Think back to the lake scene in the movie "Purple Rain." You know the one. It's almost sunset when Apollonia asks the Kid (aka Prince) what she must do in order earn the Kid's help as an artist. He tells her that she must "purify" herself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka. At first Apollonia doesn't believe it, but she's desperate, so she removes her rock star getup and jumps into the lake. She stumbles out of the brisk water, choking, looking angry with the world. And the Kid tells her: "Uh ... hold it. That ain't Lake Minnetonka."
Now imagine a legal aid worker saying, "You must file your claim in the clerk's office of the Hennepin County Government Center." Don't be like Apollonia, rushing off to the nearest government building just because you're desperate. Instead, read this guide to the Twin Cities' courthouses. There are fifteen courthouses in the region. While fifteen is fewer in number than the thousand lakes, you can see how someone might get confused. This guide will provide the locations for the courthouses, a brief description of what they do, and some helpful tips.