Update from Commissioner McGuire - October 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.

October 5, 2018


Mary Jo McGuire
Commissioner, District 2

Melissa Jamrock
Principal Assistant

Beverly Hammond
Administrative Assistant 

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Get Involved

The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants to serve on a number of volunteer boards and committees. 

Click here for more information or to apply.

Recent Events

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

  • St. Anthony Village City Council Meeting
  • Groundbreaking at Little Canada Elementary
  • MACCAC Conference
  • AMC Fall Policy Meetings
  • Active Living Ramsey Communities Quarterly Meeting
  • Roseville Business Council
  • Big 4 Meeting
  • Transportation Advisory Board Meeting
  • Ramsey County Library Board Meeting
  • Roseville Area Community Foundation
  • Lake Owasso Residence Family Picnic

          Community Newsletters


          Little Canada

          Mounds View

          New Brighton


          Saint Anthony

          Gibbs Farm

          Commissioner McGuire along with fellow board members and elected officials at the Gibbs Farm Picnic.

          Healthy Aging Forum

          YOU'RE INVITED!

          Healthy Aging Forum
          October 18th, 2018
          10:00am to 2:30pm
          Fairview Community Center – 1910 County B Rd W, Roseville

          - 50-minute sessions – participants will leave with knowledge and skills to use in everyday life.
          - Box lunch provided
          - Document shredding before the event

          Sessions on:
          - Fire and fall prevention
          - Brain health
          - Heart health
          - Sitting exercise
          - Scam and fraud prevention
          - Diabetes

          You don’t have to be a Roseville-area resident to attend – all are welcome! This event is free and open to the public.

          Register online at https://aarp.cvent.com/RosevilleHealthyAging or by calling 877-926-8300.


          Community Spotlight: Karen Organization of Minnesota!

          The Karen Organization of Minnesota, the first Karen-led social service agency in the U.S, has been offering employment services, social services, community health, and youth development programs to over 1,500 refugees from Burma each year for fifteen years. Led by a staff of primarily Karen refugees, their offices are located in Roseville. This organization is an extremely valuable resource to the community, with 15,000 Karen people living in Minnesota, it is the largest Karen community in the U.S..

          To learn more about this organization or to volunteer you can visit their website: https://www.mnkaren.org/about/.

          We want to hear from you! Do you have a community group you'd like us to spotlight?  Send us a suggestion at district2@co.ramsey.mn.us

          County Board Discussion Session Recap

          Many weeks, the County Board holds workshops or discussions session on Tuesdays in addition to their weekly meeting.  Here are some of the topics recently discussed by the Board:

          • October 2 - Heading Home Ramsey
          • September 25 - Integrated Approach to Health and Justice - 2018 Strategic Priority Update and Ramsey County Child Welfare System Change
          • September 18 -  Body-Worn Camera Project and Saint Paul 3K
          • September 11 - 2018 Community Health Assessment Update 


          Did you know

          Ralph Reeder Food Shelf Moves to New Location!

          Their new location is 2544 Mounds View Boulevard (formerly County Hwy 10), Mounds View, MN 55112 in the former Mr. Muscle Gym space in the Silver View Plaza strip mall.  Donations are accepted at the back entrance from 9:00 am to noon or by appointment by calling 651-621-6280.

          reeder food shelf

          Get Involved

          Volunteer applications open for advisory boards and committees

          The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications for citizen advisory boards and committees. These help shape policy, review programs and plans, and represent families and residents.

          Here is a link to the online application.

          Do Good Roseville Volunteer Fair

          Saturday, October 6
9 AM – 1 PM

          Fairview Community Center

          1910 County Road B W,
          Roseville, Minnesota 55113

          Not quite sure if you want to volunteer? Saturday's fair is also a great way to find out about some of the amazing local organizations you may not have heard of before. Did you know there's a library where you can check out tools? A huge community garden? A harmonica band?

          26 organizations offer Family or Group options for volunteering! 8 organizations allow you to volunteer from your own home! Those are just some of the options that you can find out about at the Volunteer Fair this Saturday.

          Open to anyone that is interested in getting involved!

