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 19, 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 11:30 a.m. **Note - new time due to scheduling conflict!**

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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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

During the 2021 supplemental budget process, questions were raised by commissioners and members of the public. Visit Ramsey County's website to see questions and answers.

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.

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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

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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.

Commissioner Frethem elected Vice President of the Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties board

On Thursday, October 15, 2020, Commissioner Frethem was elected by the board of the Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties (CAP-RW) to serve as the Vice President for the remaining term year after the current Vice President withdrew from the board. Commissioner Frethem is thrilled to have the opportunity to take on this new leadership role at an organization so near and dear to her heart.

To learn more about CAP-RW, visit https://caprw.org/



Early voting has started!

As of October 15, Ramsey County has accepted 100,385 absentee ballots for the general election. 

All eligible voters in Ramsey County can vote by mail, in person, or by agent in the November 3rd 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.

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

Still Have Election Questions?

Join the Ramsey County Elections Office and COVID-19 Racial Equity and Community Engagement Response Team to discuss how you can safely and securely vote in the 2020 general election on October 20, 2020 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Topics will include:

A Q&A session will also be available for you to ask any questions you have about voting in 2020.

The town hall will be co-hosted by Jovonta and Symone Patton.

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 is strongly recommended to reduce wait times.

  • Interpreters available onsite.

Visit Ramsey County's website for more information. 

Commissioner Frethem volunteering at COVID-19 testing at Aldrich Arena on October 17, 2020

Commissioner Frethem volunteering at COVID-19 testing at Aldrich Arena on October 17, 2020

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.