Irene Fernando – District 2 Hennepin County Commissioner – July Update
July 1, 2019
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Meet Commissioner Irene Fernando (That’s Me!)
Serving as Hennepin County commissioner feels like a natural next step in a life of serving others.
“I believe strongly that the voices of those being impacted by decisions and those implementing decisions should be the loudest. The staff here fall in one or both of those categories almost every single time,” Fernando said. “It’s quite literally every person’s job here to be the loudest, strongest advocate on behalf of residents.”
On Saturday June 8, we joined Metro Transit, local officials and community in celebrating the launch of the METRO C Line Bus Rapid Transit. The launch marks the second rapid bus line in the Twin Cities, which will provide faster, more frequent service connecting residents on Minneapolis’ north side and Brooklyn Center with jobs and economic opportunities downtown.
Photo courtesy of Metro Transit
Honey bee rescue at Government Center
After part of their hive fell, a swarm of honey bees outside the Government Center was becoming a danger to people underneath it. Luckily, the county has a beekeeper on staff who was able to successfully move them to a safer location (for the bees and for humans).
Last month, 175 youth who are teen parents, in foster care, or involved in the justice system celebrated graduating or earning their GEDs in a ceremony at University of Minnesota. Now in its sixth year, this celebration of young people’s academic success is something the county is honored to be part of, along with partners Connections to Independence, YMCA Twin Cities, and Hennepin Healthcare.