Updates on: DAV Deer Hunt, Community Health, Redistricting, and Homelessness

DAV Annual Deer Hunt

On November 11-13 the 10th Annual Disabled Veterans deer hunt was held at Chesterwoods Park.  Mobile equipment (tracked vehicles) was employed to assist Veterans who were not able to walk.  28 veterans participated along with four dependents.  30 deer were taken.  I was happy to support this event.


Continuous Health Improvement

4,000 randomly selected households in Olmsted County have been mailed a survey regarding the health status of Olmsted County.  The survey will be used to by the County along with listening sessions, to better understand our county’s health needs so that the County can better serve our county residents.  The survey was created by the Olmsted County Community Health Assessment and Planning team which is a collaboration of the County, Mayo, and Olmsted Medical Center.



Redistricting listening sessions will be held virtually via Zoom.  Community members need to register if they wish to speak.  Speaking will be limited to three minutes.  Recordings of the listening sessions will be made available on the City of Rochester  redistricting website.

Dates and Times:

General Community – Olmsted County

  • December 14, Noon – 1
  • December 14, 6-7PM
  • December 16, Noon -1
  • December 16, 6-7PM

City of Rochester Wards 1 and 2

  • January 11, 2022, Noon – 1
  • January 1, 2022, 6-7PM

City of Rochester Wards 3 and 4

  • January 13, Noon-1
  • January 13, 6-7PM

City of Rochester Wards 5 and 6

  • January 17, Noon-1
  • January 17, 6-7PM

General Community – Olmsted County

  • January 22, 9-10AM

To register for a speaking slot please go to the Olmsted County Public Registrations website.

If you are having difficulty registering for a virtual listening session event, email Olmsted County’s Policy, Analysis, and Communications (PAC) department at  PACsupport@co.olmsted.mn.us.


Homeless Number Decreased

Olmsted County efforts to reduce homelessness appear to be having a positive impact. Over the past two years, Olmsted County has housed over 200 individuals.  I have supported Olmsted’s Successful model of combining housing services with case management.

  • Homeless Identified in 2021 decreased from the homeless identified in 2020.
  • The largest age group of homeless is 25-54 years old which makes up 66% of the homeless.
  • About 70% of the homeless identified were from the Olmsted area.
  • Homeless people from outside the Olmsted area come to Rochester in hopes of finding employment or medical care.
  • Olmsted County anticipates an increase in homeless individuals when the eviction moratorium ends.
  • Olmsted has received about $600,000 from the state to address youth homelessness.
  • For more information on how Olmsted is meeting the housing challenges go to: Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment Authority webpage.

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