February Newsletter: Hennepin Commissioner Debbie Goettel

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Early voting for presidential primary

Primary Voting


All eligible voters can vote absentee — either in-person or by mail — now through March 2. Minnesota’s presidential nomination primary is on Tuesday, March 3.

View your sample ballot from the Secretary of State’s website.

Vote early in person or by mail

View instructions for voting early.

Hennepin County Public Health 2019 annual report

Public Health


View a snapshot of the department’s 2019 highlights, conveyed through stories, photos, videos, and related media coverage.

Report highlights include

  • Updates to Hennepin County ordinance 21 on tobacco sales
  • Response to Big Island and Hep A outbreaks
  • Opioid interventions, like medication assisted treatment
  • Notable stats, national recognition, 2019 funding

More information

  • Questions/comments – contact thrash@hennepin.us
  • Obtain report in a different format – call 612-600-9782

Thank you for reading the report and for your strong and ongoing support of public health in Hennepin County!

Big opportunities to reuse and recycle building materials

Recycle Building Materials


About 85% of the materials in a typical demolition or remodeling project could be salvaged and kept out of landfills. But currently, only about 30% of building materials are actually reused or recycled.

Choosing deconstruction can help change that, and homeowners in certain cities may be eligible for grants to offset the higher costs of deconstruction.

Learn more

2020 Committee Assignments


It will be another busy year at the county. In the coming year, I will be continuing my role as the chair of the Administration, Libraries, and Budget Committee, and I will be taking on new and expanded roles as a member of the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) and the Partnership on Solid Waste and Energy Issues.


  • Administration, Libraries and Budget Committee, chair
  • Child Wellbeing Taskforce, member
  • Heading Home Hennepin, member
  • Health and Human Services Committee, vice-chair
  • Hennepin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HCHRA), member
  • Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA), member
  • Hennepin Health, member
  • Transportation Advisory Board, member

Other positions

  • Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) voting delegate
  • AMC District X, member
  • AMC Environment, member
  • Hennepin History Museum, member
  • Light Rail Transit Executive Change Control Board, alternate
  • Metro GIS Policy Board, member
  • Metropolitan Energy Policy Coalition, member
  • Partnership on Solid Waste and Energy Issues, member
  • Regional Solid Waste Hauler Licensing Board, member
  • SWLRT Community Works Steering Committee, member

Turning Emerald Ash Borer into Energy Opportunity

Emerald Ash Borer - Debbie


Ash trees make up about 20% of Minnesota's tree canopy, and Hennepin County is particularly vulnerable when it comes to the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) epidemic. Hennepin County is partnering with neighboring counties to slow the spread of EAB, and we're using infected trees as an energy source for generating electricity. Thank you to the folks at Environmental Wood Supply for their innovative approach to a tough issue.

Eden Prairie Library Reopening Celebration

Eden Prairie Library Reopening Celebration

Tuesday, February 25 at 5:00PM
565 Prairie Center Dr, Eden Prairie

We are excited to welcome the Eden Prairie community back to bright and new library. Doors open at 9:00AM in the morning. Join in on the scavenger hunt as you explore the newly refurbished building, and drop by at 5:00PM to see the official ribbon cutting ceremony.

Hennepin History Museum

Susan B Anthony Birthday


Birthday Party for Susan B. Anthony

February 15, 9:00AM-7:00PM
2303 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis

Information and tickets

Join us in celebrating Susan B. Anthony’s 200th birthday!

Suffrage Artist in Residence Madeline Hansen will lead a day-long celebration honoring this leader in the movement for women’s right to vote. Over the course of the day, members of the public will participate in “The Cabinet Meeting” a reader’s theater play based on the premise that Susan B. Anthony is elected President and appoints a diverse set of accomplished women to her cabinet. Participants will read the play aloud under the direction of Madeline Hansen. The public is invited to participate in the reading, enjoy a piece of birthday cake, and sign Susan B. Anthony’s birthday card. The play will take place in the Great Room, which will be specially decorated for the occasion.

Road construction

Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie is in the midst of major construction project. 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 Meinhardt
Principal Aide
612-596-7078  | casey.meinhardt@hennepin.us

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


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