Update from Commissioner McGuire - June 2, 2017

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 2, 2017


Mary Jo McGuire
Commissioner, District 2

Melissa Jamrock

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Recent Events

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

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Kid Swimming

Lifeguard service begins on June 10

Lifeguard services at Ramsey County beaches will began on June 10. Lifeguards are on duty daily from noon – 8 p.m. at five guarded beaches located at:

Three unguarded beaches are also available at Lake GervaisLake Owasso and Turtle Lake County Parks.

The beach at White Bear Lake County Park will be guarded and open for wading this summer. The beach was last open in 2008 due to low water levels. The beach at Snail Lake will be closed in 2017 due to flooding. The beach at Lake Owasso will close in August as construction begins on new beach and park facilities. 

Plant Sale

Volunteers in Corrections 

Annual Flower Sale 

Enjoy 33-50 percent off remaining deck pots and hanging baskets on Friday, June 2 from 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Saturday, June 3 from 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.

The sale is located at the Ramsey County Correctional Facility. Please use the facility entrance off Lower Afton Road.

For more information, visit the Volunteer in Corrections website. 

DEMENTIA Caring & Coping

A speaker series and Q&A on topics related to dementia, dementia caregiving and individuals with cognitive impairment. 

Family Gatherings and Travel

Thursday, June 8, 2017

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Ramsey County Library - Roseville

A panel of professionals and families dealing with dementia will discuss how holiday gatherings, family celebrations and outings can change with dementia. Learn and share insights and tips to reduce stress, increase safety and improve engagement
This presentation and the handouts have been developed by members of Rsvl A/D. Attendees will receive a free Document Travel Bag which contains copies of travel documents including a sample travel itinerary, emergency travel medical form with instructions for completion, a trip planner, emergency contact cards for the individual with dementia and the care partner, tips for dementia travel – local and extended, and the Ramsey County Library Memory Minder Kits brochure.

Find more details at www.cityofroseville.com/dementiainfo

Free YMCA summer membership 

for high schoolers

If you’re starting grade 9-12 in the fall, you can take advantage of free membership at Twin Cities YMCAs this summer with the Get Summer program.

What you get

Y membership from June 12 through September 1, including access to:

  • Gyms, where you can play hoops, volleyball and more
  • Indoor and outdoor pools
  • Fitness Centers featuring weights, cardio machines and other workout equipment
  • Group Exercise classes that help you build strength, speed and flexibility
  • Nutritious meals (Emma B. Howe, White Bear Lake, Maplewood, West St. Paul, Shoreview)
  • Leadership development and service learning opportunities

Check out where to find and how to use all these benefits in the Member Guide.

How to sign up

  • Visit your local Y June 1-12 to fill out an application
  • Bring a valid state ID, student ID, report card or class schedule
  • You’ll need permission from an adult or guardian age 18 and up—bring them with you when you sign up at the Y, or have them sign paperwork at home

Getting started

Before you can start using the Y, you need to attend a group orientation session on June 5, 12 or 19, where you’ll:

  • Get a tour of your Y
  • Review the Membership Code of Conduct
  • Learn about schedules and programs available for the summer

The fine print

There are 200 free memberships per branch available this summer, so be sure to sign up early. If you’re currently a Y member, or have been a Y member within the last 60 days, you’re not eligible for a free Get Summer membership.

Free garden advice available from Master Gardeners at yard waste sites

Need a little advice on how to get your garden and yard into shape? Ramsey County Master Gardeners are available at county yard waste sites on select dates during the spring and fall.

Visiting the booth is free, and yard waste sites are open to all Ramsey County residents.

View yard waste booth schedule

You can also get assistance from Ramsey County Master Gardeners at their ongoing diagnostic clinic and information booths throughout the summer.

Rice-Larpenteur Gateway 

Area Vision Plan

The cities of Saint Paul, Maplewood and Roseville, with collaboration from Ramsey County, are developing a short- and long-term vision plan for the Rice Street-Larpenteur Avenue area. The project is aimed at understanding and responding to the barriers, challenges, benefits and opportunities associated with changes in land use, access, transit services and other facilities around key nodes in the corridor. A shared goal is identification of potential redevelopment in the area.

The study area is currently defined by Arlington Avenue (south), County Road B (north), McMenemy Street (east), and Dale Street (west). 

A consulting team from Perkins + Will is assisting the cities with the visioning process.

Community meetings

Two community workshops will be held in June to provide residents and businesses with additional project updates and information:

  • Wednesday, June 14, 6-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 21, 6-8 p.m.

Both workshops will be held at Washington Technology Magnet School, located at 1495 Rice Street in Saint Paul.

For more information, please visit: https://www.ramseycounty.us/your-government/projects-initiatives/rice-larpenteur-gateway-area-vision-plan

Gibbs Farm

Summer programs for all ages at Gibbs Farm

Gibbs Farm is now open for the season!

The Ramsey County Historical Society will offer new and returning programs during the 2017 Gibbs Farm season. Throughout the summer and into the fall, there will be various events happening on Saturdays, Sundays and select Fridays. 

Parking is free for site visitors in the lot on the north end of the site off of Cleveland Avenue. General admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (ages 62+), $5 for children ages 4-16 and free for Ramsey County Historical Society members. 

To learn more about these and other events, visit the Ramsey County Historical Society website. 

Ice Cream Sundays 

Enjoy ice cream made the old-fashioned way as a delicious treat for the summer at Gibbs Farm Ice Cream Sundays. Attendees receive free ice cream, meet the farm animals and participate in farm tours. General admission applies, event occurs every other Sunday from June to August.  

Farm Fridays 

This program series features a special topic each week that focuses on the lives and heritage of the pioneer and Dakota women who lived here during the early years of Minnesota. Programs are led by costumed interpretive staff or guest presenters and include a brief history. Farm Fridays occur every Friday, June 9 - August 25. 

Festival Days

Festival Days are included in general admission and celebrate Minnesota's first people, an apple festival and an old-fashioned Halloween on various Saturdays from June - October. 

Day camps

Day camps are offered throughout the summer at Gibbs Farm. Children can learn about the Dakota lifestyle, pioneer history, archeology and other subjects. Camps are offered by age group, children ages 4-5 and 6-10. 

Mobile Household Hazardous Waste Collection - Roseville

Free household hazardous waste collection is available at 1725 Kent Street in Roseville on Fridays and Saturdays throughout June.

The site is open Fridays from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Click here to learn more about what  items are accepted.

Upcoming Events Around District 2