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 21, 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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We will be holding a virtual chat via Zoom on Friday, September 25 at 9:30 a.m.

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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

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

Supplemental budget hearings for 2021 concluded on September 10. Hearing recordings can be found on the Ramsey County website.

Public Hearing on 2021 supplemental budget

A second public hearing on the 2021 supplemental budget will be held on November 30, 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.



Early voting has begun! All eligible voters in Ramsey County can vote by mail, in person, or by agent 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. If you have not already, you can still request your ballot for the general election.

Voted by mail and changed your mind? The Elections Office will replace your ballot.

For additional information on voting by mail, and to track your ballot, visit Ramsey County's website.

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The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is conducting a voluntary statewide survey through Sept. 30 to better understand the spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota. Randomly selected Ramsey County households will be among the 180 sites in the state teams of public health professionals will be visiting for the in-person survey. The survey teams were scheduled to be in Saint Paul and Shoreview neighborhoods Sept. 14-16. 

If a household agrees to participate, one member will complete a questionnaire. All household members can then receive a free nasal swab to find out if they currently have COVID-19, and a free antibody test (a finger stick to draw a few drops of blood) to find out if you previously had COVID-19. Participants with positive results for either test will be contacted by a nurse to receive additional information. All questionnaire responses and results will be kept private.

The goal of the survey is to better understand how COVID-19 is spreading in Minnesota.

For more information, visit Ramsey County's website