Wednesday, April 17, 2013
ClearChannel Outdoor is makng the digital billboards available during emergencies at no cost to the county.
Editor’s Note: The following announcement comes from Hennepin County Emergency Management. Motorists driving into a tornado warning in Hennepin and Ramsey counties’ will receive roadside alerts, thanks to a new collaboration between county emergency management divisions, ClearChannel Outdoor and the National Weather Service. A new system, tested in downtown Minneapolis today, will make use of ClearChannel Outdoor commercial digital billboards to warn drivers of a tornado warning in their vicinity. The goal of the partnership is to offer early warning and new training to drivers, who may be unable to hear tornado sirens inside their cars, or who may not be listening to radio stations that would warn them of a safety threat. The concept…
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Jay Quam had just met up with his wife and daughter.
Hennepin County Judge Jay Quam was among those who just escaped injury from the Boston Marathon explosions. Quam told Minnesota Public Radio that he crossed the finish line at 2:05 p.m. EST and had just met up with his wife and daughter about a block or two away when he heard an explosion followed by another explosion. MPR quoted Quam, who lives in Eden Prairie, as saying: I thought that somebody must've planted some bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, honestly. There really wasn't any other explanation for those distinctive sounds. Quam was first appointed a Hennepin County judge in 2006 and elected in 2008, according to the Minnesota Judicial Branch. His current term expires in 2015. Click here to read the full story.
Monday, April 15, 2013
With the explosions at the Boston Marathon, the Sheriff’s Office is asking people to be vigilant.
Editor’s Note: The following reminder comes from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office. Today, authorities are investigating explosions at the Boston Marathon that have killed two people and have injured approximately 100 others. According to state, local and national security sources, there are no known threats in Minnesota or Hennepin County. As a reminder, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office urges citizens to be engaged in public safety in our community by reporting suspicious activity. If you “see something, say something.” Citizens should call 911 or contact local law enforcement. The Sheriff’s Office offers several ways to provide information about suspicious activities or crime tips. You may use one of the following methods:
Friday, March 29, 2013
Scheduled to open in 2014, the Interchange aims to integrate a variety of transportation options.
Editor’s Note: The following announcement comes from Hennepin County. There’s going to be more than baseball to watch at Target Field this year as construction continues on the county’s Interchange project. Please keep in mind the following tips as you plan your trip to Target Field: Scheduled to open in 2014, the Interchange will serve as a central, multi-modal transportation hub and community gathering space in downtown Minneapolis. The Interchange embodies the principles of Open Transit, which integrates all models of transit, is development oriented, focuses on architecture that can create iconic indoor and outdoor spaces, appeals to passengers, residents, office workers and visitors alike, as well as integrating culture with …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
The team will expand the agency’s outreach efforts.
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Thursday, March 28
Editor’s Note: The following announcement comes from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office has created a new Community Engagement Team to expand outreach efforts in diverse communities and directly address public safety concerns of the residents. The Community Engagement Team will enhance the community policing program that was launched several years ago. Team members also provide training to members of law enforcement about working with diverse communities. With a focus on diverse communities, the Community Engagement Team will address the concerns of residents, nonprofit groups, service providers, private businesses, educators, and others
Monday, March 25, 2013
Five percent of Hennepin County adults have the disease—and many aren’t aware they have it. Tuesday’s ‘Diabetes Alert Day’ is a good time to consider whether you’re at risk.
Tuesday is Diabetes Alert Day, and the Minnesota Department of Health is urging all Minnesotans to look into whether they’re at risk for diabetes. More than one in 20 Hennepin County adults has diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Diabetes Surveillance System. The percentage of adult Minnesotans with diabetes nearly doubled between 1994 and 2010, according to the state Department of Health. The agency estimates that 80,000 Minnesota adults may have diabetes without knowing it. “Given the alarming increase of diabetes, we are encouraging Minnesotans to use this day to think about whether they or someone they love might have diabetes or prediabetes and not even know about it,” a news release quoted…
Friday, March 22, 2013
A new U.S. Census Bureau map of migration patterns between counties shows Hennepin County residents leaving for other Minnesota counties in droves.
Hennepin County stole eight residents from Maine’s Penobscot County between 2006 and 2010. Meanwhile, it lost 10 people to the Aleutians East Borough in Alaska during the same time period. A U.S. Census Bureau interactive map that went live Tuesday emphasizes just how far flung movements are between the 1.1 million-person county and the rest of the country. During the survey period, 31,084 people moved to Hennepin County from a different state while 30,550 people moved from here to a different state. Movement wasn’t limited to the United States either. Hennepin County had 9,268 people move in from abroad. Of course, migration was biggest within Minnesota—and Hennepin County saw nearly 10,000 more people leave than come in. The county had …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
This 27-member board develops and studies programs to provide jobs for unemployed persons in suburban Hennepin and Carver counties.
Thursday, March 21
Editor’s Note: The following announcement comes from Hennepin County. The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants for four vacancies on the Hennepin County Workforce Investment Board. This 27-member board develops and studies programs to provide jobs for unemployed persons in suburban Hennepin and Carver counties, by increasing the involvement of the business community in employment and training. The board also analyzes needs for employment and training services, makes recommendations about program plans and basic goals, evaluates employment and training programs, recommends strategies to increase private-sector employment opportunities for economically disadvantaged residents, and appoints and oversees a local …
Despite being a leader in healthy behaviors and clinical care, the county struggles with some healthcare factors.
Hennepin County residents die earlier and get STDs more frequently than people in most of the state’s other counties, according to data the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Wisconsin Population Health Institute released Wednesday. The County Health Rankings study rated counties in two categories of “health outcomes” and four categories of “health factors” that influence those outcomes. In terms of health outcomes, the county ranked 55th among the state’s 87 counties, the foundation found. Premature deaths accounted for the bulk of the bad news. Hennepin County ranked 40th in mortality. It loses about 5,241 years of life before age 75 per 100,000 people, surpassing the state average of 5,126. But Hennepin County resident see fewer …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
There will be vehicle displays, demonstrations and free food.
Residents can learn more about the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office at an open house taking place April 26. There will be a large indoor area for vehicle displays, demonstrations and free hot dogs, chips, cookies and beverages. Highlights include: The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Enforcement Services Division (9401 83rd Avenue N., Brooklyn Park). It will take place rain or shine. Everyone is invited to attend.