Grants totaling $150,000 were awarded to 15 organizations to implement projects that will empower residents to take action to protect the environment and many of the projects will engage underserved, harder-to-reach and youth audiences. Learn about the projects awarded. District 2 Good Steward (Root) grant recipients include:
Black Storytellers Alliance, Minneapolis – $8,000.
The county also awarded eight grants totaling $257,500 for projects that will preserve, protect or improve natural resources and water quality.
District 2 grant recipients include:
Cleveland Neighborhood Association, Minneapolis -$10,000; to install up to 15 rain gardens within the ClevelandNeighborhood that drains to Crystal Lake in Robbinsdale.
Chef Tro Enterprises LLC, Minneapolis – $15,000; to captureand treat stormwater that drains to the Mississippi River.
City of St. Anthony – $5,000; to install 20 native, pollinator-friendly gardens to stormwater runoff.
New future for 800 W. Broadway
I recently attended the groundbreaking at 800 West Broadway Avenue in Minneapolis with Governor Mark Dayton, DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben, Senator Bobby Joe Champion, Minneapolis Council President Barbara Johnson, Mayor Betsy Hodges and others.
Hennepin County had been responsible for the building since 2010 due to tax forfeiture. Sale of the building at a good price was critical for this challenging project.
Scheduled to open in the fall of 2016, 800 West Broadway will include the North Minneapolis Workforce Center (DEED), NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, and Minneapolis Public Schools. In addition, retail space (hopefully including a coffee shop or restaurant) will operate on the first floor.
Grants awarded to clean up contaminated sites
The board awarded eight Environmental Response Fund grants totaling $1.2 million. Environmental Response Fund grants support a variety of projects that promote economic development by increasing the tax base, creating permanent jobs, enhancing greenspace and developing affordable housing.
ERF projects included:
City of Golden Valley: $152,000 for contaminated soil cleanup at the DeCola Ponds Project, to construct new stormwater management structures in a flood-prone area.
City of Lakes Community Land Trust: $115,000 for asbestos and lead paint abatement associated with the renovation of four houses that will be owner-occupied, affordable housing.
Hennepin County Resident and Real Estate Services: $250,000 to demolish hazardous and contaminated buildings on the tax-forfeited former Universal Plating facility site in Northeast Minneapolis.
Minnesota Brownfields, countywide: $200,000 to continue the Brownfields Gap Financing Program, which provides small environmental assessment grants to municipalities and nonprofit organizations.
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board: $50,000 for disposal of contaminated soil on the east bank of the Mississippi River in northeast Minneapolis.
Perspectives, Inc.: $61,000 for contaminated soil cleanup that will facilitate the expansion of Perspective’s adjacent family center.
See what’s happening at your local school on Wednesday, March 2 or get some ideas at seussville.com. If you don’t find yourself anywhere near Whoville on March 2, you are guaranteed to find a good book at your Hennepin County Library.
Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County (CAPSH) also offers free tax assistance. Taxes are prepared and electronically and filed free of charge by certified volunteers. Tax preparation services are offered February through April for those who meet the income guidelines: $35,000 or less for individuals; $50,000 or less for families. For more information including current schedule, visit the CAPSH website or call 952-697-1414.
St. Anthony Village
Aeration system on Silver Lake
An aeration system creating open water and thin ice is in operation on Silver Lake in Anoka County T30R24 and Ramsey County T30R23. Weather conditions may cause the areas of thin ice and open water to fluctuate greatly. See map.
Run the Valley
April 16 in Golden Valley
Run the Valley, one of Golden Valley’s most popular events, will mark its 22nd anniversary April 16 with a Kids Fun Run,10K race, 5K race and a 5K walk. Start and finish is at Brookview Community Center, 200 Brookview Parkway S, Golden Valley. Water stops and post-race complimentary snacks are donated by area businesses.
New Student Loan Repayment Counseling available through Lutheran Social Services
To help student loan borrowers and their families, Lutheran Social Services (LSS) received a two-year grant from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education to provide student loan repayment counseling to Minnesota residents. The new program will provide guidance, at no cost, to Minnesota residents who are repaying their federal, state, and/or private student loans, but have missed a payment or two.
