Update from Commissioner McGuire - June 10, 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.

June 10, 2016


Mary Jo McGuire
Commissioner, District 2

Melissa Jamrock

Sandi Thompson
Administrative Assistant 

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Recent Events

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

  • CAPRW Meeting
  • Minnesota Senate Open House
  • Ramsey County Library Board
  • AMC Board of Directors Meeting
  • AMC District X Meeting
  • IEIC Region 11 Meeting
  • St. Paul Children's Collaborative Board meeting
  • Roseville Area Community Collaboration Meeting
  • Retirement celebration for Dan Hoverman, Superintendent of Mounds View Schools
  • Roseville Business Council
  • Suburban Ramsey Family Collaborative Board Meeting 
  • AMC District 8 Meeting
  • Community Conversation at Roseville Area Schools
  • JDAI State Advisory Council Meeting

Community Newsletters


Little Canada

Mounds View

New Brighton


Saint Anthony

A Line Opening

Metro Transit's new A Line will 
open on June 11, 2016

It's your ride, only more rapid

Click here for information about opening weekend events!

The A Line is a new type of rapid bus service for the Twin Cities. Like regular Metro Transit buses, the A Line travels on busy urban streets. But the A Line is different – and faster – than regular buses.

The key to the A Line is speed so instead of paying onboard, you buy a ticket or use your Go-To Card at the A Line station before you get on. 

• New bus, new kind of fast: Unique, recognizable buses with wider doors and aisles so more people can get on and off easily. As with all other Metro Transit buses, they will have ramps to assist those with mobility needs and bike racks. Plus, all A Line buses will have FREE Wi-Fi!

• Frequent service: The A Line will be part of Metro Transit's High-Frequency network, offering service every 10 minutes most of the day, along with fewer stops so you’ll be moving more of the time.

• Enhanced stations with more amenities: Each station will have ticket machines, a Go-To Card reader, enhanced maps and a NexTrip real-time departure sign so you’ll always know when the next bus is coming.

• Enhanced security: Stations with cameras and emergency phones, fare enforcement by Metro Transit Police and improved lighting

The A Line will connect with the METRO Blue Line at 46th Street Station and the METRO Green Line at Snelling & University Station and several popular destinations, including Hamline University, Macalester College, Highland Village, Rosedale Transit Center, HarMar Mall, Minnehaha Park and the Midway area. 


Read, explore and create with Bookawocky!


Ramsey County Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program is designed to inspire and encourage children of all ages to learn throughout the summer.


Click here for information about the Bookawocky kickoff event on June 11 at the Roseville Library!

Program Details

Kids: Ages 4 and Under
Pick up a reading record at any Ramsey County Library. Color one image for each day you read or have books read to you. After 14 days of reading, bring your record in for a prize of your choice. Prizes include books, CDs, shaker eggs and more.*

Kids: Ages 5 - 11
Pick up your summer activity booklet and read, explore and create with activities listed inside! After eight activities are completed, bring your booklet to any Ramsey County Library and receive your prizes: a State Fair ticket, Culver’s coupon and a free book.*

Teens: Ages 12 - 19
All you have to do is read a book and tell us what you think of it.
1) Go to www.bookawocky.org.
2) Enter book reviews online with the super easy form.
3) Book reviews will be entered into a weekly drawing for gift cards from Target, Barnes & Noble, The Plaza Theater in Maplewood, Cafe’ine Thai Cafe and pairs of Minnesota State Fair tickets. Every review enters into our grand prize drawing to win one of seven $50 Visa cards.
*Please note: The Summer Reading Program is not competitive. Not all activities and prizes are appropriate for

children under five years old. Some coupons may have age limits. All prizes available while supplies last.

The Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries and Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA), with additional contributions from Minnesota State Fair, Culver's Family Restaurants, Ramsey County Parks and Recreation, Minnesota Twins.

be safe lock it

Ramsey County Launches 

New Gun Safety Initiative

This initiative encourages gun owners to prevent accidental shootings by securing their firearms with free gun locks available at community locations. Just a few minutes of prevention can save a lifetime of regrets. 

  • Keep gun unloaded when not in use.
  • Lock ammunition in a separate location.
  • Use a trigger or cable lock. 
  • Place gun in safe or lock box.

Beginning in June 2016, Ramsey County and its partners are providing free cable gun locks while supplies last at the following locations:

Please call ahead for availability and ask staff for assistance to receive your free cable gun lock.

Do not bring your firearm to the above distribution sites.

