January 2020 newsletter: Winter Reads, Ice Castles and Public Health Award nominations

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January 2020 Newsletter

In this issue:

- Winter Reads program for adults.
- Ice Castles opening soon.
- Public Health Award nominations.
- Volunteer opportunities at the county.
- County board approves budget.
- Upcoming events.
- In the news.

Man reading a book

Discover new books during Winter Reads

Winter Reads at Ramsey County Library

Winter Reads encourages busy adults to delight in reading! The program runs Jan. 2-Feb. 29. 

Get started by picking up a reading record bookmark at any Ramsey County Library location. Read four books and return your reading record to receive a prize. From there, you'll be entered for a chance to win the grand prize.

Learn more at rclreads.org.

Ice Castles opening soon in New Brighton

Ice castles

Photo courtesy of Ice Castles

A popular winter attraction is coming to Long Lake Regional Park this season!

The Ice Castles experience features ice-carved tunnels, fountains, slides, crawl spaces and slot canyons, which are all illuminated at night with color-changing LED lights embedded inside the ice.

Reserve your tickets at icecastles.com/minnesota.

Long Lake Regional Park is located at 1500 Old Highway 8 in New Brighton and managed by Ramsey County.

Seeking nominees for the Public Health Awards

2019 Public Health Award winners

2019 Ramsey County Public Health Awards celebration

Do you know someone who has helped improve health in Ramsey County?

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Ramsey County Public Health Awards. The annual awards recognize individuals and groups who have made exceptional contributions to improving our community by advancing health equity.

Nominations will be accepted until Friday, Jan. 31.

Lean more at ramseycounty.us/publichealthawards.

Make 2020 count by volunteering

Man restocking shelf at Ramsey County Library

Do your New Year's resolutions include giving back to your community? We offer many opportunities to get involved! Volunteer roles include serving on a board or committee, helping local veterans and supporting county libraries. There are even opportunities for youth ages 12-18.


View all volunteer opportunities at ramseycounty.us/volunteer.

County board approves 2020-21 budget

The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners approved a biennial budget of $741.7 million in 2020 and $763.1 million in 2021 during their Dec. 17 meeting. This represents an increase of 0.5% over 2019 and an increase of 2.9% from 2020 to 2021.

Watch board meeting and view documentation.

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Upcoming events

Board of Commissioners Meeting
Tuesdays, Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28.

Drop-In Discovery Station: Owls Up Close
Saturday, Jan. 4.

Foster Care Parent Orientation
Thursday, Jan. 9.

Criminal Expungement Forms Clinic
Thursdays, Jan. 9 and 23.


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Woman using a sewing machine to fix garment

CERT Certification Workshop
Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Fix-It Clinic
Saturday, Jan. 25.

Free Open Skate and Open Hockey
Days vary.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - holiday
County offices and Library locations closed.
Monday, Jan. 20.

View all upcoming events

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In the news