September Newsletter: Hennepin Commissioner Debbie Goettel

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Census 2020 - jobs and more info



Government workers will be making their rounds in our buildings and neighborhoods throughout 2020 to count every single person. This process is critical for drawing district boundaries for city councils, congressional seats, and giving policymakers a clearer snapshot of who we are as a community.

It's easy to be fearful of the federal government, but it is essential that we do everything possible to ensure Minnesota's voices are clear and accounted for. If you would like to help the people in your community get counted, you can apply for a number of different jobs at Hours are flexible, and the pay is at least $20 per hour in Hennepin County.

Budget Hearing Dates Set

Budget hearings


All budget hearings are open to the public, and there are periods for open commentary at the beginning of each meeting. This is a great opportunity to have your voice heard on an issue that matters to you. All meetings are at the Hennepin County Government Center on the top floor: A-2400.


  • County Administrator presents proposed 2020 budget to County Board
    Tuesday, September 17 at 1:30PM
  • Health
    Thursday, September 26 at 1:00PM
  • Public Works
    Thursday, October 10 at 1:00PM
  • Human Services and Public Health
    Thursday, October 17 at 1:00PM
  • Capital Budgeting Task Force
    Thursday, October 24 at 9:00AM
  • Operations and Libraries
    Monday, November 4 at 9:00AM
  • Administrator Amendments / Commissioner Discussion
    Thursday, November 14 at 1:00PM
  • Commissioner Amendments
    Tuesday, November 26 at 9:00AM
  • Truth In Taxation public meeting
    Tuesday, December 3 at 6:00PM
  • Approval of 2020 Budget and Levy
    Thursday, December 12 at 1:30PM

Forbes lists Hennepin County as one of Minnesota's best employers



Recently we were honored to learn that Forbes Magazine named Hennepin County to its Best-in-State Employer for Minnesota. Based on independent surveys of employees across the country, focused by region and industry, Hennepin County was selected as Best-in-State by direct and indirect recommendations from those surveyed. I've been fortunate to meet many of the people who make this organization a great place to work at, and I thank the employees who lend us their passion and excellence every day.

CAP-HC | Board opening and back-to-school

Community Action Partnership

Board Opening

The Board is recruiting local elected officials to serve on the Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County Board, CAP-HC. Appointees advise the County Board on work to advance the economic well-being of those among us with the least resources. The county will accept applications through September 12, 2019. Read more about applying.

Back to school

Heading back to school puts stress on families. If you are in need of assistance, please call CAP-HC. Staff there can help you find the resources you need to make things a little easier. Call them at 952-933-9639.

Debbie around the district

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



Cut the ribbon for the newly renovated Oxboro Library. Bloomington and the surrounding communities were welcomed back into a bigger, brighter space.


National Night Out


National Night Out was a huge success. There were hundreds of parties across District 5, and I was fortunate to make it to eight of them. Thank you to all the captains and volunteers who made that night special.




Spent an afternoon mentoring two interns from the Step-Up program.

Hennepin County Library

Miss Richfield


Join @hclib for a special storytime at Augsburg Park Library on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 10AM. Celebrate differences through stories, rhymes, music and movement with legendary local celebrity and drag performer, Miss Richfield 1981!

Hennepin History Museum

If your walls could talk


If Your Walls Could Talk – House History Workshop

Saturday, September 21 and Saturday, September 28, 12 – 2 PM
Hennepin History Museum | 2303 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404


Are you curious about your house's history? Did anything unusual ever happen there? What was the area like back when it was built? House detective Kathy Kullberg will introduce you to tools and procedures for sleuthing, including city directories, census records, and building permits.The Museum may even have a photo of your house!

This is a single class that meets twice, with time in between for you to do some
homework. The first session will introduce you to tools and methods, the second will be an opportunity to review what you have found and get ideas for next steps.

Admission: $40; $30 Museum members. More information on the HHM website.

Road construction

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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