January/February District 1 updates

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Serving the communities of Arden Hills, Gem Lake, North Oaks, Shoreview, Vadnais Heights, White Bear Township, and parts of Mounds View, Spring Lake Park and Blaine.

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February 5, 2020

Commissioner Nicole Frethem


Nicole Frethem
Commissioner, District 1

Sheena Denny
Principal Aide                           651-266-8355                            Email

Nancy Larson
Administrative Assistant

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Commissioner Frethem at Tamarack Nature Center

Commissioner Frethem at Tamarack Nature Center for In-District office hours

February 9 at Ramsey County Library in Shoreview from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

February 9 at the Vadnais Sports Center from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

February 12 at Ramsey County Library in Mounds View from 10:00 am to 11:30 am

February 20 at Ramsey County Public Works in Arden Hills from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

February 21 at Tamarack Nature Center from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

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Congrats to Northern Soda in Arden Hills for their official soda flavor for the Winter Carnival! 

Commissioner Frethem and her Aide, Sheena Denny

District 1 office had fun at the Friends of Ramsey County Library Gala at Ramsey County Library in Roseville. Commissioner Frethem won the costume contest!

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Residents at the Ramsey County Parks Community Event to discuss master plan amendment for Snail Lake Regional Park

Community Conversation on Water Issues

Commissioner Frethem will be hosting a community meeting to open a conversation about the flooding issues in and around Shoreview. Local agencies and governments with water authority will have the opportunity to inform residents of the actions being taken regarding this issue. Following a presentation about the history of water issues, residents will be able to engage in an open discussion to be heard and get their questions answered. The meeting will be held at the Shoreview Community Center on March 12th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

On January 23rd, Ramsey County Parks Department held a community engagement meeting at Ramsey County Library in Shoreview to discuss the flooding around Snail Lake and the Parks department plans to rebuild for resiliency. Commissioner Frethem appreciates the neighbors who turned out to share their ideas on how the park could be adapted to address the excess water.

Picture of First LEGO League team tweenagers with Rep. Becker-Finn and Commissioner Frethem

First LEGO League team Tweenagers presented their ideas to address flooding around Snail Lake. Pictured left to right: Micah Fuller, Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn, Abby Urriola, Commissioner Frethem, Seam Oh and Liam Sonner

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Vadnais Sports Center Naming Rights Sold to Twin Cities Orthopedics

The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners approved a 15-year contract with TCO on Tuesday with an option for a 5-year extension, and the facility will be renamed TCO Sports Garden. The County plans to begin construction this Spring to be completed Fall of 2020. Commissioner Frethem spoke to KSTP about the opportunity this partnership affords the County and our residents.

Commissioner Frethem Presenting at City Council Meetings

Commissioner Frethem at the Arden Hills City Council


Commissioner Frethem has reached out to District 1 city councils to introduce herself and present her goals for the district in 2020. She attended Arden Hills city council meeting on January 27th, White Bear Township executive board meeting on January 31st, and the Vadnais Heights city council meeting and workshop on February 4th. Commissioner Frethem plans to attend the following city council meetings:
            - February 10: Mounds View City Council
            - February 13: North Oaks City Council
Commissioner Frethem is interested in attending city meetings and events across District 1. Reach out to our office anytime to notify us when there are upcoming events and opportunities.

Senate Tours Ramsey County Bonding Requests

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Ramsey County Commissioners with Senate Bonding Tour

Ramsey County Commissioners welcomed the Senate Bonding Tour to several Ramsey County priority projects. The committee stopped in North Oaks to hear about improvements to the County Road J and 35 E interchange. We are requesting 1.5 million dollars for an engineering study as a first phase in making the necessary improvements at the interchange. That same day the committee toured the Riversedge project in downtown St. Paul.

Commissioner Frethem Appointed to Boards and Commissions

Red Rock Corridor Commission meeting

Commissioner Frethem has been appointed to the following committees:

- Metro Alliance for Healthy Families Home Visiting

- Joint Property Tax Advisory Committee

- Metro Conservation Districts Joint Powers Board

- Community Action Partnership of Ramsey-Washington Counties

- Generation Next

- Red Rock Corridor (alternate)

- Metro Emergency Services Board (alternate)

- Ramsey County Dispatch/800 Subsystem Policy Committee (alternate)

Ramsey County board of Commissioners serve on several internal standing committees of the whole. Commissioner Frethem has been appointed Chair of the Health and Wellness Service Team and Vice Chair of the Safety and Justice Service Team committees of the whole.