May Newsletter: Hennepin Commissioner Debbie Goettel

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Hennepin Happening

Welcome to the District 5 May newsletter! Road and infrastructure projects are going to be in full swing soon, so please take a close look at the series of projects listed below. Scroll down to read more about

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Condolences to Chabad of Poway

Chabad of Poway


I send my most heartfelt sympathies to the Chabad of Poway community. Everyone has an absolute right to worship peacefully without fear of violence. Things like this happen too often; New Zealand and our own attack in Bloomington at Dar Al-Farooq are hardly in the rear view mirror. It's still shocking every time.

Farmers market returns to Richfield

Richfield Farmers Market


The Richfield Farmers Market is back on May 18! You can always count on fresh, local foods and attractions for everyone. The calendar is always growing, but here are a few events to watch for:

1st Saturdays: Line Dancing Lessons, 10:30-11am by The Flying Pig Studio! No experience necessary, free. 6/1, 7/6, 8/3, 9/7, 10/5.

2nd Saturdays: University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program Youth Ed Activities - activities designed to spark an interest in gardening and the natural world. At farmers markets, these hands-on activities are intended for children ages three to five.
6/8, 7/13, 8/10, 9/14, 10/12.

3rd Saturday Science! Market Science joins us every 3rd Saturday of the month for an all-ages science activity. 5/18, 6/15, 7/20, 8/17, 9/21, 10/19.

Last Saturday Yoga at the Market! Free 45 minute yoga session, every last Saturday at the farmers market. 5/25, 6/29, 7/27, 8/31, 9/28.

Library Hour - Augsburg Library visits the market with books to check out and a craft project for kids. 8:30-9:30am, 6/15, 7/13, 8/10.

August 3rd: Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge brings a monarch butterfly activity station and pollinator-friendly seed balls to take home.

Keep an eye on the calendar for other events.


I frequently visit both the Bloomington and Richfield markets, so don't be afraid to say hello.

Spring/Summer Projects in District 5



The County will be working hard in District 5 this spring and summer. Here are a few of the projects to watch for:


Overlays and Cracksealing

These projects generally only require lane restrictions for a few days or weeks. Overlays (replacing the top level of pavement) and cracksealing help to extend the life and raise the quality of our roads.


  • Normandale Boulevard (County Road 34)
    • from Old Shakopee Road (County Road 1) to 94th Street
    • from the bridge over Nine Mile Creek to 82nd Street
  • Nicollet Avenue (County Road 52) – from 88th Street East to American Boulevard
  • 98th Street/Old Shakopee Road (County Road 1) – from Oakland Avenue South to Old Cedar Avenue South
  • West Old Shakopee Road (County Road 1)
    • from Brunswick Curve to Toledo Curve
    • from Drew Avenue South to Morgan Avenue South
  • Bush Lake Road (County Road 28) – from Highwood Drive to Forest Glen Road
  • Portland Avenue (County Road 35) – from 77th Street East to 81st Street East

    Bloomington will also have guardrails repaired at two locations:
  • France Avenue (County Road 17) at Nine Mile Creek Bridge
  • Normandale Boulevard (County Road 34) at 84th Street West


  • Xerxes Avenue South (County Road 31) – from 66th Street West (County Road 53) to Highway 62.


traffic signal



We are converting existing wire coils (typically referred to as loop detectors) in the pavement to video cameras mounted above the signal to detect vehicles approaching the intersection. Video detectors are more reliable and can also detect non-motor vehicles such as people on bicycles.

Eden Prairie

  • Eden Prairie Road (County Road 4)
    • at Scenic Heights Road
    • at Timber Lake Drive/Lincoln Lane
    • at Candlewood Parkway
    • at Terry Pine Drive
  • Flying Cloud Drive (County Road 61)
    • at 90th College View Drive
    • at Anderson Lakes Parkway
    • at Fountain Place
    • at Prairie Center Drive
    • at Regional Center Road
    • at Singleree Lane
    • at Leona Road/Eden Road
    • at Charlson Road

66th Street


Reconstruction Projects

When there are larger projects that are needed to address several issues, including new infrastructure, underlying pavement issues, utility replacement, new traffic needs, safety needs, these are identified as capital improvement projects.

