Update from Commissioner McGuire - November 22, 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.

November 22, 2017


Mary Jo McGuire
Commissioner, District 2

Melissa Jamrock
Principal Assistant

Ania McDonnell
Administrative Assistant 

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Recent Events

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

  • Gavel Club Monthly Meeting
  • Spoke at Mounds View, Lauderdale, Roseville, Mounds View, Little Canada, & St. Anthony Village City Council Meetings
  • Ramsey County Library Board Meeting
  • Transportation Advisory Board Meeting
  • Recycling and Energy Board Meeting
  • ULI Healthy Corridor Visit
  • I-35W North Metro Coalition Meeting
  • St. Paul Children's Collaborative Meeting
  • ISD 623 Run Walk
  • Large Urban Counties Symposium
  • Association of Minnesota Counties District Meeting

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      Happy Thanksgiving from the Ramsey County District 2 Team!

      The Ramsey County District 2 Office wants to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving! This is one of our favorite times of year; time to enjoy food, friends, family, and a chance to reflect on what we are grateful for. Continue reading for information on Weatherization, local organizations, practicing safety during the holidays, and fun local events happening in Ramsey County District 2.

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      Practice Safe Deep Frying

      Each year, there are multiple accidents, and even deaths, when people do not take the necessary or appropriate safety precautions when deep frying their Thanksgiving turkey.  

      We want everyone to remain safe and unharmed, so want to share with you helpful hints from chef Alton Brown on how to build a turkey derrick to have a safe and tasty deep frying experience.

      Click here to get the plans.

      Youth Farm

      In the spirit of Thanksgiving, The Youth Farm is demonstrating a clear commitment to providing healthy and affordable food, while teaching kids and young adults how to garden and prepare food:The Ramsey County Board declared November 21, 2017 as “Youth Farm Day” in Ramsey County.

      The Youth Farm has worked with over 5,000 youth participants in the West Side and Frogtown neighborhoods of Saint Paul, and neighborhoods of Minneapolis to build and honor farm traditions. Youth farmers work the land, grow and prepare food, and build inter-generational and cross-cultural and confident relationships.

      The Youth Farm is currently serving over 800 youth ages 9 through 24 in summer and school programs by engaging in a progressive model and curriculum tailored to various ages and abilities.

      Over 100 teenagers have been employed by Youth Farm; these teenagers have distributed 100,000 pounds of produce and  cooked and prepared over 40,000 healthy lunches and meals.

      Congratulations to the Youth Farm for becoming the University of Minnesota Extension’s 2017 Farm Family of Ramsey County, and the great work it has accomplished in Ramsey County. We can’t wait to see what 2018 holds for this amazing program.

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      The OVAL rink in Roseville is illuminated by rainbow holiday lights - visit this beautiful holiday spectacle surrounded by 300 trees. Admission is $6.00 and skate rental is just $4.00.  Find more information here.

      2018-19 Budget Public Hearings

      The Ramsey County public hearing on the proposed 2018-19 biennial budget will be held November 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ramsey County Library in Shoreview. The hearing will be in advance of the county board's final vote on the 2018-19 budget and property tax levy.  The hearing will also be live streamed on the county's Facebook page.

      If you are unable to attend in person, you can also submit your thoughts with the entire board via the County’s website at https://www.ramseycounty.us/your-government/leadership/board-commissioners/board-meetings-information/public-hearings-notices/speaker-registration-comment-submission.


      For more than 30 years, Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties has been at the forefront of energy conservation, weatherizing approximately 13,000 homes in Ramsey and Washington counties. Using the latest technologies, we perform energy audits, assist with furnace repair or replacement, and perform home weatherization. Energy Conservation provides services to both low-income households through the Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program and to the general public through Contract Services.

      What is Weatherization?

      Weatherization improvements are made to a home to help conserve energy, maintain temperature, and provide a safe and healthy living environment. Community  Action’s Energy Conservation Program provides homeowners and renters on fixed or low-incomes with free home energy upgrades necessary to help lower their monthly energy bills, and decrease their carbon footprint on the environment.

      Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program

      We offer Energy Assistance customers free energy audits. This process occurs after applying for Energy Assistance. There is only one application to submit. Weatherization will not only lower your future home energy bills, but improve the efficiency of homes in our community and improve our environment as well. To schedule your energy audit and insulation work call 651-482-8260.

      Click here for Income Guidelines and Application for Energy Assistance Weatherization Services

      Contract Services

      We also offer energy audits, insulation, and carpentry services to homeowners who do not meet the income guidelines for Energy Assistance. See Contract Services for more information.

      To schedule your energy audit and insulation work through Contract Services, call 651-482-8260.

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      Cold-Weather Rule is in Effect

      CAPRW administers the Energy Assistance Program (EAP) for Ramsey & Washington counties, which assists eligible households maintain affordable, continuous and safe home energy. Our services include bill payment assistance, home energy crisis intervention, outreach to vulnerable populations, energy advocacy, information about utility consumer rights, and referrals to our Energy Conservation department and other community agencies.

      The 2017 – 2018 Energy Assistance Program season began on October 1, 2017, and applications are now being accepted. If you applied last year and have not moved, you should receive a 2017-2018 application in the mail (applications from previous years cannot be accepted). If you haven’t, please either download it here, call us to have one sent to you, or stop into one of our offices to apply.

      For more information, call 651-645-6470. You may experience longer wait times during our peak season (October – May). Answers to most questions are available on the phone system’s pre-recorded messages and in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

      Please note that they process applications in order they are received and may take up to 60 Days to complete. During that time, contact your energy provider to schedule a reasonable payment plan. If you are facing a disconnection, or already disconnected, please speak to a CAPRW associate either by phone, or in their office.

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