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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October 5, 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 a virtual chat via Zoom on Friday, October 23 at 9:30 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

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COVID-19 Testing Sites

Aldrich Arena will be offering COVID-19 testing throughout the month of October. Testing sites are:

  • Open to everyone.
  • Free, no insurance needed.
  • Symptoms or no symptoms.
  • Drive-thru and walk-up.
  • No ID required.
  • Registration strongly recommended to reduce wait times.
  • Interpreters available onsite.

Visit Ramsey County's website for more information. 

Election Judge Information

Serve the community and promote the democratic process! Ramsey County is still in need of bilingual election judges.

Election judges staff local polling places for the primary and general election as well as during early voting. You can earn money, meet your neighbors and help ensure that elections are administered in a fair manner.

Sign up to be an election judge today! 

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.

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 – 90.8%
  2. Shoreview - 87.8%
  3. Gem Lake - 86.7%
  4. North Oaks - 87.1%
  5. Arden Hills - 85.5%
  6. Vadnais Heights - 85.7%
  7. Blaine - 85%
  8. Spring Lake Park - 82.4%
  9. Mounds View - 80.9%

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 deadline for census response is TODAY, October 5. 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.



Early voting has started! 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. If you have not already, you can still request your ballot for the general election.

Ramsey County voters may vote in-person, regardless of their home address by using an absentee ballot at the three locations below. Ballots do not need to be requested in advance.

These sites are open Sept 18 - Nov. 2, 2020:

  • Ramsey County Elections Office - Plato Building
    Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • New Brighton Community Center
    Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Ramsey County Library – Roseville
    Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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

For additional information on voting by mail, in-person, or to track your ballot, visit Ramsey County's website.

Water Gremlin Health Assessment Testing Update

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1,4-Dioxane was detected at the Water Gremlin site earlier in 2020. This chemical can have health impacts when ingested at certain levels in the water supply. MDH reached out to residents with private wells in the Gem Lake area near Water Gremlin to offer private testing. A report is now available with information regarding those testing results:


Thank you to the Neighborhood Concerned Citizens Group for their continued efforts to provide community engagement and advocacy for the communities impacted by health hazards near Water Gremlin.

TCO Sports Garden

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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 5 things everyone should know about TCO Sports Garden.

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Community Conversation on Water Management

Thank you to our partners for working so hard to answer community questions on water management.

The Q&A document from the June 9 meeting has been uploaded for your review on Commissioner Frethem's Ramsey County webpage. If you have not had a chance, you can still watch the recording online.

If you have any questions or feedback, please reach out to the district 1 office. We are working towards hosting an open Q&A session in November. At this time, we are gathering questions in advance to prepare for who needs to be in attendance at the meeting for scheduling purposes. This will be a virtual meeting for public health reasons. To submit a question, complete this form