          Your Voice Makes a Difference: Serve on a State Board or Commission

          The Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR), in partnership with the Office of Governor Dayton and the Olmstead Implementation Office (OIO), is hosting two information sessions in the Twin Cities to discuss the importance of participating on state boards and commissions. 

          This is an opportunity for members from diverse communities throughout Minnesota to connect, engage and participate in policy decisions that impact their communities.

“I encourage all Minnesotans who are interested in serving our state to consider applying for openings on Minnesota’s state boards, councils, and commissions,” said Governor Mark Dayton. “These bodies make essential contributions to our state.”

          Members who are appointed onto board and commissions should reflect the diversity of Minnesota for the benefit of all of us. We encourage you to participate if you identify as LGBTQ, Native American, a person with a disability, a person of color or another underrepresented community.

          The sessions offer participants the chance to meet people who have served, learn about the appointment process and why it is important for people from underrepresented communities to apply. Light refreshments will be provided. Information on the listening sessions is below.

          • Minneapolis – 6-8 p.m., Monday Oct. 8, North Regional Library, 1315 Lowry Ave. N., Minneapolis

          • Shoreview – 6 – 8 p.m., Wednesday Oct. 10, Shoreview Library, 4560 N.  Victoria St., Shoreview

          “Participating on State Boards and Commissions is an excellent way for people with disabilities to make a difference in how decisions and policies are made,” said Darlene Zangara, Executive Director of the Olmstead Implementation Office. “(Board and commission participation) is a nice fit with Olmstead’s goal to ensure people with disabilities are living, learning, working and enjoying life in the most integrated settings.”

          To request an ADA accommodation, please contact Civic Engagement Coordinator Mai Thor at 651-539-1165 or mai.thor@state.mn.us at least four(4) business days in advance.  

          Additional information and registration is available at: www.mn.gov/mdhr


          This project is a joint initiative of the Office of Governor Mark Dayton, the MN Department of Human Rights and the Olmstead Implementation Office, aimed at increasing the diversity of the State Boards and Commissions.



          Vote Before Election Day!

          Ramsey County residents can cast an absentee ballot in person at the Ramsey County Elections Office in Saint Paul or the Ramsey County Public Works building in Arden Hills from September 21 to November 5 for the 2018 general election. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday until October 26 (see full list of hours below). Hours will be extended at the Ramsey County Elections Office on Saturday, November 3; Sunday, November 4; and Monday, November 5 (see the early voting page for hours and locations).

          Ramsey County Elections Plato Building
          Now through Friday, October 26
          8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

          Saturday, October 6
          10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

          Monday, October 29
          8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

          Ramsey County Public Works – Arden Hills
          Friday, September 21 through Friday, October 26
          8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

          Monday, October 29
          12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

          City voting locations
          Residents of the following cities can visit the corresponding locations.

          Lauderdale City Hall
          1891 Walnut Street, Lauderdale
          Mon to Fri, Sep 21 to Oct 29 — 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

          Little Canada City Hall
          515 Little Canada Rd, Little Canada
          Mon to Fri, Sep 21 to Fri, Nov 2 — 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
          Mon, Nov 5 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

          New Brighton Community Center
          400 10th St NW, New Brighton
          Mon to Fri, Sep 21 to Fri, Nov 2 — 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
          Mon, Nov 5 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

          Fright Farm

          Fright Farm Open for the Season!

          Fright Farm Haunted House is a large-scale, professional, theatrical-quality haunted attraction located in the heart of the Twin Cities in Maplewood, Minnesota. First opened in 1996 by volunteers from the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office, Fright Farm has grown to reach tens of thousands of community members each October. As a non-profit fundraiser, Fright Farm has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the D.A.R.E. program and now the Ramsey County Sheriff's Foundation. Designed, built, and operated by a diverse group of sheriff's office and community volunteers, Fright Farm is the top haunted attraction in the area and can be frequently found on "Best of" lists for Halloween, fall, and haunted attraction activities in Minnesota.

          All proceeds from Fright Farm benefit the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Ramsey County Sheriff's Foundation which provides grants to important public safety and community programs. Visit www.ramseysheriffsfoundation.org for more information.

          Upcoming Events Around District 2