For more information, visit lssmn.org, or contact Landon McKay at ext. 224 or Ammar Radhi at ext. 266. To make an appointment, clients should contact LSS appointment line at 1-888-577-2227.
Employee profile: Debra Brisk, Hennepin County Public Works
Each month we spotlight a position or employment opportunity in Hennepin County. This month, we introduce you to Debra Brisk (left) who is the Assistant County Administrator of Public Works, a department with over 450 employees. Public Works in Hennepin County encompasses 2,200 lane miles of road, 147 bridges, 651 miles of bikeway, 406 miles of sidewalk, and thousands of walls, signals, signs and culverts. In addition, its Community Works division partners with cities and other agencies, businesses, neighborhood organizations and county residents to build the long-term value of communities.
Debra started with Hennepin County in 2012 after working for a consulting firm that was working on Target Field Station. Prior to that, she worked for the Department of Transportation in Arizona as the Assistant Commissioner for the DOT, but Minnesota is her home. Her favorite thing about the job is working with people.
When asked, Debra said, “One of the things I like most about my job is seeing opening day on a big project. Before opening day, projects take a long time – from concept/idea to engineering, community engagement, planning, architecture, place-making – and it’s bringing all those interdisciplinary pieces together to make the whole that is exciting!”
Geo:Code coming March 5 and 6
Geo:Code is where Community meets geography and technology. Community matters as the forum for bringing people together to solve problems. Geography matters because community concerns are tied to a place. Technology matters because it provides a tool to examine and address community concerns.
One of our biggest takeaways from last year’s event is that we have a lot to learn and a lot more work to do when it comes to creating good, usable open data.
What does really good open government data look like?
How can we create a data model that will allow people to most easily use and understand government open data?
How can we make government websites and applications secure and usable, enabling residents to confidently access services online?
How do we use open data to create more inclusive public services and opportunity for all?
At its annual organization meeting, the Hennepin County Board unanimously voted to reappoint District 6 Commissioner Jan Callison as chair for 2016. Callison also served as chair in 2015.
Callison has served on the board since 2009. Her district includes Deephaven, northern Eden Prairie, Edina, Excelsior, Greenwood, Hopkins, Long Lake, Minnetonka, Minnetonka Beach, northern Mound, Orono, Shorewood, Spring Park, Tonka Bay, Wayzata, and Woodland. She would be the second women to serve as chair.
The board also elected Commissioner Linda Higgins, District 2, to serve as vice chair of the board. Her district includes the cities of Golden Valley, Medicine Lake, southeast Plymouth, St. Anthony and north and northeast Minneapolis, including the North Loop and Bryn Mawr neighborhoods. Commissioner Higgins has served on the board since 2013. Higgins also served as vice chair in 2015.
The board also established board committees and selected committee chairs:
Budget and Capital Investment: Commissioner Randy Johnson, District 5
Public Works, Energy and Environment: Commissioner Mike Opat, District 1
Health and Human Services: Commissioner Marion Greene, District 3
Public Safety and Judiciary: Commissioner Jeff Johnson, District 7
Libraries, Technology and General Government: Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, District 4
Intergovernmental: Commissioner Linda Higgins, District 2
Acting as the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA), the board unanimously re-elected Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, District 4, as chair and Commissioner Jan Callison, District 6, as vice chair of the HCRRA.
Acting as the Hennepin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HCHRA), the board unanimously re-elected Commissioner Linda Higgins, District 2, as chair and Commissioner Randy Johnson, District 5, as vice chair of the HCHRA.
County board approves 2016 legislative platform
The Hennepin County Board approved its 2016 legislative platform. These are the priorities the board and county administration will support during pre-session committee meetings, and once theLegislature convenes in March.
Public hearing set: Tipping fees
The Hennepin County Board scheduled a public hearing during its regular meeting on Tuesday, February 23 to receive comments about the proposed gate rate tipping fee for municipal waste disposal at the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center and the Brooklyn Park Transfer Station.
