Update from Commissioner McGuire - April 13, 2016

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.

April 13, 2016


Mary Jo McGuire
Commissioner, District 2

Melissa Jamrock

Sandi Thompson
Administrative Assistant 

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Get Involved

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

Click here for more information or to apply.


Recent Events

Here are some of the events that Commissioner McGuire or her staff have attended recently.

  • Northland Cup Charity Hockey Game
  • Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy Board
  • Roseville Area Community Foundation Board Meeting
  • Spoke at New Brighton City Council Meeting
  • IEIC Region 11 Meeting
  • Pre-Screening of Rental Rights and Responsibilities Video
  • New Brighton Rotary Gold Plate Dinner
  • Hamline/Mitchell Alumni Hockey Game
  • AFSCME Council 5 Day on the Hill
  • Battle Creek Winter Recreation Area Meeting
  • Media Event for Start by Believing launch
  • St. Paul Children's Collaborative Board Meeting


Community Newsletters


Little Canada

Mounds View

New Brighton


Saint Anthony

Start by Believing Logo

Ramsey County:
A Start by Believing Community

Earlier today, Ramsey County officials launched a campaign in our communities to create a culture where victims feel empowered to report their abuse and enables those who respond to better react to trauma without unintentional human biases.  It is a great example of cooperation and coalition building in this effort to prevent and address sexual assault and violence in our community.

As a part of the launch, there will be a Community Forum on Wednesday, April 13 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Hamline University Sundin Music Hall, located at 1531 Hewitt Avenue in Saint Paul. It is free and open to all. Click here for more information about this event.

Start by Believing is nationwide a public awareness campaign uniquely focused on the public response to sexual assault.  Because a friend or family member is typically the first person a victim confides in after an assault, each individual’s personal reaction is the first step in a long path toward justice and healing. Knowing how to respond is critical—a negative response can worsen the trauma and foster an environment where perpetrators face zero consequences for their crimes

Because rapists attack an average of six times, one failed response can equal five more victims. Start by Believing will lead the way toward stopping this cycle, by creating a positive community response, informing the public, uniting allies and supporters, and improving our personal reactions.  The goal is to change the world, and outcomes for victims, one response at a time.

Officials at Media Event
Commissioner McGuire with Ramsey County Sheriff Matt Bostrom, City of Mounds View Police Chief Tom Kinney, City of New Brighton Public Safety Director Bob Jacobson, University of Minnesota Public Safety Director Matthew Clark and Ramsey County Attorney John Choi at the Start by Believing announcement earlier today.


April 11–15 is Severe Weather Awareness Week

Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 11-15. Join Ramsey County Emergency Management and Homeland Security in preparing for severe weather season by reviewing safety and awareness tips each day this week.

Learn more about emergency preparedness and management in Ramsey County.

County Conversation

Commissioner McGuire will be holding a County Conversation on Saturday, April 23 from 10:00 - noon at The Bru House in New Brighton.

These are informal office hours where you can come and speak with Mary Jo, get an update on things going on around the county, and ask questions.

Ramsey County

Earth Day Cleanup

Volunteers of all ages are needed for the annual Earth Day Cleanup to be held April 23 at four Ramsey County parks. The primary focus of the event is trash pickup and removal to help beautify the parks in preparation for the busy spring and summer seasons. Ramsey County Parks & Recreation is seeking 300-400 volunteers to assist with the cleanup.


  • Battle Creek Regional Park
    75 South Winthrop St. Saint Paul, MN 55119
  • Bald Eagle-Otter Lake Regional Park and Off-Leash Dog Area
    5750 Otter Lake Road, White Bear Township, MN 55110
  • Keller Lake Regional Park
    2161 Maplewood Drive, Maplewood, MN 55109
  • Tamarack Nature Center
    5287 Otter Lake Road, White Bear Township, MN 55110

All events begin at 9 a.m. 

Individuals and groups are welcome. Advanced registration is requested to help predict turnout. Click here to register.


Roseville Earth Day Celebration

The celebration in 2016 is Saturday, April 23, 10am-2pm when we'll celebrate HANC's 26th Birthday. Earth Day Celebration 2015 was sponsored by Half Price Books, with assistance from our community partner, Kinderberry Hill Childcare center. Free tree seedlings will be given away to the first 200 families; free seed packets (while supplies last), and much, much more!

Step into spring with this annual celebration of the earth and the nature center’s birthday! Enjoy free entertainment, beat a drum in our Walking Parade, and help plant something. Learn what kinds of Earth-friendly things are going on in our community. Top off the day with a piece of birthday cake! 

Volunteers make this event happen. If you can volunteer, phone Kelly O'Brien, 651-792-7028, or email her, kelly.obrien@cityofroseville.com.

Lauderdale is hiring!

The City of Lauderdale is currently accepting applications for a Deputy City Clerk - Treasurer.  Application review will begin on April 13, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Click here for more information.

yard waste

Ramsey County Yard Waste Sites Now Open Longer Hours

Now that warmer weather has arrived (somewhat), the Yard Waste sites around the county have returned to their summer hours.

Monday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Thursday: Closed

Friday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

As a reminder, you can also pick up free compost bags at any site that accepts organics.

For more information visit https://www.ramseycounty.us/residents/recycling-waste/yard-waste-collection-sites.

Upcoming Building a Welcoming Roseville Events

The Lake McCarrons Neighborhood Association has secured a grant from the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society to collaborate with The Advocates for Human Rights, Karen Organization of Minnesota, Roseville Inter-Agency Karen Work Group, Roseville Human Rights Commission, and Roseville Community Engagement Commission on a project to host a series of community conversations that will serve Karen refugees and their neighbors in southeast Roseville. This is one of eight projects in Minnesota that will help dispel misinformation about refugees that is often prevalent. It is our hope that the three planned events will be possibly replicated in other communities across the country. 

Communication is the key to building relationships of respect and trust. This series is projected to bring neighbors together socially to promote mutual understanding and build community. Our goals are to welcome our newly immigrated refugees into the McCarrons Community, to educate established neighbors about Karen culture, to begin an ongoing dialogue with all neighbors on common issues, and support city efforts to improve life for all residents in Southeast Roseville.

The population of Karen refugees in Roseville has dramatically increased over the past five years. Yet many nearby residents have minimal knowledge of Karen culture or have experienced interaction with their Karen neighbors. This has created misunderstanding and tension among neighbors within the McCarrons Community. Now more than ever, sharing information about refugees with our neighbors is critical.

A Presentation on Karen Culture
Thursday, April 28th, 2016
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Galilee Lutheran Church
145 N McCarrons Blvd

Learn about the Karen, their history, their culture and their food! This is a chance to ask questions and gain greater insights into the lives of our new neighbors. Dinner will be provided at 6:00 pm.

A Neighborhood Gathering to Build Connections
Saturday, May 14th, 2016
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Galilee Lutheran Church
145 N McCarrons Blvd

Meet new neighbors and discuss your experiences to find common ground and shared solutions to community issues. Dinner will be provided at 6:00 pm.

Upcoming Events Around District 2

April 13 - Start By Believing Community Forum

April 21 - Ramsey Conservation District Forum: Urban Pollinators

April 23 - Ramsey County Earth Day Cleanup

April 23 - Roseville Spring Clean Up Day

April 30 - Mounds View Spring Clean Up Day

May 7 - City of New Brighton Town Hall / Community Open House

May 7 - Saint Anthony Village Spring Clean Up Day

May 21 - New Brighton Recycle/Clean Up Day

May 21 - Lauderdale City Wide Garage Sale