District 1 Updates from Commissioner Frethem

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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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April 28, 2020

Ramsey County


Nicole Frethem
Commissioner, District 1
651-266-8362 or 651-425-9580 

Sheena Denny
Principal Aide

Nancy Larson
Administrative Assistant

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Follow on Facebook

Commissioner Frethem is sharing information and access to resources in real time on Facebook. Follow us there for more COVID-19 and other county content.

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Virtually meet with Commissioner Frethem on Zoom

We will be holding virtual chats and check ins via Zoom on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m.

Learn more at the Facebook Event Invites or join in by clicking the link https://zoom.us/j/4574765166 and entering the Meeting ID: 457 476 5166 at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 30.

Census Reminder

Census 2020 MN

District 1 cities are doing great at completing their census forms - well above the state and national average. Take a look at these response rates:

  1. White Bear Township – 80.7%
  2. Shoreview - 78.7%
  3. North Oaks - 76.6%
  4. Gem Lake - 76.1%
  5. Arden Hills - 75.9%
  6. Vadnais Heights - 74.8%
  7. Blaine - 74.4%
  8. Mounds View - 71.3%
  9. Spring Lake Park - 70.7%

If you haven't completed your census yet, you can do it online at my2020census.gov toreport who is living in your home. The census helps define our representation and funding allocations at the national level so a high response rate is critical. Your information is confidential and cannot be shared for any other purposes.

For more information about the census, check out ramseycounty.us/census.

#MinneSEWta Mask Drive

Commissioner Frethem dropping off masks

Commissioner Frethem was excited to join the MN homemade mask drive and drop off masks at the Lake Johanna Fire Department serving Arden Hills, Shoreview, and North Oaks on Saturday, April 25, 2020.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies).

Wearing a simple cloth face covering protects you from transmitting COVID-19 to others if you aren’t showing symptoms and don’t know you have it.

For more information, visit ramseycounty.us/coronavirus

Public Works and Parks Updates

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Hodgson Road

Hodgson Road (County Road 49) will be reconstructed between Gramsie Road/Rice Street and Highway 96 in City of Shoreview, MN (Local Government) in 2022.

Preliminary design is underway and will include:

• A proposed roundabout at the Gramsie Road/Rice Street intersection.
• New sidewalk and trail.
• A three-lane road design.

Visit ramseycounty.us/HodgsonRoad to learn more, share your feedback on an interactive map and survey, and sign up for project updates.

Vadnais-Snail Lake Regional Park

Despite having to cancel the last Vadnais-Snail master plan community meeting, Ramsey County Parks and Recreation wants to assure residents that this project is still moving forward. Because your feedback as a community member is important to them, they invite you to review the final concept online in lieu of the public meeting. Feedback can be submitted to Ramsey County Parks & Recreation by emailing parks@ramseycounty.us.

Review the final concept:

Introducing Tsunami Frethem


Our family welcomed a new member last week - a puppy! Grateful to Secondhand Hounds for their work in animal rescue and taking such good care of our pup, her mom and the entire litter. 

Ramsey County Board of Commissioners 2020 group portrait

Board of Commissioners Virtual Board Meeting

Today's board meeting was a virtual board meeting via Zoom. You can hear our discussion and watch the board meeting on Ramsey County's website.

CDC announces new symptoms of COVID-19


The Center for Disease Control has announced new symptoms that may indicate COVID-19.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Property Tax

Property tax payment update

On Tuesday, April 21, 2020, the board authorized the deferral of the first half of 2020 property tax payments, without penalty, up to July 15, 2020, for:

  • Non-escrowed homesteads,
  • Small businesses with taxes less than or equal to $50,000, and
  • Residential non-homesteads (1 to 3 units) with taxes less than or equal to $20,000.

To determine whether you qualify for an extension, please visit the online lookup tool.

As is the case each year, ALL property taxpayers can make partial payments and retain the right to appeal to the County Auditor/Treasurer for an abatement of penalty in case of exceptional hardship.

Visit ramseycounty.us/paypropertytax or call 651-266-2000 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday) for more information.

Stay home

Stay up-to-date on COVID 19

Ramsey County continues to provide information and updates via our website at https://www.ramseycounty.us/coronavirus. The best actions to keep yourself, your family, and your community safe are still:

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home when you are sick

Additional resources and information can be found at:

Other hotlines and help

Ramsey County’s Customer Contact Center is available from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday at 651-266-8500 as a one-stop option for directing and resolving questions.

The Ramsey County Sheriff's office has set up a COVID "Help Team"

Contact 651-448-3874 (voice and text) or HelpTeam@co.ramsey.mn.us.

  • Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Sat-Sun 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

If you have specific questions, reach out to one of the statewide hotlines set up to respond:

School and child care questions

7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Seven days a week

Health questions

7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Seven days a week

Housing questions

For single-family residences: 
For multi-family residences: 
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm