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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December 30, 2022


Nicole Frethem
Commissioner, District 1
651-266-8362 or 651-425-9580 

Ami Wazlawik
Principal Assistant

Nancy Larson
Administrative Assistant

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Board Meetings

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The next Board of Commissioners meeting is January 3, 2023. Links to board meetings, workshops, and related documents can be found on the Ramsey County webpage.

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Are you or someone you know struggling to pay for housing, food or childcare? Apply for financial assistance via MNbenefits.mn.gov, a new, mobile-friendly benefits application for Minnesotans.

Learn more about eligibility, programs you can apply for, and more at https://mnbenefits.mn.gov/faq.

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Ramsey Connected is an initiative designed to ensure all Ramsey County residents have access to low-cost internet and computers and the skills to use them.

Ramsey County believes internet access is a basic need and low-cost internet should be available to all residents. While Ramsey County is not an internet service provider, we serve as a promoter, connector and partner through our Ramsey Connected program. 

For more information on internet resources, please visit Ramsey County's webpage


Do you know someone who needs a warm place to sleep during cold winter nights? Ramsey County operates three warming spaces in Saint Paul from 9:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. every night, with transportation included. More information is available at ramseycounty.us/WarmingSpaces

Board Organizational Meeting

The Board of Commissioners will hold its annual organizational meeting on January 3rd. Commissioners who were elected or re-elected this year will be sworn in, board leadership will be chosen, and Commissioner appointments to various boards and committees will be approved.

We're excited to welcome two new Commissioners - Rena Moran and Mai Chong Xiong - to the Board!

Homestead Applications Due January 3rd

The deadline to file for homestead status for property taxes paid in 2023 is January 3, 2023. Residents need to apply for homestead if:

  • They’ve purchased a property in the past year and they, or a qualifying relative, occupy the property for homestead purposes on Dec. 31, 2022, or
  • They’ve made a change such as marital status, ownership or address, or
  • Their property is being used for homestead purposes on Dec. 31, 2022, and the property was previously classified as non-homestead.

You can find more information here.

Beekeeping Class


Are you curious about beekeeping? Join fellow bee enthusiasts at Tamarack Nature Center on January 22nd to learn about basic bee biology and ecology, beekeeping tools and equipment, associated costs, and bee resources available in the Twin Cities. A honey tasting is included! Cost is $30/person, and you can register here: https://bit.ly/3VIkH3y