News & Updates

City of Hopkins Receives Award for Work in Race Equity

The City of Hopkins was one of 12 cities to receive the League of Minnesota Cities' President's Award for our work with the Government Alliance on Race Equity (GARE). The League of Minnesota Cities President’s Award provides the opportunity for the outgoing president, at his or her discretion, to recognize the efforts of an individual, group, or organization that has helped to achieve a current League goal or to advance the League’s overall mission to promote excellence in local government through effective advocacy, expert analysis, and trusted guidance for all Minnesota cities. 

For 2017, Outgoing President Rhonda Pownell, Mayor of Northfield, extended the award to the 12 local government jurisdictions that made up the 2016 race equity cohort. The cohort work was a cooperative effort of the League and its partner, the Government Alliance on Race and Equity.

Those jurisdictions are Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Duluth, Hopkins, Mankato, Maplewood, Minneapolis, The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, Red Wing, St. Louis Park and Woodbury. The award was presented as a part of the League’s annual business meeting held during the annual conference on Thursday, June 15, in Rochester. Pownell noted that racial equity had been one of the major themes of her presidency. She commended the award recipients for their commitment and pioneering work to achieving racial equity in the policies, practices and procedures of their jurisdictions. 

City of Hopkins Seeking Park Board Member

The City of Hopkins has a vacancy on the Park Board for a term ending June 30, 2018. Applications will be accepted until Friday, June 9, at 3:30 p.m. All board and commission applications are kept on file for up to three years.

Learn more about the Park Board here.

Download an application here.

Resources Available For Recent Measles Outbreak

Health officials are investigating an outbreak of measles, all currently in Hennepin County. Measles is a very contagious disease caused by a virus.

General information about measles including symptoms, complications, tests, and treatment are available in brochures from the Minnesota Department of Health in various languages:

Press Release: Hopkins Police Seek Information on March 20 Arson

The Hopkins Police Department is seeking information regarding a car arson that occurred during the early morning hours of Monday, March 20, in the 700 block of 11th Ave. S.

Planning and a Pint is March 28

The City of Hopkins is in the process of updating its comprehensive plan, Cultivate Hopkins, and needs your voice to be a part of the process. The Planning and Economic Development department is hosting "Planning and a Pint" on Tuesday, March 28, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Mainstreet Bar & Grill to gather input, share ideas and discuss the future of Hopkins. Complimentary refreshments will be provided.

This event will take the place of the March 28 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting scheduled at the beginning of the year.

Informational Meeting on the Artery is March 29

An informational meeting to review project details and project construction for the Artery is scheduled for Wednesday, March 29, at 5 p.m. at City Hall.

Residents who are unable to attend the meeting but are interested in more information about the project can visit the Bolton and Menk project website or contact:

  • Hopkins City Engineer Nate Stanley at 952-548-6356
  • Bolton and Menk Project Manager Mike Waltman at 952-890-0506 or 612-221-6496

More information about the Artery is also available on the City website.

Meetings on 2017 Street and Utility Improvement Project are Feb. 23, March 1

The City of Hopkins is hosting two open houses to provide information and answer questions on the final special assessments, project schedule, and construction process for the 2017 Street and Utility Improvements Project. The open houses will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, and Wednesday, March 1, at Hopkins City Hall in the Council Chambers.

Property owners are encouraged to stop by for factual information on the project and an opportunity for face to face discussions directly with the project team.

Contact Hopkins City Engineer Nate Stanley at 952-548-6356 with questions.

Press Release: Former Mayor Jerre Miller Dies at Age 84 After Lifetime of Service to City of Hopkins

Former Hopkins Mayor and City Attorney Jerre Miller passed away Jan. 23 at age 84. Miller spent nearly his entire career serving the City in various capacities.

Press Release: Annual State of the City and Taste of Hopkins event is Jan. 26

The 2017 State of the City and Taste of Hopkins event will be held Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet in Downtown Hopkins. Taste of Hopkins will be held from 5 to 6 p.m., with the State of the City following immediately after.

Press Release: Mayor Cummings Appointed to NLC Committee

Hopkins Mayor Molly Cummings has been appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2017 Human Development (HD) federal advocacy committee. This committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC federal policy positions on issues involving social services, children and learning, poverty and income support, employment and workforce development, equal opportunity, Social Security and seniors, individuals with disabilities, public health care, mental health parity and immigration reform.

Snow Emergency Declared

The City of Hopkins has declared a snow emergency starting tonight, Friday, Dec. 16, beginning at 9 p.m. Residents should remove all vehicles from the streets or public parking lots by 9 p.m. tonight. Vehicle towing will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. The snow emergency will remain in effect until the street or parking lot has been plowed from curb to curb.  

