improve recycling and organics recycling programs. 

The schools and districts receiving grants are: 

  • Calvin Christian School in Edina
  • Hopkins Public Schools
  • Minneapolis Public Schools (11 schools)
  • Minnetonka Public Schools (Minnetonka Middle School East)
  • Nativity of Mary Catholic School in Bloomington
  • Noble Academy in Brooklyn Park and Nompeng Academy in Brooklyn Center
  • Osseo Area Schools (Fair Oaks Elementary) 
  • Prairie Seeds Academy in Brooklyn Park

Read more about these grant awards.

Read more about school recycling in Hennepin County.

New structure will meet demand of child protection court cases

The board approved an action to create a public safety division dedicated to representing parents in child protection cases. During the last three years in Hennepin County, court filings to terminate parental rights have increased by nearly 100 percent. The county will recruit and retain experienced attorneys to meet this demand, meaning cases will be resolved in a more timely manner.

Read more about this action.

County to expand early learning in libraries


The board approved a $750,000 contract to create or revise spaces in up to 10 Hennepin County libraries that support kindergarten readiness and school success. The exhibits will engage children and parents in hands-on activities that encourage reading and learning.

Learn more about Hennepin County Library early learning programs.

Board gets Ketamine update

Hennepin Healthcare System gave an update to the board on use of the sedative ketamine.

View a video of today’s board meeting

Board briefings

In addition to our regularly scheduled board meetings, the board often meets on Thursday mornings to receive board briefings. These are informal opportunities to discuss emerging issues. No votes are taken. Board briefings occur in the board room on the 24th floor of the Hennepin County Government Center and are open to the public.

June 7, 2018

Southdale development

Staff presented the program vision and possible designs for the future Southdale Library at the board briefing. The library, which will be located on the Edina and Richfield border, is expected to be completed in 2021. Project staff have held six community meetings to collect feedback and ideas from the public about what they want to see incorporated into the design and programming of the library, they will be holding another meeting in July.

Legislative update

The board also received an update following the conclusion of the 2018 legislative session. Hennepin County staff were successful in achieving some of the priorities established by the board, including $28.1 million for mental health crisis facilities and $30 million for behavioral health supportive housing. The bonding bill, signed into law by Governor Dayton, also included funding for transportation needs, including $35 million for local roads and $5 million for bridge replacement. One of the top priorities for the board was funding for a regional medical examiner’s facility, which received $15.073 million in the bonding bill.

June 21, 2018


Secretary of State Steve Simon gave the Board an update on election integrity and cyber security. Both Hennepin County and the Secretary of State’s Office have been proactive in protecting elections from outside threats. Secretary of State Steve Simon noted that cyber security is a bipartisan issue, and as a result of the efforts put into protecting Minnesota elections in 2016, the state was able to fend off an attempted attack and had the highest voter turnout rate in the country.  Under the guidance of election administrators, Minnesota continues to be recognized nationally for its clean, transparent elections procedures.

County calendar

July 14, 2018

Author talk: Bao Phi

Author talk

When: Saturday, July 14, 2 to 3 p.m.

Where: Southdale Library, 7001 York Avenue South, Edina

Join us as two-time Minnesota Grand Slam champion and National Poetry Slam finalist Bao Phi discusses his refugee experience, growing up in a racially diverse and economically poor neighborhood in the U.S., and how fatherhood shaped his latest book of poems, “Thousand Star Hotel.”

Learn more about this author talk.

July 15, 2018

Apply for the property appraisal pathway program

Right now, Project for Pride in Living is accepting applications for our new property appraisal pathway program. Trainees will be placed in a full-time, paid trainee position for one year and receive free courses in professional development and property appraisal. Learn more and find information on how to apply here.

July, 2018 - August 13, 2018

Absentee voting

Absentee voting

Now through August 13th, you can vote early for the primary election at city halls across the county and at the Early Vote Center in downtown Minneapolis.  Find out more about voting here.


Become an election judge

election judge

Hennepin County is looking for residents to work as election judges in local elections this year.

