Update from Commissioner McGuire - May 17, 2019

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.

May 17, 2019


Mary Jo McGuire
Commissioner, District 2

Melissa Jamrock
Principal Assistant

Beverly Hammond
Administrative Assistant 

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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.

  • New Brighton Community Town Hall
  • New Brighton League of Women Voters Annual Meeting
  • Roseville Rotary Meeting
  • Roseville Area League of Women Voters Annual Meeting
  • Gavel Club Volunteer Awards Dinner
  • Ramsey County Library Board Meeting
  • CAPRW Board Meeting
  • Rice-McCarrons Neighborhood Clean Up & Meet Up
  • Mounds View HS Out of the Darkness Campus Walk
  • MELSA Joint Trustee and Advisory Board Meeting
  • NYFS Leadership Luncheon
  • Annual Ramsey County Employee & Retiree Recognition Program
  • Transportation Advisory Board Executive Board and Board Meeting

Community Newsletters


Little Canada

Mounds View

New Brighton


Saint Anthony


10th Annual Book It 5K Walk/Run & Children’s Library Lap
Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m.
RCL – Roseville

Book It 5K Weather Update: the National Weather Service is predicting rainy conditions with possible thunderstorms/lighting the morning of May 18, 2019. For the safety of all involved, the race will be delayed or cancelled if thunder and lightening moves into the area during set-up.  However, the race will proceed if only rain is present. 

The 10th Anniversary Book It 5K Walk/Run will be held Saturday May 18, 2019! Help raise funds for the Ramsey County Library Summer Reading Program for children and teens while enjoying a healthy, family-friendly activity – rain or shine.

WHO: Everyone! All ages welcome. Stroller friendly. (No pets or inline skates please.) 

WHERE: Begins at the Ramsey County Library in Roseville 2180 Hamline Ave North and proceeds around Roseville’s scenic Central Park.

WHEN: Saturday, May 18. Race begins at 9:00 am. In-person registration begins at 7:30 am (shirts guaranteed to pre-registrants only).

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration has now closed but you can sign up in person on race day. Race-day registration opens at 7:30 am Saturday, May 18, and closes at 8:45 am before the 9:00 am race starting horn.


  • $32 per adult, $85 per family, $15 age 12 and under

AWARDS: Prizes for top finishers in each category. Snacks and beverages available at the finish. Free t-shirt!

PARKING: In south library lot; overflow parking at Roseville Professional Building, 2233 North Hamline Avenue

FUNDRAISING THROUGH INDIVIDUAL SPONSORSHIP/CROWDFUNDING: As a race participant, you can help even more by encouraging your friends, family, and coworkers to sponsor your participation as a walker, runner, or stroller. In addition, you may qualify for an incentive based on the level of monies raised.
•    Participants who raise $100* receive a Friends tote bag
•    Participants who raise $300* or more receive a brick paver, engraved as they wish, placed in the Children’s Garden at the Roseville library
 *above the required race entry fee

Back by popular demand – the Children’s Library Lap! Last year we added on a fun run for kids after the main 5K race that was such a hit we’re bringing it back. The children will again be led by a librarian in a T Rex costume in a short race around the parking lot of the Roseville library. This is a free and noncompetitive activity open to children ages three to 12. Pre-registration is not required for the Library Lap. Meet in the north parking lot before the 10:00 am start and look for the T Rex!

vic plant sale

The sale is located at the Ramsey County Correctional Facility and features a variety of hanging baskets, deck pots, vegetables and herbs. Please use the facility entrance off Lower Afton Road.

For more information, visit the Volunteer in Corrections website. 


Ramsey County Master Gardener Plant Sale on May 18

Attend the 2019 Ramsey County Master Gardener Plant Sale to shop a lovely selection of native plants, annuals, perennials, hostas, vegetables and more. The sale will feature hundreds of great plants, carefully tended by expert gardeners.

Sales support community programs that engage youth in horticulture projects and University of Minnesota scholarships.

Learn about the Ramsey County Master Gardeners.

