District 3 August Newsletter

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Commissioner Marion Greene - News from District 3

August 2018

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


Star Tribune: Hennepin County Plans to Build its First Secure Mental Health Facility

The Hennepin County Board voted to move forward on a plan to build its own mental health facility.

The board unanimously approved funds to study the feasibility of converting an abandoned building at the workhouse in Plymouth. The short-term facility would house residents or inmates who couldn’t find a secure bed at the Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center, are ready to leave the county jail or are temporarily at Hennepin Healthcare.

Read the article here.

District 3 Profile

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Leila Tite

Software Developer • Public Safety IT
Fern Hill, St. Louis Park 

Describe your work. 

I work for Public Safety IT, where I am a software developer responsible for data integrations between the various computer systems used by the Sheriff's Office. I also manage the collaboration tools used to enhance productivity. I’ve been working here for the past 12 years.

What part of your job do you find most challenging?

The systems we support have to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We have some unique challenges doing upgrades to critical systems and being available when something goes down at the worst possible time. I've gotten called on a Saturday afternoon in the middle of my birthday party and also while I was at a parade.

What do you find most enjoyable?

I enjoy working with people who believe in leveraging everyone's strengths to get things done. It was gratifying doing a small part to help launch the Employee Career Center last year. I'm grateful that Hennepin County has a Women in Science Technology Engineering and Math Employee Resource Group and is taking steps to recruit and maintain more diversity in the workplace.

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

I am a strong proponent of Open Source and Open Data. County employees have high standards for data quality and we can all make better decisions with more transparency.

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 9

  • 9:30am-10:30am: Protected Bikeways on County Roads
  • 10:30am- 12pm: Health and Human Services Quarterly 

Thursday, August 23

  • 9:30am-10:30am: Board/ Authority Proceedings
  • 10:30am-11:30am: 2020 Census

County calendar

Hosmer Library closing for renovation

The 102-year-old Carnegie Library will close on August 27, and reopen in late spring 2019, with updated, more flexible spaces, improved access and other upgrades.

Learn more about the Hosmer Library project plans.

Alchemy 365 outdoor fitness classes

Mondays, August 6, 13, 20, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Target Field Station, 417 5th Street North, Minneapolis

Learn more about Alchemy 365


Most Epic Family Day

Sunday, August 12, noon to 4 p.m.

Target Field Station, 417 5th Street North, Minneapolis

Animals, arts and crafts, games, bounce house and more.

View full schedule and details at mplsdowntown.com/gooutside/. 

Vote early through August 13 for 2018 primary election

Eligible voters can vote absentee — either in-person or by mail — now through August 13.

View your sample ballot from the Secretary of State’s website.

Learn more about preparing to vote.

Learn more about absentee voting

Online Privacy and Security

Thursday, August 16, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Linden Hills Library, 2900 West 43rd Street, Minneapolis

Keeping your personal information private and secure has never been more vital. Find out how to strengthen your Facebook, Google and iPhone settings, learn about easy encryption setup through VPN, and discover other basic security measures. Bring along your device(s), as well as any questions.

Learn more about this personal technology program.


Beat late-summer boredom

DIY (do it yourself) books for kids and teens (and fun adults) can open their eyes to new skills and interests, including science, art, games, fashion and more. Check out Hennepin County Library’s DIY book lists.

DIY nonfiction for children

DIY nonfiction for teens


MnSpin Live

The Friends of the Hennepin County Library, our fundraising partners, are hosting MnSpin Live, featuring five MnSpin artists.

Tuesday, August 21, 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The Hook and Ladder, 3010 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis

Register and learn more.


Homework Help needs volunteers

Help a student and make a difference in your community. Hennepin County Library’s free tutoring service, Homework Help, has openings for new volunteers at all locations.

Learn more about volunteering as a Homework Help tutor

About District 3

3rd District map

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

County Information

Contact us

Marion Greene
Commissioner, 3rd District

Elie Farhat
Principal Aide

Laura Hoffman
District Aide


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