March Newsletter: Hennepin Commissioner Debbie Goettel

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Watch for your census invite this month



Watch for your invite from the U.S. Census Bureau starting March 12. The official 2020 Census Day is coming up on April 1, but most people can start filling it out early. For the first time ever, you can take the census online, as well as by phone or mail. Want help? Visit a Questionnaire Assistance Center.

Each person counted equals $28,000 in federal funding over the next 10 years, so it is essential that Minnesotans fill out and return their questionnaires.

Lyndale Avenue Retrofit Open House



Monday, March 2 and Tuesday, March 3 (see times below
Clover Center, 800 West 98th Street, Bloomington

Bloomington residents have an opportunity to shape the future of Lyndale Avenue this next Monday and Tuesday. The Lyndale Avenue Retrofit is going to transform Lyndale Avenue into a thriving, walkable neighborhood center, and that process starts with voices from our community.

Monday, March 2
Noon - 6 p.m.: Open studio. Drop-in and meet staff from Stantec, ask questions, and provide feedback.

Tuesday, March 3
9 a.m. - noon: Open studio
1 - 4 p.m.: Open studio
5 - 8 p.m.: Open house with presentations at 5 and 7 p.m.

Light refreshments provided. More information here.

Eden Prairie State of the City

State of the City

(Pictured on the right: Mayor Ron Case, City Manager Rick Getschow, Council Member Brad Aho)


Thursday, March 5 at 5-7:00PM
8080 Mitchell Road | Heritage Rooms, Eden Prairie City Center

Learn what's new in Eden Prairie at the free and informative "State of the Foundation, City & Schools." This event features socializing, appetizers, and cash-bar beverages from 5 to 6 pm followed by presentations from 6 to 7 pm by City Manager Rick Getschow, Superintendent of Schools Josh Swanson, and Foundation Executive Director Mark Weber. Get the latest information about schools, development, philanthropy, and more!

Registration is appreciated, not required.

Sponsored by the Eden Prairie Community Foundation.

2020 Bloomington State of the City

Bloomington 2020


Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 7:00PM
1800 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington
Schneider Theater | Bloomington Civic Plaza

We are building a community of choice – establishing the key links that align and connect us.  Join Mayor Tim Busse and City Manager Jamie Verbrugge as they look back at the past year’s accomplishments and look forward at what’s next for the City of Bloomington.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

This event will also be livestreamed on Facebook.


Debbie around the district

Since my last newsletter, here are a few highlights from my work...

Eden Prairie Library


It was my pleasure to join my neighbors in Eden Prairie in celebrating the reopening of the Eden Prairie Library last Tuesday. With bright spaces, an eye for innovative use of space, and special touches to minimize our carbon footprint, Eden Prairie has every reason to be excited about having their library back. Check out photos of the space here.


MOA Transit Station

(Pictured: Council Member Patrick Martin, Council Member Nathan Coulter, Mayor Tim Busse, myself, Senator Melissa Halvorson Wiklund, and Representative Andrew Carlson)


Metro Transit officially opened the renovated Mall of America Transit Station. The City, County, State, and many others worked together to improve one of Minnesota's busiest transportation centers. The station will be connecting more people to housing, jobs, and friends around the metro area than ever before.


Dr. Cumming

(Pictured left to right: Commissioners Jeff Johnson, Irene Fernando, Jan Callison, Dr. John Cumming, and Commissioners Marion Greene, myself, Mike Opat, and Angela Conley)


The County Board bid farewell to Hennepin Healthcare's Interim CEO, Dr. John Cumming. He has been nothing short of an exemplary leader in every role he's filled at the hospital, and I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

Hennepin County Library

Women's History Month


Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month in March celebrates the history and achievements of women and girls and their contributions to culture and society. Here are some great titles to explore.

Hennepin History: America's Finest Theater

Terrace Theater


Exhibit Open Now
Hennepin History Museum | 2303 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis

When the Terrace opened in Robbinsdale in 1951 it was called “America’s Finest Theatre.” The claim wasn’t just hype; early patrons of the cinema would assure you that it was one of our nation’s finest. The Terrace was a beloved movie house and architectural gem for half a century before it was demolished. America’s Finest Theater: The Terrace presents its history, the fight to save it, and efforts to preserve its legacy. This exhibit includes information about the Terrace’s owners, William and Sidney Volk, and its designers, Liebenberg and Kaplan. It will also display numerous historic photographs and two of the original Terrace marquee letters that will be relit for special occasions.


America’s Finest Theater was curated in collaboration with David Leonhardt, America’s Classic Cinemas and Robbinsdale Historical Society.

Visit the website for hours and more information on upcoming exhibits.

Road construction

Flying Cloud Drive is in the midst of a 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 |

Casey Meinhardt
Principal Aide
612-596-7078  |

Michael Ohama
Policy Director
612-348-7885 |

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