More information about snow emergencies in Hopkins is available here.

Warming House Opening Postponed

Hopkins park warming houses were scheduled to open Saturday, Dec. 17. Due to snow, extreme cold temperatures and wind chills, the opening of park warming houses has been postponed to Monday, Dec. 19.

More information about Hopkins ice skating rinks and warming houses is available here.

Open house on Blake Road Corridor is Dec. 15

An open house on the final design phase of the Blake Road Corridor will be held Thursday, Dec. 15, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., in the cafeteria at the Eisenhower Community Center, 1001 Hwy. 7.

Residents are invited to drop by at any time. Displays will be ready for input and project team members will be there to listen to feedback and answer questions.

Those who cannot attend the open house can follow the conversation online for updates and feedback opportunities here.

Contact Hopkins City Engineer Nate Stanley at 952-548-6356 with questions.

Meeting on 2017 Burnes Park Improvements is Dec. 15

Hopkins residents are invited to attend a meeting Thursday, Dec. 15, to provide feedback on the preliminary design of the 2017 Burnes Park improvements.

Proposed improvements include a new park restroom/picnic facility, a new splash pad play area, a renovated warming house, new 2-5 year-old play equipment and landscaping.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the Fireside Room at Zion Lutheran Church, 241 5th Ave. N.

Contact Hopkins Public Works at 952-548-6350 with questions.

Press Release: Hopkins Fire Department Responds to Fire at 1330 Landmark Trail N.

For Release: Immediately
Hopkins, MN – The Hopkins Police and Fire Departments responded to a call Saturday, Nov. 26, at 1330 Landmark Trail N. in Hopkins. Crews arrived to find fire coming through the roof of the townhome.

Apply for Annual Rental Licenses Online

The City of Hopkins requires all rental licenses to be renewed annually by Oct. 31. The deadline is now passed and license feels will double on Dec. 1. Be sure to apply online here or download and return the application with the appropriate fee to Hopkins City Hall. Learn more about rental licenses here.

Press Release: Robbery Involving Firearm

For Release: Immediately
Hopkins, MN – The Hopkins Police Department responded Nov. 14 to the 700 block of 8th Ave. S. on the report of “shots heard.” Upon arriving in the area, police located a victim who informed officers he had been the victim of a robbery and also had been shot at. The victim had injuries, however, they were not cause by a gunshot.

Public Meeting on 2017 Play Equipment Replacements

Hopkins residents are invited to attend a public meeting to review and provide feedback on the 2017 play equipment replacements scheduled for Maetzold Field and Hilltop Park. The meeting will be held Thursday, Nov. 10 at Hopkins City Hall, with a review of proposed Hilltop Park equipment from 6–7 p.m., and a review of Maetzold Field proposed equipment from 7–8 p.m.

For each park, there are two play equipment options being considered. Residents unable to attend the meeting can still ask questions or provide feedback by contacting Public Works Director Steve Stadler.

Press Release: Hopkins Police Seek Information in Dog Poisonings

For Release: Immediately
Hopkins, MN – The Hopkins Police Department is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for incidents of dog poisoning occurring in the 200 to 300 blocks of 9th and 10th Avenues N.  Suspects are placing anti-freeze in dog food and blocks of poison in the yards of individuals with dogs.

Press Release: Information Sought in Oct. 26 Hit and Run Accident Involving Pedestrian

For Release: Immediately
Hopkins, MN – On Oct. 26 at 6 a.m., Hopkins Police and other emergency personnel responded to the intersection of Mainstreet and 17th Ave. on the report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle. Officers arrived on scene and found an adult female with serious injuries laying in the roadway. The victim has since passed away as a result of her injuries.

Vote early by absentee ballot

You don't have to wait until Election Day to vote. Eligible voters may vote by absentee ballot in-person at City Hall or by mail through Monday, Nov. 7.

Extended hours for absentee voting

City Hall will be open until 6 p.m. Nov. 1-4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, and until 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7, for residents who wish to vote via direct balloting.

Renew rental licenses online by Oct. 31

The City of Hopkins requires all rental licenses to be renewed annually by Oct. 31. The deadline is fast approaching! Be sure to renew online here.

Press Release: Brent Johnson sworn in as Chief of Police

For Release: Immediately
Hopkins, MN – Former Hopkins Police Captain Brent Johnson was sworn in as Hopkins Chief of Police at the Oct. 18 City Council Meeting. Johnson takes the place of Chief Mike Reynolds, who retired from law enforcement Oct. 14.

Free Leaf and Yard Waste Pick-Up

Free fall leaf/yard waste bag pick-up begins Oct. 24 for most residents and will continue on garbage day through Nov. 17.