The board also scheduled a hearing on Tuesday, February 2, at 1:30 p.m. for the purpose of hearing comment about changing the names of three lake basins (“Unnamed Wetland” to “Snyder Lake”; “Snyder Lake” to “Kreatz Lake”; “Kreatz Lake” to “Unnamed Wetland”) located in the City of Plymouth.
Blue Line Extension design component approved
The board voted to approve the physical design component of the preliminary plans for the Bottineau Light Rail Transit Project, also known as the METRO Blue Line Extension. A Metropolitan Council/Hennepin County/Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority joint public hearing was held on January 19, 2016 for the physical design component of the preliminary design plans for the Bottineau Light Rail Transit Line.
Funding increase to help Public Health Clinic work to prevent HIV spread
The board agreed to an amendment to an agreement with the Minnesota Department of Health, that increases a grant for HIV health education and risk reduction services by $226,928. The total grant to the Hennepin County Public Health Clinic now is $1.1 million over five years. In Minnesota, approximately 7,200 people have been diagnosed with HIV; about 4,000 of them live in Hennepin County. The Hennepin County Public Health Clinic is the largest STD/HIV testing and counseling site in Minnesota, diagnosing more STDs/HIV than any other single site in the state.
The Budget and Capital Investment Committee set a hearing to gather public comment on the proposed issuance of up to $200 million in aggregate principal amount of general obligation bonds of the county for the purpose of financing new capital improvements. The hearing will be held during the committee’s meeting on Tuesday, March 8, at 1:30 p.m., in room A-2400 of the Hennepin County Government Center, 300 South 6th Street, Minneapolis.
Monday, February 22, 6:30pm Tibetan New Year. Learn how it is observed, its significance, and how the celebration changed when many Tibetans moved to India. All community members are welcome to attend. For more information, call 612-543-6075.
St. Anthony Library
2941 Pentagon Drive NE, Minneapolis
Monday, March 1, 7pm
The St. Anthony Village Parks Commission will have a meeting to hear from Hennepin and Ramsey counties about biking and walking in the city. After the meeting, participants can assist the Commission and city planner in outlining important routes and priorities for the Comprehensive Plan Update. For more information, emailKristin.firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Anthony City Hall
3301 Silver Lake Road, St. Anthony
Sunday, March 13, 8:30am-12:30pm Pancake Breakfast. Live music, chair massages during breakfast, which includes pancakes, sausage, coffee, tea, orange juice and milk. $7; free for children 5 and under.
St. Anthony High School/Middle School
3303 33rd Avenue NE, Minneapolis
Thursday, March 3 through Saturday, March 5, 7pm Play. “Our Town.” $8 for adults, $6 for students.
Edison High School
700 22nd Avenue NE, Minneapolis
Tuesday, March 15, 7pm Spring Concert. Free. The Men’s and Women’s Concert and Varsity choirs will perform.
Edison High School
700 22nd Avenue NE, Minneapolis
Wednesday, March 16, 6:30pm Band Festival. Free. Light refreshments will be served prior to performances.
Edison High School
700 22nd Avenue NE, Minneapolis
March 19, 10am-2pm
Northeast Winter Market. Local food vendor and artisans, music and children’s activities. For more information, visitnortheastmarket.org.
Solar Arts Building
711 15th Avenue NE, Minneapolis
Saturdays, February 27, March 19, April 23, May 14 and June 11, 9am-5pm Homebuyer Workshops. Participants will receive a homestretch certificate which creates eligibility for numerous down payment and first-time homebuyer assistance funds and programs. $40. Limited scholarship funds available to those who qualify. For more information or to register, call 612-256-2567, or visit umojacdc.org.
Umoja Community Development Corporation
1033 Lowry Avenue NE, Minneapolis
Saturday, March 26, 9am-11am
Bunny Party. For kids ages 6 and under.
1320 NE 29th Street, Minneapolis
Saturday, March 26, noon-2pm
Egg Hunt. Treats, entertainment, games, bounce house. Treat bags will be given to the first 200 registered children ages 7-12 years; pre-registration by March 23 is required. To register, visit apm.activecommunities.com.
