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May 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


Drug Take Back Day

Drug Take Back Day

On Saturday, April 27, Hennepin County participated in the Drug Enforcement Administration Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Hennepin County Sheriff’s deputies collected almost 140 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.


Doors Open

Tour Hennepin County facilities

Take a new look at county buildings that are architecturally, culturally, or socially significant during Doors Open Minneapolis, May 18 - 19. The event will feature 100+ venues throughout Minneapolis, including the following government buildings:

  • Government Center
  • Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC)
  • Hennepin Healthcare Clinic & Specialty Center
  • Minneapolis Central Library
  • Minneapolis City Hall and Hennepin County Courthouse
  • Sheriff’s Office
  • Target Field Station


Farmer's Market

Farmers market returns Tuesdays at Government Center

The Minneapolis Farmers Market will return to the Hennepin County Government Center starting May 7th.


Pick up fresh produce, flowers and more Tuesdays 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on the South Plaza. Starting this June in Downtown Minneapolis, enjoy these other events at no cost:

  • Government Center — yard games, piano performances and more
  • Target Field Station — move nights, trivia nights and more

The fun is all part of the Go Outside with Hennepin County summer event series!



Celebrate Arbor Day

Celebrate Arbor Day and help beatify our community. Find information about upcoming events at

Find out about other ways to get involved: subscribe to Hennepin County's Green Notes newsletter or follow Hennepin Environment on Facebook and Twitter.



May is Bike Month

Twin Cities Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 17

Ride on your own or join a group.

Find a ride and pit stops near you.


Morning celebration

Friday, May 17, 8 to 9 a.m. (Rain date: Friday, May 24) Hennepin County Government Center, North Plaza, 300 South 6th Street, Minneapolis

Resources to ride year-round

With more than 760 miles of off-street and on-street bikeways, Hennepin County is your place to ride.

News From the Library


Stories for your journey

Communities throughout Hennepin County will be joining the Step to it challenge. Join us and add a story to your walk or run with a downloadable audiobook.



May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

Expert library staff have curated a list of books for kids, teens and adults that reflect the Asian and Asian-American experience.


Transportation Corner

Transportation activities have begun to pick up. A few bigger efforts are already underway. This year, Hennepin County has piloted an online map as a companion piece. Click on the tabs across top to move from district to district. And, click on the buttons on the left to see the locations for each category. Then, click on each individual dot or line to get more information about that project. 

For any of the projects that have major impacts on traffic, activities and locations are listed on

About District 2

district 2 map

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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