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 9, 2023


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

The next Board of Commissioners meeting is January 10, 2023. Links to board meetings, workshops, and related documents can be found on the Ramsey County webpage.

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warming spaces

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

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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.

Ramsey Connected

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


I hope you and your loved ones had an enjoyable holiday season and that 2023 is off to a great start! I look forward to continuing our work to ensure that Ramsey County is a vibrant community where all are valued and thrive.

Commissioner Appointments

At the Board's organizational meeting last week I was appointed to several County standing committees and outside boards/committees.

I'll continue to serve as the Chair of the Health and Wellness Service Team Committee of the Whole and the Vice Chair of the Safety and Justice Service Team Committee of the Whole in addition to serving on all other committees of the whole, the Ramsey County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, and the Ramsey County Regional Rail Authority.

I will also continue to serve on the following outside boards and committees:

  • Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington County, Board Chair
  • GenerationNext, co-chair of the leadership committee policy workgroup
  • Metro Conservation Districts Joint Powers Board
  • Metro Mosquito Control District Board
  • Ramsey County Extension Committee
  • Recycling and Energy Board of Ramsey and Washington County
  • TCAAP Joint Development Authority
  • State Advisory Subcommittee on Children’s Mental Health
  • Northeast Youth and Family Services Board of Directors
  • County-Court Joint Committee
  • Court House/City Hall Committee
  • Law Library Trustee
  • Suburban Ramsey Family Collaborative Joint Powers Board
  • Youth Justice Transformation
  • Association of Minnesota Counties District X Committee
  • National Association of Counties Large Urban Counties Caucus
  • National Association of Counties Arts and Culture Commission

Juvenile Detention Center Tour

Last week Commissioners McGuire, Xiong, and I had the opportunity to tour the Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) in St. Paul. We heard from staff about current operations and needs, including more youth-friendly and green spaces

Community corrections, including the JDC, is always in need of volunteers. Learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to apply here.

Upcoming Fix-It Clinic

Have household goods and/or clothing in need of repair? Bring them to the next Fix-It Clinic on January 28th from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Ramsey County Library in White Bear Lake. 

For more information, including examples of items that can be repaired, visit the Fix-It Clinic website.