2251 Hayes Street NE, Minneapolis
Saturday, March 5, 10:30-11:30am Research the history of your Minneapolis home. Learn about tools and resources available at the library and throughout the city to research the history of a house, neighborhood or a piece of property within Minneapolis city limits. To register, visit hclib.org or call 612-543-6875.
611 Van White Memorial Blvd, Minneapolis
Saturday, March 12, 10am-3pm Northside Housing Fair. Opportunity to get all your housing related needs met in one location. Vendors, mini-workshops, food, prizes and more.
Lucy Craft Laney School
3333 Penn Avenue N, Minneapolis
April 11 through June 3, 9:15am-3:45pm
Women-only IT-Ready career program. Free eight-week class. Includes books, learning materials, more than 200 hours of classroom and hands-on training. Qualification for a local, six-month paid on-the-job work experience and certification vouchers toward the CompTIA A+ exam. Only Minneapolis residents are eligible. Applications are due by Friday, March 25. For more information, visitwww.ITReady.com.
EMERGE Career and Technology Center
1834 Emerson Avenue N, Minneapolis
The City of Minneapolis invites emerging artists to apply to design public artwork for the 26th Avenue North Bikeway public art initiative, “Assemble.” Informational meetings for applicants will be held Tuesday, February 23, 4pm at Juxtaposition Arts Gallery, 2007 Emerson Avenue N, Minneapolis and Tuesday, March 15, 5pm at Theodore Wirth Park Chalet Dining Hall, 1301 Theodore Wirth Parkway. For more information, visit ci.minneapolis.mn.us.
Thursday, February 25, 6:30-8:30pm Downtown Service Area Steering Committee Meeting. View plans for Loring, Elliot, Gateway, Park Avenue Triangle, Franklin Steel Square and plans for future parkland in North Loop.
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Headquarters
2117 West River Road North, Minneapolis
Tuesday, February 23, 6-7:30pm Open House. View general replacement plans for Brookview Community Center and discuss the future of the project. Brookview Community Center
200 Brookview Parkway S, Golden Valley
Wednesday, March 9, 1-5pm Blood Drive
Golden Valley City Hall
7800 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley
Tuesday, March 1, 11am to noon Walk with a Doc. Residents are invited to take a 45-minute walk with a local doctor, who will share information on a health-related topic and answer questions during the event.
Plymouth Creek Center Fieldhouse
14800 34th Avenue N, Plymouth
Saturday, March 5, 11am-2pm Wedding Expo. Wedding services and suppliers, including exclusive caterers, party rentals, florists, bakeries and photographers. $2 if preregistered or $4 at the door. To preregister, call the Plymouth Creek Center at 763-509-5280.
Plymouth Creek Center
14800 34th Avenue N, Plymouth
Wednesday, March 9, 7:30am State of the City Address. Join Mayor Kelli Slavik as she shares some of the recent work of the City of Plymouth, touches on the city’s financial situation and highlights a few developments that are in the works.
5855 Cheshire Lane, Plymouth
Sunday, March 13, 1-4pm Healthy Living Fair. Free. Health screenings, educational sessions, active samplers, giveaways and prizes, vendor booths and more.
Plymouth Creek Center
14800 34th Avenue N, Plymouth
Saturday, March 26, 9am-4:30pm
The Black Women’s Business Alliance is excited to kickoff our very first POWER UP! Goal Diggers Series. Hear a panel discussion from some of Minnesota’s most dynamic Black women leaders, eager to share their stories of courage, strength and leadership. Confirmed panelists and speakers include: Dr. Brittany Lewis, PhD Fellow;
Tracey Williams-Dillard, President of Spokesman Recorder; Stella Whitney-West, CEO of North Point Health and Wellness; Commissioner Toni Carter of Ramsey County; Monique Linder, CEO of OMG Media Solutions; DeAnna Cummings, CIO of Juxtaposition Arts; Neda Kellogg, President of Project Diva; Dua Selah of the St.Paul NAACP Chapter. For tickets and more information, visit eventbrite.com.
Humphrey School Conference Center
301 19th Avenue S, Minneapolis