November Newsletter: Hennepin Commissioner Debbie Goettel

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Election Day - November 6

Election Day November 6

Election Day is just around the corner, and Hennepin County has already received 82,000 ballots during early voting. Here are the key dates and information you need to vote.

Opportuntities for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving in District 5

Share In The Feast

Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:30pm

Everyone deserves to have a place where they feel safe and at home, especially on Thanksgiving. The City of Bloomington is partnering with the Bloomington Covenant Church and the Atonement Lutheran Church to provide free Thanksgiving meals. Reservations are required by Monday, November 19.

Bloomington Covenant Church
10150 Xerxes Avenue South
Bloomington, MN 55431

Atonement Lutheran Church
601 East 98th Street
Bloomington, MN 55420

952-563-4944 |


Happy Hour for Hunger

Happy Hour for Hunger: Thanksgiving Wine Tasting

Thursday, November 15, 6-8pm
Eden Prairie Liquor | 16508 W. 78th Street, Eden Prairie

Join PROP and the City of Eden Prairie for an event that will help feed hungry families in our community. You'll get to sample more than 90 wines selected and find the one that pairs perfectly with your Thanksgiving meal.

Reserve your ticket today with a donation of $10, or present your donation of five non-perishable food items with your ticket at the door.

Proceeds from this event will benefit PROP Food Shelf

Items needed to feed hungry families in our community this holiday season include non-perishable, non-dented, and non-expired food items such as pastas, canned soups, oatmeal and coffee.

Coffee with a Cop ("Cops at the Castle")

Coffee with a Cop

Wednesday, November 7, 9:30 -10:30am
White Castle -
9600 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington

The Bloomington Police Department invites you to Coffee with a Cop. This meet-and-greet program is designed to provide residents an opportunity to get to know the Bloomington Police Department and its officers. Coffee with a Cop will take place at various coffee shop locations throughout Bloomington every month. A listing of locations will be posted on the City’s website or by calling the Police Department at 952-563-4900. These events are agenda free, no speeches or specific topics; just informal conversations about what matters to you. 

Bloomington and Richfield Indoor Markets

Bloomington Indoor Markets

Saturday, November 10 and December 8, 9am - 12pm
Bloomington Civic Plaza | 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington

The Bloomington Farmers Market hosts two Indoor Markets inside Bloomington Civic Plaza. These bustling events will host approximately 40 local vendors and are the perfect opportunity to stock-up on farmers market provisions and holiday gifts. 

Market shoppers will find late-season produce such as squash, apples, potatoes, carrots, and onions. Other market favorites include pork products, cheese, chocolates, baked goods, honey, canned goods, pickles, and seasonal and holiday décor. The indoor markets will also feature locally-made arts and crafts that perfect for gift giving! Credit Card and SNAP-EBT market tokens are available.


Richfield Winter Market

Friday, November 16, 3-6pm
Richfield Community Center | 7000 Nicollet Ave, Richfield

The Richfield Winter Market is picking up where the Richfield Farmers Market left off. Come and enjoy all of your favorite vendors for some local food and crafts while also enjoying the live music.

Debbie around the district

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

Hennepin History Museum fundraiser

Co-hosted a fundraiser for the Hennepin History Museum with my colleagues and commissioners Marion Greene, Jan Callison, Linda Higgins. Pictured here with former Hennepin County Commissioner Gail Dorfman.

Street Voices for Change

Met with Street Voices of Change to discuss barriers to housing and the Homeless Bill of Rights. The Hiawatha encampment in Minneapolis has highlighted many of the conditions that contribute to homelessness more broadly. Low incomes, the shortage of affordable housing, screening policies that trap people with criminal records or histories of eviction in homelessness, trauma, mental illness and substance use disorders. We are working with state and city officials to address the many different prongs that make homelessness such a tragic situation.


Richfield organics

The board approved funding for a project that will add two organics drop-off sites in Richfield and make organicsrecycling more accessible for residents, especially multifamily residents, seniors and new immigrant communities.The participation goal is 200-400 households per site. Participating households are projected to divert 50-150 pounds of organics each year. Dick’s Sanitation will transport the organic materials to a compost site located in Shakopee. The organics drop-off sites will also build awareness about organics in preparation for a future anticipated curbside organics program.


Women Running for Office

Hosted a forum with commissioners Marion Greene and Linda Higgins about women running for office. We answered questions about some of the barriers women face running for office and some of our experiences with the rigors of winning tough races for public office.


Realife Cooperative

After meeting with residents of Realife Cooperative on Nicollet Ave in August, I followed up with their questions about their property taxes. Cooperatives are a unique community, and I partnered with staff from the City of Bloomington to give residents a better understanding of how the city and county calculate their property taxes, and we received excellent feedback from them.

Hennepin County Library

Minnesota From The Road

Doug Ohman: Minnesota from the Road

Saturday, November 3, 11am - noon
Penn Lake Library, 8800 Penn Avenue South, Bloomington

Author and photographer Ohman will take you on a grand tour of Minnesota's most beautiful landscapes, buildings and historic sites. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the program. Sponsor: Friends of the Penn Lake Library.

Register for this arts event.


Better Angels - How to Talk Across the Political Divide

How to Talk Across the Political Divide: a Better Angels Skills Workshop

Monday, November 19, 6:30-9pm
Augsburg Park Library, 7100 Nicollet Avenue, Richfield

There's a lot of stress these days among family members and friends who are divided politically, and the current polarized public conversation doesn't help. Please join us for this Better Angels workshop to learn skills for having respectful conversations that clarify differences, search for common ground, and affirm the importance of the relationship.

Learn more about this Better Angels event.

Learn more about the Better Angels organization.

Hennepin History Museum

Storytelling: Keys to Homes In Our Hearts

Storytelling: Keys to Homes In Our Hearts

Sunday, November 11, 2-4pm
Hennepin History Museum | 2303 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis

Hennepin History Museum is pleased to welcome storytellers from across our community for Keys to Homes In Our Hearts, an afternoon of object-based storytelling. Nine tellers, from different cultural backgrounds, bring stories about objects that represent "home" to them, where ever they find themselves in the world.This is a wonderful opportunity to hear personal stories from people with unique life stories, from Egyptian-American, Jewish- and Swedish-American, Pakistani-American, Ojibwa, Filipino-American, Somali-American, Cambodian-American, African American and European-American perspectives.

Visiting the museum at this time does require the use of stairs.

Order tickets online.


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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