Hennepin County, MN Government

SAV approves three-way land deal

The St. Anthony City Council gave Interstate Development preliminary approval Sept. 14 on a planned unit development (PUD) that involves Bremer Bank and a city-owned parcel of land known as “the old bowling alley site.” If the developer meets 14 conditions set forth by the St. Anthony City Planning Commission, the Council could give the go-ahead for construction perhaps as soon as late this year.
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Champlin approves proposed 2022 tax levy, operating budget

At the Sept. 13 Champlin City Council meeting, the council unanimously approved the 2022 proposed operating budget and tax levy. Finance director Shelly Peterson spoke at the meeting and detailed what taxpayers should know in this proposed plan for next year. Peterson said the proposed net tax levy for 2022...

Minnesota Lawmakers Learn About Organics Recycling Options in Brooklyn Park

Some Minnesota lawmakers are touring sites of proposed capital investments in the northwest metro. Tuesday, House Capital Investment Committee members visited locations in Osseo, Maple Grove, and Brooklyn Park. One of the stops included the Hennepin County Recycling Center and Transfer Station in Brooklyn Park. Officials want to add an...

Recycling And Organics Contract Negotiations Nearing Completion

In preparation for the Hennepin County mandated roll out of organics recycling, the City is finalizing a service provider contract for both curbside recycling and organics. Organics recycling is the collection of food scraps, non-recyclable paper, and other compostable products. By diverting these products to a commercial compost facility, they can be recycled into nutrient-rich soil instead of ending up in a landfill. Hennepin County is requiring all cities with more than 10,000 residents to make curbside organics recycling available Jan 1, 2022.
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At 60, Peace Corps is still what we can do for our country

Sept. 22 marks the 60th anniversary of the day President John F. Kennedy signed into law legislation creating the Peace Corps. The Peace Corps was first named in legislation introduced by Minnesota's U.S. Sen. Hubert Humphrey, who spent two years sharing his Peace Corps vision with members of Congress before persuading Kennedy of its viability.
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Minnesota State Rep. Frazier won't run for Hennepin County Attorney

Minnesota House Rep. Cedrick Frazier, DFL-New Hope, announced Tuesday that he won't run for Hennepin County Attorney. When Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said three weeks ago that he wouldn't seek re-election, Frazier's name was among those floated as potential replacements. Online speculation about a possible Frazier candidacy continued as several local leaders announced their interest in the post.

What Democrats mean by ‘universal child care’ in the Build Back Better Act

Minnesota child care providers are struggling to keep their electricity on and their doors open. Families are struggling to pay for their services. It’s a chicken-and-the-egg scenario for many providers: If they pay their workers more, the cost for families will go up and they’ll lose business. If they pay their already low-wage workers less, they’ll lose workers and the ability to take care of all of their enrolled kids.
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Hennepin County Board approves maximum property tax levy of 3.5% for 2022

The Hennepin County Board on Tuesday approved a 3.5% maximum property tax levy for 2022 and $1 million to fund an anti-hate initiative. The levy will fund $900 million of next year's $2.4 billion budget, which will be up for a vote on Dec. 14. The board has raised the property tax levy each year by an average of 4.6% since 2015.
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The Latest: Ironman World Champs moved from Hawaii to Utah

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — The Ironman World Championship will be held outside Hawaii for the first time in four decades. That is due to uncertainty over whether the Big Island will be able to host the triathlon as scheduled in February because of the coronavirus pandemic. West Hawaii Today reports triathletes will instead head to St. George, Utah, to compete on May 7.

Hennepin County Launching Inmate Education, Training Program

(Hennepin County, MN) — Hennepin County has announced an education and training program for inmates. Officials say the HCSO H.O.P.E. Program will allow every inmate to get a formal education, learn skilled trades, and take adult enrichment classes. Partners for the program include AutoZone and Minneapolis Public Schools, but some supplies are still needed to help launch the effort. Hennepin County reports that almost 30-percent of inmates do not have a high school diploma or a G.E.D.

‘Every Inmate Deserves A 2nd Chance’: New Education Program Aims To Reduce Recidivism In Hennepin Co.

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Inmates in Minnesota’s most populous county will now have access to “rigorous and robust” education and training courses while incarcerated. Moreover, officials say support for more education will continue once individuals are no longer in custody. Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson announced Monday a new initiative called...

Coronavirus in Minnesota: deaths, cases rise again

On Tuesdays, MinnPost provides weekly updates that cover COVID-19 developments in Minnesota from the previous Wednesday to present. The U.S. marked a pair of grim pandemic milestones this week: About as many Americans have died from COVID-19 as were killed in the 1918 flu pandemic, and now one in 500 Americans has died of COVID-19.