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 20, 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 21, 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 25th.

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

Great Start

Testifying in the House Children and Families Finance and Policy Committee

In the past two weeks, I've testified in both the House Children and Families Finance and Policy Committee and the Senate Health and Human Services Committee in support of the Great Start for All Minnesota Children Act 2023.

This proposal will transform Minnesota's early care and learning system into one that is accessible and affordable for families while also providing better wages for the professionals that help shape young children's brains.

You can watch a recording of the House hearing here, and the Senate hearing here.

Save the Date: Public Safety Event

I will be hosting a community conversation about public safety on the evening on April 26th. The event will take place at the Shoreview Library. More information will be provided in the next newsletter.

Virtual Community Conversations: Environmental Service Center


Get a first look at preliminary plans for the county’s new Environmental Service Center (ESC) to be built in Roseville, and share your feedback to help shape the facility. The ESC will make it easier for residents to reduce, reuse and recycle. County staff will share information about ESC plans and be available to answer questions.

Zoom meetings will take place today from 7:00 to 8:30 pm and on April 4th from noon to 1:30 pm. There will also be an in-person open house on April 5th at the Ramsey County Library in Shoreview. More information, including links to the Zoom meetings, can be found here.

Apply for an Advisory Board or Committee

Serving on a Ramsey County advisory board or committee is a great way to get involved with your local government and make a positive impact on your community. The board of commissioners appoint residents to serve in these important roles that help shape policy, review programs and plans, and represent families and residents in Ramsey County. 

There are currently vacancies on the Community Health Services Advisory Committee, Extension Committee, and Parks and Recreation Commission. You can learn more about these advisory boards/committees and how to apply here. The deadline to apply is Sunday, April 16, 2023 at 11:59pm.

Back to Lexington

Help revitalize the Lexington Avenue corridor by supporting businesses affected by recent road construction. Learn more at https://www.backtolexington.com

Upcoming Fix-It Clinic

Fix it clinic

The next Fix-It Clinic will be held on March 25th from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Ramsey County Library in New Brighton, located at 400 10th St. NW, New Brighton, MN 55112

Bring in your small household appliances, clothing, electronics, etc to receive free guided assistance from volunteers with repair skills to disassemble, troubleshoot and fix items.