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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January 22, 2022

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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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Commissioner Nicole Frethem

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The board of commissioners returned to virtual board meetings. Board meetings and workshops can be streamed online on the Ramsey County webpage.

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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.


The federal government is providing up to 4 free at-home COVID tests (antigen tests) to all US households delivered via USPS. Go to https://www.covidtests.gov/ to order yours.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year 2022

We are looking forward to an exciting new year. In addition to her previous committees, Commissioner Frethem now has the pleasure to serve on several new boards and committees:

  • Ramsey County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative
  • County-Court Joint Committee
  • Court House/City Hall Committee
  • Law Library Trustee
  • Metro Mosquito Control Commission
  • Suburban Ramsey Family Collaborative – Joint Powers Board (starting Summer 2022)
Mosquito control meeting

On January 6th, Commissioner Frethem was sworn into the Metropolitan Mosquito Control Commission and elected Secretary for 2022.

Park Ordinance Updates

The revised Parks Ordinance has been completed by the Parks Department. The Board of Commissioners have scheduled the public hearing for the revised Parks Ordinance for Tuesday, February 8th at 9:00 a.m. If you would like to speak at the public hearing, please register in advance here, or by calling the Chief Clerk's Office at 651-266-8014. 

View the revised park ordinance on the Ramsey County webpage.

Testing sites

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Omicron remains the dominant covid-19 strain in the U.S. Ramsey County Public Health recommends getting tested, or self-testing on a regular basis. Ramsey County will be expanding testing capacity beginning next week and will offer community-based PCR testing beginning January 27th.

COVID-19 testing is an important strategy to slow the spread of the virus. Visit the Ramsey County webpage to learn where to get tested and order at-home testing kits.

COVID-19 Vaccine

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All Minnesotans 5 years and older are now eligible for vaccine.

The best way to combat the virus is to get the vaccine and continue wearing masks. Vaccines are FREE for everyone and widely available. For more information, visit the covid-19 dashboard on the Ramsey County webpage. 

Current vaccination rates (as of January 15, 2022) in District 1 are:

  • 55112 - 77.5%
  • 55126 - 85.8%
  • 55127 - 81.6%
  • 55110 - 75.8%

If you are not sure how to find a vaccine or make an appointment, we can help. Contact our office at district1@co.ramsey.mn.us.