Eden Prairie and Chanhassen

We will continue work on the Flying Cloud Drive (County Road 61) project. More information can be found at


We are completing final construction activities on the 66th Street (County Road 53) project. More information can be found at



Bicycle and pedestrian improvement projects

These moderately-sized projects include new striping and occasionally new infrastructure to make the road more accommodating of the safety needs of all users.


  • France Avenue (County Road 17) from West 84th Street to Old Shakopee Road (County Road 1)
  • Nicollet Avenue (County Road 52) from American Boulevard to Old Shakopee Road (County Road 1)

Drug Take Back Day

Drug take-back


On Saturday, April 27, Hennepin County participated in the DEA Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Hennepin County Sheriff’s deputies collected almost 500 pounds of unwanted medications that residents dropped off at three Hennepin County sites. The county offers these twice-yearly collection events to prevent prescription drugs -- including opioids -- from getting into the wrong hands, or harming the environment.

Learn about ways to responsibly dispose of medications year-round.

Read about safely storing the medications you need.

Debbie around the district

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

Better Futures


Toured Better Futures' warehouse. They are a non-profit specializing in providing training and employment to men post-incarceration.


Chamber of Commerce


The Richfield Chamber of Commerce presented me with their 2018 Governmental Affairs Award. I was honored by their recognition, and I am more motivated than ever to continue pursuing policies that will help our local economy thrive.


Budget meeting


The budget process is officially underway. As the chair of the Administration, Libraries, and Budget Committee, I met with Hennepin County directors to begin planning our budget for 2020.

Hennepin County Library

Eden Prairie library


Eden Prairie Library - spring construction update

The move-out of the library collection and furniture was completed in February. Later that month, general contractor CoBeck Construction took possession of the building. Demolition work is underway this spring.

Final selections for furniture and other finishes are nearly complete.

The library is currently scheduled to reopen by the end of the year.

New Southdale Library location planned for Southdale Center; community meetings in May/June



Hennepin County staff are recommending to the Board of Commissioners that the new Hennepin County Library – Southdale be constructed at Southdale Center in Edina. Important considerations include fiscal responsibility related to construction and operational costs, access to other services and access to public transportation.

Community conversations were on hold since fall 2018, while county staff determined if the Southdale Center is a viable option for the regional library—which serves residents of Bloomington, Edina, Minneapolis and Richfield. Community feedback is essential to determining the outcome of this decision. I encourage everyone to attend the public meetings as soon as the dates and times are set.

Hennepin History Museum

Fireside Chat


Fireside Chat: History Harvest Panel Discussion
Tina Burnside, Moderator

Thursday, May 9, 6 - 8 pm | Hennepin History Museum (2303 3rd Ave S, Mpls)


Join panelists Louis Moore, Cathy Stevens and moderator Tina Burnside for a History Harvest discussion that centers on the exhibit that tells the story of the historic South Minneapolis African American community.

The History Harvest is a community-based initiative designed to let people share objects, letters, photos, and stories that contribute to family and community history without giving up their heirlooms. Based on a WPA project from the 1930s, the History Harvest model was created at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln and has been used in communities around the world to connect people with local history.

Tina Burnside is a civil rights attorney writer, playwright, and co-founder of the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG). She organized several history harvest events locally, and the resulting exhibit is presented simultaneously at MAAHMG and HHM.

Purchase tickets here.

Road construction


MnDOT and Hennepin County are beginning reconstruction of France Avenue over Highway 62. The bridge and all on-off ramps will be closed between April and July. The project is likely to push more traffic onto Xerxes, Penn, and 66th Street. Read more about the project on the MnDOT website.

35W and Eden Prairie's Flying Cloud Drive are also 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
612-348-7885  |

Michael Ohama
Policy Director
612-348-7885 |

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