February 2020 newsletter: Vote in the presidential primary, register for summer camp, help transform government

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February 2020 Newsletter

In this issue:

- Voting in the presidential primary.
- Summer camp registration.
- Transform government systems.
- New open data portal stories.
- Toni Carter elected board chair.
- Youth Works! program launches.
- Upcoming events.
- In the news.

Two girls looking at snake while attending day camp

Voting in the March 3 presidential primary

absentee voting happening now

Voting is currently underway for the March 3 presidential primary. You can vote in person or by mail. If you are not currently registered to vote, you can request an absentee ballot - a registration form will be provided with your ballot.

In-person voting is available at three locations including the Ramsey County Elections Office near downtown Saint Paul now through March 2. Early voting will be available at six additional locations from Feb. 25 to March 2.

View frequently asked questions about the presidential primary

Summer camp registration opens tomorrow

kids fishing at summer camp

Registration opens Tuesday, Feb. 4 for all summer day camp programs at Tamarack Nature Center.

Camps are available to children ages 3-14. Camps run Monday-Thursday and are offered weekly from June 15 to Aug. 17.

Backyard Bunch single-day camps are available to children ages 3-5 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

View camp details and register online

Change how Ramsey County serves the community

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Join us at one of two community meetings to share your ideas on how to transform Ramsey County services. Help inform, redesign and make county services more responsive to reflect community needs in areas like child welfare, corrections, human services, parks and recreation, public health, employment and law enforcement.

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 6-8 p.m.
Central High School

Saturday, Feb. 29, 2-4 p.m.
Harding High School

Learn more about the meetings and Transforming Systems Together

Explore data on Open Ramsey County

Chart of absentee ballots accepted by city

Open Ramsey County is an online portal that provides public access to county data. Several stories and data sets have recently been added or updated, including:

There are more than 150 datasets and resources on Open Ramsey County that can be accessed and analyzed - for free - by citizens, businesses, developers and community organizations.

Sign up to receive a quarterly update on new open data sets

Toni Carter elected board chair

The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners elected Commissioner Toni Carter as Chair of the Board for 2020. Commissioner Carter has represented District 4 since 2005.

Commissioner Mary Jo McGuire, who represents District 2, was elected to serve as vice chair.

Commissioner Rafael Ortega (District 5) was elected to continue serving as chair of the Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority. Commissioner Trista MatasCastillo (District 3) was elected to serve as chair of the Ramsey County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

View the meeting video

Ramsey County Board of Commissioners 2020 group portrait

Back: Trista MatasCastillo (District 3), Jim McDonough (District 6), Nicole Joy Frethem (District 1), Rafael E. Ortega (District 5). Front: Mary Jo McGuire (District 2), Toni Carter (District 4, Board Chair), Victoria Reinhardt (District 7).

Youth Works! brings together employment partners

youth talking with employer

Youth Works! has launched in Ramsey County. This new initiative brings together employers, schools, workforce development and employment professionals, elected officials and educators to raise awareness and open doors of opportunity for youth to learn, earn and lead in their communities.

Learn more about Youth Works!

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Upcoming events

Photos of foster families

Board of Commissioners Meeting
Tuesdays, Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25

Tuesday with a Scholar: Kirsten Delegard
Tuesday, Feb. 4

Tax-Forfeited Land Auction
Friday, Feb. 7

Public Input Sessions: Ramsey County Courthouse - Saint Paul City Hall Cohen Plaza Redevelopment
Feb. 8, 14 and 15

Foster Care Parent Orientation
Thursday, Feb. 13

Criminal Expungement Forms Clinic
Thursdays, Feb. 13 and 27

two girls ice skating

Free Open Skate
Sundays, Feb. 9, 16 and 23

Fix-It Clinic
Saturday, Feb. 22

Northland Cup Charity Hockey Game
Sunday, Feb. 23

County Road B2 and Lexington Avenue Intersection
Reconstruction Open House
Wednesday, Feb. 26

Presidents Day - Holiday
County offices and Library locations closed.
Monday, Feb. 17

View all upcoming events

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In the news