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April 2019

Our office is 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


Severe Weather Awareness Week

County will activate sirens during Severe Weather Awareness Week

As part of a statewide tornado drill, the county will activate outdoor warning sirens on Thursday, April 11, at 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. The drills are part of Minnesota Severe Weather Awareness Week, April 8-12. This week serves as a reminder to create, update and practice emergency plans.


Earth Action Challenge

Celebrate Earth Day by joining the Earth Action Challenge

This year, to celebrate Earth Day (coming up on Monday, April 22), Hennepin County invites you to participate in the Earth Action Challenge. Every day in the week leading up to Earth Day, we’ll focus on an action that you can take to protect the environment and we'll connect you with resources to help you take that action.


Step to it challenge

Step to it with your community this May

Build healthy habits this spring and compete to win prizes, including Minnesota Twins tickets. Join the Step to it challenge on behalf of your community, school, workplace or group home. The challenge is of no cost to participants. Track a variety of activities, such as cycling, dancing, yardwork and yoga. Find out more at


Drug Court

Drug Court graduates celebrate recovery

During a commencement ceremony in late March, Hennepin County Drug Court recognized graduates who overcame addiction and abstained from repeating the behaviors that brought them to court. “Drug Court really surrounded me with the love and care and acceptance of what was going on in my life,” said Lindsay Arf, drug court graduate. “I really mean this when I’m saying I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for Drug Court.”

News from the Library


Legal resources

Find resources for legal research, legal forms and obtaining legal help. Resources are available online, in libraries and at Hennepin County Law Library. This spring, connect with staff from the Hennepin County Law Library onsite at East Lake and Brookdale libraries during Mobile Law Library events.



National Poetry Month

Celebrate National Poetry Month by reading some great poets, including winners of National Book Awards and other honors. You can find poetry for preschoolers, kids and teens as well.



Master Gardener

Get ready for the primary gardening season by learning about edible gardening, herbs, Kokedama and more at seven libraries this spring.



Your library can help you care for your car

Your library has resources available to help you take care of your car, including ALLDATA and repair manuals you can check out.


Kwame Onwuachi

Club Book with Kwame Onwuachi

Onwuachi chronicles his career in “Notes from a Young Black Chef,” and will discuss the book at North Regional Library on Monday, April 15, 6:30 p.m.



Viva City 2019

A juried exhibit of artwork by Minneapolis Public Schools high school students is at Minneapolis Central Library’s Cargill Hall, March 20-April 29.

National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 8-12

It’s spring and road construction and maintenance will be in full swing soon. Ahead of this year’s National Work Zone Awareness Week, we remind you to please slow down and drive safely through work zones and near county crews. On Wednesday, April 10, Hennepin County’s Lowry Bridge will be lit in orange to show support for keeping our county crews and others safe in work zones. #NWZAW #Orange4Safety

Watch for more information about this year’s county construction and maintenance projects here and on

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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