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February 2019

I took an oath to serve Hennepin County to the best of my ability. I feel the weight of this commitment every day, and I am excited to share some updates with you!

Please reach out with questions, comments, or to learn more about how to get involved.

- Irene


Child protection staff describe the work in their own words

Child protection staff describe the work in their own words

Each year, Hennepin County's more than 400 child protection staff receive more than 20,000 reports of suspected child maltreatment. Child protection social workers perform some of the county's most difficult, heart-wrenching and vital work; they are also the heart and soul of the teams that work to keep kids safe.

Watch as they describe their work and what it means to them in their own words.

Learn more at hennepin.us/childprotection


County snowplow crews are always ready for winter’s challenges

County snowplow crews are always ready for winter’s challenges

​During winter weather, Hennepin County's eighty snowplow operators play a vital role in keeping county roads operational and safe for 1.2 million residents. When roads get snowy or icy, we hit the more than 2,200 lane miles – often starting as early as 2 a.m. The goal is always to have the roads ready by the morning commute and to have done so in an efficient, effective and environmentally friendly manner.

Watch a 2-minute video of how Hennepin County snowplows get the job done.


President's Day closures

Our libraries, service centers and most of our county offices will be closed for President's Day, Monday, February 18.


Apply for Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board

The county board is accepting applications for two vacancies on the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board. This board coordinates the management of water and related land resources in the watershed that drains into Lake Minnetonka and Minnehaha Creek. 

Apply by February 21, 2019, at hennepin.us/advisoryboards.

Our Commissioner: Irene Fernando

For the first time, our District now has it's own website so you can stay up-to-date with County activities and the going's on in our office!

Check out HennepinD2.com for more.

Commissioner Fernando Upon Swearing-In

Before joining the County Board, Irene worked at Thrivent Financial leading around organizational design, culture, and talent. Irene studied at the University of Minnesota where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business and a Master of Education in Youth Development Leadership.

News from the Library

Photos from the John F. Glanton Collection

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.


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.


DIY (Do It Yourself) nonfiction for adults
Streaming video at your fingertips

Streaming video at your fingertips

Try streaming the OverDrive videos in our collection on computers and personal devices.

See our collection of streaming video.


In District 2: Plymouth READS 2019

Join Plymouth Library for Plymouth READS events this March and April around the book “Marathon” by Brian Freeman.

Learn more about the Plymouth READS program.

Plymouth Reads


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.

About District 2

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The 2nd District serves the cities of Golden Valley, Medicine Lake, Southeast Plymouth, St. Anthony,
North and Northeast Minneapolis, including the
North Loop and Bryn Mawr neighborhoods.

Contact us

Irene Fernando
Commissioner, 2nd District

Akhilesh Menawat
Communications and Policy Aide

Bill Emory
Constituent Services and Policy Aide



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