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Hennepn County Commisioner Irene Fernando: News from District 2

March 2021

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As always, please reach out with questions, comments, or to learn more about how to get involved.

Statement on Militarization of Downtown Minneapolis for Upcoming Chauvin Trial

Statement on Militarization of Downtown Minneapolis for Upcoming Chauvin Trial

Read my statement on the militarization of Downtown Minneapolis for the upcoming Chauvin trial. It outlines my view on the approach being taken, as well as the limitations on Hennepin County Commissioners’ decision-making authority.

I am concerned at how government leaders at all levels are collectively presenting in preparation for the trial. There has been an immense emphasis placed on the security of buildings and physical spaces, and no clear emphasis placed on healing or community voices. I stand with the community members who oppose the militarization of our downtown community. And I am deeply concerned about recent Hennepin County signage that may criminalize, among other things, the use of sidewalk chalk and making noise.

I have informed Sheriff Hutchinson’s office that I condemn the use of chemical irritants or less-lethal ammunition on any crowd. I oppose the use of kettling and believe that increased law enforcement and military presence do not guarantee a safe or peaceful situation for everyone.

Read my full statement here:


Golden Valley Library

More Libraries Resume Limited Service in March

Six currently closed libraries are scheduled to reopen for Grab and Go service in March. With Grab and Go you can:

  • Pick up holds
  • Check out and return materials
  • Get a library card
  • Browse most materials
  • Use a computer (assistance unavailable, 1-hour daily maximum, appointments recommended)

Meeting rooms, study rooms, children’s play areas, and lounges remain closed.

For up-to-date information on current services, locations, and hours, visit

March 1

Minnetonka Library Sunday 12-5 / Monday 12-8 / Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9-5

March 2

Golden Valley Library Tuesday 12-8 / Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 9-5

March 9

Roosevelt Library Tuesday 9-5 / Thursday 12-8 / Saturday 9-5

March 16

Linden Hills Library

Pierre Bottineau Library Tuesday, Wednesday 9-5 / Thursday 12-8 / Friday, Saturday 9-5

March 22

Long Lake Library Monday 12-8 / Wednesday 9-5 / Friday 9-5

Osseo Library – returns only*

St. Bonifacius Library – returns only*

*Osseo and St. Bonifacius libraries will begin accepting returns on March 22. Due to their small size, indoor capacity limits can only accommodate staff at this time. Holds pickup for items in the Osseo and St. Bonifacius collections will be available at nearby libraries.

Renew your expired driver’s license

Renew your expired driver’s license

Did your license or ID expire during the pandemic? Be sure to renew before the expiration extension ends March 31.

Appointments are required for in-person services. In many cases, you can renew easily online.

Learn more about renewing your license.

Funding assistance for lead paint hazards

Funding assistance for lead paint hazards

In February, the county board reaffirmed the county’s commitment to helping families stay safe from lead poisoning by allocating $2.2 million toward lead hazard reduction and healthy homes mitigation.

Homeowners and landlords may be eligible for help to detect and remove lead paint including:

  • A free home test
  • Up to $12,000 for work, including new windows

Find out more and see if you qualify.

Projects receive funding to clean up contaminated sites

In February, the county board awarded $1.6 million of Environmental Response Fund grants to clean up contaminated sites where environmental costs hinder site improvements.

Projects supported by ERF grants provide a variety of community benefits, including creating affordable and moderately priced housing, supporting economic development, developing green space, and making infrastructure improvements. Many ERF grants address environmental contamination in communities with significant disparities in health, including low income areas and communities of color. Some of these sites become a catalyst for new development in neighboring areas, which can help address racial disparities in housing, employment, and income.

As a major economic center for 150 years, the county has a concentration of contaminated sites. Much of this contamination was caused by chemical spills or improper disposal of hazardous waste prior to the existence of environmental regulations. These improper disposal practices of the past can still cause soil and groundwater pollution that present environmental risks today.

Learn more about the Environmental Response Fund and see a list of grant recipients at

About District 2

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The 2nd District serves the cities of Golden ValleyMedicine LakeSoutheast PlymouthSt. Anthony,
North and Northeast Minneapolis, including the
North Loop and Bryn Mawr neighborhoods.

Contact us

Irene Fernando
Commissioner, 2nd District

Akhilesh Menawat
Communications and Policy Aide

Bill Emory
Constituent Services and Policy Aide

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