District 3 February Bulletin

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Commissioner Marion Greene - News from District 3

February 2019 

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,

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Board declares January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month


No Wrong Door Director Amanda Koonjbeharry and Project Coordinator Loan Mai pose with commissioners to mark the passage of the resolution. 

Hennepin County joined municipalities across the United States marking January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Through the No Wrong Door plan, Hennepin County has been working to decrease young people’s risk for exploitation, and to help those who have already been victimized. This month's resolution is an opportunity to recommit ourselves to continuing this important work.


Nearly forgotten John F. Glanton photos of 1940s Twin Cities on display January 30-February 26


Titled: Weber, Earl

“Black Twin Cities” features photographs of the Twin Cities African American community, from the John F. Glanton Collection. Selections will be on view in Hennepin Gallery, at the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis.

After military service in WWII, John F. Glanton (1923-2004) worked for a few years as a professional photographer. He captured dozens of family gatherings, social events, musical performances, church functions, sporting events, and individual portraits in the African American communities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

See more of Glanton's photos here. 

Learn more about Glanton and the exhibit here. 

District 3 Profile


Drew McGovern

Senior Water Resources Engineer

Fernhill, St. Louis Park 

Describe your work.

I work in our Medina office and provide water resources support for Public Works. This means I develop hydrologic and hydraulic models for our roads and bridges, prepare engineering plans and specifications and obtain approvals from our regulatory partners. I also attend and sometimes present at public meetings.  

What do you find most enjoyable?  

I really enjoy providing water resources support for all the departments within Public Works. I get to work on an exciting mix of projects, and I have been able to get to know a lot of great Hennepin County employees.

What part of your job do you find most challenging?

Our road and bridge projects have a huge impact on people’s lives. It’s challenging to balance the needs of the local community, impacts or benefits to the environment, changes in the right-of-way while supporting the various modes of transportation.   

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

Much of the work that I do is based on storm events.  I am often asked by friends and coworkers why it seems we have a 100-year storm almost every year.  What I share with them is that location of the storm is key.  During a 100-year storm, there is usually a relatively small area that receives the full 100-year intensity.  This same area usually doesn't experience the full 100-year intensity in the next 100-year storm.  As you cast your net larger you will find more and more independent 100-year events.  If your net is the entire state of Minnesota you can probably find a 100-year storm somewhere in the state almost every year.  

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, February 7

  • 9:00am-10:00am: Youth Sports Grants

Thursday, February 21

  • 9:00am-10:00am: Organics Recycling/ Anarobic Digestion
  • 10:00am-11:00am: Health and Human Services Quarterly

County Calendar

DIY (Do It Yourself) nonfiction for adults

If you like to make, build and create, get inspired with these books full of ideas for crafts, art, other projects and more.

Find DIY inspiration.


A hidden treasure revealed

See an exhibition of photos from the John F. Glanton Collection, on display at the Hennepin Gallery at the Government Center, downtown. Glanton captured photos of the Twin Cities African American community in the 1940s. The negatives were only recently rediscovered in his garage. The photos are always available online, in Hennepin County Library Special Collections, and the exhibit will on view through February 26.

Learn more about the Glanton Collection exhibit.


Boost your technology skills at the library

Media arts and communication classes explore image editing, social media, collaborative online tools like Google Docs, smartphone basics, protecting online privacy, and more. Apply your new skills for personal or business use.

Find these and other Computers and Technology classes.


Princes, Porcelain and Power

Tuesday, February 5, 2 to 3:30 p.m. 

Washburn Library, 5244 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis

The Museum of Russian Art docent Carol Veldman Rudie will explore the history, production and nuances of the Romanov connection to porcelain.

Learn more about this history program.

About District 3


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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