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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March 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 March 7, 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.

Trade Up

The International Union of Painters & Allied Trades District Council 82 is hiring for trade show positions. Ramsey County residents who are 18 or older and looking for a job working with your hands will be hired on the spot, no experience necessary. You will work with a team to set up large scale events such as the Minnesota Golf Show, Minneapolis Home & Garden show and more.

More information about this opportunity is available here. Next training session is on March 11th.

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

Great Start for All Proposal

Child care

I've been working with advocates on a legislative proposal to transform Minnesota's early care and learning system into one that is accessible and affordable for families while providing better wages for the professionals that help shape young children's brains.

The proposal will be heard in the House Children and Families Finance and Policy Committee on Thursday, and I have offered to testify in support of it. You can find a link to the committee home page here, and a link to the Great Start MN webpage with more information about the proposal (and an opportunity to take action!) here.

All-Abilities 2050 Transportation Plan

Ramsey County is leading an effort to develop a long-term plan to ensure that transportation projects are accessible to people of all ages and abilities. The goal of this process is to identify transportation needs throughout the county and work collaboratively on a plan to address those needs.

There are two upcoming community engagement opportunities on March 9th and 28th. You can find more information, including links to the virtual meetings, here.

Join the CAPRW Board


Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties (CAPRW) is looking for an experienced individual to fill the role of Treasurer on the Board of Directors. Community Action seeks to develop a Board of Directors that has a combination of personal attributes, knowledge/experience and competencies that ensure our Board has a diversity of perspectives, skills and connections to carry out its governing function.

More information, including position responsibilities, board expectations, and instructions for how to apply are available here

Sap to Syrup at Tamarack Nature Center

The start of spring brings the drip of maple sap. Join us as we celebrate the season by tapping maple trees, boiling sap, and enjoying maple crafts and treats. The program includes a 45-minute guided tour, followed by self-guided exploration and additional activities. Start times are noon, 12:20, 12:40, 1:00, 1:20, 1:40, 2:00 or 2:20 p.m.

Children under 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Cost is $7 per person. Learn more and register here.

Food Security Engagement Session


Community members, service providers and elected officials are invited to hear about Ramsey County's plans to address food insecurity and learn how to get involved in the work.

Sessions will be held on Zoom on March 15th, 17th, and 21st at various times. Learn more and review related documents here.