October 2021 newsletter: Information on COVID-19 vaccine, absentee voting, fall leaf collection

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October 2021 Newsletter

In this issue:

- Coronavirus/COVID-19 updates.
- Request your absentee ballot.
- Fall leaf collection.
- Family sponsorship program.
- Battle Creek Regional Park master plan.
- Library offers new online learning platform.
- Second half property taxes due.
- Upcoming events.
- Proclamations.
- In the news.

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COVID-19 updates

Get a free COVID-19 vaccine and gift card from Ramsey County, while supplies last

Resident getting vaccine

Saint Paul - Ramsey County Public Health continues to offer free COVID-19 vaccine clinics throughout the community for all eligible individuals. Clinics are scheduled at community centers, schools and several pop-up locations.

COVID-19 vaccines are free. No medical insurance or ID is required.

No matter where you live – you are eligible and encouraged to get a vaccine and gift card.

  • Up to $100 in gift cards for first and second doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine ($50 per dose, given 3-4 weeks apart).
  • Get your gift card immediately after vaccination - no forms or paperwork required.
  • Gift cards available for vaccine at Ramsey County-operated clinics after Sept. 27, while supplies last.
  • Gift cards are not available for booster shots (which begin on Saturday, Oct. 9) or for vaccine received at clinics not operated by Ramsey County.

For information on Ramsey County-operated clinics, visit ramseycounty.us/COVIDVaccine or call 651-266-1190.

Pfizer booster shots begin Oct. 9

Ramsey County will begin offering Pfizer booster shots at our clinics on Saturday, Oct. 9, by appointment only.

Learn more about eligibility and find a clinic

Request your absentee ballot

Vote by absentee ballot

Ramsey County voters may vote before Election Day by using an absentee ballot for the Nov. 2 general election. All voters can vote absentee in Minnesota.

Voting by mail is easy and convenient. Complete the online request form to have an absentee ballot mailed to your home. You may also return your completed ballot by mail or in person at a ballot return site.

Voters can also cast a ballot in person at the Ramsey County Elections Office – Plato Building. Additional sites open Oct. 26.

More information at ramseycounty.us/VoteBeforeElectionDay.

Yard waste sites gear up for fall leaf collection

Resident 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 place them in the leaf pile at any county yard waste site.

View locations and hours of yard waste sites

Adopt a family in need this holiday season

Family sponsorship program

Make the holidays a bit brighter for our community members who are struggling financially this year. Learn how families, individuals, groups and work teams can help those in need through the Family Sponsorship Program.


Public feedback sought for Battle Creek Regional Park master plan

Battle Creek Regional Park is getting a new master plan for the first time in 30 years. The planning process has included extensive community engagement over the past two years.

Review the draft master plan and submit comments through Oct. 31.

Start learning with Udemy

kRamsey County Library is excited to announce that Udemy is now available for patrons. Udemy is an online learning and teaching featuring platform more than 6,000 courses. Learn programming, marketing and data science and improve skills across business, tech, design and more.

Access Udemy at rclreads.org/Resources/Education.

Reminder: Property tax payments due Oct. 15

The second half of 2021 property tax payments are due Friday, Oct. 15.
Payment can be made online, by mail, in person or at a payment drop box.

Learn about payment options

Additional resources

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Upcoming events

Board of Commissioners Meeting
Tuesdays, Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26.

CEO Next Business Institute Information Session
Thursday, Oct. 7.

Lake Johanna Boulevard Trail Design Study Open House
Tuesday, Oct. 5.

Lake Johanna Boulevard Trail Design Study Virtual Open House
Tuesday, Oct. 12.

Metro Region Online Fall Career Fair
Tuesdays, Oct. 12 and 26.

Personal Information Security Protection in a Modern Era
Wednesday, Oct. 13.

Virtual New Foster Care Parent Orientation
Thursday, Oct. 14.

Career Services
Thursdays, Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28.

Bruce Vento Regional Trail - Phase 2 Design Project Community Meeting
Thursday, Oct. 21.

Ransomware: What it is and how to Avoid it
Tuesday, Oct. 26.

Additional In-Person Absentee Voting Sites Open 
Tuesday, Oct. 26.

Household Hazardous Waste Mobile Collection Site - Maplewood
Fridays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.
Saturdays, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

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Ramsey County Farm Family of the YearR&R Cultivation Day
Read at the Sept. 21 board meeting.

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In the news