September Newsletter: Hennepin Commissioner Debbie Goettel

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Election 2018 - voting information

2018 Election

251,042 people cast ballots in Hennepin County for the August 14 primary, the highest turnout for a primary since 1994. Thank you to everyone who was able to vote and took the time to do so. It was a strong message about the value we place on our democracy. There are a few key dates to keep in mind heading towards the November general election.

Jill Crafton and Donald James reappointed to citizen boards

Jill Crafton and Donald James

So much of what the county does is made possible by volunteers appointed to citizen boards. Recently, Eden Prairie's Jill Crafton and Bloomington's Donald James were reappointed to their respective positions. Jill is returning to the board for the Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District. She is playing a key role in fighting invasive species, preventing saltwater run-off into our lakes, and planning for the impact climate change will have on our local waterways. I'm excited to see her work continue.

Donald will serve a second term on the Boards of Appeal and Equalization. With an extensive background in real estate, Donald's experience puts him in an excellent position to help people understand their property taxes and seek a reevaluation of their tax assessments if appropriate. When asked about his work on the board, Donald said, "it was a good thing, a happy thing, to be able to serve Hennepin County residents." We received excellent feedback on his service to the county and taxpayers, and I'm glad to see him return to this role.

Thank you both for lending your leadership to Hennepin County.

Getting to the Great Get-Together... transportation to the State Fair

State Fair - Metro Transit

Metro Transit has got you covered getting to and from the Great Minnesota Get-Together. One important difference this year: weekday buses will start one hour later this year at 9:00am. Visit their website for comprehensive information on hours and locations for a ride to the fair.

Child Protection Citizen Review Panel seeking volunteers

Child Protection

Last year, there were over 20,000 calls made to child protection in Hennepin County. There's so much that needs to change in order to give our children a brighter future, and the Child Protection Citizen Review Panel is a crucial part of that change. We are currently recruiting community volunteers from all backgrounds and perspectives who can offer their insight into how we can better serve children in the child protection system.

Members meet monthly and also serve in subgroups that research specific topics. Recent projects have included (1) The Intersection of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse, (2) Recidivism in the Child Protection System, and (3) Preventing Abuse in Children Age 0 to 3. We ask that you be able to pass a maltreatment background check and commit to a two-year term.

For more information or to get the application, contact Casey Schmig at Hennepin County: 612-596-6802,

Heritage Days & Penn Fest

Heritage Days Penn Fest

District 5 will be alive with music and festivities for Heritage Days in Bloomington and Penn Fest in Richfield. I hope I can see you out there at both.

Heritage Days
Saturday, September 15
Nativity of Mary Church (9900 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington)

  • The parade begins at 10:30am and follows 102nd Street west starting at 3rd Ave S and ending at Harriet Ave.
  • The main stage shows begin at 3:30pm and continue until 11:30pm.
  • More information on the festival's website.

Penn Fest
Sunday, September 16 | noon to 5pm
63rd Street to 75th Street along Penn Avenue in Richfield

Debbie around the district

Since my last newsletter at the beginning of the month, here are a few highlights from my work...

Mall of America transit station groundbreaking

Broke ground for the Mall of America transit station renovation. The transit station there is busiest transit hub in the state, and it will benefit tremendously from the renovations. Thank you to our partners at the Mall of America, the City of Bloomington, and our Hennepin County staff for making this happen.

Check out the renderings of the finished station here.

Realife coffee discussion

Drank coffee and chatted with residents at Realife Cooperative on Wentworth Avenue in Bloomington. I always look forward to hearing directly from constituents around the District. Contact our office, and I would be happy to schedule a time to visit you and your group or community.


Voted in the Primary. Our intern - Kali Courtney - voted for the very first time. If you or someone you know is eligible to vote and hasn't done so recently, I hope you'll give them the encouragement they need (and the resources we provide above!).

Hennepin County Library

Moon Festival

Moon Festival
Saturday, September 15, 2018 (10:30AM – 11:30AM)
Augsburg Park | 7100 Nicollet Ave, Richfield

Enjoy moon tales, cultural performances, dancing along with Hoang Anh Dance Group, lantern making, and a lantern parade with Hung Vuong Association of Minnesota. Collaborators: Richfield Police Multicultural Advisory Committee, Richfield Public Safety, Phoenix Cove Adult Day Center. Funded by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Check out more events at Augsburg Park Library here.

Rehana Alam

Author Talk: Rehana Alam
Monday, September 17, 2018 (7:00PM – 8:30PM)
Eden Prairie | 565 Prairie Center Dr., Eden Prairie

The Tea Trolley relates a story of ordinary people's ordinary lives, providing a multifaceted view of life in Pakistan. In addition to reading from her novel, Alam will discuss how people live, love and get married in Pakistan, showing their similarities to people the world over. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Check out more events at Augsburg Park Library.

Road construction

66th Street in Richfield 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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