October 2020 newsletter: Information on COVID-19, voting before Election Day, TCO Sports Garden

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October 2020 Newsletter

In this issue:

- Coronavirus/COVID-19 update
- Absentee voting open
- TCO Sports Garden
- Second half property taxes due
- Leaf and pumpkin disposal
- Upcoming events
- In the news

Fall leaves at county park

Coronavirus/COVID-19 updates

Service Centers offer in-person assistance, computer access

Service centers

Five Service Centers are open to provide more convenient access to programs for residents. The centers feature Navigators who provide comprehensive in-person assistance with enrollment information and connections to county programs. Service Centers also have computer workstations available by reservation and secure 24/7 document drop boxes

The downtown Saint Paul, Maplewood and Roseville locations also feature Community Career Labs to assist job seekers who have been impacted by COVID-19.


TechPak enrollment period open until Oct. 2


TechPak is an initiative that brings computers, internet and digital literacy training into the homes of Ramsey County residents who have experienced economic impacts due to COVID-19.

The current TechPak period is open until Oct. 2. Additional enrollment periods will be offered in November and December. Due to high demand, not everyone who applies will receive a TechPak. TechPaks will be awarded to eligible Ramsey County residents who have experienced job loss, reduced hours, change of household income or have other barriers due to COVID-19.

Learn more and apply for a TechPak


Donate or request face masks through A Mask for Everyone

Do you need face masks for you and your family? Free masks are currently available through the A Mask for Everyone initiative. Ramsey County residents can request masks online and pick them up on one of three dates in October. Both adult and child size masks are available.

Led by the COVID-19 Racial Equity and Community Engagement Response Team, the program ensures that individuals and families in Ramsey County have access to cloth face masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Looking for a way to give back to your community? You can donate new, unused masks by mail or at several sites across the county to help fulfill as many mask requests as possible.

Request or donate a mask


Accessing county services

We are committed to providing services throughout the pandemic while protecting the health of residents and staff. 

Find resources and updates at ramseycounty.us/coronavirus.

Voting options in 2020

Vote before election day

Ramsey County voters may vote before Election Day by using an absentee ballot for the Nov. 3 general election. All voters can vote absentee in Minnesota. 

In-person absentee voting is available at the following locations through Nov. 2:

  • Ramsey County Elections Office.
  • New Brighton Community Center.
  • Ramsey County Library - Roseville.

Vote by mail

Voting by mail is safe, easy and convenient. Complete the online request form to have an absentee ballot mailed to your home.

You can return your completed ballot by mail or in person at a ballot return site.

More information at ramseycounty.us/VoteBeforeElectionDay

Introducing TCO Sports Garden

TCO Sports Garden

New look. New feel. Same staple of the north metro community. Thanks to a 15-year partnership with Twin Cities Orthopedics, the Vadnais Sports Center is now the TCO Sports Garden. The prominent sports complex has been freshly redesigned, and more exciting updates are in the works.

To keep you up to speed, check out these five things everyone should know about TCO Sports Garden.

Reminder: Property tax payments due Oct. 15

The second half of 2020 property tax payments are due Thursday, Oct. 15.

Payment can be made online, by mail, in person or at a payment drop box.

Learn about payment options

Yard waste sites gear up for fall leaf collection

woman at yard waste site

It's that time of the year when our free yard waste sites are at their busiest. Please read these tips to avoid a long wait before you visit to dispose of leaves, plant material and other yard waste.

In addition, you can bring your pumpkins for free disposal beginning in mid-October. Please look for new signs for specific on-site disposal locations.

View locations and hours of yard waste sites

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Upcoming events

Bikers on bike path

Board of Commissioners Meeting
Tuesdays, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27.

Great Decisions
Fridays, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

Foster Care Parent Orientation
Thursday, Oct. 8.

Ramsey County Historical Society Presents - Persistence: Continuing the Struggle for Suffrage and Equality
Thursday, Oct. 8.

Active Living Ramsey Communities Walking & Biking Team Meeting
Thursday, Oct. 15.

Skyway Blood Drive at Union Depot
Thursday, Oct. 15.

Household Hazardous Waste Mobile Collection - Maplewood
Fridays, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.
Saturdays, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31.

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In the news