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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September 8, 2020

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

Sheena Denny
Principal Aide

Nancy Larson
Administrative Assistant

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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 September 17

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 – 90.5%
  2. Shoreview - 87.6%
  3. Gem Lake - 86.7%
  4. North Oaks - 87%
  5. Arden Hills - 85.3%
  6. Vadnais Heights - 85.1%
  7. Blaine - 84.3%
  8. Spring Lake Park - 81.5%
  9. Mounds View - 80.4%

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 September 1 was held via zoom and can be viewed on the Ramsey County website.

Last week the board commenced its supplemental budget hearings for 2021.  The county's service team presentations schedule can be viewed here. Previous and upcoming hearings can be found on the Ramsey County website.

Public Hearing on 2021 supplemental budget

A public hearing on the 2021 supplemental budget will be held on September 10, 2020.

If you wish to speak at the public hearing, please complete this online form or contact the Chief Clerk’s Office at 651-266-8001 to register in advance or sign-up in person at the hearing.

A second public hearing will be held on November 30, 2020. Location TBD.

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

Ramsey County held a town hall on affordable housing in the suburbs on August 27th. Many thanks to Ramsey County staff and our partners at the Center for Economic Inclusion for engaging in this conversation. If you missed the town hall, you can view it on the Ramsey County YouTube page. For more information on Ramsey County's economic inclusion plan, visit Ramsey County Means Business

I-694/Rice Street interchange substantially complete

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Construction of the I-694/Rice Street interchange in Shoreview, MN, Little Canada, Minnesota and Vadnais Heights is now substantially complete.

All lanes on Rice Street are open to traffic, and all ramps to and from I-694 are open.

Final site cleanup and other minor work will occur this week.

Thank you for your understanding and patience with road closures and detours throughout the duration of the project.