Update from Commissioner McGuire - December 11, 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.

December 11, 2017


Mary Jo McGuire
Commissioner, District 2

Melissa Jamrock
Principal Assistant

Ania McDonnell
Administrative Assistant 

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      Little Canada

      Mounds View

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      Saint Anthony

      Grants available to promote

      healthy lifestyles

      Public Health is offering mini-grants to organizations interested in improving the health of county residents. The grants, which range from $1,500 to $3,000, are to promote healthy eating, active living and smoke-free living through policy, systems and environmental changes.

      Grant applicants must provide services or be located in Ramsey County. The application deadline is 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. An optional informational session for grant applicants will be offered at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5. Please RSVP to SHIP@co.ramsey.mn.us.

      View more information and apply

      Funding for the grants is provided through the Minnesota Department of Health's Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) program.

      A Line Route

      A Line Bus Rapid Transit

      In order to create healthy, accessible communities, I believe transit is an important piece of the puzzle. Let’s talk about the A Line Bus Rapid Transit that connects my district to the rest of the region!

      The A Line is a great way to get from Roseville to various parts of the metro region - fast!

      Did you know, the A Line:

      • Runs from 4 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. daily.
      • Average weekday ridership increased ⅓ since implementation
      • You pay your fare before you get on, increasing the speed of the bus.
      • A Line stations provide real time updates on when the bus is coming.
      • The A line has ramps so it’s wheelchair accessible.
      • The A Line is the region’s first BRT!

      Calling Businesses and Community Members: County Road C Drop in Meeting

      If you are a business or community member who travels along County Road C, you are encouraged to attend a meeting to share information on business operations and fleet information with the Ramsey County project team. The reconstruction between New Brighton Boulevard and Long Lake Road will include utility upgrades, addition of a paved trail, and placement of new, smooth pavement. This reconstruction will begin in spring of 2019.

      Information that will be helpful to project staff includes: size of trucks in your fleet, trips per day, travel patterns, travel times, requirements for road access, and stormwater concerns.

      Drop in meeting: Tuesday December 12, 1:30-3:00 pm, Roseville City Hall, 2660 Civic Center Drive

      people skating


      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.

      Free open skate at Vadnais Sports Center and Highland Arena

      New in 2017, all open skate, open hockey and open turf programs at Vadnais Sports Center and Charles M. Schulz-Highland Arena are free of charge. Open to all ages, open skate is a great way to stay active in winter. Open hockey is also available to all ages.

      Skate rental is available at both arenas for $5 per person.

      Turf programs at Vadnais Sports Center offer a variety of recreation options for all ages including walking, softball, soccer and toddler open play.

      Winter hours begin Dec. 1 at

      yard waste collection sites

      As of December 1, Ramsey County's yard waste collection sites will be open limited winter hours.

      All seven sites will be open Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

      Winter hours are in effect through late March. 

      Find site locations and learn about accepted materials

      Community resource advocates available at Ramsey County Library

      Do you need assistance with housing, food, mental health care, daycare/preschool or other resources?

      Social workers will be present in the library to help individuals and families with questions relating to housing, accessing benefits, food assistance, employment, teen services, early childhood, crisis intervention, and more. All are welcome. No appointments necessary.

      Hours and locations


      Call 651-724-6062 for more information. Co-sponsored by People Incorporated.

      Sheriff’s Office Citizen Academy scheduled for January 2018

      The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a Citizen Academy in January 2018.  This three-week-six- session course will take participants on a behind the scenes journey of the work and activities of the Sheriff’s Office.  The course will begin Tuesday, January 9 and continue through Thursday, January 25, 2017.  Sessions will run each Tuesday and Thursday for three and a half hours per night, from 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM.

      The course is designed to give citizens a better understanding of the duties, responsibilities, equipment, training and facilities of the Sheriff’s Office.  Topics include patrol procedures, K-9, criminal investigations, crime scene processing, narcotics, crime prevention and the communication center (911 system).  The academy will also include the topics of court orders, civil process, criminal history, and warrants.  In addition to classroom training, participants will receive tours of the patrol station, the adult detention center (jail), and other Sheriff's Office facilities.  There is no fee, the only commitment is that participants are asked to attend all six sessions. At the conclusion of the academy, graduates will receive a certificate of completion.  Participants will also be offered volunteer opportunities to continue their partnership with law enforcement.

      Applicants must be 18 years of age, pass a criminal history background check, and be available to attend all of the sessions. Academy size is limited.

      Download the application (pdf fillable form).

      To request an application via email send your request to:  CrimePrevention@co.ramsey.mn.us 

      Via US Mail or for additional information, call 651-266-7315.

      Upcoming Events Around District 2