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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February 6, 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 February 7, 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

Battle Creek

This past Saturday we celebrated the opening of Ramsey County’s new winter recreation area at Battle Creek Regional Park with a presentation and ribbon cutting.

The recreation area has two sledding hills, designated snowshoeing and hiking trails, a warming space, ski rentals, and four kilometers of lit trails for cross-country skiing. 

I hope you'll find some time to enjoy this great outdoor space with family and friends!

We want to hear from you!

child care

My staff and I are doing work around child care and would like to hear from residents of District 1. What have your experiences been finding affordable, accessible child care? What challenges have you faced? Please consider filling out this form to help us better understand your experiences in this area. Questions 1 and 2 are required while questions 3 through 5 are optional. Thank you!

Water Gremlin Draft Permit Public Meeting

In July 2022, the MPCA released an initial draft permit for Water Gremlin. Based on the comments received, the MPCA has revised the draft permit and released a new permit for public comment. There will be a virtual public informational meeting about the new draft permit on February 9th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The meeting will be recorded and made available for those who are unable to attend that evening. You can find more information about the draft permit and a link to the virtual meeting here.

The draft permit is open for public comments until March 3, 2023. You can leave a comment on the draft permit here.

SOS Sexual Violence Services Seeking Volunteers

SOS Sexual Violence Services is currently seeking volunteers to staff the 24-hour crisis line during nights and weekends. Free, extensive training is provided. The next training will begin February 15, 2023.

For more information about volunteer requirements and responsibilities and a link to the volunteer application please visit SOS' volunteer page.

Lexington Ave

After limited access due to construction and road closures Lexington Avenue is fully accessible again! Help revitalize this corridor by supporting affected businesses. Learn more and find a list of businesses that could use your support at https://www.backtolexington.com