October 2017 Newsletter: Voting options for Nov. 7 election, open data portal launches, HAWK system installed

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October 2017      

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Upcoming events

Board of Commissioners Meeting
Tuesday, October 24
9 a.m.

Housing & Conciliation Court Self-Help Center
Tuesdays, October 24 & 31
1-4 p.m.

Rice Street Transportation Safety Study Meeting
Tuesday, October 24
6 p.m.

Central Certification Workshop
For small businesses
Wednesday, October 25
1:30-4:30 p.m.

Fix-It Clinic
Saturday, October 28
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Mobile Household Hazardous Waste Collection - Maplewood
Fridays, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Fright Farm Haunted House
Fridays and Saturdays in October
7-11 p.m.

Public Hearing on 2018-19 County Budget
Monday, November 27
6:30 p.m.

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Did you know?

Free online homework tutoring is available for students through the Ramsey County Library. Participants must have a library card to participate.

Homework Rescue is available from 1-11 p.m., seven days a week, in English and Spanish.

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Voting options for the Nov. 7 election

Election Day is November 7. Polling places in Ramsey County will be open from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Election Day. 

Find your polling place

Early voting options

You can choose to vote early by using an absentee ballot in person or by mail. You can even request an absentee ballot if you are not currently registered to vote - a registration form will be provided with your ballot.

In-person absentee voting is available at the Ramsey County Elections Office September 22 - October 30. Early voting will also be available at six locations October 31 - November 6.

More information on voting before Election Day

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New online Open Data Portal launched

Ramsey County launched its online Open Data Portal September 23. The new portal has four aspects:

  • Open Data provides datasets related to many aspects of Ramsey County's organization and operations including public safety, administration, demographics, health and transportation.
  • Open Performance provides data and summaries of community indicators tied to the organization's goals of Well-being, Prosperity, Opportunity and Accountability as well as departmental performance measures that support those goals.
  • Open Budget provides visualizations and detailed data related to the county's current operating and capital budgets.
  • Open Expenditure allows users to review county payments by department, vendor and type.
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Register for fall programs at Tamarack Nature Center

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Experience the beauty of fall at Tamarack Nature Center!

Tamarack Nature Center offers a variety of fun, educational programs throughout the year. Upcoming programs include:

Tamarack Trick or Treat
Saturday, October 28

Nature Photography Club
Saturday, October 21, 10 a.m.

Second Fridays Homeschool: Deer vs. Moose
Friday, November 3, 1-3 p.m.

New HAWK system installed on White Bear Avenue

The county's first high-intensity crosswalk system (HAWK) was installed at the intersection of Margaret Street across White Bear Avenue. The system is designed to increase safety for pedestrians and bicyclists by using special beacons to warn and control traffic.

Watch a brief video on how to use the HAWK system

    Pedestrian crossing with HAWK system

    Ramsey County turns 168

    Ramsey County was founded on October 27, 1849. When it was established, Ramsey County was home to 2,187 people – more than 540,000 residents live here today.

    Learn more about our history at ramseycounty.us/history. Tours of Saint Paul City Hall - Ramsey County CourthouseUnion Depot and Landmark Center are also available.

    ICYMI: Ramsey County in the news

    Riverview Corridor Policy Advisory Committee recommends draft Locally Preferred Alternative (Press release)

    Study finds most emergency room visits are potentially preventable (Press release)

    County, local communities endorse Rush Line bus rapid transit: Project moves to environmental review (Press release)

    Counties, school districts set maximum tax levies for 2018 (Star Tribune)

    White Bear Lake will move from independent 911 dispatch to Ramsey County service (Pioneer Press)

    Back Story: Jean Krueger oversees 20-plus sites for Ramsey County (Finance & Commerce)

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