Learn more about election judges.

Read more about the application process.

Be a library card carrier

A library card is a ticket to a bigger world. A Hennepin County Library card provides access to not just books, but to an assortment of magazines, CDs and DVDs, as well as an astounding array of online resources.

Learn how to get a Hennepin County Library card.

Keep cool this summer

With summer in Minnesota in full swing, do not take hot days lightly.  All across Hennepin County, there are many options to get inside and out of the heat.  If you or your family have young children or elderly loved ones, it is especially important to take your health seriously with the hot weather.  Visit Hennepin County's webpage on cooling options to find a location near you. 

Wayzata Boulevard Reconstruction Update

Wayzata Blvd

Shoreline area work continues

This week, crews are continuing construction of the new roadway and trail along the shoreline area between Mill Street and Cemetery Road. 

Here is what you can expect this week along the shoreline area:

  • Grading the new trail and roadway with gravel
  • Pouring concrete for curbs and gutters
  • Preparing bases and conduits for new street lights

Paving next week

Crews will return next week to pave between Mill Street and Cemetery Road. Weather permitting, paving is expected to take up to three days to complete.

Access impacts on Martha Lane during paving

Residents and businesses on Martha Lane will experience intermittent closures while crews pave through Martha Lane. The closure will occur on only one of the paving days and should last no more than two hours.

During the closures, people driving can use Mill Street to access businesses and homes. People walking, biking or rolling can continue to use the trail path connecting Mill Street and Martha Lane.

Sidewalk work at Lake Street intersection

On Friday, June 29, crews are scheduled to pour colored concrete at the pedestrian curb ramp on the northwest corner of the Lake Street intersection.

First, forms will be constructed to outline where the pedestrian ramp will be poured. Then, crews will pour the concrete and let it cure.

Weather permitting, the work should only take around two days. One day is needed for the concrete work. An additional day is needed for the concrete to cure, or strengthen for regular use. 

During concrete work, people walking, running and rolling will need to use adjacent sidewalks to get around.

Excavations continue

Between Old Long Lake Road and Luce Line Trail overpass

Crews are continuing excavation work along the northern half of Wayzata Boulevard between Old Long Lake Road and the Luce Line Trail overpass.

This work will cause intermittent traffic impacts this week, as large trucks will be hauling soil in and out of the work areas. Additional crews will be on site to guide traffic during the work.

Weather permitting, excavation work is expected to be complete by end of next week.

Shoulder strengthening work begins late next week

Between Birches on the Lake and Old Long Lake Road

Starting late next week, crews will be doing shoulder strengthening work along the northern half of Wayzata Boulevard between Birches on the Lake and Old Long Lake Road.

The shoulder work will provide extra strength to support traffic when traffic shifts to the northern half of Wayzata Boulevard in mid-July. Weather permitting, we anticipate this work to take up to three days to complete.

While this will not impact through traffic, there will be brief closures to driveways along the northern half of Wayzata Boulevard. Impacted residents and businesses will be notified. People will still have access to Birches on the Lake during our work.

Visiting local businesses

Please remember you can still access all businesses throughout Wayzata Boulevard. Plan ahead and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination.

If you have any concerns about how to access a local business, please call the business you are visiting or the project at 612-543-4275 or email at countyroad112@hennepin.us. 

Staying safe

It is important to follow posted speed limits and construction signs to help you navigate through work zone, including evenings and weekends. Please allow yourself some extra time to reach destinations in the area.

About District 6

District 6 map

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners consists of one commissioner from each of seven districts. I am proud to represent Deephaven, north Eden Prairie, Edina, Excelsior, Greenwood, Hopkins, Long Lake, Minnetonka, Minnetonka Beach, northern Mound, Orono, Shorewood, Spring Park, Tonka Bay, Wayzata and Woodland.

County information

District 6 staff

Jan Callison
6th District

Allyson Sellwood
Policy Aide

Christine Hoyles
Administrative Assistant


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