For more information visit https://www.ramseycounty.us/content/ramsey-county-master-gardener-plant-sale

Participate in May's Mental Health Awareness Month activities

Did you know? Each year, one in five adults in the United States will experience some form of mental illness. Even though mental health conditions are common and treatable like physical health conditions, many people are still afraid to talk about them due to feelings of shame, stigmas or fear of discrimination. It’s important to remember that mental illnesses are common and treatable and mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being.

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Throughout the month, Public Health and Social Services are providing opportunities for everyone who lives, works, and plays in Ramsey County to learn and spread awareness about mental health and well-being.

Everyone has someone/something in their life that champions their mental health and well-being, their Lime Green Champion. Throughout the month, take a moment to acknowledge that person, organization, animal or object you carry that gives you peace:

  1. Write the name of your champion on a paper ribbon.
  2. Place the ribbon on the wall.
  3. Take a photo and upload it to your social media account(s).
  4. Say a little something about your champion, tag Ramsey County and use the hashtag #makeitok.

Share photos on your social media account, say a bit about why mental health is important to you, tag Ramsey County and use the hashtag #makeitok.

Learn more and share these activities with others:

Ask questions and learn about mental health topics during Facebook Live events

Ramsey County and community mental health professionals will host four Facebook Live events covering topics that can help people living and caring for others with mental health challenges. Watch the mental health awareness Facebook Live events Fridays in May at 12:30 p.m. on Ramsey County’s Facebook page:

  • May 31 | LGBTQ+ mental health

More Mental Health Awareness Month resources:


Commissioner McGuire with shown here with Ashley Kluz, a LWV fellow who is a student at St. Kate's (Commissioner McGuire's alma mater)! She designed the cards that will be given to every student graduating from Mounds View and Irondale High School letting them know how important it is to vote.

Yard waste sites opened for regular season on April 1

Ramsey County's yard waste collection sites open on April 1 for the regular season.

Yard waste sites extended regular season hours are:

  • Monday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Regular season hours run through late fall, weather permitting. All sites are free and open to Ramsey County residents only. A photo ID is required.

Find a yard waste collection site near you

Pre-Solicitation Conference for Community Engagement RFP

Ramsey County will host a pre-solicitation conference for community engagement contracting services on Wednesday, May 22 at Hallie Q Brown Community Center in Saint Paul from 5 - 6:30 p.m. The county is seeking proposals from qualified contractors for a variety of community engagement services through its new master contract request for proposals (RFP) to advance its Inclusive, Effective and Meaningful Community Engagement strategic priority. Contracts resulting from the RFP will enhance the county’s ability to better engage, learn from and build stronger relationships with residents and community partners impacted by its policies and practices, and those who utilize its programs and services.

Attendees will learn:

• How the master contract differs from others.
• Type of services included in the Master Contract.
• How to submit a solicitation.
• What criteria will be used to evaluate solicitations.

Did you know

Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Free household hazardous waste collection is available in Arden Hills, on Fridays and Saturdays throughout May.

The site is open Fridays from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Learn about about accepted items

Job openings

Jobs Corner

Ramsey County employs nearly 4,000 people in full and part-time positions in a variety of fields related to Health and Wellness, Safety and Justice, Information and Public Records, Economic Growth and Community Investment and more.

We welcome all applicants - you do not need to be a county resident to apply.

County Board Discussion

Session Recap

Workshops and discussions are informative presentations by the county departments and/or service teams to the board of commissioners that are often tied to the county’s strategic priorities. The presentations serve the following purposes:

  • To provide in-depth informational session to educate county board on topics of a strategic nature to the county.
  • To establish a foundation for policy/programmatic direction and/or future county board action.
  • To seek input on and/or guidance for future direction.

Workshops and discussions and held on Tuesdays and are open to the public. These take place at the Saint Paul City Hall and Ramsey County Courthouse in Suite 220 (2nd floor). You can find the schedule for all upcoming board meetings, workshops, and discussions sessions at https://www.ramseycounty.us/your-government/leadership/board-commissioners/board-meetings-information.

April 16: Ramsey County Workforce Statistics Report (Part 2)

May 7: Ramsey County Board discussion with Metropolitan Council Chair 

May 7: Vadnais Sports Center Turf Facility 

Upcoming Events Around District 2