Update from Commissioner McGuire - November 1, 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.

November 1, 2019


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. Paul Children's Collaborative Meeting
  • AMC District Meetings
  • Metropolitan Mosquito Control District Committee Meeting
  • AMC Board of Directors Meeting
  • Karen Organization of MN Annual Gala
  • Rice & Larpenteur Alliance Fall Festival at Rice St. Gardens
  • Roseville Rotary Road Clean Up
  • B-Dale Club Spaghetti Dinner
  • Capitol Region Watershed Grand Opening

Community Newsletters


Little Canada

Mounds View

New Brighton


Saint Anthony

Share your vision for Ramsey County at community workshops this November

What do you want our future community to look and feel like? Attend a community visioning workshop this November to help define the next set of Ramsey County community indicators, measurements that provide information about past and current trends impacting the quality of life in our county.

 All sessions are 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

The workshops will include small group discussions around a future vision for our community in topic areas including:

  • Civic engagement and government accountability.
  • Community health.
  • Youth, families and education.
  • Transportation, housing and environment.
  • Economic prosperity and opportunity.
  • Public safety and justice.

Input shared during the meetings will help shape the indicators uses to help set the county's strategic planning and budgeting over the next 10 years.

Food and childcare will be provided. Childcare is open to children who are potty trained through age 10. Children above age 10 are welcome to participate in the group discussions.

Register for a workshop

Advanced registrations are appreciated but not required.

Early voting available now through Election Day

Early Voting location at Ramsey County Library - Roseville.

Avoid the lines on Election Day by casting your ballot ahead of time through early voting!

Eight early voting locations will be open to Ramsey County residents from Oct. 29 to Nov. 4. You may visit the most convenient location for you, regardless of which city you live in!


  • Ramsey County Elections - Plato Building*
  • Como Streetcar Station
  • Arlington Hills Community Center*
  • Martin Luther King Recreation Center*
  • Highland Park Community Center
  • Ramsey County Library - Roseville*
  • Ramsey County Library - Shoreview
  • Ramsey County Library - White Bear Lake

*Hmong and Somali language translation available.


Times vary by location. The Ramsey County Elections Office location will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. The other seven locations are open from noon to 6 p.m. on weekdays through Nov. 1.

All locations will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2 so voters can cast their ballot over the weekend.

What's on the ballot?

Depending on where you live, there will be difference local races on the ballot.  

  • School Board
    • Mounds View School Board
    • Roseville School Board
    • St. Anthony-New Brighton School Board
  • City Races
    • St. Anthony Mayor and City Council
  • Special Referendum
    • Mounds View Schools

Did You Know

It's time to Fall Back

On Sunday November 3 at 2:00 AM, marks the end of Daylight Saving Time. In addition to setting your clocks back one hour, it is the perfect time to replace the batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home.

Health and employment resources available for Water Gremlin employees

Ramsey County is providing health and employment services to Water Gremlin employees. This follows the State of Minnesota asking the court to halt operations at the company's location in White Bear Township on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019.

Resources for Water Gremlin Employees

Minnesota Department of Health news release: Lead health threats prompt MDH and DLI to ask court to halt Water Gremlin operations

Winter Hazard Awareness Week is Nov. 4-8

Nov. 4-8 is Winter Hazard Awareness Week in Minnesota.

Ramsey County Emergency Management & Homeland Security, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, is preparing for the upcoming winter season and sharing important safety and awareness tips. Each day of Winter Hazard Awareness Week is devoted to a specific topic:

Winter Hazard Awareness Week is also a good time to check your emergency kits and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Public Hearing on 2020-21 County Budget

A public hearing on the 2020-2021 biennial budget will take place Nov. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Program Room of Ramsey County Library - Maplewood, 3025 Southlawn Dr, Maplewood. An open house will begin at 6 p.m.

If you wish to speak at a public hearing, please complete this online form or contact the Chief Clerk's Office at 651-266-8001 to register in advance or sign up in person at the hearing. You may also use the form to submit feedback if you are unable to attend.

Comments made at the hearing will also be shared with the appropriate city, school district and other taxing authorities.

Other District 2 Community Public Hearings

  • Lauderdale - Tuesday, November 26, 7:30-9 p.m.,Lauderdale City Hall, 1891 Walnut Street, Lauderdale
  • Little Canada - Wednesday, December 18, 7:30-8 p.m., Little Canada City Hall, 515 Little Canada Road East, Little Canada
  • Mounds View - Monday, December 2 , 6-7:30 p.m., Mounds View City Hall, 2401 Mounds View Boulevard, Mounds View
  • New Brighton - Tuesday, December 10, 6:30 - 8 p.m., New Brighton City Hall, 803 Old Hwy 8 NW #2792, New Brighton
  • Roseville - Monday, November 25, 6-8 p.m., Roseville City Hall, 2660 Civic Center Drive, Roseville
  • St. Anthony - Tuesday, December 10, 7-9 p.m., St. Anthony City Hall, 3301 Silver Lake Road, St. Anthony

Ralph Reeder MV Schools

Need help with holiday food and toys for your children?

Thanksgiving bags with all the fixings are available to families in need during the month of November. To set up an appointment please call the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf. Operation Joy, an annual holiday toy and gift program for children ages birth to grade 12, takes place in December with registration starting November 1. For more information, call the Food Shelf at 651-621-6280 or visit the visit the upcoming events tab at www.ralphreederfoodshelf.org.

Looking for ways to help?

Donations can be made online or by mailing a check to Ralph Reeder Food Shelf at 2544 Mounds View Blvd, Mounds View, MN 55112. For every dollar donated the Food Shelf can purchase up to $8 worth of food. Donations of nonperishable holiday food items and new unwrapped, toys, gifts or gift cards are also needed and can be dropped off between December 2 and December 18. Drop off hours are Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to noon or by appointment at the back entrance.


Outdoor Skating is Back at the OVAL!

The 2019-20 skating season opens Friday, November 8. Grab your skates and head over to at the Guidant John Rose Minnesota OVAL, 2661 Civic Center Drive. Skating is open from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Admission is $7.00 or $62.00 for a 10-session punch card.

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.

Other openings in D2 Communities:

County Board
Workshop/Discussion Session

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.

Upcoming Events Around District 2