Update from Commissioner McGuire - June 23, 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 23, 2017


Mary Jo McGuire
Commissioner, District 2

Melissa Jamrock

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2017 Bookawocky summer reading program underway at Ramsey County Library

Read, explore and create with Bookawocky! Ramsey County Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Program is designed to inspire and encourage children of all ages to learn throughout the summer. Bookawocky is a non-competitive program designed to inspire and encourage children of all ages to read and learn throughout the summer.

Prize levels are available for youth ages 4 and under, ages 5 – 11 and ages 12 – 19 until August 13.

Kids: ages 4 and under
Pick up a reading record at any Ramsey County Library and participate in the 100 Book Challenge. After reading 100 books, bring your record in for a prize. Why 100 books? Studies have shown that reading with your child builds listening, memory and concentration skills; assists with language development; increases vocabulary; and introduces concepts like letters, numbers, shapes and colors in a fun way.

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 prize.

Teens: ages 12-19
All you have to do is read a book and tell us what you think of it. Enter book reviews online with a super easy form. Book reviews will be entered into a weekly drawing for gift cards or Minnesota State Fair tickets. Every review entered also gives you a chance to win one of our $50 Visa card grand prizes.

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, Ramsey County Parks and Recreation, Minnesota Twins and Crayola Experience.

Get started at any Ramsey County Library location.

Intergenerational Health

Upcoming Community Festivals

Small business registration open for Economic Gardening Program 

The  Economic Gardening Program of Hennepin, Carver, Ramsey and Scott Counties is looking for small businesses to participate in the 2017-2018 cohort this fall.

The Economic Gardening Program leverages research using sophisticated business intelligence tools and databases that growth companies may not be aware of or cannot afford. Research specialists typically assist in four key areas: strategic market research, geographic information systems, search engine optimization and social media marketing.

Eligibility requirements

  1. Have been $1 million and $50 million in annual revenue.
  2. Employ 10 to 99 full-time equivalent W-2 employees, including the owner.
  3. Demonstrated growth in either revenue or employees in 2 of 5 years.
  4. Provide product(s) and/or services beyond current service area to regional and/or international markets.
  5. Must be referred by a participating economic development or Entrepreneur Support Organization.

Interested in learning more? Check out our interview with Economic Gardening Program graduate Donald Raleigh of Evolve Systems as he discusses the positive impacts of the Economic Gardening Program.

Apply for the program

Night to Unite

Register your Night to Unite
event by July 14 

Residents and businesses in Arden Hills, Gem Lake, Little Canada, North Oaks, Shoreview, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Township are encouraged to register their Night to Unite event with the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office. Please register your event by Friday, July 14, 2017 to ensure deputy visits to your event. Organizers in other communities in Ramsey County should contact their local law enforcement agency for more information. 

Night to Unite is an annual statewide event that brings neighborhoods and pubic safety personnel together for an evening to promote safe communities by heightening crime/drug prevention awareness, generating support in crime prevention programs and strengthening public safety-community partnerships. 

Night to Unite:

  • Heightens crime and drug prevention awareness.
  • Generates support and participation in crime prevention and community policing programs.
  • Strengthens neighborhood spirits and public safety-community partnerships.
  • Lets criminals know that you are committed to keeping your neighborhood safe.
  • Unites neighborhoods across the state as they display outdoor lights and front porch vigils.
  • Celebrates with a variety of events and activities, including block parties and cookouts, with visits from sheriff's offices, police and fire departments and elected officials.

Learn more about registering your event and access planning resources.

Road Work Ahead

It's Road Work Season

Upcoming Detour County Road I/Rice Creek Parkway 

Construction of the Phase 1 improvements will begin on Monday, June 26. The northbound I-35W ramps to and from County Road I will be closed starting the morning of Monday, June 26. The ramp from I-35W northbound to County Road I will reopen in September at the completion of Phase 1. The ramp onto I-35W northbound from County Road I will remain closed permanently. Traffic on County Road I will remain open with one lane of traffic in each direction.

For more information, visit: https://www.ramseycounty.us/residents/roads-transit/2017-construction-maintenance/county-road-irice-creek-parkway-roundabout

I-694 & Rice Street Ramp Closures 

The ramps from eastbound I-694 to Rice St. and from Rice St. to eastbound I-694 will close at 6 AM on June 13.  The ramps will remain closed for reconstruction until mid-July.  For more information about this project, visit: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/enhance694/.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events Around District 2