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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July 2, 2020

Ramsey County


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

Sheena Denny
Principal Aide

Nancy Larson
Administrative Assistant

Previous newsletters, can be viewed on the Ramsey County website.

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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, July 9.

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Video Available for Community Conversation on Water Management

Thank you to all of the community members who attended our virtual community conversation. 

We are still working on assembling the Q&A document and securing additional answers. If you were unable to attend the meeting, you can watch the recording online.

If you attended the meeting virtually or watched the video online, please provide some feedback on the meeting to help us improve future meetings by filling out this online survey.

Have a safe and joyous 4th of July weekend

Happy Independence Day

We hope that all of our District 1 residents stay safe and healthy this Independence Day weekend. Remember to keep gatherings small, outdoors, social distanced, and wear a mask! 

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Census Update

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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 – 87.2%
  2. Shoreview - 85.2%
  3. Gem Lake - 84.6%
  4. North Oaks - 84.8%
  5. Arden Hills - 82.9%
  6. Vadnais Heights - 82.6%
  7. Blaine - 81.5%
  8. Spring Lake Park - 79%
  9. Mounds View - 76.8%

If you haven't completed your census yet, you can do it online at my2020census.gov to report 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.

COVID-19 still active pandemic


Although cases and hospitalizations are decreasing in Minnesota, COVID-19 remains an on-going risk to our communities and especially our at-risk residents.

For more information or to access available resources for those impacted by COVID-19 illness or related job losses, visit the Ramsey County coronavirus resources page.

Lake Owasso beach and playground CLOSED

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Although other Ramsey County beaches and playgrounds are now open, Lake Owasso beach and playground remain closed due to construction. For more information and updates on this project, visit the project page on the Ramsey County website.

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Board of Commissioners Virtual Board Meeting

The board meeting on June 23, 2020 was held via zoom and can be viewed on the Ramsey County website.

Most Ramsey County beaches open

Ramsey County beaches


  • Eight beach locations are open without lifeguard service. Lake Owasso County Park remains closed due to construction.
  • Nearby restrooms are open and cleaned daily.
  • Follow all posted rules. There is no lifeguard on duty at any of the beach locations — call 911 in the event of an emergency.
  • Children must be actively supervised by an adult.
  • Swim only in the designated buoyed area.
  • Stay hydrated. Bring drinking water since water fountains remain off.


  • Playground equipment is not cleaned or sanitized; please use at your own discretion.
  • Discovery Hollow and the playgrounds at Battle Creek Regional Park and Lake Owasso County Park remain closed due to construction.
  • Restrooms are open at high-traffic locations and cleaned daily. Portable toilets have been placed at locations where restrooms have not reopened yet.
  • Stay hydrated. Bring drinking water since water fountains remain off.

Public health measures are in place, aligning with recommendations from the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health. Review the guidelines before your trip to the park:
Ramsey County beach reopening information

Apply now to vote by mail


All eligible voters in Ramsey County can vote by mail in both the Aug. 11 state primary and the Nov. 3 general election. Primary ballots are being mailed now so be sure to request early!

Voting by mail is safe, easy and convenient. You do not need to provide a reason to vote by mail. You can request your ballot now for both the state primary and general election. Additional information on voting by mail can be found here

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Commissioner Frethem gets help with her absentee primary ballot from the family puppy, Tsunami.

On-going Racial Justice Efforts in the northern Ramsey County Suburbs

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Crowds gather at the Standing up to Racism: Educate and Eradicate walk in White Bear Lake on Satruday, June 26, 2020.

The North Suburbs Youth Coalition for Justice continues efforts to shed light on racial discrimination and bias faced by BIPOC community members in the northern Ramsey County suburbs. This past weekend, they held a rally at the Mounds View School District headquarters asking for the district to take substantial and transformative action to address racial disparities faced by students of color in Mounds View Schools. On July 2, district leaders released a statement and action plan for addressing the issues raised by youth leaders.

On the northeast side of the county, educators in the White Bear area organized the Standing Up to Racism: Educate and Eradicate walk. Participants walked together thru White Bear Lake and learned about historical and present day systemic racism and were provided with action steps and information. Watch a recording of the learning stops and access resources at their online event page.

Organizers from the Awaken the Suburbs shared information at the event including anti-racist resources for adults and parent resources for raising anti-racist children. For additional resources and information on America's history of racism and injustice, and Commissioner Frethem's statement on the murder of George Floyd, visit Commissioner Frethem's June 5th newsletter