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March 2019

Our office is continually dedicated to serving residents and making the County more transparent, accessible, and just.

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

- Irene


Opioid Picture

Opportunities for preventing opioid deaths

The county is considering new approaches for treating and providing services to people with substance use disorders who are booked into the county jail. A recent study found that people who suffered opioid-related deaths often had been recently released from custody.

Learn how our research findings offer opportunities for earlier intervention that could prevent overdose deaths.



Thank you to our snow removal crews

A shout out to county staff for staying up late, waking up early and working tirelessly to keep the snow at bay during the snowiest February on record in the Twin Cities. Crews work hard every winter clearing snow and ice to keep our roads clear and county facilities accessible.



Forestry grants will help reduce disparities 

Hennepin County awarded 26 grants that will not only invest in the county's tree canopy, but also the health and economic vitality of communities. The county prioritized areas with lower tree canopy and higher disparities when awarding grants.

See the list of grant recipients at

News from the Library


MnSpin now open for musician submissions

Minnesota musicians, submit your music recording by March 27 to be considered for MnSpin, the local music streaming and download platform from your library.


Reserve a room

Reserve a library room

Many Hennepin County libraries have spaces you can reserve and use: meeting rooms, study rooms and even a piano room at Minneapolis Central. Reserve a room on the Hennepin County Library website.


Read This

February Read This Newsletter

Discover great audiobooks, enjoy stories of female friendship, learn how to save titles for later in your library account, and explore NoveList, an online resource that will help you find even more to read - and love! Subscribe to get reading recommendations and tips and tricks to make the library easy to use.

Share your voice with the county


Hennepin County inSight: community conversations

Your voice can help inform county priorities – five, 10 and 20 years from now.

We’re embarking on a new level of public engagement. A series of community conversations, called Hennepin County inSight, will begin this spring. 

Ways to participate

  • In-person: Join me for the inSight kickoff event in District 2 this spring. Watch for other ways to participate in upcoming newsletters. 
  • Online: Voice your feedback using a digital polling tool.   

We’re calling on the voices of this living generation to speak up for the generations to follow. Learn more about this opportunity.


Hennepin County’s Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation, in partnership with Marnita’s Table, invites you to join us for an engaging community conversation and planning session. We will explore individual and shared definitions of sustainable community engagement as we collectively strategize how this community advisory board will take shape, while enjoying a delicious feast!

When: Tuesday, March 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

If you are interested in attending this event, please RSVP via email to or by calling 612-928-7744.

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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