Ramsey County under heat and air pollution advisories June 10

Ramsey County is currently under heat and air pollution advisories, which means hot temperatures, high humidity and ozone concentrations could create dangerous situations for the public. Residents should check on relatives, neighbors, seniors and others with health conditions that are vulnerable to extreme heat, to make sure they are staying hydrated and safe.

Health and safety tips

Tips for staying safe and healthy during high temperatures are available on the Extreme Heat page.

Tips for staying safe during periods of poor air quality are available from Be Air Aware.

Cooling spaces in Ramsey County

2016 Community Festivals

Summer is officially here and that means it is time for the wonderful community festivals around District 2!  I look forward to seeing everyone at these over the upcoming months!

Falcon Heights-Lauderdale Lions Club Bike Drive

Do you have an unused bicycle that is gathering dust and taking up space in your garage or storage area? Donate it to Cycles for Change where it will be refurbished and put in the hands of someone who will use it. The Falcon Heights-Lauderdale Lions Club, in conjunction with Cycles for Change, is holding a bike drive on Saturday, June 11, 2016. Drop off time is 10:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m, at the Falcon Heights City Hall parking lot. Cycles for Change (www.cyclesforchange.org) is a non-profit community bike shop located in the Frogtown area of St. Paul. Even bikes beyond repair will stripped of usable parts and recycled in a responsible manner! 

Quiet Zones to Take Effect on June 15th

After a long and cumbersome process, train horns will sound no more at any of the six at-grade railroad crossings in Little Canada effective 12:01 AM on Wednesday, June 15. The crossings involved include County Road B, County Road B2, Demont Avenue, Little Canada Road, South Owasso Boulevard, and Woodlyn Avenue. Canadian Pacific Railroad has completed all necessary signal work at each crossing and the City has provided the required 21-day notice to the Federal Railroad Administration and other interested parties to finalize the Quiet Zone enactment process. Two additional crossings in Shoreview (Jerrold Avenue and North Owasso Boulevard) will also be part of the overall Quiet Zone on this date.

If you have concerns/questions you would like to address with Canadian Pacific, you may call their Community Connection Line at 1-800-766-7912. This phone service is available 24 hours per day.

Water Restrictions

Some of our communities have summer water use restrictions.  Here are the current restrictions in place:

New Brighton: Odd/even watering ban. Residents of even numbered homes may water only on even numbered days of the month. Residents of odd numbered homes may water only on odd numbered days of the month.

St. Anthony: Splash Pads closed. No watering 11:00 am - 6:00 pm.  Odd/Even watering

Mounds View: Tier #1 Restrictions: Odd/Even (automatically begins May 1) All properties with addresses ending with an odd number (7501, 5207, etc.) may water on odd numbered calendar days (June 11, September 3, etc.) and all properties ending with an even number (2642, 7258, etc.) may water on even numbered calendar days (June 12, September 4, etc.).


Ramsey County will begin reconstruction of the County Road H interchange at Interstate 35W. The project will begin west of the County Road H/Old Highway 8 intersection and ends in Arden Hills at the site of the former Twin Cities Army Ammunitions Plant (TCAAP).The project will enhance safety and mobility for motorists as well as pedestrians and bicyclists as traffic continues to grow in the area.

Improvements include a new, wider bridge over the interstate with two traffic lanes in each direction as well as a multi-use path providing connectivity for users of the Rice Creek North Regional Trail. The intersection of County Road H and Highway 10 will also be completely reconstructed with a raised center median on County Road H, additional turn lanes, and a new traffic signal. Both I-35W ramp intersections with County Road H will include roundabouts. With more than 2,000 roundabouts already in use nationwide, this type of intersection traffic control has proven to reduce traffic delays and improve safety. For more information, visit the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s website on roundabouts.

The project will improve access to Rice Creek Commons. Ramsey County and the City of Arden Hills are in the process of selecting a master developer for the site and will begin the construction of site infrastructure improvements in 2017.The County Road H and Highway 10 intersection will be mostly open to through traffic on Highway 10 during construction, although some closures will be necessary. Improvements on County Road H, including the bridge over I-35W, will be complete by the end of 2016. Other work adjacent to I-35W will extend into the summer of 2017. Construction updates will be provided on the county’s website and MnDOT for the project. 

Upcoming Events Around District 2

June 10 - Roll-In Movies @ the OVAL : "Minions"

June 11 - Summer Reading Program Kickoff

June 16 - Lauderdale Farmer's Market, 4:00 - 7:00 pm.

June 18Rice Creek Boat Club Olympic Day

June 27 - Rosefest Parade

June 23Chandler Place Ice Cream Social

June 23 - Taste of Rosefest

August 2 - Night to Unite