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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August 18, 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.

Next meeting is August 27, 2020.

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 Thursdays.

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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.

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 – 88.9%
  2. Shoreview - 86.3%
  3. Gem Lake - 85.6%
  4. North Oaks - 85.9%
  5. Arden Hills - 83.9%
  6. Vadnais Heights - 83.6%
  7. Blaine - 82.8%
  8. Spring Lake Park - 80.2%
  9. Mounds View - 78.4%

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.

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Ramsey County has launched the new Job Connect online job board to connect residents and employers during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. This employment platform is the latest tool integrated within the county’s economic development website, RamseyCountyMeansBusiness.com, which provides business development resources and incentives.

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Board of Commissioners Virtual Board Meeting

The board meeting on August 18, 2020 was held via zoom and can be viewed on the Ramsey County website.

Apply now to vote by mail


All eligible voters in Ramsey County can vote by mail in the November 3rd general election. 

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 the general election. Additional information on voting by mail can be found here

Read up on what happens to your ballot after you mail it!


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Let's Talk about Affordable Housing

Join us for a virtual discussion centered around affordable housing in suburban Ramsey County. We will discuss:

- how the nationwide shortage of housing is playing out throughout Ramsey County

- historical barriers to equitable housing

- the role of affordable housing in a healthy economy

This conversation is part of Ramsey County's Economic Competitiveness and Inclusion Plan and will be facilitated by the St. Paul based Center for Economic Inclusion. 

Date: Thursday, August 27, 2020 Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m. via zoom. Click here to join the discussion.

Meeting ID: 934 1107 3611

Passcode: 586160

Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition

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The Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition are a group of local affiliates who came together in order to assist vulnerable and underserved neighbors within our communities who are suffering the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic by aiding non-profit service organizations providing direct relief to those most in need.

The coalition has donated 200 handmade gowns to the Ramsey County Care Center. The gowns were sewn by more than 50 community volunteers. 

Volunteers tell Commissioners Frethem and McGuire about the handmade gowns

Volunteers tell Commissioners Frethem and McGuire about the handmade gowns for the Ramsey County Care Center

The coalition recently sponsored a 3-mile run/walk to help raise money to support our neighbors in need from the COVID-19 pandemic effects.
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Commissioner Frethem completes her 3 mile walk/run in support of the coalition's efforts to raise money for families in need.

For more information on the coalition, visit their Facebook page