Hennepin County Commissioner Gail Dorfman last week received a Public Sector Achievement Award from the National Alliance to End Homelessness in Washington, D.C.
Dorfman, who has been on the county board for nine years, has made homeless issues one of her top priorities. According to the alliance, family homelessness in Hennepin County dropped 43 percent from 2000 to 2004.
New efforts include programs to get people into stable housing and joint programs run by the county and the city of Minneapolis.
Republican delegates from Hennepin County's Sixth District have endorsed Minnetonka resident John Cooney for the district seat on the county board.
Cooney was campaign manager and political director for U.S. Rep. Jim Ramstad during the past three elections and also has worked as Sheriff Rich Stanek's chief of staff. He runs a printing business.
County board incumbent Linda Koblick is not running for reelection. Cities in the Sixth District include Eden Prairie, Edina, Hopkins and Wayzata.
Minnetonka Mayor Jan Callison, who is seeking the Sixth District seat on the Hennepin County Board, will hold listening sessions with residents on Saturday.
Callison will be at the Depot Coffeehouse at 9451 Excelsior Blvd. in Hopkins from noon to 2 p.m. and at the Grandview Library at 5280 Grandview Square in Edina from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Horse trail closed
The horse trail alongside the Luce Line state trail, which runs from Plymouth west to Winsted, is closed until May 15.
The closure is meant to prevent damage to the trail while the ground is wet. The main part of the Luce Line trail will remain open to bikers and walkers but cannot be traveled by horse.
Signs are posted notifying users of the horse trail closure. For more information, call 952-826-6769.
MARY JANE SMETANKA, JENNA ROSS, LAURIE BLAKE