June Newsletter: Hennepin Commissioner Debbie Goettel

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Memorable Memorial Day

Memorial Day


It was a stormy day, but the people who attended the Memorial Day service at Honoring All Veterans Memorial were truly inspiring. Thank you to everyone who provided this opportunity to remember and reflect on the sacrifices that make this country possible, especially Al Malmberg, the M-Saxteen ensemble of the 34th Red Bulls, the Civil Air Patrol Viking Squadron, the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of Richfield, and the Midwest All-Airborne Alliance Rifle Squad.

Check out more photos from Memorial Day here.

Apply for Riley-Purgatory-Bluff Creek Watershed District Board

Watershed District Applications


Help protect and improve water resources. Apply for a vacancy on the Riley-Purgatory-Bluff Creek Watershed District Board.

Watershed districts educate and engage residents, and the work they undertake benefits the quality and quantity of water in local, as well as downstream watersheds and communities.

Apply online at hennepin.us/advisoryboards by June 20.

Celebrating the benefits of biking

Bike to Work


Thank you to everyone who biked, volunteered, and encouraged others to ride during Bike Month. Neighbors, county, and city leaders joined in group rides from all over Hennepin County for Twin Cities Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 17. This is a key element of healthy communities, and it is wonderful to see the enthusiasm for bicycle commuting this last month.

Annual recycling progress report

Green Notes


Hennepin County’s Annual Recycling Progress Report (PDF) provides an update on our efforts to meet our goals of recycling 75 percent of waste and sending no waste to landfills by 2030.

In 2018, county residents and businesses discarded about 1.45 million tons of solid waste. This includes everything put into recycling, organics recycling, and trash. That is a 1 percent increase over 2017, or about 16,000 tons more.

Of all the waste generated, 80 percent was diverted from landfills. The county’s recycling rate, which includes conventional recycling and organics recycling, was 49 percent. The remaining waste was managed as trash, with 31 percent going to waste-to-energy facilities and 20 percent to landfills.

2018 successes

The report highlights the following 2018 successes:

  • Revised the county's recycling ordinance to add requirements for food waste recycling and conventional recycling.
  • Supported the expansion of organics recycling by helping to establish and promote new organics recycling drop-offs and supporting neighborhood groups to conduct outreach.
  • Explored options for anaerobic digestion of organic materials as part of our efforts to improve and expand organics management capacity.
  • Encouraged residents to recycle the right stuff in response to concerns about the state of recycling. 
  • Delivered free compost to schools to help them close the loop on organics recycling. 
  • Opened new medicine drop boxes and promoted the availability of more than 30 drop boxes now available throughout Hennepin County.

For more information, contact Ben Knudson at ben.knudson@hennepin.us or 612-596-1176.

Debbie around the district

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

Memorial Day (1)

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Memorial Day (2)

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Memorial Day (3)


Attended the Memorial Day ceremony in Richfield (pictured above)


Southdale Library open house on June 8



June 8 at 10AM | 7009 York Ave S, Edina

The County is considering relocating the new Southdale Library to the Southdale Center. The first open house was held on May 30, and I'm happy to say there was excellent attendance. Our libraries are a critical resource for so many people, and they are a pillar in our communities. I hope you will attend the second open house on June 8 and share your feedback with us.

Invite your friends and share the Facebook event.

Executive Director opening at Hennepin History Museum

HHM Executive Director


The Hennepin History Museum seeks an Executive Director to provide dynamic leadership and to direct policymaking, fundraising, planning, organization, staffing, and operations. The Executive Director will work closely with the Board of Directors to refine, develop, and implement a progressive program for the Museum’s fundraising, exhibitions, collections management, educational activities, and community outreach.

Please email, in PDF format, your cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to HHMHiringComm@gmail.com.

More information about the position 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 | debbie.goettel@hennepin.us

Casey Krolczyk
Principal Aide
612-348-7885  | casey.krolczyk@hennepin.us

Michael Ohama
Policy Director
612-348-7885 | michael.ohama@hennepin.us



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