Public Meeting on 2017 City Budget is Dec. 6

Interested in how your tax dollars are spent? Attend the 2017 Budget Hearing on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

2017 Burnes Park Improvements

You’re invited to a meeting to review proposed 2017 Burnes Park improvements and provide your feedback. Proposed improvements include: 

New park restroom/picnic facility, new splash pad play area, renovated warming house, new 2-5 year old play equipment, landscaping. The meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m. in the Fireside Room at Zion Lutheran Church.
Questions: Hopkins Public Works, 952-548-6350

Halloween in Hopkins!

Hopkins is the place to be for Halloween, check out our fun events here.

Legionnaires' Update:

The Minnesota Department of health released an updated press release on 9/30, you can find the press release here..more.

Don't Miss Fire Department Open House on Oct. 15

The Hopkins Fire Department will host its annual Open House at the Hopkins Fire Station (101 17th Ave S) on Saturday, October 15, 10 am to 2 pm. Stop by for fire truck rides, hot dogs and popcorn, and lots of hands-on fun. Watch live fire demonstrations including an auto extrication and car fire, and learn valuable fire safety tips. Parking available just south of the fire station or use the lot at Ubah Medical School.

Join us for Coffee with a Cop on Oct. 7!

October 7 is national Coffee with a Cop day and the Hopkins Police are joining forces with the Depot Coffee House to host an event! Come on out from 9 to11 am and spend some time with the officers of the Hopkins Police Department while enjoying a free cup of the excellent Depot coffee.

Register to Vote Now

Go to to register to vote. It’s quick and easy! You will need your Minnesota driver’s license or Minnesota identification card number, or the last four numbers of your Social Security number. Register to vote prior to October 18 to ensure you are registered on Election Day. Registration forms are also available at City Hall...more.

Legionnaires' Update

The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed three additional cases of Legionnaires' disease, bringing the total to 20. The latest (most recent) illness onset date is consistent with exprosure before remedidation began on Sept. 9 and 10th...more.

Press Release: Captain Johnson Promoted to Police Chief for the City of Hopkins

For Release: Immediately
Hopkins, MN., September 21, 2016 – The City of Hopkins announced today that Captain Brent Johnson will be promoted to Hopkins Police Chief. Johnson will be sworn in at the October 18, 2016, City Council meeting...more.

Press Release: Chief Reynolds to Retire from Law Enforcement

For Release: Immediately
Hopkins, MN., September 21, 2016 – The City of Hopkins announced today that Hopkins Police Chief Mike Reynolds will be retiring from law enforcement effective October 14, 2016...more.

Give Local Fundraiser at Pizza Rev

Buy a pizza (or any non-alcoholic menu item) and mention the fundraiser to have 20% of your purchase donated to local programs! Pizza Rev is located at 525 Blake Rd. North.

Sept. 30 - Hopkins Activity Center, Depot and Arts Center

October 27 - Cops N Kids!

October 31- Hopkins Activity Center, Depot and Arts Center

November 30 - Hopkins Activity Center, Depot and Arts Center

Highway 169 Project Updates

Minnesota Department of Transportation is planning a project that will close Highway 169 from January through late September of 2017. Be sure to sign up to receive email updates about the project here.

Press Release: Legionnaires' Disease

Hopkins, MN., September 9, 2016- On the afternoon of September 9, 2016 the City of Hopkins was informed of five cases of Legionnaires’ disease between August 4th and September 1st. The cases involved people who either reside or work within Hopkins...More.

Press Release: Jacob's Trading Company Fire

Hopkins, MN., September 9, 2016 – The Hopkins Fire Department was called to Jacob’s Trading Company...more.

Tickets on Sale for 2016-2017 Season at the Center

View the full line-up of musical talent coming to the Hopkins Center for the Arts this year.

City Improvement Projects Abound in 2016

The City is undertaking a wide variety of improvement projects in 2016. Find out about the most noticeable improvements, what to expect, and when. More...

Hopkins History Center Moving to Mainstreet

Get involved in this historic move into the former Lodge Building at 907 Mainstreet.

Get involved in the Hopkins Race & Equity Initiative

The Hopkins Race & Equity Initiative aims to increase awareness and understanding of race, equity and diversity, and promote community. Check out upcoming HREI events.

Register Now to Vote in General Election

Get ready to vote in the Nov 8 election—register to vote, check if you are registered, and find out more at Register now and save time on Election Day!

Hopkins is a Pollinator Safe City

In commemoration of National Pollinator Week, the Hopkins City Council has approved a resolution endorsing “Pollinator-Safe” policies and procedures.




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