Update from Commissioner McGuire - November 18, 2015

Ramsey County District 2 News

Serving the communities of Lauderdale, Little Canada, Mounds View (Precinct 4),
New Brighton, Roseville and the Ramsey County portion of St. Anthony.

November 18, 2015


Mary Jo McGuire
Commissioner, District 2

Melissa Jamrock

Sandi Thompson
Administrative Assistant 

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The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants to serve on a number of volunteer boards and committees. 

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Recent Events

Here are some of the events that Commissioner McGuire has attended recently.

  • Women in Public Service Conference at Hamline University
  • Think Small Breakfast
  • St. Paul Children's Collaborative Board Meetings
  • Rail-volution
  • Human Rights Symposium - North Korean Refugees at the Humphrey School
  • Ramsey County Library Board Meeting
  • Transit Advisory Board Meeting
  • Library Groundbreaking in Shoreview
  • Tubman Center meeting about Sex Trafficking of MN Young Girls & Women
  • Ramsey/Washington Recycling and Energy Board Board Meeting
  • I 35-W North Corridor Coalition
  • Large Urban Counties Caucus Conference
  • Minnesota Association of Community Corrections Act Counties Conference
  • AMC Policy Committee Meetings
  • Public Engagement and Decision-making: Moving from Dysfunction  and Polarization to Dialogue and Understanding Symposium at Hamline
  • Local Government Officials met with President Kahler at
    the University of Minnesota
  • Northeast Youth and Family Services - Taste of Northeast


Community Newsletters

sustainability festival

Third Annual Sustainability Fair

The Third Annual Fair is created in collaboration with the University of Minnesota, the City of Lauderdale, the City of Falcon Heights, and the Three Rivers Park District.

This free event highlights sustainable practices going on in our community while educating others on how to bring sustainability home with them. The fair is geared up for all ages to engage community members to work together protecting our natural resources and environment for a more resilient future. Together, we can change the world by sharing our knowledge and bringing diverse skills to the table.

There will be local vendors attending that will provide information for new resources such as tiny homes, native plants and rain gardens, sustainable energy, improving water quality, waste management, solar power, wind energy, lead detection information and more!

For more information, visit: http://www.ci.saint-anthony.mn.us/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={50F53720-B561-466F-B92B-B1A424161DC4}

state of the waters
Thank you to the Ramsey Conservation District Board and staff for hosting the State of the Waters - Drinking Water in Ramsey County.


OVALumination is back!

Come out to the Guidant John Rose MN OVAL to celebrate the 3rd annual OVALumination! On November 20th, 2015 at 6:15pm we will be lighting up the trees for the season.

OVALumination is a celebration fit for the glamour of the holiday season.  It’s free to view or enjoy skating underneath the lights. Admission is only $5.50 and skate rental is just $4.00.

Every year we focus on making OVALumination bigger and better by lighting the OVAL with more sparkling holiday lights and fun surprises. This year is no exception, along with more lights and family events, OVALumination will be partnering with Knitteapolis, the Minnesota yarnbomber, who adds colorful soft street art one yarnbomb at a time. Knitteapolis will be yarnbombing the front of the OVAL with colorfully knit yarn, enhancing OVALumination’s holiday cheer with an unexpected twist. #KnitTheOVAL is sponsored by North American Banking Company!

Like the OVALumination Facebook Page  | Use the hashtag #OVALumination or #KnitTheOVAL when tweeting or posting photos of yourself at the OVAL

I35E MnPASS Lanes Opening November 30

New MnPASS Express Lanes on I-35E between Little Canada Road and Cayuga Street will be opening at the end of the month.

Two new tag options will be available to new MnPASS customers on Nov. 17, 2015. - the Switchable Tag and the Sticker Tag.  Existing customers may continue using their existing transponder until the battery wears out. When the battery wears out the transponder may be disposed of and customers should call MnPASS customer service to request a new tag.

Find out where to get a tag at http://mnpass.org/35e.html.

mnpass sticker


2015 Election Results

Many communities held elections for City Council, Mayor, and/or School Board this year.  Want to see the results?  Just visit Ramsey County Elections for all of the results.

Ramsey County Yard Waste Collection Sites

Open Through November 30

There is still time to bring your leaves and branches to your local Yard Waste Collection Site.  The seven sites around the county will be open until the end of November - weather permitting.

Mon: 11am-7pm
Wed: 11am-7pm
Fri: 11am-7pm
Sat: 9am-5pm
Sun: 11am-5pm

For more information, visit: http://www.co.ramsey.mn.us/ph/rt/yard_waste_collection_sites.htm.

Get a Free Composting Starter Kit

Ramsey Recycles is offering Free Organics Recycling Starter kits that include a 3-gallon bin with a locking cover, compostable bags, information on recycling and the organics recycling punch card. Bring the card in for five punches (one each time you drop off organics) and you’ll get a free Ramsey Recycles T-shirt. Starter kits are available at all of the Ramsey County Yard Waste Sites. Just tell the Yard Waste site attendant that you want to get started recycling organic waste!

Click here to learn more!

District 2 in the News


Upcoming Events around District 2

November 19 - Sustainability Fair

November 20 - Ovalumination Tree Lighting

December 5 and 6 - Holiday Craft Safe to benefit HANC

December 11 - Holiday Rose Gala

February 6 - North Metro Community Home and Garden Show


women in public service
Thank you Lori Sturdevant for a great kick off to the Women and Public Service conference at Hamline University!