Update from Commissioner McGuire - January 5, 2018

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.

January 5, 2018


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.

  • Metropolitan Mosquito Control District Meeting
  • Taping of New Brighton NOW
  • Association of Minnesota Counties Executive Board Meeting

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        mcguire family

        The McGuire family sends their love and best wishes!  We all keep very busy and enjoy good health,  Hope this finds you the same!  


        Dear colleagues and friends,

        I wish you all a joy-filled season.  As we start 2018, I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to work with you to serve our communities.  I welcome newly elected local government officials in our cities and school districts.  I look forward to enhancing our current partnerships and exploring new ones in addressing the pressing issues of our time.  We have a lot to do in many areas including workforce development, mental health, early intervention, healthy aging, and transportation.  I am excited for the possibilities and ready to move forward!

        Mary Jo

        New Brighton Health and Fitness Expo Tomorrow

        On Saturday January 6th 2018, the New Brighton Community Center will be holding a Health and Fitness Expo from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. This event will feature 40 booths, including massage therapists, health foods, supplements, chiropractors, and wellness experts. You will have free access to the fitness center, membership discounts, assessments, and other free giveaways.

        The event is located at the New Brighton Community Center at 400 10th St. NW New Brighton MN 55112.

        More details here.

        The District 2 office is partnering with Public Health staff at a table at the event.  Stop by to say hello and take the Ramsey County Public Health Survey!

        Take a Ramsey County Community Health Assessment here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RCCHA2018

        Nominations open for 2018

        Ramsey County Public Health Awards

        Do you know an individual or group who has made an exceptional contribution to improving health and advancing health equity in Ramsey County?

        Nominations are now open for the 2018 Ramsey County Public Health Awards. Nominations will be accepted until Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 4:30 p.m.

        Click here to learn about award categories, selection criteria and nominating instructions.

        Pet Potbellied Pigs and Pigmy Goats?

        Try to say that five times fast! If you are a Roseville resident, you can submit feedback as to whether or not you would like potbellied pigs and pigmy goats to be kept as pets for Roseville city residents.

        The City Code allows keeping cats, dogs, chickens, and bees, but is potentially updating the City Code to allow these new friends as pets.

        To provide input, you can complete the online form at www.cityofroseville.com/pigsgoats or call 651-792-7446 by January 31st.

        Community Spotlight: North Suburban Gavel Association (Gavel Club)

        The purpose of the Gavel Club is to convene community organization leaders in northern Ramsey County to stay informed on community activities, recognize outstanding volunteers, and foster cooperation of the organizations.

        We want to highlight a few of the organizations involved who are doing awesome work in the district:

        Do Good Roseville, Northeast Youth & Family Services, Saint Paul North Ramsey 500 Lions Club, and Twin Cities Kids in Need.

        Thank you all for all the meaningful work you do!

        To view a membership list click here.

        The meetings are open to the public and are held monthly from September through June, on the third Wednesday of the month from 12:15 to 1:30 pm. at the Roseville City Hall. Membership is open to all individuals in the northern suburban Ramsey County area, and organizations and agencies. Annual dues are $15.00.

        Visit their web page at:  https://gavel-club.org/

        Winter reading program for adults runs Jan. 2 - Feb. 28

        Winter Reads: Winter Reading for Adults runs January 2 - February 28 at all Ramsey County Library locations.

        Winter Reads encourages busy adults to delight in reading during the dark months of winter and is a chance for adults to have fun with a reading program just for them. Pick up a reading record bookmark at any Ramsey County Library starting January 2 to join. Read four books and return your reading record to receive a prize and enter for a chance to win the grand prize. Library staff are available to offer suggestions for good winter reads.

        It's easy, fun and sure to cure those winter blahs!

        Click here for Winter Reads program information


        January is National Radon Action Month

        Radon is a serious public health issue in Minnesota, where two in five homes tested have radon levels that are a major health risk. Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that can seep up from the soil surrounding homes. The gas can come through pores, cracks and floor-wall joints in your home. Winter home heating systems tend to draw in radon gas from the soil, increasing radon levels inside the home during this time of year.

        Health impacts

        When inhaled, radon gives off radioactive particles that can damage the cells that line the lung. Over time, if allowed to accumulate, these radioactive particles can increase the risk of lung cancer.

        Take action

        The only way to know if you have radon is to test your home. Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health’s Environmental Health Division is offering a $9 radon test kit so you can protect your family from this harmful gas. Call the Environmental Health office at 651-266-1199 for more information.


        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.  Services include bill payment assistance, home energy crisis intervention, outreach to vulnerable populations, energy advocacy, information about utility consumer rights, and referrals to their 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).  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.


        Battle Creek Mountain Biking

        Ramsey County Parks & Recreation drafted an off-road cycling, or mountain biking, master plan for Battle Creek Regional Park in 2017. An open house was held to review current off-road cycling trails, preview future trails and discuss other cycling amenities within the park and a survey of trail users was used to create the draft plan.

        A PDF draft plan and concept map are now available for public review.

        Comments on the proposed plan and map will be collected through February 3, 2017. Submit your comments via email to mike.goodnature@co.ramsey.mn.us.

        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.

        Skate in your neighborhood

        In addition to the rinks above, many communities have outdoor rinks in neighborhood parks.  Check out the links below for more information from each community!

          Upcoming Events Around District 2