COMMUNITY VOICES | Councilmember Blong Yang gives City Hall tour to North Minneapolis Hmong students


On March 28, Newly elected Minneapolis councilmember Blong Yang gave a tour of City Hall to 20 North Minneapolis Hmong students on spring break from school.

trying on hardhat councilmember Yang uses in city tunnels

First they crammed into councilmember Yang’s office.  Then they walked the halls of city hall.

Some are more spellbound than others by councilmember Yang’s words

The students got to see council chambers where for 30 minutes they took over city council. 

They also saw the office headquarters for Minneapolis police, firefighters, and  Hennepin County sheriff’s office.

The new mayor of Minneapolis – at least for the next 30 minutes

Along the tour, students talked with councilmember Yang about what they wanted improved in their neighborhood, from fixing potholes to fewer gunshots to more soccer fields to less snow.

The next councilmember Yang

Councilmember Yang talked about how important it was to stay in school, and hoped some of them would follow him as members of the Minneapolis city council

Practising his best Law and Order courtroom staredown

Blong Yang is Minneapolis’s first Hmong councilmember. Many of these students know him better as soccer coach for the Farview Park soccer team

After the tour of city hall, the students got a chance to walk through the skyways and try some pizza.

Hmong students run into councilmember Cam Gordon outside city hall, thank him for supporting Hmong police officer

Enjoying some downtown